Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Intermediate Grasshopper Course, December 1-4

Intermediate Grasshopper - Online Course
December 1-4, 2014
9:00AM-1:00pm Pacific time
US$215 per person
A few seats are still available, register now.

Join instructor Andres Gonzalez as he 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. More...

This will be the last class of the year... sign up today!
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. This course requires "Intro to Grasshopper" training or equivalent.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Kangaroo wins ALGODeQ competition

With an aim to recognize outstanding achievements in algorithmic design, the first ALGODeQ international competition for algorithmic design programs has been completed. The competition gathered 190 entries from 43 countries, searching and finding innovative computational approaches in architecture. Kangeroo won the highest prize in the category 'Infrastructure as the grounding matrix for design'.

Kangaroo was in good company. The two other prize winners were RhinoVault and LMN Architecture.

Michael Hansmeyer, one of the jurists, commented, "The ALGODeQ competition proves that architects and designers are no longer limited to existing software packages --- they are instead designing their own. This frees the architects of the confines and restrictions of these packages, yet perhaps, more importantly, it demands of them a fundamental rethink of how a design comes into place."

"Almost all of the ALGODeQ approaches result in designs that would previously have been difficult to calculate, or even to conceive of. And thanks to advances in fabrication technology, these new architectures are increasingly transcending the computer screens and are rendered - physically- into the real world. An exciting time awaits us."

Kangaroo is a live physics engine for interactive simulation, optimization, and form-finding directly within Grasshopper.

Project EGG finished

"We are very happy and proud here at the studio to announce that projectEGG is complete. We have cooperated with hundreds of enthusiast 3Dprinters from all over the world in order to build the largest community 3Dprinted project to date. It's here and it's really lovely. The First exhibition in the Netherlands during Dutch Design Week was a success.

We've worked for more than a year to have it 3Dprinted. One of the many nice things about EGG is that it is totally made in Rhino and Grasshopper. And as I said yesterday to someone who asked about which 3Dprogram I used and why, my answer was: How on earth could I have done this with any other program: a building consisting of 4760 different and unique stones.

So thank you, all 3Dprinters and all other people involved and McNeel for this rocking software!"

Michiel van der Kley, studio michiel van der kley

Friday, November 14, 2014

Bheard Sound Pod Kickstarter campaign

Bhold has used Rhino to build their latest project, the Bheard Sound Pod. This cute little item, built in one piece, amplifies and improves sound quality from your phone.

The Kickstarter campaign is ending soon: November 20th. So check it out now.

Bongo 2.0 Service Release 5 now available

Hi all, 
Bongo 2.0 SR5 is now available from:

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A smooth BIM/FEA workflow in Rhino

GeometryGym has implemented an exporter for Karamba (Grasshopper Structural Analysis plug-in) to IFC, where the data can then be used to import into commercial structural analysis software such as GSA, SAP2000, Robot, Sofistik, SCIA, etc. Often projects have clients that mandate particular commercial software (or require software to be certified).

Directly exporting the Karamba database saves users from manually rebuilding the model in alternative software (or maintaining duplicates of components within Grasshopper).

This could also easily be used for RhinoBIM, and potentially visualArq (if desired to provide functionality for engineers). And structural analysis is only one aspect. IFC is also capable of conveying other types of analytic information such as energy, environmental, MEP and simulations such as pedestrians.

Rhino Meeting 2014

On October 29-30-31 some of the main actors on the Rhino development, distribution and training scenes gathered together in Castelldefels, Barcelona (Spain) to learn and share their last experiences with Rhino.

The event, sponsored by 3DconnexionRoland and Wacom, consisted of a series of conferences and networking sessions that brought inspiration and knowledge to an audience of over 200 participants coming from 35 different countries. Some of the topics covered during the conferences included the last developments at McNeel (Rhino for Mac, Grasshopper, food4Rhino, Kangaroo, Developer Tools, Training and Support, RhinoFabStudio), as well as sessions that were an open discussion to comment on the latest technologies in the fields of Design, AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction), and Digital Fabrication.

The Keynote Speakers at the event were kind enough to share some outstanding projects done in Rhino that challenged the software limits thanks to the authors' creativity. These were:

Partners that have developed a hardware or software product that adds substantial functionality to Rhino had also a side room to show their products. Exhibitors were 
Asuni CADCalgary Scientific, Chaos Group, CIMsystemCL3VERDATAKITEvolute GmbHHAL Robot Programming & ControlMachineWorks LtdmadCAM ABMecSoft CorporationNext LimitRandom Control, RhinoPipingRhinoTerrainRobots.IOTDM Solutions, and Virtual Build Technologies

Everyone was excited to learn more about the size and diversity of the Rhino community – trading many stories about users, projects, and applications from around the world.

Rhino-DAYs 2015-USA Conferences: January 16-17, Savannah, GA

Rhino-DAYs 2015-USA
Conferences: January 16-17, Savannah, GA
We will be hosting 2 days of lectures on January 16-17, 2015 at SCAD. Presenters will talk about their professional fields and how they use 3-D modeling and design in real life projects..... From marine design, to product and furniture developing, set designs and artful architecture. Join us and discover the principles of design interactivity; learn how to rationalize complex geometry into a format suitable for analysis and fabrication; or encounter the evolving transitions of design environments in Rhino and Grasshopper.

You can see the list of presenters here.
For more information, please contact Jackie Nasser or call (305) 513 4445.

  • The 2-day conference fee is $100, but if you are a student or a faculty member, you'll receive a Rhino 5 Educational license with the registration (proof of status required, the regular educational license price is USD $195). 
  • To register for the conferences January 16 and 17, please go to: http://mcneelmiami.com/rhinoday_2015
  • On January 15, we are also offering 1-day workshops. Space is very limited so please register soon. There will be a total of 6 workshops to choose from.
  • For the list of workshops on January 15 and to register, please go to:  Workshops
Take advantage of the early bird price!!!.  
You can register for the lectures by clicking here 


CLIMATE RIBBON™ is a design by Hugh Dutton Associés that combines precision engineering and environmental design with an elegant sculptural form: an exciting union of art and science. 

It has been designed through an holistic computation process using Grasshopper with plug-ins Ladybug and Hoopsnake. The videos (Video1, Video2) show the process of generating the blades using datascapes in order to make architecture respond to climate performance parameters.

In December the Parisian design firm with Francesco Cingolani is hosting the 2nd edition of DESIGN by DATA, an advanced grasshopper workshop in which they will go through the whole design process of the ribbon.

AA Visiting School Jeddah - Makkah VS Makkah

Makkah VS Makkah
Monday 2nd – Thursday 12th February 2015

Registration is now open to students and professionals alike who are interested in participating in an 11 day AA Visiting School design workshop in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which taps and allows you rare access into the Saudi Kingdom.

Brief Outline

To imagine a city is to express more fully its living character, its essence, rooted in the everyday hustle and bustle that shape its formation. The imagined creates a place within a place, a sanctuary that expands our perception through transcending reality and broadening the horizon. The relationship between what is imagined in the city and what actually exists in its perceptible reality is fundamental to linking a place to its prospects, and it enables these prospects to play a role in the discussion about the identity and peculiarities of the place.
We seek to discover Mecca as explorers and dig deep into collecting and unravelling what lies beneath the surface. The overall ambition of the visiting school is to compile a body of research about the city that lies beyond the holy mosque and to record and represent both the visible and invisible landscapes of the city, to explore the everyday life of the inhabitants and the pilgrims. We will venture to speculate and imagine the future of the city. The visiting school studio will collectively produce a section that cuts through the entire city, revealing the heart of the imagined city.
The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR9 or later).

For further information please find the follow links below:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

GENERATOR 2: an Iterative Explorer for Grasshopper

GENERATOR 2 is a smart and evolved way to explore and iterate generative shapes with Grasshopper®.

For a better understanding of the GENERATOR 2 capabilities, get in touch with the Community at the Grasshopper site, or visit the blog.

GENERATOR 2, developed by Antonio Turiello, is available on the Food4Rhino site.

Monday, November 10, 2014

In Madrid? Need Sushi?

Visit DokiDoki!
This amazing restaurant was designed by Controlmad in Rhino and Grasshopper. Nesting was done in RhinoNest.

Introduction to Paneling Tools Webinar, Nov 18


Join us for a webinar on Tuesday, November 18.

Join Rajaa Issa, Rhino developer, for a webinar presentation on Rhino 5 plug-in, PanelingTools, on November 18th. PanelingTools helps generate 2D and 3D cellular patterns and populate them over rectangular grids. It supports intuitive design of paneling concepts as well as rationalize complex geometry into a format that is suitable for analysis and fabrication.
  • Title: Introduction to Paneling Tools
  • Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST
Register here... space is limited. 
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Presentation will take approximately one hour and questions will be answered at the end of the session. This webinar will also be recorded and posted to our site.

System Requirements:
PC-based attendees
 Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
 Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
 Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet 

Call for Papers - Shipbuilding Conference.

The 17th International Conference on Computer Applications in Shipbuilding (ICCAS) will review operational experience from existing computer applications in the design and build of ships and offshore structures and will cover a full range of topics including; engineering analysis, data modelling, PLM, CAD, CAM, integrated systems, knowledge management, systems engineering, simulation, visualisation, processes and standards.

  • 1st February – Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 9th February – 2nd March - Abstract Review
  • 28th June – Paper Submission
  • 14th September – Presentation Submission
  • 29th September – 1st October – Conference Dates

If you wish to submit a 250 word abstract, please do so by clearly stating your name, co-authors, company/s, and paper title to Morgan Griffiths at mgriffiths@rina.org.uk who will also be able to answer any questions you may have regarding abstract and paper submissions.

RhinoTürkiye at Maker Faire Istanbul

The Maker Faire Istanbul will take place on the 12-13th November.

Come visit the RhinoTürkiye booth to learn more about Rhino in Digital Fabrication.

Friday, November 7, 2014

UMI 2.0, Urban Modeling in Rhino

Umi is a Rhino-based plug-in that analyzes a neighborhood or city's outdoor comfort, operational and embodied energy use, walkability and daylighting.

Umi is developed by the Sustainable Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Version 2.0 enhancements include:
  • In addition to operational building energy use, walkability, and bikeability, umi can now also calculate embodied energy and floor area ratios (FAR). 
  • Operational energy simulations use the EnergyPlus-based “shoeboxer” algorithm as presented by Dogan at SimBuild 2013. 
  • Non-geometric building simulation assumptions are stored in a new template format as presented by Cerezo at SimBuild 2014. 
  • Umi projects are now stored in a single *.umi file which contains the Rhino scene file, the epw weather file, building modeling templates as well as all simulation results. You can export any of this data to use it separately. 
  • A new results viewer allows users to analyze and export simulation results as well as import results generated from third party simulation environments. 
  • Selected umi projects can be found on the new umiverse site. 
Take umi for a spin. 2.0 is significantly different from 1.0 so we encourage you to consult the updated user guide as well as a series of video tutorials.

Monday, November 3, 2014

V-Ray for Rhino webinar

Simply Rhino are presenting a series of six webinars introducing V-Ray for Rhino and outlining it's use in specific areas including:

Product Design
Interior Design

There will be insights and information for those who are thinking about moving to a high end rendering product and plenty of useful tips for those already using V-Ray for Rhino.

The next webinar in the series is:

Architectural Interior Renderings 
5th November 2014
11am UK Time 

In this webinar, Phil Cook of Simply Rhino will look at setting up an interior scene.

The importance of choosing the correct GI solution will be examined together with using the V-Ray presets that make setting up a scene like this more straightforward.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Generative Furniture Design with Rhino and Grasshopper

Date: November 11-17, 2014

During this 5-day workshop 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. In addition, this workshop will give students a functional understanding of Grasshopper and Parametric design, allowing them to build on this understanding to 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 plug-in is in Beta, so new users are invited to provide feedback to the CL3VER support team if they experience any problems with the importing process.
The new CL3VER plug-in 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 plug-in 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, one presentation can contain models created with different software, making it 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 plug-in page to download the plug-in 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


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: support@mxp3d.com
  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.