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.


Flamingo nXt released

This third major Flamingo release is based on completely new technology. Designed to provide the highest possible quality images with the minimal rendering technology expertise. Flamingo nXt is also designed to minimize the time and effort required to set up a model for rendering.

 

With nXt you don’t need to be a professional renderer to get realistic results quickly. You provide materials and lighting and press the Render button. nXt provides the simulation. Unlike many rendering products, there are very few settings to worry about or understand.

To see more information or if your interested in buying the lastest version of Flamingo go to CAD Software Direct.

V-Ray for Rhino 1.5 is Here!!

 

V-Ray for Rhino 1.5 Has Landed

Chaos Group announced today the widely anticipated release of V-Ray for Rhino 1.5. The release builds on the proven success of the previous version whilst introducing further enhancements to provide even greater functionality, performance and ease of use.

Possibly the most eagerly anticipated feature is realtime rendering (RT). RT provides a live rendering interface allowing users to immediately preview changes. This is great if you are testing out different materials, lighting options, camera settings, views and such: simply make a change, check the live visual.

V-Ray’s realtime engine utilises the CPU but in the future may make use of the GPU as with some other versions of V-Ray. The RT renderer uses the same processes as the normal V-Ray core, so the results produced are the same.

 

There are many other great new features to V-Ray for Rhino 1.5 – including:

  • Dome lighting tool with easy to control HDR input,
  • RAM-saving V-Ray Proxy to reduce the overhead on high polygon count models & add interoperability with V-Ray for 3DS Max and other versions of V-Ray
  • Dispersion – a simple switch and variable to add realism to refracted light in translucent materials
  • New ambient occlusion settings to improve upon weaknesses in global illumination (GI)
  • New ‘Retrace Threshold’ settings which can be used to correct weaknesses in light caching and improve accuracy of GI, especially on interior renderings
  • New camera tools to improve photo-realism and potentially save post production in Photoshop

To upgrade, buy a new license or just find out more, visit the V-Ray for Rhino product page.