What file format can Rhinoceros open?

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RHinoceros

If you’re into 3D design out of either passion or for educational or work-related reasons, then you need a good CAD program.

Rhinoceros , also known as Rhino, or Rhino3D is one such application, and it has plenty of uses, in pretty much any domain where precise 3D design is required.

One thing that sets Rhinoceros apart is that its geometry is based on the NURBS mathematical model, which focuses on producing a mathematically precise representation of curves and freeform surfaces in computer graphics.

This is different from your typical CAD programs that are based on the use of polygon meshes.

One of the other key selling points of Rhinoceros is just how versatile it is when it comes to the file formats that it can support.

What are the file formats supported by Rhino?

Rhino 3D Model (except Rhino 1.x save/export)
.3dm
E57
.e57
MotionBuilder
.fbx
SketchUp
.skp
Rhino 3D Model Backup
.3dmbak
Embroidery
.dst, .exp
NextEngine Scan
.scn
SLC
.slc
Rhino Worksession
.rws
Enhanced Metafile
.emf
OBJ
.obj
SOLIDWORKS
.sldprt, .sldasm
3MF
.3mf
Encapsulated PostScript
.eps
Object Properties
.csv
STEP
.stp, .step
3D Studio
.3ds
Geomview OFF
.off
Parasolid
.x_t
STL (Stereolithography)
.stl
AMF
.amf
GHS Geometry
.gf, .gft
PDF
.pdf
VDA
.vda
ACIS
.sat
GHS Part Maker
.pm
PLY
.ply
VRML/Open Inventor
.wrl, .vrml, .vi
Adobe Illustrator
.ai
Google Earth
.kmz
Points
.asc, .csv, .xyz, .cgo_ascii,.cgo_asci, .pts 1
WAMIT
.gdf
AutoCAD Drawing
.dwg
GTS (GNU Triangulated Surface)
.gts
Points
.txt
Windows Metafile
.wmf
AutoCAD Drawing Exchange
.dxf
IGES
.igs, .iges
Raw Triangles
.raw
X3D
.x3dv
COLLADA
.dae
Lightwave
.lwo
Recon M
.m
XAML
.xaml
Cult3D
.cd
Microstation
.dgn
RenderMan
.rib
XGL
.xgl
DirectX
.x
Moray UDO
.udo
Scalable Vector Graphics
.svg
Zcorp
.zpr

While this already extended list can be expanded upon even more with the help of plugins what it can handle all on its own is more than enough for the casual user.

Of course, if you do decide on including plugins for Rhinoceros, then the library of compatible formats will also contain the following:

  • 3DPDF
  • ACIS
  • CATIA V4, v5 and v6
  • CGR
  • Inventor
  • JT
  • Parasolid
  • PLMXML
  • Creo Parametric
  • Solid Edge
  • Siemens NX

Other programs that can open the files that Rhino can

Since Rhino can open plenty of file formats that are more or less specific to CAD tools, it goes without saying that there are other programs that can pretty much do the same job.

If you don’t like using Rhinoceros for one reason or another, try checking out these alternatives:

As you can see for yourself, Rhinoceros is very good at handling a wide variety of CAD and even non-CAD file formats. As such, as long as you learn how to use it efficiently, Rhinoceros can become a universal CAD format.

Did you find the format that you need in the list supported by Rhinoceros? Let us know what other formats it should support in the comments section below.

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