Make Skateboard Molds with Rhino

Rhinoceros (Rhino) is a 3D surface modeling application often used in product design and architecture disciplines. While it may look daunting, Rhino is an intuitive tool for those with previous CAD background knowledge and, even those with less 3D modeling experience can grasp the essential functionality quickly.
You might ask, why use Rhino rather than another 3D modeling application? Fundamentally, Rhino allows users to 3D model curvy or "scupltural" shapes somewhat easier, and with superior control, compared to other applications built for parametric solid modeling. This class will go over the interface and basic commands to introduce the essentials of Rhino. After the introduction, we will learn to model a simple object to be chosen from a list of class samples.
Link to 30 day free trial for Rhino:

David Bryan | Co-Lab Studio Manager

This class will be hosted via Zoom. You will receive an email with the Zoom link a day before the class. Attendance will be taken and the session will be recorded.

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About Course


  • Download and configure Rhino (if needed)
  • Explanation of Rhino vs. other CAD applications
  • UI tour
  • 2D CAD exercises
  • 3D CAD exercises
  • Build class project 3D model
  • Discuss next steps in learning path


  • Gain familiarity with Rhino freeform surface CAD modeling tools
  • Be able to create simple 2D and 3D freeform surface models for digital fabrication
  • Take away files for creating your own skateboard mold


  • Preinstalling Rhino (free trial available) is highly recommended
  • Windows or Mac computer (dual monitors if available)- please note that the course will be taught from a Mac operating system. While following along from a Windows interface is possible and the instructor will make every effort to point out differences, Rhino tools do differ between the two operating systems.
  • 3-button mouse highly recommended


Minimum: Prior CAD experience in any application.

If you haven't done anything in CAD in the past, it is highly recommend you take preceding classes in our Digital Modeling & Fabrication Track


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Interested in taking this class? Enroll in one of the sessions below!


3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Online

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