Monday, October 24, 2016

New book: Advancing Wood Architecture - A Computational Approach

Advancing Wood Architecture
A Computational Approach
Achim Menges, Tobias Schwinn, Oliver David Krieg

In light of the environmental challenges architecture is facing, wood is no longer regarded as outmoded, nostalgic, and rooted in the past, but increasingly recognized as one of the most promising building materials for the future. Recent years have seen unprecedented innovation of new technologies for advancing wood architecture.

Advancing Wood Architecture offers a comprehensive overview of the new architectural possibilities enabled by cutting-edge computational technologies in wood construction. It provides both an overarching architectural understanding and in-depth technological information through built projects and the works of four leading design research groups in Europe. The projects presented include large scale, permanent buildings such as the ETH Arch-Tec-Lab Building in Zurich, the Landesgartenschau Exhibition Hall near Stuttgart and the Boiler House in Hooke Park, UK, as well as, built research prototypes investigating additive robotic fabrication, folded plate structures and meteorosensitive building skins. Almost all of the projects' authors have used Rhino and Grasshopper throughout the whole process.

Illustrated in full colour, the book showcases the latest technological developments in design computation, simulation and digital fabrication together with an architectural, engineering and manufacturing perspective. It offers an outlook towards novel spatial and constructional opportunities of a material with unrivaled ecological virtues.

Routledge is happy to provide a web discount on the paperback edition for Rhino blog readers. The discount code is AWA230 (valid until 31-05-2017) and entitles you to order the book with a 20% discount (£27.99 instead of £34.99).

Friday, October 21, 2016

Level 2 Rhino Online Training, November

Image credit: Kyle Houchens, The Outside

Our next Level 2 Rhino 5 for Windows online course begins next month. Kyle Houchens will be the instructor for this course. Kyle is a very talented industrial designer, skilled instructor, an Authorized Rhino Trainer, the owner of The Outside Digital Design, and a McNeel support technician.

Monday-Thursday, November 7-10, 9:00am - 12:30pm and
Tuesday-Thursday, November 15-17, 9:00am - 12:30pm

Note: All times listed are Pacific Daylight Savings time.
Calculate your time zone.

This course consists of seven, live sessions. All sessions are instructor-led and will be recorded for later viewing. Videos will be posted to a private, classroom album. If you cannot make a session, watch the video and catch up before the class meets again.

For a sample of Kyle's online Level 2 training, watch this video.
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Webinar: Grasshopper Pro Series, Nov 3

Thursday, November 3, 2016
9:30am-11:30am Pacific / 12:30pm-2:30pm Eastern

Andrew Heumann recently delivered workshops on a suite of tools he developed for Grasshopper. He returns with a five-topic Pro Series that teaches how to use Grasshopper within the workplace for big projects and big teams generating big data. He has led these efforts for two large multinational firms, NBBJ and Woods Bagot. This webinar workshop is free to attend.

About the presenter... 
As a Design Technology Specialist at Woods Bagot, Andrew Heumann develops custom tools and workflows for design teams across the firm. He has written more than 15 plug-ins for Grasshopper and created many custom tools for design teams and practices, aiding in the management of project metrics, environmental and urban analysis, and façade design. 

If you're unable to attend the live webinar, a recording will be available for rent here

EvoluteToolsPRO Tutorial Series: one tutorial for each PRO feature

For several years, EvoluteTools LITE has been one of the most downloaded plug-ins among the Rhino community. Thousands of users have tried LITE and experienced its fast and robust mesh optimization engine. However, you might want to take it to the next level - the PRO level.

EvoluteTools PRO is packed with optimization features, resulting from years of continual improvement of the software. Evolute GmbH is now releasing a series of tutorials introducing each EvoluteTools PRO feature one by one.

They have just launched the series with an in-depth look at the planarity optimization feature. Upcoming episodes will focus on edge length optimization, co-planarity, closeness optimization to curves, creating meshes from curves, etc. Stay tuned!

Pointfuse for Arena4D for Rhino

(1) Select an area - (2) Click the PointFuse button - (3) Points are automatically converted to a solid 3D object

Veesus Ltd is pleased to announce the inclusion of Pointfuse V2 within the Arena4D suite of products.

Pointfuse V2 has now been fully integrated with Arena4D Data Studio and the Point Clouds for Rhino plug-in. This powerful solution offers a "one touch" solution to vectorising point cloud data.

Points are automatically converted to discrete surfaces. You can select and edit these surfaces using the Rhino extensive tool set.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Greek patterns in tiles

Cyprus, Greece, has a long history of decorative patterns of noteworthy geometric complexity and students from the University of Nicosia are keeping up the tradition.

In a course for Advanced Computer Aided Design, the second year students were assigned to first create a 2D geometric shape. They then used the shape to create a 3D pattern in Rhino and Paneling Tools. The students designed 18 tessellated tiles. 

Each tile took an average of nine hours to print on ZMorph 3D printers with a 1.75 plastic extruder and white ABS. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Rhino Exams Now Available

Whether you are considering hiring a Rhino professional or you want to see how well you or your existing designers know Rhino, we have exams available for you. 

Exams can be important tools to identify what type of training you is needed to be more efficient and comfortable when working in Rhino.

Rhino Certification Level 1 and Level 2 Exams are available for:
  • Professionals
  • Educators
  • Students
Details are here. We have a Sample Test available here.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann Fugier.

ACADIA 2016 Conference & Workshops

University of Michigan Taubman College
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Pre-conference Workshops: October 24-26, 2016
Conference: October 27-29, 2016

The ACADIA 2016 Conference will foster design work and research from practice and academia that lie at the intersection between procedural design, designed environments, and autonomous machines. More specifically, the conference will explore recent work within the current trend in computational design to develop and apply quasi-cognitive machines. It covers the integration of software, information, fabrication and sensing to generate mechanisms for interfacing with the physical realm.

Workshops include: 
  • Adaptive Spatially Extruded Structures
  • Floating Megalith
  • Robotic Softness: Behavioral Fabrication Process of Woven Structures
  • Interactive Textiles
  • Design Space Construction
  • Computational BIM in Practice

Call for papers: Say something about construction robotics

The Association for Robots in Architecture is launching a new journal focused on construction robotics. And now they are calling for submissions for their first edition.

The journal will link the robotics research community with researchers from architecture and civil engineering. It will cover robotic automation of all stages, from prefabrication of customized large scale parts, to refurbishment and demolition.

Much of the momentum and innovation in industrial robots over the last few years has come from architects adopting industrial robots as a universal machine for fabrication. Yet industrial robots are ill suited for many of the on-site tasks encountered in construction and demolition. This Construction Robotics special edition aims to gather together those dedicated robot systems that go beyond the capabilities of industrial robots.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Mobile platforms suited for construction sites
  • Kinematics for large work spaces and loads
  • Robotic conversion of existing construction equipment
  • Climbing and flying robots for construction and demolition 
  • Robotic machinery for infrastructure projects
  • Historical as well as state-of-the-art reviews

Submission deadline for full papers is November 15, 2016.

Questions? Email the managing editor.

More details and information on the Construction Robotics web page ....

Reminder: Grasshopper training begins on Monday

October 24-27, 2016
Register here.

Join Grasshopper master, Andres Gonzalez, for this accelerated online course. He will get you started with generative modeling in Rhino 5 using the Grasshopper add-on. The advantages of using Grasshopper in preliminary design and concept development come to life in real-life examples.

This course is for design professionals who are looking to efficiently learn concepts and features of Grasshopper at a fast pace in an instructor-led online environment.
All live training sessions will be recorded and the videos will be posted to a private student album available for streaming up to 90 days following the course.

Two digital workshops at ENSAPM, Paris-Malaquais Architecture School - Videos

During two one-week workshops, the 2nd year students of the Architecture School of Paris-Malaquais experimented with immersive multi-user architectural conception with Grasshopper, DixieVR* and Oculus Rift DK2 headsets.

Videos illustrating the projects developed during the two digital workshops:
  • 1 week workshop led by Clément Gosselin & Léo Demont - video
  • 1 week workshop led by Nathanaël Dorent & Mathieu Venot - video
*DixieVR is a free software developed by Oswald Pfeiffer and Mathieu Venot at Paris-Malaquais during two years of academic research. DixieVR Facebook page.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Tekniikka 2016 - November 1-3, Jyväskylä (Finland)

Tekniikka 2016
Automation, Production Technology, Industrial Internet
November 1-3, 2016
Jyväskylä (Finland)

Tekniikka 2016 targets decision makers, professionals and engineers responsible for automation and production technology of various industries as well as the users of these technologies. Systems and services for measuring, analyzing, controlling and adjusting the production processes are at the core of the exhibition. The display also includes machines, equipment and services suitable to several branches of industry.

Visit AN-Cadsolutions booth (B530) to learn more about Rhino, RhinoCAM, Rhino3DPRINT, 3D printers, and the DAVID 3D scanner.

Friday, October 14, 2016

DESIGN[IO] Advanced Architecture and Digital Fabrication Courses

Register for Parametric Design and Jewelry Design course, organized by DESIGN[IO]

DESIGN[IO] Advanced Architecture and Digital Fabrication, located in Caracas, Venezuela, is hosting two workshops in Digital Fabrication focusing in Parametric Design & Digital Fabrication and Parametric Prototype & 3D Print. In the courses, they will introduce participants to the concepts and tools of generative design, using Rhinoceros + Grasshopper.

Course 1: Parametric Design & 3D Print [Rhinoceros + Grasshopper]

Date: October 15, 16 & 22, 2016. [20 hours]
Trainer: Architect Carlos Castro - Authorized Rhino Trainer
Level: Beginner
Language: Spanish 
Fee: 50000 Bs
Location: Studio 1080, Caracas, Venezuela

Course 2: Parametric Prototype & Grasshopper + 3D Print

Date: October 29 & 30, 2016. [16 hours]
Trainer: Architect Carlos Castro - Authorized Rhino Trainer
Level: Intermediate
Language: Spanish 
Fee: 50000 Bs

Location: Studio 1080, Caracas, Venezuela

To register please contact Architect Majo Franco.

Visit their website and Facebook page!
Follow them on Instagram: @in_designio 

What is a RhinoFabStudio? RhinoFabStudio (fabrication studio) is a small-scale digital workshop, certified by McNeel, with an array of Rhino and Rhino compatible software and computer controlled tools and training. These tools cover the various leading-edge industrial methods and materials needed to design, analyze, and fabricate almost anything.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Arduino Conference with Daniel Artamendi Ortiz de Zarate in UPB Medellin

Please join UPB's RhinoFabStudio for a conference in Arduino with Daniel Artamendi Ortiz de ZarateThe conference will trace the journey from the origins of Arduino to the current situation. 

Arduino is an open hardware platform that facilitates using electronics in multidisciplinary projects, allowing you to create devices that relate to the physical world. Inspired by visual programming language, it intends to apply the same principles of simplicity and speed of development of this language in electronics. It consists of a programming environment and an integrated circuit, both under open source licenses, designed for conducting electronic projects, making it ideal for rapid prototyping environment and education.

Date: October 20, 2016
Place: Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB), Medellín – Colombia Aula 414 Bloque 10 4th floor
Fee: Free access to the conference

For more information please contact Andres Franco.

What is a RhinoFabStudio? RhinoFabStudio (fabrication studio) is a small-scale digital workshop, certified by McNeel, with an array of Rhino and Rhino compatible software and computer controlled tools and training. These tools cover the various leading-edge industrial methods and materials needed to design, analyze, and fabricate almost anything.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

"I built this." Wenatchee High School teams up with K2 | Line

Are you ready for ski season? Wenatchee High School students are.

For project based learning, students from Doug Merrill's engineering class worked with K2 | Line skis to design and build their personal downhill skis.

Rhino was used during the development of the wood cores.

Regolo Studio - New Certified RhinoFabStudio

We'd like to welcome Regolo Studio as a new Certified RhinoFabStudio

Join Regolo Studio, on October 20th, at the inauguration of their new technology center in Macherio - Monza (30 minutes from Milan).

It is a space created to develop prototypes in a short time and to provide services dedicated to product development and analysis for companies and professionals.

There will be live sessions and conferences dedicated to metrology, insights on reverse engineering technology, rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing. You'll see live, the new technologies applied to industrial production and technical arrangements and you'll have experts to answer your questions.

Location: Via Parini 32, Macherio (MB) Italy 
Date of Inauguration: October 20 - 22, 2016

For more information, please contact Silvia Salami

What is a RhinoFabStudio? RhinoFabStudio™ (fabrication studio) is a small-scale digital workshop, certified by McNeel, with an array of Rhino and Rhino compatible software and computer controlled tools and training. These tools cover the various leading-edge industrial methods and materials needed to design, analyze, and fabricate almost anything.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

MSU and RhinoCAM illustrating Pompeii and Oplontis

The Montana State University School of Architecture (MSU) Fabrication Shop created a site model for the reenactment of the destruction of Pompeii by Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. And RhinoCAM helped.

The site model is part of the exhibit, The Villas of Oplontis Near Pompeii, at the Museum of the Rockies that chronicles the eruption that destroyed Oplontis and Pompeii.

Using their CNC, MSU Instructor Bill Clinton and his students milled a topology map of the Bay of Naples out of high-density polyurethane foam. Their dynamic video animation of lava flow, volcanic ash, and pumice projects on to the topology map. Both architecture and geology students from MSU worked on this exhibit.

This Museum of the Rockies exhibit in Bozeman, MT, is the largest of the three venues in the United States.

This is the first, and probably only, time these artifacts will be displayed outside of Italy. The exhibit will be at the Museum of the Rockies through December 31, 2016.

More information on MSU's links to the exhibit ...

Site model of Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples at the Museum of the Rockies. An overhead projection shows the lava and volcanic ash flow.

RhinoCAM showing the cut material simulation of the topology site model. 

C# for Grasshopper advanced scripting course - December 2-4, Warsaw (Poland)

C# for Grasshopper
Advanced scripting course
December 2-4, 2016
Warsaw (Poland)

This three-day course, organized by Architektura Parametryczna (a digital design educational platform), will cover the following topics:
  • Basic coding in C# programming language.
  • Algorithmic thinking in design and 3D modeling;
  • RhinoCommon library. Extending GH scripting capabilities with full Rhino 5 functionality.
  • Shortening the script execution time by optimizing the algorithms. Methods of saving resources through finding inefficient operations.
  • Geometric algorithms. Delaunay triangulation, Voronoi diagram, shortest path problem etc. described and implemented in C#.
  • Scripting in Grasshopper's C# script component.
  • Creating custom components in Microsoft Visual Studio.
After the course you will be able to create your own components, solve complicated problems, operate on data structures and optimize your code. Going in depth into geometric algorithms will give you a better understanding of tools you’re using and broaden your mind for finding clever solutions.

Early registration until October 13, 2016
Late registration until November 30, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

Stone PolySphere installation

Stone PolySphere installation, designed by Maurizio Barberio and Giuseppe Fallacara (New Fundamentals Research Group), investigates the potential of digital fabrication applied to the stone industry. Stone PolySphere is a lithic sphere with a diameter of 1.4 meters, composed by a massive hemisphere below and a stereotomic hemisphere above.

The CNC machine Tc 1100, produced by Thibaut SA, allows the complex machining of all the parts. The massive hemisphere is obtained by sawing and milling a stone piece made of Pierre Bleue de Savoie (1.4 meters wide and 0.8 meters high). The stereotomic part consists of 120 perforated blocks, fabricated by milling four blocks of stone, containing 30 blocks each, in the average size of 1.60 m and 10 cm thick. The blocks are two glued layers of stone, which create a two-color effect variation depending on the morphology of the block itself. The stones used are Pierre Bleue de Savoie for the darker part, and Blanc d’Angola for the clearer part.

The sphere was modeled parametrically using Grasshopper.

Stone PolySphere was recently shown at Marmomacc Verona, the leading international event for the natural stone industry.

RhinoResurf v2.007 released

Here are two major improvements in the new release:

1. Command: RSMesh2Surfs. A checkbox named 'Fit adaptively by' was added in 'Curve Network' panel. If this button is checked, the program will fit the curve network adaptively by the given tolerance value. The curve network is fitted better. The surface fitting will be better too.

2. Command: RSMesh2Surfs. Fixed a bug for the case of surface merging at or near T-Point position. In the previous version, sometimes the surface control points were overlapped as shown in the following figure:

This bug was fixed in the new version 2.007. The surfaces are smoothed on the adjacent boundary line.

Try RhinoResurf V2.007....

Thursday, October 6, 2016

EMERGING MODELS OF TRANSDISCIPLINARITY International Symposium - October 24-25, London (UK)

October 24-25, 2016
Design Council UK
Angel Building
407 St John St
London EC1V 4AB

This 2-day international symposium is the first in a series of critical debates initiated by a new Pan-European Design-Network jointly formed by a consortium of four partners: University of Liverpool/UK, Istituto Europeo di Design (IED)/ItalyHochschule Anhalt, DIA/Germany and MVAVD/The Netherlands.

The upcoming London symposium, led by the University of Liverpool (Prof. Richard Koeck, Dr. Tuba Kocaturk), and co-hosted by the Design Council UK, is open to designers, industry representatives and educators interested in taking part in a Pan-European network on the topic of transdisciplinarity in design.

It will feature provocations, presentations, best-practice examples, and interactive moderated sessions with participation from European automotive, industrial, fashion, architectural design, as well as design technology developers, design educators, and representatives from business organizations and networks across the design and innovation industries.

Session 1: CONFLUENCES: Changing role of design in a global context
Session 2: TRANSITIONS: Emerging Skills, Practices and Business Models
Session 3: CONVERGENCES: Blurring Roles and Competences
Session 4: PROSPECTIVES: Future Policies and Pedagogies

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Cool running with the Vazee Breathe sole

How do you make running in hot weather a better experience? Brian Best designs a shoe to stay cool. With innovative materials and intelligent geometry, he designed a sole that uses a unique heat shield foil material to block heat from underneath. (Think pavements and sidewalks.)

Read how Brian was inspired by cactus at the San Diego Zoo to design this sole for the New Balance Vazee Breathe. See how he used Grasshopper to generate variations for the midsole and outsole to refine the design -- a process faster than building in 3D with traditional methods.

Lands Design Beta released

Lands Design is a software product for designing gardens, green spaces, and landscapes that runs in Rhino. These are the main features:

Intuitively create landscape designs in 3D and 2D
  • Design with 3D plant species, civil work elements, terrains and freeform modeling tools.
  • Produce documentation: setting out plans, plant schedules, watering systems, and zoning.
  • Use the powerful terrain modeling tools. Import GIS data in your model.
Extensive plant database with over 1800 species!
  • Full plant database with technical specifications and detailed characteristics.
  • Arrange trees, shrubs, and ground covers individually, in rows or in forests.
  • Customize and edit each vegetation species in 2D and in 3D.
Create stunning renders and virtual tours
  • Just insert plants and render! All Lands plant species have their own specific textures.
  • Create virtual tours with the walk mode and the animation tools.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Call for Speakers - World Design Summit 2017

Montreal, Canada
October 16-25, 2017

Call for Speakers:
Summit organizers invite you to submit proposals for presentations and sessions inspired by the summit’s six major themes outlined below.
  • Design for Participation
  • Design for Earth
  • Design for Beauty
  • Design for Sale?
  • Design for Transformation
  • Design for Extremes

The call for proposals is open to scholars, practitioners and concerned parties from all spectrums of design disciplines, including architecture, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning and interstitial of hybrid practices.

About World Design Summit 2017…
The Summit will be the first of its kind, where architects, industrial designers, interior designers, graphic designers, landscape architects and urban planners gather to exchange on how design can shape the built environment of the future.

Performance Network Workshop Series

The team at Performance Network has been busy. They've posted their new Fall schedule of workshops.  No need to travel. All workshops are being offered online. Sign up today!

Honeybee THERM + Window Workshop
Honeybee THERM + Windows Part 2
Making Your Own Python Components
AEC Software Development 101 (including add-ons for Grasshopper)

Grasshopper Pro Series - Data Management & Collaboration
Grasshopper Pro Series - Data Trees Master Class

Grasshopper Pro Series - Smart Interfacing with Rhino | Intro to Human
Grasshopper Pro Series - Intro to Grasshopper with C#
Grasshopper Pro Series - Automated Diagramming

About Performance Network...
Performance Network was created to make performance training affordable and accessible for everyone.

Rhino+Grasshopper D+O+F Training

Course description:
In this class you'll learn to create and edit accurate free-form 3D NURBS models. This fast-moving class covers most of Rhino's functionality, including the most advanced surfacing commands. Also taught will be a functional understanding of Grasshopper and parametric design, so students can build on this for more advanced projects of their own. The class covers fabrication techniques with RP or laser machines and optimization and fabrication using RhinoCAM for CNC machines.


USD $995
Date: November 7-11, 2016
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (EST)*

*Note: All times listed are Eastern (Miami) time zone

If you are not able to take the entire D+O+F course week, choose between theses three options:

Day 1 & 2 (Nov 7 - 8): Rhino Level 1
USD $495

Day 3 & 4 (Nov 9-10): Grasshopper Level 1
USD $495

Day 5 (Nov 11): RhinoCAM
USD $295

McNeel Miami
1538 NW 89th Court
Miami, FL 33172
United States

Space is limited!!! Register here!

For more information please contact Jackie Nasser or call 305 513-4445.

What is a RhinoFabStudio? RhinoFabStudio (fabrication studio) is a small-scale digital workshop, certified by McNeel, with an array of Rhino and Rhino compatible software and computer controlled tools and training. These tools cover the various leading-edge industrial methods and materials needed to design, analyze, and fabricate almost anything.

Yacht Methodology and Yacht Design with Rhinoceros 3D training session - October 15-30, Tuzla/Istanbul (Turkey)

Yacht Methodology and Yacht Design with Rhinoceros 3D
Saturdays: October 15, 22, 29 (from 10 am to 6 pm)
Sundays: October 16, 23, 30 (from 10 am to 6 pm)
Türk Loydu
Tersaneler Caddesi No: 26
34944 - Istanbul

After establishing a training based partnership, RhinoCenter Istanbul and the Turkish Chamber of Naval Architects (GMO) have scheduled their first training.

Yacht Methodology and Yacht Design with Rhinoceros 3D training session will be held October 15-30 at Türk Loydu, Dr. Üzeyir Garih Auditorium. This 3-week training marathon will start at 10 am and end at 6 pm (breaks and lunch included). Courses will be on Saturdays and Sundays only.

The minimum number of participants for the course is eight. The maximum number is limited to the auditorium capacity. Participants don’t need to bring their own laptops, since the auditorium is equipped with desktop computers.

To register or ask questions please call +90 216 447 40 30 (31)(32) or email

Details, schedule, costs, and more in this PDF file (in Turkish)...

Monday, October 3, 2016

BlockRanger mesh generator Version 1.2

BlockRanger now has Version 1.2 of its easy-to-use interactive volume mesh generation plug-in for engineers.

BlockRanger converts Rhino 5 solids into blocks of high-quality hexahedral (brick) elements. Use with most engineering analysis packages that require hexahedral meshing and a strict control of element quality, spatial distribution, and orientation.

  • Construct and mesh complex models using the advanced tools available in Rhino. Then use BlockRanger plug-in for Rhino to volume mesh FLAC3D zones or 3DEC blocks.
  • Interactively use BlockRanger to partition your model into an assembly of 4-, 5-, or 6-sided solids.
  • BlockRanger's meshing applications range from fluids and structures to biomedicine and geosciences.
  • BlockRanger is easy to learn and to use. If you know Rhino, you already know how to use BlockRanger!