The latest Revit, Rhino and Sketchup plugins are included with our Windows installer that can be downloaded for free from our website.
The Arkio Rhino plugin allows you to export and update models from Rhino 6 and 7 to Arkio. We currently support exporting NURB and Mesh models with materials, and textures to Arkio and exporting Arkio creations back to Rhino meshes and components following the original coordinates.
Rhino to Arkio
To export your models from Rhino you need to have the Arkio plugin installed, choose a 3D view with the elements visible you want to export, and press the export button found under the aditional toolbars.
Clicking Export to Arkio will ask if you the following Export settings in the console
Skip imported Arkio objects <Yes> (Yes No)
|Skips previous imported Arkio geometry|
|Level of detail <0.5> (value between 0.0-1.0)||Polygon reduction value for exporting|
You can use the default setting by just hitting enter twice. If you need fewer polygons for loading Rhino models on mobile devices like the Oculus Quest you can try exporting with lower values like 0.2 or 0.3 or use higher vallues if your round geometry neede more detail in Arkio.
Once you open Arkio on the same PC, the Rhino export file will be visible on your create>import drawer. All supported files placed in your import folder of Arkio will be converted to Arkio objects at runtime. You can also import the file on your other devices but it's easiest to import your models on a PC and just share them with mobile devices using an Arkio meeting.
In Arkio the model can either be locked on the table - as fixed non-editable reference with the same coordinates (to draw a new design on), or as a free-to-place editable object (e.g. a piece of furniture, tree of building that you want to move, or place multiple times).
If you want to work on fixed models that cannot accidentally be moved or if you plan to export your creations back to Rhino you want to choose the "Locked at Origin" to use the same coordinates.
When a change is made in Rhino you can overwrite your model with a new version using Arkio on Windows by just hitting export again. While a model is imported in Arkio it shows a spinning indicator on the file overview. When the new version of the model is available a yellow update icon will show above the model in the Arkio scene. Clicking this yellow icon with your VR laser or mouse will update that model with the new version.
Arkio will keep the old versions of your imported models available so you can always revert back to an older version when needed for e.g. comparing design options. You can access all the older loaded models in the import model dialog. If you select an older import date from the dropdown you can update the model placed in the scene by clicking "Update in scene"
Arkio to Rhino
To import your models from Arkio back to Rhino you can open the Scene overview and click the export button. Here you can prepare the models to various supported tools including Rhino. Once the export is made for Rhino an export confirmation will be shown on your models.
Back in Rhino you can open our ArkioRhinoPlugin toolbar import to go to the Arkio/Export/Rhino folder and select the file you want to import. All Arkios geometry, components, sketches and 3D map buildings will then be converted to Meshes in Rhino.
If you like to Arkio geometry into editable Rhino geometry you can also use our close intergration with Autodesk Revit to convert your Arkio scene to solid Revit families first and then export to a DWG. You can read more about this workflow here.
- A restart of Rhino might be required when you run the plugin for the first time (UnknownCommand)
- Loading of heavy files is not recommended, try to keep your models below 450K polygons to avoid crashes and VR performance loss when working with mobile devices like the Oculus Quest.
- If you experience issues loading your models try to load the OBJ exports in the Windows 3D viewer, Blender or 3DSMax to see if the files load well there and what geometry might be causing the issue.
- Sometimes failing imported models affect the loading of other files. Cleaning your temporary ResourceCache files can solve most issues.
Best practices Rhino modeling
- Arkio currently only supports one-sided faces please make sure your Rhino models have closed polysurfaces and your single face surfaces are modeled with the normals facing outward to prevent missing faces or inverted looking shapes.
- Try to reduce surfaces with a high number of Isocurves as these are complex and will result in unnecessary high polygons. Rebuild surfaces with cut geometry or more than 5 U/V isocurves