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High schools solving real life problems

Mon, 2014-10-20 21:54

Two schools are collaborating to simulate manufacturing for their students. And they are using Rhino and a few other computer tools to do it. To solve real problems Sherwood High School, in Oregon, and Sitka High School, in Alaska, simulate the scenario of a multiple-site manufacturer. They manufacture some of the parts in one location (Sherwood or Sitka) and ship to another location (the other high school) to complete the part. The parts have to fit together, no matter how many locations the parts are sourced from. They have to meet industry-standard tolerances.

Teachers John Niebergall and Randy Hughey are good examples of using innovation in technology education.

Watch this well-done 10-minute video....

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New book by Arturo Tedeschi: "AAD Algorithms-Aided Design | Parametric Strategies using Grasshopper®"

Mon, 2014-10-20 12:29

The book "Algorithms-Aided Design", written by Arturo Tedeschi, presents design methods based on the use of Grasshopper®, a visual algorithm editor tightly integrated with Rhinoceros®, the 3D modeling software by McNeel & Associates allowing users to explore accurate freeform shapes. The book provides computational techniques to develop and control complex geometries, covering parametric modeling, digital fabrication techniques, form-finding strategies, environmental analysis and structural optimization. It also features case studies and contributions by researchers and designers from world’s most influential universities and leading architecture firms.Main topics: Grasshopper environment and plug-in software; Parametric modeling and advanced data management; NURBS curves and surfaces; Meshes and Subdivision Surfaces; Digital fabrication techniques; Recursions; Form-finding strategies; Particle-spring systems; Topology Optimization; Evolutionary solvers; Environment-informed design. Available in English. Details...
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"DATA MATTER _ ENVIRONMENTAL AERIAL ROBOTICS" Workshop - 24 - 28 November 2014, Frosinone (Italy)

Mon, 2014-10-20 10:32

NOUMENA and FLONE, in collaboration with FABLAB FROSINONE and GREEN FAB LAB, present DATA MATTER | environmental aerial robotics workshop.

The course will take place in Frosinone (Italy) and will be related to the fields of aerial robotics and data visualization. It will propose a theoretical and experimental framework to develop a database on the area around Valle del Sacco, translating data into visual outputs from the different levels of environmental conditions. The course is inspired by the investigation developed along the Sacco river by Carlo Ruggiero - published on the book "Cattive Acque" - and the experimental research ran by Michela Ruggiero, co-founder of Fab Lab Frosinone.

During the workshop, participants will have a first hand experience with aerial robotics, mapping and data visualization. The course will focus on several different stages, generating a dynamic and innovative workflow. The main tool of the course will be Flone, a popular open-source drone developed in Spain and already presented in several international events and exhibitions, such as Fab10 and MakerFaire.

Flone is a co-operative project which explores and envisions several applications and translate a basic drone into a multidisciplinary and professional tool. Flone has been already engaged to the field of art and technology, investigating social and professional practices, focusing on topography, energy performance certificates for buildings, environmental strategies of forestation, human rights and aerial photography.

During the workshop, participants will develop digital fabrication, electronics programming and data management skills. Starting from scratch, students will learn the whole assembly process of the drone, from laser cutting frame structure to the installation of motors and drivers, followed by coding the electronic boards and fly experience. You will be able to fly and control the drone by your android Smartphone with an application developed by Flone.

On site, along the Sacco river, students will use the drone and learn strategies of data recollection, terrain mapping via smart-phones, infrared camera and other environmental sensors installed on the drone.

In the final stage of the course, participants will adopt computational techniques, learning how to organize and visualize data, generate a 3D environment, elaborate informative maps as resourceful environmental information documents for the recovery of the Sacco river and its natural and social context.

The fee for the workshop include the ownership of the drone built during the event, once the course will be over.

More info...Register now...

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Daylight Simulation Workshop, October 17

Fri, 2014-10-10 01:00
Daylight Simulation Workshop
Green Light New York 
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)
New York, NY

Details and Registration...
Join Christoph Reinhart of MIT, for a full-day technical workshop on daylighting simulation using Rhinoceros 5. This workshop is specifically geared towards helping designers and sustainability consultants to learn the basic theory underlying daylight simulations and how to integrate such simulations within their practice.This workshop compliments his recently published book, Daylight Handbook I, which introduces basic daylight concepts and rules of thumb for urban massing studies. Participants will learn how to conduct a series of simulation exercises including: 
  • Conducting a LEED 3.0 compliance analysis
  • Detecting glare at key positions within a building throughout a year
  • Developing suitable automated electric lighting and shading controls to maximize daylight availability while controlling glare
Visit DIVA for Rhino for more information.
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Presentation: Designing with the Sun

Fri, 2014-10-10 00:54

October 16th, 6:00 PM

Join Green Light New York for a book presentation and dialogue with Christoph Reinhart. His book, Daylighting Handbook Volume 1, adeptly describes the physical characteristics of the sun and the human eye, lays out the design fundamentals of allowing daylight to guide the massing and shading of a project, and describes the tools available to guide analysis.

This provides 1.5 AIA learning credits.

Register here...Interested in learning more? Register for Christoph's one-day technical Daylight Simulation Workshop on October 17th.
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Level 1 Rhino 5 Online Training

Tue, 2014-10-07 23:38
October 10-22, 2014

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: October 10, 9:00 AM-10:30 PM (PDT)
  • Training: October 13, 14, 15 and October 20, 21, 22, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM (PDT)
    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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3D Digital Fabrication - Teacher Training

Tue, 2014-10-07 16:34

Professional trainers from McNeel Miami and RhinoFabStudio will introduce the main functions of Rhino so you can add 3-D modeling to your design and design communication curriculum without burdening your students with yet another difficult software product. You'll be able to focus on teaching while your students take advantage of the latest 3-D modeling technology with Rhino 5.
When: Thursday & Friday, Oct. 23 - 24, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Where: Westglades Middle School - Room 10411000 Holmberg Rd Coral Springs, FL   33076
Instructors: Sergio Martinez, Rhino Training Specialist ART - McNeel Miami
Lucía Nasser, TA

Host: Miriam Niebla
Technology Education - SECME, FLL Robotics, and BSTA coordinator
To register: Contact Miriam Niebla or at T(754) 322-4800

The workshop is free for educators. Proof of status required.

Space is limited. Register now!
New to Rhino 5? Watch this before the class: Introduction to Rhino 5

Note: Each educator will be able to order a bundle of Rhinoceros and Flamingo for US$200.
Join us at RhinoFabStudio
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