From the 3D window, use Save as Rhino 3D Model (.3dm) to export part or all of the ARCHICAD model to Rhino.
Only geometric information is exported, because Rhino handles only this type of data. Non-geometrical data (e.g. properties, tags, schedule data, quantities, etc.) are not transferred. Mapping of AC textures is not supported.
Click Options in the Save as dialog box to access additional options:
Choose this if you want the ARCHICAD element surfaces to retain their original colors in Rhino. Each multi-color ARCHICAD elements must be exploded into several Rhino elements.
Note: Although a single ARCHICAD element can have a different color for each surface, a single Rhino element can have only one color for all surfaces. Thus, to retain all the surface colors of a multi-color ARCHICAD element, it will be exploded into multiple elements – each with a different color – in Rhino.
Use the Surface Model option if you are using the exported ARCHICAD model for reference-model purposes (e.g. you are modeling part of the project in Rhino, and you want to see the surrounding environment – created in ARCHICAD – in their correct colors.)
With this option, ARCHICAD solid elements are interpreted in Rhino as a single Mesh or Polysurface element. Consequently, it will have a single color in Rhino (even if the original ARCHICAD element used different colors on different surfaces).
Use the Solid Model option, for example, if you use the Rhino model in a simulation, where colors are less important.
Note: The default options will work for most users. However, you can click the Details tab to see and change export settings if needed.
Given the differences in the way ARCHICAD and Rhino work with curved surfaces and edges, ARCHICAD seeks to optimize the way each element is interpreted. This is especially relevant for ARCHICAD’s composite elements and Morphs, which might have curved segments and/or multiple surfaces.
The default setting is Hybrid – a smart method that interprets each element as either BREP or Mesh depending on its surface geometry – so you end up with both kinds of elements in Rhino.
However, you may wish to ensure that all model elements in Rhino are uniformly interpreted as either Mesh or BREP (for example, for simplified further editing or for export to a third program that does not recognize Meshes.)