Friday, January 20, 2017

Rhinoforyou at BIM World 2017 - March 29-30, Paris (France)

BIM World 2017
Espace Grande Arche
Paris La Défense

Rhinoforyou stand (219 A)
March 29-30, 2017
9:00am - 6:00pm

Rhinoforyou will be exhibiting at BIM World 2017 in Paris, from March 28 to March 29 (stand 219 A).

Rhinoforyou will be presenting the BIM software solution RhinoArchitecture, an innovative and economically affordable solution that integrates consistently Rhinoceros, Grasshopper and VisualARQ. Winner of the PTNB 2016 (category "Building envelope"), RhinoArchitecture is the first solution to see the convergence of design and parametric design with BIM.

Rhinoforyou will also be presenting its Geometry Gym connectors (direct or via IFC) for CAD software (Revit, Tekla, Rhino...) and for calculation software.

Experts Francesc Salla, VisualARQ product manager, and Jon Mirtschin from Geometry Gym Ltd. will also be present at the stand.

Opossum wins the COIN-OR Cup 2016

Opossum (OPtimizatiOn System with SUrrogate Models)—a new optimization plug-in for Grasshopper available on food4rhino —and RBFOpt—a model-based, black-box optimization library—have jointly won the COIN-OR Cup 2016!

Computational Infrastructure for Operations Research (COIN) is an international initiative to spur the development of open-source software for the operations research community. The award committee recognized the utilization of state-of-the-art mathematical optimization tools in a context that is historically skeptical about them, the effort to increase awareness of the potential of mathematical optimization within the architecture community and its easy-to-use interface for non-experts.

Opossum is the first model-based optimization tool for Grasshopper. It is based on the RBFOpt library and has a GUI similar to Galapagos. Opossum uses advanced machine learning techniques to find good solutions with a small number of evaluations. Its specialty is finding close to optimal solutions in 100-300 evaluations, while other types of algorithms typically need many more steps.

This paper presents benchmark results comparing an early version of Opossum, Galapagos and Goat.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Facades+ in Miami - Symposium and Workshops

Don't miss McNeel Miami at Facades+ in Miami, January 26 & 27, 2017!

Join McNeel Miami's - RhinoFabStudio for a workshop in Data Drive Skins - using Rhino's Grasshopper to build form generators by instructor Andres Gonzalez. 

We are offering a one-time opportunity for you to get a full scholarship for the Data Drive Skins Workshop. Please contact Lucia Miguel for more information on how to get the grant!

For more information on the workshop on Jan 27, visit this link 
Thursday January 26 - Symposium:

The Facades+ conference provides proven insights on how to make your ideas become reality and brings together some of the world’s most productive building professionals and leading researchers from architecture, engineering, construction, fabrication, development, and education.

Register now!

Remember to join us at:

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.

Hidden Geometry Sculpture Show at ZINC Art & Object

New Works by Tim Celeski at ZINC Art + Object

From January 18th through February 10th, ZINC Art + Object in Edmonds, Washington will feature new sculptural works by Tim Celeski. Hidden Geometry contrasts geometric and organic forms with the unique natural beauty of wood.

A Rhino and Grasshopper user, Tim is best known for his extensive line of custom furniture. His creative work continues to evolve and he is now creating and showing new sculptural wood pieces. Using reclaimed and cast-off wood, Tim looks for material that is unique in its form and imperfections – often spalted or filled with worm holes with grain and patterns that are determined by the life of the tree. The results are panels, vessels and free standing sculpture sized from 10 inches to over 10 feet. Like the trees the wood comes from each piece is unique, tactile with a sensuous surface that’s meant to be touched.

PanelFlow release - A Unified Workflow For Panel Producers

Evolute GmbH is pleased to announce the release of PanelFlow, a family of plug-ins for Rhino, addressed to panel manufacturers. 

"After years of working with world-class panel producers for the building industry, we are happy to launch PanelFlow, a software solution that we built up from our experience in the whole workflow of panel production. PanelFlow allows you to handle simple and complex jobs with ease in a unified system. PanelFlow is based on a family of plug-ins for Rhino, making use of the great versatility offered by Rhino".


Parametric Winter School (second edition) - February 25 - March 3, Zakopane (Poland)

Parametric Winter School
Rhinoceros + Grasshopper
Virtual Reality and Generative Bending
February 25 - March 3, 2017
Zakopane (Poland)

Architektura Parametryczna (a digital design educational platform) invites you to the second edition of Parametric Winter School, a week of coding and fun which will take place from February 25 to March 3 in Zakopane (Poland).


Kacper Radziszewski (Architektura Parametryczna)

"Virtual Reality helps us to explore and understand architecture from other aspects, combined with parametric tools is a powerful design method. The aim of the workshop is to understand and learn how to employ this technique in architectural projects".

Maria Smigielska (ETHZ)

"The workshop aims to explore varied digital methodologies of spatial frame structure generation as well as its following fabrication. Students will work with generic element as metal rod in the process of its bending, as well as look at different ways of its connecting and assembly. Each group of students will end up building spatial structure of their own patterns".

Seats: 21


Early Bird (till January 18) 1400 PLN (350 EUR)
Regular (till February 15) 1600PLN (420 EUR)
Late Bird 1800PLN (480 EUR)


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Design + Optimization + Fabrication (DOF) at McNeel Miami

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


USD $995
Date: March 27 - 31, 2017
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (EST)*
*Note: All times listed are Eastern (Miami) time zone

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

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

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

Day 5 (Nov 11)RhinoCAM  USD $295

Location for all courses: 
McNeel Miami
1538 NW 89th Court
Miami, FL 33172
United States

Space is limited!!! Register here!

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

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

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Available soon: Views Optimization Using Galapagos for Grasshopper

ThinkParametric added a new new online tutorial to their Foundation Training Courses: Views Optimization Using Galapagos for Grasshopper. This course will focus on creating your own optimization tools inside Grasshopper using Galapagos, optimizing building shapes according to their views.

This course is a continuation of the Galapagos 101 course and a more hands-on case study.

By mastering Galapagos and understanding the power of an evolutionary solver, you can make smarter and better informed decisions early in the design process. Knowing how to use these tools helps you make smarter and more informed design decision early on in the design process.

Galapagos uses an evolutionary-based algorithmic solver. In evolutionary models, a population of candidate solutions is maintained, and new candidate solutions are generated randomly by mutating or recombining variants in the existing population. Periodically, the population is pruned by applying a selection criterion (a fitness function). Only the better candidates survive into the next generation. Iterated over many generations, the average quality of the solutions in the candidate pool gradually increases.

In-Formation - an installation by Ross Lovegrove for Alcantara® at Imm Cologne (Germany)

Imm Kölnmesse

(between Halls 3 and 11)
Messeplatz 1
50679 Köln
January 16 - 22, 2017

Opening Hours: Mon: 9am-9pm; Tue- Sat: 9pm-6am; Sun: 9am-5pm
Press Conference: January 17, 2017 - 10 am

A>T is glad and honoured to announce its second collaboration with Ross Lovegrove for "In-Formation", an Alcantara® installation for Imm Cologne, the international interiors show.

This large scale project (about 3meters H x 20meters L), made using Alcantara® fabric stripes, has been a proving ground for A>T longtime research on developable surfaces. The computational design was made by Arturo Tedeschi, Maurizio A. Degni and Davide Lombardi.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Digital Wood - Master's Thesis Research Project at Chalmers University of Technology

Digital Wood - Design & fabrication of a full-scale exhibition structure in plywood
Team: Viktoria Henriksson, Emil Poulsen and Oscar Gillkvist
Viktoria Henriksson has been kind enough to share with us her Master's Thesis research project, which she did together with Emil Poulsen and Oskar Gillkvist, for which Rhino and Grasshopper were used as the primary design tools.

"Plywood has many times before been used for temporary structures in architecture, mainly because of the relatively low cost and availability. Plywood is often seen as a perfectly flat sheet material, free from otherwise common properties of timber such as imperfections and grain direction. However, plywood is actually a diverse material with inherent dynamic properties associated with the tree it once came from. This is something that is rarely seen in contemporary plywood design but could be emphasized and more accessible through computational design and digital fabrication.

The research project “Digital Wood” investigates and utilizes the bending properties and dynamics of plywood through the use of computational design and digital fabrication. Through a design-by-research approach using full-scale experiments and digital tools, this project seeks to explore new perspectives of programming timber in the field of architecture and design.

In collaboration with industrial partners, a temporary structure was designed and built for the Wood and Technology exhibition in Gothenburg, Sweden to function as a gathering place and visual label for visitors, while exploring new unexpected ways of implementing wood.

3d-modelling in Rhinoceros and Grasshopper 3D played a major role both in the design process and the realization of the pavilion. Custom tools and scripts were developed and used for everything from generation of cutting patterns to automating the production of CNC files. With the use of modern technology and new treatment methods, “Digital Wood” pushes the boundaries for how conventional material can be used to unleash new creative potentials".


INpuls KICK OFF - March 11, Munich (Germany)

Sat, March 11, 2017
14:00 - 20:00
Vorhoelzer Forum
Arcisstraße 21
80333 Munich
INpuls, an interior architecture office based in Munich, has been organizing the second edition of INpuls KICK-OFF, a recruitment event in the form of a "speed dating" which will take place on March 11, during the Munich Creative Business Week.
This innovative platform, promoted by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, gives young professionals - interior design students or young interior designers with less than  4 years of experience - a chance to present their works to experts from renowned agencies and receive direct feedback.

Rhinoceros will be one of the media sponsors for this event.
Registration deadline: 01.02.17

Friday, January 13, 2017

Rhino Visual Tips 5 - New Free Chapters!

Start practicing Rhino with the first 5 chapters from Rhino Visual Tips 5 that are online for free! These are the first 5 from the 18 chapters that Rhino Visual Tips 5 has to offer. To start practicing register at and visit this link.

We would like to take this opportunity to offer you a 25% additional discount on the purchase of Rhino Visual Tips 5 from our webpage, the coupon code is 25VT

If you need help or have any questions, please contact Lucia N. Miguel

* Note: Rhino Visual Tips 5 is a Download Only product (a USB drive is no longer available). You will receive an email with a link via WeTransfer so that you can download it once your Rhino Visual Tips 5 order has been processed. 

This offer will be valid only until April 28/2017.

Kine[SIS]tem International Conference + Summer School - June 19-30, Lisbon (Portugal)

Kine[SIS]tem International Conferece + Summer School
June 19-30, 2017
Lisbon (Portugal)

Kine[SIS]tem International Conferece + Summer School is an international event formed by two interrelated moments: Kine[SIS]tem - From Nature to Architectural Matter, International Conference and Kine[SIS]tem - Shading Systems Summer School.

Kine[SIS]tem - From Nature to Architectural Matter, International Conference
June 19-20, 2017
Lisbon (Portugal)

Kine[SiS]tem – From Kinesis + System. Kinesis is a non-linear movement or activity of an organism in response to a stimulus. A system is a set of interacting and interdependent agents forming a complex whole, delineated by its spatial and temporal boundaries, influenced by its environment.

How can architectural systems moderate the external environment to enhance comfort conditions in a simple, sustainable and smart way? This is the starting question for the Kine[SiS]tem’17 – From Nature to Architectural Matter International Conference.

For decades, architectural design was developed despite (and not with) the climate, based on mechanical heating and cooling. Today, the argument for net zero energy buildings needs very effective strategies to reduce energy requirements. The challenge ahead requires design processes that are built upon consolidated knowledge, make use of advanced technologies and are inspired by nature.

Keynote Speakers - Confirmed:

Manuel Kretzer
- Dr. Sc. ETH Zürich Architect and Advanced Materials Specialist. Visiting professor in Digital Crafting at the Braunschweig University of Art. Partner at responsive design studio,Cologne, Germany.
Bob Sheil - Architect, Director of The Bartlett School of Architecture, Professor in Architecture and Design through Production, and the School’s Director of Technology.
Alex Haw - Director of the award-winning UK art/architecture practice atmos.

We invite you to submit and present an original contribution for Kine[SIS]tem'17. All submissions are peer-reviewed and considered for selection by the Scientific Committee. All accepted full papers will be published.  Please observe the submission types and deadlines on the website.

Areas of Interest

• Nature fundamentals and geometry
• Biomimicry and biodigital architecture
• Parametric design, computational modeling and simulation
• Performance-based sustainable design
• Performative and responsive systems
• Digital fabrication


Kine[SIS]tem - Shading Systems Summer School
June 19-30, 2017
Lisbon (Portugal)

The Kine[SiS]tem’17 – Shading Systems Summer School will integrate master classes, design studios and prototyping workshops.

The Master classes will cover four themes: Sustainability, climate and solar radiation; Nature-based parametric patterns; Performance-based design; Digital fabrication.

The Design Studios will explore the use of Grasshopper, Ladybug and Diva as creative and technical tools, from simulation to prototyping 3D responsive architectural solutions.

The summer school is intended for students and professionals from different areas of knowledge – architecture, design, fine arts, engineering, and programming  – who are interested in the process of design: from ideation to prototyping.

Importante Dates

Call for extended abstracts announcement: December 16, 2016
Call for extended abstracts closure: February 6, 2017
Abstract Acceptance Notification: March 6, 2017
Full paper deadline: May 2, 2017
Conferences: June 19-20, 2017
Summer School: June 19-30, 2017



Thursday, January 12, 2017

Interior Architecture Program Project - Internatomy

Alphonso Peluso is the Director of Design Communication and Studio Associate Professor of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology and Adjunct Professor at Columbia College Chicago. His students, Alice Leong, Marianne Batocabe, Lorein Martinez have designed a project inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's human anatomy drawings using Rhino and RhinoCAM.

Project participants: Antwan Anderson, Emily Anderson, Marianne Batocabe, Angela Campos, Taylor Dillon, Bianca Guardiola, Angelica Hayman, Marya Kontogiannis, Alice Leong, Lorein Martinez, Thomas Monforti, Sergio Munozgonzalez Dina Partipilo, Margaret Plass, Tim Puccetti, Jill Reedy, Esbeidi Zavala, and Wenhan Zhang.

Check out the video of their fabrication process:

For more information please contact Alphonso Peluso. 

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, January 11, 2017

Now available: Orca3D Marine Simulation

DRS Technologies and their Orca3D marine design software have now partnered with Simerics, a leading supplier of CFD simulation software to several vertical industries.

Orca3D now links to CFD analysis software. This one solution enables Orca3D users to simulate the performance of marine vehicles using CFD.

By using CFD software, Orca3D can improve hull design, propeller design, and study phenomena such as the porpoising of planing hulls. Orca3D Marine Simulation provides accurate CFD simulations of a vessel's performance. There's no need to become a specialized CFD analyst to take advantage of Orca3D Marine Simulation. The time and the cost to perform CFD simulation for marine vehicle performance prediction and analysis is significantly reduced.

"Our collaboration with Orca3D has enabled the delivery of comprehensive and validated CFD functionality to end users at half the price of today's Marine CFD software," says Rich Moore, Vice President Business Development, Simerics, Inc. "With Orca3D we are bringing an entirely streamlined work flow to Marine CFD using templates with both marine domain and CFD domain in one affordable solution."

"We have added an easy-to-use interface function in Orca3D to prepare the model for analysis in Simerics' CFD application. This, combined with their powerful templates, provides a simple, yet powerful tool to address difficult marine CFD design questions," says Bruce Hays, Director of Orca3D development.

Fabricate 2017 Conference - April 6–8, Stuttgart (Germany)

Fabricate 2017
April 6–8, 2017
University of Stuttgart
Keplerstraße 17
70174 Stuttgart

Fabricate is a triennial international peer reviewed conference with supporting publication on the theme of Digital Fabrication.

Fabricate 2017 aims to instigate discussions on constructed projects and cutting-edge research in the context of computational design and digital fabrication between leading experts in academia and industry.

The event will be hosted by the Institute for Computational Design and Construction on April 6-8, 2017 at the University of Stuttgart.

Early Bird tickets available until January 11, 2017.
Rhino users can benefit from a special discount of 50€.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

DIVA Day 2017 - Mark your calendar

DIVA Day 2017! 

Mark your calendar for October 27-28, 2017, University of California Berkeley.

DIVA Day is an annual symposium to discuss the use of environmental analysis tools in design practice, research, and architectural education. The event will include a series of presentations and discussions focused on how DIVA and associated tools can be used in design and performance-evaluation work flow.

This year the Center for the Built Environment at the University of California Berkeley hosts this event. The event is on Friday, October 27th, plus training on October 28th.

CL3VER is hiring!

CL3VER is looking for a Software Engineer.

"Are you passionate about working in a vibrant and innovative startup environment? Want to join a game changer in 3D visualization & VR technologies? You could be our perfect match.
We're looking for an awesome software engineer to help us create the tools and content pipelines necessary to power our disruptive cloud based visualization platform.

This role works closely with a variety of disciplines including 3d rendering, backend engineering, app engineering and more!

Position Responsibilities:

• Design automation pipelines to manage a large, structured set of model data.
• Own the model importers and exporters.
• Design and implement user facing tools including metatagging tools, material editors, and more.
• Work with application and backend engineers to manage relationships between authored model data, backend data and rendering.
• Participate in agile development process (SCRUM).

Required Skills & Experience:

• High-level proficiency in C++/C#.
• Strong math skills.
• Strong team communication skills.
• Experience with game engines and/or rendering solutions.
• Experience with one or many 3d packages such as Maya, 3D Studio Max, Rhino, Revit, Sketchup, Solidworks, etc.
• Experience implementing and maintaining asset pipelines for interactive applications.


• Attractive compensation package.
• Opportunity to adopt flexible working hours.
• Excellent work-life balance. We value your free time and your need to refuel, relax and find inspiration
• Broad and diverse start-up ecosystem that provides much more than a job experience.
• Our office is located in Barcelona downtown!
• You can find all the coffee that you need to start the day.
• Work with people who love what they do."
If you are interested, please contact Daniel Iborra:

Monday, January 9, 2017

New tool from Proving Ground

Introducing the new Trello tools for builders...

Nate Miller of Proving Ground now has a simple and helpful application to keep your digital work organized. This first version is now available as Conductor 1.0.

Conductor 1.0 is a plug-in for Rhino 5 for architects, engineers, and builders. The premise of Conductor is simple: bring Trello's Kanban-style management system to where you work, inside the model. You can view your Trello boards, create cards, and manage project requirements from start to finish within the modeling environment.

And to kick off the New Year, Proving Ground has priced a single-user license of Conductor at $10 USD.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

RhinoCAM 2017 released

MecSoft has released RhinoCAM 2017, the newest version of their integrated CAM solution for Rhino 5 for Windows.

RhinoCAM is a Computer Aided Machining (CAM) plug-in for CNC that run completely inside of Rhino 5. This plug-in is a general purpose machining program, combining Rhino's freeform modeling with the machining capabilities of VisualCAM.

Some of the new features part of RhinoCAM 2017 are:
  • 2½-axis feature based milling and detection. Machining features such as 3-axis pockets, prismatic pockets, slots, planar faces, and bosses can now be detected on surfaces and meshes in solid models and toolpath methods applied to these features. This significantly simplifies and speeds up part programming in many prismatic parts.
  • 4-axis drive surface milling for true 4-axis milling. All three linear and one rotary axis can change simultaneously in this method (only in EXP configuration and above).
  • New 2½-axis slot milling operation for both single line cutting and trochoidal machining of slots.
  • The toolpath editor can now adjust feed rate slowdown in corners (only in the PRO configuration and above).