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.

Webinar: VisualARQ 2.0, Flexible BIM for Rhino

Join the VisualARQ 2.0 webinar in one of the two identical sessions that will be held next May 17th 2017:

The webinar will focus on the new features of VisualARQ 2.0 but you will see also an overview of the Flexible BIM features that VisualARQ adds to Rhino:

  • How VisualARQ streamlines workflow + improves architectural design process efficiency within Rhino.
  • How to model with 3D parametric architectural objects, also created from Grasshopper.
  • How to create the 2D documentation out of the 3D model (Floor plans, sections, elevations, schedule tables, areas, etc.)
  • IFC import and export features.
  • Integration with Grasshopper.

The webinar is free and will last about about 1 hour, including the Q & A session.

PlusSpec 2017 Is On It’s Way – What’s New?

Below is a sneak peak of just some of the new features that are on their way in PlusSpec 2017:

  • NEW Handrail Tool: Have the ability to add handrails to stairs and balconies
  • IFC Tool; Room Quantities: Feasibility studies for air conditioning, Reporting and Measurements (cubic/square).
  • Beam Tool: Allowing users to add structural and non-structural beams to their models.
  • Load bearing point identifier: Visual identifier that outlines areas where reinforcement needs to be allowed for.
  • Hip Roof Tools: Dutch gable, Mansard, dual-pitch ability, Dormer options, and optimised use of the edit roof pitch tool, allowing users to add and remove roof edits.
  • Sloping Roofing: Trace any sloping roof from 2D or 3D, with the ability to change overhangs mid-draw
  • Create a 2D roof plan: Project your roof plan onto your floor plans,etc.
  • Floor & Ceiling Joist: Add structural steel beams to the model to customise and edit.
  • Joist Tool: Specify more beam/joist types.
  • Windows & Doors: Add architrave lengths to window and door architraves as well as improving existing functions for more customisation and estimating abilities
  • Composite Tools: Add materials/layers to ANY building component (Estimation purposes only).
  • NEW Materials: Added Stramit products to the Australian Material Library (Floor & Ceiling Joist Tools and Beam Tool).

And much more!

FormZ 8.5.7 Update – Now Available

The formZ 8.5.7 update is now available for Pro, Jr, free and student editions. Select Check for Update from the form•Z Help Menu to automatically update your v8.5 software.

Highlights of improvements in this version include:

Modeling:

  • Sub-d Objects now support face colours.
  • Copy/paste now perseveres layer groups.
  • DAE import improved.
  • Opening and saving files to DropBox locations with long path names no longer crashes.
  • Layer groups are maintained with copy/paste operations.
  • DWG/DXF/DWF plugin updated (OpenDWG 4.2.2)
  • Stream Line tool icon now shows properly.
  • Billboard tool now displays properly when changing image files.
  • Define Arbitrary Reference plane tool now works properly in Wireframe.
  • Edge Colour Layer override now works with the Material Average option.
  • Show/Hide edges Layer override and Render as Shaded Surface now work as expected.
  • Hide ghosted rendering options now work for dimensions and notes.
  • Redo of Draft Angle operation now works after an undo.
  • High facet count subdivision objects now work properly on Windows.
  • The derive face tool now works properly on faces of subdivision objects.
  • Hide ghosted rendering options now work for dimensions and notes.
  • Various stability and performance improvements

Layout:

  • Improved display efficiency of files with a lot of dimensions/notes/leaders.
  • Improved efficiency of updating frame data from modelling.
  • Resizing frames no longer leads to crashes in certain files.
  • Printing no longer drops lines from frames.
  • Layers now transfer in the order they appear in modelling.
  • Layer groups now transfer from modelling.
  • The frame parameters now has a larger list for selecting layers.
  • Frame dialog has been adjusted to list layers in order of modelling and the layer list has been expanded and a button added to view the layer the list.
  • Export defaults to polylines (higher order levels now disabled).
  • The line tool now appears in the tool palette.
  • Hide ghosted rendering options now work for dimensions and notes.
  • Line tool icon now shows properly.
  • Various stability and performance improvements.

OS X Specific:

  • Palette positions are properly maintained on OS X systems with a second screen positioned above the main screen.
  • The Favourite tools window now works properly on all screens on OS X (not just the main screen).

 

Please note: If you have installed any of the 8.5.7 WIP versions, please delete the WIP application folder and update your 8.5.6 (or earlier) installation.

Changes to SketchUp Pro Upgrades

Extended until the 25th of June 2017!

What’s Happening With SketchUp Licenses?
From April 21st 2017, there will no longer be an upgrade path from SketchUp 6, 7 or 8. There will also be no renewal option for a maintenance subscription that is more than 3 years past its expiry date.

How Do I Upgrade My License?
If you would like to upgrade your license before the changes, you can do so using the buttons above. If you would like a quote, please contact us.

Any Queries?
Just drop us a line or give us a call on 01206 804984. We’re here to help.

V-Ray 3 for SketchUp is Here!

Yes. It’s here. V-Ray 3 for SketchUp is officially released today. With it comes compatibility with SketchUp 2017, something most people have been crying out for. Beyond this there are actually many more substantial changes. With this iteration, V-Ray for SketchUp radically improves live adjustments and utilises GPU power.

As with all upgrades, V-Ray for SketchUp incorporates the latest V-Ray render engine and this includes support for the latest hardware architecture and new and developing graphics card technology. The interface has been rebuilt to be easier and quicker to use, with changes to enhance fast set up. There are also better underlying improvements for error handling and features most people won’t see but which should result in improved stability and performance.

Buy V-Ray 3 for SketchUp

 

V-Ray 3.5 for SketchUp – New Features

  • New UI – Designer-friendly user interface for faster workflows.
  • Material library – Over 200 drag and drop materials for your next project.
  • V-Ray Swarm – Powerful, scalable distributed rendering system that’s simple and fast.
  • One-click VR – Render VR-ready content for popular virtual reality headsets.
  • Section cuts – Create quick cutaways and section renders with V-Ray Clipper.
  • Aerial perspective – Add realistic atmospheric depth and haze.
  • Denoiser – Automatically remove noise and cut render times by up to 50%.
  • Grass – Create realistic grass, fabrics and carpet with V-Ray Fur.

For more information on, save your seat on the V-Ray 3 for SketchUp webinar!

License Changes

Online Licensing
With the release of V-Ray 3 for SketchUp, Chaos will now offer an online licensing option as well as the USB dongled licenses. Electronic licenses are currently not available for upgrades.

Render Nodes
The basic V-Ray 3 for SketchUp Workstation license no longer includes any additional render nodes. For those users taking advantage of v2’s render nodes, it will be necessary to upgrade based on need. Five and ten render node addons are available as standard, more on request.

30 Day Free Trial

If you’d like to try a full featured trial version of V-Ray 3, please contact us.

Upgrading to v3

Free Upgrades (licenses purchased after November 1st 2015)
Users that purchased a new license or upgraded to V-Ray 2 for SketchUp, after November 1st 2015, qualify for a free upgrade to V-Ray 3 for SketchUp. This free upgrade includes one workstation license and one render node.

To process your free upgrade, we will need a file from your dongle. Please follow the instructions to generate a .wbc file from your V-Ray dongle. Once this has been created, please submit your V-Ray upgrade request, choosing V-Ray Upgrade Request as your Enquiry Type. Please include your original order number if you have this.

Please note: Free upgrades can take up to 10 business days to be processed.

Upgrade from v2 (licenses purchased before November 1st 2015)
You can purchase your V-Ray 2 upgrade here. You will receive an email requesting a file from your dongle. Please follow the instructions to generate a .wbc file from your V-Ray dongle.

Can I Still Use My V-Ray 2.0 License?
After upgrading to v3, you will have access to your V-Ray 2.0 license for 6 months.

Older Versions of V-Ray

With the release of version 3, Chaos Group no longer support V-Ray 1.49 for SketchUp and there is no upgrade path from 1.49 to any other version.

Free Rhino Webinar on Advanced Curve Modelling

Free Webinar: Rhino 5 Intermediate – Tips and Tricks for Advanced Curve Modeling in Rhino
McNeel Europe
February 2017
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (CET)

Good models always start with better curves! Do you want to improve curves in your Rhino model? Read on, this free webinar is for you!

In this session, basic rules on how curves work will be covered first: degree and control points. Is that curve looking good enough? Curvature graph will help you understand all the invisible secrets of curves. Since one curve will almost never be enough to describe the shape you are looking for, connecting curves in different ways and controlling their continuity will be covered as well.

Kinks, knots, control points, edit points, control points weight, periodic curves… Are any of these unfamiliar? We will talk about them, too.

A solid, intermediate knowledge of Rhino is advised. No microphone or webcam is required. The seminar is not platform dependent, it is aimed at both Windows and Mac users.
The webinar will be conducted by the Tech Team experts of McNeel Europe in different languages.

Sign up now:

Spanish: February 20, 2017
Panelist: Rodrigo Bárcena
Registration: click here…

English: February 21, 2017

Panelist: Rodrigo Bárcena
Registration: click here…

Italian: February 22, 2017
Panelist: Giuseppe Massoni
Registration: click here…

German: February 23, 2017
Panelist: Verena Vogler
Registration: click here…

French: February 24, 2017
Panelist: Vanessa Steeg
Registration: click here…

 

• Space is limited; sign up today!
• This webinar is free of cost for all attendees.
• Presentation will take approximately 40 minutes followed by another 15 minutes for Q&A.
• After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.