LumenRT 2 Review for SketchUp Out Now!

E-on Software have released a new version of LumenRT.  LumenRT is e-on software’s revolutionary 3D technology for the interactive visualization of architectural projects. Create high quality real-time visualizations of your models and explore them with your mouse!

With its new real-time engine, LumenRT 2 has a number of new features and enhancements, including:

– Complete physical simulation of light
– Physically accurate reflections
– Adjustable time of day
– Precise anti-aliasing and motion blur
– Soft shadows with varying softness
– Water and underwater effects
– Advanced material rendering
– Realistic skies
– Low quality mode for optimized performance on slower boards

LumenRT 2 Review is available for SketchUp on the Macintosh (OS X 10.6) and Windows (XP, Vista and Seven) platforms

The realtime engine is compatible with Google SketchUp, with support for other platforms coming soon, and allows for publishing scenes as self-contained executable files that play on PCs and Macs. A trial version is available for download.

Orca 3D New WIP Version!

Leveraging the Power of Rhino for the Naval Architect


This new version (1.2.2) contains a number of new features, feature improvements, and bug fixes. Some highlights include:

  • Hydrostatics and Stability: By default, the “Pre-float” check is run each time hydrostatics are calculated, in order to review the model for errors. This option can be disabled.
  • Hydrostatics and Stability: Real-time hydrostatics and Sectional Area Curve will now update when an entire surface is moved (when the move is complete).
  • Weight and Cost: If the user attempts to edit the weight/cost properties associated with a block instance, a message is provided that only the weight/cost properties associated with the block definition can be edited.
  • Hull Design: Improved performance of Orca section calculation when dragging many objects.
  • Licensing: Implemented a newer version of the Licensing libraries, allowing self-service activation through a user website for cases where Internet activation is not possible, because the computer where Orca3D is installed does not have Internet access.
  • Units Fixes – Fixed bug in unit conversion values for metric mass density units other than kg/m^3.
  • OrcaMove Fixes – Fixed OrcaMove ghosting and an incorrect real-time sectional area curve behavior, in which one move caused two sectional area curve updates.
  • PIAS Export Fixes – Modified PIAS section export to meet the requirement of positive transverse coordinate (regardless of whether port/stbd is modeled). Added logic to join station segments by filling in gaps with straight line segments.
  • Hydrostatics: Fixed a bug in the scriptable version of the OrcaHydrostatics command when using the “TransformModel” command option. Fixed a bug in which “undo-ing” a surface manipulation while real-time hydrostatics/sectional area curve were active did not cause a hydrostatics/sectional area curve update.
This WIP will expire on March 1st. Either the final version of Orca3D 1.2 will be released before then, or a new WIP will be released.

ZBrush 4R2b Now Available – New Fur and Hair Functionality

Pixologic this week announced the release of ZBrush 4R2b which offers hair, fur and fiber capabilities amongst other features. The new FiberMesh will enable quick and intuitive creation of hair and other fibrous materials. The FiberMesh function will generate fully sculptable Polymesh 3d objects. This means your fur and fibres will behave as sculptable geometry when using any of ZBrush’s 3D sculpting brushes.

Users will benefit from having control over density ranges where meshes are concerned. Polygon numbers will span a wide range from minute to millions, whilst retaining exportability. These features will be joined by further developments to the BPR (Best Preview Render) system. The added functionality in the BPR system will see ZBrush users benefit from the ability to have even more control in the creation of highly detailed final rendered images.

ZBrush 4R2b Feature List

  • FiberMesh to create real 3d fiber, fur and hair geometry with export capabilities.
  • New set of dedicated FiberMesh “Groom” brushes and corresponding Brush settings.
  • MicroMesh support to render fibers or single polygons as separate 3D objects.
  • New set of BPR filters and operators to greatly improve your final ZBrush renders
  • BPR Global Shadow and Ambient Occlusion settings simplifying shadow management.
  • New Cavity Mixer used to define different material shaders based on the mesh cavities.
  • Improved small details creation through Alpha and Mask. Alphas may be placed using TransPose.
  • Surface Smoothness feature detects mesh curvature for Mask creation.
  • New global deformation with Transpose Curve deformation and UnClip.
  • Improved Mask operations with Shrink and Extend.
  • Topology editing additions: Group Mask and Edgeloop Mask Border.
  • New JPEG Exporter with Crop, Preview and adjustment settings.
  • Numerous improvements such as storing shadow information based on the camera point of view, preview of mesh Extraction, Auto Adjust Mode for perspective… and a lot more.

 

Becks Vier Commercial Borne of Rhino, Cinema4D, V-Ray Workflow

The recent TV commercial for Becks Vier’s new square necked bottle was produced using a combination of key 3D packages.

 

The ad was created by Zeitguised, with production company Blinkink for Mother. The 20 second ad features a completely self-designed environment, incorporating original models, textures and lighting. The Becks Vier bottle was modelled in Rhino; ZBrush was then used to further texture the bottle. Cinema4D was used for animation and V-Ray for rendering.

Marine Tradeshows!

 

 

 

 

 

Rhino will be featuring at the following Marine Tradeshows:

  • Nov 10-12 – EUROPORT – Rotterdam (Netherlands) – ShipConstructor stand #5109

  • Nov 16-18 – METS – Amsterdam (Netherlands) – ShipConstructor stand # 10.501A (SuperYacht Pavilion)

 

If you are able to go along the following products will be on show, ShipConstructor, GHS, MAESTRO, ShipWeight, Rhino, Orca3D, RhinoParametrics, RhinoPhoto and T-Splines.

 

 

New Rhino to Alias Plug-in!

Rhino to Alias Plug-in will import 3dm files to Alias.

 

New features have been added including support for blocks and dimensions,  initial support for v5 features and a menu entry added under file -> import.

 

The following objects are translated:

Rhino Alias
Surfaces NURBS Surfaces
Curves NURBS Curves
Points Space Points
Pointsets Point Clouds
Meshes Meshes
Layers with color Layers with color
Point Light Point Light
Directional Light Directional Light
Spot Light Spot Light
Rectangular Light Area Light
Linear Light Linear Light
Materials Shaders
Dimensions Locators
Blocks Actual geometry

 

 

Release Candidate 3 is now available to download.

 

Maxon’s 99frames Competition

 

 

This is a contest that anyone can join, regardless of their skill level. This competition has a restriction of 99 frames to make it easier to create an entry. Everyone can and should be inspired to take part using the new features of CINEMA 4D R13 to create their own animation.

After the contest has ended Maxon will composit all 99frames animations to make a large clip with a specially composed soundtrack that will be made available to the global community.Everyone involved is then encouraged to pass this composition on so they can show everyone their contribution to the 99frames competition.

To inspire participants even more, Maxon are giving several amazing prizes to the winners ranging from plugins to a VRAYforC4D license or even a CINEMA 4D Studio Version! The winners will be selected by a jury of industry experts: David Lewnadowski, Kay Tennemann, Manuel Casasola Merkle, Mike “the monkey” Senften, Nick “GreyscaleGorilla” Campbell and Rizon Prein

The competition is being run by David Drayton, a Cinema 4D Product Designer for Maxon.

So get your CINEMA 4D engine running and get to work!

Rhino used in an impressive range of architectural projects

 

 

The online magazine, AECCafe, showcases projects of the AEC industry. AECCafe has featured a multitude of projects using Rhino software,

The projects come from all over the world covering a variety of different built environments. Projects include art installations, office buildings, shopping centres, hotels, bridges and residences and use Rhino 3D along with other packages to produce some very high quality visuals.

 

 

Aneta Bulant – Kamenova and Klaus Wailzer

Architect: Ojanen_Chiou Architects LLP

Architects: Studio505

 

To see the full article please click here : http://www10.aeccafe.com/blogs/arch-showcase/category/rhino/