Tuesday, January 31, 2012

RhinoTerrain and RhinoCity at Imagina Monaco

Image: Lyon Courly

RhinoTerrain and RhinoCity at Imagina Monaco
February 7-9

RhinoTerrain will be exhibiting at Imagina Monaco trade show (AEC Informatique, Stand 43-49).

Don't miss the presentation of the new RhinoTerrain version for Rhino 5 64-bit beta and a sneak preview of RhinoCity, a new plug-in for automatic texturing and creation of virtual cities from photogrammetry data (ESRI geodata, CityGML import/export...).

EvoluteTools 2.0 PRO and Lite

EvoluteTools 2.0 has been released and there are now two different versions:
  • EvoluteTools PRO is an advanced paneling and geometry optimization tool for freeform surfaces with a user-friendly interface. Established computational tools from Evolute's core software library, as well as groundbreaking technology from our cutting edge research results, provide you with functionality not offered by any other system.
  • EvoluteTools Lite is a free Rhino plugin for the intuitive design of panelizations using multiresolution mesh modeling and mesh optimization. Meshes can be optimized for closeness to a reference surface, fairness (smoothness) of its polylines, and several other goals. No strings attached: no cost, no mesh size restrictions, and no patents.

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

    Online Grasshopper training in February

    Join us next month for our first round of online Grasshopper training sessions.  The courses are for design professionals who are looking to efficiently learn concepts and features of Grasshopper at an accelerated pace in an instructor-led online environment.

    February 21-24 - Intro to Grasshopper (conducted in Spanish)
    ** This session has been canceled.  New dates will be scheduled.  **

    February 28-March 2 - Intro to Grasshopper (conducted in English)
    Details and registration... 

    Friday, January 27, 2012

    Acoustics with Grasshopper


    Guillaume Meunier has posted a Grasshopper definition which imitates acoustic raytracing in Rhino. Explore the progression of acoustic waves in a 3D space by controlling results through ray density, distribution angle, and time from origin.

    Rhino + Grasshopper presentation in Miami

    Generative Architectural Design - Rhino + Grasshopper presentation
    Miami Dade College - Room 7128
    Wednesday, February 1

    For designers who are exploring new shapes using generative algorithms, Grasshopper® is a graphical algorithm editor tightly integrated with Rhino’s 3D modeling tools. Grasshopper requires no knowledge of programming or scripting, and yet, it allows designers to build form generators from the simple to the awe-inspiring.

    Come and see the latest on Rhino 5 and Grasshopper during a presentation by the director of RhinoFabLab, Andres Gonzalez.

    For more information, please contact Jackie Nasser or call (305) 513-4445.

    There is no charge to attend this event.

    Thursday, January 26, 2012

    New architecture video tutorials

    As part of the UCL faculty, Jose Sanchez would like to share a series of online videos on Rhino modeling in architecture: Modeling the LF-ONE by Zaha Hadid.

    Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    RhinoCAM 2012 to release February 6, 2012

    RhinoCAM 2012 is the latest version of RhinoCAM from MecSoft Corporation. Currently in the final stages of beta testing, it is slated to be released on Feb 6, 2012. 

    RhinoCAM marries the power of Rhino's freeform modeling with VisualMILL's legendary machining capabilities to bring you a product of unrivaled capability for free form surface machining. With the seamless user interface, selection, and display integration RhinoCAM acts and feels like you are working with Rhino when creating your cutter paths. RhinoCAM delivers outstanding ease of use, associativity to design, power, speed, and affordability.
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    Friday, January 20, 2012

    Düzce TEKNOPARK by II Architects

    II Architects int, with Baris Cokcan and Sigrid Brell-Cokcan as founders and principals, are Turkish and Austrian architects and consultants. Together with Johannes Braumann and Martin Kleindienst as technological and design project team leaders for Düzce TEKNOPARK, II Architects int has a rich international background in cutting edge design and technology development such as parametric design, robotic and CNC-fabrication, architectural geometry and new material technologies.

    Thursday, January 19, 2012

    How 3D printing revolutionizes architecture

    Neri Oxman, a professor at the MIT Media Lab has produced a 6-inch cube sculpture “Making the Future” to illustrate the future of manufacturing. She recognizes too much limitations in conventional manufacturing and that limits the designers' mind too. There are some shapes that simply can't be built with existing molds and machining tools, but new 3D printing technology allows computers to build up structures using complex algorithms to make it possible to produce surprising shapes and structures. She believes that designers and architects can learn to take advantage of technology and expand their creativity.

    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

    Bongo 2.0 Beta 9 now available

    You are invited to try the Bongo 2.0 animation plug-in for Rhino 4.0 and 5.
    This is the 9th Beta version of Bongo 2.0 for Rhino 4.0 and 5.

    The beta is open for all Rhino users!

    Download Bongo 2.0 Beta 9 from here.

    49th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair

    For more than two decades, Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair has continued to establish itself as a professional trade event of choice.

    Authorized Rhino Reseller NURBS FACTOR CO., LTD will be in Booth YY43. Be sure to stop by and visit them.

    Show Hours:
    10:00-18:00 - February 9-12
    10:00-17:00 - February 13

    Impact Exhibition & Convention Center
    Nonthaburi, Thailand

    Tuesday, January 17, 2012

    RhinoParametrics 2.1

    RhinoParametrics 2.1 has been announced. This new version works on Rhino 4.0 SR9 and Rhino 5 Beta 32-bit.

    Meet the RhinoParametrics team at Seatec trade show in Carrara (Italy), February 8-10.

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

    New DeskProto V6.0 released

    Delft Spline Systems announces DeskProto V6.0 for five-axis machining.

    Completely new features
    • New wizards: Including more options, easier to use.  These wizards will automatically generate operations for Roughing and for a smoothing Contour.  Also, wizards for 2D milling and for Bitmap-to-Relief conversion are present.
    • Five-axis machining: DeskProto now supports five-axis indexed machining, for machines with CNC controlled A and B rotation axes. This makes models possible that could not have been made on a three-axis machine.
    • Multithreaded toolpath calculations: On multi-core PCs DeskProto could use only one core, resulting in the CPU Usage not rising above 25% on a quad-core machine, which is annoying for long calculations. Now each operation will be assigned a core, which is much faster.
    • Ramping now is possible for the first movement of each operation. Ramping means that the cutter enters the material along a sloping line instead of making a vertical drilling movement.
    • The new Welcome screen offers a clear overview of all available options.

    How to build a 56-foot red rabbit

    How do you fabricate and suspend a 56-foot-long rabbit? Kreysler & Associates solved this challenge for Lawrence Argent's whimsical aluminum sculpture in the new terminal of Sacramento International Airport.

    Friday, January 13, 2012

    ID assistant professor job at SFSU

    The Department of Design and Industry at San Francisco State University is seeking candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Industrial Design to begin in Fall 2012, subject to financial ability.


    • Terminal degree (MFA, PhD or equivalent) in Industrial Design, Product Design, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Design; Design for Manufacturing, or relevant disciplines; degree requirements must be completed by August 1, 2012.
    • Minimum two years teaching experience required; industry experience highly desirable.
    • Candidate should have strong, formal design experience and expertise with a technological focus.
    • Candidate should have demonstrated competencies and experience with industrial design technologies such as CAD, CAM, CNC and 3D modeling.

    SFSU serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

    Thursday, January 12, 2012

    Free weekly Rhino video tutorials from PolyPlane

    Polyplane.com is your source for free weekly web tutorials about 3D modeling in Rhino. Every week there is a new topic about modeling, principles, and various other ideas to get you off the ground and modeling...fast.

    Rhino 5 DVD tutorials from InfiniteSkills

    This Rhino 5 course from InfiniteSkills introduces you to many of the new features of this newest version. Taught by expert author and trainer Rob McCulloch, you will learn how to create 2D and 3D models in Rhino 5. Designed for the beginner, you do not need any prior experience with Rhino in order to get the most out of it. You can start with basics - a tour of the interface or jump right into creating in 2D and 3D - you are in control of your learning experience.

    Learn Rhino 5 from a professional trainer from your own desk.

    Suitable for beginners to advanced users. Ideal for users who learn faster when shown.

    Breaks even the most complex applications down in to simplistic steps.

    Monday, January 9, 2012

    RhinoPython and Grasshopper training at McNeel Europe

    McNeel Europe (based in Barcelona, Spain) has recently added new dates for RhinoPython, Grasshopper Introductory and Grasshopper Advanced training

    Olafur Eliasson recent projects

    Olafur Eliasson’s practice is characterized by his incessant exploration of our modes of perceiving. Described as ‘experimental setups’ by the artist himself, his works span from photography to installation, sculpture, and video. Established in 1995, his Berlin studio today numbers about fifty craftsmen, architects, geometers, and art historians. In the studio, he deploys light, color, and natural phenomena such as fog and waves to test how physical movement, engagement of the senses, and the interaction of body and brain influence our perception of our environment.

    Some of his recent projects done in Rhino and Grasshopper include KIRK KAPITAL A/S Headquarters and Harbour Island in Vejle (Denmark) and Façade for Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre (in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects).

    Vicenza Oro

    Jan 14-19 - Vicenza Oro - Vicenza, Italy

    The first international gold jewelry fair of the year, first in the wide range of merchandise, first for business importance.

    To see what's new in Rhino and related plug-ins and hardware for jewelry design, visit our resellers and partners exhibiting at T-Gold, the parallel fair dedicated to machinery and tools for gold jewelry production, and don't miss the one-day conference "Dall’idea del gioiello al prodotto finito – Un processo completamente informatizzato utilizzando Rhinoceros".

    Saturday, January 7, 2012

    Chick 'n' Egg chairs

    These Chick 'n' Egg chairs are made entirely from corrugated cardboard. The lightweight chairs were designed completely in Rhino and Grasshopper by the Swiss architectural design studio, Responsive Design Studio. Originally designed as children's seating, it is now available in adult sizes as well.

    ACADIA 2012 call for papers

    ACADIA 2012 will bring together designers, academics, and practitioners who engage, question, and aspire to stretch boundaries. Architects, fabricators, engineers, media artists, technologists, software developers, hackers, and others in related fields of inquiry are invited to submit works that explore, but are not limited to, the following topics:

    • Responsive environments; sensing, real-time computation, actuation and feedback
    • Synthetic fabrication and robotic craft; new paradigms in rapid prototyping and assembly
    • Energy, form, performance modeling, simulation and prototyping
    • Synthetic tectonics; composite materials, smart assemblies, emerging trends
    • Virtual environments; gaming; social networking; interaction and collaboration
    • Computational models of complex systems in design; emergent and self-organizing systems
    • Dynamic information modeling and design (body / building / landscape / urban micro-climate scales)
    • History and theory of digital architecture and synthetic production
    Works may be submitted in one of the following three categories:
    1. Full Papers (4,000 words)
    2. Work-In-Progress Papers (2,000 words)
    3. Projects for Exhibition - Abstracts (500 words)
      Submissions are due March 5, 2012.
    ACADIA 2012 will be held October 18–21, 2012 at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, CA.

    For more information, visit ACADIA 2012…

    Friday, January 6, 2012

    Scan&Solve webinar, January 18

    Join presenter, Michael Freytag as he presents Strength and Deflection Simulation with Scan&Solve™.  The free webinar will be held on Wednesday, January 18th at 11:00 am (PST).  Michael will show the basic steps of using Scan&Solve, explain how to select and apply appropriate restraints and loads, and demonstrate its powerful visualization capabilities.

    Simulating structural properties of Rhino solids has never been easier. Scan&Solve eliminates the need for model preprocessing, meshing, or simplifications.  Just select the material, specify restraints, and apply the loads.  The software will tell you if your model is strong enough and how much it will deflect.

    Date: Wednesday, January 18
    Time: 11 am (PST)
    Seats are limited; registration is required.

    Thursday, January 5, 2012

    Reconstructing a Russian Orthodox Church

    Measuring and generating plans for a 19th century richly decorated and ornate Russian Orthodox Church can be costly and slow work. BW Precision Systems, in cooperation with the design office Medika Projekt Karlovy Vary, used Pointools point cloud software to transform a 30-day project in to a 10-day project.