Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thea Render for Rhino

Solid Iris Technologies makers of Thea Render is proud to announce immediate availability of the new Thea for Rhino integrated plugin for industry leading platform McNeel Rhino 5. Thea Render is a powerful physically based biased/unbiased rendering solution that supports GPU accelerated rendering through the use of NVIDIA CUDA technology. The new integration plugin provides direct access of Thea Render physically based rendering features within Rhino 5 including: 

  • Production render modes (Biased/Unbiased)
  • Interactive render mode for advanced real-time scene navigation
  • Physically based material design (uniform material creation for all render modes)
  • Physically based Environment support (Sun/Sky)
  • HDRI lighting (IBL) support
  • Physically based Camera and Light support
  • Proxy and Instancing support
  • Exporter to Thea Studio for further staging and material/lighting adjustment

Thea for Rhino is available now at and existing Thea Render customers can purchase the new integration plugin immediately. New customers will be able to purchase the full bundle which is comprised of the standalone Thea Studio package as well as the integrated plugin. Thea for Rhino currently supports 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating systems (Vista onwards) and is compatible with 64-bit Windows edition of McNeel Rhino 5.

About Solid Iris Technologies 
Headquartered in Greece, Solid Iris Technologies is an industry expert in development of photorealistic physically based 3D rendering solutions. Along with a wide range of integration plugins, Thea Render is used by professionals and industry experts in market segments such as architectural visualization, product design and automotive engineering. Solid Iris Technologies provides its range of products across the globe through a network of resellers and supports renderer integration with its robust software development kit.

Rhino job at Marc Newson Ltd

3D CAD Modeller (Rhino)
Marc Newson Ltd
London, UK
May 2015

Marc Newson is one of the most acclaimed and influential designers of his generation. He has worked across a wide range of disciplines, creating everything from furniture and household objects, to bicycles and cars, private and commercial aircraft, yachts, various architectural commissions, and signature sculptural pieces for clients across the globe.

Job description:

• Create and manage the 3D master design model in Rhino for a multi-deck, mega yacht project
• Work with internal design team to ensure that the model is both up-to-date and accurate
• 12-18 month fixed-term contract

General Requirements:

• At least five years’ experience 3D modelling in Rhino. Preferred, though not required, experience in yacht exteriors, interiors, and furniture
• Experience in managing large data sets
• A comprehensive knowledge of design, work to a high level of dimensional accuracy, and ability to create light surfaces
• Ability to work as part of a team within tight deadlines
Technical Requirements:
• Advanced 3D modelling skills, excellent proficiency in Rhino with solid experience in understanding the development processes
• Evidence in the CV of technical detailing

To apply, please send your CV, portfolio and covering letter to, with “3D CAD Modeller” in the subject heading.

Unfortunately due to the large volume of applications, we shall only respond to candidates whose candidacy we would like to pursue. 

**No agency, in-person, or phone inquiries, please. **

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Gimbal for a drone

Now, Rhino 5 for Mac is used to design carbon composite gimbals for aerial photography. For those not familiar with drones, a gimbal is the mechanism that keeps the camera horizontal in a moving vessel, such as a drone.

Jacek Witalinski learned Rhino and designed his prototype in two weeks from start to finish, with the aid of a few tutorials. "It was my first drawing using this excellent tool." 

See his project at DIY Drones ...

Robots and Cyborgs in Architecture Workshop - Istanbul, Turkey

MASS v.1.0 - Robots and Cyborgs in Architecture Workshop
Istanbul, Turkey
July 1-10, 2015

Media Architecture & Spatial Systems Workshop (MASS) aims to tackle the abstract notion of Spatial Design through a trifold relation between space, media and technology. Under the umbrella of MASS, the Robots and Cyborgs International Workshop will integrate the use of a robot for digital fabrication with a cybernetic Virtual Reality (VR) system and into a spatial system.

Starting off with an overview of Robotic Fabrication and VR systems it will quickly move on to the control of both components and concepts through tutorials in robotic fabrication and virtual reality.

In order to support this development the Robots and Cyborgs workshop will also be supported by a series of lectures related to the subject of Media Architecture & Spatial Systems.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Rhino Architectural workshop in Sevilla, Spain

3D|ArchViz Workshop de modelado con Rhino aplicado a la arquitectura
Sevilla, Spain
June 29 - July 9, 2015

Render's Factory and arquitextonica present a new workshop for Architects that want to learn 3D modeling in Rhino.

AA Visiting School Jordan

Crystalline Formations - 2015
July 23 - August 2, 2015
Amman, Dead Sea, Jordan Valley

The Dead Sea is a hyper-saline lake which exists at 427 metres below sea level and features a one-of-a-kind extreme ecological condition. It is the lowest point on earth and exhibits a diverse platform for research into the Ecomorphology of crystalline formations.

In 2015, the AA in Jordan continues in its third-cycle to build up on research into naturally occurring phenomena in the region, and how these phenomena can inform design methodologies which re-think existing practices. The program will focus on crystalline formations and their potential development at a variety of architectural and urban scales through the use of cutting-edge computational design technology.

The program will bring together a network of distinguished faculty and guests to offer design-research units, specialist tooling seminars and a guest-lecture series. The series is based in Amman with exclusive visits to the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea.

Upcoming Rhino courses in South Africa

SimplyRhino SA has announced new Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced training dates (June-Dec 2015) in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

V-Ray for Rhino Webinars

Chaos Group are supporting the Rhino UK User Meeting and delivering two live webinar master classes in the run up to June the 9th.Both webinars are presented by Vassil Pepelyankov, CG Specialist at Chaos Group.

V-Ray Masterclass

V-Ray for Rhino in Transport Design
Wednesday 27th May 2015 at 11am
Register Here 

V-Ray Masterclass

V-Ray for Rhino in Product Design
Wednesday 3rd June 2015 at 11am
Register Here

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Iris - WebGL Exporter for Rhino

Iris is a free Work In Progress file export plug-in for Rhino 5 x64 that facilitates the viewing of Rhino files in a modern web browser.  Iris now exports most Rhino objects and includes a web viewer with access to layers and views from the Rhino model.  

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Filling the Void workshop - India

Void: null, invalid, empty, redundant.

Through years of development in India, there has been both organic urban growth and inorganic architectural growth. All this leading to a void in the physical and metaphorical sense.

Filling the Void looks at void as an opportunity, potential, and driver of change for architecture and design education in India.

rat [LAB] EDUCATION, in association with Super-Architects and its collaborators, is launching a new educational model with an open design studio. This could potentially change the way we conceive spaces within architectural and urban systems and architectural education in India. Through computation and its many techniques and methodologies, the studio aims to fill the void.

Filling the Void is a floating open studio new to India. The experimental studios will run across five cities in India: Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, and New Delhi. Each city is a 3-day event with distinct urban contexts. There will be technical tutorials, teaching sessions, and presentations which culminate in a round-table discussion with leading and emerging professionals that demonstrate computation, parametric design or alternative techniques.

Grasshopper is the central focus of the event. Participants are taught computational techniques through Grasshopper, with ways to integrate it with architecture and urban systems. No previous knowledge of Grasshopper is required, although basic modeling skill in Rhino is preferred.

Cities and dates:
Mumbai - June 22-24
Chennai - June 29-July 1
Bengaluru - July 3-5
Chandigarh - July 16-18
New Delhi - August 6-8

FabLab goes mobile

Thanks to a Career Technical Education (CTE) revitalization grant through the Oregon Department of Education, Sherwood High School is taking its FabLab on the road. Bowman FabLab, run by high school teacher John Niebergall, travels from school to school by RV. The mobile FabLab takes technology and course ideas directly to students and teachers. It provides equipment, teaches students how to use it, and shows teachers how to build a career program.

During the visit, students will be able to try out the technology. The FabLab teaches how to use Rhino and and how to use a CNC program.

Based on MIT's FabLab model, the Bowman Mobile FabLab is equipped with a 3D printer, laser cutters, microcontroller boards, vinyl cutter, and laptops with Rhino software. The participating schools get a CNC vinyl cutter, plus at least one month's materials to get started.

More info and video on the traveling lab ...

VisualARQ 1.9 now also imports IFC format

This version fixes all known bugs and includes a significant number of new features, including:

  • IFC Import. (Video)
  • IFC tag. (Video)
  • Multilayer slabs (Video)
  • Columns can be created from blocks for the 2D/3D representation (Video)
  • Option to insert openings in curtain walls
  • Curtain walls with curved panels
  • Added a control point to lean curtain walls
  • Tag orientation (Video)
  • Plan view depth of field

See the complete list in What's New.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Announcing DIVA for Rhino Day 2015!

London welcomes DIVA Day 2015!

The 4th DIVA Day will be held in London, England!
Co-hosted by the Architectural Association
October 23, 2015
DIVA Day is a full-day event of presentations and panel discussions for practitioners, students and educators about building performance and design using DIVA and associated building simulation tools. This year, in addition to going international, we are excited to be pairing up with the Architectural Association in London to bring you exciting new work in the field of building performance and design. Check out previous DIVA Day presentations here!

This year’s events will include:
  • New features in DIVA 3.0
  • The 2nd DIVA student competition
  • Presentations by many practitioners and educators
  • Networking opportunities at the DIVA Day dinner
  • NEW – DIVA Training Day on Thursday October 22, and Saturday October 24!
For more information, visit or contact:

Visit DIVA for Rhino at:

Urban Network Analysis toolbox for Rhino

Introduction from City Form Lab on Vimeo.

The Urban Network Analysis (UNA) toolbox for Rhino (developed by City Form Lab) offers powerful functions for measuring accessibility and connectivity between spatial locations along networks and enables you to estimate people's movement from a set of origins to a set of destinations. 
The UNA toolbox includes 22 new tools for creating and editing networks, manipulating the weights of origin/destination points, importing and exporting data, running spatial analysis functions and controlling the graphic display options.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Universidad ICESI workshop - Cali, Columbia

Universidad ICESI - Continuing Education
Workshop in Parametric Design and Digital Manufacturing with Rhino and Grasshopper
An authorized RhinoFabStudio

Universidad ICESI's RhinoFabStudio invites you to their Workshop in Parametric Design and Digital Manufacturing

The Faculty of Engineering at Universidad ICESI will issue a Diploma in Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication for the participants.

ICESI has developed innovative academic programs. In order to produce better, well-prepared professionals, ICESI encourages students to search for knowledge through the "Active Learning" method. ICESI is recognized as one of the most important and renowned universities in Colombia due to its rigorous academic standards and its wide and diverse range of undergraduate and graduate programs.

Place: Universidad ICESI premises

Date and time: Monday-Friday, 6 pm-9 pm and Saturday, 8 am-3 pm (with 1 hour break:

Starts Monday, 22 June 2015
For more information, please contact Lina Marcela Quintero Villareal.

What is a RhinoFabStudio? RhinoFabStudio™ (fabrication studio) is a small-scale digital workshop, certified by McNeel, with an array of Rhino and Rhino compatible software and computer controlled tools and training. These tools cover the various leading-edge industrial methods and materials needed to design, analyze, and fabricate almost anything.

EXTRA FABRICA workshop 2015

EXTRA FABRICA 2015 is an intense technique and production based workshop.
Location: The Shih Chien University, Taipei, Taiwan
Time: July 18–29, 2015 – 12 days
Target audience: Students, architects, urban planners, designers, artists, and individuals with other backgrounds with an interest to engage in new techniques of design methodologies and technologies of production.
Deadlines: Early Bird, May 1 - June 1 Late Registration, June 2 - 18 Registation will be closed on June 18

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Beyond Building Barcelona 2015 - exhibition, workshops and symposium

Fira Barcelona, Gran Via Venue
May 19-23

Shape the future of the building industry with the Pavilion of Innovation 2015 in Beyond Building Barcelona, curated by IaaC | Fab Lab Barcelona. This exhibition and symposium will present new ideas and construction paradigms emerging from international excellence in research and pilot projects. Novel and reactive materials, advanced digital/robotic manufacturing techniques and responsive environments are the key topics presented.


A limited number of pioneer academic research projects and prototypes from the BEYOND | CALL FOR PROJECTS, as well as professionally built projects and prototypes will be exhibited within the Pavilion of Innovation 2015. This includes Enrico Dini's D-Shape, Philippe Block's Rib-stiffened funicular floor system and Neri Oxman's Silk Pavilion.

The aim is to offer a matchmaking space for research and innovative projects to meet construction and technology companies, construct the bridge connecting innovation with the industry and businesses, and present possibilities for projects to be implemented in real world developments.


The Pavilion of Innovation 2015 will also host events such as a symposium and round table where pioneer architects and designers will discuss future technologies and innovation in construction. The Pavilion of Innovation 2015 will also host an educational workshop series on wearable technology, internet of things, digital fabrication, robotic construction technology and aerial robotics. This is open to all professionals and students.

The symposium will take place on Saturday, May 23, where each speaker presents its innovative work and ideas in short sessions. Thematic 4D printing, digital fabrication, self-sufficient buildings and distributed manufacturing will be discussed during this event.


Several international workshops will take place in the Pavilion of Innovation 2015  May 19-23. Varying from 1-day seminars to 5-day workshops, participants can learn about wearable technology and computational design, digital fabrication, internet of things, robotic printing with clay and data mapping using aerial robotics.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Celebration of Young Architectural Design - BuroHappold Engineering

A Celebration of Young Architectural Design
BuroHappold Engineering
Tuesday, 2 June 2015 from 6 pm to 10 pm (BST)
London, United Kingdom

BuroHappold Engineering invites you to a private viewing showcasing four unique works created by architecture students from the University of Westminster Design Studio 10 led by Arthur Mamou Mani and Toby Burgess. These architectural interventions were selected through a design competition and have been chosen to complement our recently completed office refurbishment. Also featured will be a specially commissioned ceiling designed by Design Studio 10 tutor Arthur Mamou Mani.

The Design Studio 10 program focuses on bottom-up design, novel fabrication methods, open knowledge sharing and allowing making to influence the design process. This aligns with our interests at BuroHappold. Our support and funding has allowed the students to realize their ideas and improve their portfolios as architects. Please join us in celebrating the work of young designers.

BuroHappold Engineering
71 Newman Street
London W1T 3AH
Phone: +44 20 7927 9700

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Rhino for Architecture workshop - Vienna

Rhino for Architecture workshop
Vienna, Austria
June 15-16, 2015

The workshop will showcase the different uses of Rhino along the process of architectural production, from conceptual development through construction documentation. Starting with an overview of Rhino as an all‐around tool for conceptualizing and developing architectural models, the class will then illustrate the software's potential for geometry control, rationalization and the coordination of information across the design team. Further options for documentation production, visualization, interoperability with other software and BIM compliant workflows will be demonstrated. Each subject will be explained through the step‐by step development of examples and built case studies with detailed analysis of key commands and critical workflows. 

Vincent Nowak (Flow Architecture) and Annarita Papeschi (Zaha Hadid Architects) will share their detailed knowledge from their direct experience working on large complex projects at Zaha Hadid Architects as well as the intricacies of integration on smaller projects at Flow Architecture. Together they will demonstrate, through actual case studies, how Rhino was used in the design of various building parts and then ultimately integrated with other software packages to smoothly move between design and construction in a rational and efficient manner. 

Help us build amazing student architecture at Burning Man!

Join us to bring three architectural projects to life at Burning Man festival 2015! are a postgraduate design studio from the University of Westminster in London known for its study of parametric systems, creative flair and rigorous physical and material testing in a search for new architectures.
Over the past two years our design studio has successfully built three projects at the Burning Man Festival each the result of a long creative design process, countless hours of study and sheer determination. This year is no exception and we hope to give three new exciting and beautiful proposals to share with you and the people of burning man.
We have been fortunate enough to receive funding from the black rock city honoraria to each bring a pavilion life at this years festival which takes place from 31st August to 7th September  however to make these projects a reality we still need your help!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Hummingbird updates!

Hummingbird has updates for its plug-in, a set of Grasshopper geometry components that creates bidirectional communication between Revit and Rhino geometry.
  • Bidirectional Revit and Rhino support!  This new component now allows reading output from Revit to create geometry in Rhino.
  • Support for Revit 2015 (as well as 2014).
  • Units! Whitefeet ModelBuilder tool now includes the ability to specify metric or other custom units upon import.
  • No more Excel! Read and write using simple CSV text files.
Through Hummingbird, translating Rhino primitive geometry to Revit has been vastly simplified without the need for linking or reference objects. This allows the downstream Revit model to be modified and adapted for the project duration.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Custom guitars with RhinoCAM

Occasionally we venture out of our office cubby holes and visit people who actually use Rhino. When we took a field trip to a local CNC user group, we discovered David Myka Custom Guitars. David Myka's specialty is custom guitars, both acoustic and electric. Every instrument is a unique project. To achieved his desired tonal results, David Myka individually matches the wood pieces and tunes them where needed.

To help, David Myka uses Rhino 5 and RhinoCAM. He likes the combination of the two and the work flow. Using his html background, David has written a custom fretboard design tool using RhinoScript.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Digital Drawing Days - Arezzo, Italy

Authorized Rhino Reseller 3DWS invites you to the 6th edition of Digital Drawing Days (May 15-17, Arezzo - Italy), a panorama of the latest tools for 3D modeling, rendering and animation.

Don't miss the Rhino and Grasshopper presentations by Giuseppe Massoni (McNeel Europe) and Fabio Panerati.

3D Printing Days - Genova (Italy)

3D Printing Days is a series of workshops, conference and open day (May-June 2015) organized by the authorized RhinoFabStudio puntoexedesign and Università degli Studi di Genova.

"The purpose of this workshop is to spread digital making culture and knowledge, suggesting a possible synergy between university and enterprise.
Nowadays the world of 3D printing is rapidly developing. Thanks to open source communities, opportunities and techniques so far reserved to big industries are now available for the individual citizen, the artisan and small enterprises.
This workshop is aimed at opening a small window on these possibilities: let future designers and architects being aware about the potentialities of this technology that is directly linked with the manufacturing world.

At the same time, this event wants to give the opportunity to enterprises, artisans and industry, in order to make them able to value, by means of actual experiences, how this sector is developing."

2015 RhinoFabStudio Mentors

2015 RhinoFabStudio Mentors

We would like to express our gratitude to all of the new RhinoFabStudio Mentors for 2015. The RhinoFabStudio community welcomes these volunteers as our mentors for Product Design and Digital Fabrication in 2015. 

The RhinoFabStudio Mentors are professionals in their respective fields and are here to assist you with anything regarding the implementation of a RhinoFabStudio, but they are unable to provide technical support. You may send your Rhino-related questions to at any time.

To find out more about our mentors, please visit:

In case you did not meet and/or speak with any of our 2014 RhinoFabStudio's mentors, here is the list:

Once again, we extend our thanks to each and every one of you. We truly appreciate your help!

Rhino open house in Tampere (Finland)

Authorized Rhino Reseller An-Cadsolutions invites you to its OpenHouse on 26th of May (from 9 to 18h) in Tampere, Finland.

Come see the latest solutions for 3D modeling, scanning, 3D printing and CNC milling, including Rhino, RhinoCAM, Rhino3DPRINT, Blueprinter 3D-printer, Felix 3D-printer, Roland ARM-10 3D-printer, David SLS-2 3D-scanner, RangeVision 3D-scanner, Sense 3D-scanner, Roland CNC- and engraving machines, Azon flatbed printer, MicroScribe digitizer, Wacom and 3Dconnexion products.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Rhino for Fabrication in El Salvador

Rhino for Fabrication - El Salvador
We will be hosting a 3-day course June 11-13, 2015 at Escuela de Comunicación Mónica Herrera in El Salvador, Central America. 

Click here to register!

For this workshop you need to bring your laptop computer.

If you do not have Rhino on your computer, you must download the trial version before the workshop:
Rhino 5 for Windows
Rhino 5 for MAC

Rhino is a 3D modeling tool and is very intuitive and easy to use. With the course you will learn to produce 3D models using NURBS geometry and prepare models for export. This workshop will help you acquire skills in using the program.

Type of lessons:
Theoretical and practical workshop.

Maximum number of participants:
Capacity limited to 25 people.

Intensive course of 24 hours completed in three days.

June 11 to 13, 2015.
(Thursday 11, Friday 12 and Saturday 13, June 2015).

8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Two coffee breaks and an hour for lunch (The workshop does not include lunch. You have 1 hour for lunch. You can either bring your lunch or you can leave and return to the classroom).

Escuela de Comunicación Monica Herrera, Room: Rainbow.
Dr. Manuel Gallardo Avenue, Santa Tecla, El Salvador.

Directed to:

The course is directed to students, teachers, industrial designers, architects, engineers, designers, jewelry, footwear, naval, product designers in general and those who want to learn how to use this amazing tool for 3D modeling.

In this course you will learn to create and edit 3D NURBS models of free and precise forms. This course includes all the functionality of Rhino 5 with 2D commands, surfaces and solids.

Andrés González, World Wide Director of the RhinoFabStudios.

Space is very limited so please register soon.

Take advantage of the early bird price!!!
You can register for the lectures by clicking here 

RhinoPolyhedra update available

The RhinoPolyhedra plug-in for Rhino 5 for Windows allows you to create and visualize a variety of polyhedral shapes -- over 450 different shapes.

RhinoPolyhedra supports both 32-bit and 64-bit Rhino 5 for Windows.

15 additional Geodesic Cube solid shapes, and 30 new Geodesic Rhombic Triacontahedra solid shapes have been added.

RhinoPolyhedra is free!

Requires Rhino 5 Service Release 9 (SR9) or newer.

Casa La Atarraya - Ahuachapán, El Salvador

 Photo by: EDH

First High School Degree in Industrial Design - Ahuachapán, El Salvador in process of becoming an Authorized RhinoFabStudio.

Casa La Atarraya, located in a rural area of Ahuachapán, El Salvador, offers a high school degree in Industrial Design, which will be the only one of its kind in El Salvador. 

The idea of ​​the new degree in Industrial Design arises from the visit of US entrepreneur Steve Carlton, Head of the Design Team at Nautique Boat Company, which as part of their social work visited the school to donate decorations of one of its ships. In the process of designing it, he saw how the students were interested and asked about the software he was using on the computer, then thought to donate a license from the software he was using.

However, Carlton did not stop there and pushed to implement a complete digital fabrication laboratory. This is how he involves  McNeel Miami to join the cause. The school was able to receive a Rhino 5, 30-user lab license which will allow their Center for Design to obtain the certification as a design and digital manufacturing studio. 

The accreditation from McNeel Miami represents that in the future, students can do work for companies anywhere in the world from the RhinoFabStudio in Ahuachapán.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Hamilton, Director of Personnel and Development at Casa La Atarraya.

What is a RhinoFabStudio? RhinoFabStudio™ (fabrication studio) is a small-scale digital workshop, certified by McNeel, with an array of Rhino and Rhino compatible software and computer controlled tools and training. These tools cover the various leading-edge industrial methods and materials needed to design, analyze, and fabricate almost anything.