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eCAADe 2014 - Northumbria University, Newcastle UK

Wed, 2014-08-06 07:49

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 Rhinoceros, delivering users the capability to develop a design by modelling the data flow in an acyclic directed graph.
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Generative Furniture Design, GFD3D

Tue, 2014-08-05 15:54


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 etc, 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 SolisMore 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 

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New OctaneRender 2 for Rhino

Tue, 2014-07-29 21:56










OTOY Inc. announces the availability of OctaneRender 2 for 
Rhino, the latest version of the company’s real-time rendering 
software. OctaneRender 2 adds more than a dozen features 
allowing artists, designers, and engineers to create the most 
realistic renders possible in less time than ever before.

Some of these new features are:
  • Displacement mapping
  • Object motion blur
  • Vertex motion blur
  • Hair and fur
  • OpenSubDiv surfaces
  • Rounded edges
  • Random color texture for instances
  • Improved sky rendering 
  • Region rendering
  • Network rendering
  • Compatibility with Brigade
Feature details...
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DIVA Day in Seattle

Tue, 2014-07-29 00:30
The third DIVA Day will be on October 2, 2014, at Seattle City Hall.
DIVA-for-Rhinois a daylighting and energy modeling plug-in for Rhinoceros.
DIVA Day focuses on using DIVA and associated simulation tools to enhance design through performance-based workflows. 
The full-day event will include: 
  • Presentations of research and case studies by practitioners and researchers at universities and architectural, consulting, and engineering firms.
  • Introduction of new features by the DIVA team.
  • A panel discussion on evolving daylighting credits in codes and point systems, such as LEED v4.
  • Dinner following the event will provide an opportunity to meet with speakers and other attendees.
Full registration $350Student registration $50Student registration w/ dinner $100
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RhinoShoe 2.0 - new service release

Fri, 2014-07-25 19:32
















A new service release of RhinoShoe 2.0 is available now. This 
Rhino 5 plug-in for scaling and correcting shoes and patterns, 
now includes: 
  • Scale3D: fixed various random crashes
  • Scale2D: issue fixed when circles were deformed when offset
  • Now takes the dimensions of all the soles
  • Non-scalable objects can be added
  • Ready for Windows 8.1 
  • Discard the open curves and points bug fixed
  • Language corrections
Try RhinoShoe 2.0...

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Converting a shop to a student lounge

Fri, 2014-07-25 00:06

Photos by Michael Moran Studio
Now the Sullivan Family Student Center, this University of Wyoming building was originally a conversion from a shop building. The floor plan consisted of nondescript and ill-defined open floor areas crisscrossed with circulation. In the rehab, the architect pushed the circulation to the perimeter, then used screens to separate it from the main student lounge area. The perforated bamboo panels are about 40 percent open with even porosity and density throughout. The apertures in the screen, ranging from small slits to full doorways, allow glimpses between the two areas. The patterns do not repeat.

Though we may be a bit slow to notice this 2011 project, it is an interesting use of Grasshopper script. Sarah F. Cox of Curbed interviewed Paul Lewis from Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis, the New York architects.

Interview with Paul Lewis . . . 
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RhinoMold 4.0 released

Thu, 2014-07-24 22:35








TDM Solutions announces the new release of RhinoMold. RhinoMold 4.0 improvements include:- RhinoMold 4.0 ready for the Zoo - license manager
- Major and Minor bugs fixed
- Localization improvementsRhinoMold details and download... 
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New Atlanta Falcons Stadium

Thu, 2014-07-24 19:53

Read* about how Rhino and Grasshopper were used in the design of the new Atlanta Falcons Stadium in the July 14/21 edition of Engineering News-Record.

"To develop the geometry, Johnson credits as instrumental the use of a graphical algorithm software editor, called Grasshopper, in conjunction with 3D modeler Rhinoceros."

Watch the video to hear more about the design from Bill Johnson, 360 Architects.

*You need to be an ENR subscriber to read the article online. 
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Advances in Architectural Geometry workshops, London

Thu, 2014-07-24 11:34

Advances in Architectural Geometry 2014 London, UKSep 18-21, 2014
Advances in Architectural Geometry / AAG is a symposium where both theoretical and practical work linked to new geometrical developments is presented. This symposium gathers the diverse components of the contemporary architecture which push the building envelope towards free form and respond to the multiple current design challenges. It involves architects, engineers, mathematicians, software designers and contractors. We aim at connecting researchers from architectural and engineering practices, academia and industry. AAG has become a reference in the professional field and is supported by the direct participation of the most renowned architectural design and engineering offices, along with academic laboratories.
The list of accepted papers and workshops for AAG2014 is now available, these including Grasshopper, RhinoPython, RhinoCommonKangaroo, karamba, RoboFold plug-ins, EvoluteSpiderWeb, Syntactic and Configurbanist.
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Rose Pavilion opening at ETH Zurich

Wed, 2014-07-23 08:59

The opening of the Rose Pavilion at the Polyterrasse of the ETH in Zurich will take place on July 23 at 8:00 pm.

This multimedia pavilion has been developed by a group of young architects under the direction of Dimitry Demin in collaboration with the ETH Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design CAAD, led by Prof. Dr. Ludger Hovestadt.  It will be open to the public July 28-30 on the Polyterrasse of ETH, which commands views over the rooftops of Zurich.

The structure of the 1.2-ton pavilion is divided into five columns. The main supporting parts are harmoniously joined together from the dome. The pavilion areas consist of curved, weather and scratch resistant aluminum sheets glued and bolted together into a Möbius strip. The Möbius strip, discovered by the Leipzig mathematician and astronomer August Ferdinand Möbius, has the mathematical property of being non-orientable and has a surface with only one side and one boundary component.  Thus the endless form revolves around itself.

The use of modern media technology generates a network of spaces which allow visitors to watch live shows or immerse themselves in diverse artistic and musical experiences. The use of projections transforms the pavilion into a space/time capsule.

The idea for the Rose Pavilion was inspired by late XIX and early XX century freestanding constructions that served the purpose of outdoor entertainment. The polygonal structure of the pavilion was derived from the natural beauty of Wildrose Rosaceae Rosa canina, a rose which has a pentagonal symmetry and a double curvature of its petals. The pavilion was developed in Zurich and, as a modern spatial aesthetic object, it intends to represent a sensory attraction in a public space, acting as a focal point and bringing people together.  The music and voice reproductions of the oscillating surface of the pavilion produce a piezoelectric effect, transforming it into a large speaker.

The Rose Pavilion was designed by Dimitry Demin (architect), Jürgen S. Wassink (engineer) and Achilleas Xidis (architect and robot Support production): www.rose-pavilion.com 

The authors thank the sponsors and material suppliers who have made it possible to realize the construction of the pavilion: Novelis AG, Libs, Hasler + Co AG, Switzerland Sika AG, TRUMPF Maschinen AG, Kamoo AG, Blumer-Lehmann AG, Haller AG, Lift-Ex AG.
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Webinar: Animating with Bongo, July 23

Fri, 2014-07-18 22:35

Webinar: Animating with Bongo - The Basics
Wednesday, July 23
9:00AM - 10:30AM PDT
Free to attend... space is limited... pre-registration is required.

Sign up now!
Scott Davidson of Robert McNeel & Associates will cover the basic Bongo features, commands and workflow used to create animations of your Rhino model.

This webinar will look at the types of animations Bongo can create and the process for setting up and producing a basic animation. This presentation will help you plan and start creating your own Bongo animations. Questions will be taken following the presentation.

Marika Almgren, Bongo Product Tech Lead (McNeel Finland) will also join the session and be available to answer questions during and after the presentation.

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

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

Register and reserve your spot today!
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6OSME International Meeting, Tokyo

Wed, 2014-07-16 23:59


6OSME - August 10-13, 2014 - Tokyo, Japan

The 6th International Meeting on Origami in Science, Mathematics and Education (6OSME) will be held at the University of Tokyo. The 6OSME aims at providing a platform for researchers, educators, artists, and the community to share and discuss researches on Origami in science, mathematics, education, technology and art. Review the meeting schedule...

Register today!
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Online Intro to Grasshopper Class, July 28-31

Wed, 2014-07-16 23:33

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: July 28-31  Orientation: July 28, 9:00am-10:30am PDT
  Grasshopper training: July 29-31, 9:00am-1:00pm PDT

Price: US$195.00

Details and registration... Please note, all times noted above are Pacific time zone. Calculate your time zone.
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Architecture students digital models

Tue, 2014-07-15 11:11

Check out these rendered digital models from first degree students at Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura (ESARQ UIC). Students learn how to use Rhino while confronting three architecture buildings where geometry progressively becomes more complex: Fujimoto NA House, Dieste Iglesia del Cristo Obrero, Gehry DZ Bank.


Images... 
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Robots in Architecture Update

Mon, 2014-07-14 17:34

In case you missed the last Rob|Arch conference early this year, here is what you missed.

Also, plan on visiting Sydney in 2016 for the next Rob|Arch conference.
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Algomad 2014 in Bolivia

Mon, 2014-07-14 10:48

After the successful  Algomad 2013, hosted by Sagrada Familia and Elisava in Barcelona, Algomad 2014 will be in La Paz, Bolivia. This year Algomad will reflect on the application and suitability of tools and processes explored in previous years to the latinamerican reality, where architecture, culture and resources are fairly different than in Southern Europe. Following its typical structure, Algomad comprises four instrumental workshops - Grasshopper 101, Grasshopper for Trainers, Digital Fabrication and Building Information Modeling - and a series of conferences that connect the work of Spanish professionals to the latest advances in Bolivian architecture.

Algomad will be in Spanish, at the Facultad de Arquitectura, Artes, Diseño y Urbanismo in La Paz, on August 5-9, 2014


More info and registration: www.algomad.org Algomad on Facebook: www.facebook.com/algomad 
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Mesh2Surface new version

Mon, 2014-07-14 10:37

The new version of the Mesh2Surface reverse engineering plug-in is available as a free upgrade to all existing customers. Simplify the reverse engineering process in Rhino by using powerful, yet easy-to-use, tools to extract surfaces from scan data. Build planes, spheres, cylinders, revolved and extruded surfaces direct from noisy polygonal meshes. Remove the limitations of the imperfections of the scan data from laser line, white light or CT scanners.


Buy Mesh2Surface now on food4Rhino...
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Retro design in small appliances

Wed, 2014-07-09 18:05

The Italian appliance company SMEG has expanded its refrigerator and freezer line to small appliances. Two notable products are the toaster and the kettle.

Rhino models were used to check the aesthetics and ergonomics in the retro design.

Featured in the magazine DEVELOP3D . . . 
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Fine lapidary in Rhino

Tue, 2014-07-08 22:22
Rae bead
We were checking on our Rhino users and received a detailed and grateful response from one of our jewelers, Daniel Lopacki, a lapidary artist and jeweler in New Mexico. Daniel also now sells lapidary tools. Below he details his discovery of Rhino:

As a user of 3D software since the mid 90s nearly everything I designed was first done on my computer. When I was about 62 I designed my dream studio. When my studio was nearing completion I started shopping jewelry design software. I must be honest -- they all left much to be desired for a 'one-of-a-kind jeweler'. So I just started looking at 3D software in general and this is when I found Rhino. At the time I could download Version 4 with 25 saves. I fired up Rhino and started a design for a gold box that I had in my mind for years. With about half the saves I got far enough on this box to know that without a doubt Rhino was exactly what I was after. I could not only design my jewelry but if I could design anything I could come up with in my head.

I used Rhino 4 on and off, but the business kept me away from doing much with it other than designing wood working projects. Also, my old Windows XP graphics machine was a bit too slow in Brazil. I just recently purchased a new super hot rod graphics machine that is 64-bit. Needless to say, it was necessary to upgrade Rhino to Version 5.

My first main project was a ring for my daughter for a ruby we gave her for Christmas over three years ago. I am doing five ring designs and she gets her pick.

Personally, I think Rhino is without a doubt the top in its price range and most likely would top many of the other higher priced 3D design software. 

I also want to let you know what an asset your forums and videos are for both novice and somewhat experienced users. I have had a few questions regarding both Rhino and Brazil. I always get answers back quickly and so far someone has always put me in the right direction.

Daniel is featured in American Masters of Stone, a web site dedicated to North American artists working with stone using "Commesso" or "Intarsia" technique.


See more details on the Rae bead and gold box . . . 
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Generative Furniture Design by Matt Dennis

Mon, 2014-07-07 20:54





Matt Dennis is a M.F.A. candidate at the Savannah College of Art and Design. His thesis, Smarts and Crafts: Digital Technology in Furniture Design, explores ways that digital technology is changing all facets of furniture design; design creation, fabrication and distribution. Open design as well as parametric and generative design have played a large role in shaping his thinking about design.



For more information, you can contact Matt Dennis More of his work and designs can be found at:  MA.DE DESIGN

You can join and post your furniture designs at GFD3D too.

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