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).


RHIKNOWBOT is a knowledge-based and component-based parametric modeling technology based on Rhino for constructing detail models of building facades, roofs and other exterior building assemblies. It is especially useful in the early stages of design and helps designers evaluate alternative design solutions and output such solutions for presentational purposes.
Its capacities are:

  1. Automate the process of digital construction of building facades, roofs and other exterior building assemblies.
  2. Embed a number of excellent design components for ready use and provide a mechanism for users to continuously build up such a component library.
  3. Generate design variations in a very short time frame.
  4. Output 3D detail models for presentational purposes: 3D printings and renderings.
  5. Output data for further analytical studies and future reuses in new projects.


TurboCAD supports Rhino 3DM

TurboCAD v15.2 with its new Rhino 3DM import/export file filter was just released.

Modo support Rhino 3DM

Luxology is now shipping a Rhino file translator for modo with direct import and export of Rhino's native 3DM files. It enhances workflow for artists working in industrial design and visualization. Free for registered modo users

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Qube! render farm management enhanced

PipelineFX, makers of Qube!™, a leading render farm management software, announced that it has released updates and enhancements to Qube! interfaces to several digital media applications.

Qube!'s interface for Rhino provides an easy way to submit, prioritize and manage renders.

RhinoCAM 2.0 Shipping

A major new version of RhinoCAM is now shipping. Major enhancements include:

  • New advanced 3 Axis toolpath methods such as 3D Offset pocketing and 3D Offset profiling
  • High speed machining transitions in 3 Axis finishing methods
  • Shop documentation
  • Features on 3D part can be selected as machining geometry without having to explicitly create curves
  • All 3 Axis toolpath methods now machine only visible geometry. Users can turn off the visibility of geometry using the layer manager if it is desired to exclude them from being considered during toolpath computations

Monday, October 6, 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:

  • Added ptPanel3DCustom command to create 3D panels bounded by 2 grids (and surfaces if any). The input of the 3D patterns can be curves, surfaces and polysurfaces of any shape.
  • Added orientation feedback and "Flip" option to ptOrientToGrid command. The command uses one grid and optional reference surface.
  • Refined the 3D pattern manager.
  • Re-written the splitting algorithm for pulled panels (edges and faces). It should be more robust.
  • Fixed a divide surface by direct distance bug. If the default distance is too low, it used to take very long time.
  • Fixed another divide surface by direct distance bug for closed surfaces.
  • Added Solids layer to the user-defined 3D patterns. It joins unit pattern surfaces when applicable.
  • Fix brick 2D pattern bug.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Quad Meshing in Rhino 4

This new free QuadMesh Labs plugin creates a quad mesh from a NURBS object.

Sophie3D viewer released

XOSystems has released Sophie3D, a Flash based 3D viewer. With a few simple steps, you can publish your Rhino models to the web.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Rhino-based Orca3D released

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

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

See Orca3D October 6-8 at IBEX (booth 1214/1216) in Miami Beach,
or November 18-20 at METS (booth 04.408, Oost Hall/Hall 4) in Amsterdam.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Rhino-NC released

CIMsystem srl has released Rhino-NC, 2 to 5 axis CAM software for CNC machines and robot programming running inside Rhino.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Rhino Membrane released

Tensile Structure Form Finding

TSI is now shioping Rhino Membrane. Using FEA (Finite Element Analysis) methods, Rhino Membrane is able to relax any mesh into a stressed surface in equilibrium with positive stress fields only. Using sparse matrix strategies it is fast and reliable and any shape from conventional hypar, minimal surfaces and pneumatic cushions can be modeled.

Details and download evaluation...

Architecture event in Cartagena, Colombia

Join McNeel Miami and BITS Ltda in Cartagena, Colombia on October 1-3, 2008, at the XXI Bienal Colombiana de Arquitectura - Expoarquitectura.

Learn how Rhino is being used in the architecture industry.
Visit BITS in Stand #63.

New taxis for Mexico City

In the September 2008 edition of Develop3D magazine, learn about how the new Mexico City taxis were designed in Rhino by a team from Rigoletti Casa de Diseño.