Rhino – ARCHICAD connection Troubleshooting Guide

by Ákos Karóczkai · updated: 09.12.2016

Known issues

Texture Problem with imported Rhino files

Affected version: 18, 19 & 20 | Severity: workaround applicable | ID: 206277


No textures are displayed on Rhino Imported NURBS defined surfaces in ARCHICAD.

Rhino texture problem


The textures are actually visible only probably the UVW mapping of the surface is not correct, therefore ARCHICAD is stretching of the textures is too big. ARCHICAD is stretching the textures based on the NURBS UVW mapping defined by Rhinoceros. If the mapping is not set up correctly in Rhinoceros then the texture applied to the surface will not be displayed correctly in ARCHICAD.


To have a better texture result, use the Reparameterize command to such surfaces to define the mapping to a more realistic value.

rhino texture mapping

Weird shadows on elements imported from Rhino

Affected version: 18, 19 & 20 | Severity: workaround applicable | ID: 181420


Sometimes strange shadows appear on elements imported from Rhino. This happens because Rhino can’t divide the surfaces to triangles correctly.

 rhino shadow issue


Workaround: Turn off the Smooth edges in the Settings dialog of the Rhino object. This results in lower quality surfaces, but without weird geometric singularities.

rhino smooth settings

It is not possible to snap to Rhino imported objects (GSM & LCF) in Floor Plan view

Affected version: 18 & 19 | Severity: workaround applicable | ID: 175850

{i} Note:With the Rhinoceros import/export Add-on it is possible to snap Rhino imported objects.


On the floor plan it’s not possible to snap to different parts of the Rhino imported Library Part.


Workaround: Temporarily explode the object in 2D while keeping the original object, use the 2D elements for snapping. If no further editing is needed the 2D content can be deleted.

element exploding

Using hotlines of Rhino imported objects slows down ARCHICAD

Affected version: 18, 19 & 20 | Severity: workaround applicable | ID: 197036


Turning on the ‘Show hotlines’ 3D View Option of Rhino imported objects can slow down  the 3D navigation performance of ARCHICAD in case of large projects.

rhino hotlines


Only use the ‘Show hotlines’ option if you need to snap other elements to the Rhino object in 3D. If not used, turn it off.

Good to know

Move/rotate Rhino objects imported with LCF file gets returned to the original location on LCF Update


If objects imported via an LCF file are moved/rotated in the ARCHICAD model, and they get updated with LCF Observer, all elements will be positioned back to the original location of the first import.


Workaround: Place the LCF file and the objects in a new file and hotlink this file into the Master plan. It can be freely rotated or moved here.

If an update needed because the Rhino model changed, simply open the holtink project, update the model in it’s original location, then Update the hotlink in the master file.

Updating LCF files in a Teamwork project

In a TeamWork project if a user would like to Update the model which uses the LCF files, they have to reserve all Library Elements which the LCF file contains, otherwise this error message will appear:

Rhino lcf update tw error message

To be able to update the Library Container File’s elements:

  • Select all the affected elements via using the Find&Select tool.
  • Reserve them.
  • Use the LCF observer to Update the Library elements.



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