Offset Curve Dave Hack

Learn a great ‘hack-nique’ for off-setting clean curves with equally clean new curves, as opposed to the usual complicated mess. These cleaner curves will make a huge difference in creating higher quality organic surfaces.
Running time = 04:36.


Turntable Animation with Bongo (Part 3)

Create a 360 degree, turntable rotation for your design. This final video focuses on setting up After Effects to match your bongo animation settings, importing your sequence, and other excellent workflow tips.
Run time = 08:26.


Turntable Animation with Bongo (Part 1)

Create a 360 degree, turntable rotation for your design. Requires the Bongo plug-in by McNeel.
This video focuses on activating Bongo, using the proxy point, and then creating key-frame based animation.
Run time = 10:23.


Featured Speaker at RhinoDays 2015

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I have been invited to speak at the Rhino Days Conference at the Savannah College of Art and Design. The conference runs from January 15 through 17th and will have workshops as well as featured speakers, who will talk about their professional fields and how they use 3-D modeling and design in real life projects.

My presentation is being prepared to be a TED-like departure from the typical conference fare. Titled ‘A Visual Journey in 3D: Merging High-Tech, History, and Humor,’ will explore how current design trends have become so minimalistic that they have lost all personality and joy. My practice has focused on finding our way back.





Novedge Webinar online

The Novedge V-Ray webinar recently hosted by me is now posted online in case you did not drop everything and catch it live. Titled ‘Killer Rendering Tips for V-Ray and Rhino’ it was very well-received by all who watched it, including one attendee who wrote, “This information has changed my life in many, truly magical ways. Thank you and pass the butter.”

You can watch it at the Novedge website or just check out the video below if that’s too much work and clicking and thinking.

Killer Rendering Tips for V-Ray and Rhino from Novedge on Vimeo.


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.



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