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Artlantis plug-in for Rhino 5 announced

Mon, 2014-05-05 17:28

Abvent announces its new export plug-in from Rhinoceros 5 to their Artlantis 5 renderer.
Create a model in Rhino and export it to Artlantis. Return to Rhino to make changes to the geometry. When you export a new Artlantis file, previous work done in Artlantis is applied to the new file. 
The Artlantis export plug-in offers a direct export from Rhino to the Artlantis .atl file format. The Artlantis file format is both Windows and Macintosh compatible.
Download Artlantis 5...Buy Artlantis 5...
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KUBRIX BlockRanger - new mesh generator plug-in

Fri, 2014-05-02 20:59
KUBRIX® BlockRanger interactively
converts Rhino 5 solids into blocks of high-quality hexahedral (brick) elements. It can be used with most engineering analysis packages that need hexahedral meshing, element quality control, and spatial distribution and orientation.

BlockRanger is one of the most affordable and easy-to-use engineering mesh generators available.
Features and benefits...BlockRanger brochure...
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FluidRay RT 1.0.2 released

Fri, 2014-05-02 20:13

Just released - FluidRay RT 1.0.2 real-time renderer.

Features include:
  • Runs on CPU - No GPU limitations
  • With Rhino 3DM support
  • Support for heterogeneous media and Dreamworks
    OpenVDB for 3D textures
  • Much faster ambient occlusion (up to 16x)
  • Faster PathTracerIntegrator 
  • Fixed some bugs causing crashes
  • Improved library icons
FluidRay and Rhino video...Temporary special pricing...
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Echape Stool by Stephan Seifert

Wed, 2014-04-30 12:05
We are very happy to share that Stephan Seifert (Designer and former Rhino Training Specialist at McNeel Europe) won recently the A'Design Award and Competition with his Echape Stool:

Read more about the project here...
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Last seats for RobArch workshops

Wed, 2014-04-30 11:30
Rob|Arch 2014 will offer 8 workshops dealing with different aspects of robotic fabrication, including multi-robot cooperation, sensor feedback, and advanced design to production workflows. All workshops take place in parallel May 14-16th. The results will be discussed at the conference - along with the scientific papers - on May 17-18th.

Informal Material Formations from felix raspall on Vimeo.

Register now, very few seats available...
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Aalborg University Summer School

Wed, 2014-04-30 01:20

Legacy and evolution of Utzon's design principles in computational design environment 

The summer school will explore new approaches to design in the line of Utzon´s work, by extending his design principles with the use of computational techniques in a parametric design environment (Performance Aided Design - PAD).

The goal of the summer school is the development of an experimental 1:1 scale prototype of a novel system that sits at the boundary of the typologies of woven and reciprocal structures, particularly promising with respect to material and constructional efficiency.

Our focus will be directed on the joint development and on the design and manufacturing of an architectural body whose formal appearance is determined by the specific properties of the material in use and by the response to a large array of performance factors.

Finite Element Method, iterative loops, in-house developed Grasshopper plugins, and physical models will be used, while constantly looking and learning from the traditional culture of building in wood.

Aalborg University Summer School
Utzon 2.0: Woven + Reciprocal wooden structures
Performance Aided Design (PAD)

28th July -15th  August
Utzon Center
Aalborg, Denmark

Fees (tuition fees + social activities)

  • 100€ if your university has an Erasmus exchange agreement with Aalborg University (AAU) and you send a signed credit transfer agreement, or if you are an AAU student.
  • 600€ If you have no credit transfer agreement: 
  • 1400€ if you have a non-EU/EEC citizenship (no credit transfer agreement) 

Accommodation+meals+bus pass : 900€ (optional)

Credits: 5 ECTS

Application deadline: May 15th
Please send an application including CV, short portfolio of selected projects and motivation letter to: Dario Parigi  dp@civil.aau.dk

For more informations please visit http://utzon20.wordpress.com

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V-Ray for Rhino developer needed - Chaos Group USA

Tue, 2014-04-29 22:30

Chaos Group USA is looking for an experienced software developer to join their V-Ray for Rhino development team in Baltimore, Maryland. This person will be responsible for the implementation of features and bug fixes for V-Ray for Rhino. This is an opportunity to work on the latest developments of the V-Ray rendering technologies.

Full job requirements and to apply...
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Use of Scan&Solve for Fimbulvetr snowshoes

Tue, 2014-04-29 20:11

Pivot set out to create higher performing, more durable, and
ergonomic snowshoes. They used Rhino and Grasshopper for
modeling with FEA by Scan&Solve for Rhino to create the
Fimbulvetr snowshoes.

See how Pivot used Scan&Solve for Rhino...
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Platypus for Grasshopper Alpha Available

Fri, 2014-04-25 18:01
Thornton Tomasetti’s CORE studio has released an alpha
version of Platypus for Grasshopper plug-in.

Platypus allows Grasshopper authors to stream geometry 
to the web in real time. It works like a chatroom for parametric geometry and allows for on-the-fly 3D model mashups in the web browser. Multiple Grasshopper authors can stream geometry into a shared 3D environment on the web – a Platypus Session – and multiple viewers can join that session on 3dplatyp.us to interact with the 3D model. Platypus can be used to present parametric 3D models to a remote audience, to collaborate with other Grasshopper users, or both.

Download Platypus and leave comments...
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Orca3D training in Antibes, France

Fri, 2014-04-25 13:58

Orca3D basic/intermediate training course @ NDAR
Antibes (France)
May 20-21, 2014

NDAR / Design Systems & Technologies™ has organized a 2-day Orca3D training for beginner and intermediate users.


  • Hull assistant
  • Foundations of modelling and fairing techniques
  • Hydrostatic calculations
  • Real-time hydrostatics
  • Lines plan
  • Stability with criteria verification
  • Manage heeling moments
  • Longitudinal strength
  • Speed/ power prediction
  • Weight and cost
  • If time allows, topics suggested by participants towards the end of Day 2
Instructor: Stéphane Dardel, NA.
Language: English (French and Italian will be also supported)

Cost: 595€ / day, lunch will be provided

Requirements: Own laptop with Rhino 5 SR8 or higher and Orca3D latest Release (v1.3) or WIP. If needed, we can arrange a Rhino and/or an Orca3D license for the duration of the course, free of charge. Please contact ndar@ndar.com at 5 days before the class starts.

More info and registration: ndar@ndar.com

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VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre

Thu, 2014-04-24 22:45
Perkins + Will Canada photoA/N Blog photoWhat happens when you want your architectural project based on an organic shape?  If you are Busby Perkins + Will, in Vancouver, BC, you combine Rhino and Grasshopper and come up the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre. The organic forms and natural systems of a native orchid were the inspiration for the uniquely shaped rooftop of the Centre. Following this theme, the building's undulating green roof 'petals' float above curving earth and concrete walls.

To fabricate this, StructureCraft sliced the building shape into 71 long, curved roofing panels. For more information on this see the A/N The Architect's Newspaper blog.

Another nice presentation is a Perkins + Will video. It's a delightful collection of information with topics such as design concept, software, energy management, sustainability, structural design for complex shapes. Then -- this is the point we like -- at 2:30 minutes,  Harley Grusko, the Project Designer explains, "Rhino, as a design tool, was probably the most influential in the project. It's used to design forms that are free form or more organic and it does so in a precise way." And he goes on in more detail . . .

The video is 9 minutes long and it's a beautiful portrait of the project. It's worth watching the whole thing.

Watch the video ....

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TT Toolbox 1.5 - Now available

Thu, 2014-04-24 20:00
TT Toolbox 1.5 Grasshopper (GH) plug-in is a tool collection that the Core Studio at Thornton Tomasetti use on a regular basis.
Some of the tools included in TT Toolbox are:
  • A lightning fast Excel Writer with many options such as file creation, work sheet creation, conditional formatting that matches GH coloring and more.
  • An Excel reader/ Listener that keeps a live link to an Excel spreadsheet and automatically detects changes.
  • A Section Sweeper (inspired by Jon Mirtschin's StructDrawRhino plug-in) that sweeps BREP of structural shape sections around guide curves. It also outputs 2D section curves to sweep/ loft yourself.
  • A Safe-Delete component that lets you safely delete user-selected Rhino geometry that is not currently referenced in Grasshopper.
  • A CAD exporter that [batch-] creates dwg files from GH.
  • A Galapagos Listener Component that records all gene/ fitness configurations, as Galapagos or our Brute Force Solver runs.
  • Google Spreadsheets Components: Components to read and write data from Google Sheets.
  • A Brute Force Solver Component that enables design space enumeration.  The component will generate all possible slider combinations (and solve the definition for each combination), allowing a user to test all of their design options.  Works well with the Galapagos Listener – solve everything with brute force, then sort by fitness.
  • Dashboard Data Visualization components to draw legends, charts and graphic keys on top of GH and Rhino.
  • Unfold Brep component – unfolds/unrolls developable Breps.

Leave comments and download TT Toolbox...

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    AA Summer DLAB :: White - London, UK

    Thu, 2014-04-24 18:55
    AA Summer DLAB ::WhiteArchitectural Association (AA) School of ArchitectureLondon / Hooke Park, United Kingdom 21 July – 08 August 2014
    Summer DLAB experiments with the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools. Continuing its color based agenda, Summer DLAB immerses in ‘white’ for its 2014 cycle. 'White' is the starting point to investigating natural formation processes and interpreting them as innovative architectonic spaces. ‘White’ becomes the means of looking into extreme natural conditions which it is associated with. Concepts of emergence, differentiation, and complexity shape the theoretical framework of this investigation. We will observe natural structures of differing scales, which are then abstracted and interpreted into elaborate design proposals. The computational process of Summer DLAB is based on generative design algorithms, as seen in natural growth patterns such as the Lindenmayer system and fractal theory. These concepts are carefully interwoven with interaction and participatory design to create full-scale working prototypes.

    One of the major objectives of Summer DLAB is to demonstrate the workflow between computational software and digital assembly procedures leading to physical fabrication. In this respect, the programme is a two-phase process. During the initial phase participants benefit from the unique atmosphere and facilities of AA’s London home. The second phase shifts to AA Hooke Park campus where we fabricate and assemble a full-scale architectural intervention. Here we unify the design goals of Summer DLAB.
    Complete info and registration...
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    Brazil online training in May

    Wed, 2014-04-23 23:40

    Unlock the power of Brazil, our advanced rendering plug-in for Rhinoceros 5. Discover who uses Brazil and why. Learn how to use libraries, create and assign materials. Discover decals and the details of assigning, positioning, and removing them. Explore lighting and lighting types, including the Luma server. See how to use environmental controls like ground plane and sun. Lastly, output your rendering for superb quality and efficiency.  Download the class outline here.

    • Orientation: May 19, 9:00AM - 11:00AM
    • Training: May 20-22, 9:00AM - 1:00PM
    Please note, all times listed are Pacific Daylight Time.

    Sign up today!
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    Download the new Orca3D 1.4 WIP

    Sat, 2014-04-19 00:08
    A new Orca3D Work-in-Progress (WIP) is now available. This new version (1.4 WIP 2014-04-15) will expire on August 5, 2014.

    Please note that this release no longer supports Rhino 4. 
    This and future Orca3D WIP releases require Rhino 5.

    This release includes:
    • A new hull assistant for creating developable surface models. This assistant takes a new approach to the developable surface problem. It is based on a composition of conic and cylindrical surface patches guaranteed to form a mathematically developable surface model. See the Orca3D Help File for a detailed discussion of the new developable surface functionality.
    • Fixed a bug in the Orca tree view which caused a crash in Rhino 5.
    • Fixed some error condition message handling in Orca3D hydrostatics.
    • Addressed a units and persistence issue related to overriding the initial plane height for free float hydrostatics in the Orca3D design condition.

    Download Orca3D 1.4 WIP 2014-04-15...

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      RhinoPolyhedra update available

      Fri, 2014-04-18 19:25

      The RhinoPolyhedra plug-in for Rhinoceros 5 will allow you to create and visualize a variety of polyhedral shapes; over 400 different shapes.

      RhinoPolyhedra supports both 32-bit and 64-bit Rhinoceros 5.

      The RhinoPolyhedra plug-in has three commands:

      Polyhedron. Creates a variety of polyhedra.
      PolarZonohedron. Creates a polar zonohedron.
      SelPlanarSrf. Selects planar surfaces.

      RhinoPolyhedra is free!

      Version 1.0.14108.445 adds 16 additional prisms & antiprisms and dipyramids & trapezohedra shapes.

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      Extra Fabrica Workshop 2014

      Fri, 2014-04-18 16:29
      Dezact announces the launch of a workshop series, commencing with Extra Fabrica Workshop in June/July 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan. 

      Extra Fabrica, as part of Dezact’s exploration, aims to develop and test interactive design and fabrication scenarios in neglected or problematic urban interstices and ecologies, to adapt to existing constructs for new use and identity, to catalyze socio-cultural activities, and to engage behavior parallax between physical and virtual environments.

      Visit the website for more details: www.dezact.org
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      Scan&Solve 2014 Beta - Free until June 18, 2014

      Thu, 2014-04-17 23:03
      Scan&Solve 2014 Beta is free to all Rhino 5 users until June 18, 2014. During this period, you can upgrade your current 1.x license at 40% off, or you can purchase a new license at 20% off the regular price.Scan&Solve 2014 Beta expands the power and simplicity of structural simulation to any solid geometry within Rhino 5. It offers many powerful features, including faster solvers, higher resolutions, and automation through Rhinoscript.Download Scan&Solve 2014 Beta...Purchase Scan&Solve 2014...
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      RhinoGold presentation in Amsterdam

      Thu, 2014-04-17 14:57

      RhinoGold team visits Amsterdam
      May 7, 2014

      TDM Solutions and Dutch Innovision Group will hold a practical presentation in which attendees will not only be able to see how RhinoGold 4.0, 3D Printing and 3D scanning can work together to create different pieces of jewerly, but also how RhinoGold Jewelry Builders, Clayoo and RhinoEmboss can help.

      Time: 19:00 – 22:30
      Location: Duivendrechtsekade 82, 1096 AJ Amsterdam

      Seats are limited. To register, send an e-mail or call +31 (0)10 30 20 880.

      Complete details (in Dutch)...

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      Diva for Rhino at Rhino-DAY - Guadalajara, Mexico

      Wed, 2014-04-16 01:32

      Date: 4/3/2014 [April 3, 2014]
      Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pmCost: US $95Course description:
      DIVA-for-Rhino is a highly optimized daylighting and energy modeling plug-in for the Rhinoceros - NURBS modeler. The plug-in was initially developed at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and is now distributed and developed by Solemma LLC. DIVA-for-Rhino allows users to evaluate the environmental performance of individual buildings and urban landscapes, including Radiation Maps, Photorealistic Renderings, Climate-Based Daylighting Metrics, Annual and Individual Time Step Glare Analysis, LEED and CHPS Daylighting Compliance, and Single Thermal Zone Energy and Load Calculations.

      Join us also for the 2-day Master Lectures April 4-5
      Please go to: http://mcneelmiami.com/rhino_day_2014

      ** Bring your own laptop with Rhino 5 installed ** Location:
      Rhino-DAY - Tec de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara (map)
      Av. General Ramon Corona # 2514 - Zapopan
      Guadalajara, 45201
      MexicoTo register:
      e-mail: Jackie Nasser
      phone: +(305) 513 4445
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