Become a Certified Rhino Specialist

Rhino Certified

If you’re looking to become a certified Rhino specialist, McNeel offer certifications for experts and educators.

Certifications are a way to test knowledge and competency in both Rhino software and in 3D visualisation. Typically, proficiency with Rhino skills allow users to excel and develop more advanced skills, build a greater understanding of advanced concepts, and continue advancing in their knowledge of 3D visualisation.

The Certified User exams are online, computer-scored, randomised, limited time, open note, self-tests.

Why Certify?

  • Rhino certification is helpful to many employers
  • Certificates are available immediately upon passing
  • Users can add the certificate to a CV or portfolio as proof of Rhino expertise

Currently, there are two types of certification; Rhino Level 1 and Rhino Level 2, and they are both offered in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.

If you’re looking to get Rhino certified, try the free practice test!

Full details available here.

Online Course: Generative Design Workshop Using Wallacei

Generative Design, Wallacei - Rhino

Generative Design Workshop Using Wallacei
Online course hosted by McNeel Europe
6-8 July, 2020

Contact McNeel Europe to Sign Up

McNeel Europe presents a 3-day webinar with Mohammed Makki and Milad Showkatbakhsh, co-founders of Wallacei.

Wallacei is an evolutionary engine to run simulations through genetic algorithms for solving multi objective optimisation problems. Wallacei incorporates highly detailed analytic tools coupled with various comprehensive selection methods, including unsupervised machine learning algorithms, to assist users and make more informed decisions at all stages of their generative design processes.

In the 3-day online course, learn the detailed features and functions of the Wallacei platform through a hands-on approach, gaining a thorough understanding of the methodologies associated with the applications of evolutionary concepts in design. The workshop will teach participants Wallacei through the design of an architectural tower, focusing on two primary scales that address both tower morphology as well as tower façade.

Day 1: Fundamentals

  • Theory behind the application of Evolutionary Principles in Design and Problem Solving:
    • Significance of the biological evolutionary processes in nature.
    • Translation of biological evolutionary processes within computation.
  • Genetic Algorithms: case studies in design.
  • Generative Design with Wallacei features and contributions.
  • Running Wallacei: Environment, Goals, Objectives, and Gene pools.

Day 2: Wallacei Generative Design Workflow

  • Setting up the generative design workflow, environments, and frameworks in order to set up a meaningful tower optimisation problem.
  • Understanding the Wallacei.X user interface and reading the simulation’s results:
    • Wallacei Settings: population, parameters, search space and dynamic charts.
    • Wallacei Analytics: standard deviation, diamond chart, and fitness values.
    • Wallacei Selection: parallel coordinate, selecting solutions, Pareto front, and phenotypes.
    • The Wallacei.X Component Output: genomes, phenotypes, and data.
  • Selecting Solutions for starting the second simulation

Day 3: Selection Strategies

  • Setting up the workflow and design problem for the second simulation
  • Running the genetic algorithm, analysing the results and extracting solutions
  • Visualisation and presentation strategies of the final solution set

Course Requirements: Basic knowledge using Rhino and Grasshopper.

Online Course Fee: 397.50€ (+VAT)
Full-time students and university teachers (proof of status required) will get a 50% discount. Please note your seat is only confirmed once payment has been cleared.

Max. Number of Participants: 25. If there is no quorum, the course will be cancelled 15 days prior to the start date of the workshop.

Language: English.

Educational seats are limited.
Sign up now by contacting McNeel Europe!

BobCAD V32 Service Pack 3 Released

BobCAD V32 SP3

The third update for BobCAD V32 is out now, and includes the following corrections:

CAD

Corrected an issue which prevented certain DWG text entities from being imported properly.

Posting

Corrected an issue which caused incorrect coordinates to be output in incremental mode for linear axis when using a scale factor.

Corrected an issue which caused the computer to log out of the Windows User Account when Post and Save As was used on certain work stations.

If you’re already using V32, click here for the free update to Service Pack 3.

Altair Accelerates Engineering Simulations with NVIDIA GPUs

Nvidia GPUs with Altair

Whether analysing fluid dynamics or performance, engineers need to create high-quality simulations long before a physical prototype takes shape.

To help engineers gain deeper insights into their designs, Altair AcuSolve and Thea Render — now offer enhanced support for NVIDIA GPUs, which produce incredible performance and speedups.

AcuSolve Enhances CAE Workflows

AcuSolve is a general-purpose CFD software that helps engineers simulate the fluid flow with turbulence and heat transfer of a design. With NVIDIA GPUs, AcuSolve users can perform simulations up to 4x faster than on CPU only configuration.

With RTX Server powering Altair users can design new models faster and more efficiently
© Altair

Thea Render Brings Design to Life

Thea Render, a powerful 3D rendering and animation tool, enables engineers to visualise realistic previews of their work, and the CUDA-based renderer can now deliver ray tracing with the NVIDIA OptiX AI-accelerated denoiser. In addition, Altair Inspire Studio leverages GPU-accelerated AI to reduce the time it takes to render high-quality, noiseless images.

Altair applications use CUDA, the parallel computing and programming platform featured on NVIDIA GPUs, to gain significant increases in speed and throughput. This lets engineers freely and quickly explore designs and make decisions based on more accurate results.

RTX Server Accelerates Computations

In addition to GPU support, Altair announced NVIDIA RTX Server validation of Altair ultraFluidX, an aerodynamics CFD software, as well as Altair nanoFluidX, a particle-based CFD software.

With RTX Server powering Altair ultraFluidX and nanoFluidX, users can design new models faster and more efficiently during the day on NVIDIA Quadro virtual workstations. The same RTX Server can then be used to complete large-scale CFD simulations overnight instead of taking days to compute the data.

When engineers arrive the next morning, the simulations are ready for them to analyse. This allows teams to understand the performance, behaviour and mechanics of their models earlier in the design process — all while using a more energy-efficient computing system that’s accessible on premises or in the cloud.

Altair software and NVIDIA GPUs are available now at CAD Software Direct

NBS Chorus – Intelligent Construction Specification

NBS Chorus

NBS Chorus is a cloud based, cross-platform specification system available for both Mac and Windows. Dynamically link models to the NBS online specification database, while keeping the model as the central source of project information. NBS Chorus integration is available to users of the Vectorworks Design Series with an active Service Select membership.

Users will be able to open a web browser-based palette in Vectorworks, and work concurrently with both the model and NBS Chorus. Any data modified in NBS Chorus via the web palette will update in the data record of the model, ensuring accurate and up-to-date specification information is accessible at all times from the model.

NBS Chorus is ideal for teams who which to standardise their model using defined specifications such as CAWS Work Sections and Uniclass 2015. As it is a web palette, it can be freely enabled and disabled right within Vectorworks, and is also accessible independently of Vectorworks.

The licence is user-based, which means all users need to do is close the Vectorworks application, and the NBS Chorus licence will be available for use elsewhere.

NBS Chorus is available to Vectorworks Design Series users with an active Vectorworks Service Select membership.

Working Remotely with CAD Software

Working Remotely

In the current situation, more and more people are working remotely to keep business running as normal. At this unusual time, you might be unsure of how to keep using your CAD programs. Read on to find out how to move licences in popular programs, or how you can connect to the office without moving anything over.

Depending on your software, you may simply be able to download it at home and log in using your email address to gain access. Other programs require you deactivate one computer before moving it to another. Read on for information about the differences between some of these programs.

If you don’t want to deal with moving licences, buying extra licences, or if you know that your temporary computer isn’t powerful enough to work on, jump to this section.

SketchUp

If you sign in to SketchUp using your email address:

You can download and install SketchUp to your temporary computer and sign in as normal. If you have already used all your available activations, you may need to deauthorise unused ones in your Trimble Account.

If you have a serial and authorisation code:

Follow the instructions on the link below, and then add your licence as normal to the new installation: https://support.cadsoftwaredirect.com/portal/kb/articles/removing-my-sketchup-license

Vectorworks

You can remove your serial number from Vectorworks to release it for use on another computer. To do this, follow the instructions found here: https://app-help.vectorworks.net/2020/eng/VW2020_Guide/Start/Adding_and_removing_serial_numbers.htm

V-Ray

You can install V-Ray onto as many computers that you own as you like. Install as normal and sign in with your username and password when prompted. Note that you may need to ensure V-Ray back at the office is closed so your licence is available for use elsewhere.

KeyShot

You can deactivate your KeyShot licence and transfer it to your home computer. To do this, please follow the instructions found here: https://support.cadsoftwaredirect.com/portal/kb/articles/how-do-i-move-my-keyshot-license-to-another-computer

We can also provide a fully featured 30-day trial to help while you work from home. Request a trial.

Rhino

You can use the CloudZoo the access your licence from any computer with an internet connection. To find out how to migrate your licence to the Cloud Zoo, read this article – https://wiki.mcneel.com/zoo/to-cloud-zoo

Also, here are the instructions to convert a standalone Rhino to use the CloudZoo – https://wiki.mcneel.com/rhino/6/change-license

formZ

AutoDesSys have released the following statement:

“We are happy to provide free extra form•Z installations for individuals and companies who need additional capacity to accommodate work from home during these unprecedented times. Please email support@formZ.com with your form•Z serial number and we will add extra installation slots to your form•Z v8.6 or v9.0 license. These extra installations will remain in place until the crisis abates.”

Orca3D

There are a number of options for using Orca3D remotely:

  1. If you have a network license and can access the computer that hosts your Orca3D license server through a VPN, Orca3D should work normally.
  2. If you have a network license but cannot access the server via VPN, you can “check out” a roaming license, which is essentially a time-limited standalone license. Instructions for setting this up are on page 21 of the Orca3D Installation Instructions. Note that this is limited to the number of network licenses that you have; if you need more licenses for you and your colleagues, see #5.
  3. If you are a student or instructor at an institution which has a Lab (network) License and you’re not able to access the license through one of these methods, please contact Orca and they will provide a temporary license to you at no charge.
  4. If you have a standalone license on your office computer, you can use the same License Key to activate Orca3D on your home computer. The Copyminder system allows installation on multiple computers like this, as long as it does not happen frequently and the license isn’t used on both computers within a certain period of time of one another. Therefore, when you are able to return to your office, you should uninstall Orca3D from your home computer. If the license becomes “locked” because it has been installed too many times, simply contact Orca and they will reset it. If you don’t know your License Key, contact us and we will look it up for you.
  5. If any of these options aren’t suitable or convenient, or you need more licenses for your staff during this time of working remotely, please contact Orca and they will provide temporary standalone licenses to you at no charge.

If you have had Orca3D installed on your home computer in the past (for example, an evaluation license), you will need to follow these steps for a new installation. Step #2 is important; otherwise you will not be given the opportunity to enter a License Key.

a. Using Control Panel, uninstall Orca3D

b. Delete the folder:c:\ProgramData\BCO\Orca3DV1 for Version 1, or c:\ProgramData\BCO\Orca3DV2 for Version 2

c. Install Orca3D. The installation files are here:
Orca3D Version 2 for Rhino 6
Orca3D Version 1 for Rhino 5

d. Start Rhino; you will be given the opportunity to enter a new License Key. Remember that sometimes the Orca3D license dialog is “hidden” behind the Rhino splash screen; if Rhino seems to be “stuck,” please look for the Orca3D license window behind it (you can use Alt-Tab to cycle through the open windows on your computer).

What if my computer at home isn’t good enough?

If you’re not able to access your software at home due to licensing restrictions, or your home computer doesn’t have the processing power required for your work, it would be time to look into something like TeamViewer.

TeamViewer will allow you to connect to another computer (for example, yours back at the office) over the internet so you have access to all of your software and files. All licensing, processing, rendering, etc. are handled on your main computer, so there’s no need to licence software on your home computer that you’re remotely connecting from.

If you’ve got any questions about working remotely with your CAD Software, you can email us on support@cadsoftwaredirect.com

Reimagine Rapid Modeling of Ship Structures in Rhino

Rhino Webinar

In this upcoming webinar, learn how parametric structural modeling with ExpressMarine can jump-start your ShipConstructor project.

Thursday 2nd April 2020
12:00 – 13:00 BST and 19:00 – 20:00 BST

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Join this webinar to see how the ExpressMarine structural modeling plugin for Rhino is used to rapidly create a parametric model of a ship structure, with the ability to easily make changes that flow through the model.

The webinar will showcase how to create decks, bulkheads, floors, frames, stiffeners, cutouts, etc. See instant updates of the weight and centre of gravity of the ship. Exports of the ExpressMarine data will then be passed to ShipWeight, an Advanced Bill of Materials (ABOM), and ShipConstructor.

The demonstration will also show how to save hundreds of hours of modeling time with the ShipConstructor stock material library, utilised in building the ExpressMarine model.

You will learn:

  1. How to initialise an ExpressMarine model
  2. How to create objects that are associative to 2D drawings
  3. How to create repetitive structure through parametric and associative rules
  4. How to create non-repetitive structure, such as stringers on the shell
  5. How to export to ShipConstructor

Attendees will be provided with information to download a free trial of the software and access to exclusive pricing offers.

Thursday 2nd April 2020
12:00 – 13:00 BST and 19:00 – 20:00 BST

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Rhino is available now at CAD Software Direct .com

Register for the Orca3D Marine CFD Webinar

Orca3D Webinar

Maneuvering and Other Advanced Features
Orca3D Marine CFD Webinar

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Eastern Standard Time (14:30 – 15:30 GMT)
Wednesday, February 26th

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Join the Orca3D team as they showcase the advanced analyses available in the Premium version of Orca3D Marine CFD. Computational Fluid Dynamics experts from Orca3D and Simerics, Inc. to learn how you can affordably improve your designs with CFD.

If you missed the last CFD webinar, Rob Kaidy shows how he implemented Orca3D Marine CFD at SeaVee Boats, first benchmarking it on some of their existing boats and then using it to validate their latest high speed, stepped hull, offshore fishing boat before committing to the tooling. You can view it here.

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See How Brompton Bicycle Makes Design Decisions in Seconds with Altair SimSolid

Altair Brompton

Free to Attend Webinar
3pm GMT / 10am EST
5th February 2020

Reserve Your Place

Join Altair on Wednesday, 5th February to hear how iconic folding bike maker, Brompton Bicycle, is accelerating product development time with Altair SimSolid, a revolutionary structural analysis solution that doesn’t require meshing or geometry simplification.

Attend this 50 minute webinar to learn:

  • How SimSolid is being deployed in Brompton’s development teams
  • How to set up an analysis in SimSolid to get simulation results in seconds
  • How to use SimSolid to analyse complex parts and assemblies
  • How SimSolid can be used early in the concept design process to shape design changes

All attendees will get access to a free trial of SimSolid with technical support to get you started!

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KeyShot World 2020

KeyShot World

KeyShot World is back! It might be a bit of a trek for us here in the UK, but KeyShot World brings users and experts from all kinds of backgrounds together in one place and is the premier event for all things KeyShot.

This year, KeyShot World returns to Southern California on March 16th-17th at the Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach.

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Network with companies from all over, and join technical sessions and hands-on workshops hosted by Luxion’s own experts. You can expect to see workflows, material creation, lighting, animation and much more during your visit.

Just one ticket covers both days of the event, and with it you will get sessions and workshops, breakfast and lunch on both days, and it includes access to the keynote and evening reception on the first day.

Group pricing is available as well, so if you want this on your calendar for March next year, make sure to register. Tickets really are going fast and space is limited.

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