Tuesday, November 12, 2019

What software does Zaha Hadid Architects use?

What software does Zaha Hadid Architects use? Find out in this Chaos Group article. The list is long but Grasshopper is a major player. 

Monday, November 11, 2019

Proving Ground's Rhino to Revit tools

Proving Ground's Conveyor leverages OpenNURBS to import complex Rhino 6 shapes into Revit—fast!

Some of the largest and most innovative firms in the US have adopted the Conveyor framework to streamline their design workflow.
  • Built for Rhino 6. Extensively leverages OpenNURBS to minimize licensing constraints on most workflows. 
  • Workflow for any skill level. UI designed for non-computational experts. Also includes extensible tools for advanced workflows.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Rhino, Revit, and Power BI Graphics demo in NY

At AEC Tech 2019, Kristen Schulte and Steve Sanda led a four-hour masterclass, Conduit and Power BI Examples, on data visualization techniques with the open-source Conduit plug-in for Grasshopper and Microsoft Power BI. They covered various cases of making interactive dashboards with building data and parametric models.

Are you interested in trying similar things yourself?

Now they have published the workshop examples

Wabentheke - a project by FH Aachen students

The Wabentheke project is part of a project series by FH Aachen, in the field of building construction.

Students are experimenting with new manufacturing technologies (large format 3D printing) to manufacture a 1:1 object, in this case, a bar counter with complex geometry.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Rhino.Inside® brings the power of Rhino to BricsCAD® BIM V20

Bricsys®, a Hexagon company, has partnered with Robert McNeel & Associates of Seattle, Washington, to leverage their Rhino.Inside® initiative. Bricsys is using Rhino.Inside® to bring the full power of the Rhinoceros NURBS modeler to BricsCAD® BIM V20.

Rhino integration enables a new workflow that fills the gap between early-stage conceptual design and Building Information Modeling. Using Rhino’s built-in Grasshopper visual programming language, users can create parametric concept models inside of BricsCAD® BIM.

"Algorithmic modeling tools are often used in the conceptual design phase before BIM tools are involved in the design process. The BricsCAD – Grasshopper connection bridges this gap. Then, using the A.I. functionality in BricsCAD BIM, it’s simple to convert the Rhino model into a full BIM in just a few seconds," commented Tiemen Strobbe, BIM Product Owner at Bricsys®.

Once a design concept is approved, the Rhino model can be “baked” in BricsCAD® BIM, generating native BricsCAD® geometry. This geometry can be converted into a full BIM model, including automatic classification of model elements, using BIMIFY, and the automatic attachment of compositions using the AUTOMATCH tool.

Training for Trainers Workshop - Barcelona, 26-27 November 2019

Training for Trainers Workshop
26-27 November 2019
McNeel Europe

Expert users of Rhino that want to get accredited as Authorized Rhino Trainers now have a chance to participate in this certification workshop that will take place at McNeel Europe in Barcelona.

To know more about the Rhino Authorized Training Program, click here...

Price of the course: €295 (+ taxes).

Seats are very limited. Sign up now!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Urbano for urban mobility simulations

Just released! Urbano for mobility modeling and simulation in Rhino and Grasshopper.

Understand the consequences of your design choices of the street network.  

Urbano is a new urban design tool that models active mobility and evaluates access to amenities, streets, and public spaces. 
  • Download geospatial data. Download maps and points-of-interest data from OpenStreetMaps directly in Grasshopper.
  • Import your data. Parse and import layers of existing state information from OSM or shapefiles.
  • Look up and change Metadata. Attach Metadata, then look it up and customize parametrically.
  • Preprocess and build a mobility model. Automate mobility modeling steps, including creating a topological street network and generating each building's access point to streets.
  • Find routes in different modes. Find routes between origin and designation buildings using different transit modes, such as pedestrians or cars.
  • Run mobility simulation with TripEngine. 
  • Analyze amenities and streets. Compute various metrics in urban analysis, including Streetscore, Amenityscore, and Walkscore.
  • Integrate CAD workflow. Bake model geometry with Metadata to Rhino. Work seamlessly with other visualization components.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Color coding groups fast in Grasshopper

Are you spending too much time fiddling around with group colors in Grasshopper? If you are color coding your Grasshopper groups according to function you either: 
  1. Know all your favorite colors' RGB values by heart. 
  2. Accept that your color coding is not perfect, but close. 
Both solutions can be time-consuming, and neither are good.

These are concerns of Timo Harboe Nielsen from BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. He has now played with the Grasshopper API and made a script that colors groups based on group names. For example, if a group contains the word Input, the group color will be green.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Planning tool for designers and owners

Jeremy Graham
, from HDR, is developing a planning tool and Rhino plug-in for bubble diagrams.

It's another innovative computational design tool to make better and more informed decisions earlier in the design process.

Architectural craftmanship in a small form

EcoHouse is a small house project located on a plot very close to the beach, on the island of Florianopolis in Brazil. It seeks to minimize the impact of construction, in interference with the landscape, as well as the materials used. Except for the foundation (reinforced concrete), the whole house was built with autoclave processed pine wood and some walls lined with plasterboard.

The construction process was wood frame, which allowed a light building, but with high quality in both thermal and acoustic comfort. A natural drainage system gives the land the possibility to “dialogue” with the water table which, due to the proximity of the beach, is very high. The villa has a green roof and a large tropical garden on the ground. Seen from above, you see a large green spot. Thus, we do not interfere with the natural process of the rainwater cycle.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Grasshopper art

Grasshopper art. Not programming, just art.

Rhino 6 Intermediate Online Workshop in Spanish

Course description:
In this intermediate online class, you will learn the necessary techniques in modeling and how to work the tools in an appropriate way including some advanced tricks to model complex free forms and the rendering of your projects. Details...

This course is for professionals and designers in engineering and architecture, who wish to improve their skills in the use of this software. It is important to take the first level course (Rhino Level 1) or at least have basic knowledge of Rhino.

This course will be taught in Spanish by Julian Oquendo
More class information here.

Cost: $99 USD
Date: November 7, 8, 11 and 12, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm (EST)*
*Note: All times listed are Eastern (Miami) time zone. Calculate your time zone. 

Online Course
Ask questions and interact with the class and instructor in our live, online training. All sessions will be recorded and posted for you to study and review. If you cannot make a session, you will be able to catch up at your convenience.

The class will be in Spanish using GoToTraining software.

Space is limited. Register here!
For more information please contact Jackie Nasser or call 305-513-4445.

What is RhinoFabStudio? RhinoFabStudio (fabrication studio) is a small-scale digital workshop, certified by McNeel, with an array of Rhino and Rhino compatible software and computer-controlled tools and training. These tools cover the various leading-edge industrial methods and materials needed to design, analyze, and fabricate almost anything.

ControlMAD Master Course in Parametric Design (400 hours) in Madrid - January-April 2020

ControlMAD Master Course in Parametric Design (400 hours)
January-April 2020

A unique study program in the world that introduces you to parametric design and digital manufacturing in product design, architecture, landscape, digital fabrication... through the creation of physical and digital parametric models using as main tools Grasshopper for Rhino and CNC machines (Computer Numerical Control).

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Harvard GSD Course in Computational Design

Would you like to learn computational design as it is taught at Harvard GSD?

Jose Luis García del Castillo y López made public his excellent lectures at Harvard GSD. His Introduction to Computational Design course covers high-level concepts of mathematics and geometry as well as C# programming in Grasshopper and RhinoCommon. Check it out...

"Happy Halloween" Modeling in Rhino

Learn to create some spooky and scary Rhino Halloween models with Kyle Houchens in videos from his last Getting Stared with Rhino online training sessions.

Questions: email Kyle Houchens

Style guide for Grasshopper

Example of Grasshopper stylesheet

Ryan Hughes
 has outlined a useful method of organizing a Grasshopper script.

Instead of posting a Grasshopper script to explain your project, try Ryan Hughes' method.  

He suggests keeping your code readable, modular, reusable and clean. 

Updated screenshot for the def with the attribution to Geometria Finland and Toni Österlund for the main components of the original definition.

Dream Flake V2.0 Online Workshop by DesignMorphine

Dream Flake V2.0 is a free webinar for designing 3D printable parametric holiday ornaments. The ornaments will be designed in Grasshopper, mainly using the Pufferfish plug-in. A variety of ornaments will be created concentrating on the possibilities of shape-changing.

The webinar takes place on December 15th and will be approximately 4 hours long. It will be in English, with Q&As and will take place in a Private Facebook group via Facebook Live and video uploads. All videos will remain available, including the live streams. This means you can also enjoy the videos if you are not available at the live stream time.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

BricsCAD now works with Grasshopper

BricsCAD objects can now also be generated using Grasshopper. With BricsCAD BIM V20 and Rhino.Inside have redefined parametric design within a BIM modeling environment.

Rhino real-time rendering with Unreal further extended in Mindesk 3.3

Last month real-time rendering was introduced in Mindesk 3.2 for Rhino. 

Today, Mindesk 3.3 has some major updates:

  • Bring Rhino projects in Unreal without going through Datasmith and save hours to days
  • Material coupling is much faster with Mindesk Material Table in Unreal
  • a\Assigned materials to linked Rhino project are automatically saved in Unreal (more info in the tutorial)
  • Four new video tutorials that cover the Rhino/Unreal live link

6th annual competition for the best car render by Hum3D

September 18-December 4

"Sixth annual Hum3D competition for the best Car render. It’s the largest awards event for the car 3d modeling and visualization industry.

Everything is as usual: you have to create a car 3D model, put it into 3D environment and make a beautiful render. There are no limits for your creative ideas: you can choose any automobile you like whether it is racing or imaginary vehicle. We invite all Rhino 3D artists to participate."

Monday, October 28, 2019

Tekla Software and Grasshopper webinar

Join Tekla Software's webinar on November 6th covering:
  • The benefits of parametric design and modeling of any type of bridge 
  • The steps to design a bridge with Tekla Structures using the Grasshopper link 
  • Actual experiences and advice from some of their customers 

Speckle Community Meetup at Arup London - Nov 27, 2019

Data in #AEC, open source, and Speckle: a community powered evening of getting things digital in the built environment and beyond.

This is the first of an evening series of interesting discussions and chatter around Speckle, the open source data platform for AEC.

Join if you want to hear more about what Speckle has been up to, shape up the roadmap, interact with the community, or simply find out what Speckle actually is. This is your chance: 6 PM-9 PM, November 27, at Arup London.

VisualARQ Grasshopper styles tutorials

VisualARQ Grasshopper styles are those VisualARQ objects created from Grasshopper definitions. This feature lets you create your custom BIM objects with no limits of parametric features.

Learn how to create your custom VisualARQ Grasshopper styles through these tutorial series.

Once you create the new object style, you can work with it in Rhino, have unlimited copies of it with different parameters, and edit it as any other VisualARQ object. At this point, no Grasshopper knowledge is required, although Grasshopper is running in the background.

If you are familiar with Grasshopper, you will find it very easy to convert your Grasshopper definitions into VisualARQ objects.

If you are not, there are sample Grasshopper definitions available to easily follow these step-by-step tutorials.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Share your Grasshopper definitions. Or benefit from others.

CORE studio | Thornton Tomasetti announced Swarm, an app store for the design community.

In the AEC industry, a minority of Rhino users produce most of the Grasshopper definitions. CORE studio calls these the Superusers and asserts they typically find it difficult to share the tools they build with their colleagues.

So CORE studio is developing Swarm to connect designers who need tools to the Superusers who build them.

Apps are available in the Swarm Marketplace, where designers from various professional fields can both discover and publish solutions for their specific needs. Each Swarm App presents a user-friendly UI that hides the daunting complexities of the script’s inner workings behind a simple set of interactive widgets. 

Grasshopper training in Turku (Finland)

Grasshopper training in Turku
Käsityöläiskatu 4A
20100 Turku


Rhinocenter is announcing a 1-day beginner's Grasshopper course in Turku, Finland. 

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.

Max. Number of Participants: 6 participants.

Language: Finnish, course material is in English.

Course Fee: EUR 495 (+VAT). Please note your seat is only confirmed once the payment has cleared. Full-time students and university teachers (proof of status required) will get a discount (-50%) if there are seats left.

To sign up, please contact Marika Almgren.

                                                         More information (in Finnish)...

Grasshopper User Meeting in London - November 20, 2019

Join SimplyRhino UK and McNeel at AKT II for this special Grasshopper User Group meeting with updates from the team at McNeel, including details on Rhino.Inside, Sub-D, Rhino 7, and more.

AKT II will kick off the evening’s proceedings before we move on to McNeel’s presentation and an extended Q&A.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

How to create freeform stairs in Rhino

This tutorial explores how to create freeform stairs. It starts with 2D lines in a single plane, then transforms it into 3D space, and later creates 3D geometry based on the 2D data. 

MSc Computational Methods in Architecture - Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff University)

Learn how to go from node to code and from bits to atoms. 

The Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff University) is now accepting applications to its multi-disciplinary MSc Computational Methods in Architecture.

This course, starting September 2020, addresses the need for creative professionals who are equipped with IT skills, digital fabrication skills, simulation software skills, or the ability to design custom software development tools to solve unique design problems.

Topologic for Grasshopper

Topologic is a software modeling library enabling hierarchical and topological representations of architectural spaces, buildings, and artifacts through non-manifold topology (NMT). 

Topologic is designed as a core library with additional plugins to visual data flow programming (VDFP) applications and parametric modeling platforms commonly used in architectural design practice. These applications provide workspaces with visual programming nodes and connections for architects to interact with Topologic and perform architectural design and analysis tasks.

Topologic is well-suited to create a lightweight representation of a building as an external envelope and the subdivision of the enclosed space into separate spaces and zones using zero-thickness internal surfaces.

Architectural Design Optimization: A User Survey

Christoph Waibel, Judyta Cichocka (Silvereye), and Thomas Wortmann (Opossum) are conducting a scientific survey on optimization in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry.

Participating in this short survey supports the development of optimization tools designed specifically for the AEC industry.

Results will be shared with survey participants and submitted for publication in a scientific journal.