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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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!

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.

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.

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.

VisualARQ 2.0 sneak preview: The Furniture object

The following video shows one of the main features of the upcoming VisualARQ 2.0 version: the new Furniture object.

This new object is meant to be used for all the furniture elements in the project design.

The video shows two ways to create new Furniture object styles:

  1. Using 3D and 2D blocks for the furniture 3D and 2D representation respectively, depending on whether the object is shown in Top viewports with the Cut Plane on or off. A new button has been added in the styles dialog to directly search a block from your PC and load it into the styles dialog. This will be specially useful for those who already have a set of 3D models, such as the Savanna 3D library.
  2. Using a Grasshopper definition, as shown in this video for a Garage Door, or in this Post for the Beam object. This feature will allow having a library of parametric furniture objects that will be editable from the VisualARQ dialogs.

When a Furniture object is exported to IFC, it takes the category ifcFurnishingElement.

VisualARQ 2.0 – Sneak Preview

Subtract a Solid from a Stair


Create a Beam Style from a Grasshopper Definition

In this video you can see a preview of one of the main enhancements of the upcoming VisualARQ 2.0: the option to create VisualARQ object styles from Grasshopper definitions.

This new feature will let the user generate new VisualARQ object styles by loading Grasshopper definitions created by other users. The Grasshopper components that define geometry will turn into components of the new VisualARQ object styles and the Grasshopper numeric values will turn into the parameters to edit these new VisualARQ objects in the model.

This process will be done through VisualARQ dialogs, so there will be no need to know Grasshopper. Grasshopper users will be able to generate definitions for new parametric objects and users who don’t know Grasshopper will just need to load these Grasshopper definitions into the VisualARQ styles dialog and insert and edit them in the model as any other VisualARQ object.

There will be no limits of design and level of detail for the new VisualARQ objects, since these limits will be determined by the user definition.

In addition, a single Grasshopper definition will be used to have multiple editable objects in the model, with different parameters.


New Roof Features

VisualARQ 2.0 will come with plenty of enhancements regarding the Roof command. In this video you can see some of these new features:

New insert dialog
The roof object will have an insert dialog, like the rest of VisualARQ objects, from which you will be able to choose some insert parameters such as the roof type (hip, gable or shed), the cut edge type, or the slope angle.

Inserting it will be easy like drawing a rectangle (or like inserting slabs), including the option to pick 3 points from the command line. The roof ridge will be automatically aligned with the longest side.

The option to create roofs from boundary curves will be still available.

Multilayer roof styles
Roofs will be composed of slabs. This means that the roof styles will take one of the existing slab styles in the document and therefore they will be multilayer. It will be possible to create new roof styles by editing an existing slab style or creating new slab styles from a shortcut button.

Roof intersections
When two roofs touch each other, the intersection between them will be automatically calculated. This interoperability will provide many new roof combinations and new designs that could not be done before.

Roofs from surfaces
Finally, it will be possible to create roofs from surfaces, no matter how complex they are. This operation will apply an offset to that surface according to the roof style thickness and will convert the resulting object into a roof.


New Beam Features

Webinar: Rhino 5 for Mac, Intermediate – Modelling and Rendering of a Ski Pole Grip

If you’ve already been spending some time working with Rhino 5 for Mac and are ready to go one step forward, or if you are curious about the capabilities of Rhino 5 for Mac, sign up for this free webinar.

The session covers the modelling of a cross country ski pole grip from a sketch. The goal is to add details and edit the main surface to display the different construction materials then create a render using custom materials.

The webinar will be conducted by the Tech Team experts of McNeel Europe in different languages. The presentation will take approximately 40 minutes followed by another 15 minutes for Q&A.


Register Now

Tuesday 15th March, 2016
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM GMT


Spanish: March 14, 2016
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French:  March 16, 2016
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Italian: March 17, 2016
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German: March 18, 2016
Panelist: Verena Vogler 
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New V-Ray for Rhino Update

A new V-Ray for Rhino update is available. It includes some important bug fixes and changes to the plugin:

  • An issue with Material updates is now fixed.
  • Material previews in “Rendered” display mode are now faster.
  • Improved stability when detaching from a work session.
  • Fixed VFB and mouse freeze.
  • Removed bug which led to large files crashing BatchRender.
  • File loading is optimized and much faster.
  • V-Ray displacement uses less memory and is faster.
  • Added support for HDRLS 5. Painting lights in a scene is easier than ever. Support for HDRLS 4.0 is still available.
  • Newly optimized “ignore objects” code to improve diamond rendering.

Download Update.