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/

Silver Edge Award for CINEMA 4D

MAXON is pleased to announce CINEMA 4D R13, its cornerstone 3D motion graphics, visual effects, painting, and rendering software application has been named a recipient of  the prestigious Computer Graphics World Magazine SIGGRAPH 2011 Silver Edge Award.

SIGGRAPH 2011 is the world’s premier conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques, which took place in Vancouver last August. MAXON was among the more than 150 industry organizations exhibiting at the show.

Since 1977, Computer Graphics World magazine has provided in-depth editorial coverage of the modelling, design, animation and multimedia technologies and their uses for engineers, designers, researchers and animators within the primary fields of science, art and entertainment. According to Karen Moltenbrey, CGW Editor,

“…the annual awards recognize impressive technologies at the show, so selecting the CGW Silver Edge Award winners was certainly challenging. Yet, there were some offerings, including CINEMA 4D Release 13, that stood out from the rest as having the potential of greatly impacting our industry now and in the future.”

CINEMA 4D R13, the next generation of the professional 3D software package, was on public display at SIGGRAPH, and started shipping last month. Revered by digital artists worldwide for its superior ability to quickly and easily create stunning high-end 3D images and animations for film, broadcast, architecture, games, multimedia, design and engineering, Moltenbrey noted that the new character tools that MAXON developed for R13, alongside its integrated stereo workflow capabilities, as well as the physically accurate rendering for generating photorealistic imagery, were among the considerations in conferring the software with this year’s Silver Edge Award.

MAXON remains committed to constant innovation and aims to bring the most advanced, user-friendly tools to 3D artists around the world,” said Paul Babb, president and CEO at MAXON US.  “Since its release last month, CINEMA 4D R 13 has garnered enthusiastic industry response. We are thrilled that CGW – the editorial authority and one of the “must-read” publications catering to animation and computer graphics professionals – recognized CINEMA 4D as an industry-shaping design tool and honored us with the Silver Edge Award.”

Vectorworks and MAXON Announce Rendering Competition Winners

 

 

There were a large number of entries from around the world, with the greatest number of submissions coming from Germany, U.S., Belgium, Switzerland, and Italy. All valid entries were evaluated by a jury and a panel of judges, and a “Fan Favorite” was chosen by public vote. The winner in each category will receive a $2,500 USD Visa gift card.

 

“This competition shows the impressive results users can achieve in rendering Vectorworks models within Renderworks and/or CINEMA 4D,” explains Dave Donley, Rendering Manager at Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. “We are continuing to work on technologies which further strengthen this partnership.”


“We are extremely pleased with the results of this competition,” says Friederike Bruckert, Director of International Sales at MAXON Computer GmbH. “The winners invested a great deal of passion and energy into their entries, which serve as an inspiration to aspiring and seasoned designers.”

 

 

The winners are:

CINEMA 4D Animation Winner: “Modern uboot-kitchen” by Sina Grage. Grage was a student in northern Germany at the University Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel, and she now works for Feuerpfeil Design GmbH in Hamburg.

CINEMA 4D Rendering Winner: “Dinner @ Panorama Tower” by Lmcad Estudios de Animación.

Located in the Dominican Republic, this firm specializes in architectural renderings and animations.

 

Vectorworks Renderworks® Winner: “Soundstone – house of music – Render for a Master thesis” by Nicolai von Stromberg.

Stromberg is a student at the Georg Simon Ohm Hochschule in Nuremberg, Germany.

Fan Favorite Winner: “Floating Olympic Village”

By Julian Finke & Lena Dietrich, University of Applied Sciences, Detmold, Germany.

 

 

Pixologic Releases Sculptris

Pixologic, maker of the Award-Winning ZBrush yesterday announced the latest release of Sculptris (for Windows and MAC).
For the last decade Pixologic has been recognized for its ground-breaking innovation, “cool” creativity and tools that are as user friendly as they are powerful and natural-feeling. These tools enable artists in many industries to open new vistas of possibility with their skills and imagination. The development and latest release of Sculptris is consistent with the Pixologic ethos and spirit to help artists both shine at and enjoy creating art – intuitively, without having to worry about technical barriers.
3D Sculpting and Painting Become Easy with Sculptris
Sculptris is an elegant and simple 3D modeling solution, offering artists a platform to harness their imagination and create 3D sculpts in a way that is unique to the digital world.
Tomas Pettersson, the programmer behind Sculptris commented: “I trust that, with this version, Sculptris will be more accessible for all people on both PC’s and Mac’s. Everyone should be able to sculpt!”

Sculptris introduces a dynamic tessellation system, giving its user the ability to sculpt or paint freely on any part of the surface without having to worry about the underlying geometry. With Sculptris, triangles are automatically added as needed, and only to the areas where a stroke has been applied to the surface.
Users can do just about anything that’s possible with real clay. For example, they can pull, twist and pinch the surface, easily adding volume as needed without the rigorous attention to underlying structure that is typically associated with 3D modeling programs.
Pixologic envisions Sculptris as an entry level scultping tool for a new generation of artists wishing to explore 3D sculpting and digital creation. Fun to use, it’s also a truly effective programme that can be embraced by hobbyists and professional artists, alike. For those wishing to explore further, Sculptris is seen as a perfect base upon which to build one’s skills while advancing to the substantial world of ZBrush.
GoZ
With the new GoZ integration in Sculptris, artists can now seamlessly move their creations between Sculptris and ZBrush with the click of a button.
Navigational Controls
The navigation controls in Sculptris have been enhanced from earlier releases of the software and are now similar to those in ZBrush. This makes it effortless to go between the two applications while also helping Sculptris to serve as a stepping stone toward mastery of ZBrush.
Availability
The new version of Sculptris is currently available as a free download at: pixologic.com/sculptris.
Experienced Sculptris users and first timers alike are encouraged to try out the new release, have fun playing with it, and most important—make great artwork! All are invited to share their creations in the Sculptris forum at ZBrushCentral. The forum provides a common ground for Sculptris artists to share and communicate with other Sculptris users, as well as the many industry-leading artists who frequent ZBrushCentral.

Maxwell Render Plugin For Bonzai3d Released

Next Limit Technologies, creators of Maxwell Render and AutoDesSys, developer of bonzai3D, recently announced a new plugin for bonzai3d users. The new plugin will now allow bonzai3d users to render with Maxwell Render directly inside their platform. With this plugin, users can convert materials between the two programs as well as view Maxwell materials directly inside bonzai3d.

??We are excited to see this new connection between Maxwell Render and bonzai3d,?? says Juan Ca???ada, Lead Developer of Maxwell Render, at Next Limit Technologies. ??The integration is exceptional and it will offer bonzai3d users an opportunity to produce the best quality images using Maxwell Render??.

B3d is a relatively new comer in the? 3D industry. It is quick, easy to use but quite powerful and very robust. Designers can use b3d in the conceptual and sketching stages of their projects workflow. The CAD accurate models can then be used further down in the pipeline for final renders, construction design, fabrication and animation. Embedded tutorials make it easy to use while its robust geometry standards make it a choice for professionals.

??We are very pleased with the release of the Maxwell Render plugin for b3d, as it will add some great advanced rendering capabilities to the refreshingly easy to use modeling flow of the program?? says Alexandra Yessios, VP of Sales & Marketing at AutoDesSys Inc. ??You can create imaginative forms smoothly and effortlessly and then render them with all the global illumination effects that so successfully compete with reality.??

“We kept bonzai3d’s motto— ‘small but powerful’— in mind when developing the plugin for Maxwell Render??, says Ben Dean, plugin developer. ?? You’ll get photorealistic renderings from your existing Bonzai projects in no time with the materials auto-translate feature, which uses verbal material hints, like ‘glass’ and ‘aluminum,’ to guide the translation. Of course, you can use MXM materials for even greater accuracy. The plugin adds five new light types for illuminating your scenes, including Maxwell’s Physical Sky, IES for manufacturer-accurate lighting, and a parametric ‘soft box’ which works just like its photographic counterpart. These light types help you leverage Maxwell Render??s legendary Multilight feature. You can promote your designs with stunning, physically accurate images ??

Maxwell Render is a next generation rendering technology based upon the physical equations governing light transport. It enables users to digitally create highly accurate and believable imagery of the real world. Maxwell Render produces incredibly realistic illumination without resorting to the tricks/approximations used by many current industry standard renderers. Moreover, it supersedes existing renderers through its incredible ease-of-use, enabling professionals in a very broad range of disciplines to quickly learn and exploit its capabilities. Maxwell Render is now used as the render software of choice for companies in many industries including Architecture, Automotive, Product/Industrial Design and Media & Entertainment.

Bonzai3d offers a fresh take on 3D modeling. Prior to b3d, 3D modelers tended to be easy-to-use, or accurate and powerful, but rarely both. Bonzai’s fluid, contemporary interface is backed up by robust geometry based on AutoDesSys’ proprietary modeling algorithms coupled with other solid modeling kernels, so you can go from 3D sketch to production in record time, with solids, NURBS or both.

Details of New AutoCAD 2012 Products

New AutoCAD range offers improvements in networked and cloud workflow with 2012 AutoCAD products and Autodesk Design Suite 2012 series are now directly connected to the AutoCAD WS web and mobile application.

“Autodesk is making significant new advancements in design technology more accessible and flexible than ever before via our interconnected desktop, mobile and cloud-based offering”

“Autodesk is making significant new advancements in design technology more accessible and flexible than ever before via our interconnected desktop, mobile and cloud-based offering,” said Amar Hanspal, senior vice president, Platform Solutions and Emerging Businesses, Autodesk. “Every day, our customers are solving increasingly complex design problems, and our latest release of the AutoCAD products is one that we are most proud of. These new versions demonstrate how Autodesk continues to innovate so we can provide products that help our customers focus on solving business challenges through better design.”

Autodesk Design Suite 2012

The 2012 version of Autodesk Design Suite software provides architects and designers with the power of AutoCAD software, integrated with Autodesk’s leading design and visual communication software. Available in Standard, Premium and Ultimate editions, Autodesk Design Suite makes it easier for customers to conceptualise and design, share data across all design phases, explore alternatives, and visually communicate designs through compelling imagery, movies, and interactive presentations. The Autodesk Design Suite includes the 2012 versions of AutoCAD, Autodesk SketchBook Designer, Autodesk Mudbox and Autodesk Showcase software. The Premium edition adds Autodesk 3ds Max Design visualization software for cinematic-quality rendering, 3D animation, and daylight analysis. The Ultimate edition includes all the products in the Premium edition and adds Autodesk Alias Design for greater concept design and surface modeling capabilities.

What’s New in AutoCAD 2012 Products

Users of the AutoCAD 2012 products gain several new productivity tools, helping them to reduce drafting, detailing and design revision time. Parametric drawing tools automatically define persistent relationships between objects; extended associative array functionality enables creating an array of objects along a path; and PDF publish and import improvements help users clearly communicate with clients. More robust 3D modeling tools improve surfacing and conceptual design functionality, while enhanced design and documentation tools help users to read and edit multiple file formats, streamlining the documentation process to improve accuracy and accelerate design time. Other enhancements provide faster start times, faster commands and overall improved product performance, together with a premium graphics and visual experience.

With direct access to AutoCAD WS web and mobile applications from within the AutoCAD 2012 products and the Autodesk Design Suite editions, users can view, edit and share their designs with anyone, anywhere from a web browser or mobile device. The AutoCAD WS mobile application is currently available for Apple iOS devices, including iPad and iPhone.

Highlights of the AutoCAD 2012 Products

AutoCAD LT drafting and detailing software is the professional choice for data compatibility, reliability and 2D drafting productivity. With AutoCAD LT 2012, incremental improvements, support for hardware acceleration and overall performance enhancements can add up to bigger productivity gains.

Key new features include:

  • Associative array can save valuable rework time when creating conceptual designs or finished documentation by establishing and maintaining a set of relationships between arrayed objects, such as windows on a building or trusses on a bridge.
  • Multifunctional grips help make editing faster and easier by enabling direct manipulation. The power and efficiency of multifunctional grips has been extended to lines, arcs, elliptical arcs, dimensions and multileaders, in addition to polylines and hatch objects. Simply hover over a grip to see the relevant commands and options.
  • Sheet Set Manager organizes drawing sheets, reduces steps to publish, automatically creates layout views, links sheet set information into title blocks and plot stamps, and performs tasks across a sheet set, so everything is in a convenient place.
  • AutoComplete commands provide a list of matching command names, system variables, and command aliases when users type in the command line.

AutoCAD 2012 includes all the improvements to AutoCAD LT 2012, along with new and expanded workflows for conceptual design, model documentation and reality capture. In addition to a wide range of timesaving enhancements, AutoCAD 2012 delivers powerful tools for performing 3D design more easily, streamlining time-consuming documentation workflows and helping drive projects to completion faster.

Benefits & Enhancements include:

  • Model documentation tools enable users to import models from a wide variety of CAD applications (including Autodesk Inventor, Solidworks, CATIA, NX and Rhino), and quickly develop intelligent documentation for those designs.
  • Autodesk Inventor Fusion software for 3D conceptual design is now included with AutoCAD 2012. Inventor Fusion unites the power and control of parametric, history-based modeling with the ease of use and productivity advantages of direct, history-free modeling. The integration between AutoCAD and Inventor Fusion facilitates faster transfers between the applications, as well as with other 3D CAD environments.
  • Point cloud support for up to 2 billion points enables users to quickly visualize scanned objects directly in their modeling workspace, bringing 3D scans to life and helping to streamline time-consuming renovation and restoration projects.

AutoCAD Architecture 2012 software now offers faster startup and drawing load times for more immediate access to tools and large drawing navigation. A new corner windows capability makes it easy to add a single window in the corner intersection of two walls.

AutoCAD MEP 2012 mechanical, electrical, and plumbing software offers enhanced native productivity and utilities tools that make it easier to access dynamic and interactive 3D modeling for building system design. New Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) support from within AutoCAD MEP helps users manage and share data with others throughout the design process.

AutoCAD Electrical 2012 control design software expands its support for international standards, and new tutorial material and an intuitive user interface makes it even easier to save time, reduce errors, and create innovative electrical control designs.

AutoCAD Mechanical 2012 design and drafting software now enables editing 3D models from nearly any source with Inventor Fusion and intelligent drawing view creation with a new model documentation feature. It also includes enhanced bill of materials migration, performance and collaboration improvements designed to help make users more productive while allowing them to maintain existing workflows.

AutoCAD users now have access to product information and customer support through Autodesk’s new Autodesk Exchange site. The Autodesk Exchange site hosts training, tips, advanced techniques, expert advice and other tools about AutoCAD products, using the AutoCAD 2012 user interface, and more. This site will be the destination for all AutoCAD Help Content, helping users to be more productive with resources all in one place.