Tuesday, June 30, 2015

SeaHorse Hulls for Rhino

SeaHorse Hulls (by VIZIBLE) is a parametric modeling plugin for catamaran hulls. 

The demo version supports only a few parameters, limiting the family of possible shapes. The plugin exposes a single commandshHulls. The default values produce a hull with a Cp around 0.64. 

SeaHorse Hulls demo is free. However, consider donating to support further development of the version.

Friday, June 26, 2015

RhinoResurf 2 for Rhino released

Version 2 of RhinoResurf plugin for Rhino has been released. Here are some new features:

  • RsPoints2Surf: Create symmetric surface from point cloud. A checkbox named ‘use symmetric plane’ was added in the dialog panel. There are four symmetric plane types (Auto, YOZ, XOZ, XOY, and Any ) for you to choose. More details ... 
  • RsMesh2Surf: Create surface by a specified U-line direction. In option ‘plane’, you can select a curve on mesh to define as a u-direction guide line for surface creation. 
  • RsMesh2Surf: Create an untrimmed patch by specified corner points. In option ‘3-corners’, ‘4-corners’ and ‘2-corners’, you can select boundary points to define corner vertex for untrimmed surface creation.
  • RsSurfacemap: This command helps you morph surfaces from one original mesh to another morphed mesh and fit the morphed mesh accurately. For more details, visit the URLs http://www.resurf3d.com/helpdoc/english/RsSurfacemap.htm and http://www.resurf3d.com/helpdoc/english/morph_geometry.pdf
  • MeshEdit: Create free-form surface by editing mesh dynamically. Commands include:
    • RsVertexEdit: Move vertex to edit mesh and surface 
    • RsEdgeEdit: Move edge to edit mesh and surface 
    • RsFaceEdit: Move face to edit mesh and surface 
    • RsExtrudeFaceOnMesh: Extrude face to edit mesh and create new surfaces
    • RsScaleFaceOnMesh: Scale face on mesh and the related surface is scaled too
    • RsRotateFaceOnMesh: Rotate face on mesh and the related surface is rotated too 
  • Fixed some bugs.
  • This version 2 is better integration with Rhino 5. Note: RhinoResurf v2 will only run on Rhino 5 64-bit. It will not run on Rhino 4 or Rhino 5 32-bit.
Visit the URL http://www.resurf3d.com/changelog.htm for video.

PanelingTools on-demand course available

The Introduction to PanelingTools course is now available on-line and on-demand.

The PanelingTools  plugin helps generate 2D and 3D cellular patterns and populate them over rectangular grids. The plugin supports intuitive design of paneling concepts as well as rationalize complex geometry into a format suitable for analysis and fabrication. The plugin is closely integrated with Rhino 5 and is widely used for architectural and other building designers.

The Introduction to PanelingTools course is comprehensive and it covers a wide range of tools and paneling processes, all within the Rhino environment. The last part of the course includes an overview of PanelingTools for Grasshopper.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

EvoluteTools Educational licenses support new modules

In addition to designing panelizations, EvoluteTools PRO Educational can now be used to:
  • Panel fitting: Simplify curved panels using cylinders, cones, single-curved surfaces, ruled surfaces, and numerous further types, within user-specified tolerance
  • Flat panel clustering: Cluster flat panel shapes within user-specified tolerance
  • D.LOFT: Loft pairs of curves with smooth developable surfaces

Job opportunity at tensARC UK

tensARC is one of the leading tensile fabric and deployable structure design companies in the UK. We have a rapidly increasing workload and are looking to strengthen our Stirling team with an exceptional new designer. This is a full time position but we would consider offering a long summer internship for an exceptional candidate in their final year of study.

General requirements:
  • Advanced 3D modeling skills, excellent general 3D CAD skills, excellent proficiency in Rhino 5 with solid experience in understanding the design and development processes.
  • Expertise with Grasshopper an advantage.
  • Experience in form finding, parametric modeling or an engineering background an advantage.
  • Fully proficient with all aspects of Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent oral and written presentation skills are required.
To apply, please send your CV, portfolio, and cover letter to paul@tensarc.co.uk  with “3D CAD designer” in the subject heading.

**No agency, in-person, or phone inquiries, please. **

Design Modelling Symposium Copenhagen 2015 - workshops announced

The Design Modelling Symposium Copenhagen 2015 announced its Workshop and Master Class program. Four 2-day Workshops and one Master Class precede the conference: Monday, September 28 and Tuesday, September 29, 2015.

The Workshops and Master Class are open to practitioners, researchers, PhD candidates, and students. The Master Class is accredited by the School of Architecture in Copenhagen and participating PhD students will receive 2 ECTS points. The participation fee is 320 euros (students) and 460 euros (professionals) including the Conference.

The Workshops and Master Class examine key research questions on inter scalar modeling, behavior, and fabrication. They invite leading researchers and practitioners from high profile companies and universities including KieranTimberlake, designtoproduction, HAL-Robotics, Bollinger-Grohmann, Berkeley and Harvard University to share their expertise and latest developments. The events combine theoretical and practical knowledge and provide participants with first-hand insights into state-of-the-art design modeling.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Robert Garita - Collaborative Processes

Robert Garita graduated in architecture from the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Barcelona (IAAC). He is currently a Professor at the School of Architecture and Product Design at Veritas University. Robert is also the co-founder and chief architect of MG Studio Design and Architecture and is an active member of the Young Architects Board of Costa Rica.

Recently, in collaboration with Juan Esteban Vallejo and Vaneza Caycho, Robert presented his project in furniture design and digital manufacturing. The project was a proposal for furniture for public spaces at the National University in Medellín. It recognized the potential of generating unique design objects that fit the specific needs of users through the implementation of technologies for parametric design and digital fabrication.

Check out a video of the project here!

Check out the complete project proposal here!

All projects were modeled using Rhino 5 and its plugins: Grasshopper and RhinoCAM.

Details on the international workshop:

The project gave undergraduate students at the National University of Colombia, and at Veritas University in Costa Rica, more opportunities to gain experience in the implementation of digital technologies for parametric design and digital manufacturing.

Collaborative Processes
Furniture Design and Digital Manufacturing - 2015
Proposal for public space furniture at Colombia (Medellín headquarter) National University Campus.

Coordinators and tutors of the project
Robert Garita Garita, Professor and Researcher, Veritas University.
Juan Esteban Vallejo, Fab Lab UNAL Manager.
Collaboration of Vaneza Caycho, Fab Lat.

More about digital fabrication at RhinoFabStudio.

Here are some images from the projects:

Friday, June 19, 2015

Rhino for Mac presentation in Madrid and Barcelona

icreatia has organized a Rhino for Mac presentation in Barcelona (June 22) and another one in Madrid (July 7)

Come see the world's most versatile 3D modeller now on OS X.

BIM in Practice event in London (hosted by Graphisoft UK)

BIM in Practice
Hosted by Graphisoft UK, London
Tuesday 23 June 2015
9:30am - 3:40pm  

Following Graphisoft's last four sell-out BIM in Practice conferences, this free event returns at an exciting time with a new program. You will learn how the BIM theory we hear and talk about provides real competitive advantages to companies in the UK today.

Graphisoft has put together industry experts, architects, and technology leaders to explain what implementing BIM has done to help drive their businesses forward.

The event will cover a mixture of BIM related topics from practicalities of collaboration to the more artistic and design-led features of BIM with presentations from Simply Rhino, Mae Architects, and Viewpoint (4 Projects).

With perfect timing, the NBS will show the latest state of play with the Digital Plan of Work (DPOW) and the NBS BIM Toolkit.
The day will kick off with the much sought after, David Philp, Director of Building Information Modelling (BIM) for AECOM. David is currently seconded to the UK Government's BIM Task Group where he is Head of BIM Implementation. He is also chair of the BIM2050 and various BIM4 working groups.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

AA Visiting School New York: Embedded Intelligence, New York

July 6-17, 2015
New York

Join the Studio Mode team for a unique educational experience devoted to exploring the intersection of natural systems and advanced manufacturing.

In its second year, Embedded Intelligence examines the influence of biological models to enhance architectural systems. Workshop participants will fabricate and prototype composite high-performance surfaces in an intensive studio environment. The workshop is supported by a series of lectures from leading academics and practitioners in the fields of architecture, engineering, biomimetics, and computation. Included is Sean Ahlquist of The University of Michigan and Chuck Hoberman of Hoberman Associates. For more lecturers check out the schedule.

For registration and more information, visit the AAVS web site...

Monday, June 15, 2015

Rhino 5 for Mac - Now Available

The limited-time introductory price is US$/€ 295.

Save US$/€ 200 until 15-Sept-2015

A few details: 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Composites and acoustics at the Bing Concert Hall

The 844-seat Bing Concert Hall

If you search the internet for 'architectural composite fabrication' you'll most likely come up with Kreysler & Associates from American Canyon, California. This company is the wizard of composite products in architecture and art.

A recent project is the Bing Concert Hall in Stanford, California. For this project Kreysler & Associates assisted in the design, shop drawings, engineering, fabrication, shipping, and installation of the acoustic panels, a composite of a glass fiber-reinforced polyester skin on top of steel-reinforced concrete.

The panels cover most of the performance hall's interior walls and ceiling. Kreysler made nine convex-shaped 'sails'four for each side and one for the end of the hall. The sails range in size from 26'x26' up to 35'x50'. "Each sail has a unique curvature, orientation, and shape," explains Serge Labesque, Kreysler's production engineer, in an interview for Composites World. Although the curvature is constant, the panels vary in size and the penetrations and other prominent features differ from panel to panel.

Kreysler & Associates also fabricated the elliptical ceiling, or 'cloud'.

The cloud's maximum length is 130'. It is made up of 80 unique panels that form a compound curve.

Also unique is the random rippled pattern designed into its surface. Its ridges diffuse and scatter sound.

With Rhino's aid, the large structures were divided into 120 manageable subsections, each conforming to the precise acoustic requirements.

Kreysler used Rhino for the majority of modeling tasks. Various plugins for Rhino played an important role, including Grasshopper and RhinoNest. "Generally speaking, software played some role in nearly every part of the project," says Zabel. "While we're working with the architect, acoustician and engineer, 3D modeling software was a useful communication tool for illustrating ideas about the complex geometry as the design evolved," he explains. "For us, the software helped communicate ways in which making small changes to the geometry of the sails or the cloud could have effects on fabrication efficiency, and therefore cost."

Friday, June 12, 2015

Advanced Architecture Summer School in Paris

 architectural space suit performs several functions to allow its occupant to live safely and comfortably, inside or outside a space. It’s the combination of complex equipment, designed to keep the inhabitant comfortable, integrating multiple layers of environmental control and communication systems, all employed to allow complete freedom of movement and interaction.
We call those spatial and human hybridizations - Inhabitats.

The Advanced Architecture Summer School (Paris, August 17-September 4) at VOLUMES coworking is a 3-week learning experience designed as an immersive journey in social innovation, computational design, digital fabrication, and collaborative culture.

The summer school is organized by
 VOLUMES coworkingNoumena Architecture, and Francesco Cingolani who is an architect, teacher, and director of the new Advanced Master Program in Computational Design and Making of the prestigious École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Felix 3D Printer and Rhino presentation in Barcelona

Icreatia invites you to a free presentation about the Felix 3D printer and Rhino in Barcelona, June 18 at 5 pm.

RhinoGold 5.5 Webinar

Free RhinoGold 5.5 Webinar
Tuesday, Jun 16, 2015 

After the successful JCK Las Vegas where RhinoGold 5.5 was launched, TDM Solutions is more than happy to officially announce RhinoGold 5.5!
The new RhinoGold 5.5 revolutionizes the CAD in the Jewelry Industry. See why RhinoGold 5.5 will power up your business enhancing the RhinoGold Elements.

ROB|ARCH 2016 - Final Call for Papers!

The deadline for submitting full papers for ROB|ARCH 2016 is June 15th, 2015, exactly a week from now. 

Anyone who submitted an abstract should have gotten feedback by the end of last month. However, anyone can submit a full paper, including authors who haven’t submitted an abstract.

Use the provided template to format the paper (9 pages, 3000 words) and submit it via Easychair! Take care to blind the full paper, so that it doesn’t provide any identifying information.

Visit the Submission page for more details! We’re looking forward to your submissions!

Rhino to STL guide by D2W

This free Rhino to STL guide by Bart from D2W explains how to get the 3D printable data by using Rhino.

D2W is the 3D printing, CAD design, and 3D scanning bureau in central London that uses Rhino extensively in its work flow.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Alejandra Macias - Impakta & Cortexpress

Alejandra Macias Romo graduated as an industrial designer from Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus León in December 2014. Her school is one of the early adopters of the RhinoFabStudio  digital fabrication methods in Mexico. 

In January 2014, she began her practice at Impakta, a company dedicated to furniture manufacture for the retail and point of sale.T
heir specialty area is the exhibition and display for shoes and clothing. Here, Alejandra worked with different programs such as Rhino, V-Ray, Illustrator and Photoshop. She quickly moved from design assistant, to became the creative director of the company. She now works in conjunction with a sister company Cortexpress. This new company is dedicated to laser cutting plastics, wood and metals (carbon and stainless) to carry out the designs and digital fabrication from Impakta.

Check out some of Alejandra's works:

Follow Alejandra on Twitter or Instagram: @alejandramro
For more information, please contact Alejandra Macias or call (477)470-17-86 / 470-90-52.

What is a RhinoFabStudio? RhinoFabStudio™ (fabrication studio) is a small-scale digital workshop, certified by McNeel, with an array of Rhino and Rhino compatible software and computer controlled tools and training. These tools cover the various leading-edge industrial methods and materials needed to design, analyze, and fabricate almost anything.

Online Level 1 Rhino 5 for Windows Course, July 2015

Level 1 Rhino 5 for Windows - Online Course
July 13-23, 2015

In this online 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. Our detailed class outline is available here.

  • Orientation: July 13, 9:00 am-10:30 am (PDT)

  • Training: July 14-16 and July 21-23, 9:00 am-1:00 pm (PDT)
    Calculate your time zone.


  • The class will be conducted in English using the GoToTraining software. 
  • You need Rhino 5 for Windows software installed. Note, the Rhino for OS X WIP is not acceptable software for this class. 
  • You need a stable and fast Internet connection. 
  • You need a headset/microphone combo. 
  • You need a hard copy of the Rhino Level 1 Training Manual. You may download it from here

Thursday, June 4, 2015

New Orca3D release

Orca3D announced the latest releases of Orca3D, Version 1.3.3 and the Version 1.4 WIP. Both have many new enhancements.

Important points about Version 1.3.3:

  • This is a free update to all Orca3D licensed users and will not expire.
  • Any Orca3D information in a Rhino file saved with this new version will not be readable in version 1.2.4 or earlier. No native Rhino model information will be lost, but Orca3D information, such as section locations or weight/cost information, will not be found by earlier Orca3D versions. 
  • Version 1.3 is expected to be the last version of Orca3D compatible with Rhino 4. All future updates, WIPs, and upgrades will require Rhino 5.
  • If a critical but or other significant issue is discovered in version 1.3.3, there may be a 1.3.4 Service Release that is compatible with Rhino 4.
  • Some new features which are still in development are not included in Version 1.3.3 (Stability Criteria Evaluation, Longitudinal Strength). These are available in the Version 1.4 WIP.

Important points about Version 1.4 WIP:

  • This version of the 1.4 WIP will function only with Rhino 5, and not with Rhino 4. You should have Rhino Service Release 10 or later.
  • Only one version of Orca3d may be installed at a time. You must uninstall Orca3D from your computer before installing this WIP. (However, you may have both 32 and 64-bit versions of the same release installed at the same time.)
  • Any Orca3D information in a Rhino file saved with this new version will not be readable in version 1.3 or earlier. No native Rhino model information will be lost, but Orca3D information, such as section locations or weight/cost information, will not be found by earlier Orca3D versions.
  • No change to your license is required. The new Orca3D version will find your existing license.
  • Portions of the Help file may not be up to date.
  • This WIP will expire on 16 September 2015. Either a new version of Orca3D will be released before then, or a new WIP will be released.
For more enhancement information check out Orca's 3D blog.

If you questions as you install or used the new release:

If you have a network license contact Orca3D to receive installation instructions and the download link. For others:

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Rhino UK User Group Meeting - last reminder

Last Reminder 
Rhino UK User Group Meeting
Less than one week to go! 
June 9, 2015, London

Final Agenda now online here.

Final additions to speaker line-up: 

Grimshaw and V-Ray 3.0 for Rhino
Worldwide exclusive premiere

David Gillespie and James Pearson of Grimshaw will join Chaos Group CG specialist Mikel Jagan for an exclusive tech demo of the upcoming V-Ray 3.0 for Rhino. They will give plenty of tips and tricks on visualization workflows.

Exhibiting on the day:

Robots.IO will show you how easy it is to program a robot using the IO plugin. Join them in the hands-on area where you can use Rhino and Grasshopper to quickly program the robot. Come and speak to Robots.IO to find out how you could use a robot for your next project.

PNY NVIDIA and Scan Computers
Feel free to bring your Rhino models and V-Ray for Rhino scenes to see how they perform on the latest hardware. Scan Computers will be showing two machines with PNY NVIDIA Quadro graphics acceleration.

Experience the latest natural interface devices from Wacom including the 27” Cintiq, the Cintiq Companion, and their Intuos Tablets.

VisualARQ from Asuni CAD
Asuni CAD will be on hand to demonstrate VisualARQ. VisualARQ imports and exports IFC files to exchange architectural BIM models between Rhino and other AEC software like Revit, ARCHICAD, Tekla, etc. The Grasshopper Components add-on allows you to work with VisualARQ objects directly from Grasshopper.

BIMobject® BIMscript™ & LENA

BIMscript™ and LENA is a technology solution designed to streamline and speed up the process of BIM content creation. This delivers both an open and freely available scripting language as well as a BIM object authoring solution.

Powerful scripting language

BIMscript™ includes not only parametric behaviors but also calculations, product logic, level of detail (with several levels of complexity of geometry and geometry combinations) and includes a huge range of properties and attributes.

Import mechanical CAD geometry

LENA is an authoring app for the mechanical CAD system Rhino that will generate BIMscript™. It is a solution in which mechanical CAD geometry can be imported from most mechanical CAD systems, including industry leading products like CATIA, SOLIDWORKS, SolidEdge, IGES, NX, JT, Inventor and Pro E. Rhino is the host platform for BIMobject® LENA in which BIMscript™ is generated and works in combination with the modeling and optimization features of Rhino.

Generate native BIM objects

Operating in the cloud BIMscript™ generates intelligent, native BIM objects in a number of formats for the most popular BIM applications from Autodesk, Graphisoft, and Trimbleand with the potential for more in the future. It also generates objects in commonly used formats such as IFC, 3DS, DWG, and WebGL.

Connected to BIMobject® Cloud

BIMobject® LENA is directly connected to the BIMobject® Cloud providing a seamless workflow to publish objects. It includes a connection to the corresponding product information stored in property sets in the BIMobject Cloud.

Scalable and intelligent

The solution is scalable and can describe products as well as components in a very intelligent way, creating configurable objects with parametric variations and different levels of detail. BIMscript™ is a subset of the C programming language and enables smart objects to be created in BIMobject® LENA and then hosted and managed in the BIMobject® Cloud.

Easy to use

BIMobject® LENA requires the developer to have a commercial license of Rhino and accreditation from BIMobject® before it is used. BIMobject® LENA is easy to use and within it all syntax controls, testing, and creation of the generated BIMscript™ take place. The technology is freely available and will be enhanced continuously.

BIMscript™ Hackathon 2015
From Mechanical CAD to intelligent BIM objects
Budapest, Hungary
Sep 1-4, 2015

BIMobject® proudly presents the first BIMscript™ Hackathon event in Budapest, Hungary. Come and join us and learn to master BIMscript™ and the LENA solution for Rhino. The Hackathon will be lead by our core developers. You will have a unique occasion to learn from the masters.

AREA - Applied Research & Entrepreneurship for Architecture

AREA (Paris, France) is a post-master institute for architecture and an incubator for innovative startups arising from its program. It joins technological innovations with the development of applications for Architecture Engineering Construction and promotes entrepreneurship for the next generation of architects. AREA aims to provide young architects, engineers, design graduates, and professionals an environment where they can experiment and develop new design fabrication, building and communication technologies and promote their ambitions for autonomy. After they hold a Master's degree, the young talents are supervised by a team of academics and experts of international reputation, offering the necessary knowledge they need to pursue their investigations in applied research and entrepreneurial positions. Applications are open.