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Teach, learn and share different methods of fabrication for industrial designers, architects, and engineers where Rhinoceros is involved in any cycle of the manufacturing process.
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New xNURBS Tutorial Video


xNURBS is producing more tutorial videos. These new tutorial videos intend to help users to use xNURBS Rhino plugin correctly and efficiently. They illustrate the basic rules discussed in xNURBS manual (xNURBS Rhino plugin and xNURBS SolidWorks addin have a very similar capacity/UI so they share some screenshots/tutorial videos).

These new tutorial videos will explain:
  • How to use xNURBS to generate Quad-sided and N-sided surfaces
  • How to set internal curve constraints correctly
  • How to create a symmetric surface
  • How to use xNURBS for formfinding
  • How to avoid conflicting constraints

Hull Design and Fairing Level 1 & 2 - Live Online Training (September 7, 10, 17 and 24)

Hull Design and Fairing Level 1 & 2 - Live Online Training
September 7, 10, 17 and 24 - 2020
By RhinoCentre NL

This training course teaches you rapid hull modeling for ships, yachts, workboats, and multihulls.

Develop competence in: Class-A Fairing – Final Design – Fairing for Production – Hull Optimization – Reverse Engineering – Hull from GA/ Lines-Plan – Advanced Analysis – Modeling Strategies – Developable Hulls.

Follow and finish the Hull Design and Fairing Training Bundle now in two weeks:
  • The three training modules are covered in four live two-hour training sessions. The first week a two-hour session is on Tuesday and Thursday and the second week again on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • In between the live sessions, you practice the exercises as self-study with the instructional videos and written out exercises.
  • For trainees around the world, each session is offered twice per day. Central European Summer Time (CEST): 09:00 - 11:00 and 17:00 - 19:00 hour.
  • Maximum of 10 participants per session.
  • A mandatory prerequisite for this training is Rhino Level 1 training or a couple of months working with Rhino.
  • The trainer is Gerard Petersen, one of the developers of the method and fairing professional.
  • After you send in some tasks, you receive a certificate of completion.
  • There is an option for 1-4 hours of extra personal training support.
  • To kickstart your hull modeling and fairing jobs, there are two extra support programs of 8 hours or 16 hours.

Datakit Import/Export plug-ins updated

Datakit has updated its collection of Rhino Import/Export plug-ins.

The new plug-ins for Rhino are twofold, both for the export and import of new file format extensions, and for surface texture support.

New features of export plug-ins

"We have supplemented our range of tools for writing open files in Rhino 3D with FBX and glTF formats," explains Félix Thuilier, Marketing Manager at Datakit.

FBX format (.fbx) is an Autodesk proprietary file format widely used by the publisher with its Maya, 3ds Max, and MotionBuilder animation software, as well as its CAD software. It facilitates the acquisition and exchange of 3D models, and associated documents and media from multiple sources, including the world of animation and video games.

For its part, the glTF format (Graphics Library Transmission Format) (.gltf, .bin, .glb), is a file format, free of rights, based on the JSON format, facilitating the exchange of scenes and models between 3D applications. Developed since 2012 by the Khronos Group industrial consortium, this file format is compact, interoperable, and fast to load. It is often presented as the “JPEG of 3D”, facilitating the 3D model visualization on web pages. 

These two plug-ins are available individually for € 1,000 or in the export bundle, which increases from 5 to 7 supported formats, at the unchanged price of € 1,500. All customers of this bundle, up to date with their maintenance, have access to these two new plug-ins at no additional cost.

What's new in import plug-ins

“For playing third party files in Rhino 3D, we have added to the Revit format import plug-in support for .rfa files in addition to .rvt files. Similarly, we added to the IFC format import plug-in, support for .ifcZIP files in addition to .ifc and .ifcXML files. This shows that the world of construction and in particular BIM (Building Information Modeling) is an important development axis for us” explains Félix Thuilier.

Revit is a 3D design software for the construction world published by Autodesk. “The .rvt format corresponds to a global Revit project that can integrate several buildings. The .rfa format is used for standard element families offered by Autodesk, as well as for specific user-defined elements. They can be imported and instantiated in a .rvt project”, explains Laure Bedu, head of development around Revit at Datakit.

For its part, the IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) format is a standardized file format (ISO 16739 standard) used in the construction world to exchange information between different software. “These files can have .ifc, .ifcXML or .ifcZIP extensions, which are now all supported by the plug-in,” notes Laurent Eraud, developer at Datakit.

The textures support

The surface textures are essential pieces of information to transmit when exchanging files with Rhino. In addition to the more realistic visual aspect, they inform the user about the nature of the elements they dress (brick wall or stone, for example). This is why Datakit has decided to support them in its JT and CATIA V5 file import plug-ins, and in its export plug-ins to 3D PDF and FBX.

These developments are the result of monitoring market trends by Datakit's strategy team, confirmed by specific requests from customers. They are the subject of writing specific features allowing the use of the desired file extension for import or export. They are then directly integrated into a plug-in that adds a Datakit Exchange tab to the Rhino 3D menu bar.


Chaos Group Releases V-Ray 3 for Rhino

New Easy to Use, Powerful Rendering Software for Architecture and Product Design; Now VR-Ready LOS ANGELES, Calif. – April 5, 2017 – Today, Chaos Group released …Continue

Started by Colin in Announcements Apr 5, 2017.

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Is there anyone in Canada running workshops/courses for RhinoFabStudio?Continue

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