SAT Import for Rhino is an ACIS SAT file import plug-in for RhinocerosÃ??Ã?Â® 3.0 and 4.0. This plug-in gives Rhino the ability to import 3d solid models from SAT files.
Rhino has the ability to export solid geometry to ACIS SAT files. However it cannot import geometry from SAT files. SAT Import for Rhino removes this limitation by giving Rhino the ability to read ACIS SAT files and import the geometry as solid objects in the active Rhino document.
SAT Import for Rhino is designed to be extremely user friendly and easy to understand. Once installed, it automatically loads itself into the Rhino environment. If automatic loading fails there are manual loading instructions in the ReadMe file. Once loaded it adds new commands to Rhino's existing commands and a new submenu called "SATImport" to the Rhino menu containing these newly added commands.
The 'SATImport' submenu consists of the following commands:
SATImport - Imports a SAT file
SATImportHelp - Displays the SAT Import for Rhino help file
SATImportRegister - Register your copy of SAT Import for Rhino
SATImportAbout - Displays the SAT Import for Rhino about box
The ACIS File Formats
The 3D ACISÃ??Ã?Â® Modeler (ACIS) is a 3D modelling kernel (or engine) owned by Spatial Corporation. ACIS features an open, object-oriented C++ architecture that enables robust, 3D modelling capabilities. ACIS is used to construct applications with hybrid modeling features, since it integrates wireframe model, surface, and solid modeling functionality with both manifold and non-manifold topology, and a rich set of geometric operations.
ACIS supports two kinds of save files, Standard ACIS Text (SAT), and Standard ACIS Binary (SAB). The two formats store identical information, so the term SAT file is generally used to refer to either (when no distinction is needed). SAT files are ASCII text files that may be viewed with a simple text editor. A SAT file contains carriage returns, white space and other formatting that makes it r