AIA National Convention and Exposition “BEST of SHOW awards”

Architosh, the leading online publication devoted to Mac and iOS CAD and 3D software applications, has announced its first AIA National Convention and Exposition “BEST of SHOW awards” in two categories for desktop and mobile software for architects and related AEC professionals.

“The American Institute of Architects’ national convention is the premier event for practicing architects in the US,” said Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP, architosh’s editor-in-chief, “and thousands of architects attend to see what digital tools are shaping their profession. It makes perfect sense to not only report on the show but to select what we feel are the best products at show time.” “We hope this honor will help sharpen the perspectives of our readers on what are significant developments in computer software for architecture.”

Winners of BEST of SHOW Awards

Products that are eligible for the architosh BEST of SHOW award must have been introduced within the past 10 months and be available in the market within the first 9 months of the awarded year.

Eligible products in the desktop software category must run on both Mac and Windows platforms within the release awarded. And eligible mobile products must run on Apple’s innovative and market leading iOS platform. Without further ado, the honors go to:

Desktop Winner

The 2012 architosh BEST of SHOW AIA National award in the desktop category is given to Graphisoft’s latest ArchiCAD 16. “ArchiCAD 16 introduces powerful new direct-modeling technology,” says Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP, editor-in-chief, “and explicit modeling has been clearly identified as in need in BIM market research, including Architosh’s large 2010 BIM report. In addition, the integration of Graphisoft’s EcoDesigner into ArchiCAD 16 encourages architects to design buildings with the environment in mind.”

Readers can learn more about Graphisoft’s award-winning BIM solution that runs on both Mac and Windows platforms here: www.graphisoft.com

There tends to be many excellent solutions at the AIA and we wanted to call some attention to those others with special notes below. Runners-Up are:

Runner-Up: Shaderlight

Shaderlight deserves recognition as the first cloud-based rendering solution for Google’s popular SketchUp rendering program. With this unique solution SketchUp users can produce photo-realistic renders of their models at up to 5x speeds faster than on the desktop and up to 128x faster at animations. You can learn more here.

Runner-Up: Vectorworks Architect 2012

Vectorworks Architect 2012 deserves recognition for its extremely well-balanced feature set, including integrated CINEMA 4D renderer inside its Renderworks add-on option as well as its improving interoperability and excellent modeling capabilities. We also think the 2D X-ray mode is ingenious! Learn more here.

iOS Mobile Winner

The 2012 architosh BEST of SHOW AIA National award in the iOS mobile category is given to CADFaster for its innovative utilization of Apple’s iOS-based iPad and the mobility of BIM in the field.

“CADFaster is now available for a native Mac CAD/BIM application with its latest CADFaster for Vectorworks,” says Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP, “but the company deserves kudos for its overall implementation with bringing real-time collaboration to the mobile iOS space and its utilization of cloud computing.”

CADFaster’s unique innovation partly lies in its proprietary file compression technology which enables the application to export an entire 3D model (BIM) file into a tiny executable which contains its own application. With CADFaster on the iPad a collaborator can see and navigate a model and participate in mark-up discussions in real-time. You can even host a collaborative session via the iPad. “What was really impressive to me while watching Tuomas Holma of CADFaster show me the product was not just its amazing fluidity and speed but the way in which commentary threads work,” says Anthony Frausto-Robledo, AIA, LEED AP.

Runner-Up: HP ePrint & Share for iPad

HP ePrint and Share app for iPad allows AEC professionals like architects to send mark-ups to remote HP DesignJets back at the office with ease. If you are using Autodesk AutoCAD WS on your iPad the new integration with is an extra convenience. With HP’s new tech your file are saved to the cloud for either sharing, storing and printing.

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.


The KeyShot 3D Rendering Competition!

 

The KeyShot 3D Rendering and Animation Contest is on!  It’s two weeks into the competition with over 60 submissions already and with only another two weeks to go. KeyShot are giving away two seats of KeyShot Pro with Animation – one for Best Rendering and one for Best Animation.

The KeyShot rendering competition is a chance for KeyShot users, and those interested in using KeyShot, to compete among each other, displaying their ability to create the most stunning composition using KeyShot. The theme of this year’s competition is style and class with the challenge to render and/or animate a watch design. The goal? Use all the creative juice you can muster to render a captivating scene with the materials and environments of your choice. Free watch .bip provided or use your own!

Many renderings have been submitted and the first animation by Abed Sabeh is a must see! More entries can be viewed on the 3D rendering contest forum or seen all together on the  KeyShot Pinterest board.

Visit the forum to see more details about this competition!

V-Ray Anniversary Challenge!

We are very excited to announce the first initiative from the V-Ray Anniversary campaign – the V-Ray Anniversary Challenge!  


Chaos Group and CGSociety are inviting artists to create an image which tells the story of a Decisive Moment – a moment that changed a person’s life or the course of human history. Perhaps a knockout punch in a heavy weight championship. The first human to step on the moon. The last block placed on the Pyramids. A wrong step, a gunshot or a glance, the decisive moment that changed the big picture or had an impact on someone’s life.

Chaos Group is offering a great prize pool for the winners. Thanks to their partners the winners will get a package of prizes worth more than $25,000.

V-Ray users from all industries are welcome to participate! Visit the Challenge page to learn all about it.

“Inspired Vision” Rendering Competition!

This annual competition, which is sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. and MAXON Computer GmbH, recognizes today’s top architects and designers from around the world, and their abilities to visually render Vectorworks® models with Renderworks® or CINEMA 4D. Professional and student designers can submit entries to the 2012 Inspired Visions Global Rendering Competition. Submissions will be accepted from April 17 to August 16, 2012, in the following categories:

 

  • Rendering with Renderworks 2012
  • Rendering with CINEMA 4D
  • Monochromatic model (rendered in Renderworks or CINEMA 4D)

The panel of judges includes Daniel Jansenson, principal at Daniel Jansenson Architect and author of Remarkable Renderworks, from Santa Monica, Ca.; Tyler Littman, principal designer and owner of Sholight, LLC, from New York; Nicholas Dunand, freelance designer and sculptor, from Melbourne, Australia; Erik Recke, freelance architectural visualizer at Datenland, from Hamburg, Germany; Alejandro Nogueira, CEO at DECC Arte 3D from Tecamachalco, Edo. de Mexico, Mexico; and René Racz from Lichtmaschine Multimedia GmbH, Basel, Switzerland.

Each category winner chosen by these judges will receive $2,500 USD and will be featured in an official media release and on Planet Vectorworks. Winners will also be promoted on the Nemetschek Vectorworks and MAXON social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

In addition, the public will select their “Fan Favorite” from all entries, which will be posted on the competition’s website. Voting will take place directly on the site.

Designers may enter multiple categories. However, all entries must be built on a Vectorworks model. Interested competitors who lack the current versions of the software can request a free, 30-day version of Vectorworks with Renderworks software at www.vectorworks.net/trial/form or student.myvectorworks.net (for students), or they can download a 42-day free version of CINEMA 4D at www.maxon.net/downloads/demo-version.html.

To enter, vote or learn more about the competition, visit inspiredvisions.vectorworks.net.

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.