Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Paneling Tools new release for Rhino 5.0 Beta

A new release of PanelingTools plugin is now available for Rhino 5.0 Beta.
You can find download links and documentation at PanelingTools download page.

New in this release:
  • Added mesh module support to paneling variable custom 3D components.
    It is now possible to select a list of mesh modules or two meshes and calculate mean modules.
  • Fixed a bad geometry bug when paneling surfaces with singularity.
  • Added support to generate mean curves with local bounding space.
  • Added the ability to define bounding space when creating variable mean surfaces.
  • Added support for local bounding space for 3d variable modeling.
  • Added support to create notches in ptFinEdges and ptExtrudeEdges commands.
  • Fixed labeling objects UI bug.
  • Fixed crash bug when creating singular panels.
  • Fixed a bug related to applying variable patterns to diamond grids.
  • Added ptTriangulateFaces command.
  • Added GetPanelingGrid function to scripting to capture a paneling grid and turn into two dimensional array of points.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Section Tools New Release for Rhino 5.0 Beta

A new release of SectionTools plugin is now available with the latest Rhino 5.0 Beta of August 31st 2011 or later. You can find download links and documentation at SectionTools wiki page.

New in this release: 
  • Fixed sections display bug. Section curves used to not show when viewing the model from one side or zoom out.
  • Added double click support to select a section from the list.
  • Solid objects inside blocks were not detected when sectioning. This is now fixed.
  • Updated stMake2D command to use the new V5 Make2D enhancements. The command flow is also updated to allow selecting objects.
  • Nest layout used to give incorrect (mirrored) result. This is now fixed.
  • Added event watching to update sections when clipping planes of sections are directly dragged or transformed. 

Friday, August 26, 2011

You Are Invited to Try Pre-Release Version of Flamingo nXt

NXT is completely new render engine. Everyone is invited to download the pre-release version of Flamingo nXt and give it a try.

The latest build includes these enhancements:
Caustics improved in the pathtracer engine
New transparency calculations for better glass
Improved exposure controls including a new histogram function
Alpha channel masking improved
Better support for blocks
Improved the sun angle calculator
Many refinements to the interface
Many bugs fixed

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Strip Morphologies by Zubin M Khabazi

Zubin M Khabazi has added a book to his Grasshopper Generative Algorithms series, Strip Morphologies.
Subjects cover both design and fabrication definitions in Grasshopper. Zubin also explores a few membrane structure case studies through the design, prototyping and fabrication process.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Kangaroo Version 0.06 Released

Wind test 2 from Daniel Piker on Vimeo.

Daniel Piker announced version 0.06 of the Kangaroo physics plugin for Grasshopper. This version contains bug fixes and many new features – wind, planarization, vortex, shear, alignment, anchor-springs, constrain to curves, rigid origami, etc.
Check out Daniel’s video page for some additional examples.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Rhino 5.0 OSX - New WIP Release

A new Work In Progress (WIP) build of Rhinoceros 5 for OS X is now available. This Mac build is up to date with the Windows build.  There is a new Windows WIP release every week or so and an updated Mac Rhino WIP will be released shortly after each Windows release. 

The Mac V5 Rhino version supports 64 and 32-bit Intel architectures. This Mac version will automatically run in 64-bit mode on Core 2 Duo Intel processors or later, so running out of memory should no longer be a problem. It requires OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later.

Note: OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and PowerPC are no longer supported.

Recent enhancements include:
  • The latest 5.0 Windows Beta changes, including:
    • better stability
    • many command enhancements
    • faster drawing speeds
    • display enhancements
    • new commands
    • new editing tools (gumball and subobject editing)
  • Support for OS X 10.7 (Lion)
  • Bug fixes

Everyone is invited to download and use the OS X version of Rhino while it is in development.

Most of the core functionality has been ported from Windows and is very stable. There is still much to do to port the rest of the functionality and refine the interface.

We don't expect the first commercial release to be ready until next year. Don't worry if the build you are using is about to expire. New versions will be available every week or so. There will be a newer one available before the expiration date.

  • Python developers need to download the latest Python plug-in (32-bit only) from here.
  • The Apple 10.7 OpenGL driver for ATI graphics chips is buggy and crashes often if antialiasing is not set to None. This affects most newer Apple laptops. The antialiasing setting is currently ignored on these Apple computers and antialiasing is always disabled.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

VisualARQ 1.3

IFC 2×3 Export
The new VisualARQ version 1.3 has fully integrated the IFC exportation module within the software. Now is possible to export VisualARQ and Rhino files into other software’s, with no need to install the IFC module separately. More information on IFC Export is available here.

Check out VisualARQ 1.3 more new features, changes and fixed bugs here.
Download VisualARQ 1.3 now to try its many new features.
Remember to email your comments to VisualARQ's development team.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Firefly Version 1.004

Firefly connects digital and physical data input/output between Rhino/Grasshopper with Arduino, internet and various controllers.

Requirements: Rhino 4.0 SR8 (or Rhino 5.0 beta) and Grasshopper 0.8.

More details available here.

Scan&Solve™ for Rhino

New build for Scan&Solve™ for Rhino plug-in is now available. This pre-release build includes several user-requested load types while retaining the familiar interface that has made Scan&Solve so easy to use. 

New load types in this build include:

  • Torque around any axis
  • Centrifugal force
  • Angular acceleration
  • Arbitrary linear acceleration

Version 1.0 is much closer to its final form, which is tentatively scheduled for release on March 1, 2011. Pre-release special offer is now available to beta testers.

In Rhino, simply:

  • Select the material, standard or Custom
  • Apply the restraints, Edit to partially restrain
  • Apply the loads
  • Click Go
  • View the results (strength, weakness, stresses, deformations)
  • Click Report to generate web-ready reports
  • Click Bake to save the deformed shape
For more information or to participate in the free beta-testing of this plug-in, please join the Scan-and-Solve for Rhino network.

Everyone is invited to try this free pre-release version. No prior experience required.

Details and download...

Monday, January 10, 2011

Integrated BIM, Ecotect and Oasys GSA through Grasshopper

Highlight of Rhino-Grasshopper blog post: Thomas Buseck has been working on shell design studies for a new airport in Innsbruck. Using the Grasshopper plug-ins from geometrygym and [uto] he improved the structural efficiency and solar performance of the design options.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Training Schedule for January-June 2011

Happy New Year 2011 to all Rhino enthusiasts. 2010 ended with fantastic exploration of ideas and experience for all. Rhino and Grasshopper training schedule has been uploaded at Rhino training calendar. We wish everyone a great year ahead with Rhino.