Friday, March 24, 2017

Kangaroo Physics Workshop by Daniel Piker - May 17-19, McNeel Europe (Barcelona)

Kangaroo Physics Workshop by Daniel Piker
May 17-19, 2017
10:00am - 6:00pm
McNeel Europe S.L.
Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos
08018 Barcelona (Spain)

We would like to invite you to join us for a Kangaroo Physics Workshop, led by the award winning plug-in developer Daniel Piker himself, which will take place on May 17-19 at our European office in Barcelona.

Daniel is going to introduce Kangaroo Physics, an interactive physics/constraint solver for designers and one of the most successful Grasshopper plug-ins. The program works as a physics engine performing interactive simulation, form-finding, optimization and constraint solving in real time.

Course layout:
Day 1

• Introduction - principles of form-finding and dynamic relaxation
• Catenary arches and vaults
• Linkages
• Tensile membranes
• Bending rods and gridshells

Day 2

• Collisions/packing/distribution
• Rigid bodies and mechanisms
• Bending shells and origami
• Meshing for simulation

Day 3

• Panels and grids for architecture
• Introduction to using the Kangaroo library via C# scripting
• Individual project development

Course Fee: EUR 795 (+VAT); students and university teachers will get a 50% discount (proof of status required)
Max. Number of Participants: 8-10
Language: English

Seats are limited, sign up now by contacting Rodrigo Bárcena!
Video about Kangaroo Physics...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Call for Papers - Grasshopper User Meeting Berlin II

Grasshopper User Meeting II
Wednesday April 5, 2017 (6.30 PM)
ARUP Berlin
Joachimsthaler Straße 41
10623 Berlin (Germany)

Parametric Support, after the success of the fist edition, is organizing the second Grasshopper User Meeting in Berlin.

Grasshopper User Meeting II this year will take place at Arup’s Berlin office, on April 5.

Parametric Support is now calling for presentation submissions. If you are interested in presenting at Grasshopper User Meeting II, please contact

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Concha - Shell analysis plug-in for Rhino

Developed by TailSiT GmbH, Concha is a Rhino3D plug-in for the numerical analysis of shell structures. Based on the Finite Element Method, Concha lets you analyse the mechanical behaviour of complex geometries subject to arbitrary loads without leaving the design environment of Rhino3D.

Key features
  • Import of any surface-based geometry objects from within Rhino3D
  • Specification of supports at vertices, edges or surfaces
  • Connection of vertices or surfaces from different geometry parts
  • Different material models

Facades+ 2017 Conference & Workshops, April 6-7

facades+ 2017
New York City
Symposium/Conference: Thursday, April 6
Lab Workshops: Friday, April 7

Register here.

The goal of the Facades+ conference is to focus on the design and performance on the next generation of facades. Their aim is to provide proven insights on how to make your ideas become reality. They've brought together some of the world’s most productive building professionals and leading researchers to share insights on how facades ideas are brought to life.

Rhino-related Lab Workshop:

About the conference...
Facades+ is the leading conference on performance and design of the building envelope. The unique cross-over of attending professionals brings together a unique brain-trust from the fields of architecture, engineering, construction, fabrication, development and education. Be inspired and learn how to innovate all steps of facade implementation—from systems and materials to designs and delivery strategies.

Grasshopper ONLINE Training - Level 1 SPANISH

Join Grasshopper master, Andres Gonzalez, for this accelerated online course. He will get you started with generative modeling in Rhino 5 using the Grasshopper add-on. The advantages of using Grasshopper in preliminary design and concept development come to life in numerous real-life examples.

Register for the Grasshopper 101 Online Training in Spanish by McNeel Miami, home of RhinoFabStudio.

The training will be from May 15 - 18, 2017.
Fee: $195
Classes: May 15 - 18, 2017 -  ¡En Español!

Course: 9:00 am–10:30 am (EST)
Break: 10:30 am–10:40 am (EST)
Course: 10:40 am–12:10 pm (EST)
Q&A: 12:10 pm–12:30 pm (EST)

Note: All times listed are Eastern (Miami) time zone

Space is limited!!!... Register here!
Check out the schedule!

Following this Grasshopper 101 course in Spanish we will be offering Grasshopper 102 in June 2017 also in Spanish!

For more information please contact Jackie Nasser or call 305 513-4445.

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.

SEATEC 2017 tradeshow - March 29-31, Marina di Carrara (Italy)

SEATEC 2017 tradeshow
March 29-31, 2017
Via Maestri del Marmo
54033, Marina di Carrara (MS)

Seatec, the exhibition dedicated to technology, components, design and subcontracting applied to recreational boating, organised by CarraraFiere, reconfirms as the only event dedicated to the sector in Italy and southern Europe.

Visit NDAR booth (D-857) to learn more about Orca3D and Rhino.

AA Istanbul Visiting School: Robotic Mediations - June 28 - July 7, Istanbul (Turkey)


AA Istanbul Visiting School
Robotic Mediations
June 28 - July 7, 2017 

Eski Silahtarağa Elektrik Santralı
Kazım Karabekir Cad. No: 2/13
34060 Eyüp
Istanbul (Turkey

AA Istanbul Visiting School, in collaboration with Istanbul Bilgi University, is a unique learning and making experience. The programme continues to build on its expertise on generative design methodologies and large-scale prototyping techniques from previous years, while bringing together a range of experts from internationally acclaimed academic institutions and practices, Architectural Association, Zaha Hadid Architects, among others.

AA Istanbul Visiting School will investigate the inherent associations between form, material, and structure through the rigorous implementation of innovative design and fabrication techniques. Computational methods for design, analysis, and fabrication will be coupled with physical experimentation, fostering ‘learning-by-experimentation’ in an active collaborative studio environment. Throughout the design and fabrication processes, the associations between various computational platforms will establish correlations between form-finding, material computation, and structural performance. These discoveries will formulate new means of interpreting conventional fabrication processes towards their advancement within the domain of advanced computational and robotic methods. The key objective of AA Istanbul Visiting School will comprise the design and fabrication of a one-to-one scale prototype realized by the use of robotic fabrication techniques.

The programme will be formulated as a two-phase process:

Stage 1: Participants will gain an insight of material processes, computational methods, and various fabrication techniques, culminating with core concepts related to complexity in design practices. During this stage, basic and advanced tutorials on generative design algorithms and analysis tools will be provided. Building on its core methodology from its previous versions, AA Istanbul VS will perform as a team-based workshop promoting collaboration and research. Participants will be introduced to advanced fabrication techniques.

Stage 2
: Participants will propose design interventions based on the skills and knowledge gained during the first stage. Study models of various scales will be produced, finally followed by the robotic fabrication and assembly of a full scale working prototype which unifies the design goals of the programme.
The design agendas of AA Athens and AA Istanbul Visiting Schools will directly create feedback on one another, allowing participation in either one or both Programmes.

Prominent Features of the workshop/skills developed:
• Participants will be part of an active learning environment where the large tutor to student ratio (4:1) allows for personalized tutorials and debates.
• The toolset of AA Istanbul includes but is not limited to Rhinoceros, Processing, and Grasshopper, as well as analysis software.
• Participants will have access to digital fabrication tools such as 3-axis CNC router, laser cutter, and 3D printer.
• Design seminars and lecture series will support the key objectives of the program, disseminating fundamental design techniques and relevant critical thinking methodologies.
• Robotic design and fabrication processes will formulate the physical prototyping phase of the programme.

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates, and young professionals. Prior software knowledge is not required.

Participants receive the AA Visiting School Certificate with the completion of the programme.

The AA Visiting School fee is £600 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership fee. Discount options for groups or for those wishing to apply for both AA Istanbul and AA Athens Visiting Schools are available. Please contact the AA Visiting School Coordinator for more details. Alternatively, you can find more information on application and discounts from this link:

The deadline for applications is June 14, 2017. The only requirement is the online application form and fees.  No portfolio or CV.

Contact details:
Elif Erdine (AA Istanbul Visiting School Programme Director)
AA Visiting School Coordinator:

Monday, March 20, 2017

SimAUD set for May 22-24, Toronto

Join architecture and simulation researchers at the symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD). The symposium will be held May 22-24 in Toronto, Canada. This year's event, the 8th annual, will be at the MaRS Discovery District and at the University of Toronto, in the heart of one of the largest urban innovation hubs.

Several workshops will take place on May 21st, including Energy and Daylight Modeling in Grasshopper.

About SimAUD 2017...

The increasing complexity of cities and buildings requires computer simulations for all scales. The convergence of the knowledge from different fields provides innovation. SimAUD tackles these interdisciplinary aspects to measure, predict, assess, comprehend, and manage the performances of buildings and cities.

Both researchers and practitioners in urban planning and design, architecture, and construction are invited to take part in the symposium and to present original papers. Software developers, managers, educators, and business professionals are also invited.

Friday, March 17, 2017

New Rhino plug-in: Minute! Powered By C3CAM

Division Engineering has released Minute! Powered By C3CAM, a new surface CAM plug-in for Rhino.

  • High precision 3-axis milling
    Application:Tool=R0.2 Ball, Pitch=0.01, “Same distance on surface profile path”
    Work size: 250mm x 200mm 
  • Super High Precision Synchronized 6-axis Hale biting
    Application: Free Curved Surface and grooves
    Work size: 300mm, fresnel lens molding 
  • Synchronized 5-axis grinding
    Application: Oddly shaped punch, Tool=Full R Grinding Wheel 
  • Supports full analysis, visualization, and optimization for NURBS Surface and NURBS curves.
  • Please refer to Resources. Supported CAD format, requirement environment, and various documents are in it. 
  • Please contact us about prices and dealers. 
  • We also offer short term use. Minute! On Demand.

Mos(kit)o device by the Institut Pasteur iGEM 2016 Team

Picture of the Mos(kit)o device, including the Mosquito trap on the left, and the Mosquito Analysis station on the right. Copyright Institut Pasteur
The Institut Pasteur iGEM 2016 Team came up with the Mos(kit)o device, which includes a trap to capture mosquitoes, an analysis station to detect the presence of pathogens in them and a mapping tool of the local of the infected mosquitoes. 

To conceive the device, Rhino was used by the multidisciplinary team, which included students from ENSCI-Les Ateliers design school, ESPCI chemistry and physics engineering school, Pierre and Marie Curie UniversityParis Diderot UniversityETSL Biotech School and Jean Monnet Law Faculty in the Paris area.

The trap and analysis station components were designed according to entomologists’ recommendations. A 3D printed version was generated and used as a demonstrator device for the iGEM competition, at several venues including BioDesign events.

Zika, yellow fever, and several other diseases (arboviruses) are transmitted to people from insects’ bites. Currently, there are no vaccines for most of these diseases. One of the strategies to deal with the issue is to carry out massive insecticide spraying, resulting in toxicity and resistance by the mosquitoes. The Mos(kit)o device will be an innovative tool to monitor the presence of infected mosquitoes, prevent, and help in an environmentally responsible way of spraying insecticides.

For the Mos(kit)o device, the Institut Pasteur Paris 2016 Team won a gold medal and three best prizes (Best Applied Design, Best Diagnostic and Best Entrepreneurship) at the 2016 iGEM competition.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

SHARE Bucharest 2017 - March 21-22, Bucharest (Romania)

SHARE Bucharest 2017
International Architecture and Engineering Forum
March 21-22, 2017
JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel

Calea 13 September 90
Bucharest 050726 (Romania)

SHARE is where the architecture community comes together to share ideas and inspiration, learn, and celebrate excellence in architecture.

SHARE events will bring together principals and senior architects from leading practices to discuss and gain inspiration from each other. The conferences are an opportunity to meet great minds in the global architectural community through the SHARE talks program. The lectures will focus on present and future, innovation in architecture and engineering, explorations on new materials and technologies for designing a smart and sustainable built environment. Large-scale projects will be presented from different perspectives of architects and contractors.

SHARE International Architecture and Engineering Forum acts as an effective platform for networking, business, inspiration, and exchange of ideas and transfer of know-how.

Visit Rhino Authorized Reseller Romsym Data S.R.L. (booth A3, see map) to learn more about Rhino, V-Ray, VisualARQ, Lands Design, madCAM, Grasshopper and EvoluteTools.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

ShapeDiver now supports external plug-ins and API access

Plug-in Support

ShapeDiver now allows uploading models using external plug-ins. So far, the first two plug-ins supported are Grasshopper's plug-ins Weaverbird and Human. The list of plug-ins will continue to grow steadily.

Weaverbird is a topological modeler that contains many of the known subdivision and transformation operators, readily usable by designers.

extends Grasshopper's ability to create and reference geometry, and allows communication with a Rhino document. ShapeDiver only supports the texture mapping components for now.

Download Human from Food4Rhino...

API Release

ShapeDiver GmbH also released the API for their viewer, making it possible for ShapeDiver users to integrate the viewer into web sites, e.g. for product configurators or other eCommerce applications.

"It is easy to embed your models anywhere after they are uploaded on ShapeDiver. However, if you want to build a web application, a product configurator or even a full e-commerce system, you will need a little more flexibility. We now provide a programming interface that allows you to create fully custom web experiences based on the ShapeDiver technology".

ShapeDiver is a web service for publishing parametric 3D data. It is run by ShapeDiver GmbH, a limited liability company registered in Vienna, Austria. Alexander Schiftner, Mathias Höbinger and Mathieu Huard founded it in 2015.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Intermediate Grasshopper Online Training, April 2017

April 24-27, 2017
US$205.00 per person

Instructor Andres Gonzalez explores the intermediate concepts of generative modeling in Rhino 5 using the Grasshopper add-on. He will apply these concepts to Grasshopper intermediate design and development in numerous real-life examples with you.

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.



Monday-Thursday, April 24-27, 9:00am-Noon (PDT)
All times listed are Pacific Standard Time. Calculate your time zone here.

Note: This course requires Intro to Grasshopper training or equivalent.

Rhino Fundamentals in Mexico by Darco

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

Darco invites you to join their Rhino Fundamentals Workshop in April! 

At the end of this workshop the participants will have the necessary knowledge to model, edit, and manipulate basic 3D elements and assemblies.

Location: Mexico City- Ejército Nacional 373-403, Col. Granda, Del. Miguel Hidalgo
Date: April 17, 2017
Time: 2 pm

For more information and to register please contact Paulina Lazaro.

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.

RhinoCFD Commercial Release

CHAM are excited to announce the commercial release of RhinoCFD, the CFD plug-in for Rhino3D.

To celebrate this release, they are offering 30% discount for purchases within the first 60 days!

RhinoCFD is a general purpose Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software plug-in, built directly into the Rhino environment. It gives users the ability to investigate the interaction of their model with the surrounding fluid. This allows for rapid optimization and testing, all without leaving the familiarity of the Rhino environment.

It is easy to use and intuitive, through simple and focused menu systems. It also offers a wide range of result visualisation options to both inspect and present results easily.
Key features include:

  • Cartesian and Cylindrical Polar coordinate meshes
  • PARSOL cut-cell geometry detection simplifying the mesh generation process
  • PHOENICS structured CFD solver
  • Many turbulence model options including RANS and LES
  • Radiation modelling
  • Post-processing in to Rhino including iso-surfaces, surface contours and streamlines
  • In-program and online help

CFD can be used in any area where fluids may have an impact on a design. Its applications are numerous and already used in a wide variety of industries including:

  • Marine: Design of hulls, sails, propellers
  • Architecture and building services: External/internal ventilation, HVAC, contaminant dispersion
  • Jewelry: Investment casting optimization
  • Aerospace: Aerodynamics, turbomachinery, heat management
  • Medical: Arterial flow, respiratory flow, effects of non-Newtonian fluids
  • Transportation: Drag reduction, combustion processes, emissions testing

Students and academics
can claim a 3 month free trial upon proof of status. 

For more information please contact or go to

Two Grasshopper Workshops on Parametric Design at FabLab Berlin - April 2017, Berlin (Germany)

Architect Wassef Dabboussi will be holding two Grasshopper workshops on parametric design at FabLab Berlin next month.

For two Saturdays, starting April 1, a Grasshopper Intensive Workshop (Intermediate) will take place.

"Do you already know Grasshopper and would like to uplift your parametric knowledge?

Do you have some difficulties understanding some of Grasshopper’s advanced features (Trees, Data Structuring, etc.) but would like to develop your parametric skills and learn advanced techniques in Grasshopper?

This Parametric Design Intensive Workshop will provide you with the necessary knowledge and ability to uplift your parametric skills, including a hands on parametric project".

During four Sundays, starting April 2, a Grasshopper General Workshop (Beginner) will take place.

"Are you interested in gaining parametric competency to push your design skills to the next level?

Are you ready to learn a very exciting and powerful tool that will take your ideas and concepts to a whole new realm?

This Parametric Design General Workshop will provide you with the necessary knowledge and ability to use Grasshopper, a free visual programming plug-in in Rhinoceros. The workshop will also include a hands on parametric project".

Places are limited. Buy your ticket here...

Friday, March 10, 2017

RESHAPE17 | Wearable Technology Competition: Programmable Skins

Wearables are becoming an active, supplemental skin that not only protect our body but also facilitate functions such as growth, movement, respiration and nutrition or rehabilitate the environment.

Becoming a new medium able to regulate the relation between our body and its surroundings, wearables can now collect and exchange information producing dynamic outputs. Reshape aims to enhance these impulses in fashion design, proposing a new challenge to makers and designers: RESHAPE17 | Programmable Skins Competition.

For the 2017 edition, Reshape is collaborating with IN(3D)USTRY - From needs to solutions, an event organized by Fira Barcelona, to foster the use and adoption of Additive & Advanced Manufacturing Technologies by promoting the interaction between top users with manufacturers and service providers by sharing success stories and technological needs and limitations. 

In this occasion, Reshape will coordinate multiple appointments: the Reshape Awards ceremony, celebrating the winners from the competition; the Reshape Symposium with cutting-edge speakers representing innovative companies, presenting their practices; the Reshape Exhibition, showcasing innovative products and projects revolutionizing the fields of fashion and design. 


February 13 - June 15, 2017:
June 30, 2017: SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE 23:59 (UTC/GMT +1 hour)
October 3-5, 2017: AWARDS CEREMONY and final exhibition in IN(3D)USTRY - From needs to solutions

Registration and information at:

Reshape competitions are organized by Noumena in collaboration with IN(3D)USTRY - From Needs to Solutions, and in partnership with IAAC, Fab Lab Barcelona, Disseny Hub Barcelona, among others. Reshape competitions represent a collective frame of debate on the implications and applications of technology in design fields, with a specific focus on fashion design and retail.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Rhino 3D Free Teacher Training Workshop in Mexico

Learn the fundamentals of Rhino 3D and RhinoCAM as well as digital manufacturing with  CNC cutting machines. The workshop is an introduction to 3D modelling with Rhino and CNC engraving with RhinoCAM
Register now, it's a free workshop and spaces are limited!

Organized by: Servicios de Ingenieria - Ing. Adrián Juárez
Date: March 28 - 29, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm and 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Location: Mexico City

For additional information and to register please contact Adrián Juárez.

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.

Decoding Craftsmanship Seminar - March 24-25, Fartha, Riverstick Co. Cork (Ireland)

Decoding Craftsmanship
March 24-25, 2017
Joseph Walsh Studio
Fartha, Riverstick Co. Cork
P43 X898

Joseph Walsh Studio presents Decoding Craftsmanship: How emerging technologies can enable a new form of craftsmanship, a 2-day seminar with talks and workshops which focuses on the relationship between material and making, and the increasing use of digital tools, which provide digitally driven outcomes. It explores how emerging software can be successfully merged with the heritage of making to create a new form of craftsmanship.

Simply Rhino trainers Phil Cook and Arthur Mamou-Mani will be delivering two sessions over the two days:

Day 1, 12:00am: "THE FUNDAMENTALS OF SCULPTURAL SURFACING" (in two parts) - presented by Phil Cook of Simply Rhino

Day 2, 12:00am: "MATERIAL INPUT" (in two parts) - presented by Arthur Mamou-Mani of Simply Rhino

FEE: €150 per day
For more information, contact:

"C# Scripting and Plugin Development for Grasshopper" livestreamed workshop by ICD, University of Stuttgart - March 20, 22, 23

March 20-22-23, 2017
9:30-13:00 and 14:30-18:00 (GMT+1)

This year ICD (Institute for Computational Design) will livestream the 3-day workshop C# Scripting and Plugin Development for Grasshopper organized by its Research Associate Long Nguyen.

C# provides high-performance interaction with Rhino/Grasshopper modeling via scripting/programming. This allows to go beyond what is normally possible with the native features alone.

 The workshop will cover the following topics:
  • Basic C# programming, the .NET framework and concepts in objected-oriented programming
  • Going beyond visual programming in Grasshopper with the C# component
  • The RhinoCommon API, the library that allows to interact with Rhino/Grasshopper programmatically
  • How to write plug-ins for Grasshopper with Microsoft Visual Studio and the Grasshopper API
  • Program a fast and interactive flocking simulation inside Rhino/Grasshopper
  • A short introduction to computational complexity and spatial data structure
  • Accessing C# code using Python
  • ...and more
Everyone is welcome to watch the workshop's livestream. If you wish to follow and get your hands dirty, you will need to download and install the following software/tools:

 - Rhinoceros 5 and Grasshopper
 - Python for Grasshopper
 - Kangaroo 2.2.1
 - Visual Studio 2015 (Community edition or Professional editions)
 - Grasshopper Assembly template for Visual Studio 2015  

Datakit - New NX export plug-in for Rhino

Diagram of all import and export formats available in Datakit plug-ins for Rhino
Datakit has announced a new NX export plug-in for Rhino. It completes its wide range of interoperability plug-ins for Rhinoceros.

This new extension allows Rhino users to save their models as .prt files, the native format of Siemens NX software. The plug-in uses Datakit's writing technology. So users don't need to get a NX license or to install NX to make it work.

This add-on is perfect for Rhino users wishing to exchange their models with NX users. Bidirectional exchanges between these two software are possible by using also the NX import plug-in for Rhino, which has already proved its worth for many years.

Users wishing to try this add-on can register on Datakit website to request a trial license.

About Datakit
Datakit is a leading company founded in 1994, specialized in CAD data exchange solutions and services. It offers standalone converters, plug-ins and SDK that import, analyze and export a large number of CAD formats. Datakit exposes a wide range of geometrical and semantic data (assemblies, annotations, metadata, PMI…) through its varied range of products. It also provides support services for the migration of CAD databases to help customers choose the best data transfer solutions. It works closely together with independent software vendors that currently integrate its CAD data exchange solutions to their own software.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Christian Dunbar Designs

Christian Dunbar, the artist behind Christian Dunbar Designs located in Savannah, GA, creates sculpture and art furniture using architectural form that is simultaneously minimalist and sensuous. He hope to express glass, water, wood, steel and stone in innovative ways that exhibit their beauty in unexpected and dramatic fashion. Throughout his entire career as a sculptor and furniture designer, Dunbar has always used Rhino through the entire design/build process.

"I "sketch" with Rhino, easily creating multiple form variations, often in the time that my peers hand sketch a single concept. On my larger scale sculptural pieces, the Rhino files go directly to the CNC operator or Digilab for processing. My productivity rate using Rhino, as opposed to the other software option, is hands down far higher" stated Dunbar.

For more information please contact Christian Dunbar.

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.

Design by Data Advanced Master (Second Edition) - September 2017, Paris (France) - Applications open


Design by Data
Advanced Master in Computational Design, Digital Manufacturing and Building Technologies
September 2017

École des Ponts ParisTech
Paris (France)

Applications are now open for the the second edition of the advanced master Design by Data starting in Paris September 2017 at École des Ponts ParisTech.

Design by Data provides attendees with a cross-disciplinary culture of computational design and a comprehensive knowledge of cutting-edge technologies in the fields of parametric architecture, robotics, digital manufacturing and 3D printing for the construction industry. The program is designed for a selected group of architects, engineers, designers and digital artists and offers a variety of courses, fabrication and prototyping workshops, conferences, digital talks and networking events.

The Advanced Master is coordinated by the prestigious École des Ponts ParisTech and takes place in a number of locations in Paris, including innovation hubs, coworking spaces, art galleries and fablabs.

Interview to Indian student Keerthana RAZAN

Max Motor Dreams baby crib by Espadaysantacruz Studio

Max Motor Dreams is a baby crib concept developed by Espadaysantacruz Studio for the Ford Motor Company.

The crib works with any of the Ford MAX line of vehicles and is developed to mimic the sound, gentle motion, and illumination that so often puts a baby to sleep while riding in a car. A specialized app records data from the car while driving and can be uploaded to the crib.
To design the Max Motor Dreams baby crib, the studio used Rhinoceros.
Espadaysantacruz are a hybrid creative studio located in Madrid. They develop interactive and audiovisual experiences thanks to continuous research on digital technology and storytelling.

inFORMed Matter Workshops Series: Clay, Polymers & Biomaterials - March, April, May 2017, Turin (Italy)

inFORMed Matter Workshops Series: Clay, Polymers & Biomaterials
grasshopper & robotics workshop
inFORMed Clay matter >> March 24-26, 2017
inFORMed Polymers matter >> April 21-23, 2017
inFORMed Bio matter >> May 26-28, 2017
digifabTURINg – Fablab Torino

Via Egeo 16, Torino

The workshops idea rises from a collaboration between Co-de-iT, Fablab Torino, Officine Innesto based on an ongoing Co-de-iT research called "inFORMed matter".

The inFORMed Matter Workshops Series is focused on the exploration of non conventional additive fabrication processes aimed at producing form through the morphogenetic properties of matter and by embedding further information structures during the fabrication process itself by means of mechanical (robots, printers) or biological (organisms) constructor agents.

Its goal is to step beyond the current state of prototyping, according to which the physical prototype should be as adherent as possible to its digital counterpart, thus making fabrication a purely replicational process. Instead, by coding and embedding additional levels of digital and material information, new physical and aesthetic properties arise. In this way, the production and digital fabrication phase becomes an integral part of the design process.

By exploring the code-matter-machine interaction process, the potential emergent behaviors of the system can then be studied while, by tapping into the self-organization properties of matter, a new sensibility towards computational design/fabrication process can be learnt and exerted.

The inFORMed Matter Workshops Series will explore different material systems in three different workshops:

inFORMed Clay matter workshop

The workshop is focused on the exploration of an integrated digital design and manufacturing process developed through an additive processes of ceramic mixture material deposition. By simultaneously understanding material behaviors and tool constraints, participants will acquire the necessary feedback to iterate through the design and production phases by means of custom made digital tools and a 6 axis robotic arm fabrication setup.

inFORMed Polymers matter workshop

The workshop explores the design potentials offered by midair deposition of polymeric material (ABS,PLA). This digital fabrication process is particularly suited for the production of complex lightweight spatial structures, engaging participants in the design and development of efficient extrusion paths necessary to physically fabricate their designs by means of a custom robotic 3D printing setup.

inFORMed Bio matter workshop

The workshop focuses on the implementation and deposition of living systems (micro-organisms) as main materials and/or agents of transformation of organic matters. Participants will explore different design strategies by programming specific morphogenetic processes and robotic behaviours for the synchronised deployment of both substrates/scaffoldings and of the living materials. Combining the unique potential of computation, robotics and biological building agents, the workshop will offer the opportunity to explore, algorithmically design and fabricate temporary structures capable of supporting growth. By simultaneously understanding living materials’ needs and behaviors as well as constraints, participants will acquire the necessary skills to iterate through the design and production phases by means of custom made digital tools, biological agents and a 6 axis robotic arm fabrication setup.

inFORMed Clay matter workshop – March 17, 2017
inFORMed Polymers matter workshop – April 7, 2017
inFORMed Bio matter workshop – May 5, 2017

To register to one or more workshops please e-mail:

Friday, March 3, 2017

Intro to Grasshopper Online Course, March 2017

March 20-23, 2017
Register here.

Join Grasshopper master, Andres Gonzalez, for this accelerated online course. He will get you started with generative modeling in Rhino 5 using the Grasshopper add-on. The advantages of using Grasshopper in preliminary design and concept development come to life in numerous real-life examples.

This course is for design professionals who are looking to efficiently learn concepts and features of Grasshopper at a fast pace in an instructor-led online environment.
Each live, training session will be recorded and the videos will be posted to a private, student album available for streaming up to 90 days following the course.