1. The best export method for your version of Rhino and Lumion
|Rhino 6.10 or newer||Lumion 9.0 or newer||Lumion LiveSync for Rhino 6.10 or newer|
|Rhino 5 SR 10 or newer||Lumion 5.0 or newer||File -> Save As -> Collada (*.DAE)|
|Rhino 4 or older||Lumion 5.3 or newer||File -> Save As -> SketchUp (*.SKP)|
2. Method A: LiveSync export
2.1: With Lumion LiveSync for Rhino and Lumion 9.3 and newer, you can immediately set up a live, real-time visualization of your Rhino 6.10 (and newer) model:
3. Method B: Lumion .DAE file export
3.1: We recommend exporting the model via LiveSync rather than via .DAE format as it is faster and requires fewer resources. However, if you prefer to export your model via a file, you can export a Lumion Collada file (.DAE) using the Lumion LiveSync for Rhino Export button in the palette. Then import the .DAE file in Lumion:
4. Tips & Troubleshooting
4.1: Why are some materials automatically converted to water and glass in Lumion?
The Glass material in Rhino is automatically converted to a special glass material in Lumion when using LiveSync (or .DAE file format when using Lumion 10 or newer) to export the model via the Lumion LiveSync for Rhino plug-in.
If your Rhino material name begins with one of the words for water in the table below and is followed by a space, it will be converted to a special water material in Lumion when using LiveSync (or .DAE file format when using Lumion 10 or newer) to export the model via the Lumion LiveSync for Rhino plug-in.
- The automatic conversion only takes place when you start the LiveSync function (or when you import the .DAE file in Lumion 10 or newer).
- Please note that these special material types cannot be edited in Lumion.
- If you want to edit a converted glass or water material, you should assign a new Glass Material or Water Material from the Material Library to the surface.
4.2: Why can't you see the model after importing and placing it in your Scene?
- The Insertion Point for the Imported Model in Lumion corresponds to 0,0,0 in Rhino.
- If a model is far away from the Insertion Point in Lumion, you need to move the model closer to 0,0,0 in Rhino, before exporting it to Lumion.
- If the model is imported into Rhino from other 3D/CAD software, e.g. from AutoCAD via .DWG format, the CPlane coordinate system in Rhino might have been moved away from the origin point (0,0,0).
- To reset the coordinate system in Rhino please follow these instructions:
- Type _4View twice in the command prompt in Rhino to reset the CPlane.
- Then move the model to 0,0,0 with the 'Move' command and re-export or LiveSync the model.
4.3: How do you reduce the detail level of Rhino models?
4.4: Why can't you assign a Lumion material to individual surfaces?
- Lumion will always combine surfaces that use the same material in Rhino. If you want to assign a Lumion material to a specific surface, you must assign a unique material to that surface in Rhino before importing the model.
4.5: Can you import materials assigned to layers?
- Yes, in Rhino you can either assign a material to an object or to a layer:
- If you assign the material to a layer, all objects on the layer will then be identified by that material name when imported in Lumion:
- Any Rhino layers or objects that share the same material name will have the same combined surface and material name in Lumion.
- If no material is assigned for a Rhino layer or object, it will not have a unique material name and will be part of a catch-all material/surface name in Lumion.
4.6: How do you update a model in LiveSync when the file name or folder location of the Rhino file has changed?
- Video Tutorial: Features: LiveSync for Rhino
- Knowledge Base: How do you replace imported 'proxy' objects with Library objects?