Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

Intro to Grasshopper Online Training

Intro to Grasshopper - Online Course

January 29 - February 1
Sign up today!

Did you know that Grasshopper will be included in Rhino 6 for Windows? Get a jump on the next release of Rhino by learning Grasshopper now!

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. 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.

We will record each live, training session and post the videos to a private, student album available for streaming up to 90 days following the course.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Performative Design .01, Baghdad

February 5-8, 2018

This four-day workshop, set in a studio environment, will introduce an integrated approach to design multi-story buildings with environmental sensibility. It will provide participants with tools and techniques to integrate environmental data and site-specific issues early in the design process and to respond in their design. It will also focus on teaching students how to deploy these principles as a design strategy for different types of projects.

To register, email Hasan Hadi or call 078 06999394
Registration deadline: January 20

// Tools & Techniques //
On a design level, working with Rhino and Grasshopper workflow, the workshop will introduce parametric design techniques as a new platform for addressing environmental issues. After covering a few exercises on the logic and the principles of this design medium, we will apply the learned techniques in a design exercise. We will analyze the forces affecting the selected site, developing data sets for the forces field, and use this information to inform the generation of the building form. Systems differentiation (design output) will be created as a result of negotiations between the applied environmental forces and students’ design sensibility.
On a technical level, with visual scripting with Grasshopper, participants will learn how to build and manage parametric data structures (from simple lists to complex data trees) and to develop data-driven responsive geometry and envelopes. Geometry and building skins will evolve in response to the context-specific database selected from a manifold of information such as environmental analysis, orientation, views, and others.
Prerequisites: Basic modeling skill in Rhino and basic/intermediate level in Grasshopper are required. Participants should bring their own laptop with preinstalled software.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Integrative Technologies & Architectural Design Research (ITECH) M.Sc. Programme is accepting applications!

M.Sc. Programme, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning – Coordinating Institutes:
ICD – Institute for Computational Design, Prof. Achim Menges
ITKE – Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design, Prof. Jan Knippers

Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016-17 (©ICD/ITKE, University of Stuttgart)

The Integrative Technologies & Architectural Design Research M.Sc. Programme is a multidisciplinary, research-oriented, experiment-based programme shaped around contemporary aspects of the built environment.

The goal of the ITECH programme is to prepare a new generation of students from different disciplines for the continuing advancement of technological and computational processes in the development of the built environment through merging the fields of design, engineering, construction and natural sciences

By combining an intensive, critical and analytical approach to computational design simulation and fabrication processes, the ITECH programme focuses on challenging the design space boundaries of current contemporary architectural and engineering practice. It seeks to examine the techniques, methods, and theories of design in the fields of engineering, robotics, digital manufacturing, material science, and biology.

The programme is open to students with a recognized Bachelor degree in architecture, architectural science, civil/structural engineering, urban planning, biology or biomimetics, environmental engineering or similar engineering or natural science degrees. All the programme courses are instructed in English.

Applications for enrollment in October 2018 are accepted until February 15th, 2018. 

More information on the ITECH Programme and the application process:

Friday, January 5, 2018

Webinar: Orca3D Marine CFD Simulation

Webinar: Orca3D Marine CFD Simulation
January 9, 2018
9:00AM EDT
Register here.

Orca3D Marine CFD brings the power of Computational Fluid Dynamics to naval architects for resistance and propulsion analyses, without the need to become a CFD specialist. Now you can easily analyze the hydrodynamic performance of your displacement and planing hull designs with confidence in the results. Explore both monohulls and multihulls. The effects of local design features including steps, flaps, trim tabs, foils, and other appendages can be investigated with high fidelity. With Orca3D Marine CFD, it takes just minutes to set up and start an analysis, and it is practical to run on ordinary engineering laptops or desktops.

This webinar will begin by quickly setting up and starting an analysis, followed by a more detailed look at the steps involved. Benchmark results will be presented, and techniques will be shown to assure that your results are reliable. Finally, the initial analysis will be revisited, to demonstrate how data can be visualized, plotted, and exported.

Seats are limited; registration is required.

Rhino User Meeting at IED Barcelona - February 6, 2018

icreatia, in collaboration with McNeel Europe, is organizing a Rhino User Meeting at the IED Barcelona on February 6, 2018.

Join us and learn more about state-of-the-art digital design and fabrication.

Get inspiration from industry experts in different fields: architecture, engineering, product design, automotive design, visualization, 3D printing, jewelry, fashion & textiles, and much more!

Get the latest news about Rhino WIP, Grasshopper, and food4Rhino.

Watch presentations and get hands-on with live software demonstrations from our exhibitor partners.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

RebusFarm for Rhino Final Beta

RebusFarm render service is in the final phase of its beta testing for Rhino with V-Ray and they're looking for your help to make the last improvements. 

During the testing phase there is an automatic 50% discount. 

Want to get involved? Get started here

HUM3D Car Render Challenge 2017 - Winners Announcement

HUM3D has announced the winners of its yearly Car Render Challenge.

146 artists took part in this competition. There was a bunch of awesome works, creative ideas, and hours of modeling.

And of course many works were done in Rhino. Here a few examples:

Digital Jewelry Design in Tehran takes off

Mohsen Mohammad Vali, Authorized Rhino Trainer, has been kind enough to share his recent training experience in Tehran (Iran) on his blog.

Mass Customization News from ShapeDiver

Our friends from ShapeDiver recently posted two nice articles:

Enjoy the reading!

MiAU 2nd Term - Master in Computational Design at UPM Madrid

MiAU 2nd Term 
Master in Computational Design 
Advanced Specialization
UPM Madrid

Presented by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, the Master’s Degree in Advanced Infographics is a postgraduate professional program at the convergence of technology, architecture, art, and design.

Its academic structure offers advanced training in the technical skills to recast the boundaries of these disciplines while fostering critical thought in the context of design speculation.

This course is geared to qualified architects, engineers, artists, or designers who have completed their bachelor´s degree or equal level certificate. The program is in English.

Inscriptions open until Feb 19th

Term period
Feb 19 - June 29

Final Presentations: June 29

300 teaching hours
From Monday to Thursday 


+ Core Subjects
Digital Fabrication        
City Labs        
Multidisciplinary Design Project        
Advanced Algorithms And Dataviz        
Professional Workflows        
Total Design (concept Product Graphic)

Specialization Modules:
Choosing 2 of 3 to complete this degree
(can be done separately as UPM's specialization course)

+ Project Generation Module
Thermodynamics And Environmental Behaviour        
Advanced Geometry        
Project Information Modelling (BIM Project)   

+ Computer Graphics Module
Reactive Environments And Digital Landscapes        
Professional Image Production        
Virtual Ecosystems    

+ New Technologies Module
Interaction Vr        
Computer Vision        
Artificial Intelligence        
Artificial Life 

Pufferfish, Shape Changing in Rhino

The Pufferfish is one of few animals which is capable of changing its shape.

This new plugin is a set of 124 components which focuses on Tweens, Blends, Morphs, Averages, and Interpolations - essentially shape changing. These components are accompanied by support components which are useful methods for the preparation of tween/blend operations such as making polylines compatible and matching surface structures. Also, there are a few extra components which simplify some common Grasshopper operations such as testing for equality with the option of tolerance and reparameterizing numbers. 

Enscape Rendering for Rhino

Real-time 3D walk-throughs with live integration in Rhino 

Enscape™ is a virtual reality (VR) and real-time rendering plugin for Rhino. With just one click, you can start Enscape and within seconds walk through your fully rendered project - no uploading to cloud or exporting to other programs required! All changes in Rhino are immediately available to evaluate in Enscape. You are quickly able to explore different design options and present projects to clients. If the client wants to see something different in the design, Enscape will immediately show the changes you make to the project. With the option to create a standalone file of your architectural project, you can send an Enscape file to your clients or colleagues which allows for quick demonstrations. 

Main features include

  • Real-time walkthrough 
  • Live link to Rhino – Unlike other renderers the changes in Rhino are directly visible in Enscape 
  • Direct integration – Keep your tools and use Enscape through the Rhino toolbar 
  • Standalone export – Create an .exe file from your project that runs without Rhino 
  • Effortless usage – Rendering with one click 
  • Virtual Reality (VR) – Oculus Rift & HTC Vive support with one click 
  • 360° Panorama Views - Supports Google cardboard for 360° mobile view 
Enscape has become a standard application in projects worldwide at companies like Foster + Partners or Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF). 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

SudoHopper3D Card Game by McNeel Miami

Introducing a fun new way to learn Grasshopper: SudoHopper3D!

To help you learn Grasshopper, McNeel Miami has created SudoHopper3D, a card game to improve the overall understanding of parametric thinking. SudoHopper3D playfully takes you on a journey through mathematics, algorithms and basic coding. Players surprisingly learn concepts such as vector geometry and trigonometry. Players also learn problem-solving, logic, and sequential reasoning in a socially interrelated and entertaining environment.

The card game consists of 126 cards for Level 1. Players have the option to download the free PDF file that comes with all the cards needed for playing SudoHopper3D or to order the physical cards online from here.

In addition to the cards, we recommend players may rent the Level 1 videos from our Vimeo On Demand page. These videos will show you different ways to write the definition that solves each assignment. The videos are available in either English or Spanish.

  • Enjoy 50% off VOD in English or Spanish videos with code: SudoHopper3D - Offer valid until January 31st, 2018 
  • Also enjoy a 30% discount on the Lab Kits for 30 VIP PASSES - Offer valid until January 31st, 2018

Check out this video of students playing SudoHopper3D!

For more information please contact Andres Gonzalez.

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.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Interior137 Architects - Lighthings

Architects Ana María Bustamante and David Vanegas are the founders of Interior137 Architects. Interior137 is a company in Medellín, Colombia, composed of a team of professionals, architects and designers specialized in exterior and interior lighting design.

Their new brand, Lighthings, is in response to the concerns, experiences, and desire to experiment with light and geometry. Lighthings goal is to create unique luminous objects, halfway between digital fabrication and craftsmanship. These objects are designed to transform the environment through light, shade, textures, color, materials, filters, reflections, shape and geometry.

The company uses Rhino to visualize figures in 3D and make fast renderings. As well as Grasshopper to parameterize the measurements, sizes, and relationships between the forms and the applied textures. With Rhino and Grasshopper, they can design, explore and fabricate their lamps.

For more information, please email David Vanegas.

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.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Rat[LAB]EDU Winter School - Bengaluru, New Delhi, Mumbai

Rat[LAB]EDU – Winter School 2017-18

Bengaluru | New Delhi | Mumbai

After a successful completion of 30+ design workshops worldwide, rat[LAB]EDU is organizing parametric design workshops to span three cities in India: Bengaluru, New Delhi, and Mumbai. Geared to design students and professionals, the Winter School 2017-18::Parametric Design Workshops is striving to change the way we conceive spaces within art, architectural, and urban systems. And it's changing the way architectural education is imparted in the country by inculcating an independent studio culture in the country.

The agenda, Decoding Parametric Design through Art Installations & Facades, will delve into computational and parametric methods (using Rhino and Grasshopper) to create data-driven art installations and building facades.

Each 3-day design workshop contains technical tutorials, teaching sessions, prototyping, and presentations culminating in a symposium / round-table conference / open discussion with leading and emerging professionals that demonstrate computation, parametric design, or alternative techniques in their work, practice, and academia.

No previous knowledge of Grasshopper or Rhinoceros is required for these workshops as basic technical knowledge will be provided on Day 1.

Customizable tools will be provided by rat[LAB]EDU on Day 2 for design explorations and experimentations.

Cities and Dates
  • Bengaluru - December 21-23, 2017
  • New Delhi - January 18-20, 2018
  • Mumbai - January 26-28, 2018
Day 1 Agenda / Topics
  • Presentations / Lectures on Parametric Design & Computational Thinking
  • Introduction to Rhinoceros 3D – GUI & Basic Use
  • Installing Grasshopper & plug-ins
  • Grasshopper GUI & Basic Functionality
  • Points, Lines, Surfaces.
  • Parameters, Inputs, Numbers.
  • Simple & Referenced Geometry, Locally Defined Geometry, Baking, etc.
  • Lists & Data Tree Management
  • Data Manipulation & Visualization
  • Surface Tessellations
Day 2 Agenda / Topics
  • Patterns & Geometric Explorations
  • Releasing of pre-designed tools (Grasshopper scripts) to all participants
  • Functionality of tools for art installations
  • Surface Manipulations & Grids
  • Design development (in teams or individual)
  • Visualization
Day 3 Agenda / Topics
  • Documentation
  • Presentation of work by participant groups
  • Presentations on computational design by Guest Speakers
  • Discussions / Round-Table / Q&A Sessions
  • Discussions on future scope of computation in India
All registrations end four days prior to workshop start date (or till seats fill).

GRAPHISOFT announces Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection V2.0

Budapest, December 14, 2017 – GRAPHISOFT®, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software developer for architects and designers, today announced a significant update to the Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection. 

GRAPHISOFT’s industry-first, bi-directional “live” connection allows Rhino and Grasshopper users to connect to professional BIM software (ARCHICAD) on both the Windows and Mac operating systems. Rhino-Grasshopper-ARCHICAD connections allow architects to leverage the strengths of the three design environments -- Rhino, Grasshopper and ARCHICAD -- filling a gap in the design process between early stage design and Building Information Modeling (BIM).

The latest update of GRAPHISOFT’s Grasshopper-ARCHICAD live connection opens a new level of intelligent workflows between the two design environments (algorithmic design and BIM).  With the brand new “Deconstruct” function, users can now use their BIM models as the backbone of their design, adding algorithmic design logic using Grasshopper. This allows designers to maintain the basic design logic in BIM (such as the base geometry of the building) and extend that with intelligent design details that follow changes in the core design. A simple example is demonstrated in this video, where building survey data about the built environment is being used to re-create the building information model of an urban environment after a recent earthquake in Italy.

“The Deconstruct function in the Grasshopper-ARCHICAD live connection made it possible for us to reconstruct the BIM models of the buildings of Grisciano, Italy, by acting as a bridge between the models and the conceptual design,” said project architects Michele Calvano and Mario Sacco.

Another important functionality enhancement to the Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection is that users can create custom GDL Objects using Grasshopper and then instantly place them in their ARCHICAD project. The newly-created library parts will be placed in ARCHICAD's Embedded Project Library and all future design changes made in Grasshopper will be instantly carried through the ARCHICAD project as well.

For more information about the Grasshopper - ARCHICAD Live Connection, please visit www.graphisoft.com/rhino-grasshopper/.

Advanced C# Scripting and Plugin Development for Grasshopper Training - March 6-8 at McNeel Europe (Barcelona)

Advanced Course
Advanced C# Scripting and Plugin Development for Grasshopper by Long Nguyen (ICD Stuttgart) and Thu Nguyen (University of Bath)
March 6- 8, 2018
10.00h - 18.00h
McNeel Europe S.L.
Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos
08018 Barcelona (Spain)

McNeel welcomes Long Nguyen- research associate at ICD Stuttgart and Thu Nguyen- PhD Student in Visual Computing at the Centre for Digital Entertainment, University of Bath for a third time to tutor a 3-day advanced workshop for developers at McNeel Europe in Barcelona.

Building on the introductory course, the 3-day advanced course will focus on advanced aspects of C# Scripting and plugin programming for Grasshopper. In addition to going in-depth with Rhino geometries, custom graphics display, and Rhino-Grasshopper interaction, you will learn various techniques to vastly improve code performance and significantly speed up execution time (including using multi-thread parallel computing and spatial data structures e.g. R-Tree to accelerate 3D search operations). At the end of the workshop, you will also have the opportunity to kick start the development of your own projects under the instructor’s guidance.

This course is an advanced course and assumes that you are already familiar with C# programming, object-oriented programming, and have some basic experience with RhinoCommon. Basic familiarity with Visual Studio and the Grasshopper API is useful, but not essential.

If you are looking for a beginner-level entry to C# Scripting and Plugin Development for Grasshopper, we recommend you to take the introductory course instead if this advanced course. Introductory video tutorials can be found on developer.rhino3D.com.

Day 1 and Day 2

  • ScriptSync: Using Visual Studio as a replacement C# Code Editor in Grasshopper.
  • Custom graphics display (custom colors, materials, styles, etc...)
  • Programmatically interacting with Rhino modeling environment from Grasshopper (including geometry baking)
  • Understanding Grasshopper wrappers for RhinoCommon geometries
  • Working with Grasshopper data trees
  • Good practices for making your Grasshopper plugin accessible from within the C# Script and Python script components
  • C# delegates and anonymous functions
  • Computational complexity: Understanding code performance and scalability
  • Spatial Data Structure: Using RhinoCommon R-Trees to accelerate 3D searches, proximity checking, collision detection… 
  • Parallel computation with the .NET Task Parallel Library
  • Asynchronous programming in Grasshopper

Day 3:

  • Personal project development
  • (Optionally discuss topics requested by the participants)

Course Fee: EUR 795 (+VAT); full-time students, university teachers (proof of status required) and remote attendees will get a 50% discount. Please note your seat is only confirmed once payment has been cleared.

Max. Number of Participants: 10 + 5 remote participants. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before.
Language: English

Educational seats are limited. To sign up now contact McNeel Europe! 

Orca3D/Rhino training Workshop, Norway

Orca3D Training Workshop
January 17-19, 2018
Oslo, Norway

NDAR, in collaboration with Pivot Produktdesign, is holding a 3-day Orca3D training workshop in Oslo, Norway, on January 17-19, 2018.

The instructor is Stéphane Dardel, naval architect. The course will be held in English. 

The workshop is intended for naval architects and ship and boat designers and builders with a good knowledge of Rhino. 

Duration: Three days from 09:00 - 16:00

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Real-time 3D walk-throughs - Enscape Rendering for Rhino

Version 2.1 of Enscape Rendering for Rhino has now been released!

Enscape™ is a virtual reality and real-time rendering plugin for Rhino.

You can start Enscape and within seconds walk through your fully rendered project. No uploading to cloud or exporting to other programs is required.

Make a change in Rhino and immediately use Enscape to explore different design options and present projects to clients. If the client wants to see something different in the design, Enscape will immediately show the changes you make to the project.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Brazil Rendering Course in New York

Saturday, January 20, 2018
Manhattan, New York
Price: US$215.00

Join Authorized Rhino Trainer, Akiyo Matsuoka, for her one-day Brazil rendering course. The class primarily uses jewelry examples for rendering objects but artists and designers from every industry can benefit from learning how to use Brazil.

Brazil uses the ray tracing method. Ray tracing has the advantage of simulating the way photons actually behave; although ray tracing is not limited to realistic solutions.

In this course you will learn how to:
  • Create photorealistic rendered images for your presentation or portfolio quickly and easily.
  • Create Environment, Lighting and Materials for your own material library.
  • Make a Rendering Template in Rhino

Register here.

FacadesLive International Web Conference, March 2018

FacadesLive International Web Conference
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Early-bird Registration Fee: US$399.00
Sign up here.

The Performance Network continuing education platform has filled a gap in the industry by providing the latest training in sustainable and environmental design and analysis. 

FacadesLive will be their first international web conference to provide a full day of presentations, insights, workshops, and live demonstrations. 

Why a Web Conference? 
To save companies and individuals with time and cost for travel and accommodations to stay productive and extend learning opportunities to more staff. 

Web Conference Agenda
They are assembling a panel of the industry's leading experts and offering an early bird discounted price in the interim. If you are familiar with their workshops, you know it’s going to be worthwhile and immediately applicable to your work.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Celeski Works at ZINC Contemporary Gallery December 7th

Tim Celeski is a well-known artist and woodworker in the Pacific Northwest. He also authors video tutorials for Popular Woodworking magazine. Tim embraces technology, with Rhino and RhinoCAM, to discover and transform material into new forms.

Opening night December 7th!

ZINC contemporary 
119 Prefontaine Place South 
Seattle, WA 98104
Hours | Wed-Sat 11-5PM or by appt.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Grasshopper Python Training - Feb 19-21 at McNeel Europe (Barcelona)

Grasshopper Python Training Level 1 by Agata Migalska and Damian Paszkowski
February 19-21, 2018
McNeel Europe S.L.
Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos
08018 Barcelona (Spain)

Join us for the next special training session at our European office in Barcelona. Agata Migalska of Parametric Support and Damian Paszkowski will lead a three-day Grasshopper Python Training Workshop during February 19-21, 2018.

They will introduce Python, a modern programming language meant to be a simple language to read and write. It runs both the Windows and Mac versions of Rhino. So, the same Python scripts can run on both versions of Rhino.

The main focus of the workshop will be on how to run Python within a Grasshopper component to create your custom components within a larger grasshopper definition. The GhPython component contains a Python script editor and direct access to Python, Rhino, and Grasshopper functions.

Day 1

Exploration of the core concepts of Python and writing of simple programs to make you feel at ease with Python syntax and get you in the mood of algorithmic thinking.

Python core: data types, variable declaration, and assignment, flow control, loops, list comprehensions, built-in functions, functions, and classes.

Day 2

Practice, practice, practice. We will work on a number of various use cases including automated geometry creation and manipulation as well as all kinds of utility scripting. At the end of the day these are small scripts that automate those boring tasks that you benefit the most from. We will code both in Rhino (Rhino Python Editor) and in Grasshopper (GHPython component) and explore the possibilities each of these tools give.

Scope: Recursion and fractals generation, randomness, reading/writing files, geometry baking, panellization, camera moving, and more.

Day 3

Exploration of the concept of “Node in Code” and rewrite whole Grasshopper definition into a single script. We will look at the Python universe outside of Grasshopper. Finally, you will use the knowledge you gained during the workshop to work on your own problems and ideas.

Exploiting the concept of “Node in Code” (i.e. every Grasshopper component is a function), Coding in Python outside of Grasshopper: Python distributions, PyPI, Integrated Development Environments (IDE), Jupyter Notebooks.
Hacking afternoon + presentation of results

Course Fee: EUR 795 (+VAT); full-time students, university teachers (proof of status required) and remote attendees will get a 50% discount. Please note your seat is only confirmed once payment has been cleared.
Max. Number of Participants: 10 + 5 remote participants. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before.
Language: English

Educational seats are limited. Sign up now by contacting McNeel Europe here! 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Online Grasshopper course begins Dec 11

December 11-14, 2017
Sign up today!

Did you know that Grasshopper will be included in Rhino 6 for Windows? Get a jump on the next release of Rhino by learning Grasshopper now!

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. 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.

Each live, training session will be recorded and the videos will be posted to a private, student album available for streaming up to 90 days following the course.