Monday, October 27, 2014

Generative Furniture Design with Rhino and Grasshopper

Date: November 11 to 17 2014

During this 5-day workshop you'll learn to create and edit accurate free-form 3-D NURBS models.

This fast-moving class covers most of Rhino's functionality, including the most advanced surfacing commands. In addition, this workshop will give students a functional understanding of Grasshopper and Parametric design; this will allow them to build on this understanding into more advanced projects of their own.

During the training at our RhinoFabStudio, you will learn to customize Rhino + Grasshopper to improve and accelerate your furniture designs through generative modeling. The class also covers information on fabrication techniques with 3D Printers or laser machines and optimization and fabrication using RhinoCAM and RhinoCAM NESTING for CNC machines.

For more information please click here.

To register, please contact Jackie Nasser or McNeel Miami at: T(305) 513 4445
Join us at RhinoFabStudio

New Rhino to CL3VER plug-in

Architects, industrial and product designers can now create browser based interactive 3D presentations of their Rhino 3D models without the need for programming. The new plugin is in Beta, so new users are invited to provide feedback to the CL3VER support team in the case they experience some problem with the importing process.
The new CL3VER plugin for Rhino 5 allows Rhino users to export their 3D models directly into the CL3VER editor where they can create immersive experiences for clients and stakeholders. The plugin imports geometry, hierarchy, materials and textures from the original model. Rhino is used in several industries and sometimes in combination with other 3D modeling software. Since CL3VER is an agnostic platform, the same presentation can contains models created with different software, making the platform a very powerful tool for those who do not rely on a single software technology for design development.
If you are not already a CL3VER user subscribe now for FREE, go to our plugin page to download the plugin for Rhino 5 and install it following the instructions available in this tutorial.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Creating light with Rhino

As an in-house project, FATHOM, a 3D printing specialist, created this ethereal chandelier.

Using Rhino to create the CAD models with the surfacing texturing tools, a prototype was created to showcase FATHOM's capabilities.

Rhino's complex geometries were used to create the lighting effects and the structural stability in the dish's form.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rhino to Navisworks

RhinoToNavisworks is a free plug-in that allows Navisworks to open Rhino models (*.3dm) in Autodesk® Navisworks® 2015.


Rhino in a botanical garden

Another fan is raving about Rhino's capacity to model complex shapes. This one is in Ketchum, Idaho.

The collaboration for the Ellen Long Garden Pavilion at the Sawtooth Botanical Gardens started with the architect, Jolyon Sawrey. Sawrey drew up the pavilion roof for size, height, basic shape, and other features like electrical and site placement.  To figure out the roof parts he then contacted Bill Amaya of Cimarron Lofting. Amaya took the architectural drawings and, using Rhino to completely model the roof, detailed the parts, changing the shape only as needed. He then "pulled" rafters, metal skin, header ring, and the top compression ring off the drawing and sent them to the metal fabricator to bend and laser cut. The metal fabricator, David Swaner, of D-Swaner Welding, then assembled, delivered, and installed the roof parts.

For Cimarron Lofting, the key was to figure out the placement and shape of the rafters. Amaya commented, "I would not know how to do it without Rhino. It was just a shape and a problem that does not lend itself to mathematical insight."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

MIXOGEN Design Contest

MIXexperience Objects GENerator

MIXOGEN is a concept created and developed by:

Antonio Turiello (GENERATOR)
MixExperience staff

Main sponsors: Gurioli Design and Aurora Jewels
The contest is aimed at designers who are also Grasshopper users. The goal is a generative design of objects for 3D printing that can be configured according to the rules of Mass Customization.

Below are the steps and design requirements: 

  1. Develop your idea with the help of Rhinoceros and Grasshopper
  2. Project changes are related to the use you'll make of GH sliders
  3. Check that the result is a closed solid without holes
  4. Send your GH definition with the attached Rhino file (only for referenced geometry) to:
  5. If you are selected, the mxp staff will process your file for the "GENERATOR" web configurator 
  6. Variations on the project will be selected online by the user who will select it
  7. The optimized file for 3D printing will be available from the online shop 

Absolut Joint System at ACADIA 2014

AJ - Absolute Joint System is the only non-welded round pipe structural stainless system in the world. It provides the architect with a sculpting tool (a Grasshopper customization) that delivers designs that keep pace with the clients imagination. It allows for free-form single and double layer geometries creating remarkable structural transparency.

AJ - Absolute Joint System is proud to sponsor ACADIA 2014 and will be at the event exhibiting its products.

The ACADIA 2014: DESIGN AGENCY conference will be held in Los Angeles, California at the USC School of Architecture on October 23-25, 2014.

DESIGN AGENCY will bring together the spectrum of research and creative practice currently occurring within the ACADIA community through the combined support of the research networks of the University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles and Southern California Institute of Architecture. Questions the capacity for computation to inform or challenge traditional design processes; computation as design operation - the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power, and/or computation as design instrumentality - the design mechanism through which power is exerted or an end is achieved.

DESIGN by DATA workshop - Paris, 5-7 December 2014

After the 1st workshop in July 2014, computational designer and architecture teacher Francesco Cingolani is replicating DESIGN by DATA with the renowned design studio Hugh Dutton Associates and in partnership with the Parisian cultural center La Gâité Lyrique. Sébastien Perrault will be the main tutor of the event.

The workshop will take place in Paris, December 5th to 7th, and it aims to explore advanced computational design strategies at the blurring boundaries between art, architecture and engineering. 

Participants will learn to use parametric design tools, such as Grasshopper and plug-ins, in order to design complex architectural features driven by environmental data and passive energy design approach.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Online Level 2 Rhino Class begins November 3

Image credit: Kyle Houchens, The Outside

Our Level 2 Rhino 5 online course begins next month. The class is scheduled for November 3-13. We have seats available if you'd like to register. The course will consist of seven sessions, a brief orientation on Monday followed by six half-days of Rhino 5 training.

  • Orientation: Monday, November 3, 9:00AM -10:30AM
  • Training: Tuesday-Thursday, November 4-6 and 11-13, 9:00AM - 1:00PM
    Note: All times listed are Pacific time zone. Calculate your time zone.
All sessions are instructor-led and will be recorded for later viewing.  If you cannot make a session, watch the video and catch up before the class meets again.

High schools solving real life problems

Two schools are collaborating to simulate manufacturing for their students. And they are using Rhino and a few other computer tools to do it. To solve real problems Sherwood High School, in Oregon, and Sitka High School, in Alaska, simulate the scenario of a multiple-site manufacturer. They manufacture some of the parts in one location (Sherwood or Sitka) and ship to another location (the other high school) to complete the part. The parts have to fit together, no matter how many locations the parts are sourced from. They have to meet industry-standard tolerances.

Teachers John Niebergall and Randy Hughey are good examples of using innovation in technology education.

New book by Arturo Tedeschi: "AAD Algorithms-Aided Design | Parametric Strategies using Grasshopper®"

The book "Algorithms-Aided Design", written by Arturo Tedeschi, presents design methods based on the use of Grasshopper®, a visual algorithm editor tightly integrated with Rhinoceros®, the 3D modeling software by McNeel & Associates allowing users to explore accurate freeform shapes. The book provides computational techniques to develop and control complex geometries, covering parametric modeling, digital fabrication techniques, form-finding strategies, environmental analysis and structural optimization. It also features case studies and contributions by researchers and designers from world’s most influential universities and leading architecture firms.
Main topics: Grasshopper environment and plug-in software; Parametric modeling and advanced data management; NURBS curves and surfaces; Meshes and Subdivision Surfaces; Digital fabrication techniques; Recursions; Form-finding strategies; Particle-spring systems; Topology Optimization; Evolutionary solvers; Environment-informed design.
Available in English.

"DATA MATTER _ ENVIRONMENTAL AERIAL ROBOTICS" Workshop - 24 - 28 November 2014, Frosinone (Italy)

NOUMENA and FLONE, in collaboration with FABLAB FROSINONE and GREEN FAB LAB, present DATA MATTER | environmental aerial robotics workshop.

The course will take place in Frosinone (Italy) and will be related to the fields of aerial robotics and data visualization. It will propose a theoretical and experimental framework to develop a database on the area around Valle del Sacco, translating data into visual outputs from the different levels of environmental conditions. The course is inspired by the investigation developed along the Sacco river by 
Carlo Ruggiero - published on the book "Cattive Acque" - and the experimental research ran by Michela Ruggiero, co-founder of Fab Lab Frosinone.

During the workshop, participants will have a first hand experience with aerial robotics, mapping and data visualization. The course will focus on several different stages, generating a dynamic and innovative workflow. The main tool of the course will be Flone, a popular open-source drone developed in Spain and already presented in several international events and exhibitions, such as Fab10 and MakerFaire.

Flone is a co-operative project which explores and envisions several applications and translate a basic drone into a multidisciplinary and professional tool. Flone has been already engaged to the field of art and technology, investigating social and professional practices, focusing on topography, energy performance certificates for buildings, environmental strategies of forestation, human rights and aerial photography.

During the workshop, participants will develop digital fabrication, electronics programming and data management skills. Starting from scratch, students will learn the whole assembly process of the drone, from laser cutting frame structure to the installation of motors and drivers, followed by coding the electronic boards and fly experience. You will be able to fly and control the drone by your android Smartphone with an application developed by Flone.

On site, along the Sacco river, students will use the drone and learn strategies of data recollection, terrain mapping via smart-phones, infrared camera and other environmental sensors installed on the drone.

In the final stage of the course, participants will adopt computational techniques, learning how to organize and visualize data, generate a 3D environment, elaborate informative maps as resourceful environmental information documents for the recovery of the Sacco river and its natural and social context.

The fee for the workshop include the ownership of the drone built during the event, once the course will be over.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Daylight Simulation Workshop, October 17

Daylight Simulation Workshop
Green Light New York 
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)
New York, NY

Join Christoph Reinhart of MIT, for a full-day technical workshop on daylighting simulation using Rhinoceros 5. This workshop is specifically geared towards helping designers and sustainability consultants to learn the basic theory underlying daylight simulations and how to integrate such simulations within their practice.
This workshop compliments his recently published book, Daylight Handbook I, which introduces basic daylight concepts and rules of thumb for urban massing studies. Participants will learn how to conduct a series of simulation exercises including: 
  • Conducting a LEED 3.0 compliance analysis
  • Detecting glare at key positions within a building throughout a year
  • Developing suitable automated electric lighting and shading controls to maximize daylight availability while controlling glare
Visit DIVA for Rhino for more information.

Presentation: Designing with the Sun

October 16th, 6:00 PM

Join Green Light New York for a book presentation and dialogue with Christoph Reinhart. His book, Daylighting Handbook Volume 1, adeptly describes the physical characteristics of the sun and the human eye, lays out the design fundamentals of allowing daylight to guide the massing and shading of a project, and describes the tools available to guide analysis.

This provides 1.5 AIA learning credits.

Interested in learning more? Register for Christoph's one-day technical Daylight Simulation Workshop on October 17th.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Level 1 Rhino 5 Online Training

October 10-22, 2014

In this online class you'll learn to create and edit accurate free-form 3-D NURBS models. This fast-moving class covers most of Rhino's functionality, including the most advanced surfacing commands. Our detailed class outline is available here.


  • Orientation: October 10, 9:00 AM-10:30 PM (PDT)
  • Training: October 13, 14, 15 and October 20, 21, 22, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM (PDT)
    Calculate your time zone.
The class will be conducted in English using the GoToTraining software. You will need Rhino 5 for Windows software installed. Note, the Rhino for OSX WIP is not acceptable software for this class. You will need a stable and fast Internet connection. You will need a headset/microphone combo. You will need a hard copy of the Rhino Level 1 Training Manual. You may download it from here

3D Digital Fabrication - Teacher Training

Professional trainers from McNeel Miami and RhinoFabStudio will introduce the main functions of Rhino so you can add 3-D modeling to your design and design communication curriculum without burdening your students with yet another difficult software product. You'll be able to focus on teaching while your students take advantage of the latest 3-D modeling technology with Rhino 5.
Thursday & Friday, Oct. 23 - 24, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

11000 Holmberg Rd 
Coral Springs, FL   33076

Sergio Martinez, Rhino Training Specialist ART - McNeel Miami
Lucía Nasser, TA

Miriam Niebla
Technology Education - SECME, FLL Robotics, and BSTA coordinator

To register:
Contact Miriam Niebla or at T(754) 322-4800

The workshop is free for educators. Proof of status required.

Space is limited. Register now!

New to Rhino 5? Watch this before the class: Introduction to Rhino 5

Note: Each educator will be able to order a bundle of Rhinoceros and Flamingo for US$200.

Join us at RhinoFabStudio

Monday, October 6, 2014

Studio D: Design and Fabrication Lab / Department of Interior Design / FSU as a new Authorized RhinoFabStudio

Please join us in welcoming Studio D: Design and Fabrication Lab / Department of Interior Design / FSU as a new authorized RhinoFabStudio. Established in the summer of 2013, Studio D: Design and Fabrication Studio is a prototyping workspace within the Department of Interior Design. This 3000 square foot facility is a Rhino Fab Studio and housed at the new Carnaghi Arts Building. Studio D is home to the department’s traditional woodshop tools, digital fabrication equipment, and undergraduate and graduate furniture design classroom space. Currently, Studio D is focused on the design and fabrication of small and full-scale prototypes of furniture and interior designs that support the three areas of curriculum development and instruction, research and critical analysis, and product development and material testing. This lab is staffed by Marlo Ransdell, PhD and David Wray, MFA in Tallahassee, FL. 

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.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Most Legendary Car - Rendering competition

Don't miss this new Rendering competition by Humster 3D. Rhino users are welcome to submit their renderings: Most Legendary Car

DIF - Disruptive Innovation Festival

The Disruptive Innovation Festival is bringing together thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, businesses, makers, learners and doers to catalyse system change for a future economy. It will be held predominantly online and will run for four weeks from 20 October – 14 November 2014

The overall theme is around building a regenerative economy but captures insights from a broad cross-section of topics including sharing economy, materials science, energy, design, and new business models.

The DIF engages heavily with new and developing ideas relating to critical areas of manufacturing and design including 3D printing.

Rhino users are given the opportunity to:

- Showcase your designs to a global audience including businesses, investors and inventors via our open mic and design challenge opportunities. Apply to host an Open Mic session at and find out more about design challenges at

- Learn more about how design is shaping the world - attend sessions on everything from Cradle to Cradle design to the future of 3D printing.

- Get to a Fab Lab near you and take part in our disruptive innovation maker challenge

INFORMED MATTER - intermediate Grasshopper workshop in Paris - LAST CALL

INFORMED MATTER - intermediate Grasshopper workshop
Paris, France
Oct 17-19, 2014

The space in which we live can be monitored in many aspects and it appears as a flux, a gradient of data in continuous evolution. Our understanding of the surrounding environment improves every day due to our ability to scan and sample the environment around us at increasing resolution, using better technologies and sensors. Thus the space is revealed as a ever changing data field. Our capability to act and design the space itself can be enhanced by the use of tools able to inform better the design processes with more accurate, specific and variable, in space and time, data streams.

INFORMED MATTER is an intermediate Grasshopper workshop about “data embodiment strategies” and advanced mesh modeling techniques.

Grasshopper is actually a powerful information processor that provides the basis to develop possible strategies to inFORM digital matter morphologies by specific set of data conditions.

The workshop focuses on integrating information processing into digital systems to enable the formation of structures, from the very simple up to more complex ones. The aim is to give an understanding of information and data articulation as a spatial and architectural operation. Results may range from pure data strategies design to data-driven geometries depending on the skill levels and aspirations of each participant. The brief is also open to the suggestions and opportunities that may rise during the workflow.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Design Workshop at Singapore Archifest 2014

SUTD/ AAL: Parametric Design Workshop
Archifest Pavilion, Marina Bay Sands : October 4-5, 2014

In the first part of this workshop, participants learn basic parametric design principles in Rhinoceros and Grasshopper. In the second part, participants apply these skills to collaboratively design a parametric high-rise. Participants will also learn to prepare a scale model of the tower for digital fabrication. A scale model of the participants’ final design will be fabricated on a 3D-printer and exhibited for the remainder of the Archifest. After the end of Archifest, participants can collect their part of the tower.

Basic familiarity with CAD or 3D-modelling software is required.
Participants should bring their own laptops with the software installed prior to the event.
The registration fee is $75 for the public and $50 for students.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Evolution of Shell Lace Structure by Tonkin Liu

Tonkin Liu has published a new book titled The Evolution of Shell Lace Structure, coinciding with an exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Shell Lace Structure is a tailored, single surface structural technique invented by the London based architecture practice Tonkin Liu. The result of five years of intense practice-based research in collaboration with engineers at Arup, the technique integrates structural principles expressed in 500 million years of variation in shells, the ancient art of tailoring, and cutting edge digital manufacturing technology, resulting in ultra-strong, lightweight, and visually unique architectural structures. 

Book | The Evolution of Shell Lace Structure by Tonkin Liu

RIBA Exhibition | Tonkin Liu: The Evolution of Shell Lace Structure

RIBA | Show & Tell Tuesdays: The Evolution of Shell Lace Structure, 09/09, 30/09, 07/10, reserve place through Tonkin Liu: | twitter: @tonkinliu

The exhibition has been extended until the 18th October. And there is now a talk at the RIBA on the 7th of October at 6:15, which can be booked through the RIBA.

Loop: The Environmental Summer Pavilion 2

This interdisciplinary project is the team work of students from the Faculty of Art and Architecture at the TUL in Liberec and the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences at the CZU in Prague, under the leadership of Marie Davidová (FA CTU in Prague / Collaborative Collective), Šimon Prokop (Collaborative Collective) and Martin Kloda (Archwerk). It is the continuation of the project pareSITE, the Environmental Summer Pavilion published here a year ago. Its goal is to evolve the performance of solid pine wood. The PareSITE project was absorbing humidity during the night while evaporating it during hot summer days. The panelling supported this by warping – increasing the humid air circulation. This year's project took the concept further. The panelling was organised spatially. Left and right sides of the panels in tangential section were combined. Thanks to this, as well as the shape of the structure, the pavilion performed much better.

The concept evolved from origami folded ellipse that was 3D scanned and used as a base for a Grasshopper for Rhino 5 model that generated fabrication drawings. The individual pieces for the structure were cut on a Hundegger Speed-Cut 3 CNC saw at Eurodach and the panelling on HOMAG Venture 06S 3-axis milling machine at the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences at CZU in Prague, where the structure was also mounted by the students.

The Loop Pavilion served as a meeting point and podium for the EnviroCity festival, creating a pleasant environment for its visitors and presenters.

Grasshopper for Rhino 5 model:

The model was created solely in Grasshopper (and its plug-ins) using only two guiding curves in Rhinoceros 5 taken from the 3D scanner. This helped the team to work on the structure even before the final shape of guiding curves was determined. Due to the spatial organization of panels and the nature of pavilion's construction there was a fair amount of data structure to work with besides the geometry. All the elements were simple planar planks, however, the overall shape is perceived as a double curved surface.

Since the shape was complicated in the terms of statics, the team used a plug-in called Donkey to analyse possible weak spots in the construction. Simultaneously, the joints were analysed in different force constellations to find the optimal positioning of fasteners. Another Grasshopper plug-in, Ladybug, was used to estimate the sun's position and energy gain on each panel on the actual site during the installation period so that the panel size could become another layer of complexity.

All participating students learned Grasshopper basics.

List of participating students:

Alena Novotná, Anna Hrušová, Antonín Hůla, Barbora Slavíčková, Jakub Kopecký, Jiří Fáber, Jiří Pokorný, Petr Tůma, Tereza Jílková, Radim Sýkora, Eliška Antonyová, Tereza Lišková, Filip Janata, Tomáš Kytka, Marie Kortanová, Vojtěch Holeček, Martin Vaníček, Jakub Hlaváček and Petr Havelka


Stora Enso, Rothoblaas, Nářadí Bartoš, Eurodach, Lesy ČR, Nadace Proměny, Natura Decor

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Rhino basic and advanced training in Cape Town, South Africa

SimplyRhino South Africa has organized a series of workshops at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town (South Africa):

Simply Rhino Level One (Beginner) 
20, 21, 22 November (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)

This course is for the design professional who is new or nearly new to Rhino and wants to learn the features of Rhino at a moderate pace in an instructor-led environment.

Simply Rhino Level Two (Intermediate/Advanced) 
23, 24 and 25 November (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)

The course contains both intermediate and advanced level material and concentrates on explaining NURBS topology in more detail before moving on to practical examples demonstrating efficient modelling techniques, modelling strategy and advanced surfacing.

Friday, September 26, 2014

SimplyRhino UK + Roland DG at TCT Show in Birmingham (UK)

Simply Rhino + Roland DG at TCT Show 2014 
Birmingham, UK
Sep 30-Oct 2, 2014 

Simply Rhino will be present at this years TCT show, 30th September to 2nd October at the NEC in Birmingham. See us on the Roland DG stand J19.

3D Printing, Prototyping, Product Development, Scanning and Digitising are the main attractions at this annual exhibition.

We’ll be demonstrating Rhino 5 driving the new 3D Printer from Roland DG the ARM-10 and the desktop mill SRM-20.

Please come and visit us at this large event, we’ll also be showing the popular renderer V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hull Design and Fairing Training for Professionals in the Netherlands

Hull Design and Fairing Training for Professionals Level 1 & 2
RhinoCentre NL, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands
Oct 13-16, 2014

Ships – Yachts – Workboats – Multihulls
Goal: Design high quality hulls with Rhino fast and flexible

Rhino enables accurate, flexible and fair hull design with the
“Rapid Hull Modeling Methodology”. This method is developed by RhinoCentre in co-operation with other professionals in the marine industry. After years of offering training and services to leading companies in the marine industry worldwide, RhinoCentre finally developed the unique training modules: Prepare2d input and Hull Design and Fairing Level-1 and Level-2.

These three modules are now combined in a three day training that unveils the mystery of Class-A fairing to any designer, naval architect and shipyard. One free extra day enables you to work on your own project under our assistance.
You decide which program makes you successful and productive:
  1. Hull design and fairing Training Level 1 & 2 and Work on your project
  2. Feedback support on your work
  3. Project support for your business
Trainer: Gerard Petersen is naval architect, founder of RhinoCentre and uses Rhino since 2001 in his projects in the most integrated way. Petersen developed hull design and fairing skills to be able to develop innovative concepts with unique hull shapes like the integrated trimaran Kenau. The trimaran project proved that Rhino is a professional tool to turn an idea into reality.

Language: English

Metallic Freeform Structures workshop in Athens, Greece

Faberarium workshop: 
Athens, Greece

Phase I: September 27th 28th
Phase II: October 3th -5th
Phase III: October 10th-12th
Conference : October 16th

During the  workshop, we will investigate the concepts and the design techniques for the development of a coherent design methodology which challenge the traditional perception of the object by raising an open framework for thinking about design as a way of accumulation of different possibilities. We will explore the way how the design intentions and strategies can be embedded deeply in the formation of design, through a set of local interactions, geometrical systems and surfaces. The participants will explore the creative potential of the emerging and dynamic phenomena through the use of a series of algorithmic strategies (grasshopper + plug-ins) for interactive simulation and design optimization. Having  the opportunity to experiment with a range of computational tools we will design and fabricate a small pavilion focusing on the properties of aluminum profiles and Etalbond composite material to demonstrate in an artistic way  the construction logic of a sustainable and energy saving facade system. The goal of the workshop is to combine technological precision and creativity and connect the architects with the local industries and companies which will provide the material and machinery. The contemporary digital fabrication techniques and the case of CNC (computer numerical control) machines, provide effective connection between design and production and enable the construction of projects into scale 1:1.

Complete details and registration at 

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Louvre in Abu Dhabi

Recently, at the F#unctional Londoners meetup group, Goswin Rothenthal presented how he used F# application scripting to construct an associative digital 3D model for the cladding of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Dome. The F#unctional Londoners is a newly launched meetup group whose purpose is to bring together Londoners with an interest in functional programming with F#.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi was designed by the architect Jean Nouvel. The complex dome construction is contracted to the Austrian steel specialist, Waagner Biro.

The geometric openings in the dome were inspired by the interlaced palm leaves traditionally used in roofing material. For the cladding of this dome more than 450,000 individual cutting and drilling patterns of custom aluminum extrusions were described and automated. Goswin Rothenthal developed an F# application to represent and organize all the dome's cladding elements. He used Rhino and its .NET API to host the F# DLL for drawing and visualization. With this, they had an integrated work flow in a single parametric model, from the main geometry set down to the manufacturing data.

Read more on the architecture of the Louvre Abu Dhabi ....

Thursday, September 18, 2014

New! Rhino for Mac Online Training

Level 1 Rhino for Mac Online Training
October 1-8, 2014

This is our first official Rhino for Mac training. Please join us and help shape the future of Rhino for Mac training. Sign up for our first class and receive the $99 promotional price.
  • Orientation: Wednesday, October 1 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific)
  • Training: Thursday/Friday, October 2-3 and Monday-Wednesday, October 6-8
    (9:00 AM -1:00 PM Pacific)
  • You will need the latest Rhino for Mac version installed. Rhino 5 for Windows will not be acceptable for this class.
  • You will need a stable and fast Internet connection.
  • You will need the Rhino 5 Level 1 Training Guide and Models as well as the Rhino for Mac User Guide. You may print the PDF for your reference. Download here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Break your arm, print a cast

If you break your arm and need a cast you typically have friends write personal messages on the cast. Now there's an app for that: app #CAST, created by the FATHOM design team.  But instead of a plaster cast covered with ink, the messages form the cast itself.

The messages are gathered from personal wishes collected through social networks. The arm (or leg) is scanned. The characters are fit to form the custom cast. The unique cast is printed in breathable nylon material and delivered to the medical facility to be fitted there. To see this process watch the video.

FATHOM creates denser letter groups around the break, where more support is needed, and creates airier sections where support is less critical. This flexibility to customize the cast density creates a breathable, lighter, and all around more comfortable cast. And it's built out of personal messages.

Rhino was used to experiment with different methods of translating the text to the case surface.

Interview with Ava DeCapri, CAST industrial designer...