Thursday, September 30, 2010

FioredelCielo: a user story

Designed in Rhino, FioredelCielo is the competition-winning project for "La Macchina di Santa Rosa" of Viterbo in Italy (2009). The design concept was developed by Architecture and Vision using parametric 3D design methods and experimenting with models and real scale mock-ups in collaboration with local manufacturers and experts.

Each year, at the beginning of September, the 30 m high structure is carried through the narrow streets of the medieval town and stops at each major square. Every five years a new design is introduced. FioredelCielo is characterized by a space-frame structure wrapped with three helix bands. Inside three perforated spheres are suspended on different levels representing different stages of Santa Rosa's life (the patron of the city).

All the materials used, like the light-weight steel truss design and waterjet perforated aluminum panels, are fire-resistant. The tower weighs less than five tons. The tower is illuminated by hundreds of candle flames and more than 1200 computer-controlled LEDs. A sophisticated scenography has been developed to emotionally move the people participating in the event. At one stop, thousands of rose petals are released, gently falling from the top of the tower onto the people.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

New Rhino tutorial from InfiniteSkills

InfiniteSkills has released a Rhino 4 Training DVD. The video tutorial ships on DVD and is available for purchase online.

About the tutorial...
"Learn how to take your skills to the next level. This Beginners Rhino 4 training video is the ultimate in comprehensive learning for the discerning professional. The training uses broadcast quality audio and video to deliver concise and informative training right to your desktop. The Tutorial comes complete with practical working files and presented via an intuitive, easy-to-use interface."

Rhino Job Postings

Several new job postings have been added on our Rhino Jobs site. Companies are looking for experienced Rhino users in a variety of industries. Take a look:

  • Jewelry CAD Designers, India
  • Rhino 3D Modeler (furniture design), Georgia
  • 3D CAD/CAM Designer, California


Friday, September 24, 2010

VSR Shape Analysis at IZB 2010

VSR Shape Analysis is a new plug-in for Rhino developed by Virtual Shape Research GmbH. It adds the following functionality to analyze curves and surfaces for deviation and continuity with associativity:

  • Dynamic Sectioning (with optional Curvature plot)
  • Curve and Surface Matching Analysis (Checks numerically Position, Tangent and Curvature continuity)
  • Lightlines (Simulation of Isophotes)
  • Deviation (between Curves, Surfaces and Meshes)
  • Curvature on top of Curves and Surfaces
  • Analyzed data can be saved across sessions in the Rhino 3DM file. Modifications are associative.
VSR Shape Analysis will be officially announced at:

IZB 2010
Wolfsburg, Germany
Oct 6-8
Hall 3 - Stand 205 (Virtual Shape Research GmbH)

VSR Realtime Renderer will be also showed at IZB 2010, the leading European trade fair for the automotive supplier industry.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

RhinoTerrain and Pointools at INTERGEO trade show - Köln, Germany

INTERGEO (Oct 5-7 in Köln, Germany) is the world’s largest event and communication platform for geodesy, geoinformation, and land management. The trade fair and conference cover all the key trends that crop up along the entire value-added chain – from geo-based information surveys and data processing to integrated applications.

Come visit the following McNeel partners to learn more about Rhino and GIS related plugins:

  • Pointools Ltd. (Hall 11.2 - Stand 2A.129)

    Come see Pointools 4 Rhino, a drawing and modeling solution for Point Cloud Data.
  • RhinoTerrain (Hall 11.1 - Stand 1B.130)

    Discover the new version of RhinoTerrain, including geographical transformation based on GDAL, Google Earth importer, major GIS format import (shapfile, dem, ArcGis, Geotiif, LandXml, CityGml...), real-time terrain editing, viewshed analysis, slope, GIS pointcloud processing (Lidar, Leica, Topcon...), and much more.

The Industrial Trade Fair - Norway

The Industrial Trade Fair is a showplace for all sorts of manufacturing and design technologies, hardware, software, and services. It takes place in Lillestrøm (Norway), on Sep 27-30.

Come visit Pivot Produktdesign and Eldevik Industridesign (Stand C0-35) to learn more about Rhino, T-Splines, Grasshopper, and digital fabrication techniques.

NEXUS Advanced Grasshopper workshop

There are still seats available for the NEXUS Advanced Grasshopper workshop taking place September 27-29 in Innsbruck, Austria.

Participants will use the software Grasshopper as a parametric modeling plugin for Rhino. Using this graphical algorithm editor tightly integrated with Rhino’s 3D modeling tools opens up the possibility to construct highly parametrical complex models. To generate this complexity we will use live links to several programs listed below:

• Autodesk Ecotect Analysis and Radiance via GECO
• Processing, Excel or Open Office via gHowl
• FEA software GSA via SSI

Free 3D models and tutorials for Rhino

Image courtesy of has created and compiled an extensive library of free 3D models for Rhino, 3DS Max, Cinema 4D, and many other modeling packages. Their site includes models, materials, textures and tutorials.

Material Parametrics workshop this weekend

There are still a few seats remaining in this weekend's Material Parametrics Workshop in New York City. Held on September 25, 26 and 27, the workshop will investigate topics of current research and prototyping strategies.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

iRhino 1.1 - new version available

iRhino 3D Share your insight and inspiration

On the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch
There is nothing like showing your designs and ideas in 3D. Pan, zoom, and rotate with a tap or drag of your finger. The handy navigator lets you scroll through thumbnails, so you can quickly jump to any model you want. Load Rhino models from web sites, Google Docs, email attachments, or from iTunes. Save views as images for mark-up and emailing.

New in version 1.1
  • Support for iPhone 4
  • Supports the German, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Catalan, Polish, Czech, Finnish, Dutch, Swedish, simplified Chinese, and traditional Chinese languages
  • Models exported using Sycode plug-ins now display correctly

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

ALIHANKINTA 2010 - Finland

ALIHANKINTA 2010 - Tampere, Finland
September 21-23, 2010

Alihankinta is an international trade fair for the subcontracting industry.

Come visit the AN-Cadsolutions booth to learn more about Rhino, RhinoCAM, Roland milling and scanning machines, MicroScribe digitizers, and DAVID laser scanners.

SnS - Analysis in Rhino

A new build of Scan&Solvefor Rhino (SnS) is now available.

SnS automates structural testing of Rhino solids. Unlike other analysis tools, no pre-processing (meshing simplification, translating, etc) is needed.

In Rhino, simply:

  1. Select the material
  2. Apply the restraints
  3. Apply the loads
  4. Click Go
  5. View the results (strength, weakness, stresses, deformations)
New features in the latest builds include:

  • Gravity load option
  • Support for brittle materials like cast iron, concrete, and glass
  • Updated and simplified material database
  • Faster visualization for large models
  • Interactive min/max value reporting
  • Better boundary condition annotation
  • Online video tutorials
Everyone is invited to try this free pre-release version. No prior experience required.

Computational Design lecture in LA, Sept 16

Hangzhou Stadium, Courtesy of NBBJ - CCDI

Join the Los Angeles Design Technology Forum this Thursday as they host a free lecture entitled Computational Design: Aesthetics and Approaches. The lecture will be presented by Satoru Sugihara, Morphosis Architects, and Nathan Miller, NBBJ. This lecture will explore recent aesthetic directions and their basis in computational approaches to form finding and technical resolution. Two LA-based masters of computational design will discuss cutting edge projects and the techniques that make them possible.
  • Date: Thursday, September 16th
  • Time: Lecture 7pm, Wine and Cheese 6pm
  • Location: UCLA Architecture + Urban Design, Los Angeles, CA
    DeCafe in Perloff Hall (map)
  • CEUs: One (1) AIA Continuing Education Unit is available
This event is free; please RSVP to LADTF.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Come help with a new installation for Sukkah City

Marc Fornes :: THEVERYMANY is looking for highly motivated helpers to join its team for the assembly of their Sukkah City project on Union Square.
If interested please contact THEVERYMANY.
The extremely light structure - relying on double curvature for its strength - will be made of very thin stripes of walnut veneer. Computational protocol developed in rhino.Python!
Sukkah as sum of its parts:
49,722 holes
25,000 rivets
10,420 text
5,257 unique parts
120 hours of CNC
60 sheets of walnut veneer

CNC cutting - in progress... opening on Union Square, NYC on September 19th.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Submit your organic model

Less than a week remains to submit your organic model using T-Splines. Don't miss your chance to win an iPad with iRhino 3D.
Correction: Contest entry deadline is September 15th; not September 30th as previously stated.

RhinoGold jewelry course in Medellín

Join McNeel Latin America at their upcoming RhinoGold jewelry course. Participants will learn how to use Rhino, RhinoGold, and RhinoGold Render Studio to create jewelry models and designs.

Dates: September 13-16, 2010
Location: Medellín, Colombia 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New jewelry tutorials for Rhino and Matrix

The Jewelry CAD Institute has launched a new tutorials section on their site. Already offering webinars and virtual training, the new tutorials include beginning, intermediate and advanced exercises for Rhino and Matrix users.

Monday, September 6, 2010

RhinoGold events in September

RhinoGold will be present at the following trade shows in September:

Come see the new version RhinoGold 3.0!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

46th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair

The 46th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair will take place in Nonthaburi, Thailand next week. See collections, designers, producers, and exhibitors from around the world.

Visit Rhino partner NURBS Factor Co, Ltd in Booth YY41.

September 7-10, 10am - 6pm and
September 11, 10am - 5pm

Venue: CHALLENGER Hall 3
Impact Exhibition & Convention Center
Nonthaburi, Thailand

Friday, September 3, 2010

14-18 September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair

September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2010

September 14-18, 2010, AsiaWorld-Expo
September 16-20, 2010, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

It's the biggest jewel show in Asia, please come visit JIE (AsiaWorld-Expo, Hall 11 +11V14~18) to learn more about Rhino, Claytools and Matrix.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Southampton Boat Show

The 2010 PSP Southampton Boat Show (Sep 10-19, Southampton - UK) offers the whole family a fun-filled day out, whatever your marine interest or skill level.

It features a truly spectacular show marina, with over 2km of pontoons, over 1,000 boats of all sizes and around 500 exhibitors.

Come visit Draughtmark Limited (stand J016) to learn more about Rhino, Orca3D and RhinoParametrics.

Jewelry trade show in Paris

Eclat de Mode (Sep 3-6, Paris - France) is an international event dedicated to the fashion jewelry universe.

Come visit CADLINK (Hall 5 - Stand R02) to learn more about Rhino, RhinoGold, T-Splines and KeyShot.