Using Adobe Substance 3D Designer with Rhino

Rhinoceros includes PBR and can import Adobe Substance 3D Designer materials for realistic-looking renderings! The Substance Importer plugin for Rhino enables you to easily import Substance 3D materials (SBSAR files) into Rhino as “Physically Based” materials. The material presets and parameters can be edited directly within Rhino.

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Integration of Substance materials into Rhino

Substance 3D materials from Adobe Substance 3D Assets library, Adobe Substance 3D Community assets or directly created in Adobe Substance 3D Designer or Sampler, are supported in Rhino through a free plugin (SubstanceImporter). Substance Importer enables SBSAR as a file format, which can be imported into the Rhino material editor using the “Substance” type or by drag and drop. In addition to the import feature, Substance 3D parametric assets can be edited directly in Rhino by tweaking the parameters in Rhino material and seeing the variations in real-time in Rhino viewer.

To install the plugin:

  1. Go to the Tools pulldown > Package Manager.
  2. Search for SubStanceImporter.
  3. Click Download and Install.
  4. Restart Rhino.

The video below covers more of the details on using these materials:

Substance Applications

Adobe Substance 3D Designer is the reference solution for 3D digital materials authoring and texturing.

Here is an introductory look at using Substance 3D Sampler:

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Substance Material Examples

Wood Collection

The wood category on Substance 3D Assets library currently offers more than 1,400 unique and fully parametric materials. Discover all the different ways wood materials can work… Wood collection

Marble Collection

Timeless Elegance: Marble Materials on Substance 3D Assets library feature 670 ready-to-use marbles with exposed parameters. Find out more about the marbles… Marble collection

Leather Collection

More then 1000 leather materials that are fully procedural! A lightweight solution that is completely customizable yet remains photorealistic in every detail. See how to use the leathers… Leather collection

Fabric Collection

500 digital fabrics are already available in the Substance library. Explore the ways Fabrics can be modified… Fabric collection

Substance Painter Workflow and Rhino

The workflow with Adobe Substance 3D Painter is quite different from the above mentioned apps. Here are the details on a workflow with Substance 3D Painter: