Wednesday, March 31, 2010

LaN Architectural Response - April 12-14, Boston

Image by Harshad Sharma

LaN invites you to attend their 3-day workshop on LIVE aspects of digital design and fabrication for architecture.

Event: LaN Architectural Response time/tech/tectonics
Location: Microsoft New England Research & Development Center Boston, MA
Dates: April 12-14, 1:00pm-7:00pm daily
  • April 12 - Architectural Response, Fabrication Technologies [Rhino]
  • April 13 - Parametric: modeling/production/performance/process [RhinoCAM]
  • April 14 - Geometry for Performance [Intro to Grasshopper]
From LaN's site:
Its clear in 2010 perhaps more than ever that significant shifts in economies and culture can occur extremely rapidly; climatic crisis can devastate enormous populations in seconds. Our architectural response is critical. The architectural recourse of one crisis needs to be more than a temporary fix as it is often the only opportunity to implement further preventative measures for a future occurrence. This workshop exposes digitally-driven technologies aiding the architectural realm in developing design intentions in accordance with environmental, material & production parameters. More...

Drafters with Rhino experience, job opportunity

Audubon Engineering is looking for drafters with Rhino Suite 3D experience to work on a Hurricane Restoration Team offshore 14/14 for a 6+ month contract beginning May 1st. Send qualified resume's to Chantel Laporte

Company Info:
111 Veterans Blvd., Suite 1200
Metairie, LA 70005
United States
Phone: (504) 833-5669

Rhino job, furniture

Looking for Rhino High-end Furniture Modelers

Applicant must be experienced in high-end furniture design and drafting for mega/super yacht interiors. Overseas location, competitive salary and commensurate with skills and experience. Please reply with resume and portfolio of representative work.

Contact: Arthur Pollan
4669 Quailwood Dr.
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
United States

Rhino job in the UK, automotive industry

Axon Automotive is looking for a skilled surfacer with an aesthetic understanding who can work with a talented engineering team to deliver a new groundbreaking vehicle. Some automotive experience is required. An understanding of exterior body surfaces is desirable. For additional details visit the web site or email a CV.

Contact: Kevin Lindsey
Axon Automotive
5-6 Raymond Close
Wellingborough NN29 7RG
United Kingdom

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

USC ARCH 517: Grasshopper seminar begins this week

Nathan Miller begins teaching his Performance-Driven Design using Grasshopper (USC ARCH 517) seminar this week on Thursday, April 1.

From the website:
The Grasshopper seminar is designed to expose participants to the world of parametric and generative techniques with an emphasis on performance-driven design. The seminar will build the participant’s competency in the use of the Grasshopper plug-in for Rhino by introducing the students to the key concepts of the interface. Students will be walked through step-by-step examples and assigned a series of weekly assignments to assess their progress in being able to solve design problems with the Grasshopper plug-in.

Monday, March 29, 2010

RhinoParametrics 1.0 Alpha

RhinoParametrics is a new plug-in for Rhino developed by RhinoParametrics SAS. It contains over 75 parametric objects and 140 new creation and editing functions.

Download now RhinoParametrics 1.0 Alpha...

madCAM 4.2 service release 2

There is a new madCAM 4.2 service release available from

Rhino Resurf case study

Rhino Resurf is a plugin for Rhino that can be used to fit untrimmed NURBS surfaces to scanned data.

Rhino Resurf was recently used for a project by 3Dtotal, a laser scanning service company in Portugal. In this architecture digitalizing project, they used RhinoResurf to post-process the scanned data. They created NURBS surfaces from the scanned point cloud with the precision of maximum tolerance = 0.01cm by using the RsPoints2Surf command in RhinoResurf. After texture mapping, they got a real 3D wall.

1. Photograph of the wall

2.Scanned data of the wall

3.NURBS surfaces created from the scanned point data (_RsPoint2Surf)

4.The textured wall based on the NURBS surfaces

You can download a trial of Rhino Resurf.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

PanelingTools for Rhino New Release

A new release of PanelingTools plug-in for Rhino 4.0 (SR7) is available for download. In this release:

  • New commands and options:
    • Added ptOffsetGridByHeightfield command that offsets a paneling grid using an image heightfield.
    • Added Bitmap option to ptShuffleGrid, ptGridSurfaceDomainVariable , ptPanelGridCustomVariable and ptPanel3DCustomVariable commands with history support

  • Bug fixes:
    • Fixed a bug ptGridSurfaceDomainVariable when changing methods option.
    • Fix a bug in ptPanel3dCustomVariable. Sometimes start surface did not map.

Friday, March 26, 2010

T-Splines webinar, March 30

Bathsheba Sculpture: Using T-Splines to create products and sculptures

Bathsheba Grossman's designs have appeared in the New York Times, the London Times, Der Spiegel, and in TIME Magazine's 100 most influential designs of 2007. A long-time Rhino user, Bathsheba added T-Splines to her toolset in 2009 to more easily create free-form designs.

Tune into this free webinar to learn how Bathsheba uses T-Splines and Rhino to create her intricate designs.

Space is limited. Register today.

  • Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2010
  • Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm EDT

Thursday, March 25, 2010

CAADRIA 2010 in HK

We cordially invite you to attend the 15th CAADRIA Conference NEW FRONTIERS 7-10 April 2010 that is cohosted by the School of Architecture & Institute of Space & Earth information Science at Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The Keynote speakers,

Rhino & Grasshopper workshop,
Chair: Dixon Wei SUN, McNeel Asia
Room: 6/F Wong Foo Yuan Building: Room 607, CAD Lab
Dates and times: Friday, 9 April 2010, 15:00-18:30
Saturday, 10 April 2010, 10:00-18:30

RhinoAir 2.0 for Rhino

SiTex Graphics has released version 2.0 of the RhinoAir plugin for Rhino as a companion to Air release 9. New features include:
  • Improved lighting
  • More efficient rendering of complex objects
  • Texture baking
  • Crowd Rendering
  • Faster demo versions
  • Expanded documentation

Note: The RhinoAir plug-in does not use the Rhino RDK. RhinoAir should be compatible with other rendering plug-ins you may already have installed. Please send bug reports, comments, and suggestions to Support.

Python for Rhino 5.0 and OS X available

The first version of Python scripting is now available in the latest work-in-progress version of Rhino 5.0 for 32- and 64-bit Windows and Rhino for Mac OS X.

Python is a powerful scripting language. The key features are:

  • The same Python scripts will run on Rhino for Windows and Rhino for Mac OS X without modification.
  • The Python language provides most of the functionality found in more advanced languages like C# and VB.Net. while at the same time, being much easier to use and debug.

For more details, watch Steve's video above and visit this wiki page.

Download Rhino 5.0 WIP...
Download Rhino for OS X WIP...

APMM 2010 Conference, Boston

Association of Professional Model Makers 2010 Conference is your opportunity to learn, share, grow, and engage with others in the model making industry.

A Rhino Demo and Q&A session will be held on Saturday afternoon, March 27, at 1:00pm in Dawes A. Meet us at the Industry Expo Event on Saturday night. The Industry Expo Event is open to the public and admission is free.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Eurostampi Parma

March 25-27 - Eurostampi Parma, FIERE DI PARMA - Italy

Eurostampi is a leading trade show for the manufacturing industry.

Come visit the CIMsystem booths (Pad. 6 Stand J20 & Pad. 5 Stand H44) to learn more about Rhinoceros, Sum 3D, RhinoNC, Mosaix, Bamboo and a variety of dental and mechanical applications.

GoogleEarth Import in RhinoTerrain 1.8

RhinoTerrain 1.8 is planned to be released June 2010. It will include the ability to import full textured GoogleEarth data by just pointing a location in GoogleEarth. Step size can be adjusted in x and y. The geographic destination coordinate system supports Utm, Geocentric, Lambert93, ...

Watch the sneak preview video...

StudioMode workshops, Philadelphia & NYC

StudioMode is offering additional Parametric Design & Fabrication workshops. Check out their schedule...

Seats are limited; laptops required.


Monday, March 22, 2010

PanelingTools New Release for Rhino 4.0 SR7

The new release of PanelingTools plug-in for Rhino 4.0 SR7 is now available. Download....

Important notes:

  • To load this release, please make sure you have the latest Rhino 4.0 SR7.
  • PanelingTools is also integrated with Rhino Mac version (installed with Rhino. No additional download in necessary).
  • PanelingTools is now compiled for V5 WIP ( 32- and 64-bit ). There is a download link for the plug-in for V5 from the PanelingTools web site.
  • Toolbars and reference manual are updated with each release.

New features:
  • ptExtractCenterGrid to generate a new center points of input grid.
  • ptMeanGrid to generates intermediate grids. There is an option to create the surface that goes through mean grids.
  • ptMeanSurfaces to generate intermediate mean surfaces. Input start and end surfaces are not matched in terms of direction or base UV point location. The algorithm divides the surface using surface UV directions, generate mean points and use points to create the mean surface.
  • ptPanel3DCustomVariable: This is a first prototype that include the following features.
    • It supports two methods for distributing variable patterns. The list based method take surfaces or polysurfaces, but the mean-based one take only untrimmed surfaces.
    • Surfaces UV parameterization is not adjusted internally by the command. The user must ensure surfaces are matched (test input start and end surfaces with ptMeanSurface before running the command).
    • Variation is defined by surface curvature, attractors or randomly.
  • ptRemoveOverlapedPoints: This command takes point input (doesn't have to be part of a paneling grid) and remove duplicate overlapping points.
  • Added an "Overlap" option to ptCloseGrid command. It is set to "1" by default to create a single seam for an open grid, but the user can now set it to any number. For example if Overlap=2, then it will create a double seam. There is also the "StartIndex" option to define what row/column index to duplicate. This is useful for wrapping patterns that expand over more than one unit length.
The following set of prototype commands are meant to help serialize, view, and export joint and connector data useful for FE and other analysis:
  • ptSerializePoints: Add user data to point objects that consists of a serial number and data string (can include any text based string defined by the user).
  • ptSerializeEdges: Add user data to curve objects that consists of a serial number, the serial number of the two end points that it is connecting and data string (can include any text based string defined by the user).
  • ptTagSerializedData: Show points and edges serialize data in the form of a Dot or Text.
  • ptExportPointsSerializeData: Export points data to a text file. There are options to add start and end strings, export the serial number, and to add new line.
  • ptExportEdgesSerializeData: Export Edge data to a text file. There are options to add start and end strings, export the serial number, and to add new line.

Terminated commands:
  • ptPanelCurve and ptPanelSurface commands were terminated because their functionality is available through other commands.

Fun stuff:
  • There is an upcoming PanelingTools workshop during the AIA conference in June. See details...

Friday, March 19, 2010

South Africa Rhino User Meeting, March 2010

South Africa Rhino User Meeting - Architecture & Engineering Focus

Simply Rhino SA is hosting another Rhino User Group meeting, this time in Johannesburg. Jon Mirtschin of Geometry Gym Ltd. will present on using Rhino for geometrical modeling primarily for architecture and structure. Techniques used to model projects such as the 2012 Olympic Velodrome, Infinity Footbridge, and Beijing Watercube will be demonstrated. Innovative tools for geometric modeling including geodesic domes, minimal surfaces, mesh relaxing, tessellation and parametric steel frame modeling will also be featured.

This two-hour event is a great opportunity to network and share experiences with other local users of Rhino and Rhino related software.

Sat 27-March, 9am -11am

Department of Industrial Design
University of Johannesburg
1 Bunting Road, Auckland Park
FADA Building, Ground floor (Industrial Design Computer Room)

Digital and physical modeling workshop - Taiwan

Dates: March 31-April 1, 2010
Location: National Cheng Kung University
Design Theory and Computation Group, Department of Architecture, NCKU
Instructors: Anna Liu and Mike Tonkin, Sheng-Fen Chien and Wen-Yu Tu

Day 1 - Wednesday, March 31
900~1100 Design lecture by Liu and Tonkin
1100~1230 Part I: Rhino training
1330~1500 Teamwork: Case Study, Shell
1500~1700 Part II: Rhino training with CNC
1700~1800 Teamwork: Taxi Shelter design

Day 2 - Thursday, April 1
830~1230 Teamwork: Design development, stucture and construction
1330~1700 Teamwork: Model building and poster making
1700~1800 Final Presentation

Level 1 Rhino, OSU Tulsa, May 24-26

The Continuing Education department at Oklahoma State University is offering a Level 1 Rhino course at their Tulsa campus. In this comprehensive three-day class you will learn to create and edit accurate free-form 3D NURBS models.

  • Dates: May 24-26, 2010
  • Location: OSU Tulsa Campus
  • Instructor: Seung Ra, Assistant Professor, OSU School of Architecture & Authorized Rhino Trainer
  • Price: $625
Please contact Rose Mangold or call (405) 744-5714 if you have any questions or would like more information. Seats are limited, register online today.
Logo is a registered trademark of Oklahoma State University.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Grasshopper workshop: Cover the Ward, NY

Cover the Ward!

Parapractice Brooklyn invites students and professionals to attend two weekend workshops exploring the exciting world of Digital Design + Fabrication.

The workshop will introduce participants to parametric design strategies and conclude with the fabrication and installation of a new canopy over the 3rd Ward courtyard.

The focus of the workshop will be an in depth look at Grasshopper and its real world implications.

Dates: April 17-18, April 23-25
Location: The 3rd Ward, 195 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Baselworld 2010

Basel, Switzerland, March 18-25 2010.

BaselWorld is the leading event for the watch and jewelry industry. A unique opportunity where 2,100 exhibitors - specialists in watches, jewelry, precious gems, and related brands - showcase their latest products to those in the industry.

Come visit Rhino authorized resellers and industry partners to learn more about 3D modeling, 3D scanning, 3D printing, and CNC milling:

TDM Solutions - Hall 3.U, Stand J34
Learn more about Rhino, RhinoGold, and TDM's new rendering plug-in: RhinoGold Render Studio.

Design-Engineering - Hall 3.U , Stand E61
Resellers of Rhino and jewelry-oriented solutions such as Matrix and Rhinojewel.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

RhinoDirect 0.2 Available

RhinoDirect from LEDAS Ltd. is a new plug-in that allows users to parametrically edit history-free 3D geometry in Rhinoceros. The second pre-release version is now available. Some of the new features include:

  • geometric constraints and driving dimensions are now stored when users perform commands such as copy-and-paste and importing models from other 3DM files
  • constraints and dimensions are no longer deleted when users modify geometry with Rhino commands, such as for holes, fillets, and Boolean operations
  • the plug-in now correctly supports Rhino’s built-in history
  • the plug-in can now parametrize arbitrary solid bodies composed of planar and cylindrical faces independently of their orientation with each other

Details, videos, and download...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Essential Mathematics for Computational Design

The first edition of "Essential Mathematics for Computational Design" is now available with free download.

Essential Mathematics uses Grasshopper to introduce design professionals to foundation mathematical concepts that are necessary for effective development of computational methods for 3D modeling and computer graphics.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Python scripting in Rhino OS X

There is a new pre-release Rhino OS X build available, Wenatchee 2010-03-08, with many new features, enhancements, and bug fixes. Including:


  • Rhino OS X now runs Python scripts. See this forum post for further information.
  • Various bug fixes.
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 about to expire. New versions will be available every few weeks. There will be a newer one available before the expiration date.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bongo 2.0 WIP 9 Now Available

You are invited to try the Bongo 2.0 animation plug-in for Rhino 4.0. The ninth work-in-progress version is now available.

Download Bongo 2.0 WIP 9 from here.

Friday, March 5, 2010

"Digital Product" training at KIDP, Korea

The Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) has organized a training course on "Digital Product" utilizing Rhino, 3D Max, Maya and other digital tools. This training is hosted by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy.

An iPhone App about Biomimetic Architecture: BioDesign #3 by Dennis Dollens

Dennis Dollens, the architect who grows buildings, has just made his work available via an iPhone App.

Dollens' latest comic carries on where his last one left off. It is about developing ideas to combine technology with biology in an architectural context. He is constantly studying plants and looking for biomimetic ideas to apply to buildings and designs, in order to create bio-architecture; clean, eco-friendly buildings that could filter pollution, harvest energy and much more.

In order to communicate these ideas and inspire others to come up with more, Dollens writes comic books. Most of them are available as downloadable PDFs via his site on Issuu, but now you can read BioDesign #3 as an iPhone application in a beautifully re-designed, much easier to handle, format.

Inspired by graphic novels and manga, BioDesign #3 illustrates Dollens' research and ideas to grow buildings just like plants, in order to create better functioning and more sustainable cities; cities as 'urban forests'. He uses the softwares Xfrog and Rhino, which allow the architect to create structures, panels or skins, mimicking branches, leaves and pots. One of the goals is to create functional services to interiors where for example reconfigured bio-robotic leaves could channel airflow for passive ventilation, air filtration, noise reduction, environmental monitoring, as well as supplemental power.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Grasshopper Advanced Design workshop with ecoLogicStudio - London

WS2 Responsive Skins - Grasshopper Advanced Design workshop with ecoLogicStudio

Time: March 18, 2010 at 9am to March 26, 2010 at 7pm
Location: Simply Rhino UK - London
Organized by: ecoLogicstudio

Event description:
Can the dichotomy between obsessive tooling and strong design agenda be overcome? Can innovative software like Grasshopper be the ideal platform to marry computation, creativity, and ecologic thinking? This 4-day intensive workshop will engage these questions introducing a novel parametric modeling technique which will allow Grasshopper to connect to the web and be fed by live environmental data streams. Architects, landscape architects, urban designers, and students alike will find in the workshops a unique chance to improve their design skills while confronting themselves with the most debated advanced design subjects. This workshop staff is from the experimental design and consultancy practice ecoLogicStudio. A final event-discussion includes expert guests from the fields of architecture, landscape, and urban design. Program details.

See more details and RSVP on the Grasshopper web site or at Simply Rhino UK web site.

Indoor Skate Bowl

Comvert, the alternative fashion company that makes clothing for skateboarders and snowboarders under the ‘Bastard’ brand turned its Milan headquarters into an indoor skate bowl. Milan architects Studiometrico with the support of engineering firm Atelier LC executed the renovation of a cinema into a retail store, offices, and an indoor skate bowl.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

co|Lab Parametric Design to Fabrication Workshop, Philadelphia

modeLab + PointB Design are pleased to announce their upcoming Parametric Design to Fabrication Workshop in Philadelphia. The training will introduce participants to the cultural, technological, and tectonic domain of parametric design and digital fabrication in a fast-paced and hands-on learning environment.

  • Dates: April 3-4, 2010
  • Location: PointB Studio, Philadelphia, PA
  • Contact: StudioMode or call (347) 788-0570
  • Cost: $650.00
Space is limited; sign up early. Laptops required.

MorphoLuminescence, user story

Designed by PROJECTiONE, MorphoLuminesence is a kinetic ceiling prototype, originally described as a simple surface in Rhino. The surface was triangulated into panels or petals using a combination of the PanelingTools plugin and manual modeling based on a specific tesselation logic.

Rhino used in "Shutter Island" movie

Image courtesy of New Deal Studios

New Deal Studios Digital set designer and illustrator, Scott Schneider, recently completed work on the film, Shutter Island. Rhino was used to design the lighthouse and ward c exterior and interior miniatures and is an integral part of the New Deal Studios art department workflow.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Organic Surfacing for Design training in NYC

T-Splines is offering an Organic Surfacing for Design course in New York City. In this accelerated, one-day class you will learn:

  • Basic properties of T-Spline surfaces.
  • Multiple approaches for modeling with T-Splines, including using an input of NURBS curves and surfaces, box modeling, and completely organic modeling.
  • How to integrate T-Splines with Rhino and NURBS in a production workflow.
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City
Price: US$249 for early registration before March 6th; US$399 for registration starting March 6th