Rhino To Alias Plugin

Rhino To Alias Plugin

Win32 and 64, English

Digital Sculptors
Alias Plugin to import all versions of Rhinoceros 3DM files.

General Usage Instructions

Open Utilities > Plugin Manager and select import3DM to enable the plugin. The plugin will be listed under Autodesk Exchange Apps.
Select the Auto Load option to automatically load the plugin the next time Alias starts.
The plugin will be installed under File > Import menu, as Import 3DM

Click on Import 3DM to open a 3dm file to a new stage or the current stage depending upon the option.
The following datasets are translated

Brep Surfaces Nurbs Surfaces
Solids/ Joined surfaces Group of Nurbs Surfaces
Curves Nurbs Curves
Meshes Meshes
Point Sets Point Cloud
Render Lights Lights
Materials Shaders
Layers Layers
Blocks Geometry
Groups Groups
Dimensions Locators




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 https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49981

Microsoft Visual C++ 2017 Redistributable or above. Download the files from https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=746572

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

Limitations: Some trim edges might be distorted when importing certain Rhino parametric geometry.

  • Work Around 1: If you encounter such distortions, an optional Rhino 6 Plugin and Rhino 5 Plugin is provided to correct those distortions.
    The plugin provides two commands
    1, DS_Optimize: This would optimize the geometry in Rhino for transfer to Alias and other neutral formats.
    2, DS_SplitKinkyEdges: This would split the edges at c1 discontinuities.
  • Work Around 2: Save the file in Rhino as v2. The resulting files will not have the distortions when imported to Alias


Company Name: Digital Sculptors

Author/Company Information

Digital Sculptors

Support Information

Version History

Version Number Version Description

Enhancement: Added Support for Rhino v6 Enhancement: Added Support for Alias 2019

Bug Fix: License Manager reports no Internet connectivity

Bug Fix: Stand Alone translator not working with some 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 32 bit Alias Minor bug fixes

Added support for Alias 2017

  • Added support for Alias 2016

  • Added support for Alias 2015 products.
  • Duplicate shaders are not translated.

  • Added trial mode and other enhancements

  • Added support for V5 entities.

  • Initial Release
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