Monday, July 6, 2015

Rhino for Mac and Maxwell Studio

Rhino for Mac was announced a few weeks ago. Plug-ins aren't there yet, but you can achieve professional renders using Maxwell Studio (included in Maxwell Render suite*).

Learn here how to export various file formats from Rhino for Mac, import them into Studio, set up materials, cameras, and such, and then render in Maxwell Render.

*Maxwell Render Suite includes Maxwell Studio and the Rhino 5 Windows plug-in.

Ladybug Photovoltaics components released

Ladybug Grasshopper Environmental plugin has just released a new set of free components for analysis of PhotovoltaicsThey are based on PVWatts v1 online calculator, supporting crystalline silicon fixed tilt photovoltaics.

In the very essence these components help you answer the question: "How much energy can my roof, building facade, solar parking... generate if I would populate them with PV panels"?

They allow definition of different types of losses (snow, age, shading...) which may affect your PV system. Or find its optimal tilt and orientation; analyse its performance, energy value, consumption, emissions...

AA Visiting School Barcelona - Open Lectures Series

BODEGA Enological Metabolism
ETSAB/UPC, Barcelona
July 2-16, 2015

Bodega – Enological Metabolism centres its research on the associations that exist between wine and architecture in order to identify the influences they have on one another. Read more...

Open Lectures Series

ARCHI/TECH/E/NOLOGIES is a Lecture Series open to everyone, which will bring together professionals of all kinds concerning architecture, technology and enology. Local and international architects with expertise in designing wineries will explain their startegies to develop their work on the wine field, whereas enologists and agricultural engineers will support and contrast all the techniques and current technologies used both, in the vineyard and the winery, to control the whole process of wine making in order to optimize the quality and the design of its coupage. By linking all these disciplines, the students will be encouraged to learn and support their project based in all this knowledge and tools.

AAVS Barcelona 2015 - Opening Lecture
Josep Lluís Mateo, Mateo Arquitectura, Barcelona
Roca Barcelona Gallery, 2nd July 2015 at 19:30h

AAVS Barcelona 2015 - Miderm Lecture
Rosa Rull, Bailo Rull + ADD Architects, Barcelona
Roca Barcelona Gallery, 9th July 2015 at 19:30h

AAVS Barcelona 2015 - Keynote Lecture
Didier Faustino, Architect, Paris
Roca Barcelona Gallery, 16th July 2015 at 19:30h

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Loop de Loop

Charles Portelli, from the architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF),  dropped by our office and we got to hear about some of KPF's latest projects.

One deviation from the large architectural projects we expect from KPF is this intriguing furniture line, Loop de Loop. All modeled in Rhino and rationalized in Grasshopper.

The five-piece collection, designed by William Pederson, founder and partner of KPF, works for both outdoors and indoors with its polyester mesh and powder-coated carbon steel rods. The non-elastic knit is deforms equally, no matter the person's size.

Each piece is a single loop of 5/8" high strength tubular steel, passing one end of the loop through the other --  Loop de Loop!

In a New York Times article, Pedersen elaborated, "We digitized them into a program that uses CNC technology to bend the 5/8-inch high-strength carbon-steel rods into continuous loops. There are 40 individual commands, and every inch or so along each tube the computer commands a change in the bend. It's like squeezing a tube of tooth paste: You change the pressure, and it changes the angle."

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

VisualARQ 1.9 new features Webinar

Join Francesc Salla, VisualARQ Product Manager, for a fast-paced and exciting demonstration of VisualARQ 1.9 (in English).
Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
11.00 am-12.00 noon CEST
The webinar will show an overview of VisualARQ 1.9 and will focus on the latest new features and enhancements, including:
  • IFC Import & Export
  • IFC Tag and Export options
  • New Plan View features
  • New Slab object features
  • New way to insert doors and windows
  • New Curtain wall features.
  • Create columns from 3D and 2D blocks
  • Overview of VisualARQ Grasshopper Components WIP IV

Who is this webinar aimed at?

  • VisualARQ users: newbies and existing users
  • Rhino users working in architectural models
  • Architects interested in the BIM workflow VisualARQ adds to Rhino, and the comunication with Revit through IFC file format.
The webinar is free and will last about about 1 hour, including the Q & A session.

New Rhino book in Turkish

Cem Donmez from RhinoAkademi has released the second edition of "Rhinoceros 5 ile Modelleme", a 1000 page complete manual full of modeling examples in Turkish language.

Advanced Architecture Summer School in Paris

The Advanced Architecture Summer School (Paris, Aug 17-Sep 4) at VOLUMES coworking is a 3-week learning experience designed as an immersive journey in social innovation, computational design, digital fabrication, and collaborative culture.

The full program and the team have been updated, as well as a partnership with the makers innovation camp POC21.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

SeaHorse Hulls for Rhino

SeaHorse Hulls (by vizible) is a parametric modeling plugin for catamaran hulls. 

The demo version exposes only a few parameters, limiting the family of possible shapes. The plugin exposes a single comand - shHulls. The default values produce a hull with a Cp around 0.64. 

SeaHorse Hulls demo is free to use, however consider donating to support further development of the free version.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

RhinoResurf 2 for Rhino released

Version 2 of RhinoResurf plug-in for Rhino has been released. Here are some new features:

  • RsPoints2Surf: Create symmetric surface from point cloud. A checkbox named ‘use symmetric plane’ was added in the dialog panel. There are four symmetric plane types (Auto, YOZ, XOZ, XOY and Any ) for you to choose. More details ... 
  • RsMesh2Surf: Create surface by a specified U-line direction. In option ‘plane’, you can select a curve on mesh to define as a u-direction guide line for surface creation. 
  • RsMesh2Surf: Create untrimmed patch by specified corner points. In option ‘3-corners’, ‘4-corners’ and ‘2-corners’, you can select boundary points to define corner vertex for untrimmed surface creation.
  • RsSurfacemap: This command helps you morph surfaces from one original mesh to another morphed mesh and fit the morphed mesh accurately. For more details, visit the URLs and
  • MeshEdit: Create free-form surface by editing mesh dynamically. Commands include:
    • RsVertexEdit: move vertex to edit mesh and surface 
    • RsEdgeEdit: move edge to edit mesh and surface 
    • RsFaceEdit: move face to edit mesh and surface 
    • RsExtrudeFaceOnMesh: extrude face to edit mesh and create new surfaces
    • RsScaleFaceOnMesh: scale face on mesh and the related surface is scaled too
    • RsRotateFaceOnMesh: rotate face on mesh and the related surface is rotated too 
  • Fixed some bugs.
  • This version 2 is better integration with Rhino 5. Note: RhinoResurf v2 will only run on Rhino 5 64-bit. It will not run on Rhino 4 or Rhino 5 32-bit.
Visit the URL for video.

PanelingTools on-demand course available

The Introduction to PanelingTools course is now available on-line and on-demand.

The PanelingTools  plug-in helps generate 2-D and 3-D cellular patterns and populate them over rectangular grids. The plug-in supports intuitive design of paneling concepts as well as rationalize complex geometry into a format suitable for analysis and fabrication. The plug-in is closely integrated with Rhino 5 and is widely used for architectural and other building designers.

The Introduction to PanelingTools course is comprehensive and it covers a wide range of tools and paneling processes, all within the Rhino environment. The last part of the course includes an overview of PanelingTools for Grasshopper.

EvoluteTools Educational licenses support new modules

In addition to designing panelizations, EvoluteTools PRO Educational can now be used to:

  • Panel fitting: simplify curved panels using cylinders, cones, single-curved surfaces, ruled surfaces, and numerous further types, within user-specified tolerance
  • Flat panel clustering: cluster flat panel shapes within user-specified tolerance
  • D.LOFT: loft pairs of curves with smooth developable surfaces

Job opportunity at tensARC UK

tensARC is one of the leading tensile fabric and deployable structure design companies in the UK. We have a rapidly increasing workload and are looking to strengthen our Stirling team with an exceptional new designer. This is a full time position but we would consider offering a long summer internship for an exceptional candidate in their final year of study.

General requirements:
  • Advanced 3D modelling skills, excellent general 3D CAD skills, excellent proficiency in Rhino 5 with solid experience in understanding the design and development processes.
  • Expertise with Grasshopper an advantage.
  • Experience in form finding, parametric modelling or an engineering background an advantage.
  • Fully proficient with all aspects of Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent oral and written presentation skills are required.
To apply, please send your CV, portfolio, and cover letter to  with “3D CAD designer” in the subject heading.

**No agency, in-person, or phone inquiries, please. **

Datakit expands its range of Rhino plug-ins

Datakit, leading company in CAD data exchange, has announced support for CGR and JT file formats in their Rhino Import/Export plug-ins.

Design Modelling Symposium Copenhagen 2015 - workshops announced

The Design Modelling Symposium Copenhagen 2015 is proud to announce the Workshop and Master Class programme. We will host four 2-day Workshops and one Master Class preceding the conference: Monday, 28 September and Tuesday, 29 September 2015.

The Workshops and Master Class are open to practitioners, researchers, PhD candidate and students. The Master Class is accredited by the School of Architecture in Copenhagen and participating PhD students will receive 2 ECTS points. The participation fee is 320 Euro (students) and 460 Euro (professionals) including the Conference.

The Workshops and Master Class examine key research questions on inter scalar modelling, behavior and fabrication. They invite leading researchers and practitioners from high profile companies and universities including KieranTimberlake, designtoproduction, HAL-Robotics, Bollinger-Grohmann, Berkeley and Harvard University to share their expertise and latest developments. The events combine theoretical and practical knowledge and provide participants with first-hand insights into state of the art design modelling.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Robert Garita - Collaborative Processes

Robert Garita graduated in architecture from the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Barcelona (IAAC). He is currently the Professor of the School of Architecture and Product Design at Veritas University. Robert is also the Co-Founder and Chief Architect of MG Studio Design and Architecture and is an active member of the Young Architects Board of Costa Rica.

Recently, in collaboration with Juan Esteban Vallejo and Vaneza Caycho, Robert presented his project in furniture design and digital manufacturing. The project was a proposal of furniture for public spaces at the National University in Medellin. It recognized the potential of generating unique design objects that fit the specific needs of users through the implementation of technologies for parametric design and digital fabrication.

Check out a video of the project here!

Check out the complete project proposal here!

All projects were modeled using Rhino 5 and its plug-ins: Grasshopper and RhinoCAM.

Details on the international workshop:

The project gave undergraduate students at the National University of Colombia, and at Veritas University in Costa Rica, more opportunities to gain experience in the implementation of digital technologies for parametric design and digital manufacturing.

“Collaborative Processes”
Furniture Design and Digital Manufacturing - 2015
Proposal for public space furnitures at Colombia (Medellin headquarter) National University Campus.

Coordinators and tutors of the project
Robert Garita Garita, Professor and Researcher, Veritas University.
Juan Esteban Vallejo, Fab Lab UNAL Manager.
Collaboration of Vaneza Caycho, Fab Lat.

More about digital fabrication at RhinoFabStudio.

Here are some images from the projects:

SeaHorse Hydrostatics for Rhino

SeaHorse Hydrostatics is a new Rhino plug-in by VIZIBLE providing extended hydrostatic analysis for boat hulls.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Rhino for Mac presentation in Madrid and Barcelona

icreatia has organized a Rhino for Mac presentation in Barcelona (June 22) and another one in Madrid (July 7)

Come see the world's most versatile 3D modeller now on OS X.

BIM in Practice event in London (hosted by Graphisoft UK)

BIM in Practice
Hosted by Graphisoft UK, London
Tuesday 23rd June 2015
9:30am - 3:40pm  

Following on from Graphisoft's last four sell-out BIM in Practice conferences, this free event returns at an exciting time with a new programme. You will learn how the BIM theory we hear and talk about is giving real competitive advantages to companies in the UK today.

Graphisoft has put together industry experts, architects and technology leaders to explain what implementing BIM has done to help drive their businesses forward.

The event will cover a mixture of BIM related topics from practicalities of collaboration to the more artistic and design-led features of BIM with presentations from Simply Rhino, Mae Architects and Viewpoint (4 Projects).

With perfect timing, the NBS will show the latest state of play with the Digital Plan of Work (DPOW) and the NBS BIM Toolkit.
The day will kick-off with the much sought after, David Philp, Director of Building Information Modelling (BIM) for AECOM. David is currently seconded to the UK Government's BIM Task Group where he is “Head of BIM Implementation”. He is also chair of the BIM2050 and various BIM4 working groups.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

AA Visiting School New York: Embedded Intelligence, New York

July 6-17, 2015
New York

Join the Studio Mode team for a unique educational experience devoted to exploring the intersection of natural systems and advanced manufacturing.

In its second year, Embedded Intelligence will examine the influence of biological models to enhance architectural systems. Workshop participants will fabricate and prototype composite high-performance surfaces in an intensive studio environment. The workshop is supported by a series of lectures from leading academics and practitioners in the fields of architecture, engineering, biomimetics and computation. Included is Sean Ahlquist of The University of Michigan and Chuck Hoberman of Hoberman Associates. For more lecturers check out the schedule.

For registration and more information, visit the AAVS website.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Rhino 5 for Mac - Now Available

The limited-time introductory price is US$/€ 295.

Save US$/€ 200 until 15-Sept-2015

A few details: 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Composites and acoustics at the Bing Concert Hall

The 844-seat Bing Concert Hall

If you search the internet for 'architectural composite fabrication' you'll most likely come up with Kreysler & Associates from American Canyon, California. This company is the wizard of composite products in architecture and art.

A recent project is the Bing Concert Hall in Stanford, California. For this project Kreysler & Associates assisted in the design, shop drawings, engineering, fabrication, shipping, and installation of the acoustic panels, a composite of a glass fiber-reinforced polyester skin on top of steel-reinforced concrete.

The panels cover most of the performance hall's interior walls and ceiling. Kreysler made nine convex-shaped 'sails'-- four for each side and one for the end of the hall. The sails range in size from 26'x26' up to 35'x50'. "Each sail has a unique curvature, orientation, and shape," explains Serge Labesque, Kreysler's production engineer, in an interview for Composites World. Although the curvature is constant, the panels vary in size and the penetrations and other prominent features differ from panel to panel.

Kreysler & Associates also fabricated the elliptical ceiling, or 'cloud'.

The cloud's maximum length is 130'. It is made up of 80 unique panels that form a compound curve.

Also unique is the random rippled pattern designed into its surface. Its ridges diffuse and scatter sound.

With Rhino's aid, the large structures were divided into 120 manageable subsections, each conforming to the precise acoustic requirements.

Kreysler used Rhino for the majority of modeling tasks. Various plug-ins for Rhino played an important role, including Grasshopper and RhinoNest. "Generally speaking, software played some role in nearly every part of the project," says Zabel. "While were working with the architect, acoustician and engineer, 3D modeling software was a useful communication tool for illustrating ideas about the complex geometry as the design evolved," he explains. "For us, the software helped communicate ways in which making small changes to the geometry of the sails or the cloud could have effects on fabrication efficiency, and therefore cost."

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Advanced Architecture Summer School in Paris

 architectural space suit performs several functions to allow its occupant to live safely and comfortably, inside or outside a space. It’s the combination of complex equipment, designed to keep the inhabitant comfortable, integrating multiple layers of environmental control and communication systems, all employed to allow complete freedom of movement and interaction.
We call those spatial and human hybridizations - Inhabitats.

The Advanced Architecture Summer School (Paris, Aug17-Sep 4) at VOLUMES coworking is a 3-week learning experience designed as an immersive journey in social innovation, computational design, digital fabrication, and collaborative culture.

The summer school is organized by
 VOLUMES coworkingNoumena Architecture and Francesco Cingolani who is an architect, teacher and director of the new Advanced Master Program in Computational Design and Making of the prestigious École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.

Felix 3D Printer and Rhino presentation in Barcelona

icreatia invites you to a free presentation about the Felix 3D printer and Rhino in Barcelona, June 18 at 5pm.

RhinoGold 5.5 Webinar

Free RhinoGold 5.5 Webinar
Tuesday, Jun 16, 2015 

After the successful JCK Las Vegas where RhinoGold 5.5 was launched, TDM Solutions is more than happy to officially announce RhinoGold 5.5!
The new RhinoGold 5.5 revolutionizes the CAD in the Jewelry Industry. See why RhinoGold 5.5 will power up your business enhancing the RhinoGold Elements.

ROB|ARCH 2016 - Final Call for Papers!

The deadline for the submission of full papers for Rob|Arch 2016 is in exactly a week on June 15th, 2015

Anyone who submitted an abstract should have gotten feedback by the end of last month, however anyone can submit a full paper, i.e. also authors who haven’t submitted an abstract.

Use the provided template to format the paper (9 pages, 3000 words) and submit it via Easychair! Take care to blind the full paper, so that it doesn’t provide any identifying information.

Visit the Submission page for more details! We’re looking forward to your submissions!

Rhino to STL guide by D2W

This free Rhino to STL guide by Bart from D2W explains how to get the 3D printable data by using Rhino.

D2W is the 3D printing, CAD design, and 3D scanning bureau in central London that uses Rhino extensively in its work flow.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Rhino for Fabrication Open House - El Salvador

Rhino for Fabrication OPEN HOUSE - El Salvador

We will be hosting an Open House Thursday June  11th, 2015 at Escuela de Comunicación Mónica Herrera in El Salvador, Central America. 

Join us and learn how to develop and manufacture products through the use of Rhino, Grasshopper, and laser cutting machines Trotec

June 11, 2015.

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Escuela de Comunicación Monica Herrera, Room: Mezanine.
Dr. Manuel Gallardo Avenue, Santa Tecla, El Salvador.

Hosted by:
Andrés González, World Wide Director of the RhinoFabStudios and
Mario Redaelli, General Manage of Lasertec

For more information please contact this email

Alejandra Macias - Impakta & Cortexpress

Alejandra Macias Romo graduated as an industrial designer from Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus León in December 2014. Her school is one of the early adopters of the RhinoFabStudio  digital fabrication methods in Mexico. 

In January 2014, she began her practice at Impakta, a company dedicated to furniture manufacture for the retail and point of sale.T
heir specialty area is the exhibition and display for shoes and clothing. Here, Alejandra worked with different programs such as Rhino, V-Ray, Illustrator and Photoshop. She quickly moved from design assistant, to became the creative director of the company. She now works in conjunction with a sister company Cortexpress. This new company is dedicated to laser cutting plastics, wood and metals (carbon and stainless) to carry out the designs and digital fabrication from Impakta.

Check out some of Alejandra's works:

Follow Alejandra on Twitter or Instagram: @alejandramro
For more information, please contact Alejandra Macias or call (477)470-17-86 / 470-90-52.

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.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Online Level 1 Rhino 5 for Windows Course, July 2015

Level 1 Rhino 5 for Windows - Online Course
July 13-23, 2015

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


  • Orientation: July 13, 9:00 am-10:30 am (PDT)

  • Training: July 14-16 and July 21-23, 9:00 am-1:00 pm (PDT)
    Calculate your time zone.

The class will be conducted in English using the GoToTraining software. You will need Rhino 5 for Windows software installed. Note, the Rhino for OSX WIP is not acceptable software for this class. You will need a stable and fast Internet connection. You will need a headset/microphone combo. You will need a hard copy of the Rhino Level 1 Training Manual. You may download it from here

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

New Orca3D release

Orca3D announced the latest releases of Orca3D, Version 1.3.3 and the Version 1.4 WIP. Both have many new enhancements.

Important points about Version 1.3.3:

  • This is a free update to all Orca3D licensed users and will not expire.
  • Any Orca3D information in a Rhino file saved with this new version will not be readable in version 1.2.4 or earlier. No native Rhino model information will be lost, but Orca3D information, such as section locations or weight/cost information, will not be found by earlier Orca3D versions. 
  • Version 1.3 is expected to be the last version of Orca3D compatible with Rhino 4. All future updates, WIPs, and upgrades will require Rhino 5.
  • If a critical but or other significant issue is discovered in version 1.3.3, there may be a 1.3.4 Service Release that is compatible with Rhino 4.
  • Some new features which are still in development are not included in Version 1.3.3 (Stability Criteria Evaluation, Longitudinal Strength). These are available in the Version 1.4 WIP.

Important points about Version 1.4 WIP:

  • This version of the 1.4 WIP will function only with Rhino 5, and not with Rhino 4. You should have Rhino Service Release 10 or later.
  • Only one version of Orca3d may be installed at a time. You must uninstall Orca3D from your computer before installing this WIP. (However, you may have both 32 and 64-bit versions of the same release installed at the same time.)
  • Any Orca3D information in a Rhino file saved with this new version will not be readable in version 1.3 or earlier. No native Rhino model information will be lost, but Orca3D information, such as section locations or weight/cost information, will not be found by earlier Orca3D versions.
  • No change to your license is required. The new Orca3D version will find your existing license.
  • Portions of the Help file may not be up to date.
  • This WIP will expire on 16 September 2015. Either a new version of Orca3D will be released before then, or a new WIP will be released.
For more enhancement information check out Orca's 3D blog.

If you questions as you install or used the new release:

If you have a network license contact Orca3D to receive installation instructions and the download link. For others: