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Robots.IO news

Thu, 2015-04-16 12:26
Robots.IO_1-Click Robotic Milling from Robots.IO on Vimeo.Intro to 1-Click Robotic Milling by Robots.IO
Generate tool paths in less than a second, with visual feedback to insure that you can run the robot. 

Robots.IO software helps you create beautifully milled materials. Stop clicking endlessly through windows forms, and start creating tool paths with 1-click:

  1. Built on Rhino – Proven CAD platform with over 500,000 users internationally.
  2. CAD linked to CAM – Changes to your design file can update the manufacturing simulation.
  3. Interactive Timeline – Color coded visual feedback to make sure the robot will run first time.
Complete details...Download from food4Rhino...
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Computational Couture workshop at Beyond Building Barcelona

Thu, 2015-04-16 12:11

Computational Couture workshop
Beyond Building Construmat, Barcelona
May 19-23, 2015

Clothes, the first form of mediators between body, space, and events... With their aesthetics they condense and relate not only the evolution of the body's physical functions (movement, protection, temperature regulation) but also the evolution of cultural expression. This exceeds the purely indexical performative relations, designing not only for the needs but for the desires.

Computational Couture looks at the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing (typical of haute couture) through the lens of systemic approach. It extends sartorial techniques with 3D modeling and computation-based approaches developed in Rhino and the visual programming environment Grasshopper. The workshop's aim is to exert, infuse, and expand the sartorial sensibilities to body proportions and dress making. This is achieved with an algorithmic approach that loops through design and fabrication by laser cutting and 3D printing for the design and production of a garment.

Participants will be divided in teams focusing on specific aspects of the garment related to the production technique (laser cutting or 3D printing).

Fee for participants
Early bird (until 4/5): 250 €
Full fee (from 5/5 until 15/5): 350 €
The fee includes materials and fabrication. Plane tickets and accommodation are not  included in the fee.

Registration (until 15/5/2015)
For registration please contact beyond@iaac.net

Complete info... 
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Primo, generative custom coffee tables

Wed, 2015-04-15 14:32
Photo by Simplexio
Madalin Gheorghe from Studio Simplexio has created Primo, a series of custom coffee tables that combine generative design principles with flexible computer-aided manufacturing systems. Its intricate geometry is derived from a space-partitioning algorithm called Voronoi, which deals with matter aggregation at cellular levels in nature. The different parameters constitute a complete design from which the coffee table emerges. Based on the varied parameters an infinite number of coffee table iterations are generated. At the same time, it is all part of a unified aesthetic.

Design by Hamid Nicola Katrib. Photo by Alex Melente Photography.The purpose of the research was to design and fabricate a furniture piece that can adapt to any room, dimension, or body anatomy. The Grasshopper plug-in is a great tool because it is a powerful visual programming language, easy to use, and can deal with complex approaches. Without it, the complex shapes wouldn't be possible to draw or fabricate.

By combining the low unit cost of digital fabrication with the flexibility of customization, we've created modules that function both together and separately. More...

Join us at  Generative Furniture Design, www.GFD3D.com  or www.RhinoFabStudio.com too.
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Coming soon! RhinoFabStudio at Recife, Brazil

Tue, 2015-04-14 14:22
The Fab Lab Recife is applying to become a certified RhinoFabStudio as well as an Authorized Rhino Training Center (ARTC) for the northern and northeastern regions of Brazil. Fab Lab Recife is offering courses in Rhino, Grasshopper, and others.Fab Lab Recife will host a special event on Thursday, April 16 at 8 pm with a open talk about Digital Fabrication and business possibilities with digital manufacturing. We will also celebrate the certification of the Fab Lab Recife as a RhinoFabStudio in Brazil. Meet Kuterer Reinhard, manager of Trotec (laser cutters) Latin America, and Affonso Orciuoli, one of the RhinoFabStudio's Mentors.

Space is limited. If interested please send an email to: redes@fablabrecife.com or call (81) 3314.5390
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Young Japanese designers at Milan Design Week

Tue, 2015-04-14 13:42

Title: Experimental Creations

  • Material Experiments
  • Digital Experiments

Date: Tuesday-Saturday, April 14–18, 10:00-20:00
Sunday, April 19, 10:00-18:00
Opening reception: Wednesday, April 15, 20:00-22:00
Venue: Salone del Mobile 2015 AT Ventura Lambrate / Ventura 14

A platform that presents design capabilities in innovative ways

The project “Experimental Creations” focuses on material experimentation and creative processes. In creating objects, it is important to contemplate extra values such as colors and touch, with the design of physical aesthetics and functionality. 

The presentation of Experimental Creations in Milan this spring is going to be a joint exhibition. “Material Experiments” is for the works generated from the handicraft processes. “Digital Experiments” is the fruit of additive manufacturing where digital fabrication and fabrication technologies meet. Together, they will showcase the promising works by eight young Japanese designers who explored the maximum possibilities of materials and their use.

AppliCraft helped teach Rhino and Grasshopper to those designers.

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Rhino for Mac webinar: Creating Surfaces

Tue, 2015-04-14 13:23

SimplyRhino UK has organized a series of free webinars featuring Rhino for Mac

The next one takes place on Wednesday April 15 at 11 am

Creating surfaces:

  • Creating initial surfaces 
  • Adjusting proportions 
  • Using History in Rhino 
  • Fillets and transition surfaces

Register for this webinar... 
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AA Summer DLAB 2015 - London and Hooke Park

Tue, 2015-04-14 13:15

AA Summer DLAB 2015RED - London and Hooke ParkMonday–Friday, July 27-August 14, 2015
Summer DLABexperiments with the integration of algorithmic / generative design methodologies and large scale digital fabrication tools. Continuing its color based agenda, Summer DLAB immerses in ‘RED’ for its 2015 cycle. RED is the starting point to investigate principles of natural formation processes and interpret them as innovative architectonic spaces. These concepts are carefully interwoven with spatial, performance-based, and structural criteria to create full-scale working prototypes.
Summer DLAB RED will explore the phenomenon of decay in nature. By investigating the process of decay across various scales in natural organisms, we will formulate rules of generating decomposition as our design research area. These rules will then evolve into design strategies for the creation and fabrication of a large-scale prototype. The design and fabrication process will be aided by robotic fabrication techniques in AA’s Hooke Park premises.
The three-week long programme is a two-phase process. During the two-week initial phase, participants benefit from the unique atmosphere and facilities of AA’s London home. The second phase, lasting for a week, shifts to AA’s woodland site in Hooke Park. It will revolve around the fabrication and assembly of a full-scale architectural intervention which unifies the design goals of Summer DLAB.
For more information, please visit:http://summerdlab.aaschool.ac.uk/ http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/STUDY/VISITING/summerdlab
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Rhino and Grasshopper presentation in Paris

Tue, 2015-04-14 13:09
Rhinoforyou, in collaboration with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris Val de Seine, has organized a free Rhino and Grasshopper presentation:

When: Monday April 20 at 2 pm
Where: ENSA PVS à l'Amphi 120 - 3 quai Panhard et Levasseur, 75013 Paris

Come see the latest news about Rhino and its graphical algorithm editor Grasshopper!

Details and free registration...
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The latest OctaneRender for Rhino

Fri, 2015-04-10 18:52

OctaneRender, the fast GPU-accelerated and physically correct renderer, has announced new features and additions for Octane for Rhino:
  • Render Rhino fly-thrus in OctaneRender for Rhino with camera motion blur
  • Export Bongo animations for rendering in Octane Standalone with camera and object/vertex motion blur
  • Additional Render Passes (38 total!)
    • Beauty passes, including Diffuse, Reflections, Refraction, Transmission, Subsurface Scattering
    • Info passes, including Normals, Position, Z-Depth, Material ID, UV Coordinates, Tangents, Wireframe
  • Object ID and Environment
    • Geometry Layer passes
    • Shadow passes
    • Light passes
  • Ability to access the Octane Standalone local material library
  • Support for Rhino parallel projection cameras
  • Many tweaks and performance improvements in the Octane render engine
Future features of Octane 3 were also announced. These include:
  • OpenCL support
  • Volumetric Rendering
  • OpenSL (Open Shader Language)
  • Deep Pixel rendering and texture baking
More details ....

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The Digital Bench Event 2015 in London - last chance to register

Fri, 2015-04-10 12:59
The Digital Bench Event 2015
London, UK
April 14, 2015

Simply Rhino and The Goldsmiths' Centre invite you to ‘The Digital Bench’ on Tuesday, April 14th.

Register to come along and experience the first UK live demonstration of RhinoGold 5.0.

This significant new version of the popular Rhino plug-in has many exciting new features and the developers, TDM Solutions, will be on hand to show you them.

Also presenting will be Wax-Masters, residents at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. Wax-Masters will demonstrate how they use CAD and CAM in their goldsmithing, silversmithing, smallworking, jewelry and horological work.

Details and free registration...
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Rhino job at Joseph Walsh Studio

Fri, 2015-04-10 12:45

Joseph Walsh is an internationally acclaimed designer maker, whose work can be found in significant Museum and Private Collections worldwide. Based in Cork, Ireland, his studio employs an international team who continue to develop skills and challenge existing practice to achieve his ambitious pieces. As Joseph Walsh Studio embarks on a programme of significant events over the coming 3-5 years, they are now recruiting an experienced CAD Technician to join the team.

The successful candidate, a highly motivated individual, will work closely with both the studio’s Design and Workshop Team. They must be experienced and highly proficient in 3D modelling programmes, in particular Rhino, and have the ability to produce detailed drawings for the studio’s international projects in Europe, North American and Asia. They must have a sympathetic understanding and appreciation of the studio’s design language and process some model making and prototyping skills. Strong hand drawing and sketching skills are also desirable but not essential.

Essential attributes

  • The ability to work successfully as part of a team
  • The ability to meet the technical challenges presented by complex projects
  • The ability to manage a busy workload and meet exacting deadlines
  • Good communication skills in both written and spoken English

Software skills

  • 3D modelling programmes, in particular Rhino and AutoCAD (essential)
  • InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator (desirable)

Personal qualities

The successful candidate will be confident, friendly and professional, possess strong problem solving skills, have the ability to adapt, the desire to learn, be productive and be willing to assist other members of the team when required.

To apply for this role

Please send the following to: francesmmcdonald@gmail.com 
CV, PDF Portfolio of work (including a sample of your drawing skills) and a short letter outlining why you would like to join Joseph Walsh Studio.


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EvoluteTools D.LOFT – new features

Fri, 2015-04-10 12:37

A new version of EvoluteTools D.LOFT is available, including the following new features:

  • A new graphical user interface gives much better control of the optimization process.
  • Added a possibility to force alignment of rulings with curve extremities.
  • Added a new command allowing the user to control the number of surface control points. This enables developable lofting within a tolerance zone around your input curves.
  • D.LOFT now accepts an arbitrary number of input curves and will sort them automatically.

Details and download...
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Take flight with X-Jet

Wed, 2015-04-08 20:27
Get ready to fly. This is something previously only imagined on a movie set. X-Jets are producing flying Jetblades and Jetpacks.

For about 8 months X-Jets Hydro Flight Systems has been shipping the Jetblade. The Jetblade attaches to a jet ski. The jet ski's water thrust supplies the force to fly.

All development work has been done in Rhino. The renderings were done in Flamingo. And some of the shape work on the Jetblade was refined with scripted Grasshopper.

The earlier designed X-Jetpack was also designed in Rhino.

Photos, videos, and production details ...

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Patterns in bus stops

Wed, 2015-04-08 00:04

When the town of Meilen, which is close to Zurich, Switzerland, needed a few new bus stops, ROK (Rippmann Oesterle Knauss) developed a series based on the rich cultural and historic background of Meilen.

Using Rhino, ROK designed and selected an abstract panel image for each of the five bus stops, emphasizing the distinctiveness of each location. For example, one stop shows a stylized image of vineyards, referring to the local wine-growing culture.

The abstract hole patterns punched in the steel back wall panels are similar to halftone printing. Up to 20,000 holes are punched in various sizes in the galvanized and powder-coated rear panels. Using digital images as input, ROK controlled the hole arrangement and limited their diameters to only three sizes. Besides being beautiful, the perforations let light through, increasing the transparency and lightness of the covered part of the bus stop.

To reduce running costs and expensive electrical installations, all stops are solar-powered. Each stop has an independent power supply with solar panels.

AECCafe article on Meilen Bus Stops ....
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Introduction to PanelingTools Online Course

Tue, 2015-04-07 19:22
Introduction to PanelingTools for Rhino 5 Online Course
May 4-7, 2015
9:00 am-1:00 pm (Pacific Time)
US$125 per person

Seats are limited; sign up today.

Join instructor Rajaa Issa as she explores the concepts of paneling and surface rationalization in Rhino 5 using the PanelingTools add-on. The class will be comprehensive and will cover material from concept generation, detailed design for fabrication, and parametric paneling. More...
This course is for design students and professionals who are looking to efficiently learn PanelingTools and exploit its many features in an instructor-led online environment. This course requires that you have access to Rhino 5 for Windows.Details and registration...
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2015 Interior Design Emerging Symposium

Tue, 2015-04-07 16:01

Studio D: 
Design and Fabrication Lab / Department of Interior Design / FSU
An authorized RhinoFabStudio

Studio D is a prototyping workspace within the Department of Interior Design at Florida State University. This 3000 square foot facility is home to the department’s traditional woodshop tools, digital fabrication equipment, and undergraduate and graduate furniture design classroom space. The studio is staffed by Marlo Ransdell, PhD and David Wray, MFA in Tallahassee, FL. 
Visit Studio D: and like their new page

Studio D invites you to the second bi-annual Interior Design Emerging symposium “Blurred Lines”. 
The theme, “Blurred Lines”, refers to those narrow and vacillating borders between the designs of interior spaces and the objects, forms, and technologies that interact in and out of those spaces. “Blurred Lines” investigates the ever-evolving role of the Interior Architect or Interior Designer as one that creatively touches every part of the built landscape.
More information...List of presenters
Place:  Miami Beach, Florida
Date:   Friday, April 10, 2015
Time:   9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Registration Fee (Click here to register)

For more information, please contact Marlo Ransdell.

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.

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Online Level 1 Rhino Class, April 10-22

Sat, 2015-04-04 01:23
Level 1 Rhino 5 for Windows - Online Class
April 10-22, 2015

In this online class you'll learn to create and edit accurate free-form 3-D 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: April 10, 9:00 am-10:30 am (PST)
  • Training: April 13, 14, 15 and April 20, 21, 22, 9:00 am-1:00 pm (PST)
    Calculate your time zone.
Sign up today! More...The class will be conducted in English using the GoToTraining software. You will need Rhino 5 for Windows software installed. Note, the Rhino for OSX WIP is not acceptable software for this class. You will need a stable and fast Internet connection. You will need a headset/microphone combo. You will need a hard copy of the Rhino Level 1 Training Manual. You may download it from here
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AA Athens Visiting School 2015

Wed, 2015-04-01 15:21

AA Athens Visiting School 2015Symmetry Sentience  Wednesday–Friday, June 3-12, 2015
In 2015, in collaboration with AKTO, the AA Athens Visiting School initiates its agenda to challenge the phenomenon of perceptual constancy through the design of architectural prototypical families. 
In line with the basics of the Gestalt principles, models in a diversity of shapes and sizes will be designed through digital computation. Various morphologies will be derived through a bottom-up approach via various coding techniques. To bridge the gap between the digital and physical aspect of the design iterations, AA Athens uses digital fabricating machines to produce its architectural prototypes. The school adds mechanics to amplify their communicative characteristics. A complete 1:1 scale structure will be constructed, enabling interaction via sight, hearing and touch as a result of a series of initial testing models. These proposals will be formulated through combining various design software.
Complete info and registration...

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AA Istanbul Visiting School 2015

Wed, 2015-04-01 15:18

AA Istanbul Visiting SchoolCellular Re-VisionsMonday–Wednesday, June 15-24, 2015
AA Istanbul Visiting School begins an exciting collaboration with Istanbul Bilgi Universityin 2015. 
Continuing its expertise on generative design methodologies and large-scale prototyping techniques, the programme will investigate patterns of emergence, differentiation and complexity in natural formation processes. These will be transformed to digital simulation platforms for design. 

In contemporary architectural processes, a significant diversion from linear parametric tools towards generative design simulations is taking place. The design and analysis processes will reflect this shift by focusing on simulations. Attention will be kept on the process of design generation, as opposed to the final form itself. 
The design agenda of the programme will revolve around the design and fabrication of a one-to-one scale pavilion.
Complete info and registration...
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Students learn Grasshopper by designing cycling shoes

Mon, 2015-03-30 19:23

NuVu Studios, an innovation school for middle and high school students in Cambridge, Massachusetts, uses the studio environment for hands-on problem solving.
NuVu Studios chooses their students based on their portfolios of work in computer science, engineering, music, and the arts. "We teach students how to navigate the messiness of the creative process, from inception to completion." The students work on creative, collaborative projects, with each project usually lasting about two weeks. They end up with a portfolio of their products and documentation of their design decisions. 
In a session on health and wellness, students Jesse Roberts, Max Steinberg, Leo Connelly, and Joey Raskin-Lantos wanted to make sports shoes easier to use. So they designed a bicycling cleat geared to the beginning triathlete. As part of the process, they learned Grasshopper and Rhino for 3D modeling and printing.
The 3D-printed exoskeleton fits around a running shoe and straps onto the athlete's running shoe. The exoskeleton was designed to eliminate changing shoes between the bicycle and running legs of a triathlon.
Notes on the design process ....

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