Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Updated KeyShot 4 plugin for Rhino

KeyShot 4, a plugin for Rhino, has reached a next level. When you download the plug-n for KeyShot 4, you can now link KeyShot and Rhino together. Now you can continue to work on your design and update the model inside KeyShot with a simple button push. All your materials, animations, lighting, camerasimply everythingwill be maintained. Do this today, tomorrow, or next week. All you need to do is open your model in Rhino, and the scene in KeyShot, and you are live linked!


  • Maintain color and texture assignments
  • Maintain layer structure
  • Hidden objects on layers stay hidden
  • KeyShot 4: Live linking–update model inside KeyShot
  • Export to bip without KeyShot installed
  • Rhinoceros 4 or 5
  • KeyShot 4 or 3
  • Windows 7,8 32/64-bit

Online Grasshopper course in April

Join us for our Intro to Grasshopper for Rhino 5 online training course. This course is for design professionals who are looking to efficiently learn concepts and features of Grasshopper at an accelerated pace in an instructor-led online environment. The advantages of using Grasshopper in preliminary design and concept development come to life in numerous real-life examples.

Dates: April 22-25, 2013
  Orientation: April 22, 9:00am-10:30am
  Grasshopper training sessions: April 23-25, 9:00am-1:00pm

Price: US$175.00

Please note, all times noted above are Pacific time zone. Calculate your time zone.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Rhino 5 Workshop at Florida A&M

McNeel Miami is pleased to announce that Florida A&M University School of Architecture is hosting a Rhino 5 workshop on:

- Thursday, Feb 28, 2013
- Friday, Feb 29, 2013
- Saturday Mar 3, 2013
From 9:30 am until 5:30 pm each day.

The workshop will be free for SOA M.Arch students and limited to 24 participants.  

For more information, please contact:
Andrew Chin, Interim Dean
Florida A&M University School of Architecture
1938 South MLK Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32307
wk 850.599.8763, fx 599.3436

For on-site Rhino and Digital Fabrication training, please contact Jackie Nasser or call (305) 513 4445.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Level 2 online class begins next week

Our Level 2 Rhino 5 online course begins next week. We still have seats available if you'd like to register. The class is scheduled for February 28 - March 14. 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: February 28, 9:00AM-10:30AM
  • Training:  March 4, 5, 7 and 11, 12, 14, 9:00AM-1:00PM

    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.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

New RhinoResurf for Rhino 5

RhinoResurf just released RhinoResurf for Rhino 5 32/64-bit version,. Download from here

Also, there is a new tutorial Fit mesh to NURBS surface by specifying shape type. ( Command: _RsMesh2Surf in RhinoResurf for Rhino 4 or 5).

CMSA 2013 in Suzhou

CAE Molding Solution Alliance Conference 2013

Date: April 11-12, 2013
Location: Suzhou China
Support: Association of CAE Molding Technology
               Association of Green Molding Solution
               Society of Advanced Molding Technology
Cooperation: Moldex3D, iCAX

Present and Future of Rhino seminar in Italy

Present and Future of Rhino
Venerdì 1 marzo 2013
Dipartimento Scuola Arte e Mestieri del Centro Produttività Veneto (CPV)
G. Rossini 60 (angolo via Nicotera) - Vicenza (Italia)

Friday, February 15, 2013

Rhino 5 + MakerMex + Prototyping

Join RhinoFabLab and MakerMex for the Rhino 5 training with emphasis in 3D printing March 11-13, 2013 at the ITESM Campus Leon.
Space is limited so sign up early! For more information, please click here.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Arion RHINO LIVE for Rhino 5

RHINO LIVE is a fully integrated version of Arion right into Rhinoceros 5. All the power of physically-based, unbiased and GPU accelerated rendering at your fingertips from your native Rhino environment.

RHINO LIVE tears down the obstacles that were common to previous unbiased renderers in terms of workflow. It brings the opportunity to work naturally and comfortably inside Rhino 5, and get the most cutting-edge quality and performance without changing your workflow a single bit.

RHINO LIVE is really fast and takes advantages of all the compatible hardware inside your computer.

With RHINO LIVE it is not necessary to export the scene data to a file or a stand-alone renderer, or to go back to the host app to make changes. RHINO LIVE is fully integrated in Rhinoceros and renders just like the native Rhinoceros engine, with a tremendously better speed and quality. Just by hitting the render button, RHINO LIVE will turn the scene into a physically-based digital photography.

The RandomControl LIVE plug-in supports Rhino 5 32 and 64bit.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Bongo 2 Beta 16 now available

You are invited to try the Bongo 2 animation plug-in for Rhino 4 and 5.
This is the 16th Beta version of Bongo 2 for Rhino 4 and 5.
The beta is open for all Rhino users!

Download Bongo 2 Beta 16 from here.

Grasshopper online training by geometrydepth

Grasshopper fundamental online training
2013 February 22-23 + assessment – 9:00-12:00 am CET / 9:00-12:00 am PST

This course is meant for every designer, engineer and architect who wants a solid base of generative and parametric modeling within their Rhino workflow. During these two days and the last assessment session, we will explore and build structures in parametric space, embodied in geometrical entities (curves, surfaces) and using algorithmic patterns. Every step will be supported with exercises of gradually increasing complexity. You will learn how to work with geometrical association and parameters. To master geometrical association – associativity between parts, dynamic association – geometric shapes are generated by following the logic connection between the part and the geometric constrain, parametric dimension, dynamic design process: in fewer words, we will nurture relational thinking.

Instructors: Ilaria Giardiello, Giulio Piacentino.

4x4 Architecture workshops - Salerno (Italy)

February 16, 17, 23 and 24
Mediterranean FabLab (Cava de’ Tirreni, Salerno - Italy)

The Medaarch has organized 4 one-day intensive workshops:
  • Saturday, February 16: Rhino - introduction to modeling
  • Sunday, February 17: Grasshopper - introduction to parametric design
  • Saturday, February 23: V-Ray for Rhino - introduction to rendering
  • Sunday, February 24: RhinoCAM - introduction to digital fabrication

Architecture, Grasshopper and V-Ray training in Barcelona

La Tienda del CAD with Luis Fraguada and Matúš Nedecký have organized a series of workshops in Advanced Architectural Design with Rhino and Grasshopper and Architectural Visualization with V-Ray in Barcelona:
Both workshops will be in English. Student price also available!

RhinoPython training in Paris

Rhinoforyou and Giulio Piacentino have organized two RhinoPython workshops (Introductory and Advanced) in March in Paris (France):
Follow the links to see the program and to register...

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Neon 1.0 Beta 14 Now Available

Hi all!

There's a new Neon!

This build fixes a number of crash bugs and other small issues.  The general level of stability should be significantly improved over Beta 13.

A complete list of changes from Beta 13 are below

  • Baking resolution for decals is now determined by the texture simulation size.

Bug Fixes:
  • Bad meshes passed into Neon caused random crashing. Neon no longer accepts bad meshes as input.
  • Some meshes caused the bump tangent system to crash. This is now fixed.
  • Changing the number of passes while Neon was stopped caused a crash on restart when the Skylight was on.
  • Background problems with printing and view capture have been fixed.


Facades + Performance Conference, NYC

The Facades + Performance 2013 Conference will be in New York City on April 11 and 12. Early-bird registration opens next week.

The workshops filled quickly last year. Don't miss your opportunity to sign up. The 2013 workshops include:
  • Grasshopper with Nathan Miller, CASE
  • Grasshopper + DIVA with Jon Sargent, SOM
  • Firefly with Andy Payne, LIFT Architects
  • Python Scripting in Rhino with Skylar Tibbits, MIT-TED Fellow

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Propeller design with Rhino

Kiwi Feather Props Ltd have been using Rhino for production of their propellers for the last three years.

The earlier prop designs, such as the K3 model, took many years to create and produce. With the help of Rhino and modern production methods, the later designs, such as the K4 and K2, were built in under one year.

Rowan Blundell notes, "All of the propellers are multiple, intersecting helix surfaces, so really was a challenge initially to obtain nice joins!"

The props are first 3D-printed in ABS. Later they are cast in stainless.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

New Grasshopper tutorial book in Korean

"Grasshopper for Rhino Reality" by Taeyong Cho (DA Group) and Wansuk Ko (DA Group) is a new Grasshopper tutorial book in Korean. The book shows readers a basic overview of Grasshopper including interface and components as well as how to use Grasshopper with step-by-step instructions. This book is designed for beginners and professionals.

SmartGeometry 2013 - Save these dates

sg2013 is shaping up to be a great event again this year. The focus is on transitioning computational design from the hard space of the ideal to the soft reality of an uncertain built environment.

sg2013 will be at The Bartlett in London April 15-20, 2013. The four-day workshop (April 15-18) and two-day conference (April 19-20) will follow the format of the highly successful preceding events.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Neon, up to 4 times faster (or more)

Neon, the free fully raytraced viewport plug-in for Rhino 5, is up to 4 times fast, or more, with the new Caustic ray tracing accelerator PC boards.

The Caustic R2500 board for highest-end workstations costs US$1,495. The Caustic R2100 intended for upgrading a wider range of mid-range and higher workstations is US$795.