Thursday, September 18, 2014

NEW - Rhino for Mac Online Training

Level 1 Rhino for Mac Online Training
October 1-8, 2014

This is our first official Rhino for Mac training. Please join us and help shape the future of Rhino for Mac training. Sign up for our first class and receive the $99.00 promotional price.
  • Orientation: Wednesday, October 1 (9:00am-11:00am Pacific)
  • Training: Thursday/Friday, October 2-3 and Monday-Wednesday, October 6-8
    (9:00am-1:00pm Pacific)
  • You will need the latest Rhino for Mac version installed. Rhino 5 for Windows will not be acceptable for this class.
  • You will need a stable and fast Internet connection.
  • You will need the Rhino 5 Level 1 Training Guide and Models as well as the Rhino for Mac User Guide. You may print the PDF for your reference. Download here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Break your arm, print a cast

If you break your arm and need a cast you typically have friends write personal messages on the cast. Now there's an app for that: app #CAST, created by the Fathom design team.  But instead of a plaster cast covered with ink, the messages form the cast itself.

The messages are gathered from personal wishes collected through social networks. The arm (or leg) is scanned. The characters are fit to form the custom cast. The unique cast is printed in breathable nylon material and delivered to the medical facility to be fitted there. To see this process watch the video.

Fathom creates denser letter groups around the break, where more support is needed, and creates airier sections where support is less critical. This flexibility to customize the cast density creates a breathable, lighter, and all around more comfortable cast. And it's built out of personal messages.

Rhino was used to experiment with different methods of translating the text to the case surface.

Interview with Ava DeCapri, CAST industrial designer...

RhinoFabStudio at IBEX 2014

Taking place September 29 – October 2, 2014 at the Tampa Convention Center, IBEX will partner with Robert McNeel & Associates, Miami's RhinoFabStudio, and DRS Technologies, Inc. Together, they have created the Advanced Marine Technology Center, to offer live demonstrations and educational workshops for attendees on 3D printing, CNC and Laser cutting, and scanning technologies applicable to the marine industry. They will also feature Rhino 5, Orca3D, and several products that RhinoFabStudios use, including RhinoCAM, Grasshopper, Paneling Tools, and many more

The IBEX3D Digital Workshop will be located on the 2nd floor of the Tampa Bay Convention Center, Stands: #2315 and #2414. Come, visit us to see 3-D Printing hosted by Prototyping Solutions, Laser Cutting by ESS, and CNC machining by ShopBot. Be sure to bring marine parts or a computer model here, for expert advise on solving your challenging problems in design, manufacturing, repair and quality. 
For more information please go to RhinoFabStudio, or contact Jackie Nasser at McNeel Miami: Tel: (305) 513 4445

Monday, September 15, 2014

AAG 2014 London - last chance to register to the conference & workshops

London, UK
Sep 18-21, 2014

Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG) is a symposium where theoretical and practical work linked to new geometrical developments are presented. This symposium gathers the diverse components of 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 to connect 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 current edition, the fourth, will be held in London from the 18th to 21st of September 2014. 

Conference: September 18-19, 2014

Workshops: September 20-21, 2014

The event consists of two days of presentations of accepted papers, followed by two days of hands-on workshops (including GrasshopperRhinoPythonRhinoCommonKangarookarambaRoboFold plug-insEvoluteSpiderWebSyntactic and Configurbanist), allowing participants, teachers, students and professionals to learn and experiment with new technologies and practices reflected in the themes tackled during the symposium.

Friday, September 12, 2014

SmartForm, new add-on for Grasshopper

SmartForm is a new real-time shape optimization and sculptural design tool for Grasshopper.

Developed by the Smart Space team at BuroHappold, SmartForm is a suite of tools that allows you to rapidly model, analyse and optimize complex freeform shapes found in modern architecture. It has the following components:

  • SmartForm: optimize a complex form in real time
  • SmartFormAnalyser: rapidly analyse a form and panelisation scheme for a variety of parameters like planarity, distortion, etc.
  • SmartClustering: an innovative tool that reduces the amount of unique panels and nodes within a given form.

Rhino/Orca3D training in Antibes, France

Rhino + Orca3D training
Antibes, France
Sep 30- Oct 2, 2014
A 3-day Rhino + Orca3D training will be held at NDAR offices in Antibes from 30 September to 02 October 2014.

Instructors are Vanessa STEEG and Stéphane DARDEL. The course will be held in English. Other languages will be supported (French, Italian).

The course is intended for naval architects and ship and boat designers, with a good knowledge of Rhino. Syllabus covers:

  • Rhino v5 user interface and customization
  • Foundations of modelling and fairing  techniques
  • Hull assistant
  • Background bitmap
  • Surface creation and modification
  • Point control
  • Surface analysis
  • Hydrostatic calculations
  • Real-time hydrostatics
  • Stability with criteria verification
  • If time allows, topics suggested by participants towards the end of Day 3

Course fees are 650€/day. Lunch will be provided.  Advance payment of the fee is required to confirm registration.

Participants should have Rhino 5 SR9 and Orca3D latest Release (v1.3) or WIP installed on their laptops.

For more information and registration, please contact

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bongo 2.0 Service Release 4 now available

Bongo 2.0 SR4 is now available from:
The complete list of bug fixes and changes can be find found here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Online Level 2 Rhino begins next week

Image credit: Kyle Houchens, The Outside

Our Level 2 Rhino 5 online course begins next week. The class is scheduled for September 15-25. We have a few seats still available if you'd like to register. The course will consist of seven sessions, a brief orientation on Monday followed by six half-days of Rhino 5 training.

  • Orientation: Monday, September 15, 9:00AM -10:30AM
  • Training: Tuesday-Thursday, September 16-18 and 23-25, 9:00AM - 1:00PM
    Note: All times listed are Pacific time zone. Calculate your time zone.
All sessions are instructor-led and will be recorded for later viewing.  If you cannot make a session, watch the video and catch up before the class meets again.

HatchKit 2014 for Rhino - New hatch pattern editor

What does HatchKit 2014 for Rhino do?
  • creates and edits hatch patterns with Rhino pattern format
  • can be installed on three machines
  • attaches to each machine
  • allows reinstallation to the same machine
  • will not install on a virtual machine or Windows Server
  • prohibits sale of patterns or pattern libraries
Demonstration download...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Welcome to Rhino for Mac

Join us for a Webinar on September 12

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now!

Kyle Houchens of The Outside Design Digital Design will introduce you to the basics of modeling in Rhino for Mac. Kyle will show you how to design and model a water bottle completely in Rhino for Mac. Rhino tips and tricks will be covered throughout the presentation.

The presentation will take approximately 1 hour, and question will be taken at the end.

The presentation will be recorded.

Please email Mary Fugier if you have any questions.

Welcome to Rhino for Mac
Friday, September 12, 2014
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees - Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees - Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees - Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

SeaHorse Foils - new plug-in for Rhino 5

Seahorse Foils is a plain and simple NACA section generator for Rhino.

It exposes a single command, "shFoils". For the moment, only NACA 4 digit symmetrical sections are implemented, however, 4 digit asymmetrical and 5 digit series are planned to be released as well as a Grasshopper component. The generated sections are placed with the leading edge tip in the origin.

HILA pavilion in Kiikeli island, Oulu, Finland

University of Oulu students in collaboration with DigiWoodLab project
Kiikeli island, Oulu, Finland

HILA pavilion is part of the summer workshop series at the University of Oulu, Faculty of architecture. The students of architecture created the concept and constructed HILA at the Kiikeli island, located right in front of the city center, in summer of 2014.

Hila pavilion is a synthesis of a three dimensional wooden lattice structure (hila in Finnish) and architecture, in which the rectangular base form is carved by a freeform inner void. The revealed wooden structure creates a lace-like appearance inside the pavilion, which is amplified by the complex shadows it forms. Viewed from inside, the openings on the sides of the pavilion frame beautiful views towards the river delta area, and the pavilion itself is shown as a prominent landmark towards the city.

INFORMED MATTER - intermediate Grasshopper workshop in Paris

INFORMED MATTER - intermediate Grasshopper workshop
Paris, France
Oct 17-19, 2014

The space in which we live can be monitored in many aspects and it appears as a flux, a gradient of data in continuous evolution. Our understanding of the surrounding environment improves every day due to our ability to scan and sample the environment around us at increasing resolution, using better technologies and sensors. Thus the space is revealed as a ever changing data field. Our capability to act and design the space itself can be enhanced by the use of tools able to inform better the design processes with more accurate, specific and variable, in space and time, data streams.

INFORMED MATTER is an intermediate Grasshopper workshop about “data embodiment strategies” and advanced mesh modeling techniques.

Grasshopper is actually a powerful information processor that provides the basis to develop possible strategies to inFORM digital matter morphologies by specific set of data conditions.

The workshop focuses on integrating information processing into digital systems to enable the formation of structures, from the very simple up to more complex ones. The aim is to give an understanding of information and data articulation as a spatial and architectural operation. Results may range from pure data strategies design to data-driven geometries depending on the skill levels and aspirations of each participant. The brief is also open to the suggestions and opportunities that may rise during the workflow.

d2 Conference in Vienna - A focus on architectural visualization

d2 Conference - A focus on architectural visualization
Vienna, Austria
Sep 13-14, 2014

Organized by the visualization office BüroWHAT!, the d2 Conference is an event specifically designed for the ever-growing international architectural visualization community.

Now in its second year (previously known as, the d2 Conference aims to build on last year's success. With international visitors coming from over 15 countries, the d2 Conference is one of the most successful visualization events held in the Austrian capital. A fantastic line up of tutors and VIP designers will meet to share ideas, tips and tricks as well as discuss their professional experience in the field of visualization.

Representatives from the some of the most well-known software companies will also be on hand and will be giving demonstrations and workshops throughout both event days in our separate workshop area. Feel free to come by to see what the future of 3d software holds. Or just stop by to say hi and grab a sandwich and a coffee.

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 I flipped on the computer, opened up my Rhino software, and proceeded to design what is now the "BUD". My design direction was to have a device that prevented the notorious ear bud tangles and knots, allowed the ear buds to release if they got caught up on something, and, most importantly, could be stuffed into the tightest pair of jeans or deepest purse and still work. (I have daughters and daughter-in-laws that I used for testing the design). And it wouldn't cost a fortune. 

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

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.