Thursday, May 24, 2018

Webinar: Complex Surfacing in Rhino 6, May 30

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
11:00AM - Noon PDT
Register here.

Authorized Rhino Dealer, Novedge LLC, has announced a new Rhino webinar in their series. Complex Surfacing in Rhino 6 will be presented by Maia Merav Holtzman, Authorized Rhino Trainer.

Join Maia as she covers techniques for developing elegant transitions between organic surfaces with the new Rhino 6 for Windows, which includes Grasshopper. Using an actual guitar model as an example, she will start by addressing the frequently neglected importance of curve creation, vis-a-vis concepts of continuity (G2, G3, G4) in the initial 2D design, before continuing into the building out and surfacing of a complex and curvature continuous final, watertight, and machinable model.

This webinar is free but space is limited. Register today to reserve your spot!

Who should attend: Industrial designers, including those creating instruments, furniture, light fixtures, tech devices, jewelry, shoes, and installations, as well as architects, civil engineers and sculptors.

Please note, this webinar assumes intermediate familiarity with Rhino 3D.

Pufferfish V2.0

Pufferfish V2.0 for Grasshopper is now available!

This update adds 16 new components.
Most notably components for Tweening Curves Along Curves, a custom Curve Graph Mapper which accepts any and multiple curves as inputs to graph with, Unsplit Surface components for making polysurface like surfaces which read as one untrimmed surface, Twisted Box components like Sweep, Deform, Thicken, and Subdivide.
Additional features and options added to previous components., general optimisations and fixes. Some component rearrangements in the tabs. Some components require at least Rhino 5 SR14.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Total Chaos 2018 - Sofia, Bulgaria

Last week, Chaos Group held their first global event for uniting art, science and computer graphics at their hometown Sofia.

Total Chaos 2018 brought together artists, designers and developers from all around the world for two-day training session, conferences, networking and lots of learning.

Check here the keynote speech featuring Chaos Group co-founders Peter Miter and Vlado Koylazov, Chaos Group CCO Lon Grohs and partners Martin Enthed from IKEA, NVIDIA's Steven Parker and Google's Benjamin Faes.

Thanks again to the Chaos Group for such an awesome experience!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Grasshopper in Rhino 6 now faster

Rhino 6 now includes an improved version of Grasshopper that is up to 20% faster based on real-world tests. Along with many technical improvements, Grasshopper includes new multi-threaded components to allow faster calculation. 

To benefit from the new multi-threaded components see the guide on multi-threaded components.

To create faster components yourself see the developer guide on multi-threaded task-based components.

Rhino in Architecture training in Seattle

Seattle, Washington

Dates: June 19-21, 2018
Hours: 9 AM - 4 PM each day (PST)
Price: US$895.00

Please join Rajaa Issa for the Rhino in Architecture training in Seattle this summer. This intensive 3-day class will focus on architectural workflows using Rhinoceros. It will introduce the best practices to maximize productivity and use the rich set of functionality supported by Rhino. It will cover various scenarios for concept modeling and detailed design and visualization.

Friday, May 18, 2018

FlexHopper Training - Physics Simulation in Grasshopper - June 6-8 (Barcelona, Spain)

FlexHopper for Grasshopper Training by Benjamin Felbrich
June 6-8, 2018
10.00h - 18.00h
McNeel Europe S.L.
Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos
08018 Barcelona (Spain)

McNeel Europe welcomes Benjamin Felbrich, author of FlexHopper and research associate at ICD Stuttgart, to tutor a three-day workshop at our Barcelona offices. The training will offer the opportunity to get trained in FlexHopper and to understand how it compares to Kangaroo Physics.

FlexHopper brings particle-based physics simulation in Rhino and Grasshopper to the next level by using massively parallel GPU computation. Based on the patented unified particle engine NVIDIA Flex, it offers the simulation rigid/deformable bodies, particles, fluids, phase transitions, massive spring systems, cloth, inflatables and gases and allows for interaction between those material systems.

FlexHopper is free and open source.
View Course Syllabus...

Course Requirements

Recommended: Confident familiarity with Grasshopper. Knowledge of programming languages such as C#, VB or Python is not required, although automating FlexHopper through scripting is a possible option if requested by the participants.

Required: A dedicated AMD or NVIDIA graphics card on your computer, running one of the following drivers: NVIDIA Geforce Game Ready Driver 372.90 or above AMD Radeon Driver Version 16.9.1 or above.

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 after your payment clears. 

Register before May 25th to get a 25% discount on the course fee. 
Use VOUCHER25/25 to apply for the discount.

Maximum 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, May 17, 2018

Parametric Design Master Class in Seattle

Seattle, Washington

Dates: June 26-28, 2018
Hours: 9 AM - 4 PM each day (PST)
Price: US$795.00

Join Rajaa Issa for the Advanced Parametric Design Master Class in Seattle this summer. This three-day intensive class is for creative designers seeking to develop a critical and comprehensive understanding of parametric design methods using Grasshopper. 

New RhinoFabStudio in Malta

Dfab.Studio (Malta) has recently joined the European network of RhinoFabStudios.

Dfab.Studio is a design and fabrication studio providing design and laser cutting services for the architectural, artistic, and design fields.

Steve DeMicoli, Manager of Dfab.Studio: 

"Our interest lies at the intersection of architecture, material-based design, computational thinking and digital fabrication. We operate within a well-established, local building industry and consistently strive to find novel methods of working. A major component of Dfab.Studio’s practice is the transfer of skill and tectonic knowledge, acquired through research, to actual building projects in 1:1 scale. 

The intention of Dfab.Studio’s affiliation with RhinoFabStudio is to continue to widen our network and benefit from international exposure in order to be able to offer the highest of standards in workshops and training with hands-on practical experience."

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Set design for Avengers: Infinity War

A lot of work went into designing sets for the largest Marvel movie to date, Avengers: Infinity War.

We were quite excited when Andrew Reeder showed us some of the work he did for the movie and how he brought some of the designs to life.

Andrew is a leading concept designer based in Los Angeles. 

He describes Rhino as his go-to tool for most of his modeling challenges at Pinewood Atlanta Studios.

To see his work from Avengers: Infinity War, go to Andrew Reeder's Portfolio.

Searching for the best Rhino user

Jade 3D, in partnership with Voxel C&T, is searching for the best Rhino user through a virtual competition. 

The primary goal of the competition is to provide a 3D virtual experience with digital manufacturing tools interacting with Rhino. Participants can showcase their creativity and test their skills and abilities. Participants will compete for a prize that will consist of a rapid prototyping kit and accessories.

Register here!

For more information 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.

Intro to Grasshopper Online (Mornings) at McNeel Online

May 21-24, 2018
Hours: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM each day (PST)

Seattle, Washington - Online

This course is for design professionals who are looking to efficiently learn concepts and features of Grasshopper at an accelerated pace in an instructor-led online environment.

Instructor Andres Gonzalez will get you started with generative modeling in Rhino using the Grasshopper add-on. The advantages of using Grasshopper in preliminary design and concept development come to life in numerous real-life examples. Note, Andres will be using Rhino 6 for Windows, which includes Grasshopper.

The class will be in English using the GoToTraining software.

You will need the following software tools:
Get a head start on discovering how to use Rhino's computational design feature.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

New RhinoGold Service Release with gem recognition

Announcing the new Service Release for RhinoGold with gem recognition!

With this feature recognition, you can import stones from your models. RhinoGold recognizes, analyzes, then converts them to parametric RhinoGold gems.

Also, RhinoGold fixed some issues on the Gate Desktop App and some minor bugs.

Check out all the update notes.

Download and install the RhinoGold 6.6 upgrade for Rhino 6 from the Gate Desktop App or the RhinoGold web site.

Monday, May 14, 2018

The new technology in V-Ray 3.6 for Rhino

Following V-Ray's release for Rhino 6, Chaos Group has introduced new V-Ray rendering technology:
  • GPU and hybrid rendering for faster rendering.
  • Adaptive lights that can speed up some scenes by 700%
  • New texture maps
  • A library of over 600 lifelike materials 
  • And loads more!

Also, Chaos Group's seamless cloud rendering service debuts in V-Ray 3.6 for Rhino. Be one of the first to try it. 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Rendering in Rhino 6

The new real-time rendering tools included in Rhino 6 may surprise you. You can learn how to use the new rendering workflow through tutorials from Kyle Houchens.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Which programming language should I use?

ProArchitect has an 8-minute video with advice on choosing your programming language.

SimAUD conference and workshops at TU Delft - June 5-7

We are thrilled to announce the 9th annual Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD2018) which will be at TUDelft's Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment in the Netherlands on June 5th to 7th 2018. 

On Monday, June 4th, sixteen international pre-conference workshops will be offered, followed by three parallel campus tours. The registration to the conference grants free attendance to the workshops and tours. You can also register for the workshops only

The full program is now available, with over 45 single-track long and short papers, invited poster session and panel discussions, as well as three keynote speakers: Dean Marilyne Andersen from EPFL, Andrea Love from Payette (Boston) and Dr. David Gerber from Arup and USC.

We hope to see you and your team in Delft!

Tarek Rakha and Michela Turrin
Symposium Chair and Program Chair of SimAUD2018

Veesus Open Day - June 20 - East Sussex (UK)

The Veesus Open Day is a chance to meet the team behind Veesus’ solutions, try the software and listen to real-world laser scanning case studies from leading market firms. There will also be the opportunity to see the latest technology from event sponsors, including Z+F, PointFuse, Dot Product, Mantis, OR3D, Coenradie, Fulcro, McNeel, Theatre Works, CainTech and more.

June 20, 2018
9am - 4pm: Presentations and Demonstrations.
4pm - 11pm: Social Networking

Attendance is free, but registration is required. Space is limited and access is strictly on a first come, first served basis.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

ExpressMarine now Rhino 6 ready

The ExpressMarine plugin for structural modeling is now available for Rhino 6.

With the ExpressMarine plugin for Rhino, designers can rapidly build parametric 3D models of marine structures. 

ExpressMarine 2.0 features new functionality that lets you assign weight group information to the model. 

Weight and center of gravity are essential parameters in ship design and critical to establishing a good design. Determining it can be time-consuming, especially if you are still changing that design. 

Economy, stability, payload, speed, and maneuverability are all related to the weight and center of gravity of a vessel. In ExpressMarine, the weight groups can be defined by volume areas for modules or by assigning a weight group ID to the various object types. In either approach, the weight and center of gravity information are calculated and summarized for the weight groups and can be exported to ShipWeight.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Job offer at Laubwerk GmbH (Germany): C++ Rhino Developer

Laubwerk GmbH is looking for software developers with a passion for computer graphics.

Help set new technical and quality standards for 3D plants for Laubwerk customers in the visual effects, architecture, gaming, and mobile industries.

Laubwerk is a small company concentrating on software development to create, display digital vegetation and landscapes for 3D computer graphics applications. Their team includes industry-leading experts in 3D modeling who set new technical and quality standards for authentic-looking 3D plants that require minimal time and effort to use while offering maximum detail and control and can easily be distributed to create stunning landscapes. Depending on your skill set, you will improve and extend Laubwerk's 3D plants/landscape modeling tools, make their 3D plants core technology faster and more powerful, add additional 3D applications to the supported platforms, and extend the use of Laubwerk's technology to new areas, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), mobile, and games.

Job offer at Swarovski Professional (Austria): C++ / CAD Software Developer

Swarovski is looking for a software developer:

We’re looking for an experienced C++ programmer who likes to build things. Things that help others work in 2D / 3D design space faster, better and easier.

What you can expect

A diverse and challenging position on a project which fosters the Swarovski innovation culture and capabilities. A chance to work in an agile team with a clear goal of helping creatives.

Your tasks include

  • Conceptual development, programming and support of CAD software in 2D / 3D design environments
  • Providing recommendations and suggestions for the continuous improvement of 3D CAD working environment in jewelry and fashion design
  • Support, manage and fulfill technical inquiries/requests (Customer Service Manager)
  • Host training for key accounts and webinars

What we expect

As a CAD software developer, you are a motivated talent with a strong interest in offering IT solutions to meet designers’ needs. You are eager to accept new challenges as well as solve the already existing ones. Above all, you enjoy working in a small agile team of diverse individuals.

Also, the following qualifications required

  • Excellent knowledge in software development with C / C ++
  • Experience in 3D applications is a necessity
  • In-depth understanding of digital design/ engineering/product development and the needs of designers as customers 
  • Good proficiency in German is beneficial
  • You are comfortable with working within a diverse corporate network, spanning from technical and design experts to executive management

Complete Job offer details (in German) here...

Does this sound like you? If so, we look forward to receiving your application. Contact Graham Hench.

AA Terrain Lab Visiting School

AA Terrain Lab Visiting School Workshop
Location: Pamplona, Spain
Dates: Monday 25 June - Thursday 5 July 2018

The AA Terrain Lab Visiting School is a 10-day workshop focused on the manufacturing of productive landscapes. The Lab researches the geographical, socio-economic and cultural forces of the territory, to speculate on the identity of highly managed and cultivated landscapes.

In 2018 they will continue exploring the riparian territories of Navarre, shaped by the large-scale water engineering works developed for its intensive agricultural production. This experience will be the essence of the programme, excursions, on-site research, laboratory observations and studio analysis.

Friday, May 4, 2018

New Research Associate position for robotic fabrication of wooden textiles at University of Kassel

The University of Kassel is looking for a new Research Associate (50% EG 13 TV-H) for a research project on computational design and robotic fabrication methods for wooden textiles. The project is linked to a research collaboration of six research groups at the University of Kassel in the fields of material science, engineering, arts, computational simulation, digital fabrication, and architecture. Tasks will include design work, material research, building prototypes in the robotic fabrication laboratory and taking part in the general organizational activities of the department.

Please send your CV, motivation letter and portfolio to, reference: 31401. English speakers are also welcome to apply.

You're welcome to contact Prof. Philipp Eversmann (+49 561-8042352, with questions.

Application deadline is May 21st 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Iray for Rhino rendering now available for Rhino 6

Iray for Rhino rendering with Artificial Intelligence De-Noising now available for Rhino 6!

The latest version of Iray for Rhino is available for immediate download from the Iray Plugin store.

Based on tens of thousands of new training images, Iray recently refined through machine learning their Artificial Intelligence De-Noising algorithm. Iray users who were already reporting image convergence acceleration of up to 10 are seeing further improvement of final image quality with the latest de-noising algorithm.

This new version is free for existing subscribers.  There is a 30 day free trial for new users to 'try before you buy'.

December 2017, Iray for Rhino development and support transferred to migenus. Migenius delivers a variety of Iray-based plugins, product configurators, and projects based on over twenty years experience in physically accurate cloud rendering technologies.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Level 2 Rhino 6 for Windows Online Course

Image credit: Kyle Houchens, The Outside

Ready to take your Rhino skills to the next level? Join us for our Level 2 Rhino 6 for Windows Online course next week. Our course outline is available here.

Level 2 Rhino 6 for Windows Online - Register here! 
Dates: May 8-10 and May 15-17, 2018
Hours: 9:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Price: US$250.00 per person

Our online class consists of six half days of instructor-led, live training sessions. Ask questions and interact with the instructor and other attendees. All online sessions are recorded and will be posted for your study and review. Videos will be available for streaming up to three months following the class.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Updated 3Dconnexion system driver available

3Dconnexion recently released version 10.5.6 of 3DxWare 10 for Windows.

Critical: Version 10.5.6 of 3DxWare 10 for Windows is required to use 3Dconnexion devices with Service Release 6.4 and later versions of Rhino 6 for Windows.

This update provides the following fixes and enhancements:
  • Fixes the issue with the long switching times.
  • Allows the user to configure buttons using the 3Dconnexion Properties utility.

Friday, April 27, 2018

ROB|ARCH 2018 Conference & Workshops

ROB|ARCH 2018 Conference & Workshops
Association for Robots in Architecture
September 10-14, 2018

The advent of robotics in the creative and construction industries has led to an amazing revolution, changing not just how things are designed and made but also transforming the knowledge cultures, politics, and economics that surround them. As such, the ROB|ARCH 2018 conference will reveal novel insights, applications, and impacts of this transformation.

Registrations for the ROB|ARCH 2018 workshops and conferences are now open. A limited number of Early Bird tickets are available until June 1st!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

VisualARQ 2 is available for Rhino 6

VisualARQ adds architectural features and parametric architectural objects
that are suitable for both 3D modeling and 2D documentation.

VisualARQ 2 improves many of the features of VisualARQ 1 and adds a lot of new functionality requested and inspired by our users.

This new update 2.1 works on Rhino 5 and Rhino 6 and it is free for existing VisualARQ users.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Summer Schools: Shells - Real scale fabrication


Dates: July 2-6 
Language: English
Tuition fee: 980€ (includes lodging and allowance) // 15% discount for ELISAVA's Alumni and Degree students
Professors: Stephanie Chaltiel (IaaC UPC Innochain Marie Curie), PhD Pere Llorach (ELISAVA), Drone pilot from DroneTools
Where: Escola de Ceràmica de La Bisbal, La Bisbal d'Empordà (Girona)

During the first edition of the Elisava Summer camp, participants will build full-scale monolithic earthen shells using unique custom made drones spraying on light easily mounted temporary formwork.

Participants will use Grasshopper to simulate perforations and 3D outer texturing of the membrane elements. These will be placed on the shell following some prefabricated steps. 

Participants will get to discover a new technology with Holo Lens through the Grasshopper program Fologram, placing though mixed reality a high diversity of components on the shell.

The Ceramic School of the Bisbal dÉmporda will host the tutors and participants.


Dates: August 5-11 
Language: English
Tuition fee: Professional 1264€ - Students 944€ (Includes accommodation and food)
Professors: Stephanie Chaltiel (IaaC UPC Innochain Marie Curie), Shameel Muhammed (Studio 7)
Where: Domaine de Boisbuchet, Lessac (France)

This August at Domaine du Boisbuchet participants will build a permanent structure at the Boisbuchet Architectural Park where Shigeru Ban built his first European project.

Grasshopper for Rhino will be used to generate diverse patterns of perforations and texturing of the shell varying angle, density, and types of texturing modules. We will use HoloLens and Fologram for Rhino to place the different modules according to their type, length, and angles.

The way the texturing modules proliferate on the earthen shells will help the structure withstand rain and snowy winters.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Join the cove.tool Walk Through

Attend the cove.tool online webinar to learn how to:

  • Create a cove.tool project
  • Customize the project results and create a PDF report
  • Use Revit and Grasshopper plugins
Also, be the first to see cove.tool's new features.

Sign up for the May 2nd (12 PM EST) webinar.

Cove.tool is an energy vs. cost optimization software for the AEC industry. You can try cove.tool for free.

SimAUD 2018 Workshops

SimAUD 2018 Workshops:
June 4
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands

The Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD) announced several workshops being organized as part of SimAUD 2018. The workshops will take place in parallel sessions from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday, June 04. The workshops will address the topic of simulation from a unique perspective and will offer hands-on learning opportunities on cutting-edge computational approaches, workflows, and tools.

Most workshops use Rhino and Grasshopper:

01 Adaptive Second Skins
02 Advanced Optimization Technology for Generative Building Design 
03 Analyzing Solar and Daylighting Access in Urban Areas
04 Building Physics Modeling 
05 How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Uncertainty
06 Immersive Simulation Representation through Virtual Reality
07 Intuitive Design Environments through VR and Robotic Fabrication
08 Morphogenetic Fluid Dynamics – Designing with CFD
09 Multimaterial Robotic Assembly
10 Network Analysis Based Dynamic Urban Simulation in Grasshopper
11 Next generation Parametric Design with 
12 Open Collaborative Design, Simulation & Analysis Flows 
13 Practical Python for Building Performance Analysis
14 Simulating Circadian Effects
15 SMART Hospital Architecture
16 Urban Interrelationalism