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.