Tuesday, December 24, 2013

ABB Mobility Grant - Robots in Architecture

The ABB Mobility Grant was initiated by ABB Robotics and the Association for Robots in Architecture to support individuals who are highly engaged in robotic applications in the creative industry. Three grants of 1000 USD each support the grantee’s travel and accommodation costs for Rob|Arch 2014.

New RhinoMold 4.0

RhinoMold 4.0 has been released!

Analyze plastic parts and design injection molds directly in Rhino! See all the features at http://www.tdmsolutions.com/rhinomold.htm

Sunday, December 22, 2013

SectionTools for Rhino 5 new release

Download and try the new release of SectionTools for Rhino 5.

SectionTools is a McNeel lab plugin available to all Rhino 5 users. SectionTools helps create dynamic 3D sections and 2D layouts that update with model changes. It includes many features to view and manipulate sections and output data.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Creative flat pack furniture

Final projects at FSU's Graduate Furniture Design

Professor Marlo Ransdell Ph.D., IDEC and her student Amanda Cleveland show us their final projects.

Graduate Furniture Design: Students were engaged for six weeks in designing and fabricating two full-scale furniture pieces constructed from one 4’x8’ sheet of 3/4” maple plywood.  Criteria for the project were: create two designs in Rhino software that could be CNC manufactured and flat pack shipped, have the ability to be constructed with little to no tools and hardware, and minimize material waste. Students were given no limit on the number of scale models to produce and had classroom access to all prototyping equipment (additive, subtractive, and laser) for small-scale prototype production.  All prototypes created were evaluated for form, function, and material application and photographed by students.  Final full-scale prototypes were developed on a 4’x8’ CNC router at the Facility for Arts Research at Florida State University and evaluated.

FAR-FSU is a certified RhinoFabStudio.

To see more projects of FSU's Graduate Furniture Design, click here.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Bongo 2 Service Release 1 now available

Bongo 2 SR1 is now available from:
This is the complete Service Release 1 build and includes a huge pile of bug fixes.


AA Visiting School at Rome

Rome - IM/Material
Rome, Italy
Thursday – Saturday, January 16-25 2014

IM/Material, a workshop organized by the AA Rome Visiting School

This AA Rome Visiting School 10-day workshop encourages the observation of material elements and their use in architectural design featuring subconscious experiences, spatial voids, and virtual communities. Students will investigate modern materials and their digital fabrication by direct experience. They will work with algorithms and sensors that are able to recognize and respond to human feelings and attitudes. Students will feed novel expressions of void spaces into the Roman tradition featuring examples like the ancient catacombs and the Nolli map. Through augmented reality design the projects will open a window into a digital virtual world. By the end of the workshop students will unveil their interpretation of the material/immaterial form hidden in the real matter. 

The workshop is open to architecture, engineering, and design students and professionals worldwide.

The deadline for applications is January 2, 2014.
Online applications:
PDF application form request by email: visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk

Directors: Lorenzo Vianello and Arturo Tedeschi

Professors: Lawrence Friesen (Oxford Brookes University) and Ferdinand Fritz (University of Innsbruck)

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates, and young professionals. Software requirements: basic knowledge of Rhinoceros or other 3D modeling software.

Galleria di architettura "Come Se"
via dei Bruzi 4
00185 Rome, Italy

Email: rome@aaschool.ac.uk
Web site: www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/VISITING/rome

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Webinar: Rhino 5 for SketchUp Users

Rhino 5 for SketchUp Users
Thursday, December 19, 2013
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM PST

 Register Now

Join Rhino modeling expert Kyle Houchens of The Outside for a live webinar that will show you how to model in Rhinoceros 5 using the SketchUp-like methods of pulling faces and edges.

Kyle will sculpt a few models from basic solid primitives and faces. Using “push pull” techniques, split faces will be extruded into subtle details that add specific features on the model. He will utilize modeling aids like Gumball, sub-object selection, as well as commands like ExtractFace and SplitFace. He’ll also demonstrate Rhino's SolidTools collection of commands that will be used to create, array and manipulate openings, and much more!

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Presentation will be approximately one hour and questions will be taken at the end. This presentation will be recorded. If you cannot make it, no problem. This webinar will be recorded and posted here by December 20th.

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

RhinoAir 6.0 released by SiTex Graphics

SiTex Graphics has released RhinoAir 6.0 plugin for Rhino as a
companion to Air release 13.  New features in this release include:
  • Support for the new Retexture application in Air 13 which provides realtime editing of materials as a post process 
  • A new set of physically plausible surface shaders unifies the behavior of specular highlights and reflections 
  • Faster global illumination 
  • New shaders for producing carpet at render time 
  • Simplified color controls based on the sRGB color standard 
  • New lighting options including texture projection for spotlights and distant lights 
  • A new menu interface with common commands 
  • Improved extra output channels

Friday, December 13, 2013

Mesmerizing metalwork

Artist Anthony Howe is combining modern technology with traditional metalwork and ending up with intriguing kinetic sculptures.

He starts with computer models designed with Rhino. He cuts the design with a plasma cutter, then assembles the sculptures by hand. The computer work allows him to see how the sculptures will move before he goes through the work of actually building them.

Watch the video to get the full idea of the mesmerizing movement and to get a little insight into Anthony's thought and design process.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

New GhPython with Node-in-Code™ and Multi-threading

Thanks to Steve and Giulio, a new version ( of the GhPython scripting component for Grasshopper is available on food4Rhino.

Major new features:.
  • Node-in-Code™: Almost every Grasshopper component is now callable in GhPython
  • Multi-threading: Now easy for GhPython scripts to execute on multiple threads

Rhino Teacher Training at Gulfstream Middle

Learn how to use 3D CAD modeling software to make your STEM classrooms come to life. Professional trainers from McNeel and RhinoFabStudio will introduce you to the main functions of Rhino and Grasshopper at GSM's RhinoFabStudio.

The workshop is free for educators. Proof of status required.
Space is limited. Register now!

New to Rhino 5? Watch this before the class: Introduction to Rhino 5

To register, please contact Jessica Swanson.
Remember to join RhinoFabStudio too. 


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Rhino 5 Service Release 7 Available

Rhino 5 Service Release 7 (SR7), built 7-Dec-2013, is now available.

Dozens of stability improvements and bug fixes are included in SR7.

Rhino will download Service Release Updates in the background and prompt you to install, or you can download manually.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Rhino and Grasshopper help save bees. You can too.

McGill University School of Architecture is encouraging both design and social responsibility. McGill University's architectural research students are designing the b-Shack,a highly innovative beehive observation and study center. The b-Shack is being designed in Rhino, fabricated and assembled by the students. The project simultaneously encourages this group of young students in architectural research to be responsible through the creation of a real world response to this plight of the bees.  It will provide promotional and infrastructural support to urban beekeeping communities, in particular, the non-profit Montreal’s collectives: Santropol Roulant and the McGill Apiary Association. The program will allow these groups of volunteer educators and amateur beekeepers to share their knowledge and interest in bees with the public, while engaging in bio resource engineering research initiatives focused on Colony Collapse Disorder. 

The b-Shack is raising $35,000 through a crowd funding campaign.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

New RhinoGold training web site

Learn 3D jewelry design with RhinoGold.

Included are more than 30 tutorials and guides, plus more than 
20 hours of free videos. There are even more is in the private 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A new approach to recursion with Grasshopper: Loop

Loop is a simple component to iterate generative shapes with Grasshopper®.

For a better understanding of the loop capabilities, watch this video, get in touch with the Community at the Grasshopper site, or visit the blog.

Loop, developed by Antonio Turiello, is available on the food4Rhino site.