Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Parametric Design and Jewelry Design Course with Rhino by DESIGN[IO]

Register for Parametric Design and Jewelry Design course, organized by DESIGN[IO]

DESIGN[IO] Advanced Architecture and Digital Fabrication is hosting a workshop in Digital Fabrication focusing in 3D Printing and Parametric Design. In the course, they will introduce participants into the concepts and tools of generative design, using the duo Rhinoceros + Grasshopper.

Course: Diseño de Joyas con Rhinoceros + 3D Print

Date: Saturday 03 and Sunday 04 - September, 2016.
Trainer: Architect Carlos Castro - Autorized Rhino Trainer
Fee: 50000 Bs
Level: Beginner
Language: Spanish
Location: Studio 1080, Caracas, Venezuela

To register please contact Architect Majo Franco.

Visit their website and Facebook page!
Follow them on Instagram: @in_designio 

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, August 17, 2016

New Book: Rhino 5.0 for Jewelry by Dana Buscaglia

Dana Buscaglia, jeweler, Fashion Institute of Technology instructor and Authorized Rhino Trainer, has been hard at work. She's just published a new book for jewelry design using Rhino 5 for Windows. Enjoy 600+ pages of step-by-step Rhino tutorials. Exercises are for students and professionals alike.

The book is divided into two sections:
  • Creation of 2D drawings and layouts
  • Modeling of jewelry-specific 3D objects
Buy online here.

Open-source tools from The Proving Ground

The Proving Ground recently completed "The Things We Make", an eight-week program of summer prototyping with a group of talented, student interns.

Together they created tools to "highlight the potential for leveraging data and computation for a better built environment". They've made the tools open-source in hopes that the design community will use the samples and incorporate them into their existing workflows.

Read here how they incorporated Rhino and Grasshopper into the tools.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Scan&Solve beta released

The Scan&Solve Pro beta for performing structural simulation is now released. The Scan&Solve WIP has graduated to become a beta.

Try now while it is free for all Rhino users. Download....

To learn more try the introductory free webinar on August 16th. The webinar will demonstrate how bonded assemblies of components may be simulated using multiple materials. The webinar covers the basics of setting up simulations, selecting materials, applying boundary conditions, and interpreting results. Advanced topics include specifying orientation for orthotropic materials, mixing restraint types, and editing the material database.

What: Webinar debuting the beta release of Scan&Solve Pro
When: August 16, Tuesday, 11 am CST

Friday, August 12, 2016

Another bridge, another design style

Rhino and Grasshopper are often used for bridge design, from the curves of a Paris pedestrian bridge to the straight lines of this London bridge.

Knight Architects is a British firm specializing in bridge design. With the engineering firm AKT II, Knight designed this footbridge as a part of the Merchant Square development at Paddington in west London.

The footbridge's five-blade steel deck opens and closes like a fan, using a hydraulically operated hinged mechanism and counterweights.

The footbridge is an understatement when closed and drama when it opens.

ArchDaily's clip showing the bridge in action ....
Details on the bridge design ....

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Designing curves in a Paris pedestrian footbridge

ThinkParametric's Design Playground has published Using Grasshopper and Tekla to Construct a Pedestrian Footbridge in Paris.

It's a complete breakdown of the work flow and strategy used in the design and construction of a footbridge by DVVD Architects at ZAC Claude Bernard. Azhar Khan shares how he and his Elioth team acted as consultants, walking through the process and problems to build the footbridge.

The asymmetrical bridge twists from beginning to end. As the bridge's cross section is continuously changing, each deck member is unique.

Elioth set up a Grasshopper model to represent the bridge's primary elements. Starting with the architect's Rhino model, they took the geometry to produce a simple model of the bridge's primary steel structure.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

DIVA 4.0 for Grasshopper video tutorials

Solemma has recently announced their new DIVA 4.0 for Grasshopper video tutorial series. Fourteen tutorials, totaling over 5 hours of instruction, take users from the very basics of how to set up a RADIANCE visualization or a single-zone EnergyPlus model in DIVA 4.0/Archsim to quite advanced dynamic shading analyses, multi-zone models and even a fully integrated daylighting thermal simulation using DAYSIM/EnergyPlus.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Iris - WebGL Exporter, new version

Iris is a free Work In Progress file export plug-in for Rhino 5 x64 for Windows, Rhino 5.1 for Mac OS X, and Rhino WIP (Windows and OS X). Iris generates a JSON document that is parsable and viewable through WebGL in a modern web browser. The objectives for the plug-in include:

  • A fast and easy way for Rhino users to distribute their designs with the least amount of dependencies possible.
  • Conversion of as many Rhino Object Types and Features as possible in a static scene.

Many changes happened under the hood to decouple the Iris Web Application Logic from the UI logic. This will make it easier to develop alternative UIs if you are so inclined. In the future a few different example UIs will show how it can be done.

eCAADe 2016 - Oulu (Finland)

eCAADe 2016 - 34th Annual Conference

eCAADe workshops: 22-23 August
eCAADe conference: 24-26 August 

Oulu School of Architecture
Aleksanterinkatu 6
90014 University of Oulu

eCAADe (Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe) is a non-profit making association of institutions and individuals with a common interest in promoting good practice and sharing information in of computers in education and research in architecture and related professions. eCAADe was founded in 1983.

The organization fosters and promotes the interchange of ideas, information and personnel between member organizations. It has an annual conference hosted by a different member University each year. This year, eCAADe Annual Conference will take place at the University of Oulu (Finland), from August 22 to August 26.

During the first two days, a series of workshops will be held. Among these, we'd like to highlight the workshop "Transformational Intelligent Systems. Parametric Simulation Workshop Proposal" by Effimia Giannopoulou, Nelson Montás and Pablo Baquero on Monday, August 22, from 9:00 to 18:00.

The workshop will develop an experiment that will consist of design, modeling, and subsequent simulations of kinetic systems built upon a combination of self organizing SMA and other materials to fit specific building application criteria and standards.

One of the objectives is to design a dynamic kinetic structure and to simulate the material’s behavior to properly predict critical function, actuation and physical properties. Grasshopper + Kangaroo bridge the design-simulation tool’s workflow in a single stream to optimize a smoother and fluent decision making process.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Rhino Workshop Series at FabLab Tacoma

Rhino Workshop Series: Introduction to Parametric Modeling
August 6-7, 2016
FabLab Tacoma

Join ART candidate, Doaa Alsharif, for this fun and informative two-day event in Tacoma, Washington. Mary Fugier from Robert McNeel & Associates, developers of Rhino 3D, will be on hand for questions during the training. The event includes three sessions. Register for one or all three.

Sign up today!

Level 2 Rhino 5 for Mac begins next week

Image credit: Kyle Houchens, The Outside

Our Level 2 Rhino 5 for Mac online course begins next week on August 9th. Kyle Houchens will be our instructor for this course. Kyle is a very talented industrial designer, skilled instructor, an Authorized Rhino Trainer, the owner of the The Outside Digital Design and a McNeel Technician.

  • August 9-11 and August 16-18 (Tuesday-Thursday each week)
  • Hours are 9:00am - 1:00pm each day
    Note: All times listed are Pacific time zone.
    Calculate your time zone.

For a sample of Kyle's online Level 2 training, see this video. Password: Test

Live training sessions let you to ask questions and interact with the class and instructor. In our usual format, all sessions will be recorded and posted for your study and review. If you cannot make a session, you will be able to catch up at your convenience.

Digital Fabrication Workshop at IED

Register for the Rhino D+O+F - Design Optimization & Fabrication workshop, organized by IED Madrid.

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, this workshop will give students a functional understanding of Grasshopper and Parametric design. This will allow them to build on this understanding into more advanced projects of their own. The class also covers information on fabrication techniques with RP or laser machines and optimization and fabrication using RhinoCAM for CNC machines.


Space is limited!!!

  • Andres Gonzalez, worldwide director RhinoFabStudio.
  • Ignacio Prieto, Professor of Architecture at IED
  • Daniel García, Fab Lab IED Madrid manager
  • Lorena Schmitzberger Sánchez, Trotec Spain
Date: Sept. 12-16, 2016
Time: 10:00 to 14:00 & 15:00 to 19:00 h. [ 10 am to 2 pm & 3 pm to 7 pm ]
Location: IED - Madrid, Spain

  For more details or to register contact: Ignacio Prieto - Daniel García  or call 914 480-444

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, July 27, 2016

Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG) Symposium 2016 - September 9–13, Zurich (Switzerland)

AAG2016 Symposium

AAG2016 workshops: September 9–11
AAG2016 conference: September 11–13
ETH Hönggerberg - Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse
8093 Zurich (Switzerland)

Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG)
is a biennial symposium addressing the community of computer scientists, mathematicians, engineers and architects. It aims to connect academia and industry through presentations and discussions of innovation in geometric and computational applications in architecture.

The fifth edition of this biennial event will take place in Zurich, from Friday, September 9 to Tuesday, September 13.

The AAG2016 workshops will be offered by leading experts. The AAG workshops are a great opportunity for participants to encounter the latest design and fabrication tools as well as processes in architectural geometry.

In most of these workshops, participants will be using Rhinoceros and Grasshopper.

The AAG2016 conference will have Lord Norman Foster and Francis Aish, Werner Sobek, Erik Demaine and Urs B. Roth as keynote speakers. Their participation highlights the importance of AAG as a central platform for the exchange of ideas in architecture and engineering, mathematics and computer science.

Parametric Furniture Design with Grasshopper and Rhino workshop - 19-21 August, Burgas (Bulgaria)

Parametric Furniture Design with Grasshopper and Rhino workshop
19-21 August, 9:30 to 18:00
Exhibition Center Flora
Burgas (Bulgaria)

Parametric Furniture Design with Grasshopper and Rhino is an intense course combining algorithmic methods for 3D modeling with digital fabrication of furniture. The purpose is to produce furniture through using parametric design with geometries in a way that allows materialization.

The course will go through the processes of constructing a shape algorithm, customization, 3D printing and fabrication. Participants will be introduced to parametric modeling tools in Rhinoceros and Grasshopper, which will allow them to create and visualize unique custom designs. For this purpose, 3D printers will be available on the site for all experimental needs. Participants will have the opportunity to get their designs manufactured and learn about all the aspects of the fabrication process. In the end, participants will have their prototypes 3D printed.

What you will learn
  • Intro to Grasshopper, creation and customization of various shapes through parametric modeling
  • 3D printing prototypes
  • Visualization with Keyshot
Dimitar Peikov / Bulgaria
Intern @ DesignMorphine
Zlatko Yanakiev / Bulgaria
Intern @ DesignMorphine
Martin Petrov
/ Bulgaria
Intern @ DesignMorphine

Required software
Bring your computer with Rhino 5, Grasshopper and Keyshot installed. (Trial versions can be found on each software company’s website.) DesignMorphine will send participants links to the required software, trials, and plug-ins to download. Please have the software installed before the start of the workshop. If you have issues installing software, DesignMorphine may be able to help you during the workshop.

No previous software experience required.
There will be 3D printers on site for fabrication.
All participants who complete the intensive course will receive a certificate of completion.
Drinks and lunch snacks are provided.
Please note that places are very limited on a first pay first serve basis!

Early registration until 31 July, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Custom data visualizations and heads up displays

Conduit is an open source data visualization heads up display (HUD) plug-in in development for Grasshopper that allows for live, fast, and presentable overlays of chart widgets within Rhino viewports.

Conduit is authored by Proving Ground and enables designers to create custom data visualizations and heads up displays that update with your parametric models.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Product Design training by Pivot Produktdesign AS - September 7-9, Oslo (Norway)

Pivot Produktdesign AS
September 7-9, 2016
Oslo (Norway)

Join Pivot Produktdesign AS for a course on Rhino for Designers, which will take place at their new Oslo offices on September 7-9.

This course focuses on using Rhino in product design. The course covers common areas in design, such as advanced surfacing, surface analysis, draft angles, prototyping and presentation.


Fredrik Wenstop: An industrial designer and certified Rhino trainer. He has experience in both product engineering and architecture. Fredrik has also been involved in many architecture projects.
Since then he has been involved in several building projects, and held training courses for architectural and design offices in Norway.

Liam Woolley: A design engineer with education from the automotive sector. His specialties are developing and prototyping products and special fabrications within architecture. Liam also has long time experience with rendering/visualizations, 3D modeling and optimization through FEA.

Architectural Design training by Pivot Produktdesign AS - August 8-19, Oslo (Norway)


Rhino for Architects
Pivot Produktdesign AS
August 8-19, 2016
Oslo (Norway)

Join Pivot Produktdesign AS for a course on Rhino for Architects, which will take place at their new Oslo offices on August 8-19.

This course will cover common areas in architecture, such as solid modeling, paneling, BIM/file exchange, 3D printing and presentation. You will gain in-depth knowledge of the methods used to create high quality models. You will also look at ways to present designs directly from Rhino and with rendering plug-ins. McNeel plug-in PanelingTools and paneling will be included if desired.


Fredrik Wenstop: An industrial designer and certified Rhino trainer. He has experience in both product engineering and architecture. Fredrik has also been involved in many architecture projects.
Since then he has been involved in several building projects, and held training courses for architectural and design offices in Norway.

Liam Woolley: A design engineer with education from the automotive sector. His specialties are developing and prototyping products and special fabrications within architecture. Liam also has long time experience  with rendering/visualizations, 3D modeling and optimization through FEA.

Waterworks workshop by AA Visiting School Granada - September 5-16, Granada (Spain)

Waterworks workshop
September 5-16
Granada (Spain)

Waterworks, a 12-day architectural workshop in Granada (Spain) by the Architectural Association, is now open for registration. Waterworks transports architectural design back to its origins, tackling social-agricultural realities by offering participants a unique opportunity to work alongside local producers, architects, scientists, horticulturists and the larger community. In the workshop students will learn to use Rhino as a design tool while also exploring Rhino's ability within sustainable analysis and informative design outputs.

As a historical region in Andalusia, the area of Granada combines scenic beauty with ecological importance and resources that meet the requirements of an agricultural economy which relies on water that travels 3,482m down from the peninsula's highest peak.

Responding to these realities through architectural interventions, students will design water catchment and management solutions for the local region. Proposals will consider the effects of climate change on water distribution and the implications at local and regional scales. Students will be immersed in hands-on, site-specific experimentation; speculate on scenarios; develop prototypes using locally grown materials; and explore the potential of leading design software. They will work, live, swim, drink, question, explore and interact with this transparent fluid, vital to all forms of life, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a Unesco Biosphere Reserve.

Application Deadline: August 20, 2016

FABRICATE 2017 - Call for Work extended: July 30, 2016

FABRICATE is an international peer reviewed conference with supporting publication on the theme of Digital Fabrication. The FABRICATE 2017 conference 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 conference will convene over April 7-8 2017 at the University of Stuttgart (ICD, Institute for Computational Design).

Confirmed keynote speakers include Kengo Kuma (Architect and Professor of Architecture at the University of Tokyo) and Antoine Picon (Professor of History in Architecture and Technology at Harvard GSD). Jenny Sabin (Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Cornell University) and Philip Yuan (Professor of Architecture at Tongji University and Council member of the Architectural Society of China) will participate in FABRICATE as session chairs.

The Call for Work is open for submissions of built or partially built projects by individuals or collaborators in academia, practice and industry. The submission deadline has been extended. Please submit by July 30, 2016. The initial submission is an abstract of 500 words with 10 images. The submissions will be reviewed by a panel of experts and those selected will be featured in the FABRICATE publication. A smaller selection of projects will be presented at the conference.

Rhino Taster Session at Fab Lab London - 27 July, London (UK)

Rhino Tasting with Bryan Oknyansky - A 3D CAD Introduction
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 from 18:00 to 20:30 (BST)
FabLab London
1 Frederick’s Place
Off Old Jewry
EC2R 8AE, London - UK

Join Bryan Oknyansky, a Rhino guru and international award-winning inventor, for this Rhino Taster Session at FabLab London.

In this workshop you'll learn the basics of thinking and designing in 3D using Rhino.
Whether you've never used or opened the software, or if you've opened it and tried to use it a bit but didn't really get anywhere with it, or if you've already had some training and you think learning from a designer could help you, Bryan is going to teach you things in this workshop so that you will believe in yourself as a designer and maker.
No matter what you plan to use Rhino for, Bryan will teach you: 
  • how to feel "at home" when navigating Rhino's interface
  • how to organize your "world" inside Rhino
  • essential commands to create things in Rhino
  • how to access every single method for creating things in Rhino
  • how to edit the things you create
  • the best way to find answers to your questions about commands in Rhino
  • how to "ask" Rhino how to create the ideas in your head

Create and share WebGL files from your models with 3dxiuxiu

3dxiuxiu is a free export plug-in for Rhino for Windows. Rhino models can be translated to WebGL format then shared through www.3dxiuxiu.cn website.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Project for a Multipurpose Cultural Center in the city of Matera (Italy)

New Fundamentals Research Group is a team of Italian architects and academics coordinated by Professor Giuseppe Fallacara. The team is affiliated to the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture (DICAR) of the Polytechnic University of Bari, and develops research projects which deal with the relationship between innovation and tradition in architecture.

Professor Fallacara's students from the 3rd year course in Architectural Design (Master Degree in Architecture - Polytechnic University of Bari), with the support of tutors Maurizio Barberio and Micaela Colella, have been developing different proposals for an architectural design project for the city of Matera. They've put together a video to summarize their projects.

The goal was to simulate the activity of a large architecture practice, involved in the design of a public building, which generally requires the contribution of a large number of architects and designers. Each group had to deliver a design proposal, a rapid prototyped model, an article about their own project and the relative part of the final video. The project concerns a new Multipurpose Cultural Center, a contribution from students in form of new urban and architectural ideas for the city of Matera, which has been selected as European Cultural Capital for 2019. To model their architecture, they have been using mostly Rhino and Grasshopper.

Silvereye - PSO-based solver

Silvereye is an optimization add-on component for Rhino’s Grasshopper.
It is dedicated for single-objective searches and can be used for solving complex, real-world optimization problems in the design space.

Silvereye is based on the Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) algorithm, a member of Swarm Intelligence family of methods. PSO is a type of a biological system inspired by the social behaviors of flocking birds and schooling fish. The individuals in the swarm, the particles, interact and learn from one another to find the optimal solution.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

AAG workshop: Optimize this!

Optimize this! revolves around using different optimization tools in Grasshopper, Goat, and SuMO. This 2-day workshop (September 9-10) is taught by Thomas Wortmann, Aloysius Lian, and Dimitry Demin. It's just one of the workshops at the upcoming Advanced Architectural Geometry 2016 (AAG) in Zurich, Switzerland.

AAG is a symposium revolving around geometry and the architectural design process. It presents both theoretical and practical work of new geometrical developments, and the diverse components of contemporary architecture. Participants include architects, engineers, mathematicians, software designers, and contractors.

Other workshops will be presented in the days preceding the conference, covering elements of modeling, structural design, scripting, virtual reality, and additive manufacturing.

AAG Workshops: September 9-11
AAG Conference: September 11-13

Starfish: New Grasshopper add-on for parametric generation of various patterns

The Starfish plug-in allows parametric generation of various patterns. It focuses on 2D tessellations and can be used to create structural systems based on topological interlocking principle.

Commands included:
  • Tessellation. Main component for 2D pattern generation that is based on numerical representation of polygons as the input. For example '4.8' will result in a tessellation composed of squares and octagons.
  • TI_Block, CurvedBlock, SharpBlock. Generation of 3D interlocked blocks from closed planar polylines.
  • Maze, MazeRandom, Ornament. Components for creating maze-looking patterns.
  • DualPreview. Component for custom preview of breps using separate colors for brep surfaces and its wireframe.
  • Map2dToSurface. Mapping of two-dimensional curves onto a surface with optional inputs of rotation angle or scaling factors in {x} or {y} directions.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

See Fabric for Rhino/Unreal at SIGGRAPH

Fabric Software is presenting Fabric for Unreal Engine at SIGGRAPH 2016, Tuesday July 26th, 2 pm. The focus is getting data from Rhino and into Unreal Engine.

Fabric explains, "Unreal is a great engine for visualization and VR but there are headaches around getting AEC data into Unreal. This session shows a complete pipeline for getting data (including materials) from Rhino into Unreal."

Monday, July 18, 2016

3D printed glass - Beautiful!

The Mediated Matter group at MIT Media Lab is expanding the potential of additive manufacturing and 3D printing.

The research group, a collaboration between MIT and Harvard University, has built an additive manufacturing machine that extrudes molten glass. Neri Oxman, the MIT Media Lab director, and her team have used the technique to produce a wide range of vases and bowls. But Oxman emphasizes that the new glass-printing technology could be valuable for components in architectural design and building systems.

More details in the online Journal of the American Institute of Architects...

Job opening for a full professorship in Aachen (Germany)

The Faculty of Architecture at the RWTH Aachen University is looking for a creative, high potential researcher with Rhino/Grasshopper knowledge and the potential to develop creative software interfaces for a full professorship at the interface between architecture and engineering.

The deadline for application is August 15.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Crystal texture in jewelry

Inspired by nature, Allegra Crespi and Martin Griswold for NVM Design, are using both new and traditional technology to create jewelry.

Using lichen as their core inspiration, they first scanned the lichen, then digitally manipulated it to fit their visions.

The second element is a crystal texture, generated with the help of Python scripting in Rhino. NVM Design explores different versions of the complicated crystal texture until they get it "just right", without needing to manually composing each design option. The finished textures are incredibly distinct.

Every piece is 3D printed, then hand finished by local artisans in New York City.

Read more in the Shapeways article ....

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

KUBRIX-Geo plug-in for Rhino 5

The KUBRIX-Geo mesh generator is an Itasca Consulting Group software product used to build models for hexahedral and tetrahedal meshing in numerical analysis.

Although built for the demanding geometrical requirements of petroleum and mining geomechanics, this unique automatic grid generator is also used by design engineers and researchers in the civil, automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, biomedical, and electronics industries.

You can launch KUBRIX-Geo directly from Rhino.

  • Interactive solid-based mapped hexahedral meshing.
  • Interactive solid-based convex block decomposition for specific use with Itasca's 3DEC polyhedral DEM/Continuum analysis product.
  • Automatic all-hexahedral meshing based on KUBRIX fuzzy-logic block decomposition.
  • Automatic tetrahedral / hexahedral meshing.
  • Automatic octree meshing.
  • Hybrid and multi-scale meshing combining far field and near field meshes with interfaces and joints.
Input format:
STL (closed, manifold, or non-manifold triangular mesh) or Rhino solids (topological hexahedra, prisms, or tetrahedra).

Output format: