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Rhino 4.0 Labs Tools

All Experimental Tools listed in alphabetical order.

Some of these labs tools will not work properly without this update. If you have problems with any of the Labs Tools, please update these libraries:

Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package ATL Security Update version date 6/7/2011

Note: Most tools on this page do not work with Rhino V5 Beta. Pick on the application to find out.
If you have Rhino 5.0, please go to the Rhino 5.0 Labs tools page.


Advanced Flattening (Now included in Rhino 5.0 WIP) - Download Rhino 5.0 WIP Now...

squish1s.jpgsquish2s.jpgsquish3s.jpgFlattens a non-developable (curved in two directions) 3-D mesh or NURBs surface into a flat 2-D pattern. Since the Expander plug-in from Ship Constructor will not be available for Rhino 4.0, we have started developing a replacement.

Block Editor (last update: March 7, 2007)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
In-place block editor prototype plug-in for Rhino 4.0. A toolbar button is also included.

BoxEdit (last update: August 5, 2009)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
Numerically size, scale, position, and rotate objects based on their bounding box.

Brazil rendering system (last update: December 18, 2006)

Shipped product. Check Brazil for Rhino...
Brazil r/s is a high-end rendering application which is currently being plugged into Rhino. It exposes features such as GI-solutions, motion blur, depth-of-field, shader-hierarchies, photon maps, light attenuation and decay, sub-surface scattering, glossy reflection and refractions, realistic camera projections and much more.

CreaseAngle (last update: June 28, 2007)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
creaseangle.jpgDimensions the angle between two planes.

CreaseSplitting (last update: April 10, 2007)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
Lets you control when Rhino surface creation commands divide their results with creases into polysurfaces with edges at the creases.

Curve on Surface (last update: Aug 10, 2007)

This is a Plug-in for Rhino 4. For the Rhino 5 plugin go here.

Curve Piping (last update: May 27, 2008)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
curvepipingthumb.jpgThis render time curve piping plug-in makes it much easier to render curves and lines in RDK compliant renderers.

Developable Surface Creation (last update: January 24, 2007)

Available as Labs Plug-in for V4 and V5
devsrf_thumbnail.jpgdevsrfdialog_thumnai.jpgAdvanced interface to create developable surfaces. Includes real-time ruling lines, multiple ruling options and realtime surface intersection with centerlines etc…

DirectX 9 Display (last update: April 4, 2007)

Available as Labs Plug-in for V4 only. Discontinued for V5
Alternative display engine for Rhino viewports based on DirectX technology.

Displacement (last update: June 26, 2007)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
Rendertime and Realtime texture based Displacement plugin.

Draw Order Display (last update: June 13, 2008)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
Draw Order Display plug-in that allows you to change the order in which objects get displayed/drawn. Note: A newer version of this tool is included in Rhino V5.

Edge Softening (last update: May 27, 2008)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
edge_softening_thumb.jpgThis render time edge softening plug-in makes it possible to faked filleted edges in RDK compliant renderers.

Note: Edge softening is available in Rhino 5 and this Labs plug-in for V4 is no longer being updated. So if someone really wants to use EdgeSoftening it should happen by using ApplyEdgeSoftening comand in Rhino 5. -Jussi Aaltonen


Electric Field Solver (last update: February 26, 2007)

Available as Labs Plug-in for V4 and V5
electricfieldthumbnail01.jpgelectricfieldthumbnail02.jpgelectricfieldthumbnail03.jpgImplements a basic electric field solver algorithm for point and line charges. Exposes several different visualization methods including vector fields, field lines and particle animation.

Export XAML (last update: August 19, 2008)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
xaml_export.jpgExport XAML files directly from Rhino 4. Includes simple rotation animation too.

Geomview OFF File Import (last update: November 6, 2008)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 Beta...
Import Geomview OFF files directly into Rhino 4.0.

Google 3-D Warehouse and Sketchup utilities (last update: July 26th 2007)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP... WIN 32 only
Interface for Google Earth and Google SketchUp databases. Insert models from the 3D Warehouse directly into Rhino, anchor and export Rhino models to SketchUp formats, import SketchUp files.

Grasshopper (lastest version: Version 0.8.0008 )

Available as a Plug-in for V4 and V5 WIP
gh_squarebanner.jpgFor designers who are exploring new shapes using generative algorithms, Grasshopper is a graphical algorithm editor tightly integrated with Rhino's 3-D modeling tools. Unlike RhinoScript, Grasshopper requires no knowledge of programming or scripting, but still allows designers to build form generators from the simple to the awe-inspiring.

Error loading Grasshopper? Visual Studio C++ Redistributables 6-7-11 version.

Rhino 4 runs in 32bit (even on a 64 bit OS) and requires file vcredist_x86.EXE 2.0 MB.

This is a common issue with Microsoft Runtimes that are out of sync in windows.

Note that you need the most recent Microsoft Runtimes to be able to load Grasshopper in Rhino4. You can download the latest runtimes from the Microsoft Website, and be sure to get the 32-bit ones (vcredist_x86.EXE).


GTS I/O (last update: June 17, 2008)

GTS export is already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP.... GTS import will be included in V5 soon.
Plug-ins for Rhino 4.0 that enable the user to import and export GTS files.

GumballDemo (last update: December 3, 2008)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
gumballdemo.jpgUse a gumball transformation control to rotate, scale and translate objects.

Idle Processor (last update: November 20, 2008)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
Runs commands when Rhino is inactive.

Light Utilities (last update: April 19, 2007)

Available as Labs Plug-in for V4 only. Some functionality is included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
menu.jpgA plug-in for Rhino 4.0 that adds several light manipulation commands in a new menu.

Mesh Repair Wizard (last update: July 30, 2007)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
Mesh reapir steps wizard for Rhino 4.0 SR1.

Mesh Stuff (last update: December 14, 2007)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
Plug-ins for Rhino 4.0 that enable the user to perform certain mesh modification.

Monkey script editor (last update: April 27, 2007)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
Monkey is a new RhinoScript editor that exposes many standard programming environment features such as codeblocks, syntax highlighting, auto-formatting, advanced find/replace and debugging. Monkey also includes a standalone application which compiles RhinoScript rvb files into rhp plugins.

NextEngine SCN File Import (last update: July 17, 2008)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
Import NextEngine SCN files directly into Rhino 4. Scan information includes both the Mesh from the Scan and the Color information on the scan

Non generic shape creation (last update: January 25, 2007)

Available as Labs Plug-in for V4 only- Discontinued for V5
A collection of non-generic geometry tools including VB.NET 2005 source code.

OBJ Import/Export (last update: November 11, 2008)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
obj-labs.jpgUpdated OBJ import and export for Rhino 4.0.

PanelingTools (last update: April 5, 2012)

Available as Labs Plug-in for V4 and V5 WIP
Plug-in for Paneling NURBs Surfaces and Polysurfaces.

Pointset reconstruction (last update: July 28, 2007)

Available as Labs Plug-in for V4 only. Most functionality is now available in Grasshopper...
Pointset reconstruction implements a number of famous algorithms that apply to unorganised point clouds. The commands currently available are Voronoi, Voronoi3D, Delaunay, QuadTree, OcTree, PixelGrid, Network, ConvexHull and SpanningCircle. Delaunay triangulation is a very useful tool for surface reconstruction of say landscapes or scanned pointclouds.

QuadMesh (last update: September 25, 2008)

Available as Labs Plug-in for V4 - Will be available as V5 Labs plugin soon.
quadmesh.jpgTurn mesh triangles into quads

Region based selection (last update: January 25, 2007)

Rhino 4.0 plugin only. Most of the functionality is now included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
Region based selection tool which accepts both dynamic region boundaries and existing ones. This tool extends the scriptability of the _Lasso command. The download includes source code written in VB.NET 2005.

Renderer Development Kit (last update: March 31st, 2011)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
RDK is a software development kit for developers who wish to implement a render engine in Rhino 4.0 (also supported in Rhino 5.0)

Rhino for OS X (ongoing development)

logo_universal_bw.jpgRhino for OS X development has begun. Give iRhino WIP...a try.

Rhino Labs Tools (last update: October 13, 2009)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
Miscellaneous tools for the most discriminating Rhino 4.0 designers.

Rhino Thumbnail Viewer (last update: June 28, 2007)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
Windows Shell extension to view Rhino thumbnail preview images within Explorer.

SectionTools (last update: April 3, 2012)

Available as Labs Plug-in for V4 and V5 WIP
Dynamic 3D sectioning, 3D viewing and 2D layout that updates with model changes.

Technical Drawing Display (last update: February 7, 2007) - //Download//

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
This plug-in adds a new Technical display modes to Rhino 4.0 with hidden lines and other options.

Texture Baking (last update: January 2, 2009)

Already included in Rhino 5.0 WIP...
texture_baking_thumb.jpgProcedural textures, WCS based textures and decals can be shown in the viewport display, and baked into a single UV mapped image.
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