Saturday, August 30, 2014

What to do with a Pink Pearl eraser, X-Acto knife, Rhino

Are you having troubles with those ear buds tangling? Dan Falvey, from Hard Part Inc., decided to solve that problem his own way. Here's his story:

One Sunday morning I got up early and decided to listen to the BBC and NPR news on my radio. In an effort not to disturb my wife (happy wife, happy life), I went searching for a set of ear buds. After finding three or four sets all tangled up, I spent the next 30 minutes and multiple cups of coffee untangling them. -- Not acceptable. I had purchased several "ear bud cord management" products in the past but they were bulky and a pain to use.

So I decided that there was a better solution. The first 30 minutes I figured out the design direction: Holding the jack and ear bud together seemed to be the best solution to keep the cords from knotting up. So I tried a spring steel paper clamp: too much point pressure and bulky. I thought about it for a bit .... grabbed some new Pink Pearl erasers, an X-Acto knife, and some small diameter brass tubing.

For the next hour I punched holes through the "pinks" with the brass tubing and cut parallel slits to allow access into the holes. In this first iteration the access slits worked. But when you pinched the pink to open the slits to drop out the buds the jack cord fell out at the same time. Not what I wanted. So the obvious solution was to put the access slit for the jack hole on the opposite side. I cut another prototype and the damn thing worked perfectly

So I flipped on the computer, opened up my Rhino software, and proceeded to design what is now the "BUD". My design direction was to have a device that prevented the notorious ear bud tangles and knots, allowed the ear buds to release if they got caught up on something, and, most importantly, could be stuffed into the tightest pair of jeans or deepest purse and still work. (I have daughters and daughter-in-laws that I used for testing the design). And it wouldn't cost a fortune. 

So, on a Sunday morning in about 4 hours, I basically designed the BUD on a budget of less than 5 bucks.

Full disclosure note: Dan gave a few BUD samples to the Rhino office staff. I'm using a lovely blue one to keep a super long ear bud cord untangled on my desk. It's one small bit to making life easier.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Big 3D printing

The French start-up company Drawn recently launched its robotic-arm 3D printer, Galatea. At its popular debut at Maker Faire Paris in June, Galatea demonstrated its ability to print entire furniture pieces, changing the nozzle diameter from 1.75 mm up to 8 mm.

Drawn used Rhino to create the models and Grasshopper to make the models parametric.

Drawn will be selling their own 3D printed furniture and other items. They also plan to hold workshops on how to design and print furniture.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Intro to Grasshopper online course - September 2014

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 Grasshopper concepts and features 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 many real-life examples.

Dates: September 8-11
  Orientation: September 8, 9:00 am-10:30 am PDT
  Grasshopper training: September 9-11, 9:00 am-1:00 am PDT

Price: US$195

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

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Studio Scenes with V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino - 27th August

Simply Rhino UK is presenting a series of six webinars introducing V-Ray for Rhino and outlining its use in specific areas including:
  • Product Design
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Jewelry
Studio Scenes with V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino - 27th August 2014

In this thirty minute webinar, Phil Cook of Simply Rhino will examine two distinctly different studio set-ups with V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino. 

A configuration using image based lighting with the V-Ray Dome Light via V-Ray Express will be demonstrated before moving on to the creation of a traditional photographic studio set using V-Ray rectangular lights with no GI Skylight contribution. 

Controlling exposure with the V-Ray Physical Camera will be demonstrated along with using VFB channels to aid post production.

FESPA, connect with print innovation August 2014

Connect with innovation at FESPA Mexico 2014.

As the leading graphic arts event for Mexico and Central America, FESPA provides all the industry information you need to explore the latest developments in wide format digital printing, screen printing, garment decoration, and signage markets.
The exhibition will be a comprehensive showcase of print machinery, software, consumables, and substrates. It will give you inspirational ideas on print applications and solutions to add to your business.
Stop by booth #H10 to learn more about Rhino 5, Generative Design with Grasshopper and digital fabrication with Gizmo's laser and 3D printing technologies. FESPA will be held August 21-23 at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City.

RhinoFabStudio will be at GIZMO's booth #H10.
Do not forget to join us at RhinoFabStudio too.
Register here for FESPA. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Rhino Job Openings

Check out the job openings for designers with Rhino skills on the Coroflot job board.

Hiring companies include:
  • Virginia Tech
  • iOttie Inc
  • 3M
  • REI
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Apple
  • Brookstone
  • And many more... view them here!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Rhino goes to the movies

Silver Samurai from The Wolverine
Rhino is often used in set models, but we don't often hear about it. But recently Assistant Art Director Andrew Chan featured Rhino in his article in the Art Director's Guild Perspectives magazine.

T-Splines and V-Ray were also used.

A article on the production, The Wolverine: A Study in Japanese Architecture, starts on page 28. Andrew's article, The Silver Samurai, starts on page 36. Both these articles are in the November/December 2013 issue.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

DIVA Day Student Competition

Deadline September 6th, 2014

Attention Students... the DIVA for Rhino team wants to see how you are using DIVA. The selected individual or group will receive a $750 stipend to cover travel costs to DIVA Day, free conference registration, and will have their poster displayed during DIVA Day 2014 in Seattle, WA.

Undergraduate and graduate students

Submissions due:  September 6, 2014 @ 12:00am PDT (3:00am EDT)
Submit via e-mail to Kera Lagios
Submission Requirements:
  • Application - one form per project. For group projects, list all applicants and full contact information on an additional sheet and submit it with the application.
  • (1) ARCH D (24” x 36”) poster (portrait or landscape) including images and text describing your project. File size limit: 5MB.
1 award of  $750 + free registration to DIVA Day 2014 in Seattle, WA
In the case of group projects, all applicants will receive free registration to DIVA Day, and the stipend will be divided equally among all team members.

For more information please contact: DIVA Day Student Competition or e-mail Kera Lagios

Friday, August 8, 2014

Digital Fabrication OpenHouse in Tampere, Finland

Digital Fabrication OpenHouse and Workshop
September 4, 2014
AN-Cadsolutions office
Tampere, Finland

Come learn more about Rhinoceros and MecSoft software. Also, You can learn and see our 3D printers (Felix, ZMorph, Blueprinter), 3D scanners (David SLS-2, RangeVision, Sense, Roland), Roland CNC milling and engraving machines, laser engraving, Azon flatbed printing, MicroScribe, Wacom Cintiq. You can do little practices with 3D printers and 3D scanners with Antti, owner of AN-Cadsolutions.

Ginkgo racing ship by Florian Heinzelmann

The Ginkgo racing ship is a mod by Florian Heinzelmann for the upcoming spacesim Star Citizen from gaming legend Chris Roberts (Wing Commander). Chris Roberts collected over 49 Million US$ in crowdfunding for realizing this game. The Ginkgo ship was modeled in great detail in Rhino and early shape studies were done with the help of Grasshopper. It was also featured in the Star Citizen community spotlight.

DATA TREES / Introduction to computational design in architecture

DATA TREES is a computational design workshop for beginners.

It is designed as an introduction to visual programming with Grasshopper, oriented to architecture and design strategies. In two days you will explore the main functions of Grasshopper and apply them to the architectural design process.

The workshop starts with a lecture by Francesco Cingolani about computational design and parametric architecture. Included are examples of built projects in which Grasshopper has been intensively used, such as the main façade of the Philharmonic Paris Hall and the New Department of Islamic Art in the Musée du Louvre in Paris.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

V-Ray for Rhino webinars

Simply Rhino UK is presenting a series of six webinars introducing V-Ray for Rhino and outlining its use in specific areas including:
  • Product Design
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Jewelry
There will be insights and information for those who are thinking about moving to a high-end rendering product and plenty of useful tips for those already using V-Ray for Rhino.

Rhino Summer School for educators - London - Last day for registration

Rhino Summer School 
London, UK
September 2014

SimplyRhino UK, in collaboration with McNeel Europe and chaos group, has organized a free of charge training & networking event for design teachers and lecturers, six classes over eight days.  Separate courses covering three areas: modeling, rendering, and generative design

All courses are delivered by leading individuals from the software developer plus certified trainers from Simply Rhino. All courses are taking place at Imperial College London, Skempton Building in the newly refurbished South Kensington campus.

All classes have a focus on “training the trainer”. All content (except for the Rhino 5 Level Class, which is identical to our standard class) is tailored to help inform any teacher or lecturer in the key aspects of that subject -- quite different than our commercial classes where the focus is very much on professional use. The aim is to enable teachers to teach rather than become professional users. We think this is what you need.

Class titles:
  • Rhino 5 Level 1
  • Rhino 5 in Architecture & Engineering
  • V-Ray Level 1
  • V-Ray Advanced
  • V-Ray Advanced for Architecture
  • Grasshopper Introduction

New RhinoBIM beta 3.39.162

You can download the new RhinoBIM beta 3.39.162 now.

What's new?
  •  Miter command works with curved beams.
  •  Fixed bug: Creating curved beams with a custom CPlane.
  •  Rotation was avoided.
  •  Fixed bug: Curved beams were modeled with an invalid end cap.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

eCAADe 2014 - Northumbria University, Newcastle UK

eCAADe 2014
Northumbria University, Newcastle UK
September 8-12, 2014 

The eCAADe 2014 conference (September 10-12) will explore the possibilities for advanced levels of data integration in the service of the representation and management of the natural environment, and the design, visualisation and making of the built environment.

The eCAADe 2014 workshops (September 8-9) include:

Graph modelling with Grasshopper
Introduction to data flow programming via visual graph editing
Instructor: Peter Mehrtens

Computer Aided Architectural Design software packages and 3D CAD platforms offer a wide range of functionality for direct and parametric modelling to architects and engineers. However, in a scenario where the architectural model represents a rule-based design, it is appropriate to employ complementary tools that assist the development of the algorithm that underlies the actual design result. 

To express a design intent utilizing computational means the creator may choose between text based programming (scripting) and visual graph modelling. 

Architects and designers are trained to communicate ideas and concepts in a visual manner and don’t usually have additional training in computer science. Therefore a comfortable link between architecture and programming can be seen in the design of schema (graph modelling). 

This workshop is for students and architects interested in generative design by teaching the concepts of data flow programming in a visual graph modelling environment. 

During the two-day classroom-style workshop we will use Grasshopper and Rhino. Grasshopper is a plug-in to NURBS-modelling software Rhino, delivering the capability to develop a design by modelling the data flow in an acyclic directed graph.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Generative Furniture Design, GFD3D

During an internship with McNeel Miami last semester, we had amazing students participating in a Digital Fabrication Minor at McNeel Miami's RhinoFabStudio. These students learned how to use Rhino, Grasshopper, RhinoCAM, as well as operate many digital machines. One of these students was Ana Solis. Watch her video where she shows the process of making her generative GFD3D blue chair.

For more information, you can contact Ana Solis.
More photos of the Blue Chair at GFD3D.
You can join and post your furniture designs at GFD3D too.

The next three workshops about Furniture Design are:

August 25-29, at La Salle, University, Morelia, Mexico workshop
November 03-07, at FabPub, London, UK, workshop
November 17-21, at McNeel Miami's RhinoFabStudio, workshop