A Christmas present: Brazil Material Library Beta

Hi all

The Brazil material library issue is something that's been bubbling away at McNeel for years, and never really suitable resolved.  I think it's time to do something about it, so I've decided that we're going to put together as full featured a material library as possible which can be downloaded in one piece from this website.

The first beta of this material library is available from here:


It only works on Rhino 5.0 at the moment.  And it installed into a sub-directory of the "Render Content" folder that opens in the Libaries panel.  In addition, it installs a "Favorites" link in Windows Explorer on Windows Vista, 7 and 8.

In addition to collecting together all of the materials that we've had on this site, I've also put together ready environment files made from all of Brian James' HDRs.  I've made sure that all of the textures and HDRs are included, and properly pathed.  And perhaps the most important thing - I've customized the thumbnail previews so that they are detailed versions of the rendered previews on this website.

On Windows Vista onwards, you can increase the size of the thumbnails in both the library panel and Windows Explorer up to 256x256.  And you can drag and drop these fully previewable files directly onto Rhino objects to assign them.

There are currently about 220 materials and 35 environments included in the library.  My hope is that with user input and some work here at McNeel, we can expand the library to around 2000 materials.  I hope you'll help me to achieve that aim over the next few months.

If you would like to submit a material for the library, please send it to me at andy@mcneel.com as an rmtl file.  If you are really keen, you will use the material preview scene in the "Scenes" folder of the library to render a preview of the material and send it to me - preferably as a BMP file - zipped up with the rmtl.  Even of you don't go to that trouble, I will go through the process here.

If you have any other comments about the library layout or its existing contents, please post here on the forum.


 - Andy

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Hello I get an error message if I want to install it! It appears to be a win32 installer but I have a win64 system. Any idea how this can be solved?


The problem is that it hasn't fully downloaded yet.  It's a big file - you'll have to wait for it I'm afraid.  That "part" file is the browser's "download in process" file cache.

Ok, solved.

The problem is that since the installer search for a specific folder in a user domain, if Rhino-Brazil is installed by a network superuser (a) and the library is installed by a machine administrator (b) the installer will never find the correct folder that originally was created under the user (a). The solution is to create a path of "fake" folders, identical to the ones that (a) have, into the (b) user data as Agesandros suggested.

Maybe the installer could search for the installation and ask for the path in case the folder is not found, this would be much more "user friendly".

Per Agesandros: grazie del suggerimento, il percorso è un'po diverso da quello descritto da te (serve "it-IT"), ma la logica è corretta è mi ha portato alla soluzione.

Ciao, complimenti per i bei rendering "mediterranei"

si perdonami,serviva nel nostro caso,it-IT

là dentro in teoria dovresti anche mettere i templates di rhino per vederli all interno del menu file -->nuovo

ovviamente devi scaricarti i template (anche se credo che quelli di R4 funzionino senza problemi)

PS.grazie per i complimenti

Has this the Library been updated? Unable to download?

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