Datakit has updated its collection of Rhino Import/Export plug-ins:
The new plug-ins for Rhino 3D
are twofold, both for the export and import of new file format extensions, as well as for surface texture support. New features of export plug-ins
"We have supplemented our range of tools for writing open files in Rhino 3D with FBX
formats," explains Félix Thuilier, Marketing Manager at Datakit. FBX format
(.fbx) is an Autodesk proprietary file format widely used by the publisher with its Maya, 3ds Max, and MotionBuilder animation software, as well as its CAD software. It facilitates the acquisition and exchange of 3D models, as well as associated documents and media, from multiple sources, including the world of animation and video games.
For its part, the glTF format
(Graphics Library Transmission Format) (.gltf, .bin, .glb), is a file format, free of rights, based on the JSON format, facilitating the exchange of scenes and models between 3D applications. Developed since 2012 by the Khronos Group industrial consortium, this file format is compact, inter operable, and fast to load. This facilitates the visualization of 3D models on web pages. It is often presented as the “JPEG of 3D”.
These two plug-ins are available individually at a price of € 1,000 or in the export bundle
, which increases from 5 to 7 supported formats, at the unchanged price of € 1,500. All customers of this bundle, up to date with their maintenance, have access to these two new plug-ins at no additional cost. What's new in import plug-ins
“For playing third party files in Rhino 3D, we have added to the Revit format import plug-in
support for .rfa files in addition to .rvt files. Similarly, we added to the IFC format import plug-in
, support for .ifcZIP files in addition to .ifc and .ifcXML files. This shows that the world of construction and in particular BIM (Building Information Modeling) is an important development axis for us” explains Félix Thuilier.
Revit is a 3D design software for the construction world published by Autodesk. “The .rvt format corresponds to a global Revit project that can integrate several buildings. The .rfa format is used for standard element families offered by Autodesk, as well as for specific user-defined elements. They can be imported and instantiated in a .rvt project”, explains Laure Bedu, head of development around Revit at Datakit.
For its part, the IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) format is a standardized file format (ISO 16739 standard) used in the construction world to exchange information between different softwares. “These files can have .ifc, .ifcXML or .ifcZIP extensions, which are now all supported by the plug-in,” notes Laurent Eraud, developer at Datakit. The textures support
The surface textures are important pieces of information to transmit when exchanging files with Rhino 3D because, in addition to the more realistic visual aspect, they inform the user about the nature of the elements they dress (brick wall or stone for example). This is why Datakit has decided to support them in its JT
and CATIA V5 file import plug-ins
, as well as in its export plug-ins to 3D PDF
All of these developments are the result of monitoring market trends by Datakit's strategy team, confirmed by specific requests from customers. They are the subject of writing specific features allowing the use of the desired file extension for import or export. They are then directly integrated into a plug-in that adds a Datakit Exchange tab to the Rhino 3D menu bar.
SimplyRhino UK announces new dates for its Live Online Rhino Level 1 for Jewellery Training Course
It consists of 7 x Saturday Sessions
from 10:00 - 13:00 (UTC/BST)Next Class Dates are
: Saturday 22nd August, 29th August, 5th September, 12th September, 19th September, 26th September & October 3rd
This comprehensive 7-session jewellery Rhino training course is intended for those who currently work professionally, or who wish to work professionally, in fine jewellery design and manufacturing, but who are new or nearly new to Rhino NURBS modelling software.
The course starts with an introduction to the Rhino interface before moving on to the fundamentals of 2D curve construction and their use in creating cross sections for solid modelling.
We then introduce the key tools of solid creation in Rhino one by one in the context of common jewellery forms—solitaire rings, eternity rings, bezel settings, claw settings, rub-over settings, rex settings, pearl settings, and pinched shanks.
Throughout these exercises, we will discuss important tolerance considerations for 3D printing models to use in precious metals casting.
We will also discuss creating STL files for rapid prototyping (such as 3D printing). Various presentation and rendering processes will also be considered.
enables the most fluid and tight collaboration between pattern engineers, footwear developers and shoe designers. Leveraging on Rhinoceros, this plug-in lets you create pattern parts, develop sizes and export to all sorts of cutting machines. All kinds of workflows are supported, connecting the design process and the production seamlessly.
Join Federico Trentin
, Jevero Application Engineer, in this free webinar
hosted by food4Rhino.
: Wednesday 5th August at 5PM CEST