Friday, December 13, 2019

MDL-IES Materials inside Iray for Rhino

Do you find adding lighting to your interior Rhino scenes difficult and time-consuming, resulting in the need for endless scene adjustments? Especially for those users who need to produce visual output quickly and also provide precise lighting system detail as part of the documentation requirements.

Then using Rhino and the Iray for Rhino plug-in could be the solution you are looking for with the introduction of MDL-IES material based light sources where:

  • Real world Light Fittings becomes much simpler to work with.
  • Light sources can be simply and accurately assigned any surface or shape element.
  • Streamlines the creation of Rhino Block Light Fitting Libraries
These features significantly simplify the setup and installation of accurate real-world lighting systems, not only for lighting designers, but also for interior and retail designers, architecture groups and the many other Building Industry sectors who all need to produce accurate photo-real visuals, along with installation detail for the project documentation system.

For much more information on these features and real-world examples of the output type created, check out these videos:
  1. Introducing MDL-IES Materials inside Iray for Rhino 
  2. MDL-IES Materials and a Retail Store Project:
  3. MDL-IES Materials and a Harbour Front Development

Monday, December 9, 2019

Rhino in Revit, exploring a new workflow

Paul Wintour, founder of Parametric Monkey, introduced one of their latest tutorials:

"Rhino to Revit Workflow is by far one of the most visited tutorials on Parametric Monkey. But with the release of Rhino.Inside, a whole range of new interoperability possibilities now exist. We've been working with our clients to integrate Grasshopper scripts with Revit, and developed this quick tutorial to help them get up and running."

2Shapes for Rhino - New Jewelry plug-in

From the founder and product manager of RhinoGold, Rafael del Molino, and 2Shapes team, the new 2Shapes for Rhino is "the most intuitive jewelry design and fabrication software on the market".

"2Shapes for Rhino aims to solve all the design needs we have learned over the past 15 years, helping jewelers from all over the world".

"One of the most powerful features is the intuive parametric. It allows us to change any property of our design, from finger size, gem, profile, including the thickness of prong. For us, simplicity is a must; for that reason, you don’t need to worry about complexities and focus on the results, the perfect design!"

Shape to Fabrication 2020 | Hackathon & Conference | London | April 17th - 22nd

SimplyRhino UK Announce Early Bird Tickets for Shape to Fabrication 2020 | Hackathon & Conference | April 17th - 22nd

Join us for the 8th iteration of our popular AEC Focused Conference in Stratford, London

The Shape to Fabrication conference has a focus on cutting-edge technology, innovative construction with applications in architecture, engineering and design. Our speakers are shaping the future, working at the intersection of technology and design innovation, unafraid to push technology and engineering to new heights.

We live in an unprecedented time. An age where buildings are moving, jewellery is printed, clothes are sprayed on, facades are folded by robots and cars are made of textile. We are proud to present to you the first to use such pioneering technologies to create these magical experiences.

Discover the latest approaches in digital fabrication and computational design from an international panel of presenters – Architects / Engineers / Fabricators / Artists.

New for 2020 - the Shape to Fabrication Hackathon hosted by CORE (Thornton Tomasetti) at Grimshaw Architects, London.

Visit for more information, announcements so far and STF ticket options

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Jevero - Footwear patterns in Rhino

Jevero is a plugin for Rhino 5 and 6 that enables pattern engineers to create shoe patterns fast and efficiently, expanding Rhino with a new set of entities and functionalities.

The plugin acts as the link connecting the designer’s work to the production of a shoe:
  • Import a great variety of files, including Autodesk Crispin
  • Create all the necessary entities for shoe production: notches, markers, margins, boundaries
  • Develop all the different sizes with the grading funciontalities, share and export grading data
  • Export to a great variety of cutting tables, in their proprietary files, creating the most fitting configuration for your table
  • Calculate costs and efficiency of the patterns, with reporting and cost calculation functions
  • Generate reports for customs clearance and efficiency reports
With Jevero sitting on the shoulder of Rhino, the pattern engineer will be able to access all the information of the shoe inside one single file, which will contain 3D and 2D data, making it easier to share information reducing compatibility issues.

Jevero aims at the most streamlined and efficient workflow for shoe production, shortening time-to-market and making the transition from design to production ready model smoother and faster.

Visit and ask for an Eval version!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

New Rhino 7 Grasshopper SubD component tutorial


This tutorial goes through the basic manipulation of SubD components in both Rhino and Grasshopper and how to quickly edit freeform geometry.

Rhino Grasshopper SubD tools are currently available only in Rhino 7 WIP version. Our discourse site covers more discussion on this.

Parametric Design Workshop - LAVA Berlin

Are you interested in gaining Parametric competency to push your design skills to the next level? Are you ready to learn an exciting and powerful tool that will take your ideas and concepts to a whole new realm?

This Parametric Design 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.

If you already know Grasshopper and would like to boost your parametric knowledge, then you can choose Option 2.

  • Option1: General Workshop for Beginners - 16 hours: Starts Jan 18, 2019
  • Option2: Intensive Workshop for Intermediates - 8 hours: Starts Jan 25, 2019

Robotic Construction v1.0 workshop by DataForm Lab - London (UK) - Feb 15 & 22, 2020

Robotic Construction v1.0
Plexal, Here East, London UK
February 15 and 22, 2020

Aiming to demystify industrial robotics for construction, DataForm Lab is organizing the first of an upcoming series of workshops on Robotic Construction, to bring professionals in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry closer to advanced fabrication technologies. 

During Robotic Construction v1.0 participants will be taught a full digital workflow from form generation of a complex facade, to the parametric control of the robot and the fabrication of the individual components. Robotic hot wire cutting will be used as the fabrication method and the constraints and possibilities of the process will be investigated to demonstrate the key relationships inherent to material, process and form. The workshop will be structured in two days of intensive teaching and robotic fabrication, complemented by a professional development evening event and a public presentation and networking event.

ArchiCAD + Grasshopper by Paz Academy, March 2020 in Barcelona

March 16 to 21 2019
BCN_9:00-15:00 (30 h)
PAZ Academy & Friends
Barcelona, Spain

Join the ArchiCAD+Grasshopper_Barcelona and learn how to get the maximum potential with the bridge between BIM and Parametric Design.

During an intense week, you will learn about the power of Rhino + Grasshopper + ArchiCAD with professional and useful examples for your normal working days.

You will get advanced library files, a personal web, knowledge, and skills to start using this incredible methodology.

Also, during the week you'll be having lectures from different experts sharing their computational working experience.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Using Conveyer to streamline Rhino into Revit

As an architect or builder, often you must use a variety of software platforms to complete your design.

Two common tools used are Rhino 6 and Revit. Rhino 6 for geometry and computational design. Revit for building information modeling.

To connect these together, Nathan Miller and Proving Ground have created Conveyor, a custom software development kit (SDK) for creating direct connections between Rhino and Revit. This SDK enables these tools to directly connect for intelligent digital workflows with minimal overhead.

Use Conveyor to:
  • Connect Rhino 6 and Revit without the need for intermediary software.
  • Translate Rhino 6 data and geometry into true BIM elements with Revit.
  • Coordinate changing data and geometry across Rhino 6 and Revit.
  • Import complex meshes as useful elements for Revit production.

Parametric Modulations workshop in London - January 15-17, 2020

Parametric Modulations workshop
London (UK)
January 15-17, 2020

Parametric Design, in the history of architecture, has defined many rules for current designers and for future practitioners to follow. One of the strongest aspects that are prominent from this style is ‘geometry’. Arguably, there is nothing new about geometry and aesthetics forming the most prominent aspect of any style or era. The language of any style, in the long history of architecture, is visually defined by geometry or shape, beyond the principles that define the core of the style. In the distinguishable style of parametric architecture, geometry has played, and is continuing to play an integral role. And with this fairly young style, there are many strings of myths and false notions associated.

Organized by MaterialDriven, and led by GLOBAL VISITING SCHOOL, an offshoot of rat[LAB] EDUCATION, this unique 3-Day workshop aims to provide a detailed insight into ‘parametric design’ and the embedded logic behind it, through a series of design explorations using Rhinoceros and Grasshopper platforms, along with an understanding of data-driven design strategies. 

Roar with Panther

The first Rhino and Grasshopper plug-in to fulfil your ultimate design needs in just a few clicks. The new era on jewelry design brings intelligent models which are ready for user interaction anytime. Adjust your settings from any part of the model and it will be completely readjusted without compromise your design. Plus it removes the repetitive tasks and skips the obvious modelling steps. However it's always available a complete description with respect to the materials used within your design to prepare the manufacture or help the sale. Every single step is taken into consideration for full optimization.

Panther combines the most versatile Jewelry Builders with an Interactive Gallery bringing premeditated parts to go into construction of a complete final piece. The software controls give it’s users the most accurate adjustments with respect to the weight, measures, number of gems, gem sizes and everything else involved. Finally provide you with the perfect Render for Display.

Download your free trial today at

Friday, November 29, 2019

ShapeDiver Plugin v1.6

The new version of the ShapeDiver plugin is now available!

One of the new features is the gITF Exporter for Rhino. gITF has become the standard format for displaying geometry online, it loads fast and is widely compatible with online 3D technologies. It is the first gITF exporter for Rhino and it is compatible with version 5, version 6 and fully compatible with your Grasshopper definitions.

Another interesting feature is the GeometryGym Integration. GeometryGyM is a popular plugin between the AEC users for simplifying interoperability between Rhino+Grasshopper and other software packages used in the industry such as Revit and Archicad.

Here is a lightning round of the other updates that we are rolling out with this new plugin:

  • Support for the Dendro plugin: Dendro is a popular plugin for volumetric modeling in Grasshopper. Download the plugin and check out an example model on ShapeDiver.
  • New export formats: the ShapeDiver export components now support one additional geometry format (OBJ) and three additional text-based formats (XML, JSON and of course IFC – see section above).
  • New helper component for extracting mesh UVs: a simple but crucial operation that is not natively available in Grasshopper.
  • Support for polyline JSON data output.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Emarf - A new furniture design service that uses Grasshopper to create customizable templates

Vuild (Kawasaki, Japan) released Emarf, a new web service that allows anyone to customize furniture characteristics by interactively changing parameters through their web app. The design updates in real time on the screen. Once you decide on the parameters, you can export your design as CAM data that can be sent directly to a ShopBot machine at any of the studios Vuild partners with for CNC milling. You can then have your furniture delivered or you can pick it up at the studio.

You can also create Emarf templates by uploading Grasshopper files with their original components. The plug-in for this is available on Food4Rhino.

The service is currently only available in Japan, but Vuild is considering expanding it worldwide and is looking for partners.

For more information, feedback, and questions, please contact Vuild.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Wallacei update

Wallacei has a new version for solving optimization problems.

Use Wallacei, a plug-in for Grasshopper, to run simulations through genetic algorithms for solving optimization problems.

In version 2.5, the Wallacei update has several new features, including a new clustering method (agglomerative hierarchical clustering), an autosave feature, Pareto front calculation for the entire population, streamlined performance, and more. Also, the Wallacei primer has been updated.

Visit Wallacei to download the primer and learn more about the new features in the latest version of Wallacei.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

New - KeyShot 9 for Rhino Video

In this video, Phil Cook from Simply Rhino takes a look at KeyShot 9. KeyShot is an easy to use, photorealistic renderer without a steep learning curve.

This new version of KeyShot, version 9, features many enhancements and new features.

For this video Phil has chosen five of these new KeyShot features that may be the most interesting to Rhino users. These are:

  • Fuzz (Pro version only)
  • Denoise
  • GPU Rendering
  • Real Cloth (Pro version only)
  • Model Library

As well as introducing the new features, there is a short tutorial on modeling a tennis ball in Rhino and rendering this in KeyShot using the new Fuzz material. There is also a breakdown of the hardware requirements for GPU rendering.

Please note that this video is made with pre-release versions of KeyShot 9. Some features may be improved in the shipped product.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Black Friday McNeel Miami 2019

50% off VOD videos for Black Friday!

Enjoy 50% off on all McNeel Miami's Vimeo On Demand (VOD) videos with code: BLKFRIDAY 

Offer valid November 26-December 3, 2019.

Our selection includes:

Also enjoy 50% off on Grasshopper 101 and 102 training in English!

Rhino and Grasshopper courses are prerecorded videos from past online courses. 
When you purchase, you can stream the videos for 1 year. 
Offer valid November 26-December 3, 2019.

For more information please contact Lucia Nasser.

What is 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.

Songbird - Parametric multiscale fretboard generator for Rhino

Luthiers rejoice - Songbird is a parametric multiscale fretboard generator for Rhino. 

You can use it to generate fanned fretboards for guitars, mandolins, bass guitars, ukuleles, or whatever instrument you want to cook up. It also generates standard single scale, non-fanned fretboards just as easily. Simply input the same scale length for both first and last string. The plug-in exposes a single command called fretboard.

Songbird is free. Download it on food4Rhino!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Grasshopper workshop in Barcelona by ADDA-LAB

A 3-day Grasshopper Introductory workshop by ADDA-Lab in Barcelona, November 27-29.

Contact to register!

archEatable, A journey through architecture and pâtisserie

The Architecture Department of The American University in Dubai presents archEatable, A journey through architecture and pâtisserie, an innovative course created by the Associate Professor of Architecture and Authorized Rhino Trainer, Jose A. Carrillo.

archEatable is an unconventional class that explores the limits of education in architecture through a unique and disruptive approach in the teaching of digital design tools such as Rhino/Grasshopper and fabrication techniques. It is also an opportunity to collaborate with professionals from diverse disciplines with compatible design processes and a chance to interact with students and faculty from other departments at AUD.

archEatable focuses on a crossed relationship between architecture and the world of gourmet pastry in Haute Pâtisserie. Twelve students were asked to design unique pieces and edible works of art. The course incorporates novel 3D-printed prototyping, silicone molds, and laser cutters into the process to create stunningly unique geometric cakes.

Jose A. Carrillo bases his research on professional emerging practices and current teaching in architecture. It deepens the strategies to create new scenarios supported by emerging technological advances and unique techniques associated with digital design and fabrication processes.

Friday, November 22, 2019

New: ExpressMarine Interface to ShipConstructor

Use the ExpressMarine plug-in for Rhino to rapidly build parametric 3D models of marine structures such as decks, bulkheads, floors, frames, stiffeners, cutouts. Change the parameters, your model automatically changes.

Now, with the new interface in ExpressMarine Version 3, you can model the vessel's structure in ExpressMarine and export the result to ShipConstructor, saving hours of work. Early testing shows that by using ExpressMarine to initialize your ShipConstructor model, 300 hours of work can be reduced to just 20!

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Rhino Basic and Intermediate On Demand - Spanish

Check out McNeel Miami's new On-Demand Rhino Basic and Rhino Intermediate Training in Spanish!

Begin your Rhino training anytime-anywhere with Vimeo On-Demand access to previously recorded, live classes! 

Our On-Demand classes are course recordings from our previous McNeel Miami - Online classes. No need to travel or wait for a specific date... you may begin today!

Our new class recordings include:
Questions? Contact Lucia Miguel

Note: After purchase, classes may be rented and streamed for a 1 year period. 

What is 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.

Job offer: Designer at Simplicity Works (Elche, Spain)

Due to the expansion of its 3D bonding revolutionary technology, Simplicity Works is looking for a designer with Rhino expertise.

Deciduous a 3D Printed Pavilion by MEAN*

Deciduous is a 3D printed pavilion designed using Rhino and Grasshopper. It invites us to revisit our relationship with nature, through an experience reminiscent of walking through an abstracted botanical form.

Building on MEAN’s experiments with 3D printing in design, the pavilion is an exploration in scaling processes to the architectural realm.

Deciduous is composed of a hybrid of three different sustainable materials: CNC-milled Birch plywood flooring, Robotically 3D-Printed Concrete Base, and a series of branching 3D-Printed PETG stems, a plastic polymer upcycled from 30,000 discarded water bottles.

In light of Dubai’s focus on 3D printing as a sustainable technology, the hybridization of state-of-the-art robotic 3D printing in plastic and concrete is a first attempt to explore the possibilities that the two technologies can offer, contributing to the emirate’s vision of ecological construction growth towards 2025.

Computational modeling was used to conceive and quantify the design to a level of detailing optimal within the parameters and constraints of large-format robotic 3D printing. Deciduous is completely prefabricated off-site. The parts can be mechanically joined on a clean site with no need for heavy machinery.

The term deciduous refers to trees that seasonally shed leaves, usually in the autumn. Celebrating this year’s Art Nights event at DIFC with the theme Autumn, Deciduous entices us to ask ourselves, what does autumn mean to Dubaians today?

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Grasshopper and V-Ray work at KPF

Henry Winchester of the Chaos Group interviewed KPF’s Director of Applied Research, Cobus Bothma, on Grasshopper and V-Ray.

Grasshopper’s capabilities have changed the way KPF designs. And now, with the advent of V-Ray for Grasshopper, it’s possible to render directly from Grasshopper.

Read about what Rhino is good for and not so good for and how V-Ray works with that.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Generation Game - Emerging tools in AEC

From the article: Digital rendering of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, designed by Frank Gehry

AEC Magazine provides a little AEC history and thought in this article: How design and documentation are changing. How 3D and digital fabrication play into our current software. How we are entering a disruptive phase. Where the AEC industry is headed.

Creative Robotics Workshop in Mexico

Join Karl Singline, Luis Pacheco, and Andres Gonzalez at Creative Robotics Workshop, an intensive five-day workshop in León, Mexico.  

Creative Robotics workshops aim to investigate the state-of-the-art application of robotics at various scales. Students will be introduced to emergent technologies and methodologies such as parametric design and control of a KUKA industrial robotic arm using tools such as Rhino, Grasshopperand KUKA|prc.

Andres Gonzalez, RhinoFabStudio's worldwide director, will be doing a presentation on Rhino and a sneak peek on Rhino 7 WIP on Monday, January 13, 2020, at 11:00 am. Robotics and parametric design presentations follow.

Date: January 13-17, 2020
Time: 9 am-4 pm 
Place: Parque Tecnológico CIEN
Av. Eugenio Garza Sada, León, México
Cost:  Mex$ 8,500 -Early bird price until November 30, 2019
          Mex$ 12,000  -After November 30, 2019 

For more information, please visit this link.

What is 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.

Programmed Deformation V2.0 Workshop in Bucharest

Programmed Deformation V2.0
Textile 3D Printing Workshop
February 29-March 4

A complex articulated equilibrium in the form of tridimensional curvature patterns is delineated through the interaction between two divergent material behaviors: On the one hand, the stored elastic energy of stretched textiles. On the other hand, the stiffness of a thermoplastic polymer distributed heterogeneously through 3D printed algorithmically generated patterns. The two material components form a hybrid system with a smooth aesthetic appearance, inherent material efficiency, and structural stability.

The underlying concept behind tension-active structures is to store energy in the textile material before 3D printing and then release that energy to affect the form and function.

Through digital material behavior simulations as well as large scale prototyping the workshop will bridge the gap between digital and physical. It will provide participants with insights into the behavior of tension-active structures.

The workshop will introduce the principles behind tension-active structures in a fabrication-oriented environment. The participants will learn how to digitally simulate the behavior in the GrasshopperKangaroo Plug-in. The participants will then fabricate their designs on a large Delta Wasp 3MT 3D printer with a maximum build volume of 1m x 1m x 1m and receive real-world feedback for their designs.

What you will learn:
  • Tension-active structures behavior simulation
  • Real-world fabric and tension simulation
  • 3D printing with a large format Delta Wasp
  • Large scale 3D printing on stretched textiles
  • Robotic 3D printing designing with Grasshopper
  • Physics simulations with Grasshopper

Monday, November 18, 2019

Rhino.Inside Revit video tutorials by Gavin Crump

Gavin Crump, BIM Manager at Crone Architects, is raving about Rhino.Inside—and producing a series of tutorials on bridging Rhino and Revit together.

Using Grasshopper in Revit is a massive breakthrough for computational designers. Rhino.Inside Revit gives you access to Rhino/Grasshopper within Revit. 

In this first tutorial, Gavin covers accessing Revit elements via Grasshopper, then baking them into a Rhino model.

More tutorials are in Gavin's future agenda, including reading and setting parameter values in Revit. 
You can download Rhino.Inside (free if you have a Rhino 6 license).

Rhino User Meeting Copenhagen 2019

McNeel Europein collaboration with Bjarke Ingels Group, is organizing a Rhino User Meeting for the 2nd of December 2019 in Copenhagen.

Join us and learn about the latest Rhino WIP developments, like the new Rhino.Inside technology, SubD, and much more...

Get inspiration from industry experts, who will share their most recent research projects and workflows with the audience in this casual evening.

Networking and drinks will be available after the presentations.