Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Maxwell Render V2 released

This new version offers an arsenal of new features, additions and enhancements – from speed improvements, to Stacked Layers, to thin SSS.
For a complete overview of what’s new in Version 2, please visit the new Maxwell Render web site.

Linceo VR for Rhino at NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference and new video tutorials

From September 30 to October 3 Seac02 will exhibit at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California (US). Real time raytracing in Linceo VR for Rhino will be shown.

See also the new Linceo VR for Rhino video tutorials here.

VisualARQ Release Candidate 2

VisualARQ’s first commercial release is just around the corner…
VisualARQ RC2 is the last Beta version before closing this first development stage. Give it a try now!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Rhino OS X - New Build

There is a new build available, Wenatchee 2009-09-24, with many new features, enhancements, and bug fixes including all the Service Release 6 changes. Also included is:

  • The PanelingTools plugin. The PanelingTools menu is not implemented since custom user interface changes are not yet working on the Mac, but all the commands are available. Type "pt" to see all the PanelingTools commands in the autocomplete list.
  • Each viewport title now has a zoom button for maximizing and restoring the viewport.
  • The amount of memory required for rendering has been reduced.
Everyone is invited to download and use the OS X version of Rhino while it is in development.

Most of the core functionality has been ported from Windows and is very stable. There is still much to do to port the rest of the functionality and refine the interface. We don't expect the first commercial release to be ready for at least a year.

Don't worry if the build you are using is going to expire. New versions will be available every few weeks. There will be a newer one available before the expiration date.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

T-Splines - Pick of the Week

Desktop Engineering magazine today announced that T-Splines for Rhino, a 3D surface modeling toolset that enables designers to create organic, free-form shapes, has been chosen as the Editor’s Pick of the Week for September 23, 2009.

ACADIA - workshops almost full

ACADIA 2009 Conference in Chicago, IL

Conference: October 22, 23, 24, 25
Pre-conference Workshops: October 19, 20, 21

Building a better tomorrow

With the world turning its eyes to a new tomorrow and America reshaping and greening its infrastructure, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects, is proud to host reForm()A conference that explores how architects, engineers, artists, and designers are using new hardware, software, and middleware technologies to transform the ways in which buildings and spaces perform, act and operate.

Pre-conference workshops include:

  • Grasshopper I - Limited Seats Available
  • Grasshopper II - Sold Out
  • RhinoScript - Sold Out
Seats are limited to 20 per workshop. Sign up today!

Tex-Fab: a digital design and fabrication event

Tex-Fab: a digital design and fabrication event that includes exhibitions, lectures, and a workshop series. This event is open to professionals, educators, and students.

Workshops include PanelingTools with Rajaa Issa, RhinoScripting with Marc Fornes, and Grasshopper with Andrew Payne. Schedule

February 4-6, 2010
University of Texas, Arlington

Sign up today. Early registration: September17, 2009-January 1, 2010

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Architecture paper, includes RhinoScripting

Computerizing an Architectural Design Process: Toward the Development of Unique Variations for the American Home by Jeremy Roh

New book: DBA2: Digital-Botanic Architecture II

DBA2: Digital-Botanic Architecture II is the new book by Dennis Dollens. The final version is coming out next year but a beta version is ready for circulation. There's a lot of Rhino work in the documented projects.

Dennis Dollens lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Barcelona, Spain, where he teaches in the Biodigital Master Program at the school of architecture (ESARQ), Universitat Internacional de Catalunya.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

RhinoNest 2.0 Beta and Social Network

RhinoNest 2.0 Beta is now available and includes many new features and enhancements.

At the same time RhinoNest Social Network has been launched.

Free Rhino Models

PanelingTools Updated

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

  • Added new command ptGridSuffleGrid. The command changes grid distribution using base surface curvature or attractor points, vector or curves. It also supports random distribution.
  • Added new option to ptGridSurfaceDomainVariable to use attractor curves.
  • Added new option to ptGridSurfaceDomainVariable to attract towards or away from attractor points or curves.
  • Added history suppport to ptGridSurfaceDomainVariable command.
  • Rewrote the variable distribution algorithm. This fixed the bug of asymmetrical spacing when for example an attractor point is in the middle of a surface.
  • A new release of PanelingTools for Mac is coming soon.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bongo 2.0 WIP 5 Now Available

You are invited to try the Bongo 2.0 animation plug-in for Rhino 4.0. The fifth work-in-progress version is now available. New features and enhancements include:

  • Added animatable light properties.
  • Problem with saving Bongo data has now been fixed.
  • Timeline flickers when adding keyframes.
  • Transformation controls on timeline stay disabled in certain situations.
  • Timeline slider lost when zooming.
  • Bongo commands to check in/out licenses missing.
  • Crash when entering wrong CD keys.
  • Memory leak.
  • Crash on shutdown.
  • BongoPreviewAnimation command missing.

Download Bongo 2.0 WIP 5 from here.

Grasshopper workshop materials

Woo Jae Sung has just finished teaching Grasshopper workshops at Cornell architecture. He has uploaded his newest tutorial materials to his blog, hoping they will be helpful to all beginning Grasshopper users.

New Rhino Jewelry Design book

There is a new jewelry design book available for Rhino written by Dana Buscaglia. It is a comprehensive set of tutorials for designing rings in Rhino.

ID job in Addison, TX

Point Innovation in Addison, TX has an opening for an industrial designer of aerospace, medical equipment, electronics, & consumer products who is skilled with Rhino.

Kubrix® hexahedral meshing in Rhino

KUBRIX® is an automatic hexahedral mesh generation software for Computer-Aided Engineering. Output formats included: Nastran, Patran, Ideas, ANSYS (PREP7), VRML 2.0, EnSight, marc, Abaqus, FLAC3D, GridPro, and 3DEC.
All of the capabilities of KUBRIX® can be launched with the click of a button directly from Rhino.

Monday, September 7, 2009

xShoe4Rhino released!

xShoe4Rhino is a new plug-in for Rhinoceros developed to assist footwear, last and sole makers.

"Our product goal is to extend Rhino capabilities with a new and fully integrated footwear package. xShoe4Rhino offers solutions for footwear, last and sole makers. You will be able to work with any kind of data (points, STL scan data, wireframe, surfaces and solids) with no extra expensive modules."
Some of xShoe4Rhino features include:
  • Easily orient 2D/3D insole into a given axis
  • Wrapping
  • Reverse wrapping
  • Variable offset
  • 2D/3D Scale sizes
  • Morphing
  • Shrinkage

RhinoGold 2.0 Service Release 2 available

RhinoGold 2.0 Service Release 2 fixes all known bugs. There are also a number of enhanced commands. This is a free service release for V2 users.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

T-Splines 2.1 service release

The focus of the T-Splines 2.1 service release is speed and stability. There are also a number of new commands. This is a free service release for v2 users.