New course at lynda.com: Architectural Site and Envelope

Dave ‘Professor3D’ Schultze is proud to announce the release of his ninth online course for lynda.com, Rhino Project: Architecture Site and Envelope. Running 1 hours and 12 minutes, this course is a brand new ‘lunch-hour / project-format’ designed by the educational gurus at lynda.com to be watched in one sitting.

In this 12-video course, the focus is on advancing your Rhino modeling and workflow skills. Students will first create their site topography with lofting and contours. Then, they build the building envelope with walls and a foundation, and later with floors and stairs. Using a fun, retro space-age design, Dave shows quick ways to build glass curtain walls and even move openings like doors and windows on the fly. He also provides his patented tips and tricks for a faster, more efficient workflow in Rhino.

Those interested in previewing the course — or any of the other 4,000+ courses on lynda.com — are invited to a free 10-day trial. Free? Yes, I just said it was free. If you like this course, here’s a link to the full list of nine lynda courses by Professor 3Dave. You need to be a member to watch the whole course, but the first video [seen above] is free for previewing. If you join, lynda.com is only $25 per month and you can cancel anytime.

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Rhino’s Surface-from-Curve-Network

Rhino’s most powerful organic modeling command, the Surface-from-Curve-Network, is also the hardest to master. With a few simple Dave Tips and supplemental commands, we build a very complex shape called the ‘Horseshoe Spaceship.’

Run time = 13:30.

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New course at lynda.com: Building a Game Controller

Dave ‘Professor3D’ Schultze is proud to announce the release of his eighth online course for lynda.com, ‘Rhino Projects: Building a Gaming Controller.’ Running 1 hours and 8 minutes, this course is a brand new ‘lunch-hour / project-format’ designed by the educational gurus at lynda.com to be watched in one sitting.

In this 10-video course, the focus is on organic modelling, with fully half of the course devoted to mastering the powerful surface-from-curve-network command. The second half of the course covers every UI control you would expect: joysticks, buttons, triggers, a D-pad, and then wraps up with two killer tips for generating parting lines.

Those interested in previewing the course — or any of the other 4,000+ courses on lynda.com — are invited to a free 10-day trial. Free? You bet your sweet little penguin. If you like this course, here’s a link to the full list of eight lynda courses by Professor 3Dave. You need to be a member to watch the whole course, but the first video [seen above] is free for previewing. If you join, lynda.com is only $25 per month and you can cancel anytime.

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Scanning 101

This video highlights Professor Dave’s critical, yet super simple strategies for using sketches in your presentations. These tips will help focus attention on your design ideas — and not the fuzzy background!

Run time = 05:56.

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New! Rhino Projects: Building a Gaming Console at lynda.com

Dave ‘Professor3D’ Schultze is proud to announce the release of his seventh online course for lynda.com, ‘Rhino Projects: Building a Gaming Console.’ Running 1 hour and 20 minutes, this course is a new ‘lunch-hour / project-focused’ format designed by the educational gurus at lynda.com to be watched in one sitting.

In the 10-video course, you will advance your Rhino modeling and workflow skills by learning how to build a game console. Students will learn some powerful ‘Killer Dave Tips’ to help them create parts quickly and intelligently, so they get results fast AND have maximum flexibility for changes. The final design geometry will have a case, screen, cords, vents, and logos — just like the real thing.course-console-02

Those interested in previewing the course — or any of the other 4,000+ courses on lynda.com — are invited to a free 10-day trial. Free? You bet your sweet little penguin. If you like this course, here’s a link to the full list of seven lynda courses by Professor 3Dave.

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I want to learn 3D. Do I need a class?

icon-drum-01Classes can be a lot of fun since you learn with other motivated people all in the same room. This is especially true if you are going with people you know or members of your own company team. However, there are a few drawbacks to consider.

  1. First, there is the cost and travel. For a Rhino 3-day class, you should budget $800-$1,000 for the course alone. But, if you go to a cool place, book some extra time for sightseeing!
  2. Secondly, the schedule. It can be hard to book several consecutive days (not including the travel) into your schedule. If you work full-time, many companies will pay for the training. If not, you may burn some vacation time.
  3. Finally, the pace. Unless everyone in the class is closely matched in skill (which never happens) the lecture will be too fast for some and too slow for others. Hopefully, YOU are in the sweet spot.

I remember a corporate training class where we had to stop every so often to help one student find a folder on his desktop. Obviously, he was not ready to learn 3D skills, as he had only used a computer for email and holding his coffee cup. After several rounds of desk-pounding and heavy sighing, the guy finally excused himself. To prevent this from disrupting future classes, we instituted some minimum skill requirements. Check to see if your class has the same.icon-cupcake-02

In an upcoming post, I will outline the best strategy for learning new stuff as quickly and efficiently as possible. If you’re guessing this will include lynda.com, you win a cupcake.

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New V-Ray Service Release #3

Just released: A new V-Ray for Rhino 2.00 update is available for download. The build number is 2.00.25962 & dated 30 June 2015. It includes some important bug fixes and changes to the plugin:

• An issue with Material updates is now fixed.
• Material previews in “Rendered” display mode are now faster.
• Improved stability when detaching from a work session.
• Fixed VFB and mouse freeze.
• Removed bug which led to large files crashing BatchRender.
• File loading is optimized and much faster.
• V-Ray displacement uses less memory and is faster.
• Added support for HDRLS 5. Painting lights in a scene is easier than ever. Support for HDRLS 4.0 is still available.
• Newly optimized “ignore objects” code to improve diamond rendering.

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Download it from ChaosGroup downloads. You need to be logged in and have an account, but it’s free for registered owners.

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lynda.com Animation Course has Fantastic Start

In its first week of release, the course “Animation with Rhino and Bongo” is going crazy! Its the best launch of any Rhino course I have done for lynda.com. So far, over 600 people in 56 countries have seen it. That is A LOT for a two-hour & 30-minute commitment.

If you don’t have a lynda.com account, you can still preview 10% of any course. If you would like to join, it’s only $25 / month or unlimited viewing. Here’s a link for a free 10-day trial. Nice!

Now under development, the next course will be quite a bit different. It’s a new ‘mini-course’ format, where the work is focused on a single project and is completed in less than one hour. The goal is to let people ‘jump in & out’ and be able to finish it during a lunch hour. Stay tuned.

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New! Animation Course at lynda.com

Dave Schultze is proud to announce the release of his sixth online course for lynda.com, ‘Animation with Rhino and Bongo.’ Running 2 hours and 26 minutes, the course focuses on generating beautiful animated videos for both product and architectural designs. In this comprehensive course, students use it all! Starting with McNeel’s Rhino 5 & Bongo 2 plug-in, you will learn V-Ray for rendering and Adobe After Effects for composting.

Those interested in previewing the course — or any of the other 4,000+ courses on lynda.com — are invited to a free 10-day trial. Here’s the full course summary below

Learn how to take your design presentations to the next level by animating them with motion, using Rhino and the V-Ray and Bongo plugins. Whether you are interested in promoting products or architecture (both examples featured in the course), author Dave Schultze shows how to make your work far more compelling with simple and powerful animation techniques.

First you’ll learn how to do a simple product design “turntable” animation. Then you’ll create a path-based “walk through” animation of an architectural design. After the animation work is done, Dave will demonstrate how to import the sequences into After Effects and edit them into a seamless video presentation with high-quality audio. The last few chapters focus on optimizing the final video for flawless playback on any computer or website and sharing and distributing your project.
Topics include:

  • Installing and setting up Bongo
  • Planning your workflow and storyboarding
  • Creating the turntable animation
  • Setting up a camera path
  • Animating a sequence of stills
  • Compositing in After Effects
  • Exporting and sharing your animation

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