Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Rhino Teacher workshop in Belgium

The Université Catholique de Louvain and McNeel Europe invite you to a free Rhino Teacher Workshop that will take place on January 15-16, 2014.

Learn how you can add 3D modeling to your design and design communication curriculum without burdening your students with yet another difficult software product. You'll be able to focus on teaching design while your students take advantage of the latest 3D modeling technology.

Using Rhino, you will be guided through a series of hands-on exercises that highlight 3D modeling concepts. You will also learn how Rhino is used to render models for visualization, translate 3D models to CAM products for manufacturing or prototyping, and export 3D models into 2D CAD or graphics programs.

Behind the Snow Queen at Victoria's Secret

Victoria's Secret has presented its annual catwalk fashion show since 1995, each year more of an extravaganza. This year there were 18 different pairs of angel wings, part of a recurring theme, but the buzz was the Snow Queen's 3D printed wings.

Designed by architect Bradley Rothenberg, the wings were 3D printed in the Shapeways factory in New York City. To precisely fit model Lindsay Ellingson, a 3D scan was made of her. Shapeways 3D printed the fractal snowflakes and organized the snowflakes into a garment. Adjustments were made where the snowflakes shifted from small textile-like to become larger structural snowflakes. Rhino and Maya were mainly used for this part of the project. Then for the appropriate sparkle and festivity, the snowflakes were festooned with millions of Swarovski crystals.

The fashion show will air on December 10th on CBS.

Mechanical Rhinoceros Vicenza

Mechanical Rhinoceros Vicenza
Scuola Arte e Mestieri della Camera di Commercio di Vicenza (Italia)
Dec 13, 2013

Come join this free event where expert users will talk about how Rhino is being used in mechanical design and engineering, including customization (Grasshopper, Python), manufacturing (robots, CAM), interaction with Kinect, Karamba GH add-on, rapid prototyping, etc.

Attendance is free, but due to limited space registration is needed (contact Edoardo Negrizzolo -

The language of the presentations will be Italian.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Robots and alcohol. What is next?

Once again, Sigrid Brell-Cokcan and the Robots in Architecture team have found yet another interesting use for Rhino, Grasshopper, and a robot.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Commonwealth Games’ baton designed with Rhino/Grasshopper

In the creation of The Commonwealth Games’ baton latticework, 
4c Design used Rhino and Grasshopper.  

The Queen's Baton is currently on its 190,000 km, 288-day journey
around the 70 nations of the Commonwealth before its arrival in
Glasgow on July 23, 2014, for the opening ceremony of the Games.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Webinar: Successful Jewelry Modeling with Rhino 5

Novedge, LLC, Authorized Rhino Dealer, has just announced a new webinar in their line-up. Sign up today and reserve your spot!

Successful Jewelry Modeling with Rhino 5
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
11:00AM Pacific
Register here! - Space is limited; registration is required.

Join presenter, Maia Merav Holtzman, Authorized Rhino Trainer, for a presentation on jewelry modeling techniques and commands for Rhino 5. She will cover the step-by-step creation of a model for rapid prototyping and casting, using the precision modeling necessary to accurately follow a 2D dimensioned spec sheet for 3D production.

The webinar is free and will last about 1 hour, including the Q&A session.

ALGODeQ International Programming Competition

ALGODeQ: ALGOrithmic Design Quest
This international competition is a call for methods and forms that inspire hope and dreams through new technology, creative logic, and aesthetic intuition. Its purpose is to encourage the development of new design methods for better architecture and better cities. This competition will recognize computer programs that make outstanding contributions to algorithmic design, and outstanding works of architecture created by means of such programs.

The competition consists of two categories:
  • QP Category: For original computer programs created by the applicant that embody algorithmic design.
  • QA Category: For outstanding works of built architecture, designed by using an original computer program that embodies algorithmic design.
More about ALGODeQ:
The Quest...
The Guidelines...

Important dates:
  • November 4, 2013 - Competition announced
  • December 9, 2013 - End of inquiry period... get your questions in now!
  • December 23, 2013 - Application period starts
  • February 3, 2014 - Registration deadline
  • March 31, 2014 - First stage application deadline

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Essential Mathematics - Third Edition

We are pleased to announce the release of the third edition of the “Essential Mathematics for Computational Design”. The text introduces to design professionals the foundation mathematical concepts necessary for effective development of computational methods for 3D modeling and parametric design. Included are more than 70 Grasshopper samples and tutorials.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Change moods, change clothing colors -- there's an app for that!

Photography: Oscar Carmona
Barcelona-based textiles and technology design studio, Jorge & Esther, with the help of Rhino, have combined fashion and technology to create a mini clothing collection that playfully adapts to changes in your life.

Lüme is a daily wear collection made of simple black garments. The uniqueness is the tiny, flexible LEDs embedded in the fabric. They shine out through the detailing in the fabric layers in a soft glow, changing as you wish.

You control the built-in LEDs by a smartphone app. Depending on the event, location, or mood, you can change the LED colors to match another garment or accessory. Or change colors in time to the beat of music. Or just adjust the clothing color according to the weather.

Elizabeth and Luis Fraguada, the designers, used Rhino for the drawing of the digitally fabricated (laser cut) pieces where the illumination occurs. They now use Rhino extensively for the garment pattern drafting and archiving.

Jorge & Ester are currently taking orders for custom pieces from interested clients. Plans are to eventually produce small runs (approximately 100 pieces of each garment) of the current collection of three pieces:  jacket, tunic, and open-backed dress. The laser cut piece within each garment can be customized to another pattern, such as polka dots, flowers, lines, etc.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Woodpecker for timber fabrication

Woodpecker, developed by designtoproduction, is a plugin for Grasshopper that enables users to extend their parametric models into fabrication.

It offers several Grasshopper components that can turn input geometry into fabrication data in BTL (Building Transfer Language) format, a free standard for timber fabrication that offers a wide range of timber processing, including 5-axis contours. It is notably not machine-specific, can be read by LignoCam and other CAM software, and is usually created by timber-specific CAD software such as cadwork or SEMA.

RhinoCAM 2014 + Rhino 5 = What's New Webinar

MecSoft will be releasing RhinoCAM 2014 soon! This includes lots of new features and enhancements to MILL and ART as well as new modules for TURN and NEST.  Join us for a free webinar to see how MecSoft's integrated CAM software for Rhino just got better!

When: Friday, November 22, 2013, 8:00 am (Pacific Time)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

deCode Grasshopper, Kuala Lumpur

deCode Grasshopper (de-fə-ˈni-shən)
Organized by McNeel Asia, Kuala Lumpur

Explore Grasshopper definitions, read, understand and create your own definitions. Go beyond Rhino with Grasshopper parametric modeling capability and experience how Grasshopper can turn your ideas into reality.

Date: November 15, 2013 (Friday)
Time: 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Venue: Starbucks TTDi, Kuala Lumpur

Free admission – Seats are limited - Pre-registration is required.

To register, contact WK Lim.
*Bring your laptop/notebook computer with Rhino 5 and Grasshopper installed.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

SimpleMat - material editor for V-Ray for Rhino

SimpleMat, developed by Riccardo Gatti, is the simplest and fastest material editor for V-Ray for Rhino:

Monday, November 11, 2013

New EvoluteTools PRO features

EvoluteTools PRO is used by the industry's most reputable companies to turn high-end, breathtaking free-form designs into cost effective, real world structures faithful to the initial design intent. Award winning designs like KREOD, the highly prestigious Eiffel Tower Pavilions, the Baku Funicular stations, the Beaublanc Stadium, or the CCV are just a few of the many projects made possible with EvoluteTools PRO.

Ever-growing, robust and versatile, the Rhino plug-in now packs new features for your delight. The 64-bit compatibility, cylinder fitting, developable lofting, panel repetition maximization and node axis optimization are just a few of the most requested functions available now.
  • EvoluteTools PRO - Developable lofting
    Lofting of developable strip surfaces between pairs of curves.
  • EvoluteTools PRO - Panel fitting
    Approximation of surfaces with simplified surface types, e.g. cylinders, cones, and many more. Very extensive options exist.
  • EvoluteTools PRO - Panel repetition maximization
    Clustering of flat panels (triangles, quads, ...), which lowers the number of unique panels, parts, etc.
  • EvoluteTools PRO - Mesh statistics
    Evaluating diverse criteria related to the buildability and cost of surfaces panelised using flat panels, e.g.: Angles between panels, corner angles of panels, node torsion, edge lengths, distance from a reference surface, (un)planarity of panels, etc. This module can easily be customized.

Rhino events in Vienna

ThreeKC has organized a series of Rhino events in Vienna:
Follow the links to register...

Friday, November 8, 2013

4th Rhino User Meeting TU Graz report

The 4th Rhino Day at the TU Graz took place on the October 16th, 2013, with great success and an amazing international audience.

3D Base has been kind enough to write a brief report with photos.

4th Parametric Design Workshop Leipzig

The workshop will be concerned with the development and optimization of a building using Rhino and Grasshopper-based tools, such as Karamba and iterative and or evolutionary methods are to be used for system optimization.

Limited rapid prototyping tools will be available for physical modelmaking (laser cutter, 3D plotter, CNC milling).

Work in groups with people from Leipzig's School of Architecture and international experts and students! Architects, designers, engineers, and other interested parties are welcome.

Solid working knowledge of Rhino and Grasshopper required. No scripting skills necessary.

RhinoPython training in Paris

Rhinoforyou and Giulio Piacentino have organized a RhinoPython workshop in Paris (France) on December 9-10:

Competition: Vehicles 3D Modeling

Humster3D studio, with the support of 3DArtist magazine and RebusFarm service, have started a competition on 3D modeling of vehicles. The competition is open to any works (even early ones) that have not been published anywhere before.
Rhino users are welcome. Join the competition now!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Rhino training in Los Angeles

Join Authorized Rhino Training Center, Design Rhino, for their upcoming Level 1 Rhino - Weeknights course. The next class begins on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30PM.

Dates: November 19 - December 12, Tuesday & Thursday evenings (no class on 11/28)
Hours: 6:30PM-9:30PM
Price: US$695

Seats are still available.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Triangle Mesh Completer now for Rhino 5

The Triangle Mesh Completer plugin is intended to fill gaps in triangle mesh models, especially in models obtained from scan data. The plug-in is able to repair seriously damaged models. It can not only fill holes of complicated shapes but is capable of connecting different boundaries of a specified model to restore its original topology. This ability is required if the model has one or several tunnel-like holes whose internal parts are lost, or if the model’s surface is represented by several isolated mesh pieces.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Advanced Grasshopper webinar with David Rutten

Advanced Topics in Grasshopper with David Rutten
Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, November 6th

Title: Advanced Topics in Grasshopper with David Rutten
Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am PST

Space is limited... sign up today!

Join David Rutten, Grasshopper developer, for a lively presentation and discussion of Advanced Grasshopper topics. Presentation will be approximately one hour with a time for Q&A at the end of the session.

If you are an experienced Grasshopper user, you will want to be part of this event. If you cannot make it, no problem. The webinar will be recorded and posted here by November 8th.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please email Mary Fugier if you have any questions.

System requirements:
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

RhinoGold 4.0 SR 7 available

RhinoGold 4.0 Service Release 7 is available now!
SR 7 improvements to RhinoGold 4.0 include:

· Support for 3D printers
· Hollow Ring
· New 3D printers
· Clayoo 
· Head Studio
· Weight Metal
· Cutters in Line
· Dynamic Profile
· More bug fixes