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Rhinoceros: How do I export a model?
« on: May 28, 2014, 03:55:08 pm »
May 28, 2014, 03:55:08 pm
If you are using Lumion 5.x (or later) and Rhino 5 Service Release 10 (or later), we recommend exporting your model as a Collada (DAE) file.

If you are using an earlier version of Lumion or Rhino, please export a SketchUp file from Rhino (.SKP), and import it in Lumion. This procedure is described in the tutorial below:

Re: Rhinoceros: How do I export a model?
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2017, 01:39:41 am »
January 06, 2017, 01:39:41 am
Assigning Materials in Rhino for Lumion
For export using the OpenCollada DAE format.

If you want the materials in Lumion to be different for different surfaces, objects or layers, then you need to make sure a material name is assigned to each.  And, it is a unique (different) name from other material names.

The material name for the surfaces making up the model, define which surfaces will be combined and named in Lumion as a single combined surface.  This is done for performance, and ease of use in applying and updating materials.

In Rhino you can set Layers to have a Material.  The Material Name will be used for the export.  All elements of that Rhino Layer will then be identified by that material name when imported to Lumion:
 [dot] The cube on the right is in Layer 1Layer 1 has a Material defined.  In Lumion it imports with the Layer 1 Material as its material/surface name (see attached pics 1, 2 and 3).

You can also define/assign materials in Rhino by assigning material by object:
 [dot] The cube on the left is on Layer 2.  Layer 2 has no Material Layer name, but does have a material defined for the object.  It imports to Lumion using the object's material name (see attached pics 4, 5 and 6).

Any Rhino Layers or elements that have the same material name will have the same combined surface and name in Lumion.

If no material is assigned for a Rhino Layer or Object, then it will not have a unique material name, and will be part of a catch all material/surface name in Lumion.

Re: Rhinoceros: How do I export a model?
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2017, 01:30:25 pm »
March 01, 2017, 01:30:25 pm
Using the 'Place item on Nodes' command with models from Rhino:

Thanks a lot to Molen for researching this procedure and sharing it with the Lumion community! :)

1. In Rhino, make a block definition: Edit -> Blocks -> Create Block Definition

The block can be a cube or even a node which is ideal if you are using paneling tools and the nodes are on a complex surface.

2. Place the blocks as desired in the Rhino model.

3. File -> Export Selected -> Collada format.

4. Import the Collada block model in Lumion.

(Note: If you use nodes as block definitions, you get an error in Lumion but it still works)

5. Select a tree or Spotlight/OmniLight/AreaLight that you want to place on the imported Nodes.

6. With the Context Menu (Wrench icon) high lighted, left click on the insertion icon of the model. Then select Extra -> Place items on nodes.

7. The tree/Spotlight/OmniLight/AreaLight you selected earlier should now be placed at the position of each Node.
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