Welcome back to my Thrid In-depth blog post!
During this past week, I have been focused on practicing and understanding the structure of the Rhino software. During this process, I have gotten a deeper look at how rhino works, as well as familiarize myself more with the tools. Here is an image of the render function supported in the software, of my progressed version of the fire extinguisher you have seen last time.
With this image, you can see that the fire extinguisher takes some shading in the render, looking more “realistic”. Inside the Dial (kind of hard to see in render) is a version of a pressure gauge, which was newly added.
In case you want to try learning what I have been learning, my mentor suggested a few resources to me. I have been following basic youtube channels and completing projects alongside the tutorials. One youtube channel I have found very helpful is, Simply Rhino – Rhino for Mac. This includes a very descriptive and detailed tutorial for someone who is just being introduced to 3d software and Rhino. It is very easy to understand and also very engaging, with interactive elements as well.
(In case you are working with a windows computer, I believe the same person also owns Simply Rhino, which is the windows version of the tutorial channel.)
Overall, I have gained a lot of fundamental knowledge about the software and set a stable foundation for more complex learning. I have discovered that Rhino is sort of structured like math, the very simple principles are easy, however, you can go way more in-depth through unique tools available and also plug-ins. I highly suggest people interested in design play around with this as well.
Not going to lie, I did encounter some problems, which I solved individually and with my mentor. Let me tell you about this week’s interaction with my mentor.
This week, I have focused more on directing my attention into the Beautiful Mind book. I agree with a very important point it had, which is to bring people to the same page by creating connections and finding links from our thoughts. I have brought up a problem with the gumball function, a very weird looking tool shown below.
This tool had multiple drag points that would manipulate the subject itself. At the time of learning this tool, I was very confused as to how to use this tool. I brought up this problem to my mentor since we were in contact at the time. He also said that yes, it was confusing for him to understand, but he gave me an easier way to think about it by grouping functions together. Allowing this tool to be understood more simply.
From this week, working with my mentor, I also adjusted the overall aesthetics of the fire extinguisher from the original tutorial. I understood WHY they used the tools they used, and when they were using them. This allowed me to understand that one product can be achieved in many different ways, thus I have to make the most efficient decision.
as of my progress, I am 80% done with my fire extinguisher, alongside practicing the software with simpler objects as well. Next time, you should see me start a new project, that is completely personal and not following a tutorial. I will complete it from sketch to final render.
Here is the original video tutorial of the Fire extinguisher