Rhino To Autodesk® Alias® Plugin

Rhino To Autodesk® Alias® Plugin

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Digital Sculptors
Autodesk® 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.

Please select

  • Import3DM_2024_1 if Alias version is 2024.1 or newer.
  • Import3DM_2021_3 if Alias version is 2021.3 or newer.
  • Import3DM for older versions of Alias.

Select the Auto Load option to automatically load the plugin the next time Alias starts.
The plugin will be installed under the 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 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 plug-in without uninstalling it by unchecking the "Load/Unload" checkbox associated with the plug-in 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 https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49981 
Microsoft Visual C++ 2019 Redistributable or above. Download the files from https://aka.ms/vs/16/release/vc_redist.x64.exe

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

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 are 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 distortions when imported to Alias


Company Name: Digital Sculptors

Author/Company Information

Digital Sculptors

Support Information

Version History

Version Number Version Description

Enhancement: Support for Rhino 8 Enhancement: Rhino SubD is imported as subdivided mesh

Enhancement: Support for Alias 2024.1

Enhancement: Support for Alias 2023.1

Enhancement: Trial period of 30 days New License Manager

Enhancement: Support for Alias 2021.3

Enhancement: OpenNURBS 7.x Enhancement: Support v7 3DM files

Enhancement: OpenNURBS 6.15 Bug Fix: Minor bugs

Enhancement: Added additional options Enhancement: Support for Alias 2020. Enhancement: Improved License Manager

New App Icon 64 bit version only
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