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Facades+ Miami: Registration is now open

Thu, 2015-07-16 20:07

Facades+ is heading to Miami! Registration is now open. Sign up today!
Facades+ Miami
September 10-11, 2015
Register here. Early-bird registration ends August 9th.

Day 1: Symposium
On Day 1 a series of stimulating presentations and discussion-based panels will examine the increasingly fast-paced evolution of façade technology, address new perspectives on building skins, and explore innovative, sustainable design practices.

Day 2: Field Trips
A rare opportunity to examine South Florida’s most innovative facades led by Miami’s leading architectural authorities! Choose your route through Downtown & Brickell or Miami Beach & Design District with hardhat VIP access to some of the buildings under construction.

About Facades+...
Facades+ is the leading conference on high performance and high design building skins. Join the robust dialogue that covers all aspects of building envelopes and is the key to building systems integration, resilient buildings and a sustainable built environment. Who should come? Architects, fabricators, developers, consultants and other design professionals.

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Thu, 2015-07-16 18:00

LoboScape: UNM's new advertising technology The University of New Mexico, a certified RhinoFabStudio,  is trying a different approach to advertisement. UNM's Senior Lecturer III and the Director of the School of Architecture and Planning’s Fabrication Laboratory, Matthew Gines, took part in this project with the help from 4 of the university students. Gines specializes in digital fabrication, design-build, representation and technology as it relates to design in academia and the profession of architecture. He is also a 2015 RhinoFabStudio Mentor.
LoboScape is a visual installation that welcomes travelers as they exit the revolving doors leading from the arrival gates into the Albuquerque International Sunport. Projected onto a custom fabricated display, it uses the latest technology in visual arts to tell the story of The University of New Mexico and its people. The exhibits features a 3 1/2 minutes loop of multiple projected images on multi-faceted and triangulated surfaces about the achievements and events at the University of New Mexico.
For more information, contact Matthew Gines or visit:
Project's webpage 
KRQE News 
UNM's Newsroom 
Albuquerque Journal

    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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    Maxwell Render for Rhino: Video Tutorials by Holger Jahns

    Fri, 2015-07-10 12:48

    Holger Jahns is a Berlin-based Industrial Designer and Maxwell Xpert. He has been using Maxwell since the Beta days for visualization work in his Studio and in his work as a lecturer at several international universities.

    Watch Holger Jahns Maxwell for Rhino video tutorials here...
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    Free seminar: BIM Modeling with VisualARQ and 3D printing

    Thu, 2015-07-09 13:48

    • Where: COAC Barcelona (Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Barcelona. Plaça Nova, 5. 08002 Barcelona)
    • When: Tuesday, July 14th, 2015. From 11am to noon and from 5pm to 6pm.
    • Duration: 1 hour
    • Price: Free
    Come and see how to convert a BIM architectural project into a 3D printable model.You will see the complete process, from the creation of the building design with Rhino and VisualARQ to the preparation of the 3D model to be printed in a 3D printing machine.The presentation will take place next Tuesday July 14th at COAC Barcelona. It will last about 1 hour and it will be done in two separate sessions (11 am and 5pm).The seminar is free but space is limited.More details and registration (in Spanish)...
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    New RhinoGold 5.5 Service Release

    Wed, 2015-07-08 18:55
    TDM Solutions announced the new Service Release 2 for RhinoGold 5.5. They improved the RhinoGold's workflow and fixed some minor bugs.

    The improvements include:

    • Better workflow in commands such as shank studio, dynamic cap, dynamic bend, mill grain, and advanced ring curve
    • Fixed minor bugs on Cluster Edition, Profile Gumball, Rope, Head Studio, Eternity, Mold Draft Angle, Cutter in Line transversal, Hollow Ring, and Ring Wizard
    • RhinoGold Render Studio bug fixed when closing without pausing

    To upgrade your current RhinoGold 5.5:

    • Directly from the RhinoGold - An upgrade message will pop up. Click on the message to download the latest service release.
    • From your private area at TDM Solutions - Sign in and click on Software to download.
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    Online Rhino course begins on Monday

    Wed, 2015-07-08 00:00

    Level 1 Rhino 5 for Windows - Online CourseJuly 13-23, 2015US$200.00
    Have you registered yet? Our Level 1 Rhino 5 for Windows - Online Course begins next week.

    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: July 13, 9:00 am-10:30 am (PDT)
    • Training: July 14-16 and July 21-23, 9:00 am-1:00 pm (PDT)
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    Sign up today!
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    Rhino for Mac and Maxwell Studio

    Mon, 2015-07-06 15:32

    Rhino for Mac was announced a few weeks ago. Plug-ins aren't there yet, but you can achieve professional renders using Maxwell Studio (included in Maxwell Render suite*).

    Learn here how to export various file formats from Rhino for Mac, import them into Studio, set up materials, cameras, and such, and then render in Maxwell Render.

    *Maxwell Render Suite includes Maxwell Studio and the Rhino 5 Windows plug-in.
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    Ladybug Photovoltaics components released

    Mon, 2015-07-06 14:02

    Ladybug Grasshopper Environmental plug-in just released a new set of free components for analysis of Photovoltaics. They are based on the PVWatts v1 online calculator, supporting crystalline silicon fixed tilt photovoltaics.

    These components help you answer the question: "How much energy can my roof, building facade, solar parking... generate if I populate them with PV panels?"

    They allow definition of different types of losses (snow, age, shading...) which may affect your PV system. Or find its optimal tilt and orientation. Or analyse its performance, energy value, consumption, emissions...

    More info on the Grasshopper forum...Download...
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    AA Visiting School Barcelona - Open Lectures Series

    Mon, 2015-07-06 13:51

    BODEGA Enological Metabolism
    ETSAB/UPC, Barcelona
    July 2-16, 2015

    Bodega – Enological Metabolism centres its research on the associations that exist between wine and architecture in order to identify the influences they have on one another. Read more...

    Open Lectures Series

    ARCHI/TECH/E/NOLOGIES is a Lecture Series open to everyone, which will bring together professionals of all kinds concerning architecture, technology and enology. Local and international architects with expertise in designing wineries will explain their startegies to develop their work on the wine field, whereas enologists and agricultural engineers will support and contrast all the techniques and current technologies used both, in the vineyard and the winery, to control the whole process of wine making in order to optimize the quality and the design of its coupage. By linking all these disciplines, the students will be encouraged to learn and support their project based in all this knowledge and tools.

    AAVS Barcelona 2015 - Opening Lecture
    Josep Lluís Mateo, Mateo Arquitectura, Barcelona
    Roca Barcelona Gallery, 2nd July 2015 at 19:30h

    AAVS Barcelona 2015 - Miderm Lecture
    Rosa Rull, Bailo Rull + ADD Architects, Barcelona
    Roca Barcelona Gallery, 9th July 2015 at 19:30h

    AAVS Barcelona 2015 - Keynote Lecture
    Didier Faustino, Architect, Paris
    Roca Barcelona Gallery, 16th July 2015 at 19:30h

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    Loop de Loop

    Fri, 2015-07-03 01:29
    Charles Portelli, from the architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF),  dropped by our office and we got to hear about some of KPF's latest projects.

    One deviation from the large architectural projects we expect from KPF is this intriguing furniture line, Loop de Loop. All modeled in Rhino and rationalized in Grasshopper.

    The five-piece collection, designed by William Pederson, founder and partner of KPF, works for both outdoors and indoors with its polyester mesh and powder-coated carbon steel rods. The non-elastic knit is deforms equally, no matter the person's size.

    Each piece is a single loop of 5/8" high strength tubular steel, passing one end of the loop through the other --  Loop de Loop!

    In a New York Times article, Pedersen elaborated, "We digitized them into a program that uses CNC technology to bend the 5/8-inch high-strength carbon-steel rods into continuous loops. There are 40 individual commands, and every inch or so along each tube the computer commands a change in the bend. It's like squeezing a tube of tooth paste: You change the pressure, and it changes the angle."

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    VisualARQ 1.9 new features Webinar

    Wed, 2015-07-01 18:02
    Join Francesc Salla, VisualARQ Product Manager, for a fast-paced and exciting demonstration of VisualARQ 1.9 (in English).VisualARQ 1.9 WebinarWednesday, July 8th, 2015
    11.00 am-12.00 noon CESTThe webinar will show an overview of VisualARQ 1.9 and will focus on the latest new features and enhancements, including:
    • IFC Import & Export
    • IFC Tag and Export options
    • New Plan View features
    • New Slab object features
    • New way to insert doors and windows
    • New Curtain wall features.
    • Create columns from 3D and 2D blocks
    • Overview of VisualARQ Grasshopper Components WIP IV
    Who is this webinar aimed at?
    • VisualARQ users: newbies and existing users
    • Rhino users working in architectural models
    • Architects interested in the BIM workflow VisualARQ adds to Rhino, and the comunication with Revit through IFC file format.
    The webinar is free and will last about about 1 hour, including the Q & A session.Free registration...
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    New Rhino book in Turkish

    Wed, 2015-07-01 12:21

    Cem Donmez from RhinoAkademi has released the second edition of "Rhinoceros 5 ile Modelleme", a 1000 page complete manual full of modeling examples in Turkish language.

    Complete details and order (in Turkish)...
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    Advanced Architecture Summer School in Paris

    Wed, 2015-07-01 12:06

    The Advanced Architecture Summer School (Paris, Aug 17-Sep 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 full program and the team have been updated, as well as a partnership with the makers innovation camp POC21.Complete details...
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    SeaHorse Hulls for Rhino

    Tue, 2015-06-30 11:21

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

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

    SeaHorse Hulls demo is free to use, however consider donating to support further development of the free version.
    Download at food4Rhino...
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    RhinoResurf 2 for Rhino released

    Thu, 2015-06-25 18:58

    Version 2 of RhinoResurf plug-in 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 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.
    More details...
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    PanelingTools on-demand course available

    Thu, 2015-06-25 18:51

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

    The PanelingTools  plug-in helps generate 2-D and 3-D cellular patterns and populate them over rectangular grids. The plug-in supports intuitive design of paneling concepts as well as rationalize complex geometry into a format suitable for analysis and fabrication. The plug-in 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.

    More information...
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    EvoluteTools Educational licenses support new modules

    Thu, 2015-06-25 15:26

    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
    More about EvoluteTools Educational licenses...Download from food4Rhino...
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    Job opportunity at tensARC UK

    Thu, 2015-06-25 13:43

    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 modelling 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 modelling 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. **

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    Datakit expands its range of Rhino plug-ins

    Thu, 2015-06-25 13:37

    Datakit, leading company in CAD data exchange, has announced support for CGR and JT file formats in their Rhino Import/Export plug-ins.

    Complete details...Download on food4Rhino...
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    Design Modelling Symposium Copenhagen 2015 - workshops announced

    Thu, 2015-06-25 11:59

    The Design Modelling Symposium Copenhagen 2015 is proud to announce the Workshop and Master Class programme. We will host four 2-day Workshops and one Master Class preceding the conference: Monday, 28 September and Tuesday, 29 September 2015.

    The Workshops and Master Class are open to practitioners, researchers, PhD candidate 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 Euro (students) and 460 Euro (professionals) including the Conference.

    The Workshops and Master Class examine key research questions on inter scalar modelling, 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 modelling.

    Details and registration...
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