Rhino 3D Tip: Enhancing Multi-CAD Workflows: Best Practices for Integrating Rhino with Other Design Software

June 27, 2024 2 min read

Rhino 3D Tip: Enhancing Multi-CAD Workflows: Best Practices for Integrating Rhino with Other Design Software


Integrating Rhino with other CAD software expands your capabilities in design, allowing you to leverage the unique strengths of each platform. Here are some tips to streamline the process:

  • Understand the File Formats: Rhino supports a wide array of file formats such as .3DM, .DWG, .DXF, .FBX, .OBJ, and more. When transferring data between Rhino and other CAD applications, choose a format that retains the most information.
  • Preserve Geometry Quality: When exporting models from Rhino, use the "Save Small" option to create a clean file without render meshes which can be more easily read by other CAD programs.
  • Optimize for Compatibility: Rhino's ExportSelected command lets you save only selected objects, which can be useful for exporting parts of a model that are compatible with other CAD tools.
  • Use Plug-ins: Utilize Rhino plug-ins like Rhino.Inside, which allows Rhino and Grasshopper to run inside other 64-bit Windows applications such as Revit, Unity, and Unreal Engine.
  • Leverage Grasshopper: Grasshopper, the visual programming tool within Rhino, can be used to create parametric models that are easily updated and modified in other CAD platforms.
  • Work with Blocks: If you're integrating with AutoCAD, use Rhino's block manager to create instances similar to AutoCAD's blocks. This ensures that repeated elements are handled well and can help maintain layer management.
  • Keep an Eye on Scale: Always check the scale of your imported or exported models. Different CAD systems might use different units, so it's crucial to confirm that the scale translates correctly between software.

For more complex workflows, consider direct integration solutions such as Rhino.Inside.Revit available from NOVEDGE, which allows you to open and work with Rhino models directly inside other CAD programs.

Maintaining an efficient workflow between Rhino and other CAD systems is key in multi-platform environments. The ability to navigate these integrations makes you a versatile asset to any design team, able to tap into the full potential of your tools for superior design outcomes.


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