Tuesday, March 31, 2009

McNeel, VisualDream and Rhinophoto @ UdK Berlin

We are currently holding a teacher workshop at the Universität der Künste, Berlin.

On Wednesday, at the end of the afternoon session, Ioannis Zonitsas from Visual Dream will present a live demo of Rhinophoto, scanning the side panel of a Smart for 4 car.

When: Wednesday, April 1st. 17.00-18.00.
Where: Hall at the Universität der Künste
Hardenbergstraße 33, Berlin.

Rhinophoto automatically creates 3D points from a set of photos taken with positioned coded targets.
Each target corresponds to a Number.

This Number is read by Rhinophoto from the photo and allows it to automatically create 2D points on the images at the center of the target.

Then Rhinophoto computes 3D point positions from 2D points on each image and creates Rhino 3D points.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Grasshopper Primer - Second Edition

This new revision is a much more comprehensive guide than the first edition, at almost 160 pages with over 70 new pages dedicated to creating your own customized scripting components.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

III International Workshop Digital Design Processes Porto, April 6-13

The III International Workshop Digital Design Processes (DDPIII) at the ESAP - Porto/Portugal - wishes to continue to discuss the implementation of digital tools in architecture and will try to develop the theoretical background into a practical experience about the integration of new digital technologies of drawing (CAD) and manufacturing (CAM) in architecture.

This edition follows the seminar Digital Architecture and the DDPI and DDPII editions, held in previous years. For seven days, a restricted group of students will be oriented in the development of a concise practical work, that will explore the constructive and creative possibilities opened through digital processes.

Addressed to

This workshop is for architectural students and professionals interested in expanding their knowledge. The availability to speak other languages (English, Spanish and French) encourages the participation of persons of others countries. Though not a mandatory requirement, the workshop will give preference to who have basic knowledge of digital modeling.


The DDPII Workshop consists of two independent courses (projects), dedicated to the exploitation of concepts and specific digital techniques. Complementary, parallel lectures are expected involving national and international researchers. At the end, the works will be presented in a public session at the ESAP, and in an exhibition that will be organized at during the workshop.


Digital Production (20 hours)
Orientation: José Pedro Sousa. Assistant: Luis de Sousa

Scripting (20 hours)
Orientation X-Ref + Ernesto Bueno (invited, EsArq-UIC, Barcelona)


Contact arquitectura@esap.pt
Inscriptions are now open until March 30. The registration in the workshop includes participation in the two courses. Participants are enrolled in order of their registration. The workshop has a minimum of 14 students and is a maximum of 20 students.

Time table

The classes will be between April 6-12, in two daily sessions (10:00-13:00 + 14:30-18:00). A public final presentation with the work developed is scheduled for Monday, April 13 (afternoon) at the ESAP.

Shape To Fabrication 2 Videos Online Now!

Shape To Fabrication 2 videos are online now.

Shape To Fabrication 3 will take place in London on Wednesday 15th April 2009. Details and space registration here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

PanelingTools New Release for Rhino 4.0 SR5

A new release of PanelingTools plug-in for Rhino 4.0 SR5 is available for download.

New Commands:

  • ptSerializeObjects. Adds serializing tag or name to objects (points, curves, surfaces, etc) relative to:
    • Selection order.
    • World coordinates.
    • User-defined direction.
    • Reference surface.
  • ptExtrudeEdges. Extrude paneling edges normal to a base surface or by a user-defined direction.
  • ptOffsetEdges. Offset paneling edges using base surface.
  • ptFinEdges. Fin paneling edges using base surface.

Added features:
  • Added "Connect" option to offset points command to draw connecting lines.
  • Added the ability to define more than one polyline in the 2d pattern manager per pattern.
  • Labels for faces and edges have now a new prefix which is layer name.
  • Changed the name of command ptRemoveOverlap to pCleanOverlap.
  • Added overlap tolerance to ptCleanOverlap command that:
    • Deletes grid points that are within tolerance in the u direction.
    • Moves points within tolerance in v direction to overlap.

Bug fixes:
  • Fix out of memory bug when reading older files. This was due to a bug in the file I/O of previous release. You may loose saved data when you open older data (such as patterns), but reading the file shouldn't cause an out of memory bug. If it does, load protect against PanelingTools (use PluginManager) before opening the file.
  • Fix preview bugs in the 2d pattern manager.
  • Fix a bug when loading PT scripting file for Monkey (.synaxml).

Monday, March 23, 2009

'Finding’ The Sagrada Familia

On Monday, February 16th 2009 McNeel Europe organized a Rhino Users Meeting in Barcelona. The keynote speakers at the event were Federico Fargas and Maruan Halabi from the technical office at the Sagrada Familia.

LaN Live Architecture Network was kind enough to post some of the details.

RhinoScript and Grasshopper - tips and tricks updated

Ted Ngai has updated many of the interesting RhinoScript and Grasshopper examples on his blog, atelier nGai.

Rhino OS X - New Build

There is a new build available, Wenatchee 2009-03-21, with many new features, enhancements, and bug fixes.

Everyone is invited to download and use the OS X version of Rhino while it is in development.

Most of the core functionality has been ported from Windows and is very stable. There is still much to do to port the rest of the functionality and refine the interface. We don't expect the first commercial release to be ready for at least a year.

Don't worry if the build you are using is going to expire. New versions will be available every few weeks. There will be an newer one available before the expiration date.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Geometry in Architecture

Chris K. Palmer recently taught Geometry in Architecture at an undergraduate design build studio. Rhino, advanced Grasshopper and RhinoScript were the tools used for modeling, form finding and automated part drafting for CNC fabrication on 3-axis mills and laser cutters. The studio subjects were the language of pattern with an emphasis on Traditional Middle Eastern tilings and the combination of structure and ornament in architecture. He has been kind enough to share his work.

LaN Brooklyn workshop lecture series

Join LaN Brooklyn for a series of RhinoScript and advanced Grasshopper lectures.

April 13 - Lecture with StudioMode
Gil Akos and Ronnie Parsons of StudioMode will be presenting their recent Parametric design projects.

April 16 - Lecture with Zach Downey of SHoP Architects
Zach Downey will present his latest Grasshopper work + design contributions for DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids).

April 17 - Lecture with Chris K. Palmer
Chris will share recent projects and show demonstrations of tools developed in RhinoScript and Grasshopper.

For more information, contact James Coleman at LaN.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Grasshopper at Cornell

Woo Jae Sung taught a Grasshopper workshop at Cornell architecture on March 7th and 8th. He uploaded his course materials to his blog, hoping they will be helpful to all beginning Grasshopper wranglers.

Grasshopper video tutorials

Brian James has posted some video tutorials to help you get started with Grasshopper.

RhinoScript, C++, and C# Examples

Dale Fugier has posted some new examples:

Connected Holes in Grasshopper

Inspired by the work of sculptor Erwin Hauer, Lars Renklint has been exploring how to generate these infinite continuous surfaces using Grasshopper. He has shared his adventures here:

RhinoMembrane - New release

Gerry D'Anza has released a new version of RhinoMembrane, an FEM form finder Rhino plug-in with options for pneumatics, trusses, and cables that makes it able to find any real equilibrated surface with tension or tensegrity system.

RhinoMembrane v1.22 adds support for tensegrity structures and mixed formfinding with URS (Update Reference Strategy ) and FDM ( Force Density Method ) plus a few new options like plot of reaction forces.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New Seoul landmark designed in Rhino

The Han River Art Island is the city of Seoul's major facelift. Nodeul Island, a long-deserted island in the middle of the city, will be reborn as a giant art complex after a (US$300 million) cosmetic surgery. Expected to open in 2014, the new 53,000 square meter culture and arts complex on Nodeul Island will house two concert halls, an art gallery, an outdoor concert stage, a sculpture park, an ecological park, and a scenic café.

Sanghoon Yoon, forwarded us these links, along with this comment:

"Recently there was a big architecture competition to design opera house in Seoul, and Rhino was used to design. Under the direction of dmp partners president, Seunghong Park, I did 3D modeling for rendering and mock-up. I used RhinoScript to develop the pattern."

News in English:
Project blog posts in Korean:

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Istanbul Jewelry Show, March 18-22

Istanbul Jewelry Show
18-22 March 2009

Turkish Jewelry industry has become one of the leading countries in world production and exports thanks to the 5000-year-old heritage that inspires designs, creation of unlimited models, production capacity, flexible production, unmatched quality, competitive prices and the capacity to deliver in the shortest possible time.
Come visit Piramit Teknik booth (Hall 8, Stand 8143) to learn more about Rhino and Matrix 3D.

Wacom Application Day - Viena, March 24

Wacom Application Day - Viena (Austria), March 24

KKKC invites you to a presentation on the newest digital tools, where you will learn how to use Rhino in combination with the Wacom Cintiq series. Experts from Wacom Europe and McNeel Europe will answer all your questions and assist you also at the "fingerfood and hands-on session".

Eurostampi Parma

Eurostampi 19- 1 March 2009
Parma Fairground - Italy

Visit the CIMSystem booth (Pad 6 - Stand K23) to learn more about Rhino, Rhino NC, Mosaix, Bamboo, RhinoReverse, and much more...

Visit the Roland and Sole Costa booth (Pad 6 - Stand 6) to learn more about Rhino and RhinoMold.

Bennett Linkage and Grasshopper

Daniel Piker has been busy exploring many different ideas with Grasshopper. Here he is exploring Bennett Linkages.

More about Voronoi...

Daniel Piker thinks so.

Grasshopper VB Scripting Primer

Dr Patrick Janssen, Department of Architecture at the National University of Singapore, is developing a Grasshopper VB Scripting Primer for his students. He has been kind enough to share it, but he is looking for your feedback on how it can be improved.

Exhibition: from Pyramids to Spacecraft

Rhino user Architecture and Vision announced the first exhibition solely dedicated to its work, which will be shown in Chicago March 11 until April 24 and later in San Francisco April 30 until May 20, 2009.

Forum of New Technologies - South Eastern Europe

IB-PROCADD invites you to join the Forum of New Technologies that will take place in March in four southeastern European countries. The Universities in Zagreb, Sarajevo, Belgrade, and Skopje are going to be the central points of ideas and progress of 2D and 3D technologies.

New Customer Stories Architecture

Manuel Hidalgo has more than 50 years experience in descriptive geometry and has been teaching Architecture at the Universad Politécnica de Madrid. With more than 20 years' experience in CAD, he has chosen Rhino as the right tool for him and his students to represent any given form with total accuracy.

These are his 3 new additions (spanish text) to the Rhino Wiki:

See also the In-Situ papers by Luis Fernando García Lara, Architect.

More here...

Voronoi and more...

Dimitrie Stefanescu is studying architecture (3rd year) at "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest, where his main interest is in the blurry overlap of architecture and code/scripting.

Check out his blog where he shares what he has learned as he explores RhinoScript and Grasshopper.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Organic modeling - new beta

T-Splines 2.0 for Rhino Beta Released

Version 2.0 adds several new tools and workflows to generate organic surfaces and brings a full suite of polygonal modeling techniques into Rhino. Including:
  • Enhanced surface editing. The move, rotate, and scale manipulators feature exact numerical input, a clickable heads-up display, and other improvements.
  • New grips. Directly edit using face grips, edge grips, points on the surface, and tangency handles.
  • Hotkeys. Single key stokes can be assigned to both T-Splines and Rhino commands.
  • Simpler surfaces. Support for triangle and other n-gon (pentagon, hexagon, etc.) faces.
  • Box modeling tools. Including subdivide face, insert edge, delete face, weld points, extrude edge, fill hole, merging and many more.
  • Smooth/mesh toggle. Toggle display between a coarse mesh and a smooth surface for easy and quick editing.
  • Primitives. New T-spline box, plane, sphere, torus, cone, and cylinder primitives.
  • Symmetry. Supports axial and radial symmetry.
  • Thicken. Turn your T-spline surfaces into a solid with one click.
  • Higher quality surfaces. The new, smoother star points yield surfaces that are more aesthetically pleasing, easier to offset (they are G1 smooth), and convert to fewer NURBS patches.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Structural Modeling and Analysis Tools

Jon Mirtschin is exploring new techniques and developing new tools for designing and analyzing structures. For example, one tool links Rhino and Grasshopper with structural analysis programs to explore shape and form.

Check out his blog and try some of his tools...

Grasshopper job in Brooklyn

Situ Studio, a digital design/fabrication studio located in Brooklyn, is looking for someone with proficiency in Grasshopper, scripting, ParaCloud or other similar programs to help develop a digital model of a complex interior millwork project. The goal is to develop a system for outputting shop drawings and/or cutsheets for CNC manufacturing.

Maximum 4-week long project.

Send resume and relevant work samples to work@situstudio.com

Grasshopper Live at Lynden High School

Last Monday, March 2nd, Zach Downey did a live webcast workshop for Dave Weidkamp's students at Lynden High School.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

New V-Ray for Rhino webinars, classes, etc.

Need to do more than get your feet wet with V-Ray for Rhino?

There are many new options, including webinars, online training, and classroom training.

Driving Dimensions Labs launched

LEDAS Ltd, a provider of computational software components for computer-aided design (CAD) systems, has launched the Driving Dimensions Labs web site. Driving Dimensions Labs is the space for new technology where visitors can see some of LEDAS prototypes in action.

Driving Dimensions Labs contains several movies that demonstrate Driving Dimensions prototypes working in different CAD environments. They are not yet in beta stage, but users can see how the idea of dimension-driven design can be implemented in different CAD systems.

Many Rhino users can save time by using a bottom-up constraint-driven assembly design. Forward kinematic animation is only one of the features LEDAS does research when prototyping Driving Dimensions for Rhino.

LinceoVR 3.0 for Rhino

Linceo VR 3.0 is real time rendering software with instantaneous camera matching for immediate contextualization of 3D models in the real world. LinceoVR 3.0 uses state-of-the-art lighting techniques to generate and display – in real time – exceptionally realistic images in computer graphics, using HDRI and OPENEXR lighting and Ambient Occlusion for realistic shadows.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Check out Marina Housing Ltd's web site. Most of the floating buildings are modeled in Rhino.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Rhino at Scanplast Göteborg, 10-12 March

Scanplast, Design Engineering and Electronix in the Swedish Exhibition Centre.
10-12 March 2009 - Göteborg.

Visit Marinesoft booth (B03:42) to learn more about Rhino 4, RhinoCAM, Rhinophoto, reverse engineering tools, Datakit converters and additional Rhino plugins.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

RhinoCAM 2.0 - major service release

This new version of RhinoCAM includes six major enhancements and many bug fixes.

RhinoScript Labs Update

The Labs version of RhinoScript contains additions and modifications to the version of RhinoScript included with Rhino 4.0 SR5.

RhinoScript is a scripting tool based on Microsoft's VBScript language. With RhinoScript, you can quickly add functionality to Rhino, or automate repetitive tasks.

Friday, March 6, 2009

New RhinoAir

A new version of the RhinoAir plug-in for rendering with Air from Rhino 4 is now available. What's new:

  • Dynamic view changes for interactive preview rendering (IPR) TweakAir has a new option to automatically update the view used for high-quality preview rendering when the corresponding Rhino view changes.
  • Instancer shaders AIR 8 introduces a new instancer shader type that creates new objects on-demand at render time. The RhinoAir help file includes detailed instructions on using the new tree instancer for growing trees at render time.
  • Light channels: save a separate output image for each light
  • Shader parameters for per-object environment maps
  • Many additional options now update in the interactive view
  • New help file section with tips for rendering large images
  • New common product licensing policy: anyone with an Air license can now use BakeAir and TweakAir.

Grasshopper workshop materials

Heinz Schmiedhofer, an architect and research assistant at TU Vienna / Austria, has been perparing some Grasshopper materials for a workshop he is hosting for his students.

Heinz has been kind enough to share them on his blog, free.form.fever.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Marine students save at Westlawn

The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology has instituted a number of measures designed to help students cope with education costs and encourage them to keep studying. These include controlling tuition costs and finding ways for students to obtain Rhino and Orca3D at a lower cost.

Parametrics in Rhino?

Gijs de Zwart has posted an excellent example of how to use Grasshopper to parametrically drive design alternatives. You will find a detailed explanation, videos, and sample files on the RhinoCentre blog.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Rhino Job in Port Orchard, WA

SAFE Boats International LLC, a manufacturer of high performance aluminum boats, is looking for an experienced Rhino user to be responsible for 3D modeling and parts development on SAFE Boats product line.

Rhino OS X - New Build

There is a new build available, Wenatchee 2009-02-27, with many new features, enhancements, and bug fixes.

Rhino 4 SR5b Released

Rhino 4 Service Release 5b is now available to download. Owners of Rhino 4 are encouraged to download and install SR5b today. SR5b contains dozens of stability and crash fixes, as well as enhancements to many commands, including:

  • Printing
  • DWG file import and export
  • OBJ file import
  • STEP file export
  • SolidWorks file import
  • Smart Tracking
  • UnrollSrf

Details and download...

Gemvision and Stuller join forces

Long-time third-party Rhino developer, Gemvision and jewelry industry supplier giant, Stuller, Inc. have joined forces to provide Gemvision's leading-edge jewelry design tools to the retail jewelers around the world.

The Geometry of Bending

Check out architect Mårten Nettelbladt's blog, The Geometry of Bending. His tools include Rhino and Grasshopper.

Monday, March 2, 2009

LAN-ON-SITE @ ROME / March 22-29 2009

The idea of Wall-Squared surfaces as a way of initiating explorations of complex surfaces. ITERATIVE design will be the emphasized design mode. Participants will be given a preliminary WALL and asked to design a second iteration through a controlled modification of a project parameters. Subsequent design iterations will seek to fully integrate insight gained from 1:1 scale fabrication explorations.

This workshop proposes the exploration of ‘digital tectonics’ whereby the emphasis is on total integration between digital modeling and fabrication at a 1:1 scale. Parametric design will be utilized in both methodology and modeling, where students will explore both associative and generative techniques that investigate variation in form and stress physical production design integration. The workshop will result in the production of full scale, digitally manufactured prototypes.

Three main topics will be examined 1/ digital design theory, 2/ parametric design + modeling [RHINO, RHINO SCRIPTING, PARACLOUD] and 3/ digital fabrication [RHINOCAM] Each of the four tutors hold different specializations within the stated aspects. The workshop will emphasize the importance of fusing the three topics, and the final outcome will consist of a fully integrated design- to-production prototypes through engagement with accessible CNC production means–3d printer, CNC routers & laser cutters.