Friday, September 30, 2011

Rhino supports the ‘Pavilion of Protest’ exhibition at the RIBA, London

The current average spend on 5 years of architecture school in the UK was £36,680, set to rise this year to £88,726 with the national increase in tuition fees.

The artistic partnership of ZaP Architecture invited architecture students to creatively VENT how they feel about this, given the current job prospects for architectural graduates.

ZAP Architecture secured the majestic Florence Hall at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London for a month long exhibition, 'Pavilion of Protest', beginning on the 25th of October 2011. ZAP want to use this as an opportunity to showcase the best of young architectural talent, the type of talent that doesn’t work for free and values it’s worth.

This collection of artwork will be judged by esteemed members of the creative industries. The judges have been named as Chris Lee, 2010 UK young architect of the year, Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, internationally renowned architect, Peter Randall-Page - renowned British sculptor and new RIBA president Angela Brady. Rhino has kindly sponsored one of the prizes for the winners of this endearing competition. "This relationship cements the bond between international software development mavericks ‘McNeel’ and the pioneerss of experimental academia and design – ‘the students’."

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ten years of Rhino in ship and yacht design

The innovative motorboat Kenau
Gerard Petersen, naval architect, has published an article in SWZ Maritime about how Rhino is used in the marine industry.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A 92-foot environmental light show

On October 8th the Leonardo museum opens at its new home in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.

One of the exciting features of the museum is the 92-foot wall and light show spanning the building lobby. Embedded LED lighting in its wall fins are connected to motion and environmental sensors on data for wind, seismic, and windfall activity around the world. This light show reacts and reflects this data in real time.

Yong Ju Lee and Brian Brush, partners in the design collaboration SoftRigid, designed the permanent wall as part of a competition the museum hosted.

Leonardo is a contemporary art, science, and technology museum dedicated to inspiring creativity and innovation.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Shape To Fabrication 4 - London

Simply Rhino UK and RoboFold present:

Shape To Fabrication 4
Nov 18-19, 2011
South Bank University, London - UK

Following the success of the first three Shape To Fabrication conferences, London's premier architects, engineers, fabricators and contractors are back to dissect the details of a selection of international projects.

This is also the place to be for the latest software announcements from the developers themselves.

Developers presenting at this years conference include: David Rutten (Grasshopper), Alexander Shiftner and Florin Isvoranu (EvoluteTools for Rhino).

The conference immediately follows four days of workshops from Rhino plug-in developers and specialist fabricators. These will be held at the RoboFold factory. Each team will present their work and discuss their success and failures at the conference.

These industry speakers are confirmed for the Shape to Fabrication Conference (more to be announced soon): Tim Crawshaw (POPULOUS), Abdulmajid Karanouh (Aedas London Ltd), Luke Epp & Robert Hart (Buro Happold), Tristan Simmonds (Simmonds Studio), Toby Clark (ARUP).

1st International Textile Architecture Seminar - Spain

1st International Textile Architecture Seminar - Spain
Oct 26-28, 2011
Universidad de Castilla La Mancha - School of Architecture
Toledo, Spain
  • Topics: The current world of Textile Architecture. The planning, design, and increasingly frequent inclusion of high-tech membrane structures within the modern architecture. Likewise, the rising importance and popularity of this global industry.
  • Contents: Comprehensive review of various aspects of the Textile Architecture, such as the evolution of the industry; fundamentals, design and engineering of membrane structures; introduction to ixForTen; structural analysis, physical and mechanical properties of materials and Lab test, among others. In addition, the functional and well-balanced design of forms in Textile Architecture and the actual implementation in the production of membrane structures, through the depiction of international projects including those specializing in stadium tensile architecture. Finally, the seminar includes an optional visit to the manufacturing site of Carpatec in Madrid, along with a demonstration on production and installation of small membranes.
  • Software presentations: ixForTen and RhinoMembrane

Free online Rhino training (in Spanish)

La Tienda del CAD invites you to take part in a free online Rhino Training:
  • When: Oct 4, 10-14h (GMT+1)
  • Program
  • Language: Spanish
Register soon, seats are limited.

Valenza jewelry fair

Valenza, Italy
October 1-4, 2011

Smart3D will be exhibiting at Valenza Gioielli October 1 to 4 in Valenza, Italy.

BAMBOO Support Generator, the new plug-in for rapid prototyping for Rhino, will be presented, as well as StoneSetting and NetworkPave tools.

INTERGEO: RhinoTerrain and Pointools

Nuremberg, Germany
September 27-29, 2011

INTERGEO is the world’s largest event and communication platform for geodesy, geoinformation, and land management.

Come visit McNeel partners RhinoTerrain (Hall 7 - Stand B13) and Pointools (Hall 7 - Stand D61) to learn more about these GeoModeling and Point Cloud Data plug-ins.

Rhino import plug-in for Alias

Rajeev Nairbeen is working on a Rhino to Alias direct translator. It is still in active development.

Please ask all the Alias users that you know to download the plug-in and give it a try. He would be delighted to get their feedback.

Scan&Solve V1.3 service release now available

This free service release brings Scan&Solve users the ability to interactively explore stresses and deformations inside a solid, plus several other improvements:   
  • Section planes  
  • Dynamic sectioning with slider 
  • Improved user interface  
  • Updated documentation 
  • Minor bug fixes  
Available to all licensed users and as an evaluation for new users.   Download the Version 1.3 service release of Scan&Solve.

SNAME Annual Meeting and Expo

This year, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers has their annual meeting in Houston. The SNAME Annual Meeting and Expo is the industry event that includes all the diverse technical interests and professional specialties in naval architecture, marine engineering, and marine sciences.

Orca3D and NEi Nastran working with Rhino will be shown by DRS Defense Solutions and NEi Software in Booth 316.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Digital Fabrication workshop at Texas A&M

Re-Generative Design_Digital_Fabrication
September 29-October 1
Texas A&M University, College of Architecture
College Station, TX

About the workshop...Parametric Analysis & Digital Fabrication with Rhino + Grasshopper
Participants will develop computational design skills to afford integral design solutions through Grasshopper visual scripting; leading the design layout into qualitative research through contemporary methodologies in the building and fabrication process.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

PointCrowd Python workshop, NYC

PointCrowd is a three-day Rhino.Python workshop for architects and designers interested in computational techniques. The class will provide the high demand skills associated with computational design and architecture while maintaining focus on the principles of design.

Dates: November 9-11, 2011
Location: New York City
Early Registration: $1,050
Note: Early registration deadline ends October 18th.

Topics include:
- Introduction to programming Python
- The mathematics of space
- Introduction to NURBS and Rhino data structures
- Automation
- Systems for generative geometry

Python for Rhino Online Training, Oct 29

Python for Rhino Online Training
Date: Saturday, October 29
Time: Noon - 2 pm (Eastern)
Cost: US$100 (US$150 after Oct 7)

Join presenter Skylar Tibbits for the upcoming Python for Rhino Online Training. The training is designed for Rhino users new to scripting, RhinoScript (VB) users looking to convert to Python or Python users looking to use Rhino. The goal is to give attendees an understanding the basics of programming, how to write simple scripts, automate tasks and generate geometry.

Topics covered will include: Running Scripts, Syntax, Data Types, Variables, Flow Control and Tuples/Lists/Dictionaries

Skylar Tibbits is a lecturer at MIT's Architecture Department, the Founder/Principal of SJET LLC and a 2011 TED Fellow.

Topological Structures workshop, Santiago

Topological Structures
October 27-30
Santiago, Chile

Intended for architects and designers, this workshop is for individuals interested in learning parametric design for implementation in various design processes. Using Rhino and Grasshopper, participants will tackle design projects through the development of algorithmic tools through a visual programming process.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

How to publish in 3D

CableGuy cable winder and clip
for Apple earphones
Dutch designer Michiel Cornelissen has been working with Rhino since he was with Philips Design where he was the first designer to use it and it continues to be his main tool in his own design consultancy, Michiel Cornelissen Ontwerp.

Rhino and the 3D printing company Shapeways are now enabling Michiel to publish his own range of jewelry, housewares, and Apple accessories with minimal investments, reaching a worldwide audience.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Webinar: Panelize the YAS Marina Hotel with EvoluteTools for Rhino

Panelize the YAS Marina Hotel with EvoluteTools for Rhino
Thursday, September 29, 2011 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CEST

This free webinar will introduce viewers to EvoluteTools and its advanced geometry optimization algorithms, succesfully used by the Evolute team in real world projects like the YAS Island Marina Hotel and other free-form architectural projects. Florin and Mathias will showcase panel planarization optimization and the use of mesh subdivision by literally changing the appearance of the gridshell on the fly.

The webinar is open to all individuals involved in any aspect of designing and building free-form structures: architects, designers, engineers, cost estimators, project managers, fabricators. Rhino modeling knowledge is helpful but not mandatory.

I Encuentro de Joyería 3D para Diseñadores y Fabricantes Españoles

I Encuentro de Joyería 3D para Diseñadores y Fabricantes Españoles
Madrid - Spain
Sep 23, 2011

This is the first meeting for Jewelry 3D designers and manufacturers. It includes presentations and workshops by experts in the field and it's totally free.

IABSE-IASS Symposium 2011 - London

London - UK
September 20-23, 2011

This special Joint Annual Symposium of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) and the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) will also incorporate the 6th International Conference on Space Structures usually held at Surrey University.

Many Rhino and Grasshopper users will present their work, including Jon Mirtschin from Geometry Gym on Generative Models Utilized for Superior Design Development.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

PanelingTools new release for Rhino 5 Beta

A new release of PanelingTools plug-in is now available for Rhino 5 Beta. You can find download links and documentation at PanelingTools download page.

New in this release:

  • Added mesh module support to paneling variable custom 3D components. It is now possible to select a list of mesh modules or two meshes and calculate mean modules.
  • Fixed a bad geometry bug when paneling surfaces with singularity.
  • Added support to generate mean curves with local bounding space.
  • Added the ability to define bounding space when creating variable mean surfaces.
  • Added support for local bounding space for 3D variable modeling.
  • Added support to create notches in ptFinEdges and ptExtrudeEdges commands.
  • Fixed labeling objects UI bug.
  • Fixed crash bug when creating singular panels.
  • Fixed a bug related to applying variable patterns to diamond grids.
  • Added ptTriangulateFaces command.
  • Added GetPanelingGrid function to scripting to capture a paneling grid and turn into two dimensional array of points.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

T-Splines Design Contest Winners

The T-Splines Design Contest 2011, Make the World a Better Place, is over and the judges have spoken. Entries were submitted from all over the world, in the catagories of Architecture, Transit, Jewelry, Consumer Products, and Miscellaneous.

Electric Sailplane: Joseph Culbert, Orange Beach, USA

Friday, September 2, 2011

SectionTools for Rhino 5 Beta new release

A new release of SectionTools plug-in is now available with the latest Rhino 5 Beta of August 31st 2011 or later. You can find download links and documentation at SectionTools wiki page.

New in this release:

  • Fixed sections display bug. Section curves used to not show when viewing the model from one side or zoom out.
  • Added double click support to select a section from the list.
  • Solid objects inside blocks were not detected when sectioning. This is now fixed.
  • Updated stMake2D command to use the new V5 Make2D enhancements. The command flow is also updated to allow selecting objects.
  • Nest layout used to give incorrect (mirrored) result. This is now fixed.
  • Added event watching to update sections when clipping planes of sections are directly dragged or transformed.

Grasshopper workshops in Mexico

New workshops, exhibitions and events are constantly being added to our Grasshopper events page. The newest additions include two workshop opportunities in Mexico. Take a look...