Rhino 6 and newer - User Interface

This section describes how the plugin integrates into Rhino’s interface. Each page describes each part in detail.





Maxwell Menu and Toolbar

Describes the plugin toolbar and menu options in detail.

Main settings

Describes the most technical settings of the plugin: render settings, Multilight, extra sampling, Denoiser, output settings, channels,… It is organized into four tabs:

This is set from Rhino’s Renderer panel.

Maxwell Environment

Describes how you can determine which type of Maxwell environment to use; the choices are: Sky (Physical Sky or Constant Dome), Image Based, or None. This is done from Rhino’s Environment panel.

Maxwell Material

Describes the Maxwell Material and how to use it from inside Rhino’s Materials panel.

MXM Gallery Panel

Describes the MXM Gallery Panel. From it you can search and download many ready-made materials from our online gallery.

Maxwell Fire

Describes how you can use Maxwell Fire interactive preview.

Maxwell Object Properties

Describes how to set Maxwell’s object properties in Rhino's Object Properties panel.

Maxwell Camera

Describes how to set Maxwell’s camera properties in Rhino's Object Properties panel.

Maxwell Lights

Describes how to set Maxwell’s light properties in Rhino's Object Properties panel.

Maxwell Options

Describes how to set some user preferences that can modify the behavior of the plugin in Rhino’s Document Properties window.

Maxwell Extensions

Describes how to add Maxwell Extensions and set their properties. The Maxwell Extensions are: Maxwell Grass, Maxwell Scatter, Maxwell Subdivisions, Maxwell Sea and Maxwell Volumetrics.

Animation Support

Describes how you can export animations using the plugin. It supports Rhino’s basic animations as well as Bongo animations.


Text commands

Besides the panels and tools described above, many instructions can be issued through text commands.


All Maxwell-related commands start with “Maxwell_” so you can start typing and you will see the complete list of commands available. Most of them are instructions that can also be issued through toolbar buttons, menu items, etc. Most of them can be accessed from different buttons added by the plugin but some not. These are the most interesting ones:






Shows the plugin version number and the Maxwell Render version it is designed to work with, as well as some extra details of the installer (The About command is also available from the Maxwell menu on Windows).


This tool is designed to help move files from Rhino 5 to Rhino 6 or higher. Currently, the materials coming from Rhino 5 are imported as standard Rhino materials which preserve the original name. This command replaces the existing Rhino materials in the scene with the .mxm materials (Maxwell materials) it can find in a folder of your choice. The replacement is done based on the name of the materials. The ones that share the same name will be replaced with working materials referenced to the mxm files. So if you have stored all the material in the same folder (you can do so by selecting all the materials in the Rhino 5 file, right-click and choosing Export Selected), you can use this command, specify that folder and all the materials will be replaced in one go.


It will make all the toolbars created by the plugin visible.