Friday, August 29, 2014

What to do with a Pink Pearl eraser, X-Acto knife, Rhino

Are you having troubles with those ear buds tangling? Dan Falvey, from Hard Part Inc., decided to solve that problem his own way. Here's his story:

One Sunday morning I got up early and decided to listen to the BBC and NPR news on my radio. In an effort not to disturb my wife (happy wife, happy life), I went searching for a set of ear buds. After finding three or four sets all tangled up, I spent the next 30 minutes and multiple cups of coffee untangling them. -- Not acceptable. I had purchased several "ear bud cord management" products in the past but they were bulky and a pain to use.

So I decided that there was a better solution. The first 30 minutes I figured out the design direction: Holding the jack and ear bud together seemed to be the best solution to keep the cords from knotting up. So I tried a spring steel paper clamp: too much point pressure and bulky. I thought about it for a bit .... grabbed some new Pink Pearl erasers, an X-Acto knife, and some small diameter brass tubing.

For the next hour I punched holes through the "pinks" with the brass tubing and cut parallel slits to allow access into the holes. In this first iteration the access slits worked. But when you pinched the pink to open the slits to drop out the buds the jack cord fell out at the same time. Not what I wanted. So the obvious solution was to put the access slit for the jack hole on the opposite side. I cut another prototype and the damn thing worked perfectly. 

So, on a Sunday morning in about 4 hours, I basically designed the BUD on a budget of less than 5 bucks.

Full disclosure note: Dan gave a few BUD samples to the Rhino office staff. I'm using a lovely blue one to keep a super long ear bud cord untangled on my desk. It's one small bit to making life easier.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Big 3D printing

The French start-up company Drawn recently launched its robotic-arm 3D printer, Galatea. At its popular debut at Maker Faire Paris in June, Galatea demonstrated its ability to print entire furniture pieces, changing the nozzle diameter from 1.75 mm up to 8 mm.

Drawn used Rhino to create the models and Grasshopper to make the models parametric.

Drawn will be selling their own 3D printed furniture and other items. They also plan to hold workshops on how to design and print furniture.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

PanelingTools for Rhino 5 and Grasshopper new release

The new release of PanelingTools for Rhino 5 SR9 and Grasshopper 0.9 is now available for download. Details and download…

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Free Maxwell Render for faculty and students

Next Limit Technologies is offering FREE Maxwell Render licenses
to academic institutions and the students enrolled in their courses.
Maxwell Render is known across the CG Industry - from design
and architectural visualization, animation, VFX, and creative digital
arts. Maxwell Render integrates seamlessly with Rhino, making a
simple and easy workflow.

RhinoPiping 1.0 - first commercial release

The first commercial release of RhinoPiping 1.0 is now
shipping. RhinoPiping is a 3D pipe modeling plug-in for
Rhino. It is designed for industries including:
  • AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction)
  • Shipbuilding
  • Water
  • Agri-business
  • Engineering firms
  • Energy 
  • Oil, gas, and petrochemical industries
  • Pharmaceutical 

Rhino & Grasshopper Essentials for Architecture course

Rhino Grasshopper Essentials for Architecture at CASE
August 25-27, 2014
New York, NY

CASE has announced a Rhino Grasshopper Essentials for Architecture course. Sign up today!

In this workshop, attendees will learn to create complex conceptual massing in Rhino, use Rhino’s powerful surface tools to manipulate these forms, and fenestrate the surface of that mass. Attendees will also learn robust techniques for presentation and conceptual visualization.

To register, contact Darren Lewis or call (212) 255-5483.

Intro to Grasshopper online course - September 2014

Join us for our Intro to Grasshopper for Rhino 5 online training course. This course is for design professionals who are looking to efficiently learn Grasshopper concepts and features at an accelerated pace in an instructor-led online environment. The advantages of using Grasshopper in preliminary design and concept development come to life in many real-life examples.

Dates: September 8-11
  Orientation: September 8, 9:00am-10:30am PDT
  Grasshopper training: September 9-11, 9:00am-1:00pm PDT

Price: US$195.00

Please note, all times noted above are Pacific time zone. Calculate your time zone.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Studio Scenes with V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino - 27th August

Simply Rhino UK are presenting a series of six webinars introducing V-Ray for Rhino and outlining it's use in specific areas including:
  • Product Design
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Jewellery
Studio Scenes with V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino - 27th August 2014

In this thirty minute webinar, Phil Cook of Simply Rhino will examine two distinctly different studio set-ups with V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino. 

A configuration using image based lighting with the V-Ray Dome Light via V-Ray Express will be demonstrated before moving on to the creation of a traditional photographic studio set using V-Ray rectangular lights with no GI Skylight contribution. 

Controlling exposure with the V-Ray Physical Camera will be demonstrated along with using VFB channels to aid post production.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FESPA, connect with print innovation 21-23 August 2014

As the leading graphic arts event for Mexico and Central America, it provides all the industry pieces of information you need to explore the latest developments in wide format digital printing, screen printing, garment decoration and signage markets.
The exhibition will be a comprehensive showcase of print machinery, software, consumables, and substrates, as well as give you inspirational ideas on print applications and solutions to add to your business.
Stop by booth #H10 to learn more about Rhino 5, Generative Design with Grasshopper and digital fabrication with Gizmo's laser and 3D printing technologies. FESPA will be held August 21-23 at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City.

RhinoFabStudio will be at GIZMO's booth #H10
Do not forget to join us at RhinoFabStudio too
Register here for FESPA 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rhino Job Openings

Check out the job openings for designers with Rhino skills on the Coroflot job board.

Hiring companies include:
  • Virginia Tech
  • iOttie Inc
  • 3M
  • REI
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Apple
  • Brookstone
  • And many more... view them here!

Consumer Product Modeling in Rhino - Training Video

Complex Consumer Product Modeling in Rhino, from Infinite Skills, will teach you how to create and model a walkie-talkie using Rhino 5. This course is designed for users who already have a working knowledge of Rhino.

You will start by learning how to import and scale 2D images, then draw main body curves. Then you will learn to create a walkie-talkie, including the body, antenna, volume knob, front controls, and LCD. This video tutorial will also teach you how to add the speaker grill to the walkie-talkie, as well as adding a battery door. Then you will learn how to set up the model in Rhino for rendering.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Rhino goes to the movies

Silver Samurai from The Wolverine
Rhino is often used in set models, but we don't often hear about it. But recently Assistant Art Director Andrew Chan featured Rhino in his article in the Art Director's Guild Perspectives magazine.

T-Splines and V-Ray were also used.

A article on the production, The Wolverine: A Study in Japanese Architecture, starts on page 28. Andrew's article, The Silver Samurai, starts on page 36. Both these articles are in the November/December 2013 issue.

Friday, August 8, 2014

DIVA Day Student Competition

Deadline September 6th, 2014

Attention Students... the DIVA for Rhino team wants to see how you are using DIVA. The selected individual or group will receive a $750 stipend to cover travel costs to DIVA Day, free conference registration, and will have their poster displayed during DIVA Day 2014 in Seattle, WA.

Undergraduate and graduate students

Submissions due:  September 6, 2014 @ 12:00am PDT (3:00am EDT)
Submit via e-mail to: Kera Lagios
Submission Requirements:
  • Application - one form per project. For group projects, list all applicants and full contact information on an additional sheet and submit it with the application.
  • (1) ARCH D (24” x 36”) poster (portrait or landscape) including images and text describing your project. File size limit: 5MB.
1 award of  $750 + free registration to DIVA Day 2014 in Seattle, WA
In the case of group projects, all applicants will receive free registration to DIVA Day, and the stipend will be divided equally among all team members.

For more information please contact:
   DIVA Day Student Competition or e-mail Kera Lagios

RhinoGold 4.0 new Service Release - Download Now

The new Service Release of RhinoGold 4.0 is ready! 

Improvements include:
  •  Includes RhinoEmboss 2.0
  •  Clayoo latest service release
  •  Azzure User Interface behavior improved   
  •  Gem creator minor bug fixed
  •  Rope tool fixed
  •  Head Studio
  •  Decimator: reduce the weight in one click
  •  Support Tool
  •  Pave Display mode bug in Rhino interface
  •  Boolean failed in some cases. Fixed
  •  RG Render Studio (for Brazil users)
RhinoGold users download service release...

Digital Fabrication OpenHouse in Tampere, Finland

Digital Fabrication OpenHouse and Workshop
Sep 4, 2014
AN-Cadsolutions office
Tampere, Finland

Come learn more about Rhinoceros and Mecsoft softwares. Also You can learn and see our 3D-printers (Felix, ZMorph, Blueprinter), 3D-scanners (David SLS-2, RangeVision, Sense, Roland), Roland CNC-milling and engraving machines, laser engraving, Azon flatbed printing, MicroScribe, Wacom Cintiq. You can make little practices with 3D-printers and 3D-scanners with Antti, owner of AN-Cadsolutions.

Ginkgo racing ship by Florian Heinzelmann

The Ginkgo racing ship is a mod by Florian Heinzelmann for the upcoming spacesim Star Citizen from gaming legend Chris Roberts (Wing Commander) who collected over 49 Million US$ in crowdfunding for realizing this game. The Ginkgo ship was modelled in great detail in Rhino and early shape studies were done with the help of Grasshopper. It was also featured in the Star Citizen community spotlight.

DATA TREES / Introduction to computational design in architecture

Sep 20-21, 2014

DATA TREES is a computational design workshop for beginners.

It is designed as an introduction to visual programming with Grasshopper oriented to architecture and design strategies. In 2 days you will explore the main functions of Grasshopper and apply them to some architectural design process.

The workshop starts with a lecture by Francesco Cingolani about computational design and parametric architecture, including examples of built projects in which Grasshopper has been intensively used, such as the main façade of the Phliharmonic Paris Hall and the New Department of Islamic Art in the Musée du Louvre in Paris.

Optima + in Cairo and Barcelona

Optima +

Think, analyze, design, optimize, compete and fabricate
International workshop and competition, September 2014  

Phase one: Cairo, 01 – 05 September 2014
Phase two: Barcelona, 27 – 31  October  2014             

NOUMENA & ALGORITM in partnership with IAAC , Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya, organize an international competitive workshop that will take place in both Cairo- Egypt and Barcelona – Spain where you’ll explore innovative design and fabrication strategies (Advanced Architecture, Parametric Design, NURBS Modeling , Optimization, and Fabrication).

Thursday, August 7, 2014

V-Ray for Rhino webinars

Simply Rhino UK are presenting a series of six webinars introducing V-Ray for Rhino and outlining it's use in specific areas including:

  • Product Design
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Jewellery
There will be insights and information for those who are thinking about moving to a high end rendering product and plenty of useful tips for those already using V-Ray for Rhino.

Rhino Summer School for educators - London - Last day for registration

Rhino Summer School 
London, UK
September 2014

SimplyRhino UK, in collaboration with McNeel Europe and chaos group, has organized a free of charge training & networking event for design teachers and lecturers, six classes over eight days.  Separate courses covering three areas: modelling, rendering and generative design

All courses are delivered by leading individuals from the software developer plus certified trainers from Simply Rhino. All courses are taking place at Imperial College London, Skempton Building in the newly refurbished South Kensington campus.

All classes have a focus on “training the trainer”. All content (except for the Rhino 5 Level Class, which is identical to our standard class) is tailored to help inform any teacher or lecturer in the key aspects of that subject -- quite different than our commercial classes where the focus is very much on professional use. The aim is to enable teachers to teach rather than become professional users. We think this is what you need.

Class titles:

  • Rhino 5 Level 1
  • Rhino 5 in Architecture & Engineering
  • V-Ray Level 1
  • V-Ray Advanced
  • V-Ray Advanced for Architecture
  • Grasshopper Introduction

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New RhinoBIM beta 3.39.162

The new RhinoBIM beta 3.39.162 is downloadable now.

What's new?

 - Miter command works with curved beams
 - Fixed bug when creating curved beams with a custom CPlane.
    Rotation was avoided
 - Fixed bug: curved beams were modeled with an invalid end cap

More about RhinoBIM...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

eCAADe 2014 - Northumbria University, Newcastle UK

eCAADe 2014
Northumbria University, Newcastle UK
September 8-12, 2014 

The eCAADe 2014 conference (September 10-12) will explore the possibilities for advanced levels of data integration in the service of the representation and management of the natural environment, and the design, visualisation and making of the built environment.

The eCAADe 2014 workshops (September 8-9) include:

Graph modelling with Grasshopper3d 
Introduction to data flow programming via visual graph editing
Instructor: Peter Mehrtens

Computer Aided Architectural Design software packages and 3d CAD platforms offer a wide range of functionality for direct and parametric modelling to architects and engineers. However in a scenario where the architectural model is to represent a rule-based design, it is appropriate to employ complementary tools that assist the development of the algorithm that underlies the actual design result. 

To express a design intent utilizing computational means the creator may choose between text based programming (scripting) and visual graph modelling. 

Architects and designers are trained to communicate ideas and concepts in a visual manner and don’t usually have additional training in computer science. Therefore a comfortable link between architecture and programming can be seen in the design of schema (graph modelling). 

This workshop intends to approach students and architects interested in generative design by teaching the concepts of dataflow programming in a visual graph modelling environment. 
During the two day classroom-style workshop we will use Grasshopper and Rhino. 
Grasshopper3d is a plug in to NURBS-modelling software Rhinoceros, delivering users the capability to develop a design by modelling the dataflow in an acyclic directed graph.

Generative Furniture Design, GFD3D

During an internship with McNeel Miami last semester, we had amazing students participating in a Digital Fabrication Minor at McNeel Miami's RhinoFabStudio. During the process these student learned how to use Rhino, Grasshopper, RhinoCAM etc, as well as operate many digital machines. One of these students was Ana Solis, watch her video where she  shows the process of making her generative GFD3D blue chair.

For more information, you can contact Ana Solis
More photos of the Blue Chair at GFD3D
You can join and post your furniture designs at GFD3D too

The next three workshops about Furniture Design are:

August 25-29, at La Salle, University, Morelia, Mexico Work-Shop
November 03-07, at FabPub, London, UK, Work-Shop
November 17-21, at McNeel Miami's RhinoFabStudio, Work-Shop 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New OctaneRender 2 for Rhino

OTOY Inc. announces the availability of OctaneRender 2 for 
Rhino, the latest version of the company’s real-time rendering 
software. OctaneRender 2 adds more than a dozen features 
allowing artists, designers, and engineers to create the most 
realistic renders possible in less time than ever before.

Some of these new features are:
  • Displacement mapping
  • Object motion blur
  • Vertex motion blur
  • Hair and fur
  • OpenSubDiv surfaces
  • Rounded edges
  • Random color texture for instances
  • Improved sky rendering 
  • Region rendering
  • Network rendering
  • Compatibility with Brigade

Monday, July 28, 2014

DIVA Day in Seattle

The third DIVA Day will be on October 2, 2014, at Seattle City Hall.

DIVA-for-Rhino is a daylighting and energy modeling plug-in for Rhinoceros.

DIVA Day focuses on using DIVA and associated simulation tools to enhance design through performance-based workflows. 

The full-day event will include: 
  • Presentations of research and case studies by practitioners and researchers at universities and architectural, consulting, and engineering firms.
  • Introduction of new features by the DIVA team.
  • A panel discussion on evolving daylighting credits in codes and point systems, such as LEED v4.
  • Dinner following the event will provide an opportunity to meet with speakers and other attendees.

Friday, July 25, 2014

RhinoShoe 2.0 - new service release

A new service release of RhinoShoe 2.0 is available now. This 
Rhino 5 plug-in for scaling and correcting shoes and patterns, 
now includes: 
  • Scale3D: fixed various random crashes
  • Scale2D: issue fixed when circles were deformed when offset
  • Now takes the dimensions of all the soles
  • Non-scalable objects can be added
  • Ready for Windows 8.1 
  • Discard the open curves and points bug fixed
  • Language corrections
Try RhinoShoe 2.0...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Converting a shop to a student lounge

Photos by Michael Moran Studio

Now the Sullivan Family Student Center, this University of Wyoming building was originally a conversion from a shop building. The floor plan consisted of nondescript and ill-defined open floor areas crisscrossed with circulation. In the rehab, the architect pushed the circulation to the perimeter, then used screens to separate it from the main student lounge area. The perforated bamboo panels are about 40 percent open with even porosity and density throughout. The apertures in the screen, ranging from small slits to full doorways, allow glimpses between the two areas. The patterns do not repeat.

Though we may be a bit slow to notice this 2011 project, it is an interesting use of Grasshopper script. Sarah F. Cox of Curbed interviewed Paul Lewis from Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis, the New York architects.

RhinoMold 4.0 released

TDM Solutions announces the new release of RhinoMold. 
- RhinoMold 4.0 ready for the Zoo - license manager
- Major and Minor bugs fixed
- Localization improvements

New Atlanta Falcons Stadium

Read* about how Rhino and Grasshopper were used in the design of the new Atlanta Falcons Stadium in the July 14/21 edition of Engineering News-Record.

"To develop the geometry, Johnson credits as instrumental the use of a graphical algorithm software editor, called Grasshopper, in conjunction with 3D modeler Rhinoceros."

Watch the video to hear more about the design from Bill Johnson, 360 Architects.

*You need to be an ENR subscriber to read the article online. 

Advances in Architectural Geometry workshops, London

London, UK
Sep 18-21, 2014

Advances in Architectural Geometry / AAG is a symposium where both theoretical and practical work linked to new geometrical developments is presented. This symposium gathers the diverse components of the contemporary architecture which push the building envelope towards free form and respond to the multiple current design challenges. It involves architects, engineers, mathematicians, software designers and contractors. We aim at connecting researchers from architectural and engineering practices, academia and industry. AAG has become a reference in the professional field and is supported by the direct participation of the most renowned architectural design and engineering offices, along with academic laboratories.

The list of accepted papers and workshops for AAG2014 is now available, these including Grasshopper, RhinoPython, RhinoCommonKangaroo, karamba, RoboFold plug-ins, EvoluteSpiderWeb, Syntactic and Configurbanist.