Alias to Rhino Plugin

Alias to Rhino Plugin

Win32 and 64, English

Digital Sculptors
Alias Plugin to export Rhinoceros 3DM files.

General Usage Instructions

Open Utilities > Plugin Manager and select export3DM to enable the plugin. The plugin will be listed under Autodesk Exchange Apps. Please select export3DM_2017 ( Alias 2017 or Alias 2016) or export3DM_2018 for Alias 2018.
Select the Auto Load option to automatically load the plugin the next time Alias starts.
The plugin will be installed under File > Export menu, as Export 3DM

Click on Export 3DM either to save the contents of the current stage or active objects to a 3dm file.
Open Export 3DM Option box, to select either All objects or Active objects.
The following datasets are translated

Surfaces Brep Nurbs Surfaces
Shells Exploded Brep Nurbs Surfaces
Curves Nurbs Curves
Curve on surface Nurbs Curves
Meshes Meshes
Point Cloud Point Set
Lights Render Lights
Shaders Materials
Layers Layers
Instances Geometry
Groups Groups




The installer that ran when you downloaded this plug-in from Autodesk Exchange App has already installed the plug-in.

Please ensure the following pre-requisites are met.

.NET framework 4.6.1 or above. Download the framework from

Microsoft Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable Update 3 RC or above. Download the files from

To uninstall this plug-in, simply rerun the installer by downloading it again from Exchange, and select the 'Uninstall' button, or you can uninstall it from 'Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features' just as you would uninstall any other application from your system. If the Plugin Manager window is open, it should be closed and re-opened to update the list of available plugins.

Additional Information

LicenseManger will automatically pop up when the plugin is invoked for the first time. A trial subscription for 10 days can be activated by clicking on the "Trial Subsciption" button. Click on the "Buy Scubcription" button for a one year subscription. The cost of subscription is USD 99. Internet Connection is requred to enable trial subscription and to activate regular subscription. After buying the subscription, click on "Activate Subscription" to activate your subscription. The License Manager will automatically pop up 9 days before the end of subscription period.

Known Issues

Limitation: The default layer in Alias is called DefaultLayer and cannot be deleted or renamed.

  • Work Around: The translator will rename the layer to "_Default_" so that round trip transfers don't end up with multiple layers called "DefaultLayer".

Limitation: Some trimmed periodic/closed surfaces may not get trimmed properly.

  • Work Around: Please detach such surfaces into two before transfer or convert them to shells, using SurfaceEdit->Stitch function.

Limitation: Some complex multi-level instances might not transfer properly.

  • Work Around: Please use Edit->Expand Instances to create real geometry before transfer


Company Name: Digital Sculptors

Author/Company Information

Digital Sculptors

Support Information

Version History

Version Number Version Description

Enhancement: Support for Rhino v6 files Enhancement: Support for Alias 2019 Bug Fix: Some objects in wrong layers.

Bug Fix: License Manager reports no Internet connectivity

Bug Fix: Distorted render mesh of periodic trimmed surfaces in Rhino. Bug Fix: Trim fails on some degenerate geometry.

Enhancement: Support for Symmetric Shells Bug Fix: Wrong position of Instances. Bug Fix: Alias Stage Name points to temp file after translating.

Enhancement: Default unit of 3DM file set to MM. Enhancement: Support for layer hierarchy Bug Fix: Avoid bad objects in the 3DM file. Bug Fix: Dimension and Annotations.

Bug Fix: Layer mismatch between Alias and Rhino. Bug Fix: Save Active. Bug Fix: Failing Stand Alone translator, when using windows 10 online accounts.

Stand Alone translator No support for Alias versions prior to 2016 No perpetual license. Subscription based rolling updates.

Final release for 32bit Alias. Bug fix to avoid crash while importing geometry imported from other CAD systems

Added support for Alias 2017

  • Added support for Alias 2016

  • Added support for Alias 2015 products
  • Added limited support for locators
  • Added limited support for Construction Entities
  • Added limited support for textures.

  • Trial mode added and other enhancements
  • Added export All/active options to the Export3DM menu
  • Compiled using OpenNURBS v5 (20121024)
  • Bug fixes
  • Compiled using OpenNURBS v5 (20120914)
  • Bug fixes and documentation update
  • Added support for object visibility
  • Added support for templated/locked objects
  • Added support for layer symmetry
  • Added support for reference/inactive layers
  • Initial release
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