New Features in VisualARQ 1.9 – Webinar

Join Francesc Salla, VisualARQ Product Manager, for a fast-paced and exciting demonstration of VisualARQ 1.9. (in English). The webinar will show an overview of VisualARQ 1.9 and will focus on the latest new features and enhancements, including:

  • IFC Import & Export
  • IFC Tag and Export options
  • New Plan View features
  • New Slab object features
  • New way to insert doors and windows
  • New Curtain wall features.
  • Create columns from 3D and 2D blocks
  • Overview of VisualARQ Grasshopper Components WIP IV

Who is this webinar aimed at?

  • VisualARQ users: new and existing users
  • Rhino users working in architectural models
  • Architects interested in the BIM workflow VisualARQ adds to Rhino, and the comunication with Revit through IFC file format.

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


Register Now

Wednesday 8th July 2015
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM BST

 

Rhino for Mac – Now Shipping!

It may have been a long time coming – but Rhino for Mac is now available!

Rhino for Mac finally liberates Mac users from running Rhino on a physical or emulated Windows environment.

The slightly reduced functionality is offset for now in the insanely good value promotional pricing of just €295 or £210. This will last 90 days before pricing goes up. It’s worth getting on board with the promo pricing as license holders will receive all the updated functionality in update releases once they have a full license.
Why not buy Rhino for Mac today?

Rhino for Mac vs Rhino for Windows

Rhino for Mac
Rhino for Windows
Versatile 3D Modelling X X
NURBS Tools X X
Mesh Tools X X
Analysis Tools X X
Drafting Tools X X
Support Included X X
Stylistic Display Modes X X
Compatibility X X
Scriptable X X
Plugin Support X
Grasshopper X
Layouts X
Worksessions X
Animation Tools X

New Update for V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino

A new update to V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino is now available. In addition to other refinements, Chaos have made code optimisations to improve the general performance of V-Ray for Rhino.

Refinements include:

  • Performance improvements that speed up DR renders
  • Relative paths are now supported for bitmap textures
  • Improved batch render tool for easier use
  • Sun Modify Light button uses the dialog’s last used settings if the light direction remains the same

Download V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino SP 2 here.

V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino Service Pack 1

V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino Service Pack 1 is now available for download at the Chaos Group Downloads page.

This is a free update for all current V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino users.

What’s New in V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino SP1?

Batch Render: Easily queue up files and specific views to be rendered in a batch process.
Show in Viewport: With the new texture manipulation option you can now control which textures will be visible in the Rhino viewport.
Pack all V-Ray Materials: Archive your V-Ray for Rhino materials and all external files into a single ZIP for easy sharing and back up.
Improved support for using V-Ray Frame Buffer Channels.
New toolbar for Batch Render, Guess Lens Shift, Edit Material and set Focus Point tools.
New and improved product documentation.

We’d also like to remind users that V-Ray Express will also be available as a separate download. With it artists can gain access to more than 200 materials and interchangeable lighting setups.

See the full list of features in V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino SP1.

Rhino 6 – When will Rhino 3D v6 be Released?

Not that soon, is the short answer. Rhino 5 was released in late 2012 and there has been some anticipation that a Rhino 6 release would follow in 2014. Some of the speculation is due to a post by Brian Gillespie, Rhino Product Manager, where he sets out a potential goal of 1-2 years for each Rhino release. The point being that timeframes greater than that are considered by many to be too long to wait for major product enhancements. However, since outlining that goal in July 2013, there hasn’t been any significant news of any post-Rhino 5 releases.

Mcneel operate a generous and inclusive programme of beta and WIP (work-in-progress) releases. It is at the WIP stage that the OS X version of Rhino 3D has remained for some time. At the time of writing, there is no initial WIP release of Rhino 6 for Windows. This means that given development typically runs through dozens of WIP releases before the final beta stages and then release, that we are still a long way off. Right now, we might speculate a mid-2015 release of Rhino 6 – if WIP releases begin in the next few months.

McNeel Development Process:

  • Work-in-Progress (WIP) builds include prototyped new ideas and technologies. WIP builds (often called Alpha releases) are not production ready, and some ideas and technologies may never be released. All Rhino 5 users are invited to get involved. Your feedback at the WIP stage has the most impact on the design of the features and enhancements.
  • Beta: Once most of the core changes are finished and tested, beta builds are released. The beta builds should be production stable but may not have all the features or user interface finished.
  • Final: We release a new version only when the beta users tell us it is ready. Beta users are informed when we have stopped development and have released Rhino 6 to production.

 

So, if you need to make some progress today, we’d recommend purchasing Rhino 5, with all it’s great features, and enjoy the potential features of forthcoming versions through the WIP releases. Don’t forget, only Rhino 5 license holders will have access to development releases of Rhino 6 when it does arrive.

madCAM 5 Beta Available

 

There is a new madCAM 5 beta (64-bit) available for download.

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Whats new?

  • New Planar Finishing angle from X option. (3X, 4X, 5X and 5Xtra)
  • New Planar Finishing one way climb or conventional option. (3X, 4X, 5X and 5Xtra)
  • New sizable window for the post processor dialog. (3X, 4X, 5X and 5Xtra)
  • New print button in the post processor dialog. It is now possible to paste pictures and print the madCAM report together with pictures. (3X, 4X, 5X and 5Xtra)
  • New option for creating post processor custom variables. (Can be used for temporary fixture offset etc.) (3X, 4X, 5X and 5Xtra)
  • New close button in the simulator dialog. (3X, 4X, 5X and 5Xtra)
  • The simulator stock model will remain when closing and reopening the simulator dialog. (It will only reset when clicking on the reset button) (3X, 4X, 5X and 5Xtra)
  • The simulator is faster when using custom stock models. (New custom stock model restore function when clicking on the reset button) (3X, 4X, 5X and 5Xtra)

Bug fixes:

  • Bug fix for profiling. The profiling functions didn’t work if the flute length of the saved cutter was longer than the tool length.
  • Several bug fixes for the drilling and drill dialog.
  • Several bug fixes for post processor when post processing drill toolpaths.
  • Planar finishing linking. It didn’t work as it should in some cases when using multi threading.
  • The preview button in the simulator options dialog didn’t work. This is fixed now.

There are some videos and a feature list at: http://www.madcamcnc.com/madCAM5.html
To download please use this link: http://www.madcamcnc.com/download_nv.html

 

To buy madCAM or to find out more go to CAD Software Direct.

Rhino 5.0 Beta – New Build

Rhino 5.0 is now very stable and ready to put into production.

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Timid owners of Rhino 4.0 are now invited to download and use the Rhino 5.0 beta. We still have a few tune-ups and minor bugs to fix. Plus, the documentation, translations, and marketing materials need to be finished. New Rhino 5.0 public beta builds are available almost every week. Rhino 5.0 automatically downloads and notifies you of updates when they are ready.

64-bit Windows Supported: The 64-bit version of Rhino 5.0 allows you to open and edit models that are much larger than you could in Rhino 4.0. The 32- and 64-bit versions of Rhino 5.0 can be installed and run on the same computer at the same time.

Backward Compatible: Rhino 4.0 Plug-ins will load and run in the 32-bit version of Rhino 5.0. Plug-ins will need to be recompiled for the 64-bit version of Rhino by the plug-in developers. Until they’re ready, you may need to run the 32- and 64-bit versions of Rhino 5.0 side by side. Rhino 4.0 and 5.0 can be run on the same computer without a problem. Also, you can SaveAs 4.0 files from Rhino 5.0.

System Requirements: Windows XP (32-bit), Windows Vista (32- or 64-bit) or, Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit) Rhino 4.0 500MB of disk space 2GB RAM (4-16GB recommended for 64-bit systems and very large models)

Don’t wait to try Rhino 5.0!

V-Ray for Rhino Upgrade Available for Limited Time Only!

The V-Ray 1.5 for Rhino Upgrade will only be available for a limited time!

Customer’s who purchased V-Ray for Rhino between September 1, 2011 and March 28, 2012 are eligible for a free upgrade. Free upgrade requires the purchase of a hardware key (licensing dongle).

The V-Ray 1.5 for Rhino Upgrade will no longer be available after June 30th. After June 30th, all V-Ray 1.0 for Rhino customers (excluding academic license holders) will have to purchase a full 1.5 license.

To upgrade your V-Ray for Rhino product or to buy click here.

Dyson Design Winner Uses Rhino to Design IWA

Design student Oscar Fernandez has used Rhino 3D for his entry into the Dyson Design Competition to create something that solves a problem.

Fernandez’s product is a motorized add-on called the IWA (Independent Wheelchair Assist) that attaches to a wheel chair, turning it into a small automobile.

People can use their manual chairs while at home, then rev up the IWA, instead of a separate motor scooter, if they need to get out of the house. Fernandez’s design may look futuristic and slick but it was inspired by a very common problem, and one that’s deeply personal for to him.


The IWA isn’t just a concept car for the geriatric set. It is the product of an intense design effort that started with a four-month-long research phase where Fernandez learned from people who lived with wheelchairs. He actually spent a week confined to one himself and says the experience was actually harder psychologically than physically and adds, “After a week or so I was pretty good at using the wheelchair, but I hated always having my neck popped back and having to talk up to people in social situations.”

He then proceeded to sketch up solutions to the problems he experienced, created rough mockups to test ergonomics, and made working prototypes to prove the functional concept. Once Fernandez settled on the basic design, he used a laser cutter and 3-D printer to create the structural elements of the model and assembled the final product with old-fashioned hand tools. The IWA has been thoughtfully considered as a medical device, but lookscool enough that even the able-bodied would take a second look.

The James Dyson Award is an international student design award running in 18 countries. It’s run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson’s charitable trust, as part of its mission to encourage the next generation of design engineers to be creative, challenge and invent.

 

 

 

The brief is to “Design something that solves a problem” and there will be a number of prizes,

International Winner:
– £10,000 the student or student team (of up to four members)
– £10,000 for their university department
– James Dyson Award trophy and Certificate

Two International Runners-up:
– £2,000 each
– James Dyson Award Certificate

Fifteen International Finalists:
– James Dyson Award Certificate

National Winners:
– £1,000 each
– James Dyson Award Certificate

Up to nine National Finalists from each country:
– James Dyson Award Certificate

The James Dyson Award is open to product design, industrial design and engineering university level students (or graduates within 4 years of graduation) who have studied in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK and USA. See the Terms and Conditions for full entry criteria.

The competition is judged in 3 stages,

Stage 1: A panel of leading designers, engineers and design critics in each of the 18 participating countries shortlist the top ten entries and name the national winners.
Stage 2: A panel of Dyson design engineers scrutinise all national projects selecting the top 50.
Stage 3: An international judging panel of high-profile designers, engineers, academics and journalists pick 15 international finalists. Informed by the international judges, James Dyson will name the winner and two runners-up.
To see more information on the competition click here, or to see more information on Rhino 3D go to CAD Software Direct.