Import Rhino Files

You can import Rhinoceros®(Rhino) models and insert them in the current drawing.

Rhinoceros (Rhino) is a stand-alone, commercial non-uniform rational basis spline (NURBS) based 3-D modeling tool. The Rhino file format (*.3dm) is often used for the exchange of NURBS geometry between 3D CAD systems. You can use the IMPORT command to import a *.3dm file and insert the surfaces into the current drawing.

All geometry is created on layer 0. The original colors for all 2D and 3D wire geometry are preserved. They do not acquire the color from layer 0 (color is not ByLayer).

Importing a *.3ds file produces a block that has the same name as the source file. If the file name contains invalid characters, in the corresponding block they are replaced by the underscore (_) character. The INSUNITS property on the block is set to match the source file’s linear units. If the source file’s units cannot be found or is not supported by INSUNITS, the property is set to “No Units”.

Depending on how complex the Rhino file is, IMPORT could take several minutes to execute. Hence, IMPORT runs as a background process, allowing you to continue working on the drawing. Once the background process starts, IMPORT displays the Import icon on the status bar. If you hover over the Import status bar icon while import is in progress, a tooltip displays the current status.

Once processing is complete, a notification bubble is displayed on the import status bar icon. If you click the link in the notification bubble, the imported content is inserted in the current drawing. If you close the notification bubble before you insert the imported content, you can insert it later by right-clicking the import status bar icon and choosing "Insert" from the menu.

To import a Rhino file
  1. Click Insert tabImport panelImport. At the Command prompt, enter import.
  2. In the Import File dialog box, in the Files of type box, select the file type corresponding to the Rhino file you want to import (*.3dm).
  3. Find and select the file you want to import, or enter the name of the file at File Name.
  4. Click Open.

    Import is performed as a background process. A notification bubble is displayed when the command is done.

    • Click the file name in the notification bubble. The imported file is inserted in the current drawing.
    Tip If you accidentally close the notification bubble, right-click the import icon on the status bar, and click Insert. The imported file is inserted in the current drawing.
  5. Click OK.

Imports files of different formats into the current drawing.