Saturday, December 29, 2012

Rhino training in Miami, January 14-16

Join McNeel Miami for their upcoming Level 1 Rhino 5 training course. In this class you'll learn to create and edit accurate free-form 3D NURBS models. This fast-moving class covers most of Rhino's functionality, including the most advanced surfacing commands.

Dates: January 14-16, 2013
Location: Miami, FL
Price: US$695

To register... contact Jackie Nasser or call (305) 513-4445.
Seats are limited. Sign up early!

Rhino 5 online training in January

Join us for our Level 1 Rhino 5 online course scheduled for January 10-24, 2013.  The course has been updated for Rhino 5 and will consist of seven sessions, an orientation with GoToTraining plus six half-days of Rhino 5 training.


  • Orientation: January 10, 9:00AM-10:30AM
  • Training:  January 14, 15, 17 and 21, 22, 24, 9:00AM-1:00PM each day

    Note: Times listed are Pacific Standard Time. Calculate your time zone.
All sessions are instructor-led and will be recorded for later viewing.  If you cannot make a session, watch the video and catch up before the class meets again.

Friday, December 28, 2012

KeyShot and Rhino: working together

KeyShot is featuring Williamson Simon, CAD instructor at the Wentworth Institute of Technology Department of Industrial Design in Boston, on their web site. Simon uses Rhino for modeling, then KeyShot for rendering.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Neon 1.0 Beta 12 Now Available

There's a new Neon!

This version of Neon completes support for alpha transparency in procedural
and bitmap textures, and fixes the pause/lock system which was broken in
Beta 10. We've also fixed the viewcapture wires issue.

A complete list of changes from Beta 11 are below:


- Alpha support for all procedural textures

Bug Fixes

- Viewcapture at screen resolution didn't capture wires
- Fixed re-render bug for incremental save
- Lock and pause button fixed.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Bongo 2 Beta 15 now available

You are invited to try the Bongo 2 animation plug-in for Rhino 4 and 5.
This is the 15th Beta version of Bongo 2 for Rhino 4 and 5.
The beta is open for all Rhino users!

Download Bongo 2 Beta 15 from here.

Scan&Solve for Rhino 5 - now available

Scan&Solve™ for Rhino 5 is free to all licensed users and will work on all supported models without any additional preprocessing and simplification. Experience effortless structural simulation on ever more complex solids and improved visualization through the enhanced rendering pipeline.

The 32-bit version of the Scan&Solve™ plugin works with Rhino 4 (SR9) and the 32-bit version of Rhino 5. A 64-bit version of the plugin is also available. It works with the 64-bit version of Rhino 5.

Friday, December 14, 2012

New Badger update

Hi there!

We're just posting this to let you know that there's a major new update for Badger with a pile more features - all of them suggested by Badger users who are actually cranking out renders in the field.  Some of this stuff is seriously useful.  The list of improvements can be found here and you can download it by clicking here.


 - The Badger Development Team

RhinoFabLab at a STEM Middle School

RhinoFabLab and Gulfstream Middle School are doing a Rhino Teacher Training to promote the use of technology in the classroom and improve student skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The workshop is free for educators.

To register: Contact Jessica Swanson or T (754) 323 4700

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Advanced Architectural Design workshop in Barcelona

Advanced Architectural Design with Rhino and Grasshopper Workshop
Barcelona (Spain)
Mar 4-6, 2013

This course is geared towards architects and spatial designers who wish to enhance their workflow with parametric and data-rich modeling capabilities.

From concept design to documentation, every stage of the design process is an opportunity to increase efficiency and creativity. This course has been designed to give architects access to simulation, analysis, and advanced modeling capabilities to better inform and execute design decisions throughout the design process. During the 24-hour course, we will look at the relationship between Rhino 5, Grasshopper, and associated plug-ins to create workflow tools that can be tailored to optimize the potential of each project.

This three day seminar / workshop will explore strategies for applying parametric design for the purpose of generating informed architectural models. During the course, participants will learn how to connect a digital model to external data sources such as environmental data and GIS databases. The participants will also learn how to evolve designs to reach multiple objective optimizations. The course will combine the functionality of native Rhino and Grasshopper methods with plug-ins and add-ons which address analysis, evaluation, environmental design, gis data, objective driven optimization, and general workflow.
  • Dates: Mar 4-6, 2013
  • Instructor: Luis Fraguada
  • Language: English
  • Price: 495€ (+VAT) for professionals, 395€ (+VAT) for students

VSR Shape Modeling and VSR Realtime Renderer 64-bit

The new VSR software versions are coming along with quite a few innovations. Numerous new commands and substantial enhancements to existing functionality are making VSR Shape Modeling 2.0 a powerful tool for your 3D development process. Work like a modeling pro, but at reasonable costs. 

  • Newly developed commands such as Surface Align and Multi Blend will help you create your models efficiently – and their high quality will convince you. 
  • Align to Symmetry Plane and Create Symmetry let you symmetrize your model components with a single mouse click. This leap in quality saves you laborious finishing work – from the very beginning to the end of your process. 
  • Existing functions have been enhanced with options that many have wished for in their day-to-day work – a result of our close cooperation with our partners and software users.
  • VSR Realtime Renderer 4.0 largely benefits from the 64-bit platform through Rhino 5. Large and even extremely large models can be processed smoothly, and Rhinoceros Zoo’s support of floating licenses enables a flexible use of the available hardware resources. Projects can be swiftly completed.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Chelsea Workspace by SDA

Chelsea Workspace, by Synthesis Design + Architecture, is 1 of 223 projects up for the Architects Journal Small Projects award.

This entire project was designed, developed and fabricated with Rhino, Grasshopper and RhinoNest

VisualARQ extensive video tutorial

This Rhino and VisualARQ video tutorial for architectural modeling is available on the VisualARQ web site.

It covers the full process of creating a 3D architecture project, from an empty document to the drawing production. The model selected for this tutorial is Le Corbusier’s masterpiece The Ville Savoye.

The tutorial is a step-by-step guide that shows the architecture modeling workflow with VisualARQ and Rhino. It can also be checked randomly to learn the different VisualARQ commands and features.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Cadwax RhinoRing for Rhino 5

Cadwax RhinoRing plug-in now available for Rhino 5

  • 3D Textures
  • Scale by Weight
  • Automatic Pave 
  • Millgrain
  • Rope
  • Split Shank
  • Kitco Weight Calculator
  • Dynamic Array
  • Resize Any Ring
  • Settings
  • Signet Rings
  • Class Rings
  • Wishbone Rings
  • Eternity Rings
  • Wedding Rings
  • Shaped Bands
  • Shanks

New Rhino 5 videos

New Rhino 5 videos by SimplyRhino UK

All videos are in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese (Mandarin), both audio and text translations. Videos available so far:

• Architectural Visualisation in Rhino 5
• Sweep Improvements in Rhino 5
• Rendered Shadows in Rhino 5
• Shell Polysurface in Rhino 5
• Shutline Curve Piping in Rhino 5

Vote on the site for the next Rhino 5 video. What's next?

RobArch 2012 schedule

Check the impressive list of workshops and speakers at the RobArch conference starting tomorrow! 

Are you going to be there? Tell us on the Facebook group!

Solving high school problems with CAD

Some classes learn CAD. Others actually use CAD.

White River High School, located at the foot of Mount Rainer in Buckley, Washington, was challenged with a real-life situation recently.

The school district's middle school could no longer raise and lower the gym's basketball hoops. The mechanism was 50 years old and the broken piece was obsolete. To get the unit functioning again, the district would have to totally retrofit the whole lift motor and switch, at a $2000 cost.

So the maintenance department came to the CAD class instructor, Bob Brooks, to ask if CAD and the 3D printer could help.

Brooks took advantage of the training situation and sophomore Dillon Hadaway reverse engineered the mechanism, using Rhino to draw up a new mechanism. The new piece was printed in 3D and installed with a new metal guide created in the metals class.

Once again, the hoops can be raised and lowered.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What's New in Rhino 5 webinar series

You are invited to see What's New in Rhino 5. The staff at Robert McNeel & Associates will present the new features in Rhino 5 during these seven informative web-based seminars:

Monday, December 10, 2012
  1. Getting Started and User Interface: 9 am - 10:30 am PST
  2. Object Creation Improvements: 11 am - 12:30 pm PST
  3. Display and Rendering Improvements: 1 pm - 2:30 pm PST
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
  1. Editing and Transformation Improvements: 9 am - 10:30 am PST
  2. Large Project Support and Block Improvements: 11 am - 12:30 pm PST
  3. 2-D Improvements for Layouts, Annotations & Dimensions: 1 pm - 2:30 pm PST
  4. Administration / Zoo / Development: 3 pm - 4:30 pm PST
Sign up for each event individually. Space is limited, so please sign up early *.

* For those who cannot attend, each session will be recorded and the videos will be posted by December 16th.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bongo 2.0 Beta 14 now available

You are invited to try the Bongo 2.0 animation plug-in for Rhino 4.0 and 5.
This is the 14th 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 14 from here.