Rhino to Solid Works

Hi all,

I’ve tried a few things I’ve seen here, on tutorials and as advised by the CNC cutter, but no luck…So hope you can help.

The CNC software (called Sophia) works great with solid works, but doensn’t like STEP files from Rhino. I will not recognize any geometry (plates or tubes).

The only way to make it work is to unroll (or make2D) flat surfaces, use PlanarSurf and make solid. But thats cumbersome and I would also like to order folded sheet.

Some things work a little better when I save down to rhino v4, and it also seems to work a little better when I open my rhino file in fusion 360 first, and then save to STEP.

But none of these things offer a complete solution.

Suggestions anyone?

Many thanks,

Google brings up nothing about this CNC software, so…what is it for? Milling? Metal bending? Is it Solidworks plugin?

Hi Jim,

For laser cutting and bending.

See https://www.247tailorsteel.com

Hi Huib - I am pretty sure we made some changes to Step export relatively recently specifically to go to TailorSteel - let me see what I can find out.

@hdmaritime – can you run the SystemInfo command in Rhino and copy/paste the results here?


Hi Pascal,

That sounds promising!

Rhino 6 SR34 2021-2-3 (Rhino 6, 6.34.21034.07001, Git hash:master @ 2fec8130f097ca52a8bc9f334c3ed4a5921c5e30)
License type: Educational, build 2021-02-03
License details: Cloud Zoo. In use by: Huib van Dongen ()

Windows 10.0.0 SR0.0 or greater (Physical RAM: 5.4Gb)
Machine name: DESKTOP-824AKTA

Computer platform: LAPTOP - Plugged in [100% battery remaining]

Non-hybrid graphics configuration.
Primary display and OpenGL: AMD Radeon HD 7500G (AMD) Memory: 1GB, Driver date: 2-26-2016 (M-D-Y). OpenGL Ver: 4.5.13417 Compatibility Profile Context 15.301.1901.0
> Integrated acclerated graphics device with 4 adapter port(s)
- Windows Main Display is laptop’s integrated screen or built-in port
- Secondary monitor attached to adapter port #1

OpenGL Settings
Safe mode: Off
Use accelerated hardware modes: On
Redraw scene when viewports are exposed: On

Anti-alias mode: 4x
Mip Map Filtering: Linear
Anisotropic Filtering Mode: High

Vendor Name: ATI Technologies Inc.
Render version: 4.5
Shading Language: 4.40
Driver Date: 2-26-2016
Driver Version: 15.301.1901.0
Maximum Texture size: 16384 x 16384
Z-Buffer depth: 24 bits
Maximum Viewport size: 16384 x 16384
Total Video Memory: 512 MB

Rhino plugins
C:\Program Files\Rhino 6\Plug-ins\Commands.rhp “Commands” 6.34.21034.7001
C:\Program Files\Rhino 6\Plug-ins\rdk.rhp “Renderer Development Kit”
C:\Program Files\Rhino 6\Plug-ins\RhinoRender.rhp “Rhino Render”
C:\Program Files\Rhino 6\Plug-ins\rdk_etoui.rhp “RDK_EtoUI” 6.34.21034.7001
C:\Program Files\Rhino 6\Plug-ins\rdk_ui.rhp “Renderer Development Kit UI”
C:\Program Files\Rhino 6\Plug-ins\NamedSnapshots.rhp “Snapshots”
C:\Program Files\Rhino 6\Plug-ins\import_STEP.rhp “STEP Import”
C:\Program Files\Rhino 6\Plug-ins\export_STEP.rhp “STEP Export”
C:\Program Files\Rhino 6\Plug-ins\RhinoCycles.rhp “RhinoCycles” 6.34.21034.7001
C:\Program Files\Rhino 6\Plug-ins\Toolbars\Toolbars.rhp “Toolbars” 6.34.21034.7001
C:\Program Files\Rhino 6\Plug-ins\3dxrhino.rhp “3Dconnexion 3D Mouse”