Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Boolean Operator -- another interesting project by Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY

Boolean Operator is an irresistible terrain for children to play. 

Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY recently installed a fanciful large-scale outdoor pavilion at Suzhou Center in Suzhou, China.

Boolean Operator appears to have bubbled up from the ground, or perhaps dropped from the sky.  The white aluminum sculptural architecture is both massive in scale, yet delicate. Parts are as thin as 1mm in places where the curvature is tightest and thick as 2mm thick on the larger spans.

Take a look at this fun project and see what inspires Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY.

Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY is an art + architecture studio specializing in the intersection of unique spatial experience and ultra-thin lightweight structures. The design research of the studio is deeply rooted in the development of computational protocols and means of digital fabrication.

Monday, September 24, 2018

SFCDUG September 26, 2018

Data Analysis and Flood Resilience Policy

San Francisco, CA
Attend online or in person
Time: 12:30 PST

SFCDUG welcomes Edoardo Saba, from Parsons, as their featured speaker for a discussion about the use of data in city planning. They are also happy to have Dimitrie Stefanescu joining the event. He will give an overview of Speckle. 

Attending in person?
Get your tickets here.  Registration in person closes at noon on the day of the event. No exceptions. This month will be hosted at the AIA San Francisco.

Attending online?
Register to the free webcast here. GoToWebinar sponsored by Gensler.

NYC Workshop - Rhino technology in the cloud and beyond

Our team at McNeel is conducting an exciting workshop for developers. We will be introducing Rhino Inside™ technology to embed Rhino and Grasshopper technology inside other applications and web services. We also will be exploring the stateless REST API provided by Rhino Compute, the cloud-based geometry service.

A hackathon follows the workshop where you can explore all the new ways to access Rhino technology. Listen to the experts and engage in the discussion!

If you need robust geometry access in your development projects, this is the workshop for you.

Where: Core Studio's AEC Tech 2018, New York City
Presenter: Dale Fugier, Rhino developer support lead
When: Thursday, October 25th

Friday, September 21, 2018

Biomimicry and computational design in a facade

Gaurav Goel announced the publication of his first article in Window & Facade Magazine India.

This article talks about how biomimicry and computational design has influenced the discourse of facade design and is illustrated with one of Gaurav's design projects from a London competition.

Gaurav holds a master's degree in architecture from the University of Nottingham and a master's diploma in parametric design from Spain.  In 2016, Goel founded Parametric Curiosity, an architecture studio and social media blog for sharing digital explorations in parametric design.

Goel's research interests lie in form finding, temporary and permanent pavilion installations, form optimization, digital fabrication with CNC and 3D printing, architectural facades and other geometrical explorations using computational tools such as Rhino and Grasshopper.

You can read the article Biomimicry Inspired Facades & Computational Design on pages 58-62 in the magazine's July-August 2018 edition. 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Print seamless patterns on fabric in minutes

Digital patterning, such as GeminiCAD Systems,  reduces the manual steps typically associated with 2D pattern making.

The recently introduced ExactFlat Monarch software system adds the ability to apply texture-mapped graphics directly to the pattern with perfect flow matching. With Eastman automated cutting systems, the data is used to print and cut perfectly aligned pattern pieces ready for assembly.

This YouTube video demos the software ExactFlat Monarch as it is used for furniture manufacturing.

Grasshopper Workshop in Mexico by Darco and McNeel Miami

Darco is a digital architecture consulting company. They provide solutions for architecture, engineering, design, modeling and animation for professional development. 

Darco ( CDMX, México ) invites you to join their Grasshopper Workshop in October led by RhinoFabStudio Director and Rhino & Grasshopper specialist, Andres Gonzalez

The workshop is addressed to architects, product designers, jewelers, and designers in general. Participants will be able to create their own definitions in order to speed up the design in their respective areas of work. In addition, exciting topics like “Data Tree” will be presented.

Basic knowledge of Rhino is required to take this course.

Location: Ejército Nacional 373- 403, Col Granada,
Del. Miguel Hidalgo CDMX, México
Date: October 16-17, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Fee: $5,750 MN + IVA

For more information and to register please contact Claudia Perez.

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.

Nemo for Grasshopper available on food4Rhino

Rhino is a great exchange platform, presents almost everywhere in naval architecture or marine engineering fields, and a wide open ecosystem allowing developer’s community to add themselves their own functionalities. Based on this observation, the idea is to create Grasshopper tools applied to ship design, with the addition of several modules. The purpose is to do direct internal computations using Rhino API functions for common needs of the naval architect, but also to create bridges between external specialized software by optimizing interoperability and data exchanges.

Main features developed are hydrostatics computation, meshing export to flow simulations, transverse section export to MARS2000, resistance prediction using HOLTROP and SAVITSKY methods, or data export to NAVCAD. Additional tools are provided for lines plan drawing, or NACA section generation, and more will come up.

All this work started in the frame of an academic research project, and has led to the release of NEMO plugin for Grasshopper.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Garden Thorn irrigation system

Here is a fun product from a Rhino user, Handy Camel. It's their contribution to combating global warming with water conservation.

The Garden Thorn is simply a spike made of recycled plastic. It's a nifty irrigation device that injects water three to six inches underground and eliminates runoff and evaporation, so plants get the water they need at the roots.

The Garden Thorn spike is placed in the ground, not on the surface like soaker hoses. There is no runoff or evaporation.

It is an easy to use, underground irrigation system requiring:
  • A garden hose
  • A rubber mallet to protect the thorn when tapping into the ground
  • A hose end-cap for one end of the hose
The spike is hammered in the ground near the plant. When snapped in place, the needle at the top of the Garden Thorn punctures the hose. The pressurized water is injected down into the spike and out a hole at the bottom, watering the roots and soil directly around the plant.

Grasshopper Training in Turku (Finland)

29-30 October 2018
Käsityöläiskatu 4A
20100 Turku

Rhinocenter welcomes David Rutten to tutor a two-day beginners Grasshopper course in Turku, Finland.

Grasshopper is a graphical algorithm editor for designers exploring new shapes using generative algorithms.
David Rutten of Robert McNeel & Associates is the designer of Grasshopper and a worldwide authority on generative design.

Course Fee: EUR 995 (+VAT). Please note that your seat is only confirmed once payment has been cleared. Full-time students and university teachers (proof of status required) will get a discount if there are seats left.   

Maximum Number of Participants: 8 participants. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before the start date of the workshop (October 12th).

Language: English.

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

To sign up, please contact Marika Almgren.

Course info in Finnish: https://www.rhinocenter.fi/grasshopper-koulutus

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Webinar: RhinoCAM in Education, September 19

Wednesday, September 19
8:00am PDT

This webinar features MecSoft's RhinoCAM products for education. Anyone interested in CAM for education is encouraged to attend.

Webinar overview:

  • RhinoCAM in Univ of Arizona by Paulus Musters, Materials Lab Manager
  • Overview and Demo of the RhinoCAM Educational Product
  • Resources for Education
  • Q & A
Presenters include Paulus Musters, Kyle Houchens and Don LaCourse

XXXII International Fair of Bogotá (industrial exhibition)

The XXXII International Fair of Bogotá aims at the new technologies applied to productive industries. It has become a center of business and industry contacts that encourages commercial exchange. It is a favorable scenario for the exhibition of machinery, equipment, technological advances, supplies, machinery for construction, capital and intermediate goods, raw materials, components and services to an infinite market for development and industrial growth.

Join Rhino3D Colombia and Almacenes Yamata and learn how 3-D design is combined with new technologies, and how new ideas can be generated using Rhino, RhinoCAM, and Grasshopper

Date: September 24-28, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Place: Main entrance: Carrera 37 No. 24 -67, Bogotá
Visit us at Pavilion 1, Level 1, Stand 232, CORFERIAS.

Register here!
For more information, please contact Andres Franco.

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.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Rhino for Educators Workshop at Construct3D 2018

Construct3D 2018 is a 3D printing, digital fabrication conference, and expo focused on academic use, best practices, and professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students. This year, Georgia Tech hosts the event.

The Rhino for Educators Workshop is a comprehensive, one-day introductory class, where you will learn the basics of creating and editing accurate 3D models. This fast-moving class covers how to start using Rhino to develop models for both rendering and digital fabrication. The day will start with an introduction and progress rapidly to more advanced surfacing commands and preparing models for 3D printing. This class is designed to be “hands on.” However, feel free to join us even if you do not have a computer.

Location: Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI),
813 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
Venue: GTMI Auditorium
Date: Friday, October 5, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Instructor: Mary Ann Fugier, Director of Education and Training,
Robert McNeel & Associates

Spaces are limited - Register now!

More information...

Friday, September 14, 2018

ACADIA 2018 Mexico City, October 18-20

October 18-20, 2018 | Universidad Iberoamericana | Mexico City

ACADIA 2018 Mexico City aims to recalibrate the discourse of computational design research. Mexico has a rich and varied design culture which brings to mind names like Barragan, Candela, Legorreta, Goeritz, and Pani. This conference provides a platform for experimentation in imprecision and the breaking of the norms that define fidelity within contemporary architectural research and practice. More...

Register here.

Various workshops will be held in conjunction with the conference. Details, workshop descriptions, and registration information are here.

About ACADIA...
ACADIA was formed to facilitate communication and critical thinking on the use of computers in architecture, planning and building science. The organization is committed to the research and development of computational methods that enhance design creativity, rather than just production. A particular focus is education and the software, hardware and pedagogy involved in education. Please visit the main ACADIA website for more information.

Karamba3D Workshop - November 28-30 in Vienna

Location: Vienna, Austria
Venue: Sichtart e.U., Mariahilfer Straßer 112/1/9 Vienna 1070
Dates: November  28-30, 2018
Time: 10:00 - 18:00
Course Fee: Professional EUR 750 (+VAT), Student EUR 375 (+VAT) 

Led by plugin developer and structural engineer Clemens Preisinger, along with Zeynep Aksoz and Matthew Tam from the expert Karamba3D team, this three-day workshop will focus on methods of setting up structural systems in the parametric environment of Grasshopper. Participants will be guided through the basics of analyzing and interpreting structural models, to optimization processes and how to integrate Karamba3D into C# scripts.

This workshop is aimed towards beginner to intermediate users of Karamba, but advanced users are also encouraged to apply. It is open to both professional and academic users.

Karamba3D is a parametric structural engineering tool which provides the accurate analysis of spatial trusses, frames, and shells. Karamba3D is fully embedded in the parametric design environment of Grasshopper, a plugin for the 3d modeling tool Rhinoceros. This makes it easy to combine parameterized geometric models, finite element calculations and optimization algorithms like Galapagos.

Course Outline
  • Introduction & Presentation of project examples
  • Optimization of cross sections of line based and surface-based elements
  • Geometric optimization
  • Topological Optimization
  • Structural Performance Informed Form Finding
  • Understanding analysis algorithms embedded in Karamba and visualizing results
  • Complex Workflow processes in Rhino, Grasshopper, and Karamba3D
  • The workshop will be taught in English.
  • Basic Rhino and Grasshopper knowledge is recommended.
  • No knowledge of Karamba is needed.
Places are limited to a maximum of 10 participants with limited educational places. A minimum of 4 places is required for the workshop to take place. The workshop will be canceled if this quota is not filled by October 15th.

Participants should bring their own laptops with either Rhino 5/Rhino 6 and Grasshopper installed. A 90-day trial version of Rhino can be downloaded from Rhino3D.

Karamba ½ year licenses for non-commercial use will be provided to all participants.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Construct3D 2018 at Georgia Tech - Grasshopper 101 Workshop

Construct3D will take place at Georgia Tech this year. The Conference aims to bring together educators involved in digital fabrication to exchange ideas, build their networks, learn new skills, and accelerate the adoption and exploration of 3D printing in education. 

We are honored that they have invited RhinoFabStudio Director and Rhino and Grasshopper specialist, Andres Gonzalez, to lead a couple of workshops and a presentation in partnership with TROTEC USA

This course is for design professionals who are looking to efficiently learn concepts and features of Grasshopper at an accelerated pace. Andres will get you started with generative modeling in Rhino using the Grasshopper plugin in real-life examples.

Location: Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI)
813 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
Date: Friday October 5, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm 

Spaces are limited! Register now!

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.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

RhinoLink for Wolfram Language

RhinoLink is a prototype Wolfram Language paclet that provides a two-way communication link between McNeel and Associates' Rhino and Mathematica or Wolfram Desktop.

With RhinoLink you can:

  • script Rhino with Wolfram Language code
  • create Grasshopper components that encapsulate Wolfram Language code
  • control Rhino content with Wolfram Language interfaces
  • source Rhino geometry from Mathematica
  • include Wolfram Language code directly in Grasshopper structures
  • use Rhino as a geometry server from Wolfram Language

RhinoLink currently supports Rhino 6 for Windows and Mathematica versions 11.0+.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Construct3D 2018

Construct3D 2018 is a 3D printing, digital fabrication conference, and expo focused on academic use, best practices, and professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.

This year, Georgia Tech hosts the event, happening in Atlanta, GA, October 5-8th. Registration is open until September 28, 2018.

The event is open to all teachers, practitioners, technologists, designers, students, and academics from K12, higher education or informal education.

The conference hosted panels featuring notable educators and industry four full days of over one hundred talks and workshops, a vendor area offering demonstrations of leading design, materials, digital fabrication technologies and other resources, and social gatherings that encouraged discussion.

Robert McNeel & Associates lead trainers Andres Gonzalez, Mary Ann Fugier and Dale Fugier will present in-depth workshops on Rhino, Grasshopper, and SudoHopper3D.

The sessions offer educators new skills to take home to their schools and programs, and opportunities to speak directly to staff who develop these applications.

Food4Rhino reaches three million downloads!

Food4Rhino, the plugin community server by McNeel, with more than 400 Rhino and Grasshopper apps, reached recently three million downloads ever!

Many thanks to all the third party developers and users for this milestone, keep up the good work!

And please send us your feedback to continue improving the service!

Check out the newest developments in AEC, Jewelry, Visualization, CAD/CAM, Robots, CFD, FEA, environmental Analysis, Marine, AR/VR/MR, Footwear, Games, Volumetric Modeling, Structural Optimization, Product Configurators, Form-finding, Urban and Landscape, BIM translators, GUI customization, and much more!

Digital R+Evolution Days - Macherio (Italia) - Sep 20-21, 2018

Digital R+Evolution Days
Regolo Studio
Sep 20-21, 2018
Macherio (Italia)

Regolo Studio, Authorized Rhino Training Center and FabStudio, has organized a free event for you to learn more about all the new possibilities Industry 4.0 offers, including CAD/CAM, digital fabrication, reverse engineering.

International conference on cross-disciplinary collaboration Sept 27/28 at University of Kaiserslautern

Register now to visit the RCA 2018 conference on cross-disciplinary collaboration in architecture on September 27/28 at University of Kaiserslautern. Meet researchers from leading institutions and groups such as ETH Gramazio Kohler Research, ICD Stuttgart, EPFL Xploration Lab, RWTH Individualised Production IP and many more. Listen to keynotes and roundtable discussions with experts across architectural research including Sigrid Brell-Cokcan, Caitlin Mueller, Michael U. Hensel, Christian Derix ,Margitta Buchert and Eike Roswag-Klinge. Registration includes the RCA2018 book and dinner.

The International Conference aims to discuss topics and methods in architectural research, focusing on their cross-disciplinary interrelations and their relevance to the design process itself. The organizers are interested to see approaches to the development of a research culture in architecture. This conference will identify research topics and methods, encourages a research discourse and provides impulses, especially for young researchers.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Curvahedra the New Style of Puzzle

Curvahedra is the brainchild of British Mathematician and University of Arkansas Math Professor, Edmund Harris, and is more than a fun and interesting new style of puzzle. With its new tagline Art + Puzzle, icreates new ways for people to engage in creative thinking through puzzle and design that everyone can enjoy. It consists of sets of identical cut pieces which link together ingeniously, without the aid of glue or tape, to build a variety of 3D structures. 

Edmund does his 3D work in Rhino and Grasshopper and has written CAMel a CAM plugin to export the Code straight from Grasshopper. The individual pieces for the metal models were drawn in Rhino and then cut using the Code from CAMel.

Follow them on their social networks:
FacebookInstagram, and Twitter!

For information please contact Brad Harvey at 479-715-1639
or email Edmund Harris 

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, September 4, 2018

3D Modeling Workshop (Beginners) in Chile

Carpintería Vez is hosting a 3D modeling Workshop for beginners in Chile. The course is for professionals and technicians in the area of construction, engineering, architecture, industrial and interior designers, art and entrepreneurs. Rhino software will be used in this workshop.

Dates: October 1 and 3, 2018
Time: From 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Calle Martinez de Rozas #520 Concepción,
C3 Centro de Creación Concepción, Chile
Fee: $250.000 CLP

Register here!

For more information please contact Evelyn Larraguibel.

What is a RhinoFabStudio? A 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.

Monday, September 3, 2018

4th AR & VR with Rhino UGM at Bryden Wood (London, UK)

4th AR & VR with Rhino User Group Meeting 
Bryden Wood (London, UK)
September 20, 2018

This is the fourth meeting of the AR/VR for Rhino User Group organized by SimplyRhino UK.
The group is for those 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, September 20, 2018
  • 18:30 – 20:30
  • Bryden Wood – 100 Grays Inn Road, London, WC1x 8AL (See map here)
  • Bryden Wood: 
    The Creative Technology team of Bryden Wood is a new digital group of computational designers working on advanced approaches to digital design.
  • Robert McNeel & Associates – RhinoVR: VR Tools inside Rhino 6 presented by Andy Le Bihan: 
    McNeel (the developers of Rhino) have been working on some VR tools within Rhino v6 for Windows. The resulting plugin is called RhinoVR.  Although this is an on-going project, there are some very interesting tools here for everyone interested in using Rhino as a VR platform.

RESHAPE18 Competition - Deadline extended until Sep 7th

The RESHAPE18 |sensing materialities competition has extended the closing deadline to September 7th, 2018.

Through their online platform Reshape promotes research, design, and production of digital ideas, exploring implications and applications of technology and innovation. Reshape 18 | Sensing materialities is focused on customized garments or products, promoting healthy living for individuals in everyday life.

Annually Reshape launches a competition organized by Noumena in collaboration with IN(3D)USTRY From Needs to Solutions and Fira Barcelona to foster the use and adoption of additive and advanced manufacturing on wearable and product design. This year's forum is October 16-18.

Designers, makers, and artists are invited to submit their ideas and design proposals for the Reshape challenge.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Innochain exhibition starts today “Practice Futures – Building Design in a new material age” - KADK, Copenhagen

Aug 31- Dec 7
9.00 am - 5.00 pm

KADK Exhibition Hall
Danneskiold-Samsøes Allé 51
1435 Copenhagen K

We are happy to invite you to the Innochain exhibition PRACTICE FUTURES: BUILDING DESIGN FOR A NEW MATERIAL AGE at KADK. Innochain is a European PhD network examining new potentials in digital design practice within architecture, engineering, IT and fabrication. 

The exhibition showcases the results of 15 PhD projects from 6 institutions across Europe. With a strong industry focus, the PhDs are undertaken in collaboration with 14 cutting edge industry partners from across the interdisciplinary field. McNeel Europe S.L. is one of the official industrial partners.

Together we investigate the extended digital chain – the way that a shared digital platform can allow tools for analysis, fabrication and material design to interface so as to create new interdisciplinary methods and digital workflows for future building industry. Here, you will see: how digital tools can make a new use of traditional craft techniques, how resource aware optimisation can lead to new structural designs and how shared digital platforms can lead to a new understanding of collaboration.
Rhino3D, Grasshopper + Apps have been extensively used in all PhD research projects.

The Innochain exhibition PRACTICE FUTURES is co-organised with the international conference PRACTICE FUTURES: Expanding information modelling for a new material age. The conference will take place at the Danish Architecture Centre, Nov 8-9 2018. Registration to the conference is open now:http://innochain.net/conference/

Innochain Industry partners:
BIG, Bluhmer Lehmann, Buro Happold, Cloud 9, designtoproduction, Fibre, Foster Partners, HENN, McNeel Europe, ROK-Office, S-Form, Str.ucture, White Architects, Smith Innovation

Innochain Academic Partners:
The Bartlett School of Architecture - UCL, IOA - University of Applied Arts Vienna, CITA - The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, ITKE - University of Stuttgartt, IAAC, KTH School of Architecture