Friday, February 23, 2024

Last Call! Rhino User Meeting Istabul

Last call to our Rhino and Grasshopper community in Turkey! Join us for an inspiring day filled with engaging discussions, and networking opportunities. You’ll have the chance to learn about Rhino 8 and its new features

Get inspired by the projects of our keynote speakers from Architecture, Marine, Product Design, Engineering, and Manufacturing, and network with professionals from different disciplines.

Also, discover the following solutions available by our partners:
  • VisualARQ: flexible BIM software for Rhinoceros which adds easy modeling of free-form architecture and dynamic project documentation.
  • Jevero: a 2D footwear pattern engineering plugin for Rhinoceros. It allows you to create and modify patterns with ease and efficiency. 
  • Cyberstrack: Functionality for geometrical analysis and modification of free-form shapes.
  • RhinoCAM: a computer-aided manufacturing plug-in for CNC that runs completely inside of Rhino.
  • RoboDK: Simulate and Program any industrial robot with RoboDK. 
There are few seats left. Sign up now!

Thursday, February 22, 2024

ShapeDiver Spring '24 Update | Live Webinar

ShapeDiver Spring '24 Update | Live Webinar
Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 - Approximately 1 hour
8am Pacific Time, 11am Eastern Time, 5pm Central European Time

Join Shapediver on March 5th for a webinar hosted by their Head of Product, Mathieu Huard, and their Head of Projects, Edwin Hernández. Together, they’ll showcase the latest features added to the ShapeDiver platform, including full Rhino 8 support.

  • Rhino 8 support and other new plugin features.
  • New sharing, embedding, and layout features on the platform.
  • Advanced post-processing effects in the ShapeDiver viewer.
  • Outro and special announcements.
  • Q&A.

Whitepaper by Design&Develop on Footwear design and manufacturing

The process of bringing footwear from concept to consumer's hands is an elaborate journey, often fragmented across disparate stages, departments, and technologies.

In the footwear design and development process, the easiest approach for quick integration is to establish a common platform for all collaborating work functions, ensuring a simple and streamlined workflow. We propose that Rhinoceros 3D is well-suited for this role for several reasons.

Download here the Design&Develop whitepaper to discover why!

Drafthorse for Rhino 8 now available

Drafthorse is now available in Grasshopper for Rhino 8! 

Updates include easier-to-use references to layouts and views (using the new Grasshopper.Rhino types). Drafthorse works exceptionally well with the new query pages component from the Rhino ribbon, which can synchronize with the active document to keep your definition updated.

Check out the revised set of examples on food4Rhino...

Wednesday, February 21, 2024


BERLIN, MAY 7-8 2024

CDFAM - Computational Design Symposium Series brings together leaders in the fields of design, engineering and advanced manufacturing to explore emerging technologies, approaches to computational, generative and simulation driven design for at all scales.

CDFAM provides a unique opportunity to learn about cutting-edge technologies and techniques and to network with leading academics and professionals in the field including computational design experts from at an in person, two day networking event.

Speakers include experts from BMW, Arup, Altair, Carbon, nTop, McNeel, Siemens, DTU, University of Bristol, Royal Haskoning DHV, New Balance, Rafinex, Cognitive Design Systems, Spherene, Synera and more.

Among the impressive list of speakers, our colleague Verena Vogler (in charge of R&D and Advanced Training at McNeel Europe) will talk about the ECOLOPES project (Ecological Analysis of Building Envelopes with Grasshopper).

RhinoArtisan 5.4 Release: Dynamic Panels & Curator Library

RhinoArtisan is one of the most innovative Rhino plug-ins for Jewelry Designers and Manufacturers

New in RhinoArtisan 5.4
  • Dynamic Panels: Personalize your interface for an intuitive workflow.
  • Curator Library: Manage your designs efficiently.
  • New commands: Scale by Center and Gems Orientation: Touchless alignment of gems on curves.
  • Responsive Pave: Real-time spacing, for easier stone placement.
  • Translation improvements.
  • Minor performance enhancements and bug fixes.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Rhino for Marine by Pivot

This course, organized by Pivot industridesign AS, will cover typical areas in marine design, kike surface modeling for hull shapes and superstructures with Rhinoceros. It introduces strategies for curve and polysurface creation specifically focused on the design of boats, ships, and floating structures. The course offers practical techniques to make the model quality better and the modeling easier.

Date: 6-8 March 2024

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Organizer: Pivot industridesign AS

Language: Norwegian/English Important: Bring your Windows or Mac laptop with a computer mouse to the course

Location: Bogstadveien 27b 0355 Oslo, Workhouse AS, third floor in Oslo, Norway

More information and registration ...

Monday, February 19, 2024

Introducing Vision Lidar

In the ever-evolving design world, transitioning from raw point clouds to polished Rhino projects has become smoother thanks to Vision Lidar. This groundbreaking solution seamlessly converts point clouds into vivid, color-enhanced meshes directly within the Vision Lidar software. This advancement offers architects, landscape architects, and urban designers an engaging foundation for their Rhino designs.

Key features

  • Detailed Visual Representation: The colorized meshes not only preserve the precision of Lidar data but also provide a detailed visual representation of landscapes, terrains, and urban spaces, setting the stage for informed design decisions.
  • Real-time Design Feedback: Vision Lidar empowers you to make real-time design decisions with immediate feedback on changes, enhancing your ability to seamlessly explore and refine your projects.
  • Collaborative Possibilities: Share your colorized meshes effortlessly with interdisciplinary teams, fostering collaboration among architects, landscape architects, and urban designers.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Rhinoceros Basic Course by SABIT


A new course organized by SABIT
Rhinoceros Basic Course

Have you thought about mastering the highly-paid profession of a 3D designer? Would you like to learn how to create unique 3D models to translate your ideas into reality? Whatever your goal or skill level, we'll help you get started on your 3D journey. In 21 days we will teach you how to create 3D models using NURBS curves and surfaces. As a result, you will receive all the necessary knowledge and skills to achieve your goal!

For whom?

The course is intended for everyone who wants to master the program tools and gain basic professional skills in the field of 3D modeling in Rhinoceros. No special training or knowledge is required.

What will you learn?
  • Creating detailed 3D models
  • Creating a model framework from curves
  • Transforming models and objects
  • Applying a parametric approach to the design
Date: On request
Form of studies: 2 hours every day
Format: Recorded video
Language: Polish/English/Ukrainian

Getting to know… Modern Metal: Fusing aesthetics and precision

Modern Metal is an American company that specializes in creating bespoke metal panels and vent covers for architectural projects. Led by Annie Kantor, founder and Director of Design, Model Metal recently decided to integrate ShapeDiver and craftOS into their operations.

In this interview, you will discover the journey of Modern Metal and how they went from outsourcing their technical drawings to creating most drawings in-house. As Annie discusses their operational challenges, she highlights how this new tool has become a cornerstone in simplifying the process from design to order fulfillment.

This conversation will provide insight into automated design customization, real-time quoting, and the future of customer-centric digital interactions for Modern Metal.

Read the full interview...

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Rhino3D + Grasshopper: Advanced Modeling Methods for Architects by SABIT

A new course organized by SABIT

This course combines theoretical knowledge with practical applications, ensuring a seamless transition from learning to implementation. Learn how to create intricate designs, develop spatial concepts, and bring your ideas to life. Immerse yourself in the world of the latest trends in architectural design with us.

For whom?

For experienced architects, the course is an opportunity to broaden your horizons and raise architectural projects to a new level. For beginners, it is a solid basis for learning.

What will you learn?
  • The basic aspects of the program's interface
  • The practical applications of parametric design
  • How to work in 3D space
  • How to automate manual design tasks to make your work more efficient
Date: 26 February 2024
Form of studies: Online
Schedule: 10 lessons of 45 minutes
Language: Polish

OPTIshell Workshop

This workshop covers the concept of structural art and explores how structures can embody elegance, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness simultaneously. The focus will be on timber elastic gridshells, with a specific emphasis on asymptotic gridshells, which represent promising systems in this field. Participants will learn to use parametric tools for designing shapes capable of serving as structural shells. The workshop will also cover the basics of structural analysis for such forms, enabling attendees to transform their designs into impressive, structurally sound gridshell structures.

During the workshop, we will delve into practical aspects of design preparation for digital fabrication. Participants will gain hands-on experience in testing materials and using laser cutting techniques. Ultimately, each participant will have the opportunity to construct prototypes, bringing the theoretical concepts learned in the workshop to life through tangible and personalized projects.

This workshop is tailored for individuals with backgrounds in architecture or structural engineering, both students and professionals alike. 

Dates: 16-17 March
Language: English 
Location: Lokietka 12c, Wroclaw (Fab Institute)
Prerequisite Skills: Basic Grasshopper
Software: Rhino, Grasshopper, Karamba, custom-made components and plugins

Monday, February 12, 2024

Rhino User Meeting | Madrid is pleased to announce the next Rhino User Meeting in Madrid.

Organized in collaboration with McNeel Europe, it will be the first face-to-face Rhino User Meeting in Spain since 2018. A wide range of developers and companies with interesting projects made with advanced design systems will offer attendees a day full of inspiration and networking opportunities.

Leading industry experts will share their most innovative projects and the workflows that have led to their success. Event participants will be engaged in the Rhino world and its entire ecosystem, with specialized presentations on architecture and product design.

Renowned companies in the industry, such as ModelicalControlmad, Fhecor, Miautics, LowPoly, and Morph Estudio, will also participate, as well as Rhino plugin developers such as V-RayEnscape, VisualARQ, and Lands Design. In addition, other software applications for architecture and product design, such as KeyShot and its range of AR/VR products, will be presented.

Don't miss the chance to network and explore new opportunities within the Rhino environment!

Advance tickets cost 12€ until March 10th. After this date, the price will be 24€.

Agenda and more info...

food4Rhino webinar: Run Automated Mechanical Simulations with Intact.Simulation (22 February at 5 PM CET)

February 22 at 5PM CET

Intact Solutions is on a mission to bring fast, automated, accurate, flexible, and efficient tools to analyze and validate complex geometries for real-world cases. Intact.Simulation for Rhino/Grasshopper allows users to tackle the most complex geometries without the hurdles of defeaturing, model pre-processing, and meshing hurdles. 

More Geometry: In addition to traditional CAD and polygonal geometries, Intact.Simulation offers support for mixed geometries and Implicit VDB including Lattices. Simulating Lattices without having to mesh is a huge time saver! 

Flexible: Visual programming in Rhino Grasshopper allows unprecedented flexibility when setting up simulation workflows. 

Increased Performance + Accuracy: Intact Solutions’ proprietary Immersive Method of Moments (IMM) technology, at its core, accelerates simulation workflows while improving performance and achieving even higher accuracy in predicting failure points than ever before. Achieve 100X performance improvement. 

Speaker's bio: Michael Freytag is a founder and the Director of Development at Intact Solutions. He is also an experienced designer and craftsman passionate about bringing life to conceptual designs, both physically and virtually. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Free webinar "Designing with Grasshopper for Architects" by Sabit

Sabit has prepared a webinar to showcase the fundamental tools of Grasshopper/Rhinoceros that simplify geometric transformations, form-finding, and environmental analysis.

What is it about?
  • Automated design system in architecture.
  • Parametrization of construction: How to create flexible and adaptable models.
  • Grasshopper as a tool to support architects.
  • Presentation of selected possibilities of using Grasshopper and its plugins in architectural design
Speaker Dr. Anna Stefanska, a Ph.D. in architecture. She has extensive experience in interdisciplinary design and teaches at the Faculty of Construction and Environmental Engineering, as well as the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Warsaw of Life Sciences.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to expand your knowledge and enrich your architectural toolkit with Rhinoceros. 

When: 13 February 2024, 10:00 (GMT +1)
Where: Online. Access to the event will be granted to all registered participants.
Language: Polish
Participation is free!

Intact.Simulation is now compatible with Rhino 8

Intact.Simulations's new version (V2024.02.05_2.0.0) is now available to download. This update includes significant feature enhancements based on your input and continuous development efforts to improve your user experience. Intact.Simulation for Rhino Grasshopper V2.0 is supported on Rhino 8 only.

The notable updates are:
  • Compatibility with Rhino 8.
  • Automatically run simulations after changing a parameter. Please note this feature is only accessible in Rhino 8.
  • List of materials as input to a ComponentBlock.
  • Lists of boundary condition loads as input.
  • Advanced Capabilities.
  • Bug fixes and general improvements to enhance the user experience.

Friday, February 9, 2024

Northern Star by Lasvit

In the heart of bustling central Hong Kong stands The Holborn, a residential building that serves as a beacon of modern living amidst the city's dynamic landscape. Among its many charms lies a captivating feature known as Northern Star, an ingenious lighting and site-specific installation that illuminates the building's lobby with a celestial grace.

Crafted by Rado Hrcka, a visionary 3D designer from Lasvit, Northern Star embodies the fusion of artistry and technology. Using Rhino and employing a block-in-block methodology, Hrcka meticulously brought his vision to life. "The initial block is the glass component itself and the second block is 1/8 of the whole composition. The 1/8 block is copied 7 times around the middle base point, making up the whole design", explains Hrcka. "After that, the editing is done in real time. It is the fastest and easiest way to work on this type of composition and it enables us to have perfect control and prevent the collision of components." 

The installation isn't just a mere fixture; it symbolizes warmth and guidance, designed to welcome residents home with open arms. As one steps into The Holborn's lobby, they are greeted by the gentle glow of Northern Star, serving as a friendly celestial guide that beckons them towards the comforts of home.

Discover more projects done by Lasvit using
 Rhino and Grasshopper...

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Grasshopper UK User Group Meeting | 6 March 2024

Grasshopper UK User Group Meeting
Wednesday, 6 March 2024 | 18:30 - 20:30 (GMT)
Architectural Association School of Architecture

Join Simply Rhino at the Architectural Association School of Architecture for the latest Grasshopper UK Community User Meeting, with presentations from our hosts, AA [EMTECH], and guests Eckersley O’Callaghan, H.I.V.E., and RHEON LABS.

At the meeting, we’ll have four presentations and then an audience Q&A with all presenters. Attendees are invited to stay on for conversation and networking opportunities with the UK Grasshopper community as we all gather and have a drink together.

We hope you can join us; please save the dat—and book your place! Places are free but limited.

Complete details and registration...

Rhinozine - February Issue

Our February issue is filled with exciting content you don't want to miss.

The Barcelona Collection:
A fusion of technology and tradition in Spanish jewelry, an intersection of artistry and innovation.

Kinetica’s Triumph at Expo Dubai:
A 140-meter diameter video mapping dome was created with creativity, precision, and adaptability.

Jewelry Design Challenge:
A digital fabricator project that's both fun and interesting using Grasshopper as a design tool.

Drafting is the "language of industry": a technical way of communicating ideas and designs through drawings.

Land Kit:
Design landscapes more efficiently by implementing computational design workflow.

Elevate Your Grasshopper Game:
Here are some valuable tips, tricks, and resources that you may find helpful for Grasshopper.

Fundamentals of digital drawing, 3D modeling, and visual programming in architectural design by Frank Melendez.

Discover many coupons and save big! (Valid from February 5 to April 5, 2024).

VisualARQ 3 beta released!

VisualARQ 3 beta is now available

This first beta version works on Rhino 8 and is only available for users with a VisualARQ license. While in beta, only the Rhino 8 installer will be published, but the final release will be available for both Rhino 7 and Rhino 8 (for Windows).

Some of the new features include a level manager, a table report panel, buildings with boundaries, reflected ceiling plans, guides, a clash report panel, a profiles manager, and many more!

*If you don’t have a license, we offer a free upgrade to VisualARQ 3 if you buy VisualARQ 2 from January 2024 until VisualARQ 3 ships.

FABRICATE 2024 - CITA Copenhagen (Denmark) - 4-6 April

FABRICATE 2024 will be hosted CITA, Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen, Denmark, 4-6 April 2024.

Since its inception, FABRICATE has welcomed thousands of international delegates to conferences over two days in London (2011), Zurich (2014), Stuttgart (2017), and Online (2020), acting as a global forum for the exploration of the radical new opportunities for design in manufacturing, computation, material science, and assembly.

From more than 1000 submissions, only 32 projects are selected for each conference publication and 16 for each event. The publication series is Open Access and all four existing volumes have been downloaded over 290,000 times from UCL Press. Uniquely, recognizing the multiple interconnected challenges facing academia, practice, manufacturing, construction, and industry, only built projects are accepted. 

Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen & Phil Ayres

"The last 12 years of FABRICATE provide a record of incredible critical creativity and community consolidation that reflects and celebrates the pushing of boundaries of fabrication within the built environment. We are delighted to be given the opportunity to frame a contribution to this record through co-chairing FABRICATE 2024 at the Royal Danish Academy.

Our vision for FABRICATE2024 is to address the pressing need to develop new models for architectural production that rethink how resource is deployed, its intensity, its socio-ecological origins and sensitivity to environment. FABRICATE2024 will provide a unique forum for discussing and showcasing radical and creative departures in the design and making of architecture and to reflect upon how, and for whom, we design."

Co-Chaired by Professors Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen and Phil Ayres of CITA, FABRICATE 2024 will build upon and extend its legacy as a prime place of exchange on the cutting edge of new forms of design and construction and material thinking in architecture, engineering, and building.

As core members of the FABRICATE community, Mette and Phil have profiled deep-seated interests in the infrastructures of computational modeling producing novel methods of computing, fabricating, and designing architecture for over two decades. With a special focus on inter-sector dialogue and knowledge exchange, their aim for FABRICATE 2024 is to question what the future of computational design and fabrication can be. They ask how the pressures for a new sustainable design agenda will challenge the AEC industry. They ask how cutting-edge computational design can inform the emergence of a new sensitivity in which renewable, regenerative, and restorative design logics are prioritized, and they aim focus on questions of resource consciousness and bio-based design and fabrication strategies.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Rhino 8 for Mac: Speed Enhancements - Video by Simply Rhino UK

Rhino 8 for Mac – Speed Enhancements

This Simply Rhino video focuses on Rhino 8 for Mac and looks at the performance enhancements offered by this latest Rhino version (v8) and the interface changes it brings.

It’s fair to say that the performance of Rhino 7 for Mac lagged significantly behind its Windows counterpart, most notably Viewport responsiveness and Raytraced rendering times.

The great news is that Rhino 8 for Mac fixes these issues and, as you can see in Simply Rhino's video, is 20 times faster for some tasks than Rhino 7.

BEAM (Rhino + BIM) now available for Rhino 8

BEAM: Enhance Your BIM Modeling

Bring the power of Building Information Modeling (BIM) to Rhino® with BEAM.

Extend Rhino geometry with BIM data and export to Autodesk® Revit™ or IFC 4.

Bring your designs to life with BEAM's advanced Rhino BIM capabilities. 

BEAM creates informed geometry inside Rhino, giving you complete control over your design process.

​Easily manage your objects, materials, and custom parameters using the intuitive Panel. All your information is saved within the document, making it easy to maintain and update your models over time.

​With BEAM, you can create complex, information-rich models with just a few clicks. Collaborate and deliver on any project with confidence, knowing that your models are accurate, up-to-date, and ready for the next stage of your workflow.

More info at BEAM and on food4Rhino...

Cyberstrak Modeling - New Plugin for Rhino 7/8:

Cyberstrak Modeling is a new plugin for Rhinoceros. 

It contains functionality for the creation and modification of NURBS geometry and meshes like:
  • Modeling of NURBS control vertices
  • Smoothing of Curves, Surfaces, and Mesh areas
  • Surface blend creation
  • Creation of Nurbs surfaces on selected Mesh areas

Focus is easy and intuitive usability. So, all modeling commands offer a local Undo/Redo, allowing easy comparison of different work stages.

There is also integrated analysis functionality that helps judge the current geometry's quality. In addition, analysis commands are available like:
  • Sections through geometry
  • Curvature analysis of Curves and Surfaces
  • Graphical deviation between objects (e.g., deviation display between surface to a mesh)
  • Analysis of transition quality between matched curves or surfaces
The analyses are following associatively all geometry modifications and will be dynamically updated during the modeling process.

More info at and on food4Rhino...

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Rhino User Meeting İstanbul - 4 March 2024

Rhino User Meeting İstanbul
Monday, 4 March 2024
From 10 AM to 6:30 PM

We are thrilled to announce the first Rhino User Meeting in Turkey. Join RhinoCenter and McNeel Europe at Yıldız Technical University for an inspiring day filled with engaging discussions and networking opportunities. You’ll have the chance to learn more about Rhino 8's new features, connect with fellow enthusiasts, share insights, and explore Rhino's use cases across different industries. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to be at the forefront of the Rhino community in Turkey.

Early bird tickets are available until February 20th so register now to secure your spot for a day of creativity, innovation, and in-depth industry knowledge!
*All attendees receive a 50% discount coupon for the selected RhinoCenter Training Set!

Free webinar “Overview of new features in Rhino 8” by Sabit

Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your skills and immerse yourself in the world of the latest technologies with Rhinoceros.

Sabit has prepared an exclusive opportunity for you to discover the latest features in Rhinoceros Version 8! Join our webinar to explore innovative features and tools that will revolutionize your approach to 3D modeling.

Speaker Jan Cudzik is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Gdańsk University of Technology, leading the laboratory of digital technologies and future materials. His research focuses on intriguing topics such as kinematic architecture, digital methods in architectural design, digital production, and forms of artificial intelligence in architecture and art. Since 2011, he has been designing interiors, residential homes, and public spaces in his studio.

When: 12 February 2024, 16:30 (GMT +1)
Where: Online. Access to the event will be granted to all registered participants.
Language: Polish
Participation is free!

Rhino Student Suite *Academic Offer*

Attention students! We are excited to inform you about the Rhino Student SuiteA special offer for you!

When you purchase the Rhino 8 educational license or educational upgrade, you not only gain access to Rhino's robust design software tools but also receive five complimentary courses as part of this educational package, which includes:

- Introduction to Rhino
- Rhino Intermediate
- Step-by-step Introduction to SubD
- 2D Technical Drafting with Rhino
- Rendering with Rhino

Take advantage of this learning opportunity! 

Note: This offer is only available on the McNeel Miami online store in the Americas.