Friday, February 16, 2018

Parametric Design Workshop (Rhino + Grasshopper) at FabLab Berlin

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 (FabLab Berlin - March 2018) 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.

Arena4D for Rhino 6

Arena4D is now available also for Rhino 6!

Arena4D allows importing massive point clouds into Rhino for modeling.  All functions inside of Rhino are controlled via the simple Arena 4D Panel, presented in a familiar Rhino style.  
Functions include:
  • Unlimited Points
  • PointCloud Shading and Lighting
  • Point Cloud Clipping
  • Point Cloud Decimation 
  • Snapping to Point
  • Slicing (Sections) through a point cloud 
  • Slicing (Sections) to Curve
  • Point Cloud Opacity
  • Point Cloud Filling
  • Point Cloud Magnification
  • Point Cloud Lighting
  • Customisable Shader
  • Viewpoints
  • Slicing Between Geometry

Conference "Architectural Geometry" by Helmut Pottmann at ETSAV (Barcelona)

The UPC School MPDA Master's degree Parametric Design in Architecture and the ETSAV Metropolitan School of Architecture are very pleased to invite you to a lecture with Helmut Pottmann. The conference Architectural Geometry will be held on Thursday, February 22nd, at 10:30h in ETSAV's Assembly Hall.

Helmut Pottmann is a professor of Applied Geometry and director of the Center for Geometry and Computational Design at Vienna University of Technology. From 2009-2013, he has been the director of the Geometric Modeling and Scientific Visualization Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. His research interests are in Applied Geometry and Visual Computing, in particular in Geometric Modeling, Geometry Processing and most recently in Geometric Computing for Architecture and Manufacturing. He has co-authored two books (one on Architectural Geometry) and more than 200 articles.

SPM Bilbao 2018 - Call For Posters

SPM is an international conference series on all aspects of geometric and physical modeling, and their application in design, analysis, and manufacturing, as well as in biomedical, geophysical, digital entertainment, and other areas. The symposium is organized with the support of the Solid Modeling Association (SMA), which will award the 2018 Pierre Bézier Prize for contributions to solid, shape, and physical modeling during the conference.

Rhino and Grasshopper users are encouraged to present a paper at the SPM Bilbao 2018 conference (June 11-13).

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Be a better Grasshopper user

The Grasshopper website includes many resources to help you get started with Grasshopper. Or you can find tricks and tips for the more advanced user. The website includes:

  • Video tutorials for beginning users
  • A 13-part video series to learn the fundamentals of Grasshopper
  • Training videos on visual programming to create rules and parameters that can be easily changed and updated
  • A foundations manual for a basic understanding of Grasshopper
  • Links to related plugins, books, training courses and blogs

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Only two days left to register! 4th Annual CIFE Industrialized Construction Forum

Huang Engineering Center, Makenzie Room (#300)
475 Via Ortega, Stanford

The 4th annual Stanford Industrialized Construction Forum has another fantastic event with great speakers lined up.

The program theme is The Future of Housing Innovation.

Registration closes 5 PM PST February 20. Registration is available online.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Grasshopper: Introduction to Generative Jewelry Design, NYC

Grasshopper - Introduction to Generative Jewelry Design
Saturday-Sunday, March 10 & 11, 2018
New York, NY
Price: US$495
This two-day class will give you a functional understanding of Grasshopper concepts and parametric design. Learn and explore how Grasshopper generates unprecedented fluidity and automated tasks to go further in the design process, allowing for much greater speed with working on complicated and repeating forms. Grasshopper creates parametric modeling to automate production, new forms, shapes, patterns and your interfaces. It is only possible with the algorithmic modeling.

No knowledge of programming or scripting required for designers to build form generators, from the simple to the awe-inspiring designs. The class covers List management and introduces Date Trees. 
Prerequisite: Basic Rhino knowledge is required. 

Participants will work on jewelry projects. However, design professionals from all industries can benefit from this class.

Required: PC laptop with Rhino 5 and the latest Grasshopper installed. Download the Grasshopper plugin here. 

About the instructor:
Akiyo Matsuoka is an Authorized Rhino Trainer and adjunct faculty at Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.

Level 1 Rhino for Mac Course, Los Angeles

Friday-Sunday, March 9-11, 2018

Maia Merav Holtzman, Authorized Rhino Trainer, designer and jeweler, is offering a hands-on, intensive training course the weekend of March 9, 10 and 11. 

During the three-day class you will:

  • Understand the vocabulary of the Rhino interface
  • Understand the features of the Rhino interface
  • Customize your tools
  • Create basic objects
  • Model using coordinate input, object snaps and SmartTrack tools
  • Modify curves and surfaces with edit commands
  • Use control point editing to modify curves and surfaces
  • Analyze your model
  • Render your model

Monday, February 12, 2018

Smartgeometry workshop and conference, Toronto, Canada

Coming May 7-12, sg2018: Machine Minds by smartgeometry in Toronto, Canada. The sg2018 workshop and conference is a gathering of the global community of innovators and pioneers in architecture, design, and engineering.

The Workshop is a unique creative cauldron attracting attendees from across the world of academia, professional practice and industry. Workshop participants come together for four intensive days of design and collaboration.

The Workshop is organized around clusters, each a unique hub of expertise, comprised of people, knowledge, tools, and materials.

Applications for cluster participants are now open.

Each applicant must submit an example selection of past work and select a preference for Workshop Clusters. The more interesting and compelling your past work and current interests, the better chance you have of getting accepted to the sg2018 Workshop. More information on the 
Workshop Clusters...

The fee for the workshop is $1500 CAD. (Limited scholarships are available, but competitive.) This fee includes the tutoring during the workshop, workshop materials, and evening lectures. It also includes attendance (including lunch and refreshments) to the conference and the reception (including drinks, finger food, and entertainment). Travel and hotel accommodations are not included in the workshop fee.

The host for sg2018 is the University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Call for speakers for the 5th Grasshopper User Meeting in Berlin!

Parametric Support invites speakers for the Grasshopper User Meeting in Berlin, Feb 28th! 

The Berlin edition of Grasshopper User Meeting gathers local creators interested in cutting-edge technology in architecture and design to challenge research and innovation. We are looking for 3-4 speakers that will present their built or conceptual Grasshopper projects, design and fabrication methods and Grasshopper Apps.

In past events we invited architects, environmental and structural engineers, researchers, digital artists, and freelancers.

Have you recently been working on exciting Grasshopper projects (algorithms, generative or parametric design)? Please apply here:

Come and share with the community. Be a part of the movement!

Job Opportunity at McNeel Europe- Creative Engineer / Developer

McNeel Europe is recruiting software development engineers for three years in the frame of a Horizon 2020 ICT-20-2017 research and innovation project called V4Design of the European Commision. McNeel, as part of the consortium, leads one of the work packages. 

As a software development engineer, you will develop and deploy the system architecture to communicate (via Apache Kafka or other message bus system) between the modules developed by the consortium partners.

The first task will be to develop a roadmap for this system, followed by developing and deploying an integration system for applications developed in other work packages (28 months).

You need experience in the following systems and languages: Kafka, MongoDB, Java, Docker, REST APIs, and all of the DevOps tools to support the collaborative development of the system (CI, git, Issue Tracking, etc.).

Other desired experience are in .net/mono languages (C#), HTML5/CSS

Other key skills are the ability to communicate conclusions through writing clear documentation in excellent English or through verbal communication to both users and technicians part of the consortium.

You need to be based in the European Union as it will be necessary to travel every 3 months to meetings held in different locations within the EU. It is possible to work remotely. 

Please send your CV to us in Word format along with daily rate and availability with the subject heading “V4Design Developer Application – (Your Name)”: contact us here!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

SudoHopper3D session at ControlMAD Madrid

ControlMAD announces a SuddoHopper3D session on February 15th at its facilities in Madrid.

SudoHopper3D is a card game to improve the overall understanding of parametric thinking in Grasshopper. 

SudoHopper3D playfully takes you on a journey through mathematics, algorithms and basic coding. Players surprisingly learn concepts such as vector geometry and trigonometry.

SudoHopper3D advantages do not stop at simple math skills. Besides the unique math portion of the game, players also learn problem-solving, logic, and sequential reasoning in a socially interrelated and entertaining environment.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Innochain Second Year Colloquium and Lectures in Barcelona

Innochain Second Year Colloquium and Lectures

Barcelona, February 12-14, 2018

The InnoChain Second Year Colloquium, which will take place February 12-14, 2018, is an evaluation event in which all Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) present their research development. 

The InnoChain ITN Network is a shared research training environment examining how advances in digital design tools challenge building culture enabling sustainable, informed and materially smart design solutions. The network aims to train a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers through the development of 15 PhDs, with a strong industry focus that can effect real changes in the way we think, design and build our physical environment.

McNeel Europe is one of the industrial partners of Innochain, supporting the PhD students with the development of state of the art software.

The Second Year Colloquium invites all beneficiaries and industry partners to discuss the research development of the ESR projects in a plenum. 

Keynote speakers will give lectures to support the further research development and invited scientists will evaluate the level of work and progress within the network. In addition, the Industry Partner Board meetings take place on the second day, while meetings of the Steering Committee and ESRs’ take place on the third day.

The Colloquium is organized around three sessions presenting the three Work Packages:

WP3 Communicating Design, Chair Jan Knippers, ITKE
WP4 Simulating for Design, Chair Ulrika Knagenhielm-Karlsson, KTH
WP5 Materialising Design, Chair Bob Sheil, BSA

Visiting Scientists: Mark Burry and Jane Burry (Swinburne University); Christoph Gengnagel (Berlin University of the Arts).

AR/VR for Rhino User Group Meeting in London - Feb 22

SimplyRhino UK is proud to announce the second meeting of the AR/VR for Rhino User Group.

The group is for those who are interested in meeting to network, discuss and explore 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.


Thursday, February 22, 2018
18:30 – 20:30
Heatherwick Studio, 356-364 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8BH

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Designing​ ​Interactive​ ​Holographic​ ​Environments​ ​in​ ​Grasshopper Training

Designing Interactive Holographic Environments in Grasshopper Training 
by Gwyllim Jahn and Cameron Newnham (Fologram)
April 9-11, 2018
10.00h - 18.00h
McNeel Europe
Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos
08018 Barcelona (Spain)

McNeel welcomes Gwyllim Jahn and Cameron Newnham, co-founders of Fologram, for a 3-day Augmented Reality Workshop for Rhino and Grasshopper users at McNeel Europe in Barcelona

With augmented reality (AR) environments designers can visualize 3D models within physical environments and at scale. This training introduces new tools and workflows that allow 3D models to be dynamic, leverage headset data (position and orientation, gaze, and gesture) and to build new applications directly within Grasshopper.

Participants will form teams and collaborate closely with workshop leaders to develop projects with immediate use cases and based around one of the following themes:
  • Proximity feedback for measurement and interaction  
  • Responsive environments  
  • Interactive holographic modeling  
  • Interactive design markup
  • Interactive simulation and analysis
Participants will build prototypical projects with immediate use cases in industry and gain confidence in developing further applications for mixed reality environments. All participants will work directly with Microsoft Hololens headsets through all phases of the workshop.

Day 1 (AR Visualization)
  • Introduction
  • Use of holographic software to stream CAD models to the HoloLens 
  • Use of generative design approaches and holographic models using Rhino, Grasshopper, and custom plugins
  • Group work with brief presentations: Production of digital prototypes and test on mixed reality headsets, revise digital design in response
Day 2
  • Working with 3D scan data
  • Working with visual tracking models for 6dof object interaction
  • Parametric schematics for interactivity (capturing gestures and building event-based models)
  • Project development
Day 3
  • Supervised personal project development
  • Discussion and feedback

Course Fee: EUR 795 (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers (proof of status required) will get a 50% discount. Please note your seat is only confirmed once payment has been cleared. 

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

Language: English 

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

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Architectural Visualization Course by ThinkParametric

ThinkParametric continues their project-based courses in which students learn to use software by recreating built projects with their Architectural Visualization Course: Image Planning and High Detail Modeling. The tutorials are available online for a 14-day trial, followed by a small monthly subscription fee.

This series covers the whole workflow, from start to finish, of creating a stunning interior image using a variety of software including Rhino, 3ds Max, Corona Renderer, ZBrush, Nuke, and Adobe Photoshop.

David Guardado teaches this series. David has over ten years of experience in the field as a 3D visualizer and has extensive knowledge of all the aspects of visualization.

In the first part, Image Planning, you will:

  • Gather necessary information from the client. David explains what is important to ask for and gives you some helpful tips to minimize miscommunications.
  • Look at online resources to get a sense of your desired final image, focusing on lighting, camera angles, different materials, and composition.
  • Create some white renders and combine with some material references into a collage to present to the client.
  • Export the 3D model from Sketchup to Rhino, and in Rhino conduct the geometry cleanup.
  • Export the clean model to Max to add detail to the visible parts.

In the second part, High Detail Modeling, you will go through the workflow of 3D modeling a sofa into high detail:

  • Start by collecting some additional information on how textile behaves in real life, before exporting the low poly model from 3ds Max to ZBrush. Rebuilding the sofa into a low-poly version is necessary for easy UV mapping and smoothly applying textures.
  • In ZBrush add all the detail necessary for a realistic representation of the sofa.
  • Export high definition UV material maps in Substance Designer.
More information on Image Planning and High Detail Modeling...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Tutorial: Importing and Scaling DP Data

DotProduct published the video tutorial Import and Scale DP Point Cloud Data for Use in an Existing Rhino 3D Project.

With the free DotProduct.DP Import plugin for Rhino, you can easily import DP data into Rhino. However, importing into an existing project can often result in scale issues depending on the units of the project. Remedy this with a few quick steps. See how in this brief video on proper import and scaling of DotProduct point cloud data to use in a Rhino project.

Note: DotProduct is currently exhibiting until January 26th at the World of Concrete 2018 in Las Vegas, Booth B51311.

Rhino 6 Performance Improvements

Jean Pradelle, a French reseller and trainer, has been kind enough to share his performance tests and compare these to Rhino 5. The result shows that Rhino 6 is 100 times faster in his experiments!

Rhino 6 Performance Improvements from Form2Fab on Vimeo.

Xirus WIP for Rhino

Mirrakoi has released a free test version of Xirus, a brand-new geometric modeling kernel that provides ‘augmented CAD’ (a powerful modeling technology that combines the best of the worlds of NURBS, subdivision, and polygon meshes and adds augmented access to the 3D digital object). 

Xirus provides decoupled control of tangents, curvature, mixed- and higher order derivatives and enables direct smoothness control in 3D modeling.

Download Xirus for Rhino at as a free WIP (work in progress package).

Video documentation and the full list of the 70 commands currently available are at 

The direct download link is and a forum for the Xirus users has been set up at to provide feedback and direct contact with the Xirus developers and user support.

Free podcasts on Architectural Acoustics

Isak Worre Foged (Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology at Aalborg University) has been kind enough to share his podcasts on Architectural Acoustics, including how to simulate acoustics in Rhino with Pachyderm

Check also

Developer Job offer at Navinn (RhinoPiping)

Navinn, a French software and services company specializing in Rhino plug-in development (RhinoPiping is the main product) is looking for a developer to join their office in Lorient, France.


Navinn requires a junior/intermediate/senior developer to join their office in Lorient, France. If necessary, teleworking can be considered.

The mission is to port the plugin RhinoPiping from Rhino 5 to Rhino 6. It should take from 2 to 3 weeks approximately.


  • Experienced with C++ (required)
  • Self-sufficiency (You will be independent)
  • Knowledge of Rhino plugins is a plus

Contact: Matthieu Arnold,

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Flexible BIM with VisualARQ Presentation - Brazil

Flexible BIM with VisualARQ Presentation

In this webinar, Affonso Orciuoli will present the main features of VisualARQ, an architectural plugin fully integrated with Rhinoceros. VisualARQ offers tools for walls, stairs, windows, etc., which are treated as parametric objects, combining architectural modeling with Rhino's free-form modeling. VisualARQ is capable of generating all 2D documentation (plants, cuts, facades, details) in any scale; 2D views are referenced to 3D models. Also, it allows the user to export and import into IFC and has full integration with Grasshopper!

Attention: The webinar will be presented in Portuguese!

Guest speaker: Affonso Orciuoli

Host: João Gaspar

Date: January 31, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm
Please Register at:  TILAB

Monday, January 22, 2018

Urban planning computational analysis webinar

Computational Analysis & Synthesis of Urban Morphology using Rhino/GH
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The blog, Thank God It's Computational, is hosting a webinar on using Rhino and Grasshopper for C+.

Computational Analysis & Synthesis of Urban Morphology using Rhino/GH is an introduction to the DeCodingSpaces-Toolbox. Download and learn more about this plugin.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • How to analyze Street Network and compute phenomena such as the distribution of functions in a city or the movement patterns of citizens. 
  • Various methods for the synthesis of urban morphology (street networks, plots, and buildings) and how they connect to the analysis methods.

The cost is $19 and length is 90 minutes.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Burning Man Temple by Arthur Mamou-Mani

Burning Man Arts has announced the selection for their 2018 Temple: Galaxia by Arthur Mamou-Mani.

The London-based French architect and Grasshopper guru Arthur Mamou-Mani has designed, fabricated, and installed previous algorithmic structures at Burning Man, the annual experimental gathering in the Black Rock Desert of northwest Nevada. The Temple, an important part of Burning Man, was first created in 2000. For a little history, read Building the Temple.

Arthur Mamou-Mani specializes in digitally designed and fabricated architecture and is a frequent lecturer on using Grasshopper for parametric design and fabrication.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018

Intro to Grasshopper Online Training

Intro to Grasshopper - Online Course

January 29 - February 1
Sign up today!

Did you know that Grasshopper will be included in Rhino 6 for Windows? Get a jump on the next release of Rhino by learning Grasshopper now!

Join Grasshopper master, Andres Gonzalez, for this accelerated online course. He will get you started with generative modeling in Rhino 5 using the Grasshopper add-on. This course is for design professionals who are looking to efficiently learn concepts and features of Grasshopper at a fast pace in an instructor-led online environment.

We will record each live, training session and post the videos to a private, student album available for streaming up to 90 days following the course.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Performative Design .01, Baghdad

February 5-8, 2018

This four-day workshop, set in a studio environment, will introduce an integrated approach to design multi-story buildings with environmental sensibility. It will provide participants with tools and techniques to integrate environmental data and site-specific issues early in the design process and to respond in their design. It will also focus on teaching students how to deploy these principles as a design strategy for different types of projects.

To register, email Hasan Hadi or call 078 06999394
Registration deadline: January 20

// Tools & Techniques //
On a design level, working with Rhino and Grasshopper workflow, the workshop will introduce parametric design techniques as a new platform for addressing environmental issues. After covering a few exercises on the logic and the principles of this design medium, we will apply the learned techniques in a design exercise. We will analyze the forces affecting the selected site, developing data sets for the forces field, and use this information to inform the generation of the building form. Systems differentiation (design output) will be created as a result of negotiations between the applied environmental forces and students’ design sensibility.
On a technical level, with visual scripting with Grasshopper, participants will learn how to build and manage parametric data structures (from simple lists to complex data trees) and to develop data-driven responsive geometry and envelopes. Geometry and building skins will evolve in response to the context-specific database selected from a manifold of information such as environmental analysis, orientation, views, and others.
Prerequisites: Basic modeling skill in Rhino and basic/intermediate level in Grasshopper are required. Participants should bring their own laptop with preinstalled software.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Integrative Technologies & Architectural Design Research (ITECH) M.Sc. Programme is accepting applications!

M.Sc. Programme, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning – Coordinating Institutes:
ICD – Institute for Computational Design, Prof. Achim Menges
ITKE – Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design, Prof. Jan Knippers

Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion 2016-17 (©ICD/ITKE, University of Stuttgart)

The Integrative Technologies & Architectural Design Research M.Sc. Programme is a multidisciplinary, research-oriented, experiment-based programme shaped around contemporary aspects of the built environment.

The goal of the ITECH programme is to prepare a new generation of students from different disciplines for the continuing advancement of technological and computational processes in the development of the built environment through merging the fields of design, engineering, construction and natural sciences

By combining an intensive, critical and analytical approach to computational design simulation and fabrication processes, the ITECH programme focuses on challenging the design space boundaries of current contemporary architectural and engineering practice. It seeks to examine the techniques, methods, and theories of design in the fields of engineering, robotics, digital manufacturing, material science, and biology.

The programme is open to students with a recognized Bachelor degree in architecture, architectural science, civil/structural engineering, urban planning, biology or biomimetics, environmental engineering or similar engineering or natural science degrees. All the programme courses are instructed in English.

Applications for enrollment in October 2018 are accepted until February 15th, 2018. 

More information on the ITECH Programme and the application process:

Friday, January 5, 2018

Webinar: Orca3D Marine CFD Simulation

Webinar: Orca3D Marine CFD Simulation
January 9, 2018
9:00AM EDT
Register here.

Orca3D Marine CFD brings the power of Computational Fluid Dynamics to naval architects for resistance and propulsion analyses, without the need to become a CFD specialist. Now you can easily analyze the hydrodynamic performance of your displacement and planing hull designs with confidence in the results. Explore both monohulls and multihulls. The effects of local design features including steps, flaps, trim tabs, foils, and other appendages can be investigated with high fidelity. With Orca3D Marine CFD, it takes just minutes to set up and start an analysis, and it is practical to run on ordinary engineering laptops or desktops.

This webinar will begin by quickly setting up and starting an analysis, followed by a more detailed look at the steps involved. Benchmark results will be presented, and techniques will be shown to assure that your results are reliable. Finally, the initial analysis will be revisited, to demonstrate how data can be visualized, plotted, and exported.

Seats are limited; registration is required.