Rhino for Windows 6 Beta Now Available

The Rhino V6 beta is finally here!

Version 5 users can register for the beta here and get started with all the new features of V6.

For the next few builds, McNeel will be wrapping up the documentation, localisation and working with their third-party developers to get their plug-ins ported to Rhino 6.

New this week:

Bug Fixes:

  • Annotation: Dot: Text unreadable when dots are blue (RH-424292)
  • ApplyShutLining: Turning off the crv removes the render mesh (RH-42386)
  • Cycles:
    • Doesn’t respect the Transparent background option (RH-42413)
    • Properties panel doesn’t update when Raytraced is running (RH-423341)
    • Setting display to Raytraced crashes Rhino (RH-42332)
    • StartResolution default value is bad (zero) (RH-42376)
  • Display:
    • Can’t drag and drop material onto fully transparent object (RH-42313)
    • Cannot override locked color of curves (RH-42357)
    • Curves in X-Ray after Glass assignment (RH-42333)
    • Rhino crashes when loading the attached file. (RH-42428)
    • Video driver information is always wrong or “Not Available” (RH-424881)
  • File IO:
    • Font size tune up in PDF export (RH-42397)
    • Stacked, multi-line text from DWG is not stacked or positioned correctly (RH-28474)
  • Fin: Fin on twisted degree 1 surfaces (RH-42324)
  • Grasshopper: Mesh naked edges are too difficult to merge. (RH-40126)
  • Grasshopper: Components: Construct Mesh in GH (RH-37837)
  • Help:
    • String possibly missing (?) in BooleanIntersection.htm (RH-42420)
    • Wrong syntax in Options (RH-424231)
  • Installer:
    • Beta Dujour installer doesn’t install on top of old WIP/6.x build (RH-424161)
    • Rhino BETA shortcut icon says “WIP” (RH-42402)
  • Licensing and Validation:
    • After user enters their license key, offer to add it to their Rhino account (RH-424421)
    • Language for adding license to Rhino account (RH-42502)
    • Rhino Commercial Build failure (RH-42436)
  • Localization: “Edit selection” button in SelConnectedMeshFaces (select connected mesh faces) dialog is not aligned with the other two controls. (RH-42445)
  • No Subsystem: Search Box localization for Name, Notes and Tags (RH-42203)
  • OffsetMesh: Makes inside-out closed meshes (RH-42446)
  • Panels:
    • Memory leak in Rhino 6: CRhinoUiDockBarTab::~CRhinoUiDockBarTab rhinotabbeddockbar.cpp Line 130 (RH-42454)
    • RhinoUiShowDockbarTab() passes a bad parameter (RH-42355)
  • Print: Vector printing misplaces dimension text (RH-423832)
  • RDK:
    • Memory leak in CRhRdkContentNavigator::Add (RH-42457)
    • Panels with edit box may cause Rhino to hang (RH-42496)
  • Rendering: Materials: Appear grey in viewports (RH-423952)
  • Rendering: Realtime SDK: Printing through realtime display pipeline doesn’t work properly (RH-41970)
  • SDK:
    • Rhino C++ SDK should include the license agreement (RH-42437)
    • Rhino C/C++ SDK installer folder incorrect (RH-42439)
    • Rhino C/C++ SDK installer needs updated text (RH-42438)
  • SDK: RhinoCommon: InstanceDefinition.UpdateType returns obsolete type (RH-42250)
  • SelChain: SelChain and mesh objects (RH-42145)
  • Selection: SelNone does not work transparently (RH-30328)
  • Shade: Rendered mode does not match (RH-421941)
  • Toolbar: I do not see the Object Osnap Between (RH-350632)
  • UntrimHoles: UntrimHoles deletes wrong hole (RH-42367)
  • ViewCaptureToClipboard: Doesn’t respect the sample count (RH-42339)
  • ViewCaptureToFile: JPG quality different that V5 (RH-41818)
  • Viewports: Redrawing of viewports works incorrectly (RH-422581)
  • Volume: Mass Properties regression tests failing (RH-42098)

 

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PlusSpec Webinar: Tips and Tricks

PlusSpec will be demonstrating a bunch of different things that you can do with PlusSpec for SketchUp that you may not even know you can do!

In this webinar:

  • Creating smart hatching/fills
  • Sharing your Material Library with other users
  • Accessing the new Public Material Library
  • Projecting roof outlines for 2D plans
  • Using the Purge tool to maximize your file size
  • The Space tool (for room layouts and room size/volume calcs)
  • Saving a library of the PlusSpec materials to use for custom materials
  • The Grid tool, to help you draw to material constraints (eg brick gauge)
  • The Wall and Floor surface tools
  • The BIMBits free, 3D library
  • Q&A

This webinar is suitable for non-PlusSpec users, beginners, intermediate & advanced users. Pro and Lite


Register Now

Wednesday 8th November 2017
10:00 PM – 11:00 PM GMT

V-Ray for form•Z Beta Now Available

V-Ray for form•Z is now available as a public beta. This a chance to get a first look at this exciting new renderer and give feedback on how well its working for you.

You can register for the beta here and once processed you will receive an email from vray@formZ.com with the installation details. This may take up to one business day.

V-Ray for form•Z requires v8.6 which is the soon to be released update for form•Z 8.5. If you already have v8.5, you can go ahead and get ready for the V-Ray for form•Z beta by installing the pre release 8.6 version from the form•Z WIP page.

If you are using an earlier version, you will need to upgrade to form•Z v8.5 to participate in the V-Ray for form•Z beta.

PlusSpec Webinar: Deck Design & Quantification + Handrails/Balustrades

In this webinar, PlusSpec will be discussing Decks and Handrails.

Topic:

  • How to easily create and quantify a deck, including some of the common deck types, such as: flat, raised and multi-level.
  • How to customize the structure and finishes, as well as how to add different kinds of handrails/balustrades.
  • Q&A

This webinar is suitable for non-PlusSpec users, beginners, intermediate & advanced users. Pro and Lite


Register Now

Wednesday 1st November, 2017
10:00 PM – 11:00 PM GMT

Maxwell Render – the Making-of: Dendrobium Hypercar CGI By EPTA Design

This week on the Maxwell blog they had a special guest – EPTA Design. The London-based design studio does amazing automotive CGI with Maxwell that we are excited to share with you.

EPTA Design Studio cover all the phases of the preliminary design process (research, styling, virtual modelling, 3D rendering, animation). Their wide-ranging experience combined with a compact studio setting allows them to work in a highly-lean and quality-oriented way, focusing on designs that lead to quality, innovative, and feasible outcomes.

Read the full case study below:

• Software used: Adobe Photoshop, Rhinoceros, Maxwell.
• Project credits: EPTA Design for WFRIC / Dendrobium motor

The Project

In 2015 at EPTA Design we were asked to develop the style and design of a Hypercar. The project was commissioned by Singapore’s Wong Fong Research and Innovative Center (WFRIC). The first request by the client was to create a “spaceship with wheels”. They were looking for something eye-catching, as well as a reminder of the “key aspects” associated with the company: Singapore balance between technology and nature, flower and machine, a woman‘s shape and sharp line.

“The goal was to achieve a distinctive design different from any other Hypercar.”

It was not a project for production, but rather an open-sculptural one. So, it’s a Hypercar not designed to be driven, just to be admired. Only several months after the presentation of a first-scale model of the final car to the Dendrobium Electric Hypercar SZIDF 2015, the WFRIC created dendrobiummotors.com

Concept and Creative Process

The client was clear about the name from the very beginning of the project: Dendrobim. This is the name of an Orchid in the Singapore area, a beauty symbol that amazes.

The creative process as a style study, always goes through a research / synthesis phase that takes keywords provided by the client and converts them into images. The moodboard table serves this task! Images from other sectors are used: fashion, architecture, industrial production, design, film, and art in general. With these images hung on the center-style wall, we started to draw.

Greatest Challenge

The most critical part of the project was time. We had little time to present the design, and deliver the 3D file. After a month or so, we mailed the model to Shenzen China. That was followed by a first round of CAD images, approval, and delivery. The final rendering was done later, when we had enough time to refine the model and achieve rendering quality.

Work with Maxwell

EPTA Design deals with design for rather niche sectors, and not for large-scale production. This project is positioned right at the edge, so the goal was to make high-quality realistic renders that look unbelievable.

“The quality had to be exquisite, and Maxwell is the perfect tool to achieve this goal.”

 

 

Materials

As an agency EPTA Design also offers the rendering service, but usually, we can sell this service only in conjunction with the design of the product, so we have total control over the graphic choices (materials, colors and surface finishes). We use a lot of Maxwell’s materials available in the Material Gallery. Over time, we have enriched it with some free materials downloaded from the official site and we change them slightly according to the needs of the project.

Lighting

We always present the project in two lighting sets: a photographic and a natural one (natural lighting).

For outside renders, we used the potential of the Sun plus Maxwell’s PhysicalSky combined with an HDRI.  In the photographic set, instead of the sky (Sky+Sun) we used only an HDRI (for lighting, color, and reflection) but we added some strategic plans and we assigned the lights from Maxwell’s internal library.

“In both cases, the Multilight system is crucial to light testing and comparison in real time. In addition to communicating forms and materials, it creates a certain degree of emotion to the final image.”

Postproduction

Usually all our renders undergo a post-production process. For example, in the set-up, you have to explain as well as possible the context, while when rendering we try to enhance the object itself.

Specifically, for outdoor renders, most of the work is done using HDRI, sky and sun light from machine materials and a “wet asphalt” material. But that’s not enough. To give the idea of running in a circuit, we changed the road (adding chromatic irregularities typical of asphalt with different cracks and types of asphalt, curbs and grass), blurred the wheels and added splashes of water when driving on wet ground.

Apart from these changes, we usually work on the overall image: we adjust saturation because sometimes too saturated colors make the final image less realistic, we add depth using smoke, and bright effects such as camera glows and finally we add shadows of other objects to the main scene.

The Final Piece

We are happy with the final result! The design has been well received even though in the second phase the project it underwent profound changes. Nevertheless, our design images achieved the goal of attracting the attention of the audience!

Buy Cinema 4D R18 Today, Get R19 Free

Cinema 4D R19 is on it’s way and until the 31st August all new Cinema 4D licences, sidegrades and upgrades will include 1 year MAXON Service Agreement (MSA) at no extra cost.

This means you will receive R18 now and R19 as soon as it’s released in September. MSA also includes a full Cineversity membership, priority support and a second activation for your licence.

Buy Cinema 4D today or contact us for further information.

V-Ray 3.5 for Revit Is Here

Free V-Ray for Revit update includes Adaptive Lights, improved Swarm and Revit 2018 support

This update includes the new Adaptive Lights algorithm, which renders up to seven times faster on some scenes. In addition, Chaos have made several improvements to V-Ray Swarm, the elastic distributed rendering platform, including installation customization, support for Linux and MacOS operating systems and a greater support for a variety of network configurations.

V-Ray for Revit is now available for Autodesk Revit 2018.

For users of V-Ray 3.x, this update is free and available now.

Other new features include:

Revit 2018 Compatibility
V-Ray works seamlessly with Autodesk Revit 2018

New Material Library
Ships with over 500 high quality V-Ray materials. Additionally, the new material library is compatible for use with V-Ray for 3DS Max, V-Ray for Rhino, and V-Ray for SketchUp.

Aerial Perspective in RT
Preview atmospheric haze to distant objects and buildings while rendering in RT.

Material IDs
Mask individual objects for easier compositing and editing in Photoshop.

Rhino 5 Surfacing Webinar

Free Webinar : Rhino 5 Intermediate – Surface continuity in Rhino

McNeel Europe
June 29, 2017
11:00 – 12:00 (CET)
Most models will have to deal with surface continuity at some point,  as it is very rare to have an object made out of one single surface. This webinar will cover Position (G0), Tangency (G1) and Curvature (G2) continuity, learning about matching and blending surfaces together using a desired continuity at each side. We will also be using tools to analyse both continuity and quality of surfaces.
The model used for this webinar is a boat hull, where smooth transitions and surfaces are required.
It is strongly recommended to watch the webinar on curves before attending/watching this one!
A solid knowledge of Rhino is required. No microphone or webcam are required. The seminar is not platform dependent; it is aimed at both Windows and Mac users.
The Tech Team experts of McNeel Europe will conduct the webinar in different languages. Remember that all previous webinars can be viewed here.

ZBrush 4R8 – Big Live Event

Pixologic presents an exclusive live streaming broadcast event

Tuesday, June 13th at 12pm PDT on
www.ZBrushLIVE.com

Tune in for a chance to chat with the Pixologic team as they give a special demonstration
and give away prizes to a few lucky viewers!

GET TUNED IN:

You can experience the ZBrush 4R8 streaming event on ZBrushLIVE.com! The event will also be simulcast live on the following networks:

Facebook | YouTube | LiveStream

E-on Software 3D CG Environment Competition 2017 – Now Open

E-on software, in association with Nvidia, Wacom, HP, Pixologic, ArtStation, CGChannel, CGSociety, Cornucopia3D, Geekatplay, AsileFX, QuadSpinner, Routledge, Gnomon School, Bournemouth University and Ecole George Melies are honoured to invite you to participate in the “3D Environment Competition 2017”.

With judges that are leading experts in the major fields of the 3D entertainment industry, and with over $30,000 worth in prizes, this competition is the biggest they have ever organised!


Competition Overview

Create an image of any kind of environment!

Images can be in any style and genre, realistic or imaginary, as long as the natural environment is visually predominant. You can use imported objects and figures, but keep in mind that the judges will focus primarily on the quality of the 3D landscape.

Main and Academic Categories

For the first time, the competition will have 2 distinct categories, with specific prizes for both.

The main category is opened to every Artist (professionals and hobbyists), and the second category will be dedicated to Students.

To keep things simple, all entrants will submit their entry to the same gallery, however, Students must add an Academic watermark to their submission to be considered for the e-on Academic category.

Learn more from the Competition rules page.

Authorised Software Packages

You may use your application of choice, in combination with any of the e-on software products. This includes any version of VUE (Esprit, Studio, Complete, Infinite or xStream), including the free Personal Learning Edition and the free VUE Pioneer.

You may also use PlantFactory, Carbon Scatter, CloudFactory, and LumenRT or their respective PLEs and trial versions!

The 3D Environment competition is open to everyone, hobbyists and professionals alike. The judging will be based solely on the quality, originality and artistic merit of the images, not on the software used to create them.

In the first stage of the competition, e-on’s Picture of the Day contest team will select 10 finalists from all submissions in each category. The finalists’ images will be displayed on the e-on website, with links to their personal website/gallery. In the second stage, our judges will pick the winners out of the finalists.

Schedule

  • Submission period: June 1 – September 30, 2017.
  • Finalists announced: October 13, 2017.
  • Winners announced: October 31, 2017

Further information can be found here.