Wednesday, July 29, 2015

DIVA Day 2015 London - registration now open

DIVA Day 2015_London, England
Co-hosted by the Architectural Association
Conference October 23
Training Courses October 22 + 24

DIVA Day is a full-day event of presentations and panel discussions for practitioners, students and educators about building performance and design using DIVA and associated building simulation tools. This year, in addition to going international, we are excited to be pairing up with the Architectural Association in London to bring you exciting new work in the field of building performance and design.

Job opening at IaaC Barcelona

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia is looking to extend its team with an Expert in Digital Fabrication & Computational Design.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Rhino for Mac Online Course Begins August 3rd

August 3-13, 2015

Join us for our Level 1 Rhino 5 for Mac online course beginning on August 3rd.
  • Orientation:
      Monday, August 3 (9:00AM - 11:00AM Pacific)
  • Training:
      Tuesday-Thursday, August 4-6 and
      Monday-Tuesday, August 10-11 (9:00AM - 1:00PM Pacific)
  • You will need the latest Rhino 5 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 5 for Mac User Guide. You may print the PDF for your reference. Download here.
  • All "live" sessions will also be recorded and posted to a private Vimeo classroom album. You may watch/stream the videos for your review for up to 3 months following the class.

Parametric Design in Architecture Master by BarcelonaTech UPC School

After 4 years of experimenting with contents and pedagogic formats at the successful Parametric Architecture intensive course held at ETSAV, Ramon Sastre leading CODA and The Metropolitan School of Architecture direction have decided to take a step forward in the education of future professionals. Today we are presenting the new master degree Parametric Design in Architecture featured by 

The Master Parametric Design in Architecture (by BarcelonaTech UPC School) is a unique opportunity to critically review computational design towards a more challenging and self-demanding commitment to environmental constraints.

The architectural project is a complex process that should allow linking knowledge management with design in an operative way. We call parameters to all categories of information that affect decision-making in the development of a project. This is the goal of parametric architecture: go beyond geometry and form to design a system with all variables / categories involved in the process.

This is the potential of current software tools: Rhinoceros Grasshopper, Dynamo, etc; which allow to change the design process, transforming architects from builders of models to builders of systems.

Our aim is to design and discover novel form-finding strategies through the methodological integration of forces, matter and processes.

The Master degree is taught in the Metropolitan School of Architecture offering a residence of international students as well as equipment and facilities of the latest technology necessary for this training. Its model workshop, digital laboratories and technology centre CRITT, in addition to collaboration with the Barcelona Fab Ateneus Network, ​​allow students to explore all possibilities in parametric design techniques.

Visit UPC School for enrollment info and further details.

Friday, July 24, 2015

IASS 2015 in Amsterdam: workshops

The International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) and the Royal Netherlands Society for Engineers (KIVI) are co-organising the yearly IASS symposium. The symposium will take place from 17 to 20 August 2015 in Amsterdam the Netherlands. 


On August 15th and 16th, 2015, before the opening of the IASS2015 International Symposium a number of workshops will be hosted in which you can participate. 

These workshops are aimed on getting hands-on experience and skills in the creation of various types of shell and spatial structures.

Don't miss the Rhino, Grasshopper, Kangaroo related workshops by our friends Ioanna Symeonidou, White Lioness Technologies, and many others:

A robot to weave carbon fibers

KUKA weaving with carbon fibre from Basia Dż on Vimeo.

As part of her end-of-studies project, Basia Dżaman, a Polish student from the School of Form, a Polish school of design, modified one of KUKA’s robotic arm in order to wave carbon fibers. The student in design started to make parts thanks to a 3D printer. Once the parts installed on the industrial robot, it can weave carbon fibers according to the model programmed by the operator. By coating it with resin before weaving, it becomes solid just as would do classic carbon fibers.

Basia Dżaman designed the 3D parts with Rhinoceros software, which enables to modify each part according to the stitches wanted by the operator. Each part takes 3 to 5 hours to be 3D printed. For her graduation project, Basia Dżaman used the robotic arm to make traditional Polish stitches, called “snutki”. In spite of the quite limited interest in this stitches, this project opens up the scope of possibilities as regards the manufacturing of objects in carbon fibers. For Basia Dżaman, this project “has proven to be a versatile process which leaves many possibilities open for exploration in the future.”

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Develop3D magazine: July 2015 issue

The July issue of the Develop3D magazine contains some cool Rhino related projects, including the Brooks running shoes on the cover.

Advanced Building Skins proceedings

The International Conference on Building Envelope Design and Technology took place on the 23-24 April 2015 in Graz, Austria.

Download the proceedings for free and see some Rhino, Grasshopper and EvoluteTools related projects.

Thea Render 1.5 for Rhino

Thea Render 1.5 brings a slew of new features and of course Thea for Rhino plug-in has been updated to reflect new additions.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hangzhou Tennis Center - Steel saving petals

Courtesy of NBBJ - CCDI
Rhino is part of another unique and distinctive design. This one focused on Grasshopper and taking advantage of parametric design.

NBBJ, in collaboration with CCDI for structural design, designed the Hangzhou Tennis Center.

One of NBBJ's goals was both environmental and cost-saving: to reduce the amount of steel used in the structure's envelope. They did so, now boasting a 67% steel savings over similar arenas.

Grasshopper was first used to generate an accurate logarithmic design for the shell. The generated double curve surfaces took a form of petals. Grasshopper was used for the model to convert the petals to structural elements.

The Hangzhou Tennis Center, located in Hangzou, China, is scheduled for completion in 2015-2016.

Arch20 featured the project on their website as a study of computational design.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

From Rhino to Laser

Step by Step: How to Print/Cut  from Rhino to a TROTEC Laser

In this short video clip, you will learn what to take into consideration when you want to send information from Rhino to a Trotec laser.

Watch the video: [ PLAY VIDEO ]

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..

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Facades+ Miami: Registration is now open

Facades+ is heading to Miami! Registration is now open. Sign up today!

Facades+ Miami
September 10-11, 2015
Register here. Early-bird registration ends August 9th.

Day 1: Symposium
On Day 1 a series of stimulating presentations and discussion-based panels will examine the increasingly fast-paced evolution of façade technology, address new perspectives on building skins, and explore innovative, sustainable design practices.

Day 2: Field Trips
A rare opportunity to examine South Florida’s most innovative facades led by Miami’s leading architectural authorities! Choose your route through Downtown & Brickell or Miami Beach & Design District with hardhat VIP access to some of the buildings under construction.

About Facades+...
Facades+ is the leading conference on high performance and high design building skins. Join the robust dialogue that covers all aspects of building envelopes and is the key to building systems integration, resilient buildings and a sustainable built environment. Who should come? Architects, fabricators, developers, consultants and other design professionals.


LoboScape: UNM's new advertising technology

The University of New Mexico, a certified RhinoFabStudio,  is trying a different approach to advertisement. UNM's Senior Lecturer III and the Director of the School of Architecture and Planning’s Fabrication Laboratory, Matthew Gines, took part in this project with the help from 4 of the university students. Gines specializes in digital fabrication, design-build, representation and technology as it relates to design in academia and the profession of architecture. He is also a 2015 RhinoFabStudio Mentor.

LoboScape is a visual installation that welcomes travelers as they exit the revolving doors leading from the arrival gates into the Albuquerque International Sunport. Projected onto a custom fabricated display, it uses the latest technology in visual arts to tell the story of The University of New Mexico and its people. The exhibits features a 3 1/2 minutes loop of multiple projected images on multi-faceted and triangulated surfaces about the achievements and events at the University of New Mexico.

For more information, contact Matthew Gines or visit:
Project's webpage 
KRQE News 
UNM's Newsroom 
Albuquerque Journal

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.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Maxwell Render for Rhino: Video Tutorials by Holger Jahns

Holger Jahns is a Berlin-based Industrial Designer and Maxwell Xpert. He has been using Maxwell since the Beta days for visualization work in his Studio and in his work as a lecturer at several international universities.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Free seminar: BIM Modeling with VisualARQ and 3D printing

  • Where: COAC Barcelona (Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Barcelona. Plaça Nova, 5. 08002 Barcelona)
  • When: Tuesday, July 14th, 2015. From 11am to noon and from 5pm to 6pm.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Price: Free
Come and see how to convert a BIM architectural project into a 3D printable model.
You will see the complete process, from the creation of the building design with Rhino and VisualARQ to the preparation of the 3D model to be printed in a 3D printing machine.
The presentation will take place next Tuesday July 14th at COAC Barcelona. It will last about 1 hour and it will be done in two separate sessions (11 am and 5pm).
The seminar is free but space is limited.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New RhinoGold 5.5 Service Release

TDM Solutions announced the new Service Release 2 for RhinoGold 5.5. They improved the RhinoGold's workflow and fixed some minor bugs.

The improvements include:

  • Better workflow in commands such as shank studio, dynamic cap, dynamic bend, mill grain, and advanced ring curve
  • Fixed minor bugs on Cluster Edition, Profile Gumball, Rope, Head Studio, Eternity, Mold Draft Angle, Cutter in Line transversal, Hollow Ring, and Ring Wizard
  • RhinoGold Render Studio bug fixed when closing without pausing

To upgrade your current RhinoGold 5.5:

  • Directly from the RhinoGold - An upgrade message will pop up. Click on the message to download the latest service release.
  • From your private area at TDM Solutions - Sign in and click on Software to download.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Online Rhino course begins on Monday

July 13-23, 2015

Have you registered yet? Our Level 1 Rhino 5 for Windows - Online Course begins next week.

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: July 13, 9:00 am-10:30 am (PDT)
  • Training: July 14-16 and July 21-23, 9:00 am-1:00 pm (PDT)
    Calculate your time zone.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Rhino for Mac and Maxwell Studio

Rhino for Mac was announced a few weeks ago. Plug-ins aren't there yet, but you can achieve professional renders using Maxwell Studio (included in Maxwell Render suite*).

Learn here how to export various file formats from Rhino for Mac, import them into Studio, set up materials, cameras, and such, and then render in Maxwell Render.

*Maxwell Render Suite includes Maxwell Studio and the Rhino 5 Windows plug-in.

Ladybug Photovoltaics components released

Ladybug Grasshopper Environmental plugin has just released a new set of free components for analysis of PhotovoltaicsThey are based on PVWatts v1 online calculator, supporting crystalline silicon fixed tilt photovoltaics.

In the very essence these components help you answer the question: "How much energy can my roof, building facade, solar parking... generate if I would populate them with PV panels"?

They allow definition of different types of losses (snow, age, shading...) which may affect your PV system. Or find its optimal tilt and orientation; analyse its performance, energy value, consumption, emissions...

AA Visiting School Barcelona - Open Lectures Series

BODEGA Enological Metabolism
ETSAB/UPC, Barcelona
July 2-16, 2015

Bodega – Enological Metabolism centres its research on the associations that exist between wine and architecture in order to identify the influences they have on one another. Read more...

Open Lectures Series

ARCHI/TECH/E/NOLOGIES is a Lecture Series open to everyone, which will bring together professionals of all kinds concerning architecture, technology and enology. Local and international architects with expertise in designing wineries will explain their startegies to develop their work on the wine field, whereas enologists and agricultural engineers will support and contrast all the techniques and current technologies used both, in the vineyard and the winery, to control the whole process of wine making in order to optimize the quality and the design of its coupage. By linking all these disciplines, the students will be encouraged to learn and support their project based in all this knowledge and tools.

AAVS Barcelona 2015 - Opening Lecture
Josep Lluís Mateo, Mateo Arquitectura, Barcelona
Roca Barcelona Gallery, 2nd July 2015 at 19:30h

AAVS Barcelona 2015 - Miderm Lecture
Rosa Rull, Bailo Rull + ADD Architects, Barcelona
Roca Barcelona Gallery, 9th July 2015 at 19:30h

AAVS Barcelona 2015 - Keynote Lecture
Didier Faustino, Architect, Paris
Roca Barcelona Gallery, 16th July 2015 at 19:30h

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Loop de Loop

Charles Portelli, from the architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF),  dropped by our office and we got to hear about some of KPF's latest projects.

One deviation from the large architectural projects we expect from KPF is this intriguing furniture line, Loop de Loop. All modeled in Rhino and rationalized in Grasshopper.

The five-piece collection, designed by William Pederson, founder and partner of KPF, works for both outdoors and indoors with its polyester mesh and powder-coated carbon steel rods. The non-elastic knit is deforms equally, no matter the person's size.

Each piece is a single loop of 5/8" high strength tubular steel, passing one end of the loop through the other --  Loop de Loop!

In a New York Times article, Pedersen elaborated, "We digitized them into a program that uses CNC technology to bend the 5/8-inch high-strength carbon-steel rods into continuous loops. There are 40 individual commands, and every inch or so along each tube the computer commands a change in the bend. It's like squeezing a tube of tooth paste: You change the pressure, and it changes the angle."

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

VisualARQ 1.9 new features Webinar

Join Francesc Salla, VisualARQ Product Manager, for a fast-paced and exciting demonstration of VisualARQ 1.9 (in English).
Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
11.00 am-12.00 noon CEST
The webinar will show an overview of VisualARQ 1.9 and will focus on the latest new features and enhancements, including:
  • IFC Import & Export
  • IFC Tag and Export options
  • New Plan View features
  • New Slab object features
  • New way to insert doors and windows
  • New Curtain wall features.
  • Create columns from 3D and 2D blocks
  • Overview of VisualARQ Grasshopper Components WIP IV

Who is this webinar aimed at?

  • VisualARQ users: newbies and existing users
  • Rhino users working in architectural models
  • Architects interested in the BIM workflow VisualARQ adds to Rhino, and the comunication with Revit through IFC file format.
The webinar is free and will last about about 1 hour, including the Q & A session.

New Rhino book in Turkish

Cem Donmez from RhinoAkademi has released the second edition of "Rhinoceros 5 ile Modelleme", a 1000 page complete manual full of modeling examples in Turkish language.

Advanced Architecture Summer School in Paris

The Advanced Architecture Summer School (Paris, Aug 17-Sep 4) at VOLUMES coworking is a 3-week learning experience designed as an immersive journey in social innovation, computational design, digital fabrication, and collaborative culture.

The full program and the team have been updated, as well as a partnership with the makers innovation camp POC21.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

SeaHorse Hulls for Rhino

SeaHorse Hulls (by vizible) is a parametric modeling plugin for catamaran hulls. 

The demo version exposes only a few parameters, limiting the family of possible shapes. The plugin exposes a single comand - shHulls. The default values produce a hull with a Cp around 0.64. 

SeaHorse Hulls demo is free to use, however consider donating to support further development of the free version.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

RhinoResurf 2 for Rhino released

Version 2 of RhinoResurf plug-in for Rhino has been released. Here are some new features:

  • RsPoints2Surf: Create symmetric surface from point cloud. A checkbox named ‘use symmetric plane’ was added in the dialog panel. There are four symmetric plane types (Auto, YOZ, XOZ, XOY and Any ) for you to choose. More details ... 
  • RsMesh2Surf: Create surface by a specified U-line direction. In option ‘plane’, you can select a curve on mesh to define as a u-direction guide line for surface creation. 
  • RsMesh2Surf: Create untrimmed patch by specified corner points. In option ‘3-corners’, ‘4-corners’ and ‘2-corners’, you can select boundary points to define corner vertex for untrimmed surface creation.
  • RsSurfacemap: This command helps you morph surfaces from one original mesh to another morphed mesh and fit the morphed mesh accurately. For more details, visit the URLs and
  • MeshEdit: Create free-form surface by editing mesh dynamically. Commands include:
    • RsVertexEdit: move vertex to edit mesh and surface 
    • RsEdgeEdit: move edge to edit mesh and surface 
    • RsFaceEdit: move face to edit mesh and surface 
    • RsExtrudeFaceOnMesh: extrude face to edit mesh and create new surfaces
    • RsScaleFaceOnMesh: scale face on mesh and the related surface is scaled too
    • RsRotateFaceOnMesh: rotate face on mesh and the related surface is rotated too 
  • Fixed some bugs.
  • This version 2 is better integration with Rhino 5. Note: RhinoResurf v2 will only run on Rhino 5 64-bit. It will not run on Rhino 4 or Rhino 5 32-bit.
Visit the URL for video.

PanelingTools on-demand course available

The Introduction to PanelingTools course is now available on-line and on-demand.

The PanelingTools  plug-in helps generate 2-D and 3-D cellular patterns and populate them over rectangular grids. The plug-in supports intuitive design of paneling concepts as well as rationalize complex geometry into a format suitable for analysis and fabrication. The plug-in is closely integrated with Rhino 5 and is widely used for architectural and other building designers.

The Introduction to PanelingTools course is comprehensive and it covers a wide range of tools and paneling processes, all within the Rhino environment. The last part of the course includes an overview of PanelingTools for Grasshopper.

EvoluteTools Educational licenses support new modules

In addition to designing panelizations, EvoluteTools PRO Educational can now be used to:

  • Panel fitting: simplify curved panels using cylinders, cones, single-curved surfaces, ruled surfaces, and numerous further types, within user-specified tolerance
  • Flat panel clustering: cluster flat panel shapes within user-specified tolerance
  • D.LOFT: loft pairs of curves with smooth developable surfaces

Job opportunity at tensARC UK

tensARC is one of the leading tensile fabric and deployable structure design companies in the UK. We have a rapidly increasing workload and are looking to strengthen our Stirling team with an exceptional new designer. This is a full time position but we would consider offering a long summer internship for an exceptional candidate in their final year of study.

General requirements:
  • Advanced 3D modelling skills, excellent general 3D CAD skills, excellent proficiency in Rhino 5 with solid experience in understanding the design and development processes.
  • Expertise with Grasshopper an advantage.
  • Experience in form finding, parametric modelling or an engineering background an advantage.
  • Fully proficient with all aspects of Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent oral and written presentation skills are required.
To apply, please send your CV, portfolio, and cover letter to  with “3D CAD designer” in the subject heading.

**No agency, in-person, or phone inquiries, please. **

Datakit expands its range of Rhino plug-ins

Datakit, leading company in CAD data exchange, has announced support for CGR and JT file formats in their Rhino Import/Export plug-ins.