Friday, July 30, 2010

eCAADe 2010 - Zurich, Switzerland

eCAADe (Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe) is a non-profit association of institutions and individuals with a common interest in promoting good practice and sharing information in the application of computational technologies in research and education for architecture and related professions.

eCAADe 2010 workshop and conference sessions will be held on September 13-17 in the HIT building at ETH Science City (also known as the ETH Hönggerberg campus) in Zurich, Switzerland.

This year's theme is Future Cities: For the first time in human history, more than 50% of the world's population lives in urban regions. Cities are the largest, most complex, and most dynamic man-made systems. They are vibrant centers of cultural life and engines that drive the global economy.

The workshop "Our urban tools in Grasshopper and RhinoCommon" will be held by McNeel Europe.

Job offer in Germany for international large scale project

INOCLAD GmbH is looking for architects or construction engineers for the realization and detailed design of the ITHRA-Project, Saudi Arabia (designed by snohetta).

You should have excellent Rhino and Grasshopper skills and be able to immediately start in its Ilshofen (South Germany) office.

The collaboration will be project based for a period of two years and hopefully lead to longer term employment. Fluent English and moving to Ilshofen, Germany, is essential.

Further project information here.

Please send your CV and images of your work to

UCLA Summer Workshops: Rhino, Grasshopper, and more

UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design
Architecture Workshops
Summer 2010

UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design is offering a series of workshops for beginning, intermediate, and advanced designers in two different sessions. These workshops are ideal for designers who want to further develop their skills in architecture and other related fields as well as those who have only recently been exposed to studio experiences. Each session includes Rhino, Grasshopper + Processing, Digital Rendering and much, much more. Details...
  • Session 1: Week 1 - August 2-6
  • Session 1: Week 2 - August 9-13
  • Session 2: Week 1 - August 30-September 3
  • Session 2: Week 2 - September 7-10
  • Session 2: Week 3 - September 13-17
The workshops are ideal for undergraduate students, incoming and current graduate students, and working professionals. Sign up today!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Intro to Rhino class, Aug 10-12, Salem, NH

Great Eastern Technology invites you to attend their upcoming Intro to Rhino class on August 10, 11 and 12. Seats are limited. Sign up today!

Great Eastern also offers the following half-day workshops:
  • Rhino Surface Modeling
  • Rhino Workflows for Fabrication Drawings
  • Rhino Preparation for 3D Printing and Laser Cutting
  • Rhino: Grasshopper
  • Rhino: Mass Customization
  • Rhino: Animate Form
Contact Steve Berge for more information or call (800) 875-0025.

FurGen 1.0 released, Rhino plugin

FurGen 1.0 is now available for immediate download.

FurGen is a Rhino plugin which creates fur-like meshes for visualization purposes. Use FurGen to create effects like fur, grass, hair, rugs, towels, and more. FurGen combines a simple, intuitive interface with quick geometry generation for a plug-in that quickly integrates into any number of production pipelines. More...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Nothing too difficult for RhinoCAM... a case study

A recent case study was published by MecSoft, manufacturers of RhinoCAM. Read how their client, Complex Consulting, LLC, uses Rhino and RhinoCAM to make the impossible possible.

"Complex Consulting excels in manufacturing things impossible to make by hand, as it would take years to carve and construct the complex pieces if one resorted to manual techniques. RhinoCAM has enabled this company and its clients to produce articles with highly artistic value where the sheer workload of the embellishment creation would have been prohibitive in the past."

PanelingTools new release for Rhino 4.0 SR8

A new release of PanelingTools plug-in for Rhino 4.0 (SR8) and Rhino 5 WIP (32- and 64-bits) is now available for download.
In this release:

  • Added the ability to panel multiple grids al at once provided they have different names.
  • Fixed a bug in ptOffsetPoints command.
  • Added user options to auto ordering curves in ptGridUCurves and ptGridUVCurves commands.
  • Fixed UI bug related to managing patterns.
  • ptMeanCurves and ptMeanSurfaces commands should work more predictably now.
  • Menu changes. grouped similar functionality and changed names to reflect functionality.
  • Fixed a crash when group similar panels.
  • Fixed a crash in ptGridCurve and ptGridCurve commands when select "CurveOptions" but make no change.
  • Fixed a memory leak when using history with custom paneling.
Fun stuff:
  • Check the new tutorial for PanelingTools to show how to use variable paneling. View details...

Friday, July 23, 2010

ID job in Redmond, WA

Slam Brands, Inc is currently looking for a talented and experienced Industrial Designer to join their team! As a new Staff Industrial Designer you will play a key role in supporting and developing the next line of cutting edge gaming products.

Submit resume and portfolio samples; apply via e-mail.

Industrial Designer at Brookstone, Rhino job in NH

Brookstone is looking for a Senior Industrial Designer to work in their Merrimack, NH office. Work in a vibrant, challenging environment where you'll have the opportunity to help shape a leading national brand.

Desired Skills and Responsibilities

Qualified candidates may apply online. Please include a cover letter, resume and salary history /expectation.

Industrial Designer, Rhino job in IL

Focus Products Group, LLC, located in Vernon Hills, IL seeks a Sr. Industrial Designer. This position would be responsible for working closely with the marketing and design teams to generate functional and meaningful design solutions for non-electric kitchen gadgets. You will have hands on experience with all phases of design from user research, ideation sketch, 2D rendering, 3D modeling and all aspects of the product development process.

Rhino Job Postings

New Rhino jobs in:

  • Century City, CA
  • Providence, RI
  • Kollkata, India

More details...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

VSR Realtime Renderer 2.0 SR1

Virtual Shape Research announces SR1 for VSR Realtime Renderer.

This release fixes a series of bugs that have been reported by users. It also adds some new features, e.g. it allows for the first time the use of textures with transparency and decals.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Digital Design & Fabrication in Architecture workshop - Johannesburg

Algorithmic Structures
Digital Design & Fabrication in Architecture

Johannesburg, South Africa, 2 - 12 August 2010

Kristof Crolla [Zaha Hadid Architects, London]
Jeroen van Ameijde [Architectural Association, London]
In collaboration with: Dimitri Venetsanakis

The PG Group is delighted to offer students and architects an opportunity to spend time with two world renowned architects in a workshop focusing on digital design and fabrication in architecture. The goal of the workshop is to build human scale structures, which will be supported by software tutorials and exercises in digital design and fabrication processes. Participation will be through team work, combining design development and project management to implement an integrated file to factory workflow.

The first part of the workshop will focus on familiarizing students with basics of Rhino and Grasshopper or Maya with MEL scripting.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

T-Splines/RhinoCAM online seminar

Creating and manufacturing an organic design can be simple and affordable with T-Splines and RhinoCAM.

See how to use this software to go from concept to physical model in just a few minutes in this webinar.

T-Splines and RhinoCAM user Rainer Schmidt from Complex Consulting LLC will show the complete process of how to create a simple organic model in T-Splines, use RhinoCAM to lay out the tool paths, then actually machine the part!

This webinar will take place Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT.

Two Intern Positions

THEVERYMANY (Brooklyn) – a design and research structure specializing in the design and production of experimental computation morphologies – is currently seeking for two highly creative and extremely hands on individuals.

Responsibilities will range from the research and development of custom computation strategies, advanced modeling in Rhino, 2D documentation, material research and testing, to large scale physical assemblies.

Rhino modeling skills required (Rhinoscript/Python knowledge is a plus, but not necessary as possibility of training).

Minimum duration of 6 months.

To apply, please submit a CV and a short work sample (both as .pdf format, approx 2meg):

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Phil Frank Design wins at Le Mans

A proud moment for Rhino user, Phil Frank, designer of the Saleen S7.

The #50 Saleen S7R campaigned by Larbre Competition wins the GT1 classification at the 78th running of 24 hours of Le Mans.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Craft series workshops by core.form-ula, August 2010

Core.form-ula will begin its first intensive hands-on craft series workshop at the de Castellane Gallery located in the heart of Brooklyn. The workshop will cover the use of Ecotect and Rhino/Grasshopper to develop techniques of evaluating form in architecture.

The workshop will begin by covering intro + advanced Grasshopper techniques, followed by an introduction to using Ecotect to produce solar radiation studies. Read more.

Choose from one of two sessions:
  • Session 1: August 9-13
  • Session 2: August 16-20

All levels are welcome (students & professionals). The only requirement is working knowledge of Rhino.

IBEX 2010 - Booth 1941

September 28-30, 2010
Robert McNeel & Associates - Booth 1941

IBEX 2010 is your opportunity to see the very latest in boatbuilding technology alongside the most cutting-edge products, accessories, technologies, tools, and materials available to the marine industry today—all in one place.

Visit our booth to see Rhino and marine plugin Orca3D.

Getting the Most Value from Your 3D Models, a free workshop will be presented on Wednesday, September 29th.

More information to follow. Watch this page.

V-Ray for Rhino webinar, August 12

Join ASGVIS in their upcoming online webinar V-Ray for Rhino - Architectural Visualization  on August 12, 2010. Knowing the basic V-Ray fundamentals is vital in being able to render photorealistic architectural images of outstanding quality.

Date: Thursday, August 12, 2010
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
Fee: US$49.00

In this 90-minute online training session, ASGVIS 3D Artist Fernando Rentas will explain core fundamentals that will help improve your renderings. Topics include:

- Physical Camera
- Sun Systems
- Rectangular Lights
- Material Creation: Hardwood floors, stucco, wallpaper, leather, 2sided materials
- Basic post-processing in Photoshop

Attendees will receive a video recording of the session, a Rhino scene file for practice, and free V-Ray materials.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Material Resonance workshop in St Louis

Image courtesy of LIFT Architects.
Material Resonance will be a four-day, intensive workshop focused on practical application of RhinoScripting or Grasshopper. The workshop will train participants in CNC fabrication using MasterCAM and the Washington University DIL fabrication lab. There will also be demos of the new plug-ins Firefly and Kangaroo.

Dates: August 9-12, 2010

Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY (VB Scripting/Python )
Andy Payne / LIFT Architects (Grasshopper)
Kenneth Tracy / Associated Fabrication (MasterCAM)

The workshop is for professionals and students with a working knowledge in Rhino. Prior experience with Grasshopper or Rhino VB scripting is not necessary. The workshop will start from first principles and cover topics from tessellation, components, and connections to part organization, nesting, and labeling.

For more information and to register click here.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

mix experience magazine

The new issue of the mix experience magazine (in Italian) shows the use of Grasshopper in industrial design.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Rhino OS X update

There is a new build available, Wenatchee 2010-06-21, which includes the following changes:

  • The changes for Windows V4SR8 have been included in this Mac WIP version.
  • The Python module has been updated to include the latest changes made in the Windows RhinoPython module. If you are using Python, be sure to also download and install the updated IronPython module.
Changes and fixes:
  • You can now rotate a model with the right mouse button when a command dialog is active.
  • Tool palettes correctly remember their position when using two monitors.
  • Python scripts no longer generate lots of Growl notifications while running.
  • The Choose Objects dialog now preselects the first object in the list.
  • Typing ESC now properly cancels typing when using the legacy command line.
  • Some crashing bugs have been fixed.

This release of Mac Rhino requires 10.5 (Leopard) or 10.6 (Snow Leopard) to run.

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 until next 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.

Friday, July 2, 2010

RhinoParametrics 1.1 announced

RhinoParametrics is a powerful plugin that adds, natively embedded in Rhino, parametric and associative geometric modeling and assembly functions.

RhinoParametrics is delivered with high, native, added value content for an easy learning curve. More than 70 parametric assembly objects and 140 design and modification methods will make your daily work dramatically simpler and more productive.

See what's new in RhinoParametrics 1.1.

Watch the two new demo videos: