Monday, November 30, 2009

VSR Realtime Renderer for Rhino Beta

VSR Realtime Renderer is a new plugin for Rhino, developed by Virtual Shape Research, for modeling in a new photorealistic environment.

A partial list of features:

  • Rendering environments (cube, cylinder, sphere)
  • HDRI support (environment and reflection)
  • IBL (Image-Based Lighting)
  • Environmental shadows (Rhino light source)
  • Support for Rhino materials
  • Saving of sessions
  • High-resolution hard copy
  • Self- and ground shadows

Friday, November 27, 2009

Rhino Rapid Hull Modeling Methodology

Gerard Petersen has posted several videos, example files and a PDF tutorial about his Rapid Hull Modeling Methodology on his blog Rhinoceros Report. This is a must for naval architects and marine designers.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Advanced Grasshopper Training in London with ecoLogicStudio at Simply Rhino UK

Simply Rhino UK has just announced a new series of advanced Grasshopper workshops by ecoLogicStudio.

There are 4 workshops, each run as a separate class:

  • WS1 workshop1 - Urban Pavilions - 3-Day Class: Jan 13-15, 2010
  • WS2 workshop2 - Responsive Skins - 4-Day Class: Mar 18-19, 25-26, 2010
  • WS3 workshop3 - Algorithmic Landscapes - 3-Day Class: Jun 9-11,  2010
  • WS4 workshop4 - The Tree House Prototype - 4-Day Class: Sept 16-17, 23-24, 2010
Each event will involve 3-4 days of intensive design workshop with staff from experimental design and consultancy practice ecoLogicStudio, and a final panel-discussion with expert guests from the field of architecture, landscape and urban design. Choose the workshop most appropriate for you or attend all four.

The outline for the first in the series is now available here, with 3 others to follow shortly.

Dates for all 4 workshops plus Introductory Grashopper Classes with David Rutten through 2010 are all listed here.

For prices & availability please contact Simply Rhino UK:
E T 0208 498 9900.
Concessions for students & academic staff are available on all classes.

madCAM 4.2 shipping

madCAM 4.2 shipping

This is a free service release for existing madCAM 4.1 users.

Partial list of new functions in madCAM 4.2:

  • New technology for simultaneous 4-axis toolpath generation.
  • New Simultaneous 4+1 axis toolpath generator.
  • Simultaneous 4-axis machining from user defined stock models.
  • Multi threading for more calculation speed.

Details, videos and download...

Architect, Rhino Job in Seoul

Wie and Partners in Seoul, Korea, is looking for an architect skilled with Rhino (entry level to less than 5 years experience).

Send resume and portfolio in a PDF format to Jinbok WIE.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

EuroMold 2009

Dec 2-5 - 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 and a variety of new plugins and hardware, visit our resellers and partners listed here.

SR3 for RhinoGold 2.0 available now

Service Release 3 for RhinoGold 2.0 is now available.

i.materialise 3D printing service

i.materialise is a brand new 3D printing service for everyone who loves design and 3D modeling.

The i.materialise Rhino plug-in will allow Rhino users to upload their model safely from their Rhino interface to i.materialise web site and order a 3D print in a matter of several clicks.

i.materialise also offers a “Create your own” functionality that allows designers to design functional models, like table lamps. Currently in Beta, all new orders automatically include discount, so go ahead and check out the new service at

To get more news and information directly from i.materialise join their Facebook ( or Twitter (, or check the official blog (

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Architectural Association visiting Chile

The Architectural Association, along with the School of Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, will begin with their Visitor’s School in Santiago, Chile. They will host an intensive 10-day workshop that will be open to architecture students, architects and designers worldwide.

Dates: January 6-15, 2010
Location: Santiago, Chile

Rhino OS X - New Build

There is a new build available, Wenatchee 2009-11-20, with many new features, enhancements, and bug fixes. Also included are:


  • You can now attach bitmap or procedure textures to many of the Toucan material settings.
  • The Heightfield command is implemented.
  • Pasted text will now be executed as Rhino commands.
  • Some viewport commands, such as SetActiveViewport, have been implemented.


  • The trackpad preference panel now presents only the features available on the current hardware.
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.

Dutch Architects Debate

A small group of the world's most prestigious design firms got together in Amsterdam early this week to brainstorm and debate the use of computational tools in building design. Since most of the attendees are heavy Rhino users (along with many other products), we were there to listen and learn how we can be more helpful.

Firms represented include:

The meeting was hosted by Jeroen Coenders at Arup Amsterdam and organized by Pim van Wylick for RhinoCentre. Pim is also the founder of The Form Foundation.

Italian Rhino Book

Rhino Job Postings

New Rhino jobs in:

  • Dubai, UAE
  • Flowery Branch, GA
  • Kiev, Ukraine
  • Lexington, MA
  • Malibu, CA

More details...

Advanced Grasshopper training in Pasadena, December 6th

Forward Design Office in Pasadena, California is offering a one-day Advanced Grasshopper workshop.

This course is geared to users who have an intermediate knowledge of Rhino modeling and a basic understanding of Grasshopper. This one-day advanced Grasshopper workshop will focus on developing strategies for dealing with complex data structures and list management through a series of well defined tutorials that deal with constraint based and associative modeling techniques.

Date: Sunday, December 6
Hours: 9:30am-5:30pm
Location: Forward Design Office
Cost: US$299

This workshop is open to professionals and students. Laptops are required.

Details and registration, please contact Jeffrey Kim.

3D PDF from Rhino

SimLab Soft, released a new 3D PDF export plug-in for Rhino. The plug-in allows the designer to share his/her creation with clients without risking his original 3D design.

PanelingTools Tutorials

Glenn Wilcox, Assistant Professor in Architecture at the University of Michigan, has posted three PanelingTools Tutorials on their Generative Design Computing blog.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Magics Bijoux for Rhino released!

Magics Bijoux incorporates many of the powerful functions from Materialise’s leading rapid prototyping software ‘Magics RP’, to provide an indispensible tool for the 3D printing of jewelry models. This easy-to-use software contains all of the essential and automated tools required, including a file fixing wizard, triangle reduction, surface smoothing, Boolean and platform optimization and analysis.

Magics Bijoux is also equipped with the ability to directly import from Rhino via a plug-in and to directly export slices to Solidscape, ensuring a smooth and efficient jewelry modeling process from start to finish.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

formTOobject Generative Design Workshop - Singapore

Join us at the formTOobject Generative Design workshop that will be held in conjunction with the Singapore Design Festival.

formTOobject is a four-day workshop in a studio setting. Its focus is generative design methods and fabrication of speculative objects and forms, and how those are used in product design, architecture, furniture, sculpture and interactive installations.

Workshop dates: November 23-26, 2009
Fee: $600 Paid entry
Location: The City Hall, Level 4, Courtroom 20

To register, contact Jeffrey Hong.

modeLab primers released

Studio Mode has released a series of conceptual primers related to core data and geometry types as well as data manipulation on their newly redesigned web site, modeLab. Each primer contains a concise concept and description within an example Grasshopper definition. More primers and related material are to be added. Check out their site and stay tuned.

Friday, November 13, 2009

“The Twist” bridge in Vlaardingen (The Netherlands)

“The Twist” bridge in Vlaardingen (The Netherlands)

The new crucial connection in the urban and recreational bicycle network calls for a strong identity in the area. By virtue of its location in a natural green setting on the edge of the city, the bridge is both tempting and surprising to its users. An expressive though subtle sculpture establishes the moment of ‘crossing’ and captures the qualities of the immediate landscape.

Andrew Tang
, Project Architect at West 8, says: "After years of technical studies and design refinement, the bridge is finally realized and opened in May 2009. Using the original Rhino model as a basis, the contractors were able to translate the design into final working drawings for the various components of the bridge. While I’ve used Rhino working on other prestigious projects such as the new Rotterdam Central Station, I sincerely feel that Bridge Vlaardingen really showcase the power and possibilities of Rhino."

Art exhibition by Rinus Roelofs in Spain

If you happen to be in Tudela (Navarra, Spain), don't miss the "Metamorfosis" exhibition by Rinus Roelofs.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Corian® 3D Math Series

Corian® 3D Math Series is made of six different panels, each inspired by a mathematic principle or the mathematician who gave his name to the principle.

Alessio Erioli, Andrea Graziano, and Corrado Tibaldi used Grasshopper to design these panels.

Monday, November 9, 2009

SmartGeometry Open Platform - TU Delft

Nov 27-29 -
SmartGeometry Open Platform - TU Delft (Holland)

This event will complement SmartGeometry's annual workshop and conference event, bringing many of SmartGeometry's experienced tutors to guide participants in exploring computational design through a variety of technologies. Click here to view the event poster.

The event will run in two parallel streams: one stream will feature training in Generative Components (GC) and Grasshopper, while the second will be a workshop where participants have the opportunity to propose and work on individual design projects using a variety of software platforms. Both streams will offer participants close interaction with tutors from practices and universities known for their accomplishments in computational design and analysis, and complex geometry.

Additionally, the stream featuring GC and Grasshopper will feature tutors from the companies behind each platform, Bentley and McNeel. Those working on individual projects will need to be proficient in their chosen platform but can draw on tutor's skills in various technologies -- for instance Processing, C++/OpenGL, RhinoScript -- as well as tutors' expertise in complex problems of geometry, structure, algorithms, and analysis. Participants will be able to change streams as it suits the development of their work.

In the evenings, participants can attend presentations demonstrating the latest projects and research in computational architecture and engineering.

Rhino and Orca3D at METS Amsterdam

Nov 17-19 - METS - Amsterdam (Holland)

METS is the biggest and best attended meeting place for leisure marine trade professionals in the world.

Come visit the Design Systems & Technologies - NDAR Stand (04.408 French Pavillion) to learn more about Rhino, Orca3D, Hydrocomp and the latest technologies in the fields of yacht, workboat, ship design, production, operation and management. Don't miss the opportunity to meet the representatives from these companies and from McNeel.

Rhino at Elmia Subcontractor exhibition

Nov 10-13 - Elmia Subcontractor - Jönköping (Sweden)

Visit Marinesoft (Booth B04-82) to learn more about Rhino, RhinoCAM, Rhinophoto, T-Splines, reverse engineering tools, Datakit converters, and visualization.

For your your invitation card please pre-register at

RhinoScript workshop in Dubai, Dec 29-31

Dec 29-31 - RhinoScript workshop - Dubai, UAE

This workshop organized by Maher El-Khaldi (Shape Architecture Practice + Research) aims to highlight two of the main reasons why architects may choose to explore design solutions via scripting. These are automation and embedding of logic. Automation being the ability to delegate tasks to the computer (thus build a computerized product) and embedding of rules being the ability to express design intentions via a set of conditional statements. The above will be explored through RhinoScript.

Rhino Assembly 1.0 released!

Rhino Assembly is the first product from Driving Dimensions line for Rhinoceros. It is a powerful tool for bottom-up assembly design and kinematics simulation using geometric constraints and driving dimensions compatible with the capabilities of mainstream MCAD software packages.
With Rhino Assembly you can easily position your rigid 3D parts with respect to each other by specifying assembly constraints (fixation, concentricity, coincidence, parallelism, perpendicularity, tangency, rigid sets) and driving dimensions (distance and angle) between their faces and edges. The Driving Dimensions plug-in automatically satisfies all constraints and dimensions making a consistent assembly from existing parts. An assembled mechanism can then be animated by varying a parameter of one or more of of its driving dimensions. Assembly Manager tool allows easy navigation over all assembly constraints and driving dimensions imposed on geometric elements of a designed model.

Grasshopper primer, Spanish edition

Francisco Calvo – Katherine Cáceres from Tectónicas Digitales have translated the Grasshopper primer by Andrew Payne (Lift Architects) to Spanish.