Saturday, March 28, 2020

ArchiCAD + Grasshopper Online Course


PAZ Academy (Parametric Academy Zurich)
CONNECTED WITH THE WORLD

Join the ArchiCAD+Grasshopper ONLINE Course and learn how to connect parametric design with BIM.

Learn Rhino and Grasshopper through simple exercises and all the technical steps to make these two softwares work together on a professional and exciting PAZ ONLINE Platform.

Optimize your daily work with a personal PAZ accompaniment!


Friday, March 27, 2020

Grasshopper tutorials by Andrew Heumann


Looking for Grasshopper tutorials? Check out Andrew Heumann's series on learning Grasshopper, for beginner to intermediate Grasshopper users. Each YouTube session is around 30 minutes.

Andrew is a frequent poster on the Grasshopper users' web site and a digital artist.

Online Python programming course by Long Nguyen - April 22-24, 2020


Python Level 1+ Basic & Intermediate Programming for Rhino and Grasshopper
April 22-24, 2020
Online


This 3-day Python class with Long Nguyen (organized by SimplyRhino UK) requires no previous knowledge of programming or scripting, only Rhino and Grasshopper. There is a maximum of 8 attendees only on the class so students can expect individual support.

Python is an increasingly popular programming language widely used in many fields, from 3D modelling, web programming, to scientific computing, artificial intelligence, etc.

Being a modern programming language, the language has simple and clean syntax, making it very accessible to beginners.

Thanks to Rhino and Grasshopper’s official support of Python users can programmatically access its powerful 3D modeling environment, including all essential features of its advanced NURBS engine. This opens up many new exciting possibilities, such as:
  • Building simple scripts/tools that automate repetitive modeling tasks, boosting efficiency
  • Developing and customizing tools and workflow specific to your team's needs
  • Programming advanced design algorithms that are not possible with standard out-of-the-box tools
  • Using Python as a creative design tool
  • Interfacing Rhino and Grasshopper with other software programs

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Introduction to Crystallon webinar



Aaron Porterfield, founder of f=f, will be giving a free 90-minute webinar "Introduction to Crystallon".

Crystallon is an open-source plugin for creating lattice structures using Grasshopper.

He will discuss the theory behind lattice structures, their possible applications and a quick workflow using Crystallon.

The webinar is this Sunday, March 29 at 17:00 CET. It is limited to 50 participants, but it will also be streamed live on YouTube and a recording will be available after.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Face Shield 3D model


ControlMAD has been kind enough to share its face shield design (3DM and DXF) with the community.

You can manufacture up to 10 units per hour with a laser cutter. Details here...


Check also the CoronaVirus Makers website for many other free designs of medical devices and protection systems.




Monday, March 23, 2020

Essential Guide to C# Scripting for Grasshopper

We're delighted to share the release of the 1st edition of the Essential Guide to C# Scripting for Grasshopper. This latest publication by McNeel is intended for designers experienced in Grasshopper visual scripting, who would like to take their skills to the next level to create their own custom scripts using the C# programming language. This guide does not assume nor require any background in programming. It includes a description of the C# component in Grasshopper, an overview of C# programming basics, and a detailed review of the RhinoCommon geometry. It also includes a few examples of design algorithms implemented using C# in Grasshopper.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

RhinoCAM 2020 released




MecSoft Corporation
 announced RhinoCAM 2020, the latest version of MecSoft’s fully integrated CAM plug-in for Rhinoceros 5 and 6.

Release highlights include:
  • New G-code editor module for previewing and editing G-code files
  • New Profile-Nesting module for nesting profile tool paths
  • New Mill-Turn module for C axis mill programming on a lathe
  • Fixtures – Ability to define fixtures in all CAM tool paths
  • Many features and feature improvements in 2 ½, 3, 4 & 5 axis machining
  • Simulation – Taper tool holder collision as well as fixture collision detection
  • Other productivity and user interface enhancements
For more information, see What’s New in RhinoCAM 2020.

You can request free demo software downloads of RhinoCAM.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Bella Render for Rhino plug-in


Diffuse Logic is pleased to announce an open beta for its Bella for Rhino plug-in.

Bella is a new state of the art spectral renderer, written from a clean sheet to achieve unmatched realism. By adhering to a physics-based approach, Bella produces photographic-quality images, while avoiding the need for typical confusing settings.

The Bella for Rhino plug-in (available for Windows & Mac) integrates Bella directly with Rhino, with little need to learn anything new. In its initial iteration, the plug-in supports seamless translation of Rhino settings, materials, and environments, whether rendering directly in a Rhino viewport or using the Render command.

We invite all to join us as we move forward from this initial release, to give feedback as we add more Bella-specific features, and then integrate Bella's native node-based system with Grasshopper.




Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Python Level 1+ Basic & Intermediate Programming for Rhino and Grasshopper workshop in London - April 15-17, 2020


SimplyRhino UK announces a new edition of its Python Level 1+ Basic & Intermediate Programming for Rhino and Grasshopper workshop in London - April 15-17, 2020. *This class has been postponed until September. Details for an online workshop to come.

This 3-day Python class with Long Nguyen requires no previous knowledge of programming or scripting, only Rhino and Grasshopper. There is a maximum of 8 attendees only on the class so students can expect individual support.

Python is an increasingly popular programming language widely used in many fields, from 3D modelling, web programming, to scientific computing, artificial intelligence, etc.

As a modern programming language, Python has simple and clean syntax, making it very accessible to beginners.

Thanks to Rhino and Grasshopper’s official support of Python users can programmatically access its powerful 3D modeling environment, including all essential features of its advanced NURBS engine. This opens up many new exciting possibilities, such as:


  • Building simple scripts/tools that automate repetitive modeling tasks, boosting efficiency
  • Developing and customizing tools and workflow specific to your team's needs
  • Programming advanced design algorithms that are not possible with standard out-of-the-box tools
  • Using Python as a creative design tool
  • Interfacing Rhino and Grasshopper with other software programs

Monday, March 9, 2020

Tekla Grasshopper Link Glass Dome Model - video

Controlmad's summer workshop in Design & Parametric Fabrication (Madrid) - June 17-July 9 or July 8-30, 2020


Controlmad's summer workshop in Design & Parametric Fabrication (Madrid), is organized so that any student without previous knowledge in 3D modeling or Rhino, may get a solid base for going into parametric design. For that, the workshop uses Grasshopper, a free graphical algorithm editor tightly integrated with Rhino’s 3-D modeling tools. Unlike RhinoScript, Grasshopper requires no knowledge of programming or scripting, but still allows designers to build form generators from the simple to the awe-inspiring. It is used at many famous architecture offices like Zaha Hadid or Norman Foster and at the Sagrada Familia (Barcelona), one of the most technologically advanced buildings in the world.

Students not only learn how to model and render but also will implement various strategies to obtain structures of complex models, analyze, calculate, interact with the physical environment etc. with the chance to manufacture different models with CNC technology, like cutting laser Trotec and 3D printers. The final goal is to create, design and 3D model a cool object, prototype or sculpture using Rhino and Grasshopper, get a fast render with V-Ray, and make it real with digital machines.

The course is scheduled in five units along four weeks.


1st edition: June 17-July 9, 2020
2nd edition: July 8-30, 2020


Grasshopper-SOFiSTiK webinar on parametric bridge design recorded


Complex Steel Bridge Design Through SOFiSTiK and Parametric Modelling

SOFiSTiK and FINLEY Engineering Group recently held a webinar on parametric bridge modelling:

The SR 826/Palmetto Expressway and SR 25/ Okeechobee Road Interchange Improvement Project in Miami-Dade County, Florida, includes the design and construction of three new flyover ramps. It provides additional routes with a direct connection at the existing interchange while also improving safety and alleviating traffic. Each new ramp is composed of twin continuous steel box girders with spans ranging from 140’ to 230’ with a total bridge length of 7,241’. Four steel straddle bents are required in locations where the substructure cannot be founded beneath the girders due to obstructions from existing roadways or the Miami Canal. Each flyover ramp has unique geometric constraints including a varying deck width, curved girders with radii down to 330’, varying superelevations, and complex gore area framing that are modeled explicitly in 3D with a refined analysis in SOFiSTiK.




Thursday, March 5, 2020

New in ShapeDiver: Copy Model Settings & Re-upload GH files


Over the past months, ShapeDiver has added many new features. From lights and shadows to environment settings and camera controls. All of this implied more time for creating the perfect scene. However, a Grasshopper definition update meant doing it all over again.

Because of that, ShapeDiver has added two new features: Copy Model Settings and Re-Upload Models.

The Copy Model Settings is available on the standard model "Upload" page, making it possible to search through your old models and also the public models uploaded by other users.

The Re-Upload is located below the models that appear on the ShapeDiver Dashboard. When re-uploading a model, the form automatically fills the viewer settings from the previous version.

If you have any doubt or wish, don't hesitate to let them know using the forum.



Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Naval Architecture workshops in Naples (Italy) - March 17-18, 2020


NDAR is pleased to announce a series of workshops on Naval Architecture (parametric hull and structure design) with Rhino, Orca3D, and ExpressMarine in Naples, Italy.

These workshops are organized by 
Università Partenope (March 17) and Università Federico I (March 18) and are open to professionals (free attendance).

To register to one of the workshops, please contact:


Seanaptic 5.0 - Accelerator for ShipConstructor


The new release of Seanaptic 5.0 includes the Accelerator for ShipConstructor module, developed in partnership with SSI Corporate, leveraging the powerful SSI Genesis API. 

The Accelerator for ShipConstructor module allows direct export of parametric Seanaptic ship structures into ShipConstructor with no compromise on quality but with an unparalleled reduction in detail design man-hours. Save up to 80% of the effort and time required to generate a full structural marine project!

A 3 months trial is available at https://www.seanaptic.com/shipconstructor-accelerator

Free academic version.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

4.500.000 downloads on food4Rhino!

Food4Rhino, the plug-in community server by McNeel, with more than 560 Rhino and Grasshopper apps and 250 resources, reached today 4,500,000 downloads!

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!

Thanks to all contributors!

Monday, March 2, 2020

POSTPONED: Developing Mixed Reality Applications for Design and Construction Workshop by Sean Guy, April 27-29 at McNeel Europe in Barcelona



Developing Mixed Reality Applications for Design and Construction 
(With HoloLens 2 in Rhino & Grasshopper)
April 27-29, 2020
10:00 AM–6 PM
McNeel Europe S.L.
Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos
08018 Barcelona (Spain)

This workshop by Sean Guy aims to give all participants a strong foundation in developing mixed reality applications within Rhino and Grasshopper to explore and prototype mixed reality design tools, workflows, fabrication approaches, and construction logistics. Sean is the Fologram for Rhino Product Manager at Fologram, a design research practice and technology startup building a platform for designing and making in mixed reality.

After completing the workshop, participants should have a clear technical understanding of event-based modeling in Grasshopper, how to leverage combinations of screen-based and head-mounted mixed reality platforms and the advantages and limitations of mixed reality approaches to design and construction. Specifically, all participants can expect to learn to:
  • Translate parametric design models directly to holographic construction information.
  • Build mixed reality user interfaces to streamline sequences of fabrication tasks.
  • Create and detect QR codes for part identification, placement and tracking.
  • Develop multi-user collaborative applications with cross-platform support.
  • Implement the best practice for a mixed-reality-first approach to design and construction.
  • Brainstorm use-cases for mixed reality in AEC, present MVPs, and discuss outcomes.

Day 1 - Introduction to the Fologram toolkit on HoloLens 2 and mobile
  • Introductory Lecture on Fologram Holographic Design Research
  • Introduction to Fologram Learn resources
  • Introduction to the HoloLens 2
  • Introduction to Fologram for Grasshopper (feature list)
  • Integrate Fologram with other Grasshopper plug-ins
  • Build simple Mixed Reality applications using Fologram for Grasshopper
  • Interact and animate designs inside of Fologram

Day 2 - Computer vision and creating mixed reality modeling applications
  • Examples of analog tools augmented with Fologram
    • Tutorial and Implementation 1: Tracking hands and pointers (Getting hand and pointer data, Using events to filter data, Preparing a model for cross-platform use)
    • Tutorial and Implementation 2: Working with QR Codes (Creating positioning QR codes, Creating custom QR codes, Code tracking in Grasshopper)
    • Task: Modeling application with codes or hands
  • Control the data flow of a project using live feedback from your device
  • Creating advanced multimodal applications

Day 3 - Creating collaborative applications and project development

  • Building multi-user mixed reality applications in Grasshopper
  • Task: Collaborative mixed reality design task
  • Individual/group project development
  • Presentation of final outcomes
Fologram reference projects: The Tallinn PavilionAll Brick project
Course requirements: Basic knowledge of Rhino and Grasshopper.

Course fee: EUR 795,00 (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers will get a 50 % discount (proof of status required). Please note, your seat is only confirmed once your payment has cleared.

Max. number of participants: 10. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before (April 12).

Course language: English 

Educational seats are limited. Sign up now by contacting McNeel Europe here


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Algorithm Enabled Parametric BIM: 5 Steps to Getting Started


Need a little encouragement to navigate the parametric design world? Are you a Tekla Structures user?

In this article, Tekla explains algorithm enabled parametric BIM. They share some of the ways structural engineers are using this workflow to quickly explore complex design alternatives.

Algorithm Enabled Parametric BIM: 5 Steps to Getting Started...

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Tutorials for V-Ray with Grasshopper



ArchDaily has compiled a convenient list of V-Ray for Rhino tutorials in their sponsored article
How to Render Parametric Designs & Animations Using V-Ray for Rhino & Grasshopper.

These three to five-minute video tutorials cover:
  • Getting started
  • Rendering an animated facade
  • Rendering a Grasshopper shadow study
  • Rendering an animated sun study
  • Rendering an animated camera
  • Setting camera exposure and white balance
  • Plus other tips



Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Octave 9, a new audiovisual space for Seattle Symphony


Learn more about how LMN Architects created a flexible audiovisual space, Octave 9, in Benaroya Hall for the Seattle Symphony. Octave 9 is a performance space, a meeting room, an interactive classroom—whatever is needed for the activity or performer.

LMN used Grasshopper to design the acoustically absorptive celled ceiling that conceals microphones, speakers, lights, and much other necessary tech equipment.




Monday, February 24, 2020

In the works: Hydrofoil passenger ferry



Glosten and Bieker Boats are collaborating on a 150-passenger hydrofoil ferry and taking advantage of modern composite technology.

Bieker Boats has years of experience designing fast foil-born boats, including the Oracle Team USA for America's Cup. Glosten has a long history, over 50 years, of designing passenger boats.

To achieve ultra-efficient transportation, Glosten and Bieker Boats combined the proven technologies of ultra-efficient hydrofoils, lightweight carbon fiber hull construction, and modern geared propulsion equipment. With a requirement of less than half the installed power of a typical passenger catamaran, fuel consumption results in a 50% reduction. And for shorter routes less than 12 nautical miles, battery-electric propulsion can be operated.

The vessel has low drag foils, so it has less impact on sensitive shorelines.

To date, all the design work and CFD have been within the Rhino/Orca3D environment—Rhino as the primary drafting tool and Orca/Simerics for the CFD tools.

Specifications on Glosten web site and Bieker Boats web site...



Rhino in Architecture & V-Ray Next workshops in Madrid



MPA+PIA (Modelado de Proyectos y Producción de Imagen de Arquitectura) con Rhinoceros y V-Ray Next
Colegio Mayor Universitario Chaminade, Madrid
February 29 + March 1, 7, 8 (16:00-21:00h)


MIAUCADEMIA announces two new workshops:

Parametric Design workshop in Amersfoort (Netherlands)



Parametric Design workshop

by Jeroen Coenders (White Lioness)
Amersfoort (Netherlands)
April 1, 2, 8, 9, 2020 *Now scheduled for November 4,5,18,19*

Parametric design can help you design complex structures and adjust your designs easily by a mouse click, even in a later stage of the design process. You can adapt your designs to data from its surroundings, optimize your designs and automate your calculations. The possibilities of parametric design are tremendous and an increasing number of companies in the construction industry are using it.

In this course by Jeroen Coenders (White Lioness technologies) the principles and possibilities of parametric design are explained in a practical and construction-oriented way. During the first day, you will get a hands-on introduction to the software, Grasshopper. The second day focuses on parametric engineering: automated constructive workflows based on different analysis applications.

During the optional hackathon, you can solve your own business problem or realize your ideas for a parametric design. You will work independently in small groups on your own case under the supervision of an expert. The teachers are field experts and parametric software developers.

Software programs: Grasshopper, Karamba, GeometryGym, Packhunt.io, and a whole bunch of other plug-ins.


Friday, February 21, 2020

Pushing creativity with terra cotta in buildings




The 2019 ACAWorkshop was an opportunity to innovate and expand what is possible with terra cotta in architecture through the assembly and testing of ceramic prototypes. Teams in the weeklong event explored different applications of terra cotta in a collaborative environment at Boston Valley Terra Cotta and the UB School of Architecture Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies Lab.

The next workshop is on August 10-14, 2020.

See how Grasshopper is used to enhance creativity in a new way to see terra cotta in the Video Highlights from the 2019 Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

More on Phil Frank's SuperCar from Factory 5


More on Phil Frank's SuperCar from Factory 5: Simerics Rhino Flow RT provided CFD real-time simulation of the carbon fiber SuperCar designed using Rhino.

Even with little CFD experience, the SuperCar team was able to match the simulations with their wind tunnel tests. 

Influence the enhancements and development Rhino Flow RT! You can join the Rhino Flow RT Early Release program.  (CFD experience not required.)


POSTPONED: Karamba3D Workshop by Clemens Preisinger, March 25-27 at McNeel Europe in Barcelona






March 25- 27, 2020
10:00 AM–6 PM
McNeel Europe S.L.
Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos
08018 Barcelona (Spain)


Clemens Preisinger, structural engineer at Bollinger Grohmann and plug-in developer of Karamba3D,  will teach Karamaba3D from scratch. Karamba3D is a parametric structural engineering tool that provides accurate analysis of spatial trusses, frames, and shells. It is fully embedded in the parametric design environment of Grasshopper, a plug-in 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

Day 1
  • Introduction
  • Presentation of recent building projects
  • Definition of a basic structural system
  • Results retrieval and display for beams
  • Optimization of beam and truss cross sections
  • Structural performance informed form finding

Day 2
  • Analysis of shells and plates
  • How to debug a structural model
  • Results retrieval and display for shells
  • Creating shell-meshes and loads
  • Optimization of shell cross sections
  • Form finding for shells

Day 3
  • Generation and analysis of gridshells
  • Eigenforms and natural vibrations
  • Global buckling analysis
  • The Karamba3D Utilities
  • Using Karamba3D in C# scripts
  • Individual project development

Karamba 1-year licenses for non-commercial use will be provided to the participants free of charge.

Course fee: EUR 795,00 (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers will get a 50 % discount (proof of status required). Please note, your seat is only confirmed once your payment has cleared.

Max. number of participants: 10. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before.

Course language: English 

Educational seats are limited. Sign up now by contacting McNeel Europe here

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Prosthetics for dogs


For fun, watch Rhino help make dog prosthetics in a Comcast advertising spot. If you have a soft spot for dogs and the children who love them, you'll like this ad.


Friday, February 14, 2020

Rhino and V-Ray classes in New York

*These classes are postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Levet Design Studio is now offering Rhino and V-Ray classes in New York. These comprehensive Rhino and V-Ray workshops are taught by Jessy Duval, a New York designer with over 15 years' experience using Rhino.

Current classes:
  • Rhino and V-Ray Training—February 27-28 
  • V-Ray Training—March 14 
  • Design Jewelry with Rhino—March 27-28
  • Animation Using Rhino and V-Ray—April 4 

Location: 
Levet Design Studio
79 West Street 
Brooklyn NY 11222

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Nate Miller reviews a few Grasshopper tools



Nate Miller of Proving Ground regularly offers respected opinions on generative design, such as his podcast discussion. Now, he has published his take on a few Grasshopper plug-ins. As Nate points out, for over 12 years, a vibrant digital design community has sprung up around Grasshopper, with its freely available plug-ins and tools that leverage “generative” concepts.

Three categories Nate discusses are:
  • Evolutionary solver
  • Topology optimization
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence
You can find the tools he talks about, and others, through resources such as food4Rhino

Free Generative Design – A brief overview of tools created by the Grasshopper community...








Friday, February 7, 2020

Webinar with Orca3D Marine CFD: Maneuvering and Other Advanced Features

Join Orca3D on February 26th for a webinar showcasing the advanced analyses available in the Premium version of Orca3D Marine CFD. CFD experts from Orca3D and Simerics, Inc. will show how you can improve your designs with computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

Find more information and register!


By the way, if you missed the last CFD webinar with Rob Kaidy, VP of Engineering for SeaVee Boats, you can view it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGJtLiFX1rA. Rob shows how he implemented Orca3D Marine CFD at SeaVee Boats. He first benchmarked it on some of their existing boats, using it to validate their latest high-speed stepped hull offshore fishing boat, before committing to the tooling.