Thursday, July 20, 2017

ROB|ARCH 2018: Call for Workshops (deadline: September 8, 2017)

ROB|ARCH 2018 
Conference and Workshops
September 10–15, 2018
ETH Zurich (Switzerland)

The ROB|ARCH 2018 conference and workshops will take place at ETH Zurich and are proudly hosted by the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication, a cross-disciplinary research network leading the development and integration of digital technologies within the field of architecture. Against this background, the conference will provide an ideal setting for a series of interdisciplinary workshops pushing the boundaries of the state-of-the-art in robotic fabrication.

The ROB|ARCH workshops will allow for hands-on experience with the most current robotic technologies, offer a unique platform for dissemination of new knowledge, and provide an opportunity for researchers, practitioners and industry leaders to share and exchange expertise, explore methods, compare techniques and create new connections.

ROB|ARCH 2018 now welcomes proposals for workshops. Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit proposals for two-day or three-day workshops, which will be held on September 10-12, 2018 at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Workshop proposals with strong cross-disciplinary trajectories that actively integrate experts from multiple fields are highly encouraged.

Deadline for submissions: September 8, 2017.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Parametric Design Intensive course in Rhino & Grasshopper In Argentina

Artillería and BUSKA Hub Creativo is hosting a 5-day Parametric Design with Rhino & Grasshopper workshop!

This is an Intensive workshop where you will understand the basic concepts and the essential skills necessary to effectively design with Grasshopper for Rhino. Starting from basic exercises to the modeling of complex surfaces and the alternatives for its subsequent digital manufacturing.

Córdoba, Argentina.
4th,5th,10th,11th and 12th of August, 2017

29 hours divided in 5 days.

$2000 per person if you register before July 26.
$2500 per person if you register after July 26 to August 04.

30% registration ($600 or $750 depending on the date of enrollment).

For more information please contact Arq. Ornela Priotti.

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, July 18, 2017

Parametric Furniture + Digital Fabrication Workshop in July

Electric Circus Studio is hosting a workshop in Parametric Furniture + Digital Fabrication!

Date: July 20-July 26, 2017
Time: 2pm-10pm
Location: Electric Circus Studio
Rua João Brígido 322 - Fortaleza - Ceará - Brazil

Nowadays, parametric modeling and digital fabrication helps architects, designers and engineers around the world in the renewal of building modes. With the spread of numerical control machines over the last two decades, the more organic forms have become more accessible.

This workshop will explore parametric design and benefits of new manufacturing technologies in creating modern and unique furniture. With the aid of these new technologies it is possible to create more complex forms and simplify their execution. 

This workshop is intended for: architects, engineers, designers and students of these areas, who have basics of 3D modeling (in any software).

Rhino and Grasshopper tools will be introduced for modeling and also digital fabrication with a router CNC and 3D printer.

For more information please contact Renata Portelada or Adriano Bastos.

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, July 17, 2017

Webinar: Digital Patterning with ExactFlat & Rhino, July 27

Webinar: Digital Patterning with ExactFlat and Rhino
Date: Thursday, July 27, 2017
Time: 9 AM-11 AM PDT
Join Mark Jewel and Luke Niwranski of ExactFlat for an overview of digital patterning and the ExactFlat plug-in for Rhino for Windows. They will show how ExactFlat works to flatten products like a backpack, fire bowl, and other examples.
This webinar is for anyone designing in 3-D and needing to “flatten” the model into an accurate 2-D cut design. This is especially important in the automotive, furniture, accessories, and marine industries.

Earthen Shells and Robotic Fabrication seminar at IAAC Barcelona - Results

Earthen ShellsInnochain Research

MSc Arch. Stephanie Chaltiel has been kind enough to share with us the output of one of her fabrication workshops at IAAC within her InnoChain PhD research program.
This seminar was based on exploring earthen monolithic shells fabrication methods with iterative 3D scanning at different stages of the structures's edification. The resulting 3D scans were used in Rhino to perform some structural (Karamba) and passive ventilation (Rhino CFD) simulations.

Grasshopper/Karamba were used to extract the stress lines, giving the opportunity for reinforcement features. Karamba was also used to detect areas of the shell working primarily in tension or in compression and associate thickness variations of the shell.

The simulation results translated into design opportunities of the earthen shells, resulting in unique aesthetics. Resin robotic pouring was explored and different finishes resulted by varying angle, speed, and distance to the surface robotic parameters on the Grasshopper/KUKA/prc software.
At the end of the seminar, students presented their shells to the Jury members - Verena Vogler (McNeel Europe), Vincent Chavy (Universal Robots Barcelona) and Amadeo Monreal (UPC - Mathematics) - who provided useful feedback.

Participants: 12 students from year 1 of the IAAC Master in Advanced Architecture
Tutors: Stephanie Chaltiel, Abdullah Ibrahim, Noor El-Gewely
Advisor for CFD and Augmented Reality: Angelos Chronis

Stephanie would like to specially thank Maite Bravo (Iaac) for her very rich input in the seminar, as well as the Jury members.

Optimization Masterclass in Hamburg (Germany), September 22-24 | IASS 2017 | Thomas Wortmann, Judyta Cichocka and Adrian Krężlik

Interfacing Architecture, Engineering and Mathematical Optimization
September 22-24, 2017
Hamburg (Germany)

Thomas Wortmann, Judyta Cichocka and Adrian Krężlik will be hosting a Master Class at the IASS 2017 Conference in Hamburg, Germany.

Join them to:
  • Learn how to use simulation-based optimization in Grasshopper
  • Learn about the differences between optimization algorithms in Grasshopper and when to use them
  • Learn how to assess the performance of optimization algorithms
  • Learn about differences between single and multi-objective optimization algorithms
  • Experiment with benchmark problems
  • Experiment with optimization problems from your own practice and research (bring your own optimization problems)
  • Experiment with optimization and visualization tools not yet released publicly
Thomas and Judyta are researchers in architectural design optimization. Thomas is the lead developer of the machine learning related optimization tool Opossum and Judyta is a co-developer of the particle swarm optimization tool Silverye. Adrian is the founder and the owner of Architektura Parametryczna – the biggest Polish consultancy company in parametric design. (Find Thomas’ and Judyta’s work on ResearchGate here and here.)

Registration closes on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Responsive Surfaces Summer School - September 11-23, Rome (Italy)

Responsive Surfaces Summer School
September 11-23
Sapienza University of Rome
via Gianturco 2 (G13 classroom)
via Flaminia 70 (F3 classroom)
Ce.S.M.A. laboratories (M1 classroom)
00196 Rome

Responsive Surfaces Summer School aims to provide participants with the theoretical and instrumental skills necessary to deal with the design and construction of responsive surfaces.

The course consists of a series of lectures (lectures), practice exercises (fablab), modelling, interaction and surfaces design (design lab).

The first part of the course will address the basics of geometric theory required to design kinetic surfaces.

Subsequently, the course will address algorithms and software useful for their digital implementation. The acquired knowledge will allow students to virtually simulate the designed surfaces.

Parallel to the virtual simulation, students will build physical models of kinetic surfaces.

In the final part of the course physical models will be completed with environmental sensors, digital logic and actuation devices. Participants will able to use, for experimental purposes, the equipment for physical modeling: 3D printers, plotter cutting, thermoforming, and a variety of materials for the construction of physical prototypes.

Tools: Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Fusion 360, Cinema 4D and free add-ons that will be communicated at the start of the class
Language: English
Payment deadline: August 21, 2017

The Punishment - an installation by artist Filipe Vilas-Boas and architect Paul Coudamy

The Punishment, an installation in which a robot executes a preventive punishment for its possible future disobedience, was shown at Futur en Seine digital festival in Paris last month.

The piece is the work of artist Filipe Vilas-Boas and architect Paul Coudamy.

Paul has kindly let us know that in this project "Grasshopper was used to align the robot to the table and to the block of paper as well as to create the font and program the writing phase. It offered an invaluable help to avoid all collisions."

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

On-Demand Rhino Training

On-Demand Rhino 102 and Rhino Visual Tips Training by McNeel Miami

Begin your Rhino training anytime-anywhere with Vimeo On-Demand access to previously recorded, live classes! 

Now you can stream Rhino Visual Tips 5, 18 chapters with instructions on how to set up the Rhino software interface, how to use the drawing, editing, modeling and transform tools including the new Gumball tools and more!

Our On-Demand classes consist of the class recordings from our McNeel Miami Online classesNo need to travel or wait for a certain date... you may begin today!

Classes include:
Questions? Contact Lucia Miguel
Note: After purchase, classes may be rented and streamed for a six-month period. 

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, July 10, 2017

IVI prototype from last year AA Greece Visiting School Chania will be exhibited at Adaptation Exhibition - July 11-14, Berlin (Germany)

Adaptation Exhibition
Opening: July 11, 6pm-10pm
Exhibition: July 12-14, 10am-8pm
Agora Rollberg
Rollbergstraße 26
12053 Berlin

IVI, the architectural interactive prototype from the Architectural Association Greece Visiting School in Chania is travelling to Berlin as part of the Adaptation Exhibition.

Adaptation will be hosted as a satellite event with Tech Open Air, a yearly festival held of ideas of tech, music, art, and science. The exhibition will be in Agora Rollberg, an experimental center for sustainable and artistic practices in the heart of Neukölln.

Last year the continuously developing AA Visiting School, that takes place successfully on a global scale and promotes a cosmopolitan pedagogical approach, visited the city of Chania.

Under the theme “Progressions”, IVI has been the output of the intense workshop dealing with generative architectural design and digital fabrication techniques, where architectural students and architects participated from Greece and abroad. The project was designed and realized in the Lektorio studio space in the old city district of Chania.

The completed installation was also presented at the exhibition space of Sabbionara Gate of the Centre for Mediterranean Architecture, co-organized by the Municipality of Chania and Keppedich Kam enabling public visits.

Get your free ticket here!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

"Minute! Flute Designer", a new Tool Designer plug-in for Rhinoceros by Division Engineering

Division Engineering has released "Minute! Flute Designer", a new Tool Designer plug-in for Rhinoceros.


  • Free Curved Work Profile, Free Curved Core Profile, and Variable Helix Angle are acceptable at flute design. 
  • Dressed Wheel Shape Calculator.
  • Dedicated Flute Profile Editor.
  • Good NURBS Envelope Surface can be exported.

Details are here.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Parametric Modeling Organizer with Grasshopper workshop in July

Lab For Architectural Singularity is hosting a Parametric Modeling Organizer with Grasshopper workshop!

This workshop is intended for architects, designers, engineers, and anyone interested in parametric modeling tools.

It is an introductory course on the development, control, and feasibility of complex geometries through the association of design parameters using Grasshopper for Rhino, the most advanced generative modeling software for architecture and design.

Miguel Lemos 41/908Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22071000 Brazil
Date: July 24-29, 2017
Time: 13:00 Standard Time in Brasilia 
Fee: $700

For more information please contact Renata Portelada.

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.

Riccardo La Magna, Philipp Längst and Gregory Quinn | IASS 2017 Pre-Symposium Master Class - September 22-24, Hamburg (Germany)

Exploring Software Approaches in Simulating Bending-Active Systems
September 22-24, 2017
Hamburg (Germany)

Riccardo La Magna, Philipp Längst, and Gregory Quinn will host a Master Class at the IASS 2017 Conference in Hamburg, Germany.

The workshop will explore and compare three different software and simulation approaches for the form-finding and analysis of bending-active structures. All three simulation methods will use Rhino and Grasshopper as an interface. This will facilitate the generating and comparing of input and output geometries for the form-finding process.

The three methods introduced in the Master Class will be:

Mesh based: FEM - Sofistik
NURBS based: IGA - Carat++
Vector based: DR - Kangaroo

The last day to register for the Master Class is July 15, 2017.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Facades+ AM Austin, July 18

July 18, 2017
Austin, TX

This month, for the first time Facades+AM is coming to Austin.
Sign up today!

The day's program includes three sessions covering issues unique to the region, including innovative building skins, high performance facades, and the future face of Austin. These well rounded, expert dialogues will inform and inspire.

The Facades+ conference series is a robust dialogue encompassing all things building skin—bridging the profession, industry, academia, operations, and ownership. The best of the Facades+ is distilled into a 2-day event into a quick-take morning forum with a strong local flair. 

  • Digital Design and Fabrication Frontiers
  • Made in Texas: Collaboration between Architect and Engineer
  • Austin’s Changing Skyline

Who should attend: AIA members, architects, architecture students and faculty, building envelope specialists, construction professionals, developers,
engineers, manufacturers, materials specialists

NVIDIA Quadro Card Tests with Rhino 6 WIP

has been testing the real world performance advantage of the new Rhino v6 WIP display pipeline with four up-to-date NVIDIA cards, using a large and highly detailed model of an industrial truck.

If you are interested in reading the report, sign up here to download the full report PDF.

Friday, June 30, 2017

3D carvings for woodworkers' workbenchs

Bainbridge Island Artisan Resource Network is a Seattle community facility for artisans to share resources, education, and workspace. To help out this group, Tim Celeski designed a new workbench for the hand tool woodworkers.

The space required nine benches built on a budget. Tim added the challenge to make each workbench unique. So, in Rhino, he designed a unique 3D carved leg vise for each bench. He then used a CNC to carve each vise chop. The CNC sped up the carving and the precision work.

Watch this video introduction to see how they were made:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Gartner Facade automated in Rhino

The "crown" of the new iconic building at 10 Fenchurch Avenue in downtown London, designed by Eric Parry Architects, will be realized as a Closed Cavity Façade (CCF) by Josef Gartner GmbH.

Imagine Computation, as a sub-contractor of Gartner, was in charge of creating the highly detailed models and the complete manufacturing relevant information of all 1056 crown elements – all created with a custom plug-in for Rhino.

Parametric Design in Architecture Master's Degree - October 16, 2017 - July 5, 2018, Barcelona (Spain)

Classes: October 16, 2017 - July 5, 2018
Program ends: November 30, 2018
60 ECTS (388 teaching hours)
Barcelona Metropolitan School of Architecture
C. Pere Serra, 1-15
Barcelona - Sant Cugat del Vallès

The Master Parametric Design in Architecture is a unique opportunity to critically review computational design towards a more challenging and self-demanding commitment to environmental constraints.

It is organized into two independent postgraduate courses, which can be taken either together or separately to obtain the Master's degree.

PG1: Digital Design and Fabrication

This course will give students the knowledge of parametric geometry, digital fabrication, and contemporary architecture they need to develop the potential of parametric design. The course includes practical workshops on parametric software, geometry, and numerical control machines, aimed at solving real problems in complex architectural design.

PG2: Performative Parametric Design

This course will explore real applications through parametric design. The behavior of the designs are checked, demanding the same rigor and requirements of digital fabrication as those expected from traditional architecture. This module aims to create interaction and synergies between parametric design and the application of algorithms to other disciplines such as BIM, urban design, planning, construction, structures, installations, services, and climate to obtain more efficient and sustainable results.

If you enroll before June 30, you will get a 10% discount!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

EvoluteToolsPRO Tutorial Series - Tutorial 04: Closeness to curves

Evolute GmbH has launched the 4th tutorial of its EvoluteTools PRO Tutorial Series: Closeness to curves.

3D Hubs Student Grant 2017: best Rhino entries

Reminder! You have until June 30 to submit your entry for the 3D Hubs Student Grant 2017.

Simona Ferrari, 3D Hubs Global Community Manager, selected some of the best Rhino entries so far.

Nice articles on RhinoCentre blog

Copyright Boskalis - Dockwise Vanguard and Costa Concordia
Check out ARTC RhinoCentre founder Gerard Petersen's interesting articles on a series of challenging projects he has been busy with. He offers design strategies and solutions with Rhino and related plug-ins to several marine industry companies which have contacted him for support and consultancy.

ExpressMarine 1.2 recorded webinar available

The ExpressMarine 1.2 recorded webinar session from June 14 is now available for viewing.

You will get an insight on how to create an ExpressMarine project and generate parametric marine structures. The demo ship is a 130-meter chemical tanker.

We encourage you to send any additional questions to

If you would like a free 30-day evaluation, you can download it here. Express Marine AS will be happy to give you a brief, personal tutorial online to help you get started.


Friday, June 23, 2017

ShapeDiver update: new export feature

New export feature from the web viewer

ShapeDiver GmbH recently released a new export feature for ShapeDiver.

ShapeDiver is a web service for publishing parametric 3D data. It is run by ShapeDiver GmbH, a limited liability company registered in Vienna, Austria. Alexander Schiftner, Mathias Höbinger, and Mathieu Huard founded it in 2015.

Digital Design and Production in Architecture Workshop - July 3, 10-15, Lecco (Italy)

Digital Design and Production in Architecture
July 3,10-15 2017
INDEXLAB – Politecnico di Milano, Polo territoriale di Lecco
Via Gaetano Previati 1/c, 23900 Lecco

The workshop Digital Design and Production in Architecture, organized by INDEXLAB – Politecnico di Milano, offers a new vision on architecture and its manufacturing methodologies.

Module 1
Algorithmic Design for Architecture
Monday July 3, 2017

Participants will be introduced to the tools and methods of computational design through the Grasshopper software platform. The aim is to allow the exploration of algorithmic modeling of non-standard forms, as well as to understand the implications of fabrication methodologies in the realization of such geometries.

Module 2
Digital Construction Design and Robotic Fabrication
From Monday July 10 to Saturday July 15, 2017

The course will focus on digital and robotic fabrication methodologies, with the final aim of designing and fabricating full-scale mock-ups and installations, integrating innovative materials and efficient "design to production" parametric routines. The course provides relevant skills to design complex geometries – through algorithmic modeling – and to define innovative digital production methods for architecture and the construction industry.

INDEXLAB workshop tutors are world-renowned leading experts in digital construction, computational design, and robotic fabrication. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Introductory Webinar on RhinoCFD by CHAM and Novedge - July 5, 11am-12am PDT

Introducing RhinoCFD: Fluid Dynamics Made Simple
July 5, 2017
11am-12am PDT

CHAM and Novedge invite you to this introductory webinar on RhinoCFD, to take place on Wednesday, July 5, from 11am to 12am (PDT). 

RhinoCFD is the first plug-in to bring a general purpose Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solver to Rhino 5, allowing users to explore the impact and efficiency of their designs in a familiar environment.

This webinar introduces the concept of CFD to novel users as well as shows how to use the software with practical examples covering urban flow, interior ventilation, flow past ships hulls, forces on sails, and jewelry casting.

It is suited to everyone interested in fluid dynamics -- in particular, architects, built-environment engineers, naval and marine designers, and industrial engineers.

CHAM’s Engineering Manager Andrew Carmichael will host this webinar.

This webinar is free but space is limited. Save the date and reserve your webinar seat now!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Grasshopper Training On-Demand in Spanish

On-Demand Grasshopper Training by McNeel Miami

Begin your Grasshopper training anytime-anywhere with Vimeo On-Demand access to previously recorded, live classes! 

Now you can stream Grasshopper 101 and Grasshopper 102 in Spanish! 

Our On-Demand classes consist of the class recordings from our McNeel Miami Online classesNo need to travel or wait for a certain date... you may begin today!

Note: After purchase, classes may be rented and streamed for a six-month period. 

Questions? Contact Lucia Miguel

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, June 20, 2017

food4Rhino News

The new food4Rhino website was launched a few months ago and we have now more than 300 Rhino and Grasshopper apps and 130,000 active users!

With a completely new design and search system, finding and downloading a Rhino or Grasshopper plug-in is now much faster. 

Here are some examples of recently added apps for physics simulation, AEC, virtual reality, interface design, and much more!

There are also new resource types such as Scripts, Grasshopper definitions, Toolbars, Tutorials, Companion Software, Materials, etc.

Visit for access to more than 300 Rhino and Grasshopper apps!

Rhino UK User Meeting 2017 report

If you missed the Rhino UK User Meeting held in London on June 14, don't miss this nice report by our friends at Meshcanics and the photos on the Rhino Facebook page.

3rd Grasshopper User Meeting in Berlin

3rd Grasshopper User Meeting
TU Berlin, Germany
July 5, 2017

Parametric Support invites architects, engineers, designers, and artists to participate at the 3rd Grasshopper User Meeting in Berlin.

"We are looking for outstanding presentations showing application of digital tools in architecture, engineering and design."

Biomimicry: Translating 3D Fractal Imaging into Architecture, June 29

Join Performance Network for this online webinar workshop. They will begin by introducing participants to imaging complex fractal geometry within Mandelbulb 3D, a free software application. Review the various settings and options available for generating 2D and 3D fractals within the Mandelbulb 3D environment. Once the interface is understood, the workshop will focus on 3D fractals which could serve architectural purposes. Explore techniques for sending voxel data from Mandelbulb 3D into Rhino and other 3D applications. 

Date: Thursday, June 29
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm PDT
Price: US$19 - Register here

About the Instructor... 
Carlos Sarmiento is a graduate of the Architecture Association School of Architecture (AA) in London and an Architect at Perkins Eastman in New York.