Alias to Rhino Plugin

Alias to Rhino Plugin

Win64, English

Digital Sculptors
Autodesk® 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 App Store.

Please select the appropriate version of plugin.

  • export3DM_2017 ( Alias 2017)
  • export3DM_2018 for Alias 2018 to Alias 2021.2
  • export3DM_2021_3 for Alias 2021.3 to Alias 2023.1.1
  • export3DM_2024_1 for Alias 2024.1 or newer

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 app/plug-in from Autodesk App Store will start installing the app/plug-in. OR, simply double-click the downloaded installer to install the app/plugin.

You can unload the plugin without uninstalling it by unchecking the "Load/Unload" check box associated with the plugin in the Autodesk® Alias® Plug-in Manager. You may have to restart Alias to completely unload the application.

Please ensure the following pre-requisites are met. 
.NET framework 4.6.1 or above. Download the framework from 
Microsoft Visual C++ 2019 Redistributable or above. Download the files from

To uninstall this plug-in, exit the Autodesk product if you are currently running it, simply rerun the installer, and select the "Uninstall" button. OR, you can uninstall it from 'Control Panel/Programs and Features' (Windows 7/8.1/10/11), just as you would uninstall any other application from your system.

Additional Information

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 the 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 the transfer


Company Name: Digital Sculptors

Author/Company Information

Digital Sculptors

Support Information

Version History

Version Number Version Description

Enhancement: Support for Rhino 8

Enhancement: Support for Alias 2024.1

Enhancement: Trial period of 30 days. New License Manager

Enhancement: Support for Alias 2021.3

Enhancement: OpenNURBS 7.x Enhancement: Support for v7 3DM format. Bug Fix: Minor bugs

Enhancement: OpenNURBS r6.15 Bug Fix: Minor bugs

Enhancement: Support for Planes and Vectors Enhancement: Support for Alias 2020. Enhancement: Improved License Manager

New App Icons 64 bit plugin
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