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Ennoble is a set of proprietary plugins for Adobe® Illustrator® & Rhino3D®, brought to you by D. Swarovski Distribution GmbH. The software includes the Swarovski digital component catalogs and is ideal for digital jewelry / fashion / luxury designers and engineers.
With the latest release, Ennoble now provides access to over 1200 cut & size combinations from the Swarovski Crystal & Gemstone catalogs (hottest new addition: Swarovski Zirconia), as well as a new feature set for the creation of component prongs and cutter builders, primarily addressing common challenges of gemstone applications (e.g. fine jewelry).
Enjoy the following generative design & engineering tools for Swarovski components in Rhino, now available for both Rhino 5 & 6:
  • Drag & Drop Placement of over 1200 geometries (cut & size variations) from the Swarovski digital component catalogs, for NURBS (curves, polysurfaces, solids), subdivision surfaces and polygon meshes
  • Real-time Updates, both in terms of the software (rolling updates for active subscribers) and new Swarovski collections (e.g. seasonal launches)
  • Prongs, both aesthetic as well as functional
  • Pavé for curves and surfaces / mesh geometries, such as spray-on brushes as well as color and texture based circle packing modifiers
  • Cavity Creation and geometry optimizations for product visualization, rapid prototyping, and metal production
  • Cutter Builder primarily for gemstone settings, e.g. fine jewelry applications
  • Cup Mesh structural creation allows to transform designs into production-ready, self-sustaining geometric structures with accurate cavity settings, inspired by and ideal for 3D Printing
  • Bill of Materials of utilized Swarovski components automatically compiled for export

Release notes now online. New FAQ as well. Download the beta today and let us know what you think. Or join our mailing list to receive follow-ups from the recent Total Chaos Master Class in Sofia and Rhino UGM in London, as well as general Ennoble news and release updates.

Ennoble is brought to you by D. Swarovski Distribution GmbH.

Pompano Beach High School’s SeaPerch club is an award-winning underwater robotics club. This club was first introduced to the school by Club President Maria Ilonta in 2016. They started out building ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) mostly with 1 inch PVC pipe and pool noodles. As they progressed in their knowledge of Rhino, which is offered in a class at the school, they realized they could design faster, hydrodynamic, lightweight, buoyant models using the software. 

The team started using Rhino to design new models. They’ve built countess parts pieces and even whole models for these underwater ROVs. Their models were customized and eventually 3D printed. They started placing top in every local competition and got qualified and sent teams with 3D printed ROVs to nationals in Atlanta, Georgia (2017), internationals in Dartmouth, Massachusetts (2018), and internationals in Washington, D.C. (2019). 

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For additional information please contact Ronald Holley.

What is a RhinoFabStudio? RhinoFabStudio (fabrication studio) is a small-scale digital workshop, certified by McNeel, with an array of Rhino and Rhino compatible software and computer controlled tools and training. These tools cover the various leading-edge industrial methods and materials needed to design, analyze, and fabricate almost anything.

Camillo De Gaspari (Camdesign), Yacht Designer, has been kind enough to share his 3D Design workflow with the Rhino community:

"Most of these concepts have been sketched on paper and then made as 3D models, and then redefined, in this case, inspiration came from various sources like a trend in the design world or the shape of an animal. When working starts from some specification or requirements from a customer, we speak of a conventional design spiral.

Rhino and its suite of plug-ins have been a very effective environment for creating these concepts. It can easily import and read most of the file formats used for the engineering of boats and larger, more complex projects, that require more participants and complementary software. 

YD requires a multi-disciplinary approach and the following is my usual workflow. When 3D modeling with Rhino that is the main part, Naval architecture is already consistent thanks to the use of Orca3D marine plug-in. Sometimes after modeling, a mockup of the boat might be sent to a 3D printer. 

Delta-eco (ABS plastic, 2011)

2D drawings can be generated and printed with very little effort from inside Rhino. Then I proceed adding textures for the rendering engine (Flamingo, V-Ray or Maxwell to name a few) and then I follow two different pipelines if working for an animation or for a still rendering. In the first case, I have utilized both the Bongo plug-in for Rhino or external programs like 3ds Max to add the kinematics. Then after rendering, the sequence of frames assembled in a video. Still images (or single frames) instead, allow for more post-production effects like multi-lighting or photo editing with a dedicated and well-known software like Photoshop, but there are also a good number of alternatives to this software especially on Mac. 

I tend to add a good amount of details to 3D models of small crafts and yachts, not only because they look more realistic but because there will be less modifications to be made during the executive phase and the construction of the project."

How to Generate a Thousand Master Plans:
A Framework for Computational Urban Design
SIMAUD 2019 (Georgia Tech)

The current process for the design of an urban master plan typically involves a team of architects and urban planners that conceive a handful of schemes based on zoning requirements with the help of CAD software. They may intend for the plan to achieve a set of performance goals (economic, environmental, etc.), but quantitative analysis is rarely conducted early and consistently through the design process. This makes it difficult to understand the full range of approaches that are possible on a site, and the relative performance of each scheme. 

To best accommodate rapid urbanization while making cities more sustainable, livable, and equitable, designers must use quantitative tools to make informed decisions about their designs. 

Computational design techniques have been successfully used at the building scale to test numerous designs and quantify their performance. But they are challenging to apply at the urban scale due to increased computational expense, difficulty in limiting inputs, and many more stakeholders involved in the process.

Works carried out by Modelical for the Junta Constructora del Templo de Sagrada Familia.

You have probably heard of the basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, a project by Antoni Gaudí. Surely you are aware that it is a building begun in 1882 and that it is still being designed and built, with the latest technologies available. What you may not know is that until 2018 the Nativity façade, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, had no reliable documentation describing it, either in two or three dimensions.

On the occasion of the restoration and cleaning works, a topography team was commissioned to survey the entire façade with point clouds and photogrammetry. From this work, Modelical's commission was to 3D model the whole set, both with NURBS surfaces and meshes, and extract 2D documentation of plan layouts and sections describing the facade.

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