Thursday, April 28, 2016

GRAPHISOFT releases Grasshopper - ARCHICAD Live Connection

BUDAPEST, April 28, 2016 – Following a 6-month public beta phase involving over a thousand architects and designers worldwide, GRAPHISOFT® has released its intelligent Grasshopper–ARCHICAD Live Connection. This industry-first, bi-directional “live” connection allows Rhino/Grasshopper users to connect to a professional BIM software (ARCHICAD).  

Developed by GRAPHISOFT, Rhino-Grasshopper-ARCHICAD connections allow architects to leverage the strengths of the three design environments -- Rhino, Grasshopper and ARCHICAD -- filling a gap in the design process between early stage design and Building Information Modeling (BIM). This unique connection offers tools beyond seamless bi-directional geometry transfer, allowing basic geometrical shapes to be translated into full BIM elements while maintaining algorithmic editing functionality.

According to Robert McNeel, CEO, McNeel & Associates, "Algorithmic design represents a global trend in architecture. Using this new, real-time connection, architects can unleash their creativity and create forms and shapes that otherwise would be nearly impossible. Rhino and Grasshopper are the best tools on the market for these tasks."

"The Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection offers a unique design workflow, helping to explore a large number of design variations, and create and fine-tune building details and structures using algorithms without exchanging files,” said Peter Temesvari, Director of Product Management, GRAPHISOFT. "This connection offers users the best of both worlds, by pairing a leading BIM tool with the industry’s leading algorithmic design tool. The result is a smooth, professional workflow."

For more information, please visit

GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ARCHICAD®, the industry first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIMcloud®, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment; EcoDesigner™, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution; and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization. GRAPHISOFT is part of the Nemetschek Group.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Intermediate Grasshopper online course begins May 9

Dates: May 9-12, 2016
Price: US$215.00

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 numerous 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.

Space is limited. Register now!

Monday-Thursday, May 9-12, 9:00am-Noon (PDT)

All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time. Calculate your time zone here.


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

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Digital Drawing Days - May 20-21, Arezzo (Italy)

Digital Drawing Days
May 20-21, 2016
Etrusco Arezzo Hotel
Via Fleming 39, 52100 Arezzo

Authorized Rhino Reseller 3DWS invites you to the 7th edition of Digital Drawing Days.

DDD is the acronym for Digital Drawing Days, an event entirely dedicated to computer graphics. Artists, technicians and experts in various CG disciplines will alternate at the workshops, case histories, making-ofs and demonstrations of the latest hardware and software on the market.

The program consists of two thematic days:

- DDD Tech Day - previews and insights about main hardware and software, with the official support of Chaos Group, NVIDIA and McNeel.

Don't miss the presentation "The Road to Rhinoceros 6" by Giuseppe Massoni (McNeel Europe).

- DDD Artist Day - case studies and making-ofs of presented by internationally renowned artists.

3DWS will support the event with a fleet of last generation hardware, including the newest R4 Workstation family. Every configuration is specifically tailored for each requirement, using leading technical collaboration of Autodesk, Adobe, NVIDIA, McNeel, The Foundry, Chaosgroup, iToo software.

Attendance is free but registration is required.

Organizer - 3DWS
Official Media partner - Treddi.com
DDD 2016 PR - Francesco La Trofa

Mixed Matters AA Visiting School - July 18-29, Stuttgart (Germany)

Mixed Matters AA Visiting School
July 18-29, 2016
Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design
Pfaffenwaldring 7, 70569 Stuttgart

The Mixed Matters Visiting School will be the first of its kind focusing on a rotating multi-material exploration, as opposed to a fixed geographic location. We will explore contemporary practices of material design, moving away from explorations of single, isotropic or composite materials and towards a new field of investigating material mixtures and grading. The aim will be to discover new types of graded material mixes through which we can question ideas of tectonics, messy building processes, energy, resource and material waste, and the minimal aesthetics of sharp boundaries and uniformity.

The first cycle will be based at the Institute of Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) and the office of str.ucture GmbH Engineering in Stuttgart, where we will attempt to stretch the possibilities of what can be mixed with concrete. We will use the concrete spraying robot at ILEK and build individual small scale prototypes in graded concrete. Intensive digital material simulations will be made alongside physical material prototyping.

Prominent features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • Teaching team of AA Diploma tutors and ILEK and str.ucture engineers.
  • Access to the studio spaces, workshop facilities, and concrete spraying robot for graded concrete manufacturing of the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) and str.ucture GmbH Structural Design Engineering.
  • Computational skills tuition on Grasshopper, Karamba Parametric Structural Engineering, Sofistik Finite Element Analysis and Rhino Membrane software.
  • Fabrication of small to medium scale functionally graded concrete prototypes.
  • Lectures by Achim Menges, Werner Sobek, Manfred Curbach, Julian Lienhard and other academics and practitioners in the fields of architecture and engineering.

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates, and young professionals.

Software requirements: Rhino (SR7 or later), RealFlow 2015

The deadline for applications is July 4, 2016.

Monday, April 25, 2016

STONEDALONE: Digitally Fabricated Future Talismans - Project by: Wynn Mustin

STONEDALONE is a collection of digitally fabricated “future talismans” that Wynn Mustin, M.F.A. Design + Technology Candidate, Class of 2016 at Parsons School of Design, is designing in Rhino as her masters thesis project. 

Inspired by the metaphysical energy associated with natural crystal and mineral formations, Wynn is creating artificial neon crystals with playful and contemporary mystical properties through the use of derivative 3D printing techniques: building custom silicone molds from 3D prints she designed in Rhinocasting them in resin, and embedding additional 3D prints within the resin to create mesmerizing crystal inclusions that appear to be in a state of suspended animation.

In a world of user profiles and online accounts where you can be whoever you want to be, Wynn is billing herself as a “cyber mystic” capable of fabricating modern talismans on the build plate of my Makerbot Replicator 2.

For more information, visit the following links or contact Wynn Mustin

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.

Matthias Pliessnig - Boat building techniques in furniture design

Using techniques from boat building, Matthias Pliessnig is building sculptural curved seating by steam bending wood. This is technique highly used in building wooden boats, but rarely seen in furniture construction. (Thonet and the Windsor chair are notable exceptions.)

In 2006 Pliessnig built a skiff for a project. Learning from this, he applied the boat building and lofting techniques to his furniture. Using Rhino to visualize his ideas, he's become an advocate for the software and amorphous geometry.

For woodworkers interested in the process, the May/June 2016 Fine Woodworking Magazine has an article, but it is accessible only to subscribers. For the rest of us, we can read the Smithsonian collection notes with a process description.

Also, in 2011 Pliessnig was in a 4-artist exhibition in the Renwick Gallery, of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. A round table discussion, Everything Old is New Again, was part of this exhibit. And there is also a YouTube of a presentation at Renwick by Pliessnig. Warning, both these videos are about an hour long.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Digital Reveal - Architecture in the Post-Digital

The Digital Reveal, an international seminar exploring the uses of computation in architecture, will be held in Bogota, Colombia, the first week of September 2016.

The Architecture Program at the Universidad Piloto de Colombia, with support from Sigradi (Sociedad Iberoamericana de Gráfica Digital), Renata and RhinoFabStudio, is inviting architects, designers and academics to submit architectural, urban, and related research projects where digital technologies and methodologies have been implemented. A special interest is to discuss processes and situate the state of affairs in Latin America with practices around the globe.

Please submit your projects (images and text in PDF format) here by May 15th, 2016. 


  • Project proposals due / 9 May 2016
  • Authors informed of results of project reviews / 16 May 2016
  • Accepted revised project documentation due / 23 May 2016
  • Conference and Exhibition / 1-2 September 2016

Place: Bogotá, Colombia

Fee: Selected project authors will have free access to the conference

For more information please contact Rodrigo Velasco or Aaron Brakke.

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.

Rhino 5 - Level 1 Online in Spanish by McNeel Miami

Register for the Rhino 5 Level 1 Training - Online in Spanish by McNeel Miami, home of the RhinoFabStudio.

Check out the schedule.

Introduction  June 6, 2016
9:00 am–10:30 am (EST)

Classes – June 7-10, 2016
Course: 9:00 am–10:30 am (EST)
Break: 10:30 am–10:45 am (EST)
Course: 10:45 am–1:00 pm (EST)
Q&A: 1:00 pm–1:30 pm (EST)

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

Space is limited!!!... Register here!

For more information, 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.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Rhino + Grasshopper D+O+F Training

Course Description:
In this class you'll learn to create and edit accurate free-form 3D NURBS models. This fast-moving class covers most of Rhino's functionality, including the most advanced surfacing commands. Also, 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. The class also covers information on fabrication techniques with RP or laser machines and optimization and fabrication using RhinoCAM for CNC machines.


Date: May 16-20, 2016
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (EST)*

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

McNeel Miami
1538 NW 89th Court
Miami, FL 33172
United States

Space is limited!!! Register here!

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.

Monday, April 18, 2016

ComStruct workshop, Tehran (Iran) - a case study

ComStruct was a two-week workshop in summer of 2015 on computational structures as form generators, hosted by the Contemporary Architects Association in Tehran, Iran, and led by five tutors with 25 participants.

The workshop aimed to explore material behavior and directionality of elements, as well as understanding structural potentiality of complex geometries, using algorithmic design and analysis potentials of Rhino, Grasshopper and Karamba. It explored industrial fabrication techniques to design and construct a one to one scale canopy pavilion that covers a four by ten-meter area of an unused swimming pool, converting it to a vivid exhibition area.

The canopy free form surface was optimized through several steps including structural performance done with Karamba. The result was a design driven by information; the output from each step of the structural analysis led to the geometry and patterns choices. The result was a highly optimized 2.5mm aluminium tensegrity shell. The aesthetics were derived from calculations and structural needs, and the process from idea to production was entirely formed through algorithms.

Host: Contemporary Architects Association, Tehran, Iran
Location: No. 7, 2nd alley, Hassan-e Seif St, Faze-3, Shahrak-e Gharb, Tehran, Iran
Tutors: Mariam Khademi (La Sapienza University), Mehrad Mahnia (theALLIANCE), Vahid Eshraghi (VEA Studio), Kristjan Plagborg Nielsen (Arup), Ramtin Taherian (theALLIANCE)
Workshop Team: Farhang Alipour, Soroush Asadi, Ahmadreza Atashbar Tehrani, Pouria BaniAdam, Ali Derazgisou, Paniz Farrokhsiar, Pouria Gachpazan, Faraneh Ghahremani, Hoda Hamzeh, Ehsan Heidari Zadi, Hooman Homayooni, Niloofar Imani, Mostafa Jahanmiri, Keyhan Khaki, Aryan Khalighy, Sadra Khosravan, Fatemeh Mahmoudyar, Ali Mirzadeh, Sogol Moaven, Farnaz Mohammadi, Hamid Peiro, Hasan Shafiei, Iman Shameli, Fahimeh Tahmasebian
Laser Cutter Provider: Arpa Laser Co.
CNC Sheet Metal Bending: Arpa Laser Co.
Aluminum Anodizing Service: Arpa Laser Co.
Lighting Device Provider: Shoa Industrial Group
Collaborators: Elham Razavi / CEO at Contemporary Architects Association, Ali Zolfaghari / Technical Support, Majid Kazempour / Technical Support, Afshin Koupaei / Technical Support, Mehran Davari/ Technical Support, Farshid Esmaeili / Marab Mahbod Engineering & Technical Co., Faraz Maleki / Arpa Laser Group
Cinematography and Video Director: Sepand Saedi
Photography: Sepand Saeidi, Davood MohammadHasan, Farhanf Alipour, Pouria Gachpazan

Friday, April 15, 2016

Architectural Fabrication Course starting on May 21 2016 in Milan (Italy) - Register now!

Architectural Fabrication Course
Advanced design and digital manufacturing for architecture
Starting date May 21 2016
DAMA – Corso San Gottardo 19, 20136 Milan (Italy)

Director: Paolo Cascone / COdesignLab
Teaching staff : Paolo Cascone, Max Romero, Andrea Giglio, Flavio Galdi

400 hours: 80 hours of classroom teaching / 100 hours of practical laboratory / 100 of study / 120 hours of school yard

ARTC DAMA (Digital Arts & Manufacturing Academy) has organized an Architectural Fabrication Course, directed by Paolo Cascone / COdesignLab.

The first of its kind in Italy, this course responds to the increasing demand of an educational program able to bridge advanced design, digital fabrication, and self-construction for an ecological architecture.

Experimentation with natural materials and digital manufacturing processes is the center of the construction strategies with the aim to generate environmental performances and energy saving benefits.

The course is structured as a multi disciplinary laboratory matching theoretical lessons and making sessions. The final purpose is to design and build a scale 1/1 off grid dwelling totally self-fabricated. The course will include standard teaching modules, digital fabrication, and self-construction sessions.

The course is limited to 10 participants. Students will be selected based on the resume / portfolio and order of arrival of requests. The fee will have a 10% discount for the first 5 enrolled students by April 21.

RhinoGold Workshops - April 28 / May 19 / June 23 2016, London (UK)

RhinoGold Workshops
London, UK

April 28 / May 19 / June 23 2016
To follow their sold out 2015 workshop sessions, SimplyRhino UK announces a new series of jewelry focused Rhino Taster Workshops at the Goldsmiths' Centre.
Perfect for jewelry designers looking to add CAD to their workflow, these workshops will introduce you to Rhino, the popular CAD software, and RhinoGold, the jewelry plug-in for Rhino. You’ll get hands on with the software. Each workshop offers the chance to produce your own 3D design based around that particular workshop's focus. 
These workshops are delivered by Simply Rhino’s trainer Rupert Todd. Rupert works with jewelry, silversmithing, and goldsmithing and brings that real industry experience to these sessions.

Rhino Taster workshops - April 21 / May 5 / June 9 2016, London (UK)

Rhino Taster workshops
London, UK
April 21 / May 5 / June 9 2016

Within these 2-hour workshops SimplyRhino UK introduces Rhino to those entirely new to Computer Aided Design (CAD). These practical sessions will give you a chance to learn about the Rhino interface, commands, and best practice techniques for beginning your journey into computer based 3D design.
Rhino is scalable and used in many design and manufacturing industries. If you're thinking of bringing CAD to your workflow, attending one of these sessions is an excellent starting point to learn more about one of the most widely used and affordable CAD solutions.
The workshops are suitable for those in creative and manufacturing industries such as architecture, product design, furniture design, jewelry, fashion and accessories, point of sale, reverse engineering, marine design, sculpture, and 3D print.
These sessions are taught by Simply Rhino's experienced and certified Rhino trainer Sean.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

New online tutorials for Grasshopper and Karamba

Melbourne School of Design has created some new online tutorials that show how to create and analyze gridshell structures in Grasshopper and Karamba.

Karamba is an interactive structural analysis plug-in fully embedded in the parametric design environment of Grasshopper. 

This plug-in makes it easy to combine complex geometric models and finite element calculations. It can provide accurate analysis of spatial trusses, frames, and shells early in the design process. 

Wacom Workshops on Rhino with Cintiq + Cintiq Companion at Milano Design Week 2016

Milano Design Week 2016
Fuorisalone Lambrate
April 12-17 2016
Via Ventura 14, Milano (Italy)

During the Milano Design Week 2016, Alessio Tommasetti (Wacom Ambassador and D’Arc.Studio Founder) are presenting several workshops showing the use of Rhino with Cintiq and Cintiq Companion for the best digital design workflow in jewelry, product design, and fashion.

Review about Rhino and Grasshopper in a Romanian magazine

Nice article about Rhino and Grasshopper in Tehnica & Tehnologie Romanian magazine.

“The article presents a couple with notoriety in the 3D design software’s field: Rhinoceros and Grasshopper, from Robert McNeel & Associates.

In addition to their experience/maturity, these solutions are recommended by several distinct features: Rhino has a user-interaction very similar to AutoCAD, but actually it excels in the design of threedimensional unconventional surfaces (based on NURBS technologies), therefore being a predilection for styling-designers (of industrial design: automotive, aeronautical, boats, recreational; of product design: appliances, furniture, jewellery, lighting, personal belongings, etc).

In addition to these advantages, we could count its accessibility, its open architecture (existence of many third-party plug-in solutions), compatibility and collaboration with many CAD platforms.

But the Rhinoceros success is due to the amazing complementarities offered by Grasshopper: the associated software for 3D parametric design through visual programming. The article also throws a little light on the Rhino-Grasshopper coupled way-of-working”
(by Mircea Badut)

‘New Craft: Design after Design’ Exhibition at the XXI Triennale di Milano 2016

New Craft: Design after Design
April 2 – September 12, 2016
Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano (Italy)

We are pleased to announce the New Craft: Design after Design Exhibition at the XXI Triennale di Milano 2016. The interactive installation allows exhibition visitors to design their own custom wood stool to be fabricated by Riva 1920. In this way, the public interfaces with an industrial company and their processes to fabricate their products and materials. 

Technically, the installation is comprised of a physical Arduino interface with knobs, sliders, and buttons, which communicates to Rhino / Grasshopper through Firefly. The Grasshopper definition reads the state of the physical interface elements and modifies, in real-time, the model of the stool. When the user is finished, they push a button to save a 3D file and a screenshot. This file is then fabricated at scale on a Roland MDX40A milling machine.

The installation was directed by Fabio D’Agnano in collaboration with Riva 1920, Master in Digital Architecture IUAV, Master in Digital Exhibit IUAV, Roland DG Europe, Fab Lab Venice, Enaip Cantu, and McNeel Europe.

The exhibition runs from April 2 – September 12, 2016 at the Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan.

Master in Digital Architecture IUAV - Fabio D’Agnano
Master in Digital Exhibit - Cristina Barbiani with Damiano Frisone, Nicole Miotto, Andrea Santicchia
Roland DG Europe
Fab Lab Venezia - Leonidas Patekaris
McNeel Europe - Luis E. Fraguada
Enaip Cantu

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Are you an architect?

According to Arch2O there are 10 Parametric Plugins Every Architect Should Know!

ISA International Sign Expo

Visit Trotec at the 2016 ISA International Sign Expo in Orlando FL and learn how to be creative with your laser projects modeling with Rhino and Grasshopper.

Don't miss the opportunity to see how to build 3D and 2D models with Rhino and discover how to cut them directly on a Trotec laser. Trotec will showcase the newest member of their speedy line: the Speedy 360 flex, with dual-source laser technology.

Date: April 20-23, 2016
Time: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Place: Orange County Convention Center, South Building (Orlando, Florida)
Booth: #117

Register today!
For more information, please contact Meredith Newman.

Do not forget to join us at:

Rhino for Jewelers - online class

Rhino 5 Jewelry Modeling - Online Class
Dates: April 19 - May 12, 2016  
Note: Class meets Tuesdays & Thursdays only

Hours: Noon-3:00 pm EST

Price: US$675.00

Click here to register.
Course Description:
This class is designed to build a solid foundation with Rhino 5 as it is used in the jewelry industry. However professionals in other fields can benefit from the class.

Participants will learn step-by-step 2D drawings and 3D modeling with various exercises and strategies. Jewelry design theory and application, construction methods and techniques are also covered in the class. Supported digital materials such as tutorial Rhino files, various stone templates and cutters, etc. are provided for your use. Projects include earrings, rings, cuff links, and diamond settings, etc.

This online class uses GoToMeeting software. The class will be conducted live and each session will be recorded so you can replay, review and practice after the class.

You will need:

  • Rhino 5 for Windows - if you do not own Rhino, you may download the free evaluation version here.
  • 2-button scroll mouse.
  • Headset/mic combo.
  • A good internet connection is important, however, videos are posted after the session for you to review.
No prerequisites but knowledge of jewelry design and manufacturing is helpful. 

About the instructor... Akiyo Matsuoka is an Authorized Rhino Trainer, Rhino Instructor, and adjunct faculty at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Shape To Fabrication 6 Conference: Final Agenda and Speaker Timings Announced!

Shape To Fabrication 6
April 19-20 2016
Stratford Circus, London (UK)

Just one week to go for Shape To Fabrication 2016!

Last week Simply Rhino UK announced the final timings for the STF6 presentations.

Visit this page to see the agenda...

AA Athens Visiting School 2016 - Symmetry Sentience Workshop, 1-10 June 2016, Athens (Greece)

AA Athens Visiting School 2016
Symmetry Sentience
1-10 June 2016

AKTO College – Athens Campus
11Α Evelpidon Street (Pedion Areos)
Athens, 113 62, Greece

In 2016 AA Athens Visiting School continues to examine the philosophy of phenomenology as a starting point in architectural design.

Structures of consciousness experienced from the first-person point of view will couple with the study shapes in action. The experience around an architectural object will act as the central point of ambience for the user’s space. Via digital simulation, we will assess the way by natural formations are created and exist as active players in shaping their environment. We will create forms and structures, aiming to alter the feeling of their surrounding by being put into motion. A series of morphologies will be designed, informed by biomimetic form-finding methods through a bottom-up approach via various coding techniques. A 1:1 scale structure will be put together, to enable experience of built space and of building materials in their sensory aspects as a result of a series of initial testing models.

These proposals will be applied through the combination of different software including Processing, Arduino, and Rhino Grasshopper.

The program is organized in a two-stage process:

Stage 1: Participants gain an understanding of formation processes in nature, coupled with core concepts related to design complexity. 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 sessions, AA Athens VS will perform as a team-based program promoting collaboration and research. Participants will be introduced to advanced fabrication techniques.

Stage 2: Participants propose design interventions based on the skills and knowledge gained during the first stage. Study models of various scales will be produced, leading to the fabrication and assembly of a full scale working prototype which unifies the design goals of the program.

The design agenda of AA Athens is linked to the AA Istanbul Visiting School, creating feedback on one another, allowing participation in either one or both programs.

The workshop is open to architecture and design students and professionals worldwide.

Upon completion of the program, participants receive the AA Visiting School Certificate.

The deadline for applications is 15 May 2016. No portfolio or CV, the only requirement is the online application form and fees.

Contact details:
Alexandros Kallegias (AA Athens Visiting School Programme Director):

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Ice-breaking yacht design

Rhino is one of the tools in the design and production of a new concept in luxury yachts. At the Monaco Yacht Show last fall EYOS Expeditions launched a yacht for owners who want more than a party palace. Their SeaXplorer is capable of exploring most any waterway of the world, but with the luxury typical of a luxury yacht.

The SeaXplorer features:
  • Retractable stabilizers (for traveling through ice)
  • Ice-breaking stern
  • Two propulsive units to turn 360 degrees (for turning that ice-breaking stern around)
  • Storerooms big enough to hold fresh supplies with reprovisioning on those long trips
  • Helicopter landing pad with onboard hanger for protection from inclement weather
All this with luxurious comfort in the cabins, mess hall, hospital, gym, and internet cafe designed by Amels luxury yachts, known for their high-quality interiors workmanship and design.

For the production, Azure, a yacht design studio, produces hand-drawn sketches. Damen, the Dutch commercial shipping giant, adds its engineering expertise with team reviews. When they approve the design is translated into a full 3D model in Rhino.

Nordic 3D Expo 2016 - April 15-16, Vantaa (Finland)

Nordic 3D Expo 2016
April 15-16
Vantaa (Finland)

The Nordic 3D Expo 2016 will gather 3D printing professionals and service providers, as well as enthusiasts. The visitor target groups are companies using 3D printing technologies, students and hobbyists.

Come visit the AN-Cadsolutions booth (A36) to learn more about Rhino, RhinoCAM, Rhino3DPRINT, Blueprinter 3D printer, Massportal 3D printer, and DAVID SLS-3HD 3D scanner.

AA_Aarhus Visiting School 2016 - August 3-12 , Aarhus (Denmark)

Aarhus Visiting School 2016
Rethinking Patterns: Exploring Heterogenic Structures
Wednesday – Friday, August 3-12, 2016

Aarhus School of Architecture
Nørreport 20
8000 Aarhus C

This year the Aarhus Visiting School will build on the previous year’s theme of rethinking pattern in design and architecture, while investigating the affects of light through local manipulations of patterns and geometry. These investigations are driven through the use of computational tools and digital fabrication at different scales.

The research will expand on last year’s framework by focusing on the integration of robotic tools and how robotic manufacturing techniques influence the future of design and fabrication in architecture. The AA_Aarhus Visiting School will use the Aarhus School of Architecture's state-of-the-art fabrication facility, which includes ABB robots.

Prominent features of the workshop / skills developed

• Novel modeling and parametric techniques based on local ecological factors.
• Introduction to new fabrication techniques now prevalent in the field of design and architecture.
• Robotic fabrication in design.
• Discussions on new architectural processes and theories.
• Applying theories that are highly applicable in contemporary practice through computation.
• A lecture series from leading researchers and theorists.

"We have chosen to run two units within the theme of last year: Affects of Light through Pattern and Geometry. The Visiting School will be divided into two units. The first unit titled “Mesh Morphologies” will focus on teaching students how to control and manipulate local regions of complex geometries as a response to external factors through constant feedback between physical and digital models. This unit favours all levels of grasshopper knowledge, but if you are a beginner this is the unit to choose.

The second unit titled “Robotic Collaboration” will focus on the robotic fabrication paradigm and how this can potentially be rethought. It can be thought of as the grafting of the car industry onto the building industry. This unit assumes that you have an intermediate to advanced level of grasshopper knowledge, since it will highly emphasize the robotic fabrication part of the day design exercise.

It is the ambition of the AA_Aarhus Visiting School to develop knowledge in digital fabrication and pattern formations, which are at the forefront when it comes to the field of architecture & design. Furthermore, the participants are to leave the Visiting School having gained new knowledge and novel skills in architectural design/make and theory, which they can continue to use in their practice or in the remaining years of their study. 

We hope that through our continued work within this field, we will be able to contribute to the ongoing architectural discussion on parametrics, pattern making and fabrication".