Tuesday, November 13, 2018

GSM4Q 2019 - Architecture Conference in Qatar

GSM4Q 2019
6-7 February 2019 
Qatar University Library

Connecting People, Spaces and Machines: The Informed Nomadic Monad

The GSM4Q conference is the 4th in a series of Game Set and Match conferences on the state of mind in architecture and urban design, hosted by Qatar University, Doha, Qatar.

The leading theme of the GSM4Q conference is The Informed Nomadic Monad. The monad is considered to be a design pattern that defines how inputs, processes and outputs together build generic types, as in functional programming. The nomad links back to the bedouin history of Qatar and forward to its potential for today’s strategic planning. The GSM4Q conference covers a variety of specific yet strongly connected topics like Swarm Behavior, Distributed Climates, Robotic Buildings, Informed Materials, Monads, Nomads, Scalable Interactions, Smart Environments. These and others topics will be targeted by the keynote speeches, and challenged by the hands-on / hands-off workshops and call for papers. 

Rhino users are welcome to present.

Monday, November 12, 2018

CAD Games - PAZ Academy Workshop

PAZ Academy is offering a Rhino & Grasshopper workshop from a gamer point of view during the AFTZ in Zurich.

This 4-hour workshop will show you how to design and print your own t-shirt explaining the basics of Rhino and Grasshopper, how to clean and export your design and how to use it in a cutting machine software ready to transfer into a T-shirt.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Orca3D at METS, Amsterdam

Orca3D Version 1.5, the marine design plugin for Rhino, will be displayed from November 13 to 15 in the NDAR booth 07.552 at METS in Amsterdam.

Stop by and check all the new functionalities including the Marine CFD interface, ISO 12217-2 STIX stability index calculator, the stability criteria evaluation and much more. Ask question to the staff, and learn about the new licensing system, Version 2.0 Work in Progress (available for Rhino6 users) and the upcoming releases.

New book on patterns in landscape design

Dynamic Patterns: Visualizing Landscapes in a Digital Age by Karen M'Closkey and Keith Vandersys

Dynamic Patterns explores the role of patterns in designed landscapes.

Parametric software, such as Grasshopper, is encouraging experimentation via custom scripts linking Grasshopper to GIS software.

Dynamic Patterns is about this new aesthetic approach to landscape. In the book, M’Closkey and VanDerSys explore the theoretical implications of pattern making and probe the potential of patterns to join the practical and aesthetic functions of a landscape.
Dynamic Patterns shows work from a wide range of artists and designers, illustrating new ways of seeing patterns and designing landscapes.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Programming Architecture - Rhino Developer Courses

Programming Architecture has just released a series of online Rhino Developer Courses in C# and C++.

The instructor Milos Dimcic will teach you how to write plugins for Rhinoceros 6 in both programming languages. These courses are for architects, designers, engineers, or anyone who wants to use powerful automation tools to generate complex geometry in Rhinoceros 6.

For coding beginners, he has prepared a small C#/C++ Basics course to get you started.

Free Webinar: Visualizing Mathematics in Rhinoceros

Presenter: Henry Segerman, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
When: Monday, November 19, 2018, 8:00 AM-10:00 AM PST

Mathematician Henry Segerman will show beautiful and compelling 3D printed mathematical generated art. Henry will generate higher geometry with topology and symmetry, shapes, and space. Find the mathematical meaning creating models with hyperbolic honeycombs, twisting torus knots, or the curves of a Klein quadratic.

This webinar is for anyone fascinated by two, three, and even four-dimensional mathematics in 3D models. Henry will broaden your exposure to visual mathematical ideas, generation of geometry and 3D printed mathematical models.

Henry Segerman received his masters in mathematics from the University of Oxford in 2001, and his Ph.D. in mathematics from Stanford University in 2007. After post-doctoral positions at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Melbourne, he joined the faculty at Oklahoma State University in 2013.

New video by Simply Rhino: From Rhino to 3D Print

Simply Rhino has been kind enough to share a new video. This time it focuses on preparing a Rhino model for 3D printing on the Formlabs Form 2 printer.

Rhino expert Phil Cook starts by making sure the 3D model has the correct geometry to create a successful 3D print. He shows how to create the mesh STL file and then how to take it to PreForm, Formlabs’ print preparation software for 3D printers. Finally, he obtains a 3D resin printed model that captures even the small details.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Introduction to UNStudio's block strategies

UNStudio has provided a two-part article to introduce various digital geometric block strategies used for UNStudio projects. The articles describe how block strategies have been used for past UNStudio projects and are still extensively used for UNStudio projects today.

Geometric blocks are not a new topic in 3D modeling, but through increasingly available parametric plugins it continues to provide an efficient means of controlling a wide range of elements. Effective block strategies can decrease costs by enabling the fabrication of many of the same components for construction. 

This study reiterates some key qualities of blocks in the context of digital design and how they can be intelligently applied. It then analyses the specific block strategies applied to the facade design of two of UNStudio’s projects.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

eCAADe2018 - "Computing for a Better Tomorrow" proceedings available

The eCAADe conference took place in September 2018 in Lodz, Poland.

"When we consider the aims of research activities, design efforts and mastering towards ideal solutions in the area of digital technologies in the built environment, such as CAD, CAM, CAE, BIM, FM, GIS, VR, AR and others, we may realise the actual reason for that is to make life better, healthier, prettier, happier, more sustainable and smarter. The usefulness of undertaken studies might be tested and proved by the noticeable shared approach of putting humans and their environments in a central position: man and the environment, nature and design, art and technology...

Natural disasters and climate change, crime and terrorism, disabilities and society ageing - architects, designers and scientists active in the built environment domain are not able to eliminate all the risk, dangers and problems of contemporary world. On the other hand, they have social and moral responsibilities to address human needs and take up this multifaceted challenge. It involves a co-operation and, moreover, an interdisciplinary and user-oriented approach.

The complexity of raised problems should not discourage us, on the contrary, it should stimulate activities towards living up to human dreams of a better and sustainable tomorrow.

This calls for a revision of methods and tools applied in research, teaching and practice. Where are we? What are the milestones and roadmaps at the end of the second decade of the 21st century?

Do we really take the most of the abundance of accumulated knowledge? Or we skip to explore another undiscovered domains?

Lumion LiveSync for Rhino now available

Immediately set up a live, real-time visualization between Rhino and Lumion. Change the Rhino model’s shape and you’ll see these changes taking place, in real time, in Lumion’s breathtaking, lifelike environment.

As you continue modeling in Rhino, you can simultaneously view your project in Lumion surrounded by an immersive, fully featured landscape (mountains, water, grass). Beautiful materials make the design pop, while photorealistic lighting suddenly heightens your sense of environment, realism, and depth.

Real-time materials synchronization

Instantly breathe life into your synced Rhino model by applying any of Lumion’s 1000+ high-definition materials in the Lumion editor. As you continue to develop your design, you can tweak the materials precisely to your liking and then save your material layouts for future rendering.

Live point-of-view synchronization

LiveSync now enables live point-of-view synchronization. Turn it on and immediately adopt the Rhino camera perspective, making your work easier, faster, and more enjoyable.

Automatic model imports

When establishing the LiveSync connection, Lumion will automatically import your Rhino model. Continue working on and modifying your project even after you turn off LiveSync. And easily save the file as an .LS for future rendering or development.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Color changing wall tiles by lenartstudios

Check out another fun Rhino and Grasshopper project.

Lenartstudios did this project with E Ink. E Ink Prism, a new technology, now incorporates programmable E Ink into building materials.

The Prism tiles use E Ink color changing film for the display. The very thin film -- basically two layers of approximately .3 mm -- is optically coupled to the back of an acrylic lens. Each tile segment can be programmed to shift from white to fully saturated color. The Prism tiles can be programmed to change color based on interaction or to show off huge, alterable scenes, requiring less power than an array of screens.

Prism is aimed at architects and designers and is intended to replace both paint and high-end displays.

Watch the tiles in action in short video created for the IDSA awards. It tells the story in 30 seconds….

ROB|ARCH 2018 videos

The ROB|ARCH conference series is a collaborative effort between the cohosting universities, industry partners, and the Association for Robots in Architecture. The adoption of digital fabrication in the creative industries continues to accelerate as the potential for innovation and creative expression using robotics is harnessed. The ROB|ARCH conference series aims to allow practitioners to share expertise, to bring together teams of international researchers, to foster networks, to increase knowledge, and to stimulate innovation. To achieve this the ROB|ARCH conferences combine academic presentations with hands-on workshops held in the three days preceding the conference.

ROB|ARCH 2018 conference took place at the ETH Zurich last September, and the organization and participants have been kind enough to share the many amazing videos

ThinkParametric: Deconstructing the Serpentine Wall

The team at Think Parametric will be offering a new online course, Deconstructing the Serpentine Wall. Watch their site for more details.

About the course:
In this course, instructor Brandon Gibbs walks you through the deconstruction of the Serpentine Wall. Brandon worked on this project while working at McCown Design. Brandon has a foundation at the Architectural Association with Patrik Schumacher of ZHA and Theo Spyropoulos of Minimaforms, and has continued to explore parametric design methods in architecture.

This course focuses on the whole workflow from design to standardizing to fabrication. It’s a great introduction of how to use parametric methods using Rhinoceros and Grasshopper. You’ll learn how to apply these methods not just in design, but most importantly in the construction, documentation and fabrication process. Read more...

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Seanaptic v2.1 - Parametric Ship Structures Plugin

Supercharge your preliminary ship design with Seanaptic v2.1, the parametric marine structure plugin for Rhino. Now compatible with Rhino 6, Seanaptic is packed with advanced modeling automation algorithms.

Get significant time saving on weight and center of gravity calculations, space assessments, FEA preprocessing, optimizations, exports to other production engineering systems.

Try free for 90 days. Free for students and universities. Major discounts for small design studios and freelancers.

RhinoMembrane for Rhino 6

RhinoMembrane is one of the most powerful tools for form finding of tensile structures and yet one of the most simple to understand and use. Engineered by a team where the integration of research, professional software development and expertise in the field of tensile structure design has produced a high-tech component with very few limitations.

Pufferfish version 2.3

The Pufferfish is one of few animals which is capable of changing its shape.
This plugin is a set of 213 components which focuses on Tweens, Blends, Morphs, Averages, Transformations, & Interpolations - essentially Shape Changing. Pufferfish uses parameters and factors for inputs for more custom control over operations like tweens and grids as opposed to grasshoppers usual division count inputs.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Innochain pre-conference workshops and McNeel Developer tools update - Copenhagen (Denmark)

Innochain invites you to the international conference Expanding Information Modelling for a New Material Age. It will take place in Copenhagen on November 8-9, 2018, at the Danish Architecture Centre in the new Blox building by OMA. Organized in collaboration with the Danish BLOXhub organization, the conference aims to create a forum for transdisciplinary and entrepreneur driven research.


Information modelling challenges the way we think, design, and build architecture. By creating a shared digital platform it enables the emergence of a new hybrid practice in which separate tools and methodologies of design, analysis, and fabrication can intersect. Current design practice is invested in the prototyping of these new methodologies. Across the building industry and in research we see a concerted push for understanding how this new digital chain can be structured, what are productive exchanges and how a new sense of feedback can lead to smarter design solutions.

The future of the information model is at stake. Expanding simple BIM with more complex requirements to engage and capitalize on analysis, to steer multi-objective design spaces and to interface and control fabrication necessitates new kinds of representations that can handle data-rich design inquiries, enable collaboration and manage the complex and cyclical nature of feedback.


We invite all the conference participants to join us the evening before the conference for an informal reception from 16:45 to 18:30 at BLOXhub. The results from the three Pre-Conference workshops will be shared and McNeel will do a presentation of their new software developments for Rhino and Grasshopper (Rhino Inside, Rhino Compute, Sub-D modeling and much more!).

The Innochain Pre-Conference Workshops introduce participants to new tools and practices for the building industry, which have been developed in the Innochain projects. Each workshop addresses a key challenge in our current architectural, engineering and construction practice. The aim is to introduce participants to new tools and provide sufficient space for participants to experience and work with the tools hands on and to trigger a discussion and positioning of the Innochain developments in their current and future practices. 

Friday, October 26, 2018

ThinkParametric online class: Elefront 101 Distributed Data Models with Rhino Objects

Elefront 101 Distributed Data Models with Rhino Objects

In this online Elefront course by ThinkParametric, the instructor, Ramon van der Heijden, will walk you through the whole workflow of how Elefornt works by creating a highly detailed glassing facade system, similar to the way Elefront was used in the Morpheus Hotel by Zaha Hadid.

Using Unreal Studio to Get Epic Results with Rhino 3D Files in Unreal Engine

For digital creatives across all industries, finding faster, more efficient ways to get your design data into Unreal Engine can revolutionize your design pipeline. In our upcoming webinar, we’re going to show you how to speed up your 3D workflows using the time-saving power of Unreal Studio paired with Rhino software to achieve incredible results in a fraction of the time.

Join design specialist Eddie Perlberg, as he walks you through the process of using the Datasmith toolset in Unreal Studio to import your Rhino 3D files directly into Unreal Engine. From there, he’ll also show you useful tips and techniques to make your work shine!
You’ll learn:

  • Best practices when you’re working with Rhino data 
  • Importing and polishing your data inside the Unreal Engine
  • Tips for leveraging the Unreal Studio product viewer template for best results
  • And more!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Developer Workshop and 1:1 Developer Sessions- Dec 11-14 at McNeel Europe (Barcelona)

Intermediate/advanced course about C# Scripting and Plugin Development for Grasshopper 

Tutors: Long Nguyen (ICD Stuttgart) and Thu Nguyen (University of Bath)
Date: December 11-14, 2018
Time: 10.00h - 18.00h
Venue: McNeel Europe S.L., Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos, 08018 Barcelona (Spain)

This workshop is for Grasshopper intermediate/advanced users and developers who already have a basic understanding of RhinoCommon and building simple Grasshopper plugins. The first two days of the workshop will focus on a variety of intermediate and advanced topics, such as improving performance and efficiency. During the final two days, participants will have the opportunity to develop their own project in 1:1 sessions with the instructor.

Days 1 and 2 

  • ScriptSync: Using Visual Studio as a replacement C# Code Editor in Grasshopper. 
  • Custom graphics display (custom colors, materials, styles, etc...) .
  • Programmatically interacting with Rhino modeling environment from Grasshopper (including geometry baking). 
  • Understanding Grasshopper wrappers for RhinoCommon geometries .
  • Working with Grasshopper data trees. 
  • Good practices for making your Grasshopper plugin accessible from within the C# Script and Python script components.
  • C# delegates and anonymous functions. 
  • Parallel computation with the .NET Task Parallel Library. 

Dasy 3 and 4
  • Personal project development 
  • 1:1 sessions
  • (Optionally discuss topics requested by participants)

Course Fee: participants EUR 1060,- (+VAT)
Full-time students and university teachers (proof of status required) will get a 50% discount.  Remote attendees have the chance to attend this course during the first two days for EUR 265,- (+VAT).

Please note your seat is only confirmed once payment has been cleared.

Max. Number of Participants: 10 participants, 5 remote attendees. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before (November 26).
Language: English

Educational seats are limited. To sign up now contact McNeel Europe!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Scan&Solve Pro now available for Rhino 6

Scan&Solve Pro is now optimized to use in Rhino 6. This Scan&Solve Pro version has full functionality and trademark meshfree simulation in Rhino 6, so you can continue to analyze structures without the hassle of meshing.

And, Scan&Solve now offers perpetual licenses for Scan&Solve Pro that never expire.

For a limited time, Scan&Solve is offering a 20% discount when you use the promo code SnSProIntro.

 Download Scan&Solve Pro today and start working with the newest version of Rhino.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

"Live" Getting Started with Rhino - October 24 and 25th

Image by Doaa Alsherif

Join us for a free "live" webinar designed to get you started modeling in Rhinoceros.

In this live Getting Started webinar, we will demonstrate how to model and render a ring using Rhino. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

Thursday, October 25, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

In this webinar, you will learn how to:
  • Move from a “clean sheet” to a model very quickly. 
  • Build and render a simple model ring built from scratch in about an hour and a half.
We will also discuss modeling techniques and approach. Many tips and tricks will be included during the session. So be sure to bring a notebook.

All sessions are recorded so you can review and study later. Space is limited.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann Fugier.

Friday, October 19, 2018

New ThinkParametric course: Learn to use the Ivy plugin

Learn how to use the Ivy plugin to perform advanced mesh analysis, segmentation and unrolling processes using Graph Theory principles.

In this course, you'll learn the concepts behind Graph Theory. ThinkParametric covers the basic workflow of how Ivy works and explains the MeshGraph, which is an abstract construct that combines the geometric characteristics of the mesh with sets of linked data containers.

You will learn the different ways to use Ivy to analyze your meshes and cover how to perform various types of segmentation.

Then you'll cover how to use this segmentation to unroll the meshes and how to add flap to mesh segments to send them to the digital fabrication process.

The class will cover an architectural design application of Ivy by trying to recreate a design piece inspired by the work of Marc Fornes.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Visualizing Math with 3D printing

Wouldn’t it be great to experience three-dimensional ideas in three dimensions? In this first-of-its-kind book, Visualizing Math with 3D Printing, mathematician and mathematical artist Henry Segerman takes readers on a fascinating tour of two-, three-, and four-dimensional mathematics.

Segerman has succeeded in making a wide variety of mathematical ideas ... accessible to a general audience in a genuinely new and effective way. -- Journal of Mathematics and the Arts

Henry Segerman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Oklahoma State University. Besides his research interests in three-dimensional geometry and topology, he is a mathematical artist, working in the medium of 3D printing. Check out his website.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Reactive Facades Workshop - Colombia

Join Rhino3DColombia at the 6th version of VANGUARDIA 2018. This year's theme is Evolving towards Parametric Architecture. Julián Oquendo and Ovidio Cardona will be conducting a workshop oReactive Facades.

The seminar employs the most advanced technology and software in parametric architecture, Rhino and Grasshopper. The presenters will be attempting to share an experience with attendees on how reactive facades behave in a specific case.

October 24, 2018 at Cali, Colombia
October 25, 2018 at Medellín, Colombia 

Place: Centro de Diseño y Construcción – IDEO
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Fee: Free admission (prior registration required)

Register here!

For more information please contact Rhino3DColombia.

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.

Seven Myths in Architectural Detailing

How has architectural detailing changed since the advent of parametric software and digital fabrication? Gabriela Celani discusses this in this great article in ArchDaily -- 7 Myths in Architectural Detailing that Are Changing in the Digital Age.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Learn about Lean Solemma environmental analysis tools in NY

Solemma Symposium and Training
New York City | Oct 23-24, 2018

The Solemma Symposium (formerly called DIVA Day) is an annual event on the use of environmental analysis tools in design practice, research and architectural education.

This is happening October 23-24 in New York City. We'll be there!  #nyc_oct_2018

New York | Oct 23-24, 2018
Cornell University AAP NYC
26 Broadway, Lower Manhattan.

Event registration...

Webinar in Russian: MatrixGold, a new dimension in jewelry design

Webinar in Russian: MatrixGold - a new dimension in jewelry design

Sabit Software, as an official distributor of Rhino in the Russian Federation, invites you to the free webinar MatrixGold - a new dimension in jewelry design. MatrixGold combines the best features of Matrix 9 and RhinoGold. It was developed using the latest version of McNeel’s CAD engine - Rhino 6. The webinar is conducted in Russian.

Date: October 18
Time: 10:00-11:00 am Moscow time.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Prototyping 2018 | Introduction to Rhino and Grasshopper Workshop in Kortrijk

November 7-8, 2018
13:30 - 16:30
Kortrijk Xpo

Join the Introduction to Rhino and Grasshopper workshop at Prototyping 2018! Learn to use the software, understand how it works and apply its tools to your work. This is a good way to start understanding the best practice approaches to modeling in Rhino and to use parametric procedures in Grasshopper.

Intermediate Grasshopper Online Training, November 2018

Intermediate Grasshopper Online (Mornings) at McNeel Online
November 12 - 15, 2018
Hours: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM each day (PST)

Seattle, Washington - Online

Course Description

Instructor Andres Gonzalez explores the intermediate concepts of generative modeling in Rhino using Grasshopper. 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. 

The class will be conducted in English using the GoToTraining software. All sessions are recorded for your review after the training.

You will need either:
  • Rhino 6 for Windows, which includes Grasshopper, or
  • Rhino 5 for Windows and the free Grasshopper plugin, or
  • Rhino 5.4 for Mac, which includes Grasshopper.
Rhino 6 for Windows is recommended, and it will be used by the instructor in the training. Students are welcome to use Grasshopper for Mac. Differences between the platforms are minor and will be discussed.

View the course outline.