Friday, February 12, 2016

New Lynda course: Architecture Site and Envelope

Dave 'Professor3D' Schultz announced his ninth online course for, Rhino Project: Architecture Site and Envelope. At 1 hour 12 minutes long, this course is a lunch-hour / project-focused format, designed to be used in one sitting.

Use this 12-video course to advance your Rhino modeling and workflow skills. Students will first create their site topography with lofting and contours. They will build the building envelope with walls and a foundation, then later with floors and stairs. Dave shows quick ways to build glass curtain walls and move openings like doors and windows on the fly. He also provides tips and tricks for a faster, more efficient workflow in Rhino.

AA Visiting School: Haiti 2016

AA Visiting School: Haiti
July 30 - August 11, 2016

This Architectural Associate workshop is pioneering a new method of designing and testing bamboo structures using Rhino, Grasshopper, and various plug-ins. The workshop explores bamboo as a fast growing source of low cost, lightweight, and flexible construction material.

The course will include site mapping and community discussion, physical and computer modeling, and a bamboo material and construction workshop. As they refine the structures, the participants will also use climate, structural, and wind testing software.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tensile fabric structures at Google

SEFAR Architecture TENERA Fabric

Google Tech Corners in Sunnyvale, CA, wanted shade for the central plaza of Google's recent campus expansion. With the help of MPanel in Rhino a design of several hundred triangles fitted on a large curved steel trellis was worked out. The project required nine distinct triangle shapes of TENARA Fabric to fit within the steel geometry. Each triangle had to be within 1.5 inches of the connector hubs when fully tensioned.

MPanel incorporates a set of design tools in an interface to assist tensile fabric structure designers. MPanel works as a floating toolbar inside Rhino 4 or 5. With MPanel you can manipulate your CAD drawing, from the initial relaxation of a mesh to the final production panels that are sent to your plotter or cutter.

Architect: Valerio Dewalt Train Associates
Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
Installer: Duvall Design Inc.

Rhino for Rapid Prototyping workshop in London

Rhino for Rapid Prototyping
FabLab London, UK
May 30-31

Bryan Oknyansky has organized a 2-day workshop on Rapid Prototyping.

This course will teach you how to incorporate the various requirements of different prototyping technologies into your design process in Rhino. Learn simple tasks ranging from analyzing the prototyping health of your model to more complex tasks like designing support structures and nesting 3-D parts for cost-effective prototyping. This two-day course will show you an advanced side of Rhino that bridges the gap from what you see on screen to holding it in your hands (if the prototype fits in them!)

Whatever you plan to prototype, Bryan will teach you how to:

  • orient models for prototyping with 3-D printers and CNC machines
  • analyze model properties to increase chances of prototyping success the first time
  • import vendor templates to organize model parts for export
  • export your model parts in various file types
  • use Rhino's mesh tools to optimize parts for production

Check all other workshops by Bryan on Rhino, Grasshopper, prototyping, architecture, interior design, and fashion here.

Rhino for Footwear workshop in London

Rhino for Footwear workshop
FabLab London, UK
June 6-8

Bryan Oknyansky has organized a 3-day workshop in Footwear Design.

By the end of this course, you will be able to develop products designed for cemented, Goodyear welted, vulcanized or alternative manufacturing methods suitable for high-volume, Made To Order and bespoke levels of manufacturing.

Covering a wide range of topics, this course is suitable for the following footwear industry areas of expertise: 

•    Design
•    Product development
•    Lastmaking
•    Mold making (tooling up)
•    Grading
•    Pattern making
•    Technical drawing
•    Maquette making

Check all other workshops by Bryan on Rhino, Grasshopper, prototyping, architecture, interior design, and fashion here.

“Integrating Isogeometric Analysis“- PhD research project at the ITKE Stuttgart within the Innochain Network

McNeel Europe is the industrial partner of the Innochain Network, a shared research training environment linking academia with industry in architecture and construction. The program is funded by the European Union's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant Agreement, allowing 15 interdisciplinary researchers to work simultaneously on compatible projects across three core packages.

As part of the Communicating Design package, Innochain researcher Evy L.M. Slabbinck is working on the Integration of Isogeometric Analysis. Her PhD research at the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), University of Stuttgart, is supervised by Prof. Knippers and in collaboration with BIG and McNeel Europe.


Isogeometric analysis is an emerging technology driven by the present gap between the simulation of structural analysis and design software. This newly developed computational method is a new approach to Finite Element Method, taking non-approximated geometry into consideration by using conventional NURBS-based CAD models. The isogeometric concept of using the same basis for geometry and analysis, capable of exactly representing the geometry, enables a higher level of communication and integration. The research aims at the integration of Isogeometric Analysis in today’s CAD packages and exploring its potential for architectural design culture.

Friday, February 5, 2016

AA Visiting School: LA Experiential, July 2016

Escape Velocity. Image credit: Matt Silverman

AA Visiting School: L.A. Experiential
Poetic Kinetics
July 21-30, 2016

Los Angeles is the world’s entertainment capital. Year round music festivals provide a constant testing ground for creators and innovators to premiere installations.

Los Angeles Visiting School will integrate technology, engineering, and architecture replicating the environment at which architecture and entertainment work together to create unique experiences.

Inspired by the fast-paced entertainment industry, the AA Visiting School will ask students to design a kinetic structure for a festival of their choosing. Poetic Kinetics will share their expertise in generating large scale kinetic structures from design to build to delivery.

The Visiting School will be two stages: The design stage and the construction stage. In the second stage the students will take part in the construction of the design selected by a jury.

LayerClasses - Assign Rhino objects to a specific class

LayerClasses, a little plug-in that provides you with the possibility to assign any Rhino object to a specific class.

Important: The plug-in currently only works with the WIP versions of Rhino for Windows (6.0 or later) and Mac (5.2 or later). To download the WIP version for Windows, please contact McNeel Support. More information on downloading WIP for Mac is available here.

Using this plug-in, you can build a two-dimensional logic. For example, create layers like "Floor1", "Floor2", "Floor3" and classes like "Windows", "Doors" etc.

  • Add and remove custom classes
  • Show/hide objects in specific classes
  • Select object in a specific class
  • Available in English and German

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Remote control for Grasshopper

NBBJ Digital Practice has a very nice option for the remote control of Grasshopper.

Human UI - named after the author Andrew Heumann - is a new interface paradigm for Grasshopper. Use Human UI to create professional looking Grasshopper apps with custom user interfaces -- without writing any code.

Ivy - Mesh analysis, partitioning and unrolling in Grasshopper

Ivy is a plug-in for mesh analysis, partitioning and unrolling inside the Grasshopper environment.

Ivy uses notions and algorithms from Graph Theory and applies them towards mesh geometry exploration. To enable the use of graph theory specific algorithms, a new custom data type was created.

The MeshGraph is an abstract construct that combines the geometric characteristics of the mesh with sets of linked data containers.

The data containers that can be visualized as the mesh faces are the nodes of the graph and the links between them are the graph edges.

The graph edges can be visualized as the mesh topological edges.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SFMOMA Expansion opening May 14th

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's (SFMOMA) building expansion is opening May 14, 2016.

Oslo-based Snohetta designed this 10-story building for SFMOMA. And local  Kreysler & Associates fabricated the contoured and rippled facade.

The project is ground-breaking is several ways. Unconventional and innovative methods were used for the fabrication. The composite panels are a fire-resistant design and ultra-light. And the facade panels are now the largest architectural application of composites technology in the United States.

Each composite facade panel is different, so Kreysler & Associates relied heavily on digital fabrication with Rhino and Grasshopper to mold the unique shapes.

Kreysler specializes in composites and digital fabrication. They often work with artists and architects on large sculptural works, acoustic surfaces, facade panels, and replicas of historic building elements for restoration projects.

"Leading up to this project, our in-house R&D pertaining to fire resistant composites has opened the door to more widespread use of these materials in the future. The whole process has relied heavily on our facility with software -- in our case Rhino -- for early conversations with the designers all the way through construction coordination, in-house fabrication, production tracking, and quality control."

"Rhino is like our 'digital pocket knife'. It's intuitive, inexpensive, adaptable, and has a huge community of users for support and developing custom tools. Nearly every project we do sees Rhino at one point or another." - Comments from Bill Kreysler, in an interview in NOVEDGE blog.

Construction details...

Friday, January 29, 2016

Rhino & Grasshopper training in South Africa

SimplyRhino South Africa has updated its training schedule for 2016:

  • February 23-24 - Rhino Intro
  • February 25-27 - Rhino Level One
  • February 28-29 - March 1 - Rhino Level Two
  • March 2 - Grasshopper 
Cape Town
  • March 15-16 - Rhino Intro
  • March 17-19 - Rhino Level One
  • March 20-22 - Rhino Level Two

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Jewelry + Metalsmithing Exhibition - Opening Tonight!

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Woods-Gerry Gallery in Providence, RI, are joining for the Jewelry + Metalsmithing Triennial Exhibition 'feast and fathom".

Besides the four rooms that creatively present jewelry designed and made by RISD Jewelry and Metalsmithing students from the past three years, the show includes a room dedicated to printed spec drawings of designs done with Rhino and RhinoGold. There is also a slideshow of rendered jewelry using Flamingo nXt. The Rhino course is a required part of the curriculum for undergraduate jewelry majors taught by Brian Bergeron. Many of the displays were also done with Rhino by Arthur Hash. Arthur will be teaching advanced CAD and CAD/CAM for the jewelry majors.

Opening reception is tonight, Thursday, January 28th, 6 pm - 7:30 pm.

If you miss the opening, the exhibition runs January 29 - February 21.

Woods-Gerry Gallery
62 Prospect Street
Providence, RI

Mon-Sat 10 am - 4 pm
Sun 2 pm

Job offers at BIMobject Spain

BIMobject Spain is looking for a Project Manager for Roca BIM project (Barcelona) and a Digital Content Manager (Madrid) with Rhinoceros and BIM skills.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Toy of the Year finalist

The Toy Industry Association has included Nancy B's Science Club's Black Light Illuminator as a 2015 Toy of the Year finalist. The final winners will be announced in New York on February 12th.

Dave Schultze, SchultzeWORKS design studio in Santa Monica, CA, designed the science sleuthing activity kit, using Rhino for all the design work.

The Black Light Illuminator focuses on STEM-learning (Science, Technology, and Math Education) and encourages scientific exploration. Kids can:
  • Collect rocks, insects, and flowers that glow under black light. 
  • Make gelatin that glows. 
  • Learn counterfeit money detection. 
  • Encrypt codes and ciphers.
SchultzeWORKS designstudio has clients in consumer electronics, housewares, furniture, and lighting. Owner and founder Dave Schultz teaches industrial design and 3-D visualization at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. For more information, visit Dave's educational website Professor3D.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Grasshopper 101 Online begins February 29th

Register for Grasshopper 101 Online: Intro to Grasshopper for Rhino 5!

Grasshopper master, Andres Gonzalez, will get you started with generative modeling in Rhino 5 using the Grasshopper add-on. The advantages of using Grasshopper in preliminary design and concept development come to life in numerous real-life examples.

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.
All live training sessions will be recorded and the videos will be posted to a private student album available for streaming up to 90 days following the course.

Space is limited... sign up today!

Online Level 1 Rhino 5 for Windows, February 2016

Level 1 Rhino 5 for Windows - Online Course
February 1-9, 2016
US$200 - Register here.

In this online class you'll learn to create and edit accurate free-form 3-D NURBS models. This fast-moving class covers most of Rhino's functionality, including the most advanced surfacing commands. Our detailed class outline is available here.


  • February 1-5 (Monday-Friday), 9:00 am-12:00 pm (PST) and
  • February 8-9 (Monday-Tuesday), 9:00 am-12:00 pm (PST)
    Calculate your time zone.

Ask questions and interact with the class and instructor in our live training session. 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.

The class will be conducted in English using the GoToTraining software. 

You need Rhino 5 for Windows software installed.
Rhino for Mac is not acceptable software for this class. 
You need a stable and fast Internet connection. 
You need a headset/microphone combo. 
You need a hard copy of the Rhino Level 1 Training Manual, which you may download here.

Grasshopper 101 Online Spanish Course by McNeel Miami

Register for the Grasshopper 101 Spanish Online Training by McNeel Miami, home of RhinoFabStudio.

Check out the schedule.

Introduction – February 22, 2016
9:00 am–10:30 am (EST)

Classes – February 23-25, 2016

Course: 9:00 am–10:30 am (EST)
Break: 10:30 am–10:45 am (EST)
Course: 10:45 am–1:00 pm (EST)
Q&A: 1:00 pm–1:35 pm (EST)

Note: All times listed are Eastern (Miami) time zone

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.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Job Opening for Programming and Research

Do you have good programming skills? If so, there's a job possibility for you in Singapore:

The Advanced Architecture Laboratory at Singapore University of Technology and Design is looking for a researcher. The researcher will support software development in Grasshopper for an exciting project that combines architectural design and mathematical optimization. The project aims at the creation of an optimization tool for architectural designers that is more intuitive and efficient than existing ones. This research will be documented in several publications.

The position entails development of GUIs, visualization tools, and interfaces between existing software components. Depending on the skills and interests of the candidate, a greater involvement with other components of the project (such as benchmarking, user testing, and publications) is possible.

The starting date is as soon as possible, with details available upon request.

Minimum requirements:  Bachelor's degree in computer science and related disciplines or in (architectural) design with proven programming skills. Masters degree preferred.

Knowledge of C# or another .NET language and Python is required. Familiarity with Rhino, especially with development in RhinoScript, the RhinoCommon SDK, and the Grasshopper SDK is not necessary but considered an important asset.

Contact Thomas Wortmann:

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

3-D Printed Jewelry

Han-Yin Hsu of ANNXANNXDESIGN specializes in small lines of jewelry 3-D printed in both metal and colorful plastic. The Los Angeles designer starts with a hand drawn sketch, then turns it to a 3-D model using Maya. She then converts it to a 3-D printable model using Rhino. Han-Yin orders her 3-D printed designs in bulk, then attaches chains, ear clips, and other finishing pieces. She also dyes some of the pieces to get unique colors. Software makes it possible for her to make shapes not available from most traditional jewelry making methods.

Han-Yin started her career with a Masters degree in architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture. She spent several years working for interior designers and design firms, before starting ANNXANNXDESIGN.

DOF Training by McNeel Miami

Course description:
In this class you'll learn to create and edit accurate free-form 3-D 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.


Date: February 15-19, 2016
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (EST)*

*Note: All times listed are Eastern (Miami) time zone

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.

Colombiatex de las Americas 2016

Join Almacén Yamata and Rhino3D Colombia in Colombiatex de las Américas 2016, stand #1312. Almacén Yamata has the distribution for CNC machines including laser and embroidery. 

Rhino3D Colombia team will be present in the stand sending Rhino and RhinoCAM files to the CNC and laser machines. 

Place: Plaza Mayor - Medellín, Colombia
Date: January 26 - 28, 2016
Stand: #1312

For more information, contact  Andres Franco.

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.

Friday, January 15, 2016

LAST CALL: Free Webinar of Rhino 5 for Windows (Beginner)

Free Webinar: Basic Modeling with Rhino 5 for Windows (Beginner)
McNeel Europe
January 2016
10:00am (CEST)

Whether you are new to Rhino or an experienced user, sign up for this one-hour free webinar and learn from a design expert modeling techniques to complete a project from sketch to the final model. 

There are very few seats left. Sign up now!

New course in Architecture Infographics - ETSAM UPM Madrid

New course in Architecture Infographics and Multimedia Design at the ETSAM-UPM (Madrid, Spain), starting January 18, 2016.

Learn Digital Design and Analysis, Computational Design (including Rhino and Grasshopper), BIM, Simulation, Visualization techniques and much more!

COMPUTATION MATTERS: Grasshopper workshop in Bulgaria

Sofia, Bulgaria
Feb 24-28, 2016

COMPUTATION MATTERS is a workshop for integrative computational design. It presents an extensive introduction to digital design, complex geometry, and digital fabrication. The workshop's focus is the translation between digital morphogenesis, inherent material properties, and fabrication execution through the development of parametric geometric models, as well as both digital and physical model analysis. Participants will design systems derived by the explored material behavior, consisting of three-dimensional components aggregated within a network. The development of performative systems provides a wide range of architectural, interior, and product design applications.


The material chosen is polypropylene, due to the large domain of material properties that can be explored. Physical experiments will be carried out to understand of the inherent material properties, which will be translated into a digital environment. Components will be developed through polypropylene sheet manipulation techniques – bending, twisting, or folding. Digital simulations and structural analysis will be carried out for components and aggregations, in parallel with physical prototyping.

What You Will Learn

– Introduction to Grasshopper and algorithmic geometry
– Creating complex geometries through parametric modelling
– Structural analysis techniques with Karamba 3D
– Interactive physics simulations with Kangaroo
– Digital fabrication techniques with FabTools and Generation
– Understanding of performative design

Thursday, January 14, 2016

CL3VER 3.3 - New app and improved Rhino plug-in

CL3VER 3.3 includes an improved export plug-in for Rhino and two major updates that significantly enhance mobile quality and the ability to play CL3VER presentations without the need for an internet connection.

New CL3VER App for PC, Mac and iOS...and free!

Architectural and engineering projects are often presented in situations where there is little or no internet connectivity, like meeting rooms, events, or construction sites. The new CL3VER app enables users to save presentations to Windows, OS X and iOS devices. They can then open presentations without an internet connection. This update makes it easier to present projects anytime and anywhere. Video...

Top visual quality on retina mobile devices

Maintaining the visual quality on mobile browsers has proven to be a challenge...until today. CL3VER presentations on mobile devices with retina displays are now seriously enhanced. The CL3VER viewer is optimized to work natively on iOS devices with retina display (iPad Air or superior) or Android devices using a mobile browser that supports WebGL.

Better importing from Rhino projects

The improved Rhino to CL3VER plug-in now supports double sided faces and smooth surfaces. Node material importing has been improved. Also, a previous bug related to reflection map orientation has been fixed. The complete list of improvements and fixes is available in the official CL3VER 3.3 release notes.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016