What is rhino.io and how can it enhance your 3D workflow
Rhino.io is a connection and import/export plugin that lets you directly open and save native Rhino files (3dm) from within MAXON CINEMA 4D. Rhino is a powerful NURBS modeling software that offers precise and extensive CAD tools. CINEMA 4D is a versatile 3D application that provides modern and flexible texturing, shading and lighting tools. By using rhino.io, you can combine the best of both worlds and create stunning 3D scenes with ease.
In this article, we will explore some of the main features and benefits of rhino.io, and how it can improve your 3D workflow.
Seamless integration of Rhino and CINEMA 4D
With rhino.io, you can open, merge or drag the .3dm Rhino files to CINEMA 4D and they will open as native CINEMA 4D Polygon Objects. You don't need to export or convert anything, just use the files as they are. You can also save your CINEMA 4D scenes as .3dm files and open them in Rhino. This way, you can switch between the two applications without losing any data or quality.
Rhino.io uses the internal Rhino render meshes, which are stored in each file once they are shown with OpenGL in viewport or rendered. These meshes are perfectly smooth and render exactly as they would direct in Rhino. You can also use custom tessellation, native mesh objects, grasshopper, paneling tools or imported meshes from any other 3rd party application.
Preservation of Rhino scene structures
Rhino.io imports all Rhino scene structures, such as layers, groups, blocks, cameras, lights and materials. You can choose if you want to import hidden layers or not, and if you want to import the layers as native CINEMA 4D layers or as groups into Object manager. You can also import the hide and lock status of the objects.
Rhino blocks are automatically translated into native CINEMA 4D Instances, which enables new workflow possibilities and optimizes memory usage. Rhino cameras are imported as native CINEMA 4D Camera Objects, which work with any rendering engine. Rhino lights are translated into equivalent CINEMA 4D lights, which can be used for visualization with AR, VRAYforC4D, Maxwell, etc.
Rhino materials on Rhino objects are imported into CINEMA 4D materials, with basic attributes like color, transparency, specular etc. You can also import basic texture attributes and bitmap references.
Support for NURBS curves and splines
Rhino.io imports and translates also poly lines and NURBS curves from Rhino. The NURBS curves are auto tessellated on import, as CINEMA 4D has no real NURBS splines. They can be used for further modeling or as construction help lines.
You can also export splines from CINEMA 4D to Rhino as poly lines or NURBS curves. This way, you can use the powerful spline tools in CINEMA 4D to create complex shapes and then refine them in Rhino.
Compatibility and availability
Rhino.io is compatible with CINEMA 4D up to R2023+ (works with mac and pc) and rhino v6 and v7/8 file formats-and will be updated always for the newest versions. It is available now for 99 Euros in the www.3dtools.info webshop[^1^].
If you want to learn more about rhino.io, you can visit their official website[^1^] or check out their detailed feature list[^2^]. You can also watch some video tutorials on their YouTube channel[^3^].
Rhino.io is a must-have plugin for anyone who works with Rhino and CINEMA 4D. It offers a smooth and easy workflow between these two applications, allowing you to create amazing 3D scenes with high quality NURBS models. Try it out today and see for yourself! aa16f39245