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PanelingTools Plug-in for Rhino 5

Summary: Rhino Plug-in for Paneling NURBS Surfaces and Polysurfaces. This is work in progress (WIP).


The PanelingTools (PT) plug-in helps generate 2D and 3D cellular patterns and populate them over rectangular grids.

The PT plug-in supports intuitive design of paneling concepts as well as rationalizes complex geometry into a format suitable for analysis and fabrication. The plug-in is closely integrated with Rhino 5 and is widely used for architectural and other building designers.


For Rhino 5 SR12 for Windows 64 only (October 2016)

  • Download and double-click PanelingTools installer to install. When opening a new session of Rhino, the installed version will be loaded (no need for any further action such as drag&drop or use PluginManager to load). Toolbars are also installed, but for the first use you need to load using Tools/Toolbar Layout…

For Rhino 5 SR9 for Windows 32- and 64-bit (December 2014)

  • Download and double-click PanelingTools installer to install.
  • PanelingTools plug-in also extends Grasshopper and is installed by the installer (you should see the PanelingTools tab in Grasshopper without any additional installation). Link to PT-GH group for discussions and examples...
  • Single stroke font (optional). As a bonus feature, add this font to your Windows font directory. For example, in Windows 7, drag the RhSS.ttf file into Control Panel>Appearance and Personalization>Fonts. The font will then be accessible from Rhino. This type of font is used mainly to tag parts for laser cutting.

For Rhino for Mac WIP

  • PanelingTools plug-in is not part of the released Rhino 5 for Mac, but it is available as part of the Rhino for Mac WIP. If you own a Rhino for Mac license and want to access PanelingTools, download and install the Rhino for Mac WIP. Please note that the Rhino for Mac WIP is a Work-In-Progress. This means it includes the latest features and development, but it also means that there may be instability and bugs. New WIPs are released frequently as we add features and fix bugs. In the WIP, there is no PanelingTools menu and all the commands are available through the command line only. Type pt to see all the PanelingTools commands in the AutoComplete list.

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For documentation and examples, please check:



Please tell us what you think and how you are using PanelingTools to help shape future development.

Join the PanelingTools Group in Rhino Forum and post photos, news, and discussions. Make sure to tag with keyword “PanelingTools”.

For questions and feedback, contact the developer.

labs/panelingtools.txt · Last modified: 2016/10/07 by rajaa