Thursday, December 18, 2008

John Cantu - user web site

Long time Rhino user and teacher, John Cantu has been a great resource for many Rhino users, providing a full range of rendering and animation services to the marine industry.

Rhino OS X - New Build

There is a new build available, Wenatchee 2008-12-16, with the following:

New Features:

  • A new menu, containing the most recently used commands, has been added to the drawing window context menu. The Repeat Last Command menu choice on the context menu now contains a menu of the most recent commands. Selecting the Repeat Last Command choice itself still executes the very last command.
  • Import and Export 3DS have been added.
  • The ExtractRenderMesh command has been added.


  • Text drawing has been rewritten and is much faster. This greatly improves Rhino's responsiveness when drawings (such as typical AutoCAD files) contain a lot of text.
  • The bounding box for a text object now contains all the text. Clicking on any part of a text object selects the object.
  • The Heightfield command does not work and has been disabled.

Bug fixes:

  • The Flip / KeepAll dialog that is part of the Wirecut command now works correctly.
  • The common menu choices File>Save, File>SaveAs, Edit>Copy, Edit>Cut, Edit>Paste, Edit>Delete had previously been implemented in a non-standard way. This prevented Cut / Copy / Paste from working in some dialogs. This may also be the reason some poorly written haxies crashed Rhino. These menu choices are now implemented using standard OS X techniques and may improve stability.
  • Selecting a grouped set of objects with a left to right window selection now works.
  • The Edit Layer dialog now correctly modifies the selected layer.
  • Collapsing deeply nested layers in the layers dialog will no longer crash Rhino.
  • Other crash bugs have been fixed.

Details and download...

Note: This release requires Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Keep your schedule open - March 25-30

The California College of the Arts (CCA) will be hosting a series of events during Spring 2009 dealing with advanced digital design techniques, strategies, and projects. An exhibition, titled FLUX: Architecture in a Parametric Landscape, will open at CCA's San Francisco campus on March 25. The exhibition features work by over 30 design practices involved in the evolution of advanced digital design, analysis, and fabrication.

There will also be a series of lectures and workshops March 26-30.

Keep your schedule open. We'll be posting more details shortly.

Friday, December 12, 2008

3D Modeling Symposium Berlin - moved to October 2009

The next 3D Modelling Symposium Berlin 2009 will take place from 5 to 7 October 2009 in the University of the Arts Berlin. The 3-day event is conceived for both professionals and students of the disciplines of architecture, industrial design, and engineering.

This time there are four modules: Lectures, Case Studies, Master Classes and Workshops. The overall theme is "Concepts Beyond Geometry". Check the preliminary program here.

  • Registration: Interested participants can sign on at the Symposium online from today.
  • Abstracts submission: Authors may submit their abstracts online, after having completed their registration to the Symposium.
  • History 2008 online: The history of abstracts and speakers of the 3D MSB 2008 in April is available here.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Digital Jewelry Designer Needed - NYC

DVatché is looking for a designer with expertise using Rhino with Matrix. They are a high-end jewelry company located in New York. Please, no students. Two years minimum experience required.

DVatché, Eclipse Jewelry Corporation
7 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036

Phone: 212 764 6883
Fax: 212 719 2348


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

3rd Conference Milling Technology in Architecture, Art and Design - TU Vienna

TU Vienna, 18 December 2008

The 3D Technology innovative project board of Vienna University of Technology is inviting any interested researcher or practicing expert to the 3rd Conference Milling Technology in Architecture, Art and Design.

The conference will bring together researchers, practicing experts and business representatives in the field of digital manufacturing and rapid prototyping. The major aim is to exchange experiences and ideas of state-of-the-art CAM-technologies with future possibilities to implement in architecture, art and design. In particular innovative applications of milling-technology will be discussed.

Admission free
Conference language: German and English
No registration required.

ParaCloud GEM

ParaCloud GEM (Generative Meshes) is a design tool for populating models with any mesh geometry. With a simple to use interface, ParaCloud GEM offers an easy way for generatively creating complex 3D mesh models.

The output meshes created with ParaCloud GEM can be further edited in Rhino.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Marc Fornes and Skylar Tibbits at MIND08

If you didn't get a chance to attend MIND08, you can watch the videos online.

For ideas how you might use RhinoScript,
watch Skylar and Marc's presentation.

Friday, December 5, 2008

SIGGRAPH Asia 2008

The first Asia ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques will be held in Singapore from 11th-13th December 2008.

Hayabusa Renderer for Rhino 1.0 demo will be held at AMD booth G01 by Applicraft Japan.

Authorized Rhino Resellers; Nosco Consultancy and FreeForm Solutions will be at SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 to share with you the latest Rhino version 4 and solutions.
Click here for SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 details.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Grasshopper for Rhino - new minor version

Grasshopper 0.50099 for Rhino 4.0 is now available for download. This minor new release has a few new features and enhancements.

Friday, November 28, 2008

EuroMold 2008

December 3-6 - EuroMold, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

EuroMold is the World Fair for Moldmaking and Tooling, Design and Application Development.

To see what's new in Rhino, including RhinoLab's new technology and a variety of new plugins and hardware, visit our resellers and partners:

Don't miss the following presentations and conferences:
  • Einfache Stereodarstellung in CAD-Systemen
    Wednesday December 3, 13:00h
    Halle 6.1, D88, Virtual Reality Forum
    Dipl.-Ing. Michael Meyer
  • Schnelle Designentscheidungen mit Hayabusa GPU und HDRI Umgebungen
    Wednesday December 3, 17:00h
    Hall: to be announced
    Ioannis Zonitsas
  • Kinderleicht: Digitalisierte Oberflächen in CAD-Flächen umwandeln mit RhinoReverse
    Friday December 5, 11:40h
    Halle 6.1, design + engineering forum
    Dr. Jörg Danzberg
  • Generatives Modellieren und Rhinoceros 5.0 Neuigkeiten
    Saturday December 6, 14:30h
    Halle 6.1, design + engineering forum
    Dipl.-Ing. Michael Meyer
  • Interaktives Echtzeit-Rendering- und Modeling mit der Software Hayabusa und Rhinoceros
    Saturday December 6, 15:30h
    Hall: to be announced
    Ioannis Zonitsas
And as in every year, flexiCAD organizes a Rhino User Meeting at the trade show on Thursday evening:
  • Rhino User Meeting
    Thursday 4 December, 17:00h
    Hall 6.1-E87 - flexiCAD booth

Friday, November 21, 2008

Designed in Rhino - the HÅG FUTU

HÅG, Norway's biggest office chair producer, just released their new chair, the HÅG FUTU.

Leif Isachen at KODE Design, the chief designer on the project, worked in Rhino for almost one year, from early sketches, through all the design phases up to manufacturing.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

AutoStereogram for Rhino - Free Plug-in

FlexiCAD just released a free AutoStereogram Plug-in for Rhino.

Datakit Import, Export Rhino Plug In - New Bundles

Datakit releases an import and/or export “all-in-One” Rhino Plug-in bundles of CAD data exchange solution. The new bundle pricing is comparable to old single converter pricing.

The import bundle includes 9 solutions for reading native or neutral files from Acis, CATIA V4, CATIA V5, Inventor, JT, NX, Parasolid, Pro/E or Solid Edge into Rhino 4.0.

The export bundle enables Rhino 4.0 to write CATIA V4 and/or V5 files.

Bundles under maintenance are guaranteed to be compatible with new versions of the native or neutral files.

Paneling Tools for Rhino Tutorial, etc.

Zach Downey, an Architectural Designer at SHoP architects in New York City, has been kind enough to share his Rhino expertise on his blog, designalyze. Recent posts include:

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

MicroScribe "End of Life" Announcement

Today, Immersion Corporation announced that they have decided to end of life the MicroScribe product line, and all associated 3rd party products. This announcement applies to all hardware, software and accessories. The last day to order any kind of MicroScribe product directly from Immersion will be December 24th, 2008.

Please see their Press Release for additional details...

Monday, November 17, 2008

New free video tutorials from Simply Rhino UK

Simply Rhino UK has posted the following free video tutorials:

  • Point Cloud to 3D Contoured Terrain
  • Adding Break Lines & Draping Photographic Images Over the Landscape
  • Creating Stepped 3D Contours from 2D Data
  • Architectural Organic Tower Creation - Envelope & Floor Plates with History
  • Adding a Lift Core with Structural Openings on Each Floor

Saturday, November 15, 2008

PanelingTools for Rhino 4.0 Updated

A new release of PanelingTools plug-in for Rhino 4.0 is available for download. New in this release:

  • Fixed divide surface by direct distance bug for closed surfaces.
  • Added the ability to select a base point to start dividing a surface from in ptGridSurfaceDirectDistance command.
  • Added u & v optional parameters of base location to PT scripting functions "DivideSurfaceByDirectDistance" and "GridByDirectDistanceOnSurface".
  • Added ptTriangulatePoints command to create a mesh using Delaunay Triangulation algorithm.
  • Added ptGroupSimilarPanels that groups similar curves. It is based mainly on number of curves segments and their length. It also test area for planar curves.
  • Added labeling for 3d custom panels.
  • Fixed shift defaults values in 2D and 3D pattern managers.
  • Fixed divide surface by distance preview bug.
  • Added new animated short tutorials to the wiki page.
  • Updated menu, toolbars and PT for monkey.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Display Design Job - Chicago

Artisan, a creative staffing firm in Chicago, is searching for a freelance 3D rendering artist. Our client has a retail design project (POP displays, environmental graphics, etc) and they need someone who can work with them onsite, on an ongoing basis.

Experience with lighting, applying textures, creating reflective surfaces such as glass or metal along with the background environments behind the featured product. Must be well experienced with Rhino.

Contact Liz Dierbeck

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Heath Satow - new installation

Long-time Rhino user and frequent newsgroup contributor, Heath Satow, installed five sculptures November 5th in Palm Desert CA, near the other Satow sculpture in Palm Desert, the lizard sculpture.

Check out photos of the installation and the final project.

"I started designs on the "Tumbling Weed" project about four years ago, right after the Rhino V4 beta came out that allowed us to bend and flow polysurfaces. This project made heavy use of that feature, and I'm not sure I could have or would have attempted this particular design without those tools." - Heath Satow

Orca3D for Rhino - service release

The Advanced Technology Center at DRS C3 Systems, Inc. today posted a new service release for Orca3D, a marine design and analysis plugin for Rhino 4.

This service release includes new features, enhanced features, and bug fixes.

Orca3D includes tools for hull modeling and fairing, as well as hydrostatics, stability, speed and power analysis, and weight and cost tracking.

See Orca3D November 18-20 at METS (booth 04.408, Oost Hall/Hall 4) in Amsterdam.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Rhino Tech Tips Blog

In case you missed it, Vanessa has been posting tech tips on the Rhino Tech Tips blog.

If you have tips or ideas please e-mail them to Vanessa.

Grasshopper for Rhino - new minor version

Grasshopper 0.50092 for Rhino 4.0 is now available to download. This minor new release has a huge list of new features and enhancements, including:


  • Setting a Graph back to None did not cause an update. This is fixed.
  • Graph mapper objects with no graphs failed to read back in. This is fixed.
  • Transformations that do not maintain similarity now properly deform non-deformable geometry types (circles, arcs and boxes become NURBS curves and BReps respectively). This is fixed.
  • Orient transformation had a bug which resulted in erroneous mappings for some input cases. This is fixed.
  • EvaluateCurve component has an extra output for curve span length.
  • Curve divisions components have been moved into a separate category.
  • CurveFrame component
  • CurveHozirontalFrame component
  • CurvePerpendicularFrame component

Friday, November 7, 2008

Salò Nàutic Barcelona - Espai Innovació

The "Espai Innovació" at Salò Nàutic Barcelona (Nov, 8-16 2008) includes yacht design studios and companies, foundations, research groups and organizations that develop applied sailing technologies, giving an overview of their new technological features.

This year Isonaval S.L. will hold the following presentations as part of the activities program at the "Espai Innovació" (Pavillion 4):
  • Saturday 8 Nov from 11:30am to 12pm: Designing a 132' Megayacht

  • Sunday 9 Nov from 11 to 11:30am: Modelling a hull with Rhinoceros 3D

  • Saturday 15 Nov from 10:30 to 11am: Modelling a hull with Rhinoceros 3D

  • Saturday 15 Nov from 13 to 13:30pm: Designing a 132' Megayacht

Rhino OS X - New Build

There is a new build available, Wenatchee 2008-11-05, with the following:


  • The menu shortcuts for showing/hiding the Object Snaps Panel and tool palettes have been changed to accomodate European ISO keyboards.

New Features:

  • Two mouse gestures and four laptop trackpad gestures have been added. See this post for more details.
  • New commands: ToggleOsnapPanel, ToggleOsnapPanelUnderCursor, ToggleActiveToolPalettes, ToggleMainToolPalette, ShowMainToolPalette, ShowActiveToolPalettes

Bug fixes:

  • The last executed command is now saved properly so Repeat Last Command works correctly.
  • Fixed crash bug when importing DWG files.

Details and download...

Note: This release requires Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).

Tobias Schwinn's blog

Circle packing in Grasshopper using

Tobias Schwinn from Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in London has been kind enough to share his Grasshopper and RhinoScript expertise as well as many sources of inspiration. For example, check out the Robert Lang TEDTalk.

Digital creation days Karlsruhe

On 13th November at 11 am, during the digital creation days in Karlsruhe (Germany), Visual-Dream will hold a Rhino + Hayabusa presentation.

See the complete workshop program here.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Architectural 3D modeling job in Berlin

RHWL Architects is seeking an architect with at least 2 years of experience to work on a project with high complexity. Please send Tim Laubinger an E-mail with examples of your work.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Workshop - From Concept to Virtual Prototype

During the VIEW Conference 2008 in Torino (Italy), SEAC02, together with their partners ACHELON and AGMULTIVISION, will organize the workshop “From Concept to Virtual Prototype”.

This workshop will take place on Thursday 13th November from 11:15h to 14.00h. See the details here.

The workshop will explore the entire chain of achievement of a virtual prototype:

  • Design of a CAS model in Rhino
  • Real time visualization and editing in photorealistic quality with the software Seac02 LinceoVR 3.0
  • Instantaneous contextualization of the virtual prototype in the physical environment with the software Seac02 LinceoVR 3.0
  • Validation in immersive 3D stereoscopic environment with the new portable ProjectionDesign F10 AS3D projector
During the workshop, Seac02 will officially present the new release of LinceoVR 3.0, the first solution in the world of real time rendering with augmented reality capabilities.

To register for the workshop, please contact or call +39 011 19700652.

Grasshopper for Rhino - new version

Grasshopper 0.50090 for Rhino 4.0 is now available to download. This major new release has a huge list of new features and enhancements, including:

  • Reworked interface icons and display modes
  • Reworked Graph Mapper interface
  • Improved Graph Editor dialog
  • New Gradient Control
  • Automatic data casting from Colour to Points and Vectors added
  • New mutable code lines in VB and C# script components which allows for custom type definitions and custom procedures
  • New curve components (Shatter, Trim with BRep, Split with BRep, Trim with Region)
  • New Surface components (Rail Revolve, Copy UV Trim, Retrim)
  • New Mesh components (BRep mesher, Surface mesher, Mesh settings)
  • New Graph types (Parabola, Sine summation, Sinc, Square Root)
  • Merge Definition menu item has been reincarnated
  • 3D text tags are now available from the panels
  • Invariant culture is now used everywhere (I think) so all floating point numbers should be entered using the point decimal symbol

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Another blog for RhinoScript and Grasshopper

Sanghoon Yoon, Korean industrial designer and Rhino trainer, has posted some fun RhinoScript and Grasshopper examples in his "sac3's digital plastic" blog. There are some tips and short video tutorials too.

Friday, October 31, 2008

RhinoScript and Grasshopper Resources

Live Architecture Network (LaN) is focused on digital design and fabrication. They have posted many amazing RhinoScript and Grasshopper examples on their blog.

V-Ray for Rhino - new service release

ASGvis today announced Service Release 1.5 for V-Ray for Rhino. This release includes a Toon material, expanded render channels, extra light options, and several bug fixes.

Rhino OS X - New Build

There is a new build available, Wenatchee 2008-10-29, with the following:


  • The Object Snaps dialog has been rewritten.

New Features:

  • The Object Snaps panel and tool button palettes can be invoked by mouse buttons and hidden automatically.

Bug fixes:

  • The Point osnap works on the first point of a curve while the curve is being drawn.
  • SAT export works again.

Details and download...

Note: This release requires Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).

Thursday, October 30, 2008

New Authorized Rhino Training Centers

We are pleased to announce three new Authorized Rhino Training Centers (ARTCs) in North America. They are:

For a complete list of our North America Authorized Trainers, click here. Call one today and register for a Rhino class!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

DIME Chile 2008

Design students, teachers, and professionals from across Latin America are gathering for three days in Santiago, Chile, on 13-15 November 2008. There will be:

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

ACADIA Grasshopper projects

David Fano posted the ACADIA students' Grasshopper projects on DesignReForm. Very fun!

Friday, October 24, 2008

P.O.P. - quickly

Sketch to product in just days

Point of purchase displays (P.O.P.) are one of the most cost-effective ways to increase sales and brand awareness. Marka Diseño y Producción, based in Bogotá, Colombia, has been using Rhino to quickly develop their designs and produce their products. Since each job is custom, turn-around time is very important. So they have developed a digital process where they can start from the basic sketch and ship the finished product in just a matter of days.

Marka’s designs have attracted so much attention and so many purchases, they have expanded beyond their local market and are now creating P.O.P. products for most other Latin American countries and many major brands.
Here are some examples...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Rhino OS X - New Build

There is a new build available, Wenatchee 2008-10-21, with the following changes:

Bug fixes:

  • Zooming a viewport with the scroll wheel works again.
  • The Command Options dialogs were reworked. This fixed the OrientOnSrf command and the "between" command option when selecting points.
  • The Contour command is available again.
  • Some crash bugs have been fixed.
  • The problem of white bands when rendering may be fixed. Since the banding was an intermittent problem, it is difficult to know if it is completely fixed..

Details and download...

Note: This release requires Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).

RhinoCAM 2.0 - DE Editor's Pick

Desktop Engineering Editor's Pick: MecSoft's RhinoCAM 2.0 Handles 3D CAD/CAM Projects

"So, anyway, based on what I saw in the user community and knowing that VisualMILL has an excellent reputation, I recommend you see for yourself by registering for and downloading the RhinoCAM demo from the links in today's Pick of the Week write-up. If you're not ready for that, there are also a bunch of links to demos, case studies, testimonials, and so forth. RhinoCAM seems like a hot one. The price is right. So check it out." - Anthony J. Lockwood, Editor at Large

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Interscalar Istanbul workshop

The Interscalar I Systemic Operations Istanbul workshop will take place November 14-24, 2008. The multiple investigations within associative modeling and 1-1 prototyping aim to open up multilevel resolutions in the psychiatric domain with a focus on the redevelopment hospital site at Bakirkoy-Istanbul. The workshop will take place both in Bakirkoy Psychiatric Hospital and the building center (YEM). During the workshop, the participants are encouraged to use Rhino with Grasshopper, and produce SLS rapid-prototyping and CNC prototyping models.

For more information, please contact:
Workshop web site:
Workshop application:

RhinoScript training at McNeel Europe - Barcelona

McNeel Europe is now offering RhinoScript training on a regular basis in its Barcelona offices with Luis Fraguada as the instructor.

In this intensive 3-day workshop you will learn how to extend Rhino’s functionalities and your user experience through creating and executing scripts. This class covers the basics of Visual Basic Script [vbScript], the main scripting language used within the Rhino environment. Participants will learn about using variables, arrays, conditional statements, looping, and custom functions to exploit the scripting functionality embedded into Rhino.

The first classes will take place on November 10-12. Classes are in English and space is limited. And as always, there are a few seats reserved for educators.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Engineering Analysis and Simulation

NAFEMS 2020 in Hampton, Virginia, October 29-31, 2008 will bring together the leading visionaries, developers, and practitioners of CAE-related technologies. The goal is to provide attendees with the best “food for thought and action” to deploy CAE over the next several years.

Learn more about how Rhino and T-Splines are used in CAE. In his keynote, Tom Hughes from the University of Texas will be discussing Isogeometric Analysis: Progress and Challenges.

More RhinoScripting Resources

Juergen Weiss, Architect, the founder of ReThink Architecture, a design studio and collaborative research forum, is hosting a wiki library of Rhinoscript functions, which should help everybody to develop their script faster and more efficiently.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Rhino Training - Mexico

Prof. Jose de Jesus Lopez is also an industry advisor

Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM for its acronym in Spanish), campus Leon, received the certification as Rhino Authorized Training Center (ARTC). Monterrey Tech (in short) is one of the largest and most important, private, and coeducational multi-campus universities in Latin America with more than 91,000 students and 33 campuses in 25 cities throughout Mexico.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Industrial Design Intern w/Rhino skills

Bose in Framingham, MA (near Boston) has an opening for a student intern with Rhino modeling skills and an eye for rendering “photogenic photorealism”...


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

T-Splines 2.0 WIP 9 available

T-Splines 2.0 WIP 9 for Rhino is now available, featuring new subdivide face command, bug fixes, and polished commands.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Another blog for architecture

Bojana Vuksanovic, Peter Guthrie, and Pierre Forissier's new blog, [n]Codon, shows off some fun projects using Rhino, Grasshopper, and PanelingTools.

RP cost estimating in Rhino

Print3D is a rapid prototyping bureau that offers an offline method of pricing and ordering parts from within Rhino. Print3D for Rhino adds a new menu item called 'Print3D' in Rhino's 'File' menu.

Grasshopper for Rhino - new version

Grasshopper 0.5 for Rhino 4.0 is now available to download.

This major new release has a huge list of new features and enhancements, including:

  • C# and VB.NET scripting components.
  • BarGraph component for real time visualization for large amounts of numbers.
  • Fibonacci sequence component.
  • Jitter component.
  • More Interval(2D) components.
  • Rotate plane component.
  • Circle/Arc center and radius extractor.
  • Explode curve component.
  • Rectangle and Polygon components.
  • Plane surface component.
  • Flip surface component.
  • Curve region union component.
  • Mass addition, Mean (average) and Truncate components for dealing with large amounts of numbers.
  • Mathematical intersection components (Ray-plane, Plane-curve, Ray- Surface, Curve-ray etc.).
  • More options for the Loft component (Loose, Tight, Rebuild etc.).
  • Curve Perpendicular frames component now provides true 'zero-twisting- frames'.
  • New file format (see this wiki page for details)
  • Component search popup dialog. Double click on the canvas (on an empty spot) and start typing.
  • Better help topics for some components.
  • Memory footprint has been reduced significantly.
  • Enhanced notes.
  • Bug fixes.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Grasshopper came in second

The Round Building Reuse : 360 international design competition was to promote awareness and seek the preservation of Florida's mid-century modern architecture. The competition objective is to have the competitors develop an innovative reuse of the Round Building's precast concrete brise soleil on another site or sites around Orlando and Orange County, Florida.

Matthew Hutchinson's second place design was completely developed in Grasshopper.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Rhino OS X - New Build

There is a new build available, Wenatchee 2008-10-08, with the following changes:

New Features:

  • Windows Rhino Service Release 4 changes have been merged into the Mac version.

Bug fixes:

  • Typing Space in the Command Options dialogs will now complete command options.
  • BlendSrf works again.
  • Closing a file when control points are turned on no longer crashes.
  • The installer no longer lets you install Mac Rhino on an OS X 10.4 system.
  • This release of Mac Rhino requires 10.5 (Leopard) to run.

Details and download...

Note: This release requires Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard).