Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Conduit plugin updated for Rhino 6

The plugin updates continue at Proving Ground. Conduit is now 100% working with Rhino 6. Parametric dashboards look pretty nice with Rhino's Arctic mode on in the background.

With Conduit, designers can create custom data visualizations, dashboards, and heads up displays that update with their computational design tools and parametric models.

Get the latest Conduit for Grasshopper...

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Advanced Parametric Techniques with Grasshopper, New York

February 9-10 (Saturday & Sunday)
New York 

Design Lucidity has added this Advanced Grasshopper course to their schedule. Participants will be taken through an intensive series of explorations using Grasshopper to create a highly complex facade system for a skyscraper. The curriculum will build on existing case studies that will serve to elucidate major constraints for systematically defining parametric facades.

Topics such as skeletal modeling, data tree structures, data abstraction, clustering and performance analysis will be covered and synthesized to highlight the potential of parametric holistic design thinking. Furthermore, each major system in the design will be taken to a high level of detail allowing designers to customize user defined features specific to their performance analysis. The workflows introduced in this workshop are meant to prepare participants with applicable knowledge in parametric methodologies that can be applied to various design problems.

Note: Each participant is required to bring his/her own laptop computer with required software installed prior to the beginning of the course. (Required software: Rhino and Grasshopper)

Streamlining original furniture design and production

Oakland-based MU Form designs, fabricates, and distributes furniture products for the modern home and business. MU Form strives to produce original pieces, often incorporating many curves and flowing surfaces. So, the primary material MU Form works with is high-quality bent ply, one of the most widely used materials in the industry due to its ability to create a variety of shapes for chairs, stools, and tables.

Formerly, MU Form shipped a physical prototype model to a factory overseas to reverse engineer the model by using a router duplicator to create a wood mold. The process included much trial and error and lacked efficiency in fine-tuning the curvatures and surfaces.

Recently, MU Form started outsourcing its 3D model making services to Artec in Palo Alto, California, changing its workflow process to:

  • The furniture designer develops the physical prototype of a furniture piece. 
  • The prototype is 3D scanned with Artec Eva to reverse engineer the piece.
  • The raw point data is used to create contours in Rhino to accurately model every nuance in curvatures and radii.
  • The 3D model is emailed to the factory which creates an accurate CNC metal mold directly from the file. 

The result is a final model that has been minimally altered to remove the prototype’s defects. The time for creating a mold has gone from 60-90 days to 20 days, and savings are estimated to reach 10-15%.

"Mastering Surfacing in Rhino" by Alejandro Zapata

Alejandro Zapata is an Authorized Rhino Trainer (ART), and a self-taught 3D artist specialized in inorganic modeling. He has published his book, Mastering Surfacing in Rhino and it's aimed for anyone who wants to improve their surfacing skills and achieve curvature continuity surfaces without plugins and expensive CAD software. It's a detailed step by step exercise to model a car and includes detailed illustrated explanations to why we use commands in certain cases starting from a blueprint.

The key features are:
  • The input is a simple blueprint and reference photos.
  • Step by step explanation of the entire modeling process.
  • 1200+ pages full of the illustrated workflow.
  • More than 110 tools to learn.
  • Explanation of key tools including surface analysis.
  • Icons of all tools used in this book arranged in order of application.
  • Master surface modeling.
  • A final model like shown in the video below.
Watch this video to see what you can learn from Zapata's book (in Spanish here).

If you would like to purchase or learn more from the book, visit this link

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.

Design & Parametric Fabrication Summer Workshop at ControlMAD, Madrid - July 1-26, 2019

Madrid - July 1-26, 2019

This course focuses on knowledge in 3D modeling with Rhinoceros and Parametric Design with Grasshopper. Thanks to digital fabrication tools, students can get real results with the construction of a large scale prototype as a final project.

The course is organized in an intensive way so that any student without previous knowledge in 3D modeling or Rhino, may get a solid base for going into parametric design. For that, the course uses Grasshopper, a free graphical algorithm editor tightly integrated with Rhino’s 3D modeling tools. Unlike RhinoScript, Grasshopper does not require knowledge of programming or scripting, but still allows designers to build form generators, from the simple to the awe-inspiring. It is used at renowned architecture offices like Zaha Hadid or Norman Foster.

Students not only learn how to model and render but also will implement various strategies to obtain structures of complex models, analyze, calculate, interact with the physical environment etc. There will an opportunity to manufacture different models with CNC technology, like cutting laser Trotec and 3D printers. The final goal is to create, design and 3D model a cool object, prototype or sculpture using Rhino and Grasshopper, get a fast render with V-Ray and make it real with the digital machines.

Monday, January 21, 2019

New release for Rhino 6! Orca3D Version 2

Announcing the release of Orca3D Version 2.0. This is the first version of Orca3D optimized for Rhino 6.

Also, Orca3D 2.0 includes many feature additions, including:
  • Added a new command, OrcaCreateStrake, to provide a convenient method for creating lifting strakes on planing hulls. 
  • Added a new Orca3D Hull Assistant for creating developable hull shapes. 
  • Extended the Orca3D Ship Hull Assistant to allow incorporation of bulbous bows into the generated hull geometry.
For details on all the new Orca3D 2.0 improvements and upcoming plans, see the Orca3D blog announcement.

Parametric Design Workshops

LAVA Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (Berlin)
Beginner course 06-07-13-14  April, 2019
Intermediate 13-14 April, 2019

Are you interested in gaining Parametric competency to push your design skills to the next level?

Are you ready to learn a very exciting and powerful tool that will take your ideas and concepts to a whole new realm?

These Parametric Design Workshops (Beginners and Advanced) by Wassef Dabboussi will provide you with the necessary knowledge and ability to use Grasshopper, a free visual programming plugin in Rhinoceros. The workshop will also include a hands-on parametric project.

  • Option 1: General Workshop for Beginners - 16 hours: Starts 06 April 2019
  • Option 2: Intensive Workshop for Intermediates - 8 hours: Starts 13 April 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019

Two Grasshopper Workshops by David Rutten, Feb 18-19/ Feb 21-22 at McNeel Europe in Barcelona

Workshop I: February 18-19, 2019
Workshop II: February 21-22, 2019
McNeel Europe S.L.
Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos
08018 Barcelona (Spain)

David Rutten will be at our European office in Barcelona to teach two of his latest Grasshopper classes aimed at beginners and intermediate users. David founded Grasshopper in 2008, continually developing it and technically supporting the user community throughout all these years. Today Grasshopper is integrated in Rhino 6 for Windows and Rhino 5 for Mac.

His two-day class focuses on carefully selected exercises to achieve a deeper understanding on how visual programming works using Grasshopper and on optimization methods for your Grasshopper definition. 

Day 1: Foundational Concepts
  • Mathematics (starting from integer addition to evaluating complicated functions, a series of increasingly difficult exercises will introduce the core concepts of any Grasshopper algorithm; setting and inspecting values, learning about different data types, performing operations on data, and formatting data for human consumption)
  • Custom Shapes (most often the shape you need isn’t part of the standard shapes. This second part focused on how to create and bundle your own functionality.)
  • Structures of Shapes (creating complex structures from simple elements is an important skill, as is analyzing these complex structures. Building on the result of part (2), this exercise focuses on the creation and categorization of large amounts of data.)
  • Spaceframe (Sooner or later data management always rears its ugly head. Instead of worrying about the data itself, in this exercise we’ll worry instead about how data is organized.)
  • Analysis and Graphics (Presenting data in a human-centric fashion may sometimes involve the creation of visual feedback such as graphs and maps. This exercise aims to display data graphically which is either too numerous or too complicated to be read as a text.)

Day 2:  Algorithm and Workflow design 
Working on large projects often involves dealing with discontinuity, either because several people are involved or because a single person works on the project intermittently. It is therefore important to keep Grasshopper algorithms easy to understand regardless of whether the user is familiar with them. While good documentation of a file can go some way towards achieving this goal, it should be considered to be the last resort. Ideally, an algorithm is self-explanatory. To accomplish this, algorithms need to be both clean and small, and sadly neither property comes naturally to node-based editors such as Grasshopper. 

The entire day will be spent working on various aspects of a single, overarching project while keeping modularity, maintainability, and flexibility in mind.

Course Fee: EUR 495,- (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers will get a 50% discount (proof of status required). Please note your seat is only confirmed once payment has cleared. 

Max. Number of Participants:
10. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before.

Language: English 

Course Requirements: No knowledge of programming or scripting is required. To attend you only need your own computer and a copy of Rhino 6 on it.

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

Parametric Design Seminar in Oslo (Norway) - Feb 12, 2019

Parametric Design Seminar in Oslo (Norway)
Feb 12, 2019

For the second time in Norway, a seminar dedicated to parametric design and visual programming is specially arranged for the construction industry.

Several Norwegian and international speakers will show how they combine the different visual programming tools to solve challenging and time-consuming work in the design process. Such tools allow for completely new opportunities in design optimization of buildings and other constructions by adding rule-based relationship and logic, rather than doing it manually.

Now when you use standard software based on visual programming, and connect it to Building Information Models (BIM), it is also made available to everyone.

Lectures are by architects, engineers and industrial designers who use many different types of software to achieve their goals. The seminar aims to display a wide range of applications and possibilities with parametric design, regardless of the software providers. But there will be the opportunity to meet representatives from Robert McNeel & Associates, the creator of Rhino and Grasshopper.

3D reverse engineering of complex free form shapes with Mesh2Surface

How difficult can converting STL meshes to CAD model be? Reverse engineering of complex organic and free forms is no longer a challenging task.

The new version of Mesh2Surface plugin provides power that's not available even in high-end packages.

Snap-to-mesh, real-time-deviation control and automatic surfacing provide unbeatable power to convert virtually any scanned shape into a CAD model. Mesh2Surface, known by customers for its simplicity and ease of use, is the future of affordable and accurate mesh surfacing.

Visit for example projects’ images, video demonstrations and product information.

AA Visiting School Osaka

March 13-24, 2019

For Takenaka Corporation – which is engaged in a wide variety of design and construction projects, from traditional buildings to offices and houses – "the craft of carpentry" is the foundation of its 400-year history.

Wood crafting techniques and tools have been handed down for generations in Japan, where wooden buildings and parts hold deep meaning. It is often thought that technology will soon supersede human labour. However, there are many metaphysical concepts that machines can’t learn. Carpenters have advanced techniques and knowledge about traditional buildings, wooden design and construction, while the younger generation has experience and knowledge concerning robots, advanced fabrication technology and the virtual world. Takenaka Corporation, as Japan's leading design and construction company, seeks to create a dawn of new building techniques by joining these two generations.

In this workshop, we will study the domains of both the traditional and cutting edge (through lectures and model creation, as well as practical wood manufacturing workshops), with the cooperation of the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum, and visit real-life examples of traditional architecture (the Tōdai-ji Temple, the Hōryū-ji temple, and others). After gaining a good understanding of historical values, we will design and construct small wooden pavilions, while considering how new technologies can support and make use of traditional architectural culture. Through this workshop, we will learn the importance of not only the ‘form’ of traditional wooden buildings, but also their structural ingenuity, systems of measurement, rituals and ceremonies, the value of ornamentation, and more.

Prominent Features of the workshop / skills developed

Through this workshop, participants will learn about Japanese wooden traditional buildings, from history to realization, understanding through lectures and hands-on workshops. In addition, skills on how to structurally analyze complex structures through specific software will be developed as well as how to move from model to realization thanks to introduction to traditional and advanced machinery. Practical hands-on skills will be part of the learning process as the last part of the visiting school foresees design, assembly and construction of the pavilion.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Large-scale daylight simulation on the Cloud

Sarith Subramaniam, Mili Kyropoulou, and Paul Ferrer worked on a daylighting study for the proposed extension for the San Francisco International airport. The model exceeded the capacity of any conventional daylighting tool. So they used a pre-release version of the library now known as Honeybee[+] on local and Cloud-based machines for nearly the entirety of the project.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Core Studios West Cost Hackathon now in Seattle!

Join CORE studio at Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. for AEC Tech 2019: Seattle!
Friday, March 29 – Sunday, March 31, 2019

CORE studio at Thornton Tomasetti, hosts of the annual AEC Tech in New York, is bringing the AEC Tech Hackathon to Seattle! Join us for the first AEC Tech 2019: West Coast Hackathon, to be held at the UW Center for Education and Research in Construction. For the first west coast event, CORE studio is partnering with Robert McNeel & Associates!

AEC Tech is an annual New York event which includes workshops, symposium, and hackathon. Its goal is to produce a space for creative minds to build new technology, learn skills, and foster connections with like-minded individuals.

 AEC Tech Hackathon is for all levels of programmers, developers, engineers, architects, and others. As an attendee, you will collaborate, network, build new relationships, and generate new ideas and processes for the AEC community.

AEC Tech 2019: Seattle will be a three-day event featuring masterclasses by industry professionals, a mini-symposium, and a 26-hour hackathon.

The masterclasses are on Friday and are designed to both teach new skills and build on existing ones that can be immediately applied to the Hackathon. Friday concludes with a Mini-Symposium, featuring talks from local professionals on current updates in the industry.

The Hackathon takes place Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31.

March 28 Computational Design Happy Hour (evening, Elephant and Castle, downtown)
March 29 Masterclasses
March 29 Reception for Attendees (evening)
March 30-31 Hackathon (CERC University of WA Sandpoint )

Cost: $475

More information will be posted in the coming weeks about the schedule, registration, and masterclasses. Stay informed by following Core studios on Twitter, Instagram, and checking the website.

Monday, January 14, 2019

FlyingArchitecture Emotion workshop in Brno, Czechia

Archviz workshop in Rhinoceros: FlyingArchitecture Emotion

Do you want to become a professional Archviz artist? Or perhaps you just want to know how to make those images you dream about. Then this four-day workshop by FlyingArchitecture is for you.

Day 1
  • Basics of Rhino, management, optimization, and light.
  • You’ll start with a given 3D model of a house, without the surrounding assets (trees, shrubs, rocks). These will be added during the day.
  • Matus and Lukas, from Flying Architecture, also go through Rhinoceros scene optimization, Asset Management, V-Ray Options, Scene Lighting explanation, and its rules and camera basics.
  • You will end up with a fully furnished scene with all assets placed and a model ready to be rendered in clay, for proof of composition and lighting.
  • You’ll start creating materials - from the basic V-Ray Materials, to more complex Blend materials for leaves, or even terrain. You will also adjust the V-Ray lighting and explore Render channels and finally, tweak the settings to achieve the best output. 
 Day 3
  • Matus and Lukas will explain postproduction.
  • You’ll start with Photoshop and understanding the basics of layer management. Masking and adjustments will seamlessly transfer to a full postproduction work towards the end of the day. 
  • You will end the third day’s session with a finished image.
 Day 4
  • The last day will be dedicated to using the knowledge you gained during the workshop and to find its practical use for quick scene setup. 
  • You will quickly set up an extra image as an exercise the knowledge you gained. Then you will run it and finish it in Photoshop. 
  • The last few hours will be for discussion of the upsides and downsides, about what you struggled with, and to talk about the specific issues you may encounter.

See what the students created in a previous workshop at XJTLU in Suzhou, China.

Dates: February 28 - March 3 (4 days)
Location: Brno, Czechia
Software: Rhinoceros 5 + V-Ray 3.60.03 for Rhino + Photoshop CC
It is Rhino 5, but Rhino 6 users can still run their 5.
Language: English with an option to communicate in Slovak/Czech language
Required hardware: Students must bring their own laptops with software pre-installed and up-to-date.
Costs: €449 (+VAT)

More information on this workshop....

Friday, January 11, 2019

AEC Tech Video now online

Core Studio has released the videos of the seminars talks at the AEC Tech 2018

See the talks from the community that is leading the AEC market into new workflows: AEC Tech videos.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

A computationally designed chair inspired by seashells

Ernesto Pastore's recent work, Conchita, is a computationally designed chair inspired by bivalve seashells. Ernesto's work is often inspired by the growth processes and efficiencies found in nature, resulting in sculptural, yet functional, designs.

Designed with Rhino and Grasshopper, Conchita was fabricated with a combination of digital fabrication and craftsmanship.

Ernesto Pastore is an architect and computational designer. He began his architecture and sculpture studies in his native El Salvador and later completed it at the Architectural Association in London. His main interests now involve experimenting with novel digital design methods and exploring new materials and fabrication processes, often combining traditional techniques with emerging technologies.

Advanced Parametric Design - Live Online Training by McNeel

Dates: March 4-7, 11-14, 2019 (8 days)
Hours: 10 AM - 3 PM each day (PST)
Price: US$395.00

Please join Rajaa Issa for the Advanced Parametric Design Master Class in Grasshopper. This two-week comprehensive training is for designers seeking to develop critical and comprehensive understanding of parametric design methods and geometry using Grasshopper.

Wallacei - New Evolutionary Engine for Grasshopper

Wallacei, a new plugin for Grasshopper, is an evolutionary engine that allows users to run simulations through using highly detailed analytic tools coupled with various comprehensive selection methods, including algorithmic clustering, to assist users to understand their evolutionary runs better and make more informed decisions at all stages of their evolutionary simulations. This includes setting up the design problem, running the evolutionary algorithm, analyzing the results and selecting the desired solutions for the final output. Wallacei also provides users with the ability to select, reconstruct and output any phenotype from the population after completing their simulation.

Wallacei also has a full tutorial series on how to use the plugin and an official Wallacei primer that goes through all the features and functions of the plugin. Download the tutorials and the Primer through the Wallacei website.

Quatertower project in Augsburg (Germany) by SPANS | Sterling + Presser Architects Engineers

Quatertower, Timbertower, Augsburg, Germany 

Project: Timbertower
Location: Augsburg, Germany
Date: 2018
Client: Millenium Building Quatertower GmbH
Architect and concept structure: SPANS | Sterling + Presser Architects Engineers
Renderings: GRAU Visuals
Type: Living, Offices
Stage: Competition - Anerkennung Shortlisted

City landmark and signal vortex building

The Quatertower project aims at being a landmark of Augsburg's peripheric center, creating eleven levels of living and office spaces with a view of the old city. It adopts an unexpected form, and as such it creates a visible, recognizable identity. Its cylinder is creating a signal, vortex, point of reference and gateway between the old city and the TIM, Textile and Industrie Museum.

Timber weaving material materiality

The entire structure and secondary structural elements are made of timber. They refer to the weaving process displayed in the TIM museum. The external timber lattice structure is state of the art timber use in high rise buildings and refers to a deeper sense of tradition, arts & crafts, and weaving technique knowledge. The use of timber is seen as a connection to natural materiality, to carpentry and to traditional construction system.

Geometry / structure generation

The geometry has been entirely generated with Rhino and Grasshopper, based on three tangent vertical cylinders fixing the program regulation in space. The primary façade structure is based on a variable diagrid projected. It is stabilized by the continuous logarithmic spiral, restraining the diagrid horizontally, and creating a dynamic visual movement.

Grasshopper & AR/VR for Rhino User Group Meeting in London - Feb 21, 2019

Grasshopper & AR/VR for Rhino User Group Meeting in London

For the first User Group Meeting of 2019 (by SimplyRhino UK) we are combining our usual Grasshopper UGM with our VR/AR user group.

The group is for those interested in meeting to network, discuss and explore Grasshopper and virtual and augmented reality solutions for Rhino.

The meetings follow a simple format of at least one presentation from a customer with experience in this field, followed by group discussion and informal pleasantries.

Confirmed presenters are Grimshaw and Fologram.


Thursday, February 21, 2019
18:30 – 20:30
Grimshaw, 57 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5NG (See map here)

Fologram workshop in London (UK) - Feb 19-21, 2019

3-Day Fologram Workshop taking place February 19-21, 2019, at Grimshaw in London

Fologram is an intuitive toolkit that allows designers to build interactive augmented reality applications for mobile phones and head-mounted displays (such as Microsoft’s HoloLens) within Rhino and Grasshopper.

This 3-day workshop will demonstrate tools and workflows to:

  • Create shared augmented reality experiences to visualize designs in context and at scale
  • Work with sensor data (tracked positions, hands, clicks and scans) to interact with parametric models using natural gestures and motion
  • Experience and interact with the existing ecosystem of Grasshopper plugins (e.g. physics simulations, robotic controllers, environmental and structural analysis) in augmented reality
  • Augment parts and tools with holographic overlays using QR codes and positionally tracked markers
  • Digitize physical spaces and models using HoloLens scan data and tracker markers
  • Generate fabrication and assembly instructions from design models
  • Develop augmented reality design and fabrication experiences that can provide intelligent and contextual feedback to assist with difficult or complex tasks
  • Work from holographic instructions to fabricate complex large scale architectural installations

Rhino & Grasshopper D+O+F Training - 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, you'll learn concepts and features of Grasshopper at an accelerated pace in an instructor-led hands-on environment. The advantages of using Grasshopper in preliminary design and concept development come to life since the students may be able to create their models on a 3D printer and a laser machine if times allows.

USD $799
Date: February 25-28, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm (EST)*

If you are not able to attend the 4-day Rhino D+O+F course, choose between these two options:

1) Rhino Training Level 1: Day 1 & 2
USD $495
Date: February 25-26, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm (EST)*

2) Grasshopper: Day 3 & 4
USD $495
Date: February 27-28, 2019
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm (EST)*

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

Location for all courses: 
McNeel Miami
1538 NW 89th Court
Miami, FL 33172

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 2, 2019

RhinoGold Fundamentals Video Training

CAD Jewelry School recently added a new online tutorial series for jewelry: RhinoGold Fundamental Video Training

Video Training lessons are easy to follow, with detailed explanations, keyboard shortcuts, and design tips. The training is for RhinoGold 6.5/6.6 users and includes new exercises and lessons, including some pendant and earring designs.

And if you sign up now, you can save $100 from the $297 normal cost.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

UIC Barcelona Master´s Degree in Biodigital Architecture

The UIC Barcelona Master´s Degree in Biodigital Architecture is a pioneering official recognized international program created in 2000: the first to provide systemic study with the founders of digital organicism, advanced architecture and design for our 21st century.

Research Assistant in Adaptative Architecture

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Architecture and Media Technology a position as Research Assistant in Adaptive Architecture is open for appointment from February 1st or sooner. The position is available for 22 months.

Job Description:

The position as a research assistant in adaptive architecture in the Architectural Section at the Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology, and contains mainly research activities and possibly teaching activities. The position has a strong focus on experimental research on questions concerning adaptive architectural envelopes and is connected to the research project Thermal Adaptive Architecture. The research is based on hybrid methods, focusing on both computational systems and material systems investigations.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Grasshopper Workshop in Mexico

Join Andres Gonzalez, RhinoFabStudio worldwide director, at Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Guadalajara for a 20-hour Grasshopper workshop!

During this seminar, Andres explores primery and intermediate concepts of generative design and architectural modeling. Participants will learn about the interface, logic, data structures, and trees.

Spaces are limited, register now!

Date: January 21-25, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

Place: Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Guadalajara

Fee: Mex$ 3,000 Tec students or alumni - Mex$ 5,000 for the general public 

For more information and to register, please contact: or

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, December 19, 2018

Introduction C# Scripting and Plugin Development for Grasshopper- Feb 18-21, London

Tutor: Long Nguyen (ICD Stuttgart) 

Date: February 18-21, 2019
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm with a break for lunch, provided by Simply Rhino
Venue: Simply Rhino, London

About the course
This 4-day workshop will introduce the essentials of scripting and the creation of custom plugins for Grasshopper using the C# language.

C# provides high-performance interaction within the Rhino/Grasshopper modeling environment. This lets you extend the capabilities of Rhino and Grasshopper -- from automating repetitive tasks, developing customized workflows, to implementing advanced generative design algorithm and interacting with other software tools. 

Who should attend?
The workshop is meant for intermediate to advanced Grasshopper users who want to customize, extend and push the existing boundary of the Grasshopper platform.

Some familiarity with scripting/programming and the RhinoCommon API is helpful but not essential for attending, as they will be introduced during the workshop.

Course Outline

Day 1
  • Introduction to C# language
  • Object-oriented programming
  • The .NET framework
  • C# Script components in Grasshopper
  • RhinoCommon API, the library that allows us to programmatically interact with Rhino
  • Basic RhinoCommon geometries: Point3D, Vector3D, Plane, Line, Curve, Surfaces, etc.
Day 2
  • Introduction to Visual Studio, an integrated environment for software development
  • Creation of plugins for Grasshopper using Visual Studio and the Grasshopper API
  • More advanced topics in object-oriented programming
  • Meshes, Surfaces, Breps, etc…
Day 3 and 4
  • Personal project development
  • (Optional discussion of topics requested by the participants)

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Mindesk 2.0.3 for Parametric Immersive Design

Mindesk 2.0.3 is here! This update integrates the stable Grasshopper component plus performance and UI improvements.

We have listened to hundreds of users and their feedback from all over the world and we are thrilled to announce the improvements you will experience in this update, including:

Parametric + Immersive

With Mindesk + Grasshopper, you can use Virtual Reality to interact with and show complex parametric scripts to non-technical clients. See it in action in this immersive daylight analysis

Grasshopper + VR in just 3 min tutorial

Learn how to use Grasshopper and Mindesk in 3 minutes and master your parametric design script in Virtual Reality.

Rhino User Meeting Helsinki

McNeel Europe is pleased to announce an upcoming Rhino User Meeting at Aalto University in Helsinki happening on January 24, 2019.

Come join us and learn more about state-of-the-art Digital Design and Fabrication.

Get inspiration from industry experts in different fields: Architecture, Engineering, Product Design, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Visualization, 3D Printing, Robotic milling, Environmental Analysis, and much more!

Get the latest news about Rhino WIP, Rhino Inside, Rhino Compute, RhinoVR, Grasshopper and food4Rhino.

Watch presentations and get hands-on with live software demonstrations from our exhibitor partners.

Coffee breaks, lunch and networking drinks are included within the ticket price!

Early Bird tickets until January 10, 2019, at €65 (then €95)

If you would like to present your projects, workflows or research work (Rhino and/or Grasshopper related), please fill in this form.

Parametric Design Workshops in February 2019

Are you interested in gaining parametric competency to push your design skills to the next level?

Are you ready to learn a very exciting and powerful tool that will take your ideas and concepts to a whole new realm?

This Parametric Design Workshop will provide you with the necessary knowledge and ability to use Grasshopper, a free visual programming plugin in Rhinoceros. The workshop will also include a hands-on parametric project.

If you already know Grasshopper and would like to boost your parametric knowledge, then you can choose option 2.

Option 1: General Workshop for Beginners - 16 hours: Start 09.02.2019

Option 2: Intensive Workshop for Intermediates - 8 hours: Start 16.02.2019