Monday, September 28, 2020

food4Rhino webinar series: General Lattice Studio (Oct 1 - 5PM CEST)


General Lattice is hosting a webinar to demonstrate lattice workflows, applications, and best modeling practices for their new plug-in GL Studio.

Speaker: Co-founder and CINO of General Lattice, Marek Moffett has several years of additive manufacturing experience, specializing in optimization of structures for manufacturability. Marek lead the team that developed GL Studio and NVM methodology.

Friday, September 25, 2020

What VR headset is best for you?

In case you have missed it, our friends from
Gravity Sketch posted an article recently on the Rhino forum about their recommended VR hardware.

Read the post...

Also, check the
F1 Surface Model Design Challenge, where a 3D sketch was done in Gravity Sketch VR, and the goal is to take the sketch and create the surfaces in Rhino with NURBS or SubD.

Preparing the Geometry for CFD Process using Rhino

Cloud Towing Tank has been kind enough to share an article about "Preparing the Geometry for CFD Process using Rhino":

"In order to conduct a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation of a ship, high quality surface geometry is needed in order to generate the computational grid. The geometry needs to be watertight, without manifolds, and it needs to accurately represent the real vessel. For us, Rhino has always been and continues to be the main tool for adjusting the input geometry we receive from our clients. This is mainly due to the quality of the STL files that it produces, which is the input format for our simulations. In this example, we used Rhino to prepare ship geometry for a CFD study on the influence of rudders on overall propulsion power."

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Webinar/Demo: Augmented Reality in Design, September 24

Thursday, September 24
12:00 PM (noon) Eastern

Join Fresco Design this Thursday for a one-hour talk on Augmented Reality (AR). It is an important tool in their design process, especially for remote collaboration and evaluation of product scale and motion. Join them for an interactive demo with Q&A as they share their journey using AR from concept design to its evolution into Immersive Commerce applications.

Registration on eventbrite is required. Register here.

Monday, September 21, 2020

V4Design - Horizon 2020 Research Showcase Event

October 1st, 2020 
11:00 AM–12:30 PM CEST 
Hosted on Zoom by McNeel Europe


McNeel Europe is pleased to host the first public showcase event of the ongoing EU Horizon 2020 research project V4Design. McNeel’s is part of the research consortium that consists of various universities, research institutions, and companies from all over Europe, companies such as Herzog & de Meuron Design Technologies and the University of Thessaloniki's architecture department (AUTH). The event aims to demonstrate the latest prototype of a new user-driven 3D reconstruction plug-in for Rhino from still image and video footage and find additional high-profile key testers in the field of the AEC, design, and game development industries. Participants will get unique insights into the past two years of the EU research project’s development and its current status. The enrolled key testers will have access to the plug-in’s closed beta phase to test their use cases and they will be mentioned in the project’s final publication.

For more information about the project, please visit:

Event requirements: Experience in Rhino
Online event fees: Free
Max. number of participants: 100
Event language: English

Register here...

Friday, September 18, 2020

Three-week interdisciplinary Karamba3D online course by Karamba3D, November 2–20

Three-week interdisciplinary Karamba3D online course
 November 2-20, 2020
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:00-14:00 CEST
 by Karamba3D hosted on the Microsoft Teams platform

The Karamba3D team invites architects, engineers, designers to participate in a three-week interdisciplinary course focusing on parametric structures and design. Participants will be asked to develop a designed structural object within the parametric environment of Grasshopper. Led by Clemens Preisinger, Zeynep Aksöz, and Mathew Tam, the course will guide you through a series of tutorials in Karamba3D, design critiques, and review sessions.
What will you achieve by the end of the workshop?
  • Learn the basics of using Karamba3D
  • Design, develop and optimize a structure
  • Set up a parametric structural system using beam elements
  • Create basic animations from Rhino/Grasshopper
  • Create an interactive cloud model

Course outline
The course begins on November 2nd and will last for three weeks. The final session and presentation will be on November 20th.
There are three sessions a week – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – from 11:00-14:00 CEST.

Week 1
  • Introductory lecture
  • Basic setup with a cantilever beam
  • Cross-section optimization with a simply supported beam
  • Parametric truss with joints
  • Grid-shells with eccentricities
  • Develop a concept design
  • Set up a parametric model
  • Initial analysis in Karamba3D

Week 2
  • Loads, load cases, and load combinations
  • Interpreting results
  • Eigenmodes and natural vibrations
  • Second order theory analysis
  • Stability and global buckling analysis
  • Creating simple animations in Grasshopper/Rhino
  • Further development of design ideas and 3D model
  • Detailed analysis in Karamba3D
Week 3
  • Optimization with Galapagos
  • Multiobjective optimization
  • Uploading a model to the cloud
  • Optimization with the final structure
  • Presentation
  • Online exhibition
Course language and requirements
The course will be in English. No prior knowledge of Karamba3D is required for this course. General knowledge of Rhino and Grasshopper is highly recommended.

Course fee
Professionals (includes academic staff): 500 EUR +VAT (early bird) | 600 EUR +VAT
Students (max. 10 places): 250 EUR +VAT (early bird) | 300 EUR +VAT
Early bird rates until October 1, 2020. Maximum seats: 20. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled on September 25th.

Karamba3D 1-year licenses for non-commercial use will be provided to the participants free of charge.
Participants should have a working license of Rhino. You can download a three-month trial from the Rhino website.

Registration here... 


How does parametric design work?

Are you struggling to understand the concept of parametric design? Kaushik LS wrote this post last February with a 4-minute explanation.

He stresses that parametric design is about designing the process, not the finished product. 

Kaushik LS is an architect, computational designer, and visual FX artist.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Level 3 C# Scripting and Plugin Development for Rhino/Grasshopper online course, October 26-28 (McNeel Europe)

Level 3 C# Scripting and Plugin Development for Rhino/Grasshopper 
October 26–28, 2020
10 AM–5 PM CET
Hosted on Zoom by McNeel Europe 

McNeel Europe offers the first Level 3 course in C# Grasshopper scripting and Plugin Development for those who already have an intermediate understanding of C# programming, object-oriented programming and the basic geometries of RhinoCommon. This course will go more in-depth with the RhinoCommon library, beyond just geometry objects. You will also learn some fairly advanced concepts in the C# language, allowing you to tackle computationally intensive problems (e.g., simulations, complex geometry processing with a lot of data). The course provides a balanced mix between learning programming skills and algorithmic problem-solving for geometric design. 

The following topics will be covered within three days:
  • Custom graphics display (custom colors, materials, styles, etc.)
  • More in-depth topics about Rhino geometries (Curves, Surfaces, Meshes)
  • Understanding and efficiently using Grasshopper data types
  • Programmatically interacting with Rhino modeling environment from Grasshopper (e.g., Rhino objects, lights, layers) such as “baking” geometry
  • Introduction to C# Delegates, treating functions/methods as objects
  • Computational complexity: understanding code performance and scalability
  • Spatial Data Structure: using RhinoCommon R-Trees to accelerate 3D searches, proximity checking, collision detection
  • Parallel computation with the .NET Task Parallel Library
  • Best practices organizing codes to maximize reusability and maintainability
  • Using an external program libraries
  • Discussion topics requested by participants (1-on-1 basis)

Course requirements: 

Intermediate understanding of the C# programming language, experience with Grasshopper plugin development. 

Online course fees:

EUR 395,- (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers get a 50% discount (proof of status required). After payment has cleared, your seat is confirmed.

Max. number of participants for each course: 25. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled October 11.

Course language: English

Educational seats are limited. Sign up now by contacting McNeel Europe!

FunderMax Free Training


FunderMax is carrying out an initiative to offer free training to Ibero-American Architects during this special period that we are experiencing globally. They will invite a specialist who will give us an introductory dissertation on the subject in each meeting. Next, a Q&A time will be opened.

On September 17th the guest is the architect and professor Arturo De La Fuente, who will share with us the latest advances in architecture and algorithm-based designs. 

Date: September 17, 2020 
Time: 11:00 am (EST) 

Questions? Contact Arturo de la Fuente.

What is 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.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Iaac launches new Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design

The Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design – MaCAD is a unique online program offered by Iaac that aims to train a new generation of architects, engineers, and designers with the skills that the industry of Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) demands nowadays.

The program provides expertise in applying the latest digital software for design simulation, analysis, and optimization of digital data in architecture, offering a broad and advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of computational design.

Based on a data driven, learning by doing and design by research methodology, the Master offers a unique online educational experience.

In contrast to the traditional online programs, the Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design–a 60 ECTS accredited Master degree consisting of three 15 ECTS postgraduate programs-offers a real-class “virtual” environment based on a continuous, interactive, and collaborative learning process.

To learn more about the Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture & Design and how you can apply, please visit the program's official website.