Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Arq.A 2017 Conference in Colombia

The CPNAA Voxel C&T SAS are hosting ARQ.A 2017 in Medellín, Colombia. At this conference you will be able to appreciate the new design technologies that are being used worldwide like Rhinoceros, GrasshopperVisualARQ2.0, and  V-Ray 3.

Join Leonardo A. Velasco P., 
Director of Innovation at Voxel S.A.S, who will be offering a conference about digital design processes for architecture, from BIM to Generative Design. Leonardo Velasco has experience in production processes and product development in the plastics, architectural design, furniture and graphic sectors. 

Open to the public, free of charge! Please register here!


October 19th, 2017    


5:15 pm


Ruta N: Cl. 67 #5220,
Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

For more information, please contact Sebastian Figueroa.

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, October 16, 2017

A racing kayak close up

Just for fun, here are a few photos and specifications of Sencha, a strip built racing kayak by Warren Williamson from Anacortes, Washington. William uses Rhino to design and build kayaks from scratch.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

C# Scripting and Plugin Development for Grasshopper Workshop - Nov 28-30, McNeel Europe (Barcelona)

Advanced Course 
C# Scripting and Plugin Development for Grasshopper by Long Nguyen (ICD Stuttgart)
Nov 28-30, 2017
10.00h - 18.00h
McNeel Europe S.L.
Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos
08018 Barcelona (Spain)

McNeel is pleased to welcome Long Nguyen, research associate at ICD Stuttgart, for a 3-day Introductory 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, we will learn different techniques to vastly improve code performance and significantly speed up execution time (including using multithread parallel computing). The participants will also have the opportunity to kick start the development of their own personal projects under the instructor’s guidance.

Day 1:
ScriptSync: Using Visual Studio as a replacement C# Code Editor in Grasshopper.
Custom graphics display (custom colors, materials, styles, etc...)
Rhino geometries (Curves, Surfaces, Meshes).
String editing: useful for generating robot/machine control codes.

Day 2:
Programmatically interacting with Rhino modelling environment from Grasshopper (including geometry baking)
C# Delegates
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

Day 3:
Personal project development
(Optionally discuss topics requested by the participants)

Course Fee:
EUR 795 (+VAT); full time students and university teachers will get a 50% discount (proof of status required).  Bookings will be formalised once payment is cleared. 
Max. Number of Participants: 10. If there is no quorum, course will be cancelled 15 days before.
Language: English

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

Friday, October 13, 2017

Rhino and a fixie: Arc Bicycle

We've spotted Rhino in a fun bicycle project: Arc Bicycle, the 3D-printed steel frame designed by a student team at TU Delft and printed by MX3D.

See Rhino in the YouTube video...

A few details in BikeRadar...

Thursday, October 12, 2017

VisualARQ 2 - flexible BIM

Say hello to VisualARQ 2!

Asuni, makers of VisualARQ and Lands Design plugins for Rhino, are pleased to announce the release of VisualARQ 2, the architectural modeling software which adds BIM features to Rhino. This release is not only about introducing new features and fixes, it is about entirely redefining industry paradigms by enabling new tools to develop powerful workflows with Flexible BIMTM.

Some new features include:

Owners of VisualARQ 1 can have a free upgrade to VisualARQ 2. Tech support and training are available on the VisualARQ support website.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Exploring Glass with Grasshopper

One of the finished pieces, a vase.

McNeel & Associates take a field trip! One of our staff, Brian Gillespie, explored the world of Pilchuck Glass. Tara Broyhill and Brian joined the Pilchuck Glass School as artists in residence for two weeks. Neither person had worked in glass before. They were invited to come to the school to explore how generative design and digital fabrication can be used for art glass. In the process, they studied the texture and optics of hand-blown glass, along with the mathematics of a Voronoi diagram as computed in Grasshopper.

Initially, Brian and Tara set out to explore four-part molds as a way to make unique versions of optic and pineapple molds. They ended up making a couple variations of roll plates to add texture to their glass.

The Pilchuck Glass School is a woodland retreat, so the equipment they provided needed to be portable. They chose a Handibot as their CNC tool for their fabrication work. The Handibot was used to mill a roll plate to apply the texture to the glass.

Xirus - Augmented CAD in Rhino

Mirrakoi recently announced (at the Rhino User Meeting Berlin) the future release of Xirus, a brand-new geometric modeling kernel which provides augmented CAD: a powerful modeling technology that combines the best of the worlds of NURBS, subdivision, and polygon meshes and adds augmented access to the 3D digital object. Xirus provides decoupled control of tangents, curvature, mixed- and higher order derivatives and enables direct smoothness control in 3D modeling. 

The WIP will be released on November 20th. In the meantime, check out the tutorial videos...

Monday, October 9, 2017

Innochain Winter School 2017 in Berlin

HENN will host the Innochain Winter School 2017. We invite you to join us for two days of great presentations, discussions, and exhibition in Berlin.

Innochain Early Stage Researcher (ESRs) and their Industry Partners (IPs), as well as Universities, are asked to describe how their research will make a difference to society and the building profession in both a short and long-term perspective. 

Please join HENN for two days of discussions and presentations.

October 12-13 Public Sessions and Presentations

3D Printed Bridge

The town of Alcobendas is the home of the first pedestrian bridge printed in 3D. The Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) was in charge of the architectural design of the bridge, which has a total length of 12 meters and a width of 1.75 meters and is printed in micro-reinforced concrete.

With this bridge design, the IAAC remains committed to innovation and becoming a global pioneer in large-scale 3D printing. The 3D printed footbridge of Alcobendas, designed with Rhino and Grasshopper, represents a milestone for the construction sector at an international level, since, to date, this technology has not been applied in the field of civil engineering.

The 3D printed bridge, which reflects the complexities of nature’s forms, was developed through parametric design, to allow optimizing material distribution and minimizing the waste by recycling the raw material during manufacturing. Thanks to the application of generative algorithms and challenging the traditional construction techniques, the computational design also allowed maximizing the structural performance, with total freedom of forms, maintaining the porosity.

Job Offer at Digital Timber Construction DTC Group (TU Kaiserslautern)

The group of Digital Timber Construction DTC at the faculty of architecture at TU Kaiserslautern is searching for a research assistant (50% TV-L 13). The position starts December, 2017, and includes the possibility of a PhD thesis.

The working group directed by Jun. Prof. Dr. Christopher Robeller is part of the research laboratory Timber Architecture and Engineered Wood Products T-Lab and operates at the intersection of architecture, civil engineering, computer science, and fabrication technology.

The group is focused on the development of novel digital tools, which automatically generate 3D building components and CNC fabrication data - while being aware of the constraints of assembly sequences, fabrication parameters, and material properties. This allows for the development of new building construction systems, where the details play a particularly important role.

The working environment is a technical university, with equipment of the T-Lab (including a new 5-axis CNC machining center) and an exchange with industry partners.


A passion for digital timber construction, as well as a Diploma or Master in architecture, civil engineering, or computer science. Useful skills include CAD (Rhino), programming (C#, Python, C++) and experience with CNC machines and robots.


Tasks include the work on research projects and research funding applications, as well as the participation in teaching activities. The position is initially limited to one year and should be extended afterward through successful funding applications.


Please apply via email to christopher.robeller@architektur.uni-kl.de

Thursday, October 5, 2017

"Simplified Complexity" Conference in Mexico

We invite you to the official presentation of the Spanish version of Simplified Complexity, a book by author Giancarlo Di Marco, about advanced NURBS modeling with Rhino

Simplified Complexity is a method (not a manual) resulting from twenty years of professional and teaching experience and consisting of a structured knowledge system, ideal for an in-depth understanding of Rhino and useful for both basic and advanced users. Giancarlo Di Marco is the founder of ARTC.it, an Italian professional design agency offering consulting, training, and design services.

Andres Gonzalez from McNeel (Rhino) and Ricardo Ortiz from Chaos Group (V-Ray) will be part of the conference. 

Friday, October 13 at 6:00 pm

Center of Design, Cinema and Television
Av. Constituyentes, 455, Mexico City

The conference is free and open to the public!

Book price:
38EUR - 800MXN

There are 100 copies of the book available at the event. Or you can buy your copy in advance here and pick it up on the day of the event!

Available soon at Amazon (US and México) and local bookstores.

For additional information please contact Giancarlo Di Marco.

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 4, 2017

Job Opportunity - Tu Taller Design in Colombia

Tu Taller Design has a job opening for a designer/architect to join their team! 

They are looking for a designer or architect who has advanced knowledge in 3D modeling, with strong Rhino and Grasshopper skills, who can parameterize furniture.

Tu Taller Design is an integral design company located in Medellín, Colombia. It conceptualizes, advises, directs and develops ideas and projects for their clients. They provide services in product development, creation of a graphical identity and specification and design of interior spaces until the finished product and the final application.

For more information and to apply, please contact Tu Taller Design and mention this job opportunity through this link!

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 3, 2017

“Joalheria no Brasil” (Jewelry in Brazil) book

“Joalheria no Brasil” (Jewelry in Brazil) by Claudia Dayé, Carlos Cornejo, and Costa Engracia, is the first book about the history of Brazilian jewelry in contemporary times. 

It presents an overview of the development of jewelry from the mining to the final jewel, describing the evolution of the technique and design. This book shows the impact of Rhino from the development of brands to the evolution of technique and design.

For additional information please contact Claudia Dayé.

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, October 2, 2017

Marc Fornes in Kazakhstan

The Stripes Effect, a video from Marc Fornes and THEVERYMANY, features the Minima/Maxima World Expo Pavilion in Astana, Kazakhstan.

This playful structure is a multi-ply ultra-thin composite material as thin as a coin. Its structural is 43' high, composed of ultra-thin aluminum. If you scaled an egg up to the same height as Minima/Maxima, it would be much thicker.

Minima/Maxima's strength comes through a self-supporting curvilinear structure -- a series of three layers creating a multi-ply composite. The self-supporting forms find their strength in the double curvature of their form. The layers are constructed in tandem, supporting one another as they gain curvature and height. One layer never exists on its own, but contributes to and benefits from the unified whole.

Minima/Maxima was commissioned for World Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, where it will stay as a permanent structure.

Marc Fornes is the founder of THEVERYMANY, a design studio and collaborative research forum engaging architecture via encoded and explicit processes. A Rhino and RhinoScript expert, Marc collaborates with McNeel on a regular basis.

Minima/Maxima details: 43' high, 6' wide x 6' depth. 3x2 mm thin. 5,312 structure stripes with 164,252 rivets.

The Stripes Effect, a video from Marc Fornes and THEVERYMANY...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Are you ready for Level 2?

Image credit: Kyle Houchens, The Outside

Ready to take your Rhino skills to the next level? Join us for one of our upcoming Level 2 courses. Our course outline is available here. Choose from Seattle or Online. 

Our online classes are live training sessions that let you ask questions and interact with the class and instructor. All online sessions will be recorded and posted for your study and review. Videos will be available for streaming up to three months following the class.

Rhino User Meeting in Berlin - October 5, 2017

McNeel Europe is organizing a Rhino User Meeting at the UDK Berlin on the 5th October 2017.

Come 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, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Visualization, 3D Printing, Robotic Milling, Environmental Analysis, 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.

And don’t miss the Grasshopper User Meeting on the 4th of October, hosted by Parametric Support at Archimedes Exhibitions! (This event requires a separate registration here.)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Open Research Associate Position (PhD) at Digital and Experimental Design and Construction, University of Kassel (Germany)

The new research department Digital and Experimental Design and Construction at the University of Kassel (FB06 ASL Architecture - Urban and Regional Planning - Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning) is looking for one more new Research Associate (75% EG 13 TV-H) for a range of research projects (including the possibility of a PhD) and teaching activities in computational design and digital fabrication. 

Tasks will include design work, material research, building prototypes in a novel robotic fabrication laboratory and taking part in the general organisational activities of the department. 

AA Visiting School Madrid - Oct 13-23, 2017

AA Visiting School Madrid
Oct 13-23, 2017

Trans-computational Membranes 5.0 will continue exploring computational design methods through digital-analog experimentation. With the focus on flexible materials, AA Visiting School has developed large-scale pavilions and installations for the last three years, seamlessly integrating physical simulations into the design process. 

This has facilitated the development of Open Source generative digital design tools, enabling the digital manipulation of flexible materials. This year’s workshop will continue further with this research, deploying advanced fabrication into digital design tools. 

Workshop participants will not only explore new design methods but also adopt novel manufacturing techniques, focusing on robotic fabrication of flexible structures. AA Visiting School Madrid 2017 will expand its domain from the digital to the physical in a seamless workflow, where design and fabrication not only coexist but also interweave at every step.

VR for Rhino User Group Meeting in London - Oct 10, 2017

SimplyRhino UK is organizing a group interested in meeting ito network, discuss, and explore Virtual Reality (VR) solutions for Rhino.  

At each meeting there will be at least one presentation from a customer with experience VR, all followed by group discussion and informal pleasantries. 

The first VR for Rhino User Group Meeting date is set for Tuesday, October  10, 2017, in London. We hope you can join this new group.

The meeting will start with a presentation from Grimshaw Architects:
"Grimshaw has a history of using VR in an architectural setting, including early adoption of the Oculus Rift as a fully dynamic environment, and subsequently Samsung Gear headsets for more static experiences.

Over the past year, we have been increasingly looking at using VR beyond a presentation capacity and integrating the technology into the design process. To date, this has largely been looking at using VR for design reviews through Prospect, with the hope of progressing to a modeling platform via applications such as Mindesk, and eventually developing our own tools to leverage the most from VR.

The presentation will show our experiences and progress using VR and Rhino, from early exploration for presentations to a more established review-oriented workflow."