Friday, March 30, 2012

V-Ray 1.5 for Rhino, upgrade now

V-Ray 1.5 for RhinoSome of the key features of the new V-Ray 1.5 for Rhino

V-RayRT® - A revolutionary rendering engine providing instant feedback and streamlining scene setup. Because V-Ray RT is built upon the same robust core as V-Ray, it is seamless to transition between V-Ray RT and production rendering.

Dome Light - Create simple, artifact-free image-based lighting using the Dome Light. Its powerful importance sampling analyzes HDR images and optimizes light tracing and GI precision.

V-Ray Proxy - An indispensable tool for managing scene memory and efficiently rendering massive amounts of geometry. V-Ray Proxy objects are dynamically loaded and unloaded at render-time, saving vital RAM resources.

Lens Effects (Glare / Bloom ) - Simulate the natural lens effects that occur when photographing highlights.

Dispersion - Trace and refract light based on its wavelength.

Retrace Threshold - Reduce Light Cache artifacts and improve the appearance of glossy reflections and refractions when using the time-saving feature. Use light cache for glossy rays.

Ambient Occlusion - Generate shading based on an object’s proximity, and enhance GI details without significantly increasing render time.

VRayDirt - Simulate shading around corners and crevices of objects based on a radial distance. VRayDirt can be used to produce a variety of effects, including ambient occlusion renderings.

Interpolation (Reflections and Refractions) - Accelerate rendering by approximating and caching the effects of glossy reflections and refractions.

IES Light - Use photometric data to provide accurate light definition.

Sphere Light - Create spherically shaped area lights.

Feature details with videos...
Purchase V-Ray 1.5 for Rhino...
Chaos Group website...

Parametric Space Frame Tutorial using PanelingTools for Grasshopper

A step by step parametric space frame tutorial was posted to PanelingTools Add-On for Grasshopper Group. Check details from here...

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Parametric Truss Tutorial using PanelingTools Add-On for Grasshopper

A step by step parametric truss tutorial was posted to PanelingTools Add-On for Grasshopper Group. Check details from here...

Friday, March 23, 2012

Creating building forms with Rhino, CNC, plywood, concrete, and fiberglass

CW Keller, an architectural millwork, furniture, and design firm, drew on multiple resources to fabricate the roof of the Boston Harbor Park Pavilion. The Pavilion's open-air roof is actually two complex curved canopies. To define the surfaces, optimize the material yield, and translate the data to machine-ready CNC files, CW Keller relied on Rhino.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bongo 2.0 Beta 10 now available

You are invited to try the Bongo 2.0 animation plug-in for Rhino 4.0 and
5. This is the 10th 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 10 from here.

Join Moldex3D's Molding Innovation Technical Forum at NPE Show in Orlando, FL!

Dear Plastics Guru,

There's only 2 weeks left until the opening day of the most exciting and biggest plastics show, NPE 2012: The International Plastics Showcase in Orlando, FL, from April 1 to April 5, 2012. Moldex3D is proud to take part in this wonderful event and we cordially invite you to be our special guest. 

Register here to receive a free guest pass, simply copy the following URL in your Internet window:

Attend the Molding Innovation Technical Forum at NPE and win the new iPad!!

Moldex3D will showcase Molding Innovation Technical Forum, a series of booth presentations by top plastics industry speakers and professionals at NPE 2012.

In our Molding Innovation Technical Forum at NPE, we will highlight our latest new and the most innovative developments in CAE simulation technology in plastics injection molding.

Molding Innovation Technical Forum features:

  • Cloud computing live demo! – Easy, high-performance and affordable.
  • Microcellular foaming (MuCell®) simulation and analysis
  • Conformal cooling technology and simulation
  • CAD-integrated simulation for mold makers
  • Compression molding simulation and analysis

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

PanelingTools add-on for Grasshopper

A beta version of the PanelingTools add-on to Grasshopper for Rhino 5 Beta has been released. It offers parametric tools to support creative generation and morphing of parametric patterns.

Orca3D New WIP 1.3

Orca3D Work-in-Progress Release 1.3 adds back in the Stability Criteria Evaluation that was removed from the 1.2.3 Release, and includes the beginning of a Longitudinal Strength analysis capability. The Stability Criteria Evaluation functionality is still undergoing some testing, and wasn't quite ready to be part of the 1.2.3 Release. Also, a new command, OrcaLongitudinalStrength, has been created to facilitate a simple beam bending model by computing shear force/bending moment using the existing Orca3D buoyancy and weight computation capabilities. This new command should be considered under development and currently has limited functionality. We plan to continue its development through future Orca3D WIP releases.

As with all Orca3D WIP releases, your feedback on the Stability Criteria Evaluation and Longitudinal Strength analysis is welcome. 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Grasshopper attack at Univ of Cincinnati

We learned today of a massive grasshopper attack at the University of Cincinnati.  Take a look at this collection of video tutorials from UC students.  Note, the number in parenthesis indicates how many videos per category. 

Videos include:
  • Curve: Analysis (14)
  • Curve: Primitive (4)
  • Curve: Division (8)
  • Curve: Utility (5)
  • Curve: Spline (7)
  • Surface: Analysis (15)
  • Surface: Free-form (20)
  • Surface: Primitive + Utility (11)
  • Intersect (12)

Online training for marine designers

ProBoat E-Training has a Rhino Modeling for Marine Designers online class starting soon.  Class begins March 25th... Sign up today to reserve your seat!


Grasshopper + CNC
March 28-29, 31 and April 1-2

LaN director Monika Wittig & Co-de-iT’s Andrea Graziano present their 2012 kick-off workshop for ‘LIVING FORCES’ focus.

Part 1: Data Mining with Grasshopper (four sessions of data collection and management)
Part 2: Data Milling with CNC (two sessions for fabrication)

Friday, March 16, 2012

IAAC Global Summer School 2012 - Barcelona

IAAC Global Summer School 2012
Barcelona, 13-25 July

The IAAC Global Summer School for the 2012 academic year will continue to investigate multiscale strategies for the reconstruction of our inhabiting environments (home, city, planet). The last few years of technological, social, political, economic and cultural changes (at both the global and the local scale) demand that we rethink what kind of habitat humanity will live in in the coming decades, given that space in all its aspects (landscapes, cities, places, buildings and bodies) is undergoing dramatic transformations. [...]

Aimed at: The program is aimed at students from a variety of compatible fields, such as architecture, engineering, fine art, design, landscape architecture, programming, etc.

Calendar: Program duration: 13-25 July 2012

The program is structured in three sections:

1. Digital Design and Parametric Modelling (13-17 July)
2. Interactive and Informational Development (18-21 July)
3. Digital Fabrication Prototyping (22-25 July)

Software: Rhino, RhinoCam, Grasshopper, Ecotect, Arduino

Program Activities: Lectures, Master Classes, Building Visits

Job opportunity in Singapore

Singapore ETH Centre is looking for motivated and talented professionals or recent graduates to fill the positions of a teaching and research assistant and the position of a PhD candidate at the Future Cities Laboratory, Module II Architecture and Digital Fabrication at the Singapore ETH Centre. Starting in May or June 2012, the researcher will participate in the project for two years and will investigate the design of robotic fabricated high rises.  Skills in computational design, programming, and digital fabrication are required.

Please note, the PhD position will be in the system shortly, please refer to web site for all available positions.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

AA MakeLAB workshop

Hooke Park, Dorset
Monday 9 – Monday 16 April 2012

AA MakeLAB explores strategies for the design and implementation of digitally driven fabrication technologies in the context of Hooke Park’s forestry and workshop resources. It is organised in collaboration with the AA’s Digital Prototyping Lab.

The course will investigate a range of design and production methods, setting up customised digital work-flows that are informed by corresponding material systems and their technical and spatial potential. Experimentation will be conducted in small, workshop-led groups proposing innovative design-and-build methodologies using sensor-based generative design methods connected to customised fabrication hardware. Prototypical structures will be constructed using specific materials and sites available at Hooke Park. The workshop offers the unique opportunity to explore the application of highly experimental technologies towards the construction of architectural structures at 1:1.

Each team will be assisted by experts in particular software and hardware technologies, including Rhino and Processing based work-flows and Kinect, Arduino and CNC based sensors, micro-controllers and actuators. For participants without specific experience several working software and hardware solutions will be offered at the beginning of the course. Supporting technologies such as laser cutting and CNC machining will also be available.

The workshop program includes lectures, tutorials, and design reviews and will culminate in a final presentation with invited critics.

Scan&Solve V1.5 free service release

This free service release  adds hydrostatic pressurea pressure exerted by fluid due to gravityto the arsenal of loads in Scan&Solve.   Just specify the loaded faces, fluid surface plane, and fluid density.  Scan&Solve does the rest.  As simple as that.   
Other  significant enhancements include:
·  Unicode reporting now supports templates in other languages
·  One-click importing of Scan&Solve material files (import button in material editor dialog) 
·  Visualization of out of plane stress components
·  Improved handling of unit changes
This service release also includes several minor bug fixes in numerical, visualization, and user interface subsystems of the software.   

Available to all licensed users and as an evaluation for new users. Download Version 1.5 service release of Scan&Solve™ here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

3rd Rhino-Day at the TU Graz

3D Base invites you to the 3rd Rhino-Day at the TU Graz on the 21st March 2012, which will take place at the Rechbauerstrasse 12, from 09:30 to 17:30h.

09:30 - 12:30 WORKSHOP "Rapid Prototyping":
Kostenbeitrag EUR 30,- bezahlbar in Bar bei Veranstaltungsbeginn. Rückvergütung bei Softwarebestellung innerhalb von 7 Tagen nach der Veranstaltung

Vortragender: DI David Stelzer von
HTBLVA Graz - Ortweinschule
Abteilung für Kunst&Design
"Produktdesign und Präsentation"

13:30 - ca. 15:30 VORTRÄGE und DISKUSSION - Besuch KOSTENLOS:

bot/log - "the framed pavilion"
DI Richard Dank
DI Christian Freißling
Institut für Architektur und Medien | TU-Graz

"Geometrie-Consulting in der Architektur mit Rhino"
DI Martin Reis
DI Heinz Schmiedhofer
feasible industrial geometry engineering OG

Verpackungsgestaltung von HTL-Schülern für die Wirtschaft
Vortragender: DI David Stelzer von
HTBLVA Graz - Ortweinschule
Abteilung für Kunst&Design
"Produktdesign und Präsentation"

Rhino, Design and Development platform -
An overview of the latest developments at McNeel and Rhino
Vortragender: Carlos Perez von McNeel Europe

Class-A goes mainstream

VSR Rhino plugins für hohe Produktqualität und erfolgreiches Design
Peter Salzmann von Virtual Shape Research GmbH

3Dconnexion 3D-Maus Integration in Rhino 5

Raik Brauns von 3Dconnexion GmbH

ca. 16:30 - 17:30 Diskussion
17:30 - 18:30 Get together

This is a free event (except the workshop that has a 30€ fee). Register here...

RhinoCAM 2012 now shipping

MecSoft Corporation announced RhinoCAM 2012, a major version upgrade to its current RhinoCAM 2.0 version. In addition to hundreds of enhancements and improvements to the existing RhinoCAM 2.0 product, RhinoCAM 2012 features a new 5-axis continuous milling module, powerful new toolpath generation methods along with processing and productivity improvements. RhinoCAM 2012 also includes a parts nesting add-on module that lets users perform Rectangular as well True Shape nesting on parts to be machined. RhinoCAM 2012 runs completely integrated inside Rhino.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Workshops and lectures at Tex-Fab San Antonio

Tex-Fab 3.0 San Antonio
UTSA College of Architecture
International competition, lectures, workshops and exhibition
April 13-15, 2012

Tex-Fab San Antonio will present four distinct workshop sequences that begin with basic skill building and progress with each session until the attendee gains a broad understanding of the topics presented.

Workshops will be held April 14 and 15.

3D Modeling - Travis McCarra
Scripted Design - Marc Fornes, THEVERYMANY
Revit Design - David Fano, CASE Design
Parametric Design - Gil Akos + Ronnie Parsons, StudioMode 

Lectures by Marc Fornes, Jason Vollen, and Jonathan Mallie will be held on April 13.  Details...

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Rhino Job at HDA Paris

Hugh Dutton Associés (HDA) is looking for a draftsman for the Paris office. Rhino, Revit, and AutoCAD skills are required.

Grasshopper: Clever Skin Workshop

Clever Skin Workshop
March 10-11, 2012
L'Aquila, Italy

New Grasshopper workshop organized by Co-de-iT (in Italian).

Check the details at the Grasshopper Events page!

Monday, March 5, 2012

BaselWorld 2012

Basel, Switzerland
March 8-15, 2012

BaselWorld is the leading event for the watch and jewelry industry. A unique opportunity where 1,900 exhibitors - specialists in watches, jewelry, precious gems and related brands - showcase their latest products to those in the industry.

Come visit our Rhino partners:

RhinoGold at BaselWorld and MJSA New York

RhinoGold will be exhibiting at these upcoming trade shows. Come see the latest news about jewelry design and manufacturing:

Friday, March 2, 2012

ROB|ARCH 2012: Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art, and Design

Call for Papers | ROB|ARCH 2012: Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art, and Design |

Workshops: 14-16  December 2012 / Conference: 17-18 December 2012

ROB|ARCH has been initiated by the Association for Robots in Architecture as a new conference series on robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design, closely linking industry with cutting-edge research institutions.

For the first time, Rob|Arch 2012 will bring together international university partners who will open their robotic research labs to creative use and present an insight into their applied robotic research at various locations throughout Europe. While the international workshops will be distributed at university partners, the following conference will take place in Vienna, a city well known for its living quality, but also a hotspot for technology and innovation.

The internationally renowned publishing house Springer Wien/New York will publish and market the proceedings of the conference worldwide with the following topics:
  • Design to robotic fabrication
  • Rapid prototyping with industrial robots
  • Mass customization
  • Robots beyond industrial uses
  • Robotic aesthetics
  • Customized robotics
  • Digital and physical robotic interfaces


13 December 2012
Free sponsor pre-workshops for ABB Robot Studio and Grasshopper

14-16 December 2012
Conference workshops:

@Rotterdam: 2x ABB IRB6400 by TU Delft and University of Michigan/Jelle Feringa & Wes McGee
@Stuttgart: KUKA KR125/2 by University Stuttgart / Achim Menges & Tobias Schwinn
@Graz: ABB IRB6600 by TU Graz / Andreas Trummer
@Zurich: KUKA KR150 by ETH Zurich and ROB Technologies / Gramazio & Kohler
@Vienna: 2x KUKA LWR by TU Vienna / Marcus Vincze et al.
@Vienna: ABB IRB120 by HAL / Thibault Schwartz

17-18 December, 2012
Conference sessions at TU Vienna

Paper Submission

We invite authors to submit papers with original research on the use of robots in architecture, art, and design. An international scientific committee consisting of researchers and practicing architects will evaluate the papers and provide feedback to the authors. The selected papers will be published in the Springer proceedings and presented at the conference in Vienna.

Electronic submission of abstracts 4 June 2012
Electronic submission of full papers 16 July 2012
Author notification 10 September 2012
Final paper due 1 October 2012

Information and contact

See for details and up-to-date information. For any questions regarding the Rob|Arch 2012 conference, please contact

Sigrid Brell Cokcan & Johannes Braumann
Conference Chairs, Association for Robots in Architecture

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Digital Provocations symposium, April 12-14

University of Minnesota, College of Design
Minneapolis, MN
April 12-14, 2012

A symposium on the role of digital technologies in architectural education and practice.

How can the profession of architecture evolve and adapt to a constantly shifting technological landscape?
How can architecture schools take on a more proactive leadership role within the discipline?
How can they develop curricular initiatives that fully engage with the dramatic transformations occurring in practice?

This three-day symposium will pose these questions and explore alternative professional and curricular approaches to incorporating digital technologies in architectural design. Invited participants active in both practice and academia will present case studies demonstrating innovative use of digital technology in realms of design, collaboration, fabrication, and construction.

Visit the Digital Provocations site or contact Adam Marcus for additional information.

Bucky Fuller lives again

Goetz Composites are known for building race boats, including the America's Cup boats. Now they have applied their expertise to renovating Buckminster Fuller's Fly's Eye Dome. This 24-foot-wide fiberglass dome was a prototype for prefabricated housing and the last project Buckminster Fuller worked on.

The neglected 40-year-old dome was chipped and covered with mold and peeling paint. Where corners were missing, Goetz Composites had to cast new fiberglass pieces and shape by hand to match the original. In the process, the Buckminster Fuller Institute ended up with an accurate Rhino rendering of the as-built pieces. These can be used to create new CNC-milled molds if the Institute wants to replicate a piece.

The restored dome will be permanently installed in the Miami Design District.