Killer Rendering Tips for V-Ray and Rhino : Novedge Webinar

Dave-roundTomorrow I am hosting a live webinar for Novedge. Here’s the marketing blurbage:

What it’s About: Dave Schultze will deliver a series of short and sweet personal tips, tricks and ‘Dave hacks.’ The focus will be on new features in V-Ray but also cover things that have been around in both Rhino and V-Ray that many people have overlooked. The webinar is free and will last about one hour, including the Q & A session.

To register, go here and sign up.


New! Architectural Rendering Course at

Dave Schultze is proud to announce the release of his fifth online course for, ‘Architectural Rendering with Rhino and V-Ray.’ Running 3 hours and 53 minutes, the course focuses on making amazing images with popular 3D software tools Rhino 5 and V-Ray 2. Using Dave’s original retro building design called the ‘Zoomerang Pavilion,’ Dave shares tips and tricks for creating world-class architectural renderings. In the course, students learn techniques suited for both beginners and experts working in 3D architectural visualization.

Topics range from rendering interiors and exteriors, daytime and nighttime images, working with a wide variety of materials, and methods for enhancing visuals with people, trees, grass, and dramatic sky backgrounds. Making this course especially valuable is the unique partnership with four world class content providers. These four companies, listed below, helped author Dave take the course to the next level.

  • VIZ people, provided several high resolution skies for scene lighting and backgrounds
  • Dosch Design, provided trees and several architectural materials
  • Speed Tree, provided one of their amazingly detailed trees, used in movies and video games worldwide
  • AXYZ Design, provided four of their 3D people products for flawless images at any angle or distance.

“Using the best assets on the planet is such a huge win for the students,” said Author Dave Schultze, “but I am even more thrilled that these four also agreed to give their products away to anyone with a premium account. That just doesn’t happen with other courses.”

Those interested in previewing the course — or any of the other 3,000+ courses on — are invited to a free 10-day trial.


One Year Later: Rhino 5 Course at hits 11,000 Viewers

rhino-5-300Over 11,000 people have now seen the ‘Rhino 5 Essential Training‘ course at Launched one year ago, students from 98 countries have enjoyed learning Rhino from award-winning designer and educator Dave Schultze.

James Fritz, Lead Content Manager marked the milestone, “I am incredibly proud to see Dave’s Rhino 5 course become so successful. When you combine the raw power of Rhino, Dave’s innovative teaching style, and toss in funny, but beautiful assets, you have a recipe for a successful course.”

In addition to the Rhino 5 course, Dave has also authored four other courses on Rhino and the V-Ray rendering plug-in, with more coming soon. His personal instructional website,, is loaded with even more free videos and designer resources.


New V-Ray Service Pack 2

logo_vrayThe second service pack for V-Ray for Rhino 2.00 has been released by ChaosGroup. This update is totally free to all owners of V-Ray 2.00 and can be downloaded from the ChaosGroup download section. Registration is required. In addition to other refinements, they have made code optimizations to improve the general performance of V-Ray for Rhino.

Some of the fixes were thanks to yours truly. I am not saying that I played a major role in the development, but I’m a well-known abuser of their software and I’m on a first-name basis with Chaos Group Tech Support.



Build a Wing or Flipper

Can you build a simple and streamlined wing form with three curves? Yes, and the process may surprise you! It did for me.
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New Grasshopper course at

Hey, there is a new Rhino-related course at and I didn’t do it! Even so, I found it excellent. This one was written by Chris Reilly and he really know his stuff.

Grasshopper—a plugin for the Rhinoceros 3D modeling package—is a graphical algorithm editor that takes advantage of Rhino’s existing tools. Grasshopper offers new ways to expand and control the 3D design and modeling processes, including automating repetitive processes; generating geometry through mathematical functions; quickly making changes to complex models; and creating complex forms through repetitions of simple geometry.



New V-Ray Service Pack 1 is Released

The first service pack for V-Ray for Rhino 2.00 has been released by ChaosGroup. This update is totally free to all owners of V-Ray 2.00 and can be downloaded from the ChaosGroup download section, (registration required.) I have been using it for a while and my favorite bug fix has got to be the ‘missing texture maps when you change computers. Damn, that drove me nuts for months! Anyway, it’s fixed and my life has definitely improved by 47% or more.

A few of the new and improved features include:

• 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.
• All new support documentation — finally!

For the full list of amazing and life-changing features, plus glorious bug fixes, be sure to go check out the PDF posted online. What, you have something better to do? I doubt that.


Hoses, Ducts and Piping, Oh My

Need spare parts for your steampunk robot or time machine? We got you covered with three killer tips for making quick and easy machinery parts. We cover making pipe collars and seams, flexible ducting, and everyone’s favorite, the spiral wiring for your old rotary dial telephone. Running time = 13:58.


New nVidia Lighting Technology Demo: On the Moon!

lunar-roverThis is especially cool since the nVidia scientists and programmers modeled and rendered the historic Apollo Lunar lander scenes down to every last detail. I loved how the producers mentioned several of the nutty conspiracy theories that claimed how it was all faked, but how the data being used by the conspiracy theorists was just plain wrong.

The scientific de-bunking of the ‘lunar truthers’ was wonderful, but you always need to mention that there was not just one manned mission to the moon; there was six total, including one with a really cool car. The car is still there, so check it out the next time you’re in the neighborhood.


Make a gear in Rhino, part 2

Professor ‘3D’ Dave’s finishes every gear he starts. This is part 2 of 2, focusing on taking the curves we created in Part 1 and making the final 3D part. We learn how a few simple ‘Dave Tips’ can make solid objects that are built fast, clean with no naked edges, and have error-free fillets. Running time = 8:25.


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