Wednesday, April 1, 2015

AA Athens Visiting School 2015

Wednesday 03 – Friday 12 June 2015

In 2015, the AA Athens Visiting School initiates its’ agenda, in collaboration with AKTO, to challenge the phenomenon of perceptual constancy through the design of architectural prototypical families. 

In line with the basic principles of the Gestalt principles, a diversity of shapes and sizes models will be designed through means of digital computation. Various morphologies will be derived through a bottom-up approach via various coding techniques. To bridge the gap between the digital and physical aspect of the design iterations, AA Athens makes use of digital fabricating machines to produce its’ architectural prototypes and adds mechanics to amplify their communicative characteristics. A complete 1:1 scale structure will be constructed, enabling interaction via sight, hearing and touch as a result of a series of initial testing models. These proposals will be formulated through the combination of different design software.

AA Istanbul Visiting School 2015

Monday 15 – Wednesday 24 June 2015

AA Istanbul Visiting School begins an exciting collaboration with Istanbul Bilgi University in 2015. 

Continuing its expertise on generative design methodologies and large-scale prototyping techniques, the programme will investigate patterns of emergence, differentiation and complexity in natural formation processes which will be transformed to digital simulation platforms for design purposes. In contemporary architectural processes, a significant diversion from linear parametric tools towards generative design simulations is taking place. The design and analysis processes will reflect this shift by focusing on simulations, whereby attention will be kept on the process of design generation as opposed to the final form itself. 

The design agenda of the programme will revolve around the design and fabrication of a one-to-one scale pavilion.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Students learn Grasshopper by designing cycling shoes

NuVu Studios, an innovation school for middle and high school students in Cambridge, Massachusetts, uses the studio environment for hands-on problem solving.

NuVu Studios chooses their students based on their portfolios of work in computer science, engineering, music, and the arts. "We teach students how to navigate the messiness of the creative process, from inception to completion." The students work on creative, collaborative projects, with each project usually lasting about two weeks. They end up with a portfolio of their products and documentation of their design decisions. 

In a session on health and wellness, students Jesse Roberts, Max Steinberg, Leo Connelly, and Joey Raskin-Lantos wanted to make sports shoes easier to use. So they designed a bicycling cleat geared to the beginning triathlete. As part of the process, they learned Grasshopper and Rhino for 3D modeling and printing.

The 3D-printed exoskeleton fits around a running shoe and straps onto the athlete's running shoe. The exoskeleton was designed to eliminate changing shoes between the bicycle and running legs of a triathlon.

Friday, March 27, 2015

iRhino ranks high with Marc Fornes

Situation Room
Storefront for Art and Architecture, NYC
Photo: Miguel de Guzmán
In their Tech Specs Core77 interviewed ten designers, discovering what software they used daily. Other questions covered their computer setups, most-used software, favorite apps, and biggest tech gripes.

The final interview was with Marc Fornes, founder of the design studio THEVERYMANY. Marc specializes in structures generated through computational design and fabrication. Trained as an architect, he is now interested in computation and code development as a way to generate form, shape, and installation in architecture.

Marc's favorite app? "With Rhino 3D, there is an app that we use a lot call iRhino. It allows us to send a model to someone with no clue how to use 3D software. We use that one quite a bit."

Marc's most used software? "Rhino 3D is the main software that we use. Inside Rhino, we have code editor in which we write our code -- we use the Python language. The application is just a way to visualize what we do."

Core77 publishes articles, discussion forums, event calendars, job listings, and various other services for industrial designers.

3D Print Your Designs Locally

3D Hubs aims to give Rhino users the easiest possible way to bring their digital content into the physical realm.  That’s how this plug-in was conceptualized and how it’s been designed.  Offering up 14,000 3D printers worldwide, in over 147 countries, Rhino users now have access to metal, plastic, nylon and just about any other material that can be 3D printed, just around the corner from your home or office.

To access one of the 14,000 3D printers on 3D Hubs, ensure your Rhino model is printable using our tips to prepare your mesh (found on the plug-in page), export your .stl from Rhino to 3D Hubs using the plug-in and choose a 3D print location.  You can pick up the product at the preferred printer location or have it shipped to you.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Intro to Rhino & 3D Printing Course, NYC

Introduction to Rhino and 3D printing – NYC
Thursdays, April 2, 9 & 16
Price: US$150

3D printing is becoming an essential tool in design and digital fabrication. The ability to use 3D modeling tools comes very handy in the process and Rhino is one of the best applications available for this purpose. This class will introduce you to basic concepts behind 3D printing and 3D modeling and help you to get started making your own small creations. Participants will learn core 3D modeling tools of the Rhino software, learn to navigate around underwater obstacles of 3D design, and explore various approaches for sketching and surface modeling.
This class is being offered by PioneerWorks.

Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain

Stadium of the Year 2014 winner, Public Vote #10, Jury Vote #1
Location: Al Ain, UAE
Design: Pattern Design Ltd.

For the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, the facade's conceptual design was developed primarily in Grasshopper, as was the generation and sight line analysis for the bowl. Grasshopper was also used in later stages of detail design to rationalize the unique facade panel sizes.

The roof's sweeping form was modeled in Grasshopper. The roof was continuously analyzed for structural stability, daylight penetration, and thermal and solar performance. This ensured that the final design was the most structurally efficient option to meet both the shading and architectural needs.

PhD scholarship in integrating building physics for performance control - IaaC

APPLICATIONS OPEN // PhD scholarship in integrating building physics for performance control at the The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC)


InnoChain is a 4 year international research network for highly motivated young scientists, where state-of-the-art research is combined with a comprehensive training and secondment programme. The network is funded by the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020, under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network scheme.
The research network assembles a highly cross disciplinary team of experienced researchers drawn from architecture (CITA/KADK (coordinator), Bartlett School of Architecture, Institut d'Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya and Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan) and engineering (Universität Stuttgart/ITKE and Universität für Angewandte Kunst Vienna/IOA) and leading industry partners (Foster + Partners, White Arkitekter, BIG, HENN, ROK, Cloud 9, Buro Happold, str.ucture, designtoproduction, Smith Innovation, Blumer-Lehmann, S-Form, Factum Arte Desarrollos Digitales and McNeel Europe).
This call is for a 3 year PhD Scholarship that is fully integrated within the network. The PhD student will be enrolled at IAAC-UPC. It is our ambition that the PhD will start in September of 2015.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Singapore National Stadium, Singapore

Stadium of the Year 2014 winner, Public Vote #8, Jury Vote #3
Location: Singapore
Design: Arup Associates, DP Architects

The Singapore National Stadium's architecturally appealing roof structure is comprised of a series of 3D triangular trusses. For this design, Arup needed to fully integrate both the architectural and structural design. They established a common interface to transfer the parametric intelligence between the various software. Software that included Digital Projects, Rhino, and Oasys GSA (Arup's structural analysis package). The linking optimized the roof's form with the varied truss depths, layout to arch rise, and other geometry defining parameters. With this efficiency, the team could iterate through the varied possible design solutions.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

King Abdullah Sports City National Stadium, Jeddah

Stadium of Year 2014 winner, Public Vote #13, Jury Vote #7
Location: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Design: Arup Associates

King Abdullah Sports City National Stadium was generated in Grasshopper and Rhino.

A ribbon of bracing and tie-down v-frames encircle the stadium. These express the structure, while echoing the mashrabiya screens of traditional Arabic and Islamic architecture and design.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo

Stadium of the Year 2014 winner, Public Vote #4
Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Design: CDC Arquitetos / DDG Arquitetura

Arena Corinthians was the home of the opening ceremony for the World Cup 2014 in Sao Paulo. The 3D design of this entire structure, with its parts, were realized with Rhino.

Other design details include a west facade of a mosaic of curved glass panels fixed to a special system of blocks and stainless steel cables, designed to absorb wind pressure. The east facade of glass structural panels is embedded with LEDs, for illuminated information and signage.

HAL Robotics at BIMWorld Paris

BIMWorld 2015
Paris, France
March 25-26

HAL Robotics will be exhibiting at BIMWorld 2015 in Paris stand with ABB Robotics France. Come see the latest developments in HAL and see it in action with a robot!

Friday, March 20, 2015

New version of Kangaroo

The new version of Kangaroo (2.0) is now available on Food4Rhino.

This is a complete rewrite of the solver and all components. It is a first release for testing. All the features are still subject to change.

You can install this alongside the older version.

Kangaroo is a Live Physics engine for interactive simulation, form-finding, optimization, and constraint solving. It consists of a solver library and a set of Grasshopper components.

Stade Vélodrome, Marseille

SCAU photo

Stadium of the Year 2014 winner, Public Vote #6
Location: Marseille, France
Design: SCAU

The Stade Vélodrome was generated from a consortium of Arema, GFC, SCAU, and EGIS. Elioth, the team from EGIS, applied its expertise in the roof and cladding to this steel structure. Elioth implemented large-scale parametric geometric modeling tools with Rhino and Grasshopper, using these in conjunction with finite element software. These tools enabled real-time updating of the computational models. To generate and re-generate the model in a few minutes for the framework of thousands of members, Elioth relied on this parametric geometry.

Also, one side of the stadium includes a transparent area to let sunshine through to the lawn. Using algorithm optimization, Elioth used Rhino Grasshopper + Galapagos to generate the shape of a water drop for the outline of the area. 

LastElf new features

LastElf has announced two sets of new features:

New features for verifying two lasts:
  • 2-D section comparison
  • 3-D last comparison
These features can output the comparison results easily and quickly.

New features for orthopedic lasts and customized lasts.

PatternElf released

PatternElf is a new footwear plug-in for Rhino 5 developed by DES. PatternElf has two design procedures, 3-D/2-D and 2-D Only.

  •    Reverse-engineering for shoe lasts, meshes to NURBS.
  •    3-D last flattening, halves design procedures (Merge, Length, Spring, Lasting).
  •    Imports ImagineElf3D files, creates 2-D halves / 2-D curves / 2-D patterns automatically.
  •    Drawing curves on 3-D lasts, 2-D halves or simultaneously.
  •    Pattern design by Pattern Engineer (same with 2-D Only design procedure).
2-D Only
  •    Designs 2-D sketch on halves.
  •    Creates 2-D patterns from 2-D sketches.
  •    Pattern design by Pattern Engineer
    - Object oriented pattern design (Allowance, Stencil, Notches...)

    - Object oriented pattern morph (Spring, Match, Straighten, Crease...)

    - Process (History) editor.
  •    Exports to cutting machine. (HPGL format) 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Stadium of the Year 2014

The Polish web site has published the results of its competition 2014 Stadium of the Year. This web site, dedicated to football stadiums, ran two competitions: one judged by the public, one judged by a jury.

The Public vote: This is the fifth year for the public vote. A record number of 96,772 people took part. Participants came from 136 countries, with the most votes originating in Brazil, Russia, Spain, and Poland.

The Jury vote: This is the first year for the jury vote, made up of architects with stadium experience. For the winners, they choose 10 stadiums from the 32 nominees.

For the next few days we will show a few examples that used Rhino somewhere in the design process. Which ones? Daily posts to follow.

VisualARQ 1.8.4 available - now also in Chinese

VisualARQ 1.8.4 available! This is the first service release available in Chinese

VisualARQ is an architectural software for Rhinoceros that adds architectural features and parametric architectural objects suitable for both 3D modeling and 2D documentation. VisualARQ streamlines the process to model an architectural project within the Rhino environment.

Download a free trial and get more information here.

Rhinoforyou at BIMWorld Paris

BIMWorld 2015
Paris, France
March 25-26

Rhinoforyou will be exhibiting at BIMWorld 2015 in Paris (stand 31 - MEDIACONSTRUCT). Come see Rhino 5, Grasshopper, GeometryGym, VisualARQ and the latest IFC developments!

HAL Robotics will be also there at ABB stand!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Rob|Arch 2016 Call for Papers and Workshops

Workshops: March 15–17, 2016
Conference: March 18–19, 2016
University of Sydney

The adoption of digital fabrication in creative industries continues to accelerate as the potential for innovation and creative expression using robotics is being harnessed. Rob|Arch2016 will provide hands-on experience with the most recent robotic technologies as well as provide a platform for dissemination. It is an opportunity for researchers and industry to exchange expertise, explore methods, compare techniques and forge new connections.

Rob|Arch is a bi-annual conference series on the use of robots and robotic fabrication in architecture, art and design. Initiated by the Association for Robots in Architecture, it links industry with cutting edge research institutions. In 2012 the conference was run by its founders in Vienna (Austria). In 2014 it was then hosted by the University of Michigan (USA). In 2016 the conference will travel to Australia where The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at The University of Sydney is proud to be the host of the conference. 

Rob|Arch2016 seeks to bring together architects, artists, designers, fabricators, and industry leaders.

The organizers of Rob|Arch2016 invite authors to submit papers with original research relating to the use of robots in architecture, art, and design. With the theme "Trajectories", the purpose of this year’s conference is to advance the discourse surrounding robotic fabrication and creative robotics, moving on its path toward the integration of human-robot interactions informed by sensor input and real-time feedback in diverse environmental conditions.

The Sydney Rob|Arch2016 will take place shortly before Easter 2016, with Dagmar Reinhardt and Rob Saunders of the University of Sydney as conference chairs. They are joined by Marjo Niemelä (University of Sydney), Mari Velonaki and Hank Haeusler (UNSW), Chris Knapp and Jonathan Nelson (Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University), Jane Burry, Roland Snooks, and Nicholas Williams (RMIT), Dave Pigram (UTS), and Tim Schork and Jon McCormack (Monash University) as co-chairs.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Intermediate Grasshopper Online Training

Join us for Intermediate Grasshopper Online Training
March 24-27, 2015

Instructor Andres Gonzalez explores the intermediate concepts of generative modeling in Rhino 5 using the Grasshopper add-on. He will apply these concepts to Grasshopper intermediate design and development numerous in numerous real-life examples with you. This course is for design professionals who are looking to efficiently learn concepts and features of Grasshopper at an accelerated pace in an instructor-led online environment.

This course requires "Intro to Grasshopper" training or equivalent.
Space is limited, Register today!

Orientation with GoToTraining - Tuesday March 24, 2015, 9:00am-10:30am
Class Sessions: March 25-27, 2015 9:00am-1:00pm (PDT)
Online Price: US $215

All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT, Seattle, WA, United States)

New apps on food4Rhino

With 180 Rhino plug-ins and Grasshopper add-ons, food4Rhino recently reached 1,000,000 downloads!

Here some popular and new apps:

Kangaroo constraints+Firefly+LeapMotion from Daniel Piker on Vimeo.
Interaction with Kangaroo constraints using the LeapMotion finger tracking controller.
Thanks to Andy Payne for the Leap reader component in Firefly.

Maria Chiara Virgili announced Maxwell Render Xpert

In her article on the Maxwell Render blog, Rhino trainer, Maria Chiara Virgili, explains how she used Rhino and Maxwell Render to recreate the interiors of a chain of pizzerias in Italy.  When asked why she uses Maxwell, she says, “Maxwell is the most realistic render machine I’ve ever used, the organization is simple and I don’t have to waste too much time guessing values – it is all very self-explanatory. It’s not difficult to create a material from scratch or specific textures, and the same goes for the lights, which are truly exceptional…The customers love to see projects in the most realistic, virtual way as with Maxwell, frequently confusing them with real photo shots. It is amazing to see their surprise when they discover that these are not photo shots!!”Read here the complete story...

Friday, March 13, 2015

Lands Design WIP XII

Lands Design for Rhino is a software for designing gardens, green spaces, and landscapes that run in the Rhino environment.

Lands Design provides tools for producing technical drawings in 2D and 3D of the green space to work with, and realistic images and virtual tours through the project to perform.

Lands Design is ideal for landscape architects, urban planners, town council technicians, constructors, designers and draftsmen, environmental departments, nurserymen, gardeners…

Arena4D for Rhino - new version

Arena4D is a rapidly developing software product, specialising in the visualisation, exploitation and animation of huge PointClouds and GIS data.  If you collect, edit, analyse, register, reverse-engineer, create videos, present or simply view Pointcloud data from any scanner, Arena4D is the ideal manufacturer independent visualisation product.

What's new in Arena4D for Rhino 1.2.0:

1) Slice
2) Clip
3) Snap to Point
4) Arena4D - Lighting 
5) Arena4D - Smoothing 
6) Arena4D - Point Colouring
7) Magnification tool
8) Protected VPC files 
9) Attach construction plane to slices
10) Align slice to a curve
11) Reduce point density in perspective view
12) Compatibility mode for older hardware 

Details and download...

Thursday, March 12, 2015

CL3VER 3.0 released

Palo Alto, 11th March 2015 – CL3VER, the cloud-based platform for interactive 3D presentations, has released CL3VER 3.0. This new platform generation is dedicated to engineers, architects, and other design professionals. CL3VER 3.0 is a much improved version of the CL3VER platform that includes WebGL GPU-based real-time lightmap technology, V-Ray material support and a new scene sharing system that speeds up the production workflow for cross platform interactive 3D presentations.

Download the Rhino to CL3VER 3.0 plug-in from food4Rhino...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

London-UK Grasshopper user meeting

After a successful meeting last year, the London-UK Grasshopper Group announced this year's meeting.

It takes place at BuroHappold Engineering's newly refurbished headquarters.

  • Location: 17 Newman Street, London W1T 1PD
  • Date and time: April 15,  6-8 pm

There will be exciting presentations, including one by the Smart Space Group led by Shrikant Sharma.
Please save the date!

Unfold Moving Matter workshop, Milan

Unfold Moving Matter
Re-activating Milan's Ex-Industrial
7-12 April 2015

Milan's Design week is the most important event worldwide for design and innovation. In the past five years "Ventura-Lambrate" district has been the new platform where all the emerging designers, architects and visionaries took over the Ex-Industrial zone by the growing trend of industrial refurbishments. This year, the city of Milan will be hosting the "World Expo", one of the most vital events in Milan's contemporary history, integrating an era of modern development. The issue of Milan's unused and Ex-Industrial buildings remains in question.

The Unfold Moving Matter workshop aims to approach the regeneration of a forsaken warehouse, named 'SBODIO32', at the edge of Milan's new design district.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Friday, March 6, 2015

Creating a Guitar Body with RhinoCAM, new tutorial


Creating a Guitar Body with RhinoCAM with Taylor Hokanson
New course available on

Are you interested in making your own instruments? Do you want to see how computer-aided fabrication results in real-world products? This course is for you. Educator/DIY engineer Taylor Hokanson demonstrates how to use RhinoCAM to prepare a 3D model of an electric guitar body/neck for later fabrication on a CNC mill. This project covers a variety of techniques, including flip milling, profiling, pocketing, horizontal roughing, and parallel finishing, and shows how to adjust the model to account for third-party components like pickups.

Topics include:
  •  Setting up and editing the model
  • Adding bridges for flip milling
  • A variety of two-axis and three-axis machining operations
  • Simulating and troubleshooting multiple tool paths