Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Computational Design with Grasshopper Course

Knowledge is priceless!

We are excited to offer an online comprehensive Grasshopper Computational Design Course for Rhino 6 and 7 in English and Spanish!

For those interested in acquiring Grasshopper skills at your own pace, this online Computational Design with Grasshopper course is for you.

This course explores forms and design possibilities with Grasshopper’s tools and their relationship to Rhino. 
Watch a few of the projects you will be able to create after the completion of this course! The class will help you improve your workflow by covering modeling geometry, data structure, general concepts, data types, data matching, lists, trees, and of course, tons of creativity. It will provide you with a functional understanding of Grasshopper and parametric design thinking. Grasshopper’s preliminary design and concept development advantages come to life in numerous real-life examples throughout the course.

This online course is now available! It is free for teachers and students and offered at a discounted price for professionals using the following coupons:

Computational Design with Grasshopper in English - Click here
  • Faculty members or students enjoy for free using this coupon code: EDUCATION_IS_PRICELESS_GH 
  • Design Professionals enjoy 50% off using this coupon code: COMPUTATIONALGHENG50

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Monday, January 18, 2021

New DesignMorphine webinars - February 2021

DesignMorphine has announced new amazing webinars:
  • February 6, 2021 - Bionic Articulations V1.0 Webinar by DesignMorphine

    Inspired by DesignMorphine’s Master Degree (Chapter 1 – Prosthesis), Bionic Articulations V1.0 will focus on designing bespoke components that are integrated as prosthetic extensions of the human body. Students will learn to create high-resolution bionic ornamentation of the human body using dynamic digital sculpting. 
  • February 7, 2021 - Contorted Compositions V1.0 Webinar by DesignMorphine

    Inspired by DesignMorphine’s Master Degree (Chapter 2 – Corpuscle), Contorted Compositions V1.0 will explore parametric workflows that combine complex geometry design and procedural modeling using Grasshopper algorithms to create architectural spaces. Participants will be guided through different approaches for creating periodic surfaces and morphing them into compound pavilion topologies.

  • February 13, 2012 - Kinetic Correlations V1.0 Webinar by DesignMorphine

    Inspired by DesignMorphine’s Master Degree (Chapter 4 – Kinesis), Kinetic Correlations V1.0 will investigate generative swarm-based systems, vectors, vector trails, and particle systems in Houdini. Participants will learn how to create and develop visually inspiring generative formations built on parametric principles and computational rules. 

  • February 14, 2021 - Scripted Synergies V1.0 Webinar by DesignMorphine

    Inspired by DesignMorphine’s Master Degree (Chapter 5 – Cosmogony), Scripted Synergies V1.0 will introduce agent-based assemblies and systems through custom coding in Grasshopper. Participants will get a basic understanding of scripting and algorithm design using C# and object-oriented Programming. 

New Rhino 7 videos by SimplyRhino UK - SubD, QuadRemesh, and Rendering/Denoiser/PBM rendering

SimplyRhino UK has been kind enough to share three videos with the content covered at its last UK User Group Meeting in December.

Rhino 7 – SubD Modelling in Rhino for Mac

A quick look at the new SubD modelling metaphor in Rhino 7. This is shown in Rhino for Mac but is equally relevant to Rhino for Windows. In this video, Phil Cook from Simply Rhino looks at three areas where a SubD workflow could have advantages over NURBS.

Rhino 7 – Rendering, Denoiser and Physically Based Materials

In this short video, Phil Cook from Simply Rhino looks at Rendering improvements in Rhino 7. This includes the Cycles Raytrace Render and adding Denoiser elements with the new Package Manager in Rhino 7. Finally, the new Physically Based Materials are discussed.

Rhino 7 – QuadRemesh – a quick introduction

QuadRemesh is a great new tool in Rhino 7 for reverse engineering and mesh retopology. In this short introductory video, Phil Cook from Simply Rhino runs through the basics of QuadRemesh and shows an example of how this can be helpful in reverse engineering.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

A Rhino promotion we couldn't resist


Sometimes people like us. Elite Modeling School seems to and made a YouTube video about it.

Honestly, we didn't pay this fellow.

What 3D Modeling Software Should I Use? 10 Reasons to Use Rhino as your CAD Software...

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Rhino 7 is shipping


Rhino 7 is now shipping! New features and enhancements include:

There are no price changes for Rhino except:
  • The commercial upgrade price increased to $/€595.
  • There is a  commercial upgrade promotion of $/€395 that ends on March 10, 2021.
Reminder: You can upgrade your older version of Rhino for the above price unless it is a Rhino evaluation version. Rhino evaluations are not upgradable. 

Monday, January 11, 2021

Parametric Design Webinar (Rhino + Grasshopper) - February

Are you interested in gaining Parametric competency to push your design skills to the next level?

Are you ready to learn a very exciting and powerful tool that will take your ideas and concepts to a whole new realm?

This Parametric Design Webinar will provide you with the necessary knowledge and ability to use Grasshopper, a free visual programming plugin in Rhinoceros.

If you already know Grasshopper and would like to uplift your parametric knowledge, you can choose option 2.

  • Option 1: General Webinar for Beginners - 8 Days / 16 hours in total: Start 15 February
  • Option 2: Intensive Webinar for Intermediates - 4 Days / 8 hours in total: Start 22 February

Time Zone: CET/Berlin Germany Time

Language: English

Participants receive a certificate of participation at the end of the webinar.

xNURBS Rhino plugin V5 released

 xNURBS announces the availability of Version 5. V5 includes several enhancements, e.g., producing better surfacing quality, exporting a set of C/RhinoCommon APIs etc. V4 customers can get a free upgrade to V5. The following is a short answer to Why xNURBS?.

Key Features of xNURBS:

  • Unlimited capacities for solving NURBS: Its optimization algorithm can solve virtually any NURBS surface in a matter of milliseconds (regardless of how complex the constraints are.).
  • High-quality surfaces: For a given set of constraints, xNURBS’ optimization algorithm uses an energy-minimization method to generate the smoothest NURBS surface among all possible solutions. The generated surface quality is outstanding.
  • xNURBS is one super powerful NURBS tool that fixes virtually all surfacing issues for existing CAD software.
  • Easy-to-use: It uses one simple UI for all kinds of NURBS modeling.
  • Super robust: xNURBS is rock solid and works flawlessly.
  • Native CAD surfaces: xNURBS is based on NURBS, i.e., the native CAD surfaces, which can be directly used for any CAD modeling operations without any geometry translation.


Saturday, January 9, 2021

5 Things You Didn't Know You Can Do with Grasshopper!

Watch the latest ShapeDiver video and discover five things you didn't know you could do with Grasshopper and ShapeDiver (ft. Rooster, Squid, and OpenNest).

Links to a video description and to view...

Friday, January 8, 2021

AA Emergent Technologies & Design (EmTech) Graduate Programme 2021-22 - Applications now open!

Applications are now open for Emergent Technologies and Design (M.Sc. / M.Arch.) 2021-22.

AA Emergent Technologies & Design (EmTech) Graduate Programme investigates new architecture and ecology synergies through the critical intersection of computational design and fabrication. 

Emergent Technologies and Design Programme (inaugurated in 2001) is open to graduates in architecture and engineering who wish to develop skills and pursue knowledge in architectural design science that is located in new production paradigms.

EmTech's focus is on exploring experiential and social potentials of new material and spatial configurations for architectural and Ecological Urban Designs situated in the dynamic contexts of emerging biomes. The programme stimulates critical thinking through experience of research driven design projects that are developed in an intellectually rigorous and creative studio environment.

More information about EmTech can be found here

Apply for Emergent Technologies & Design (M.Sc./M.Arch.) 2021-22

Dr. Elif Erdine (Director)  elif.erdine@aaschool.ac.uk
Dr. Michael Weinstock (Founding Director)  mweinstock@aaschool.ac.uk

Applications are open for Emergent Technologies and Design (M.Sc. / M.Arch.) 2021-22.

The early application deadline for EmTech MSc/ MArch Programme is Friday, 29 January 2021.

Bursaries are available to cover fees. 

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Nemo for ship design is back in the water!

Nemo, the Grasshopper plugin for ship design, is back in the water! 

Nemo provides multiple tools to generate lines plan, compute hydrostatics, perform resistance prediction, extract structural data, produce 2D drawings, and exchange data with other external software. Nemo also includes free tools to create parametric shapes such as Naca profiles, hydrofoils, keels, rudders, blade propellers, and sail plans. 

Nemo is now available for purchase with commercial or educational licenses. 

The following license levels are provided to fit every need, depending on user activity : 
  • Free (Designer) 
  • Level 1 (Section + Hydrostatics + Visualization) 
  • Level 1 + 2 (Section + Hydrostatics + Visualization + Resistance + Structure) 
 This new release brings Mac OS + Windows Support (Rhino 6 + 7), new Export components (MaatHydro + FineMarine), and new Structure tools.

Rhino online training in Spanish

  Learn Rhino with Darco's online courses

By the end of this course, participants will have acquired the necessary knowledge to model, edit, and manipulate basic 3D elements and assemblies with Rhino. (The course is taught in Spanish).

Date: January 18-21, 2021
Time: 9 am-1 pm (Mexico City time)
Price: USD$250 + taxes

With this course, students will learn the use of advanced modeling methods, which allows the creation of complex and multi-component surfaces, and provides tools to diagnose and correct surfaces. Methods to personalize software use and collaborative work will be presented. (The course is taught in Spanish).

Date: January 25-29, 2021
Time: 9 am-1 pm (Mexico City time)
Price: USD$250 + taxes

Both courses are for professionals of architecture, design and fabrication, manufacturing, and 3D design. Students who complete the course will receive a course completion diploma.

Questions? Contact Fernanda Aguilar at fernanda.aguilar@darco.com.mx

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Looking for SubD tutorials?

We provide blog posts of short educational tutorials to learn Rhino. One example is a tutorial by Travis Serio of a heart-shaped ring. You can learn how to model a heart-shaped ring using SubD geometry in Rhino 7. 

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Workshop: Circular Economy in Structural Design with parametric engineering tools (Karamba3D) - January 11-15, 2021

Circular Economy in Structural Design with parametric engineering tools (Karamba3D)
January 11-15, 2021

The workshop will incorporate carbon footprint evaluation and circular economy into a structural design workflow with a focus on timber structures. Through the combined use of parametric tools for structural design such as Karamba3D, and optimization tools such as Octopus, comparative strategies will be used to mediate between purely structural and environmental criteria, suggesting a more holistic design process.

In the context of the climate emergency, architects and engineers try to reduce the environmental impact of structures through a shift in their design process. The use of recycled material plays a major role in this approach. One of the central questions is how can we design sustainable and smart structures by intelligently using recycled elements. Many factors such as the history of the elements, their condition, or their location influence the design, the carbon footprint, and the price. Parametric structural design tools, coupled with multi-dimensional optimization methods, can help to explore the design space and evaluate designs concerning those criteria.

The workshop will focus on principles about recycled materials in the building industry, coupled with an introduction to parametric structural design and optimization tools. The participants will work during the whole week on the design of a pavilion by applying the learned principles and using an available database of existing recycled timber elements. Lectures of professionals and researchers working in the field of circular economy in architecture and construction supplement the workshop.

Workshops organizers and tutors, in a joint effort with the Reflow Parisian consortium (including Fab City Grand Paris, the City Council of Paris, and the association Arslonga), aim to build the pavilion designed during the workshop in the spring of 2021 with the participation of the workshop participants.

Master in Parametric Design (Hybrid Edition) by Controlmad - March-June 2021

Master in Parametric Design – Hybrid Edition
March-June 2021 

A unique study program adapted to this new situation and challenging world. This master course is the hybrid and flexible version of Controlmad's Master in Parametric Design On-site, with XI successful editions. 

It is the chance to introduce you to the world of computational design, a state-of-the-art field for product design, architecture, landscape, engineering, digital fabrication… through the creation of physical and digital parametric models using as main tools Grasshopper for Rhino and CNC machines (Computer Numerical Control).

Panther (jewelry plugin) now compatible with Rhino 7

Panther 1.7 is now available! 

The new plugin version for Rhino 7 and Grasshopper is already available to download!

Current users are welcome to update today for free. It includes new SubD jewelry builders as well as full integration with newly implemented Rhino functionality. 

Roar with Panther - Interactive Jewelry.

Timber WH-Arena and Timber Tower in Vienna

Nicolas Sterling from Sterling Presser Architects + Engineers has been kind enough to share one of his latest project done in Rhino/Grasshopper.

The Timber WH ARENA and Timber Tower design proposal for the WH-Arena competition in Vienna has made it to the second round.

The 20,000-seat WH-Arena timber concept is rooted in nature in symbiosis with its environment. The project vision is to create a new sustainable landmark for a large-scale arena that performs at all levels of efficiency and flexibility. The dialogue between the arena, the side buildings, and the public space creates a unique combination. The architectural objects play as much role as the outer space they generate. The timber structural moiré skin is acting as the tree skin. The building maximizes natural, beautiful, and warm materials that connect us with nature and envisions a sustainable future.

The arena roof, the shape of a shallow saddle, consists of a triangular grillage of timber strips structure as a Gridnet, a hybrid of a gridshell and a cablenet. This composite construction, which optimizes the use of material while minimizing embodied energy, while using a renewably sourced timber, creates a warm feel to the space with an enhanced acoustic performance. The roof spans about 160 m lengthwise and about 130 m crosswise. The roof has photovoltaic panels on its upper side and an uninterrupted continuously closed acoustic ceiling on its underside, which is partially translucent to give the interior of the arena a striking design effect.

The integrated architecture and facade structure follows a subtle distribution to create an optical effect as one moves around the building. The roof, the façade elements, and the timber gridshell are a unique parametric model to balance structural performance and aesthetic and visual effect.

The project is great teamwork in collaboration with:

  • Thornton Tomasetti: Structure, facades, and acoustic
  • A24 Landschaft: Landscape
  • Transsolar: Energy, sustainability, environment design, MEP
  • Kunz: Fire engineering
  • Woo Architects: Arena experts
  • Yann Kersalé. Lighting artist
  • Ateliers de L’Éclairage: Lighting designer/engineers
  • SOL: Renderings
  • Xtrude.Berlin: 3D printing

Complete details...

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

ShapeDiver now supports Rhino 7!

After a big development push and a few weeks of coordinating, ShapeDiver is happy to launch its brand new Rhino 7 system (almost) in time!

Rhino 7 is packed with new features, and several of them come with brand new Grasshopper components that are compatible with the ShapeDiver Rhino 7 system. If you are excited about the new organic modeling possibilities offered by the SubD feature, try out the new SubD components in Grasshopper! Need to clean up or smooth some nasty meshes? The QuadRemesh component is there for you, producing clean quad meshes that will also help with the rendering performance in the ShapeDiver viewer.

At the moment, Rhino 7 is running on a brand new test system. The testing phase will extend until the release of the new platform in Spring 2021. If you want to test it right now, use the contact form on their website and request your account to be switched to the new Rhino 7 system.

More information...

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Bongo 3.0 WIP 6 now available

Bongo 2.0 users are encouraged to download and try this WIP release of the animation plugin for Rhino 7, Bongo 3.0.

New features:

  • Improved dope sheet and keyframe table UI
  • Improved connections springs

Bongo 3.0 WIP 6 is now available from here.


Friday, December 18, 2020

PanelingTools for Rhino 7 released


We've released PanelingTools for Rhino 7 in Windows and Mac! Check the release details...

The PanelingTools plugin for Rhino and Grasshopper by Robert McNeel & Associates is widely used by designers, architects, and building professionals. It supports intuitive design of paneling concepts as well as helps rationalize complex geometry into a format suitable for analysis and fabrication.

Point Clouds now supports Rhino 7

Veesus now has a Point Clouds for Rhino 7 plugin. 

The Point Clouds plugin provides a way to load massive sizes of data into the native Rhino environment. The plugin also offers powerful point cloud manipulation tools such as slicing, clipping, smoothing, lighting, magnification, color ramp, and export.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Randselva Bridge - the world’s biggest bridge designed and built without drawings

Sweco is the leading architecture and engineering consultancy company in the European market with comprehensive expertise for all types of projects. 

In 2016 Sweco was in charge of designing the first drawing-less bridge in Norway. The successfully conducted project encouraged undertaking further challenges. Now, with PNC as a contractor, the company is designing and building a 634m long cantilever bridge without drawings. Krzysztof Wojslaw and Øystein Ulvestad showed at the Parametric Design Day 2020 in Oslo how parametric design supported creating an advanced 3D model and its further use. 

And more recently, Gabriel Neves features the project on his youtube channel Ministry of Bridges.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

SubD and its application in Digital Manufacturing Webinar by Yoshio Fukumori

Rhino3D.Education invites you to a SubD and its application in Digital Manufacturing Webinar by Yoshio Fukumori.

Yoshio is an Architect Designer at MAD Architects. Before joining MAD Architects, he was a Senior Computational Designer at WeWork. Earlier in his career, in association with Michel Rojkind, they cofounded RKFK, a design and research studio focused on exploring and enhancing the relationship between digital tools and handicraft production.

Yoshio will go over basic modeling with SubD in Rhino 7, using the tools QuadRemesh, ToSubD, Bridge, Slide, InsertEdge, ExtrudeSubD, among others. He will show the usefulness of using selection filters and the versatility of the SubDDisplayToggle.

The webinar will be held in Spanish.

Date: Friday, December 18, 2020
Time: 11:00 am (EST)
Open to the public with prior registration.

Questions? Contact Lucia Miguel at lucia@mcneel.com

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Enscape 2.9.1 now supporting Rhino 7

With Enscape 2.9.1 you can now use Rhino 7!

Update to version 2.9.1 to experience all the new features Rhinoceros offers in combination with your Enscape license. 

Parametric Design Webinar for beginners and intermediates (January 2021) by Wassef Dabboussi

Wassef Dabboussi has organized a new Parametric Design Webinar with Rhino and Grasshopper January 18-21, 2021.

Whether you are new to Grasshopper or already have some experience, check the different enrolling options.

Monday, December 14, 2020

Master in Mass Timber Design at IAAC - January 2021 to October 2021


The Master in Mass Timber Design – MMTD is a 10-month online education program imparting the next generation of architects, designers, and engineers with the skills to design, develop, and build mass timber buildings

MMTD provides expertise in theories, cases, techniques, tools, and design projections of mass timber construction and the interrelated fields of architecture, structural design, assembly systems, material science, and thermodynamics.

The program offers a unique online experience based on advanced design research methodologies, a philosophy of learning by doing, and a community of experts in mass timber design that serve as faculty and lecturers.

In contrast to the traditional online programs, the Master in Mass Timber Designa 60 ECTS accredited Master degree consisting of three 15 ECTS postgraduate programsoffers a real-class virtual environment based on a continuous, interactive, and collaborative learning process.

Dates: January 25, 2021-October 29, 2021

Mesh2Surface new release for Rhinoceros 7

The reverse engineering plugin Mesh2Surface is available with a new version that is fully compatible with all the Rhino versions, including the new Rhinoceros 7.

With its intuitive straightforward user interface, Mesh2Surface helps the users to extract information from scan data into CAD surfaces quickly. Extract primitives, create 2D sketches and free form surfaces. All this with full control over your process.

Rhino 7 webinar in Italian - December 18, 2020

Authorized Rhino Reseller CIMsystem has organized a free Rhino 7 webinar (in Italian) on December 18 at 11:00h CET.

Learn what's new in Rhino 7, including:
  • SubD Modeling
  • QuadRemesh
  • Rhino.Inside.Revit
  • PBR materials and rendering with Cycles
  • Improvements for presentations and documentation

Rhino 7 webinar in German - December 17, 2020

Authorized Rhino Reseller Software3D.de has organized a free Rhino 7 webinar (in German) on December 17 at 11:00h CET:

"In our 1-hour webinar, our experienced Rhino trainer will introduce to you the most important new features of Rhino 7 and the main differences to previous versions."

Among other things, he will introduce the QuadRemesh feature, which allows you to create a perfect SubD model from a polygon model with just a few mouse clicks.

He will also show you how to use SubD modeling to create complex, organic shapes easily and edit them afterward.

Overall, the trainer will cover the following topics:

- Subdivision Surfaces (SubD) Modeling
- QuadRemesh
- Minor new features and improvements in known commands
- Improved preview and display options

Afterward, there will be time for some questions from the participants.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Rendering and Materials in Rhino 7 Webinar with Brian James


Rhino3D.Education invites you to a Rendering and Materials in Rhino 7 Webinar with Brian James. 

Brian James is part of the team at Robert McNeel & Associates where Rhinos grow. He provides technical support and training to users of Rhinoceros 3D and also teaches part-time in the Industrial Design department of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Brian will go over the new 'Rhino Render' in Rhino 7. Material creation and settings will be explained using the included material library as well as the provided template materials. Physically-based materials, texture mapping, emissive materials for lighting, and denoiser post effects will also be covered. 

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. (EST)
Open to the public with prior registration.

Questions? Contact Lucia Miguel at lucia@mcneel.com

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Friday, December 11, 2020

Two open research positions at the Department of Experimental and Digital Design and Construction at the University of Kassel

The Department of Experimental and Digital Design and Construction at University of Kassel (Prof. Philipp Eversmann) has two new positions for a DFG research projectAdditive robotic assembly techniques for timber construction – Computational design and integrated structural joining methods. Become part of a young, dynamic research team exploring new ways of designing and building. The project investigates material-efficient design and digital fabrication processes for timber construction, focussing on topology optimization and robotic assembly methods.

Both research associates (75% EG 13 TV-H) will participate as a team in all aspects of the project, with one focusing more on theoretical and computational design and simulation and the other more on the robotic manufacturing processes.

Please send your CV, motivation letter, and portfolio to bewerbungen@uni-kassel.de, reference: 33644. Female applicants highly encouraged. The deadline is December 30, 2020.