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å Monday, February 19th, 2018

Y Internship Opportunity – Deadline 3/12

There is a great fellowship opportunity available to sophomores and juniors, offered by Be Original (an organization that promotes authentic, as opposed to “knock-off” furniture and lighting design). From the website:

“Be Original Americas’ 7-week Summer Design Fellowship program will introduce two college students to all facets of creating innovative, high-quality products, from research, design, and manufacturing to marketing and distribution through hands-on, in-the-field learning.”

The deadline is March 12, but all you need to apply is:

  • Resume or CV that emphasizes relevant experience and achievements
  • Letter of Recommendation from a college professor
  • Short Essay (500-700 words). Please answer all of the below questions in one MLA-formatted document
    • What does original design mean to you?
    • What is your favorite design and why?
    • What do you see as the future of original design?

To be eligible you must meet the following requirements:

  • enrolled as an undergraduate student, in 2nd or 3rd year of study at an accredited college or university in the United States
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • United States citizenship or legal resident alien status who reside in the United States
  • 18 years of age or older

Be Original Americas will provide travel and lodging accommodations as this program will require travel to New York City and member company sites throughout the United States. Participants can expect to incur some costs for food and incidentals. A $3,500 grant will be awarded to each student at the successful conclusion of the program.

I’m happy to offer any help or advice to anyone wishing to apply.

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( Watch Videos Faster (or slower)

Some of the the videos I will post are sped up to compensate for how slowly I typically speak, but not all of them are. If you find a video is too fast or slow, you can get a browser extension that will let you speed up or slow down the videos as you like.

Playback speed for embedded vimeo
Playback Rate

Faster Video

I’m sure there are similar options for Safari and other browsers, but I can’t seem to find a free one.

( Use the Middle Mouse Button for Increased Productivity!!!!!

In both the Windows and Mac versions of Rhino you can customize the pop-up menu that appears when you click on the middle mouse button. You’ll see me do this often when I’m working in Rhino – it’s a huge productivity booster.

To customize in Windows:
Click the middle mouse button
click on the small gray bar at the top of the menu – this will “dock” the menu
remove items from the menu by holding shift as you drag them off the menu and into the workspace
add items by holding CTRL as you drag from an existing toolbar into the menu

To customize on the Mac:

( Apple Magic Mouse + Rhino

If you have the Apple Magic Mouse and are using it with Rhino, you might find there are some things about it that are not ideal. There are a couple of tricks that might improve the behavior the mouse that you can try setting up.

If the virtual “scroll” is too fast, go to Rhino > Preferences > View > Zoom, and change to Scale factor value to a value closer to 1 to slow down the zooming speed.

You can also try the third party mouse control application called Magic Prefs that allows you to make more detailed adjustments to the mouse settings than the System Preferences panel allows.

B A review of Rhino’s interface and Geometry Types

If you need a refresher, here is a review of the Rhino interface.

And here is a review of the various kinds of geometry you can work with in Rhino.

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B How to make a screenshot

The drinking glass assignment requires that you take a screen shot of your revolve curves. Here’s how to do this:

Windows and mac:
Make sure the viewport you want to capture is active, then run the command – ViewCaptureToFile.

Also FYI:
the Mac OS has an easy to use screen capture tool built in. Press Shift+Command+4  and a cursor will appear that allows you drag an area to capture as a screen shot. You should hear a shutter sound, this means that the image is saved to your desktop.

Windows has a built in app called “Snipping Tool” that can be used for screen shots.

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B More information on the “PictureFrame” command

If you’ve seen Part 1 of the Drinking Glasses Demo videos, then you’ve gotten a taste of what the PictureFrame command can do. This is a great tool and I use it all of the time if I need to bring in an image to use as an underlay for tracing, modeling, reverse engineering, etc, etc. Here is a more in-depth look at how it works.

The commands covered in this video are:
Fillet (with radius set to a value of 0)


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B Drinking Glass Demo Part 3: Rendering with Keyshot

Part 3: This Video demonstrates how to do a basic rendering with Keyshot, including how to set up the kinds of materials you may want to use for this project.

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B Drinking Glass Demo Part 2: Volume Analysis

Part 2: How to measure the volume of your glass.

Commands used in this video:

  • box
  • booleansplit
  • volume
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B Drinking Glass Demo Part 1: Drawing and Revolving

Part 1: A review of the drawing and modeling techniques required to complete the drinking glass assignment.

Commands used in this video:

  • Pictureframe
  • Curve (control point curve)
  • fillet
  • BlendCRV
  • Scale1D
  • join
  • explode
  • revolve (full circle)
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í Assignment 1

Part 1: Software
Make sure your laptop is set up with working versions of Rhino and Keyshot.

Part 2: Tutorials
Complete the “Flashlight” and “Pull Toy” tutorials from the Rhino 5 user’s guide.

Part 3: Glasses
Working from the brief for Project 1: Glasses, create the following content:

1. Development Sketches
Sketching is versatile tool for a designer, and is particularly helpful to resolve forms and solve modeling challenges when working with 3D CAD. Use sketching to develop the initial concept and form of your glasses’ design. Sketch on 8.5” x 11” sheets of paper. Scan or take legible photographs of the sketch(es) that guided your modeling. We recommend using Photoshop to clean up this image. Bring your sketches to class next week.

2. Rhino File
Your Rhino file must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Each glass must be modeled solely with a single revolve
  • Each glass must be a solid
  • Place each glass on its own layer and name the layer accordingly
  • Place each revolve curve on a sub-layer for each glass and name the layer accordingly
  • Any construction geometry worth saving should be placed on a layer(s) with clear, logical naming and organizational strategy
  • Align the revolve axis of each glass with the origin’s (0,0,0 point) Z-axis, with the base of the glasses resting on the Top CPlane

Put this file in your personal folder on the Google Drive. Name this file Lastname_Glasses.3dm

3. Rendering
Include 2 Renderings of your glasses:

  • Front orthographic view showing all glasses
  • Perspective view showing all glasses

Your renderings must satisfy the following criteria:

  • horizontally align the glasses so they form a neat row, arranged in the following order (from left to right): wine glass, pint glass, water glass, juice glass
  • leave equal spacing between each glass
  • save your renderings in JPG format, resolution of 1200 pixels in width

4. Screenshot
Include a screenshot of your revolve curves with the control points turned on. Your screenshot must satisfy the following criteria:

  • compose this screenshot in an orthographic view
  • explode any joined curves
  • horizontally align the revolve curves so they form a neat row, arranged in the following order (from left to right): wine glass, pint glass, water glass, juice glass
  • leave equal spacing between each revolve curve
  • save your screenshot in JPG format, with a maximum width of 800 pixels

5. Description
Write a brief text description of your design proposal. Your description must include the following content:

  • 1 sentence profile of the museum, include the name of the museum, location of the museum, area(s) of focus (for example: contemporary art, civil war history, New England wildlife, etc)
  • why your design is appropriate for this context
  • 3 descriptive adjectives that characterize the aesthetic qualities of your designs

6. Google Doc
Create a google doc that includes all of the content listed above, in the order indicated below:

  1. Orthographic Rendering
  2. Descriptive Paragraph
  3. Perspective Renderings
  4. Screenshot of Curves
  5. Image(s) of Preliminary Sketch(es)

Name this file Lastname_Glasses. Save this document in your personal folder on the Google Drive, and add it to the “Glasses” assignment folder. To do this:

  • use the ‘move to’ option when right clicking on the file
  • navigate to the Glasses Assignment folder
  • hold down the option/ctrl key to enable the ‘add here” function

This is how many assignments will be collected.

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B How to use the trim, split, join, explode, and cap commands

An introduction to several useful editing commands in Rhino.

The commands covered in this video are:
Fillet (with radius set to a value of 0)

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