How to Convert Rhino to ArchiCAD

By Tommy Charles

Rhinoceros is a NURBS modeling application with which you can quickly create 3D objects. ArchiCAD is a computer assisted design program specialized for building design. The two programs use different methods of producing 3-dimensional objects, but you can still transfer Rhinoceros files to ArchiCAD. When you do so, ArchiCAD will prompt you to save the Rhinoceros file as an object for its library. You will then be able to use the imported Rhinoceros file at any time from AcrhiCAD.

Converting from Rhino

Step 1

Open Rhinoceros, then open the project that you would like to export.

Step 2

Click "File," then click "Export Selected."

Step 3

Click the "Files of Type" drop-down box, and select the ".dwg" option.

Step 4

Type a name for the file that you would like to export to ArchiCAD in the "File name" box.

Step 5

Click the "Export" button to complete the process.

Importing the File to ArchiCAD

Step 1

Open ArchiCAD, then click "File." Point the mouse cursor to "Libraries and Objects," then click "Open Object."

Step 2

Click the "Browse" button when the "Open" dialog box appears. Use the Windows Explorer box that opens to navigate the location of the ".dwg" file that you created previously.

Step 3

Double-click this file to open it.

Step 4

Click the "Name" box when the "Save Library Part" dialog box appears. Type a name for the new part, and click "Save."

Step 5

Click "OK" when the "Object Settings" dialog box opens. Point the mouse cursor to the ArchiCAD work area, and click to place your ".dwg" into it.

Tips & Warnings

  • In the "Object Settings" dialog box, you can change settings for properties such as line types and symbol lines.

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