Wednesday, April 29, 2009

AA|FAB AWARDS 2009 “Designing Fabrication”

The FAB Research Cluster at the Architectural Association in London announces an open international call for submissions to the 2009 AAFAB Awards. This years Award theme is ‘Designing Fabrication’ and the Cluster is interested in recently built projects that exemplify the innovative integration of design and fabrication processes through digitally driven design systems and protocols, and whose completion contributes to an international discourse on the use of emerging design and fabrication technologies.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Rhino3D Technical Jewelry Modeling Courses

Vivian Li has just published her Third Rhino Jewelry Tutorial CD. It includes 10 hours of video instruction in 35 courses.

See the sample videos:

Video 1, Video 2, Video 3

Monday, April 27, 2009

Design Modelling Symposium Berlin - workshops agenda updated

Design Modelling Symposium Berlin
October 5-7

The Design Modelling Symposium sees itself as an interdisciplinary platform of designers, developers and scientists of the disciplines architecture, design and engineering.

This 3-day event includes four formats: Lectures, Case Studies, Workshops and Master Classes.

There are now confirmed Grasshopper (Luis Fraguada) and RhinoMembrane (Johannes Linhard, Gerry D'Anza, Prof. Kai-Uwe Bletzinger) workshops and a RhinoScript (Marc Fornes) master class.

Innovative Design and Construction Technologies, Milano, May 6-7

Innovative Design and Construction Technologies
Milano, May 6-7

This international conference presents the state of the art in innovative design and construction technologies, with a wide perspective of all the operators involved from architect, to engineer, to supplier and client.

Marc Fornes (theverymany) will show his latest RhinoScript projects and Dr. Shrikant Sharma (Buro Happold Smart Group) will show Buro Happold's brand new SMART solutions for Rhino.

Other very interesting speakers include Oliver Tessmann (Bollinger & Grohmann), Arnold Walz (DesignToProduction), Matias del Campo (SPAN Architects), Cristiano Ceccato (Zaha Hadid Architects), Marthijn Pool (ONL Oosterhuis), Mick Eekhout (Octatube), Erwin van Maaren (Nedcam), and many more...

ParaCloud GEM for Rhino OS X

ParaCloud GEM is a design tool for populating Mesh Models with any Mesh geometry. With a simple to use interface, ParaCloud GEM offers an easy way for creating complex 3D models by users at any CAD skills.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

T-Splines 2.0 Beta 4 released

T-Splines version 2.0 adds several new tools and workflows to generate organic surfaces and brings a full suite of polygonal modeling techniques into Rhino. Beta 4 includes all of the major 2.0 features plus important bug fixes and stability improvements.

PanelingTools New Release for Rhino 4.0 SR5

A new release of PanelingTools plug-in for Rhino 4.0 is now available for download. New in this release:

  • Added new unroll commands to unroll multiple faces, edges or points. Unrolled geometry inherits input objects name and other attributes as well as user data. There is an option to output result into new layers.
    • ptUnrollFaces.
    • ptUnrollEdges.
    • ptUnrollPoints.
  • Add new ptTrimGrid command with option to select inside, outside or shift outside points to the edges relative to a base surface/polysurface.
  • Added new ptUnifyFacesNormal command to unify panels normal direction relative to reference surface or polysurface.
  • Added "Iso" and "ShortPath" options to PanelShape option in ptPanelGrid command.
  • Rewritten how panels are pulled to a base surface or polysurface. It should work better especially near edges.
  • ptFinEdges - Fix distance bug (used to be reset to 1 in some cases).
  • ptFinEdges - Added BothSides option.
  • Toolbars have new look.
  • Update how menu and toolbar is organized. Commands are now grouped as follows:
    • Creating base paneling grid commands
    • Paneling with base grid.
    • Paneling without grid.
    • Grid utility.
    • Paneling utility.
    • General utility.
  • Check the new Introduction to PanelingTools tutorials.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Intro to Grasshopper in two parts

David Fano has posted an Introduction to Grasshopper in two parts on his blog, design.reform.

Grasshopper at Virginia Tech

Thanks to professor Michael Erman, and instructor Amrit Singh, a designer at SMBW Architects, for setting this up. Zach Downey was at the Virginia Tech’s college of Architecture and Design teaching an introduction to Parametric/Logical Modeling with Rhino’s Grasshopper. This intense 3-day workshop covered Grasshopper basics and introduced the students to some design problems to solve using Grasshopper’s logical modeling capabilities.

These sessions were recorded and posted on-line for everyone's enjoyment. Here they are

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Royal Huisman’s design system based on Rhino

In 2007 Royal Huisman decided to integrate Rhino in their workflow of designing their mega sailing yachts. Royal Huisman belongs to the top five mega sail yacht builders of the world!
Read the entire case study on RhinoCentre Netherlands blog.

Ronchamp roof - Analysis and modeling process

Andrés de Mesa and Joaquín Regot from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya have been kind enough to share this paper "Architectural freeforms analysis from the digital generation of surfaces. Ronchamp roof."

Custom Paneling in Rhino

Learn how to make custom paneling routines using existing 2D and 3D geometry and the PanelingTools plug-in for Rhino. You can download and try PanelingTools. They are free.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Workshop Fabricación Digital MedioDESIGN Barcelona - May 2009

MedioDESIGN has organized an open workshop Introducción a la Fabricación Digital, where students will learn how to get their digital 3D models milled with Rhino and RhinoCAM.

RhinoScript Labs Update (April 20, 2009)

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

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

The following new functions have been added to the Labs version of RhinoScript:

AddPlanarMesh - Creates a planar mesh from a closed, planar curve.
BoxMorphObject - Bounding box morphs an object.
ClosedCurveOrientation - Returns the orientation of a closed, planar curve.
CurrentDetail - Returns or changes the current detail view in a page layout view.
CurveNormalizedParameter - Converts a normalized curve parameter to a curve parameter.
CurveParameter - Converts a curve parameter to a normalized curve parameter.
DetailNames - Returns the detail views of a page layout view.
DimStyleLengthFactor - Returns or changes the length factor of a dimension style.
DimStylePrefix - Returns or changes the prefix of a dimension style..
DimStyleSuffix - Returns or changes the suffix of a dimension style..
DivideCurveEquidistant - Divides a curve such that the linear distance between the points is equal.
ExtrudeCurveTapered - Extrudes a curve to a taper.
GetMeshFaces - Prompts the user to pick, or select, one or more mesh faces.
GetMeshVertices - Prompts the user to pick, or select, one or more mesh vertices.
IntersectSpheres - Calculates the intersection of two spheres.
IsDetail - Verifies that a detail view is on a page layout view.
IsLayout - Verifies that a view is a page layout view.
IsLayoutObject - Verifies that an object resides in either layout or model space.
IsPointOnMesh - Verifies that a point is on a mesh.
Layer State Methods - Several new layer state methods were added.
LineCylinderIntersection - Calculates the intersection of a line and a cylinder.
LineSphereIntersection - Calculates the intersection of a line and a sphere.
MakeCurveNonPeriodic - Makes a periodic curve non-periodic.
MakeSurfaceNonPeriodic - Makes a periodic surface non-periodic
MeshVertexFaces - Returns the mesh faces that share a mesh vertex.
ObjectLayout - Returns or changes the layout or model space of an object.
PlaneSphereIntersection - Calculates the intersection of a plane and a sphere.
ProjectCurveToMesh - Projects one or more curves onto one or more meshes.
ProjectPointToMesh - Projects one or more points onto one or more meshes.
RemoveCurveKnot - Deletes a knot from a curve.
RemoveSurfaceKnot - Deletes a knot-line from a surface.
ResetMaterial - Resets a material to Rhino's default material.
ReverseSurface - Reverses the direction of a surface object.
ShootRay - Shoots a ray at a collection of surfaces.
SurfaceNormalizedParameter - Converts a normalized surface parameter to a surface parameter.
SurfaceParameter - Converts a surface parameter to a normalized surface parameter.

Monday, April 20, 2009

RhinoTerrain 1.5 announced

RhinoTerrain introduces RhinoTerrain 1.5

Faster, better productivity, and more features which include:

· Ultra fast terrain creation with Constrained Delaunay triangulation (>2 million triangles per second )
· Ultra fast contour curve generation that works on large terrain meshes
· Gridded terrain with user STEP definition ideal for NURBS surface terrain generation
· Ultra fast terrain viewshed analysis for impact study (television, phone antenna, wind turbine position, house point of view)
· Terrain slope and height analysis
· Stepped terrain generation from contour lines ideal for architectural presentations
· Shaded contour lines display
· Terrain filtering
· Cut and fill volume computations
· Import of 3D GIS data (ArcInfo, USGS DEM, IGN Bd Alti)
· Import of Leica 3D scanner in colored RGB point cloud
· Ultra fast mesh terrain tiling with geo-referenced orthophoto support
· ZCorp 3D printer support for 3D terrain printing

The majority of our functions are designed to use the MultiCore feature (multi-threaded) to increase your productivity.

RhinoTerrain 1.5 list price is 695€/$. For existing RhinoTerrain users it's a free upgrade.

Additional details and a free Evaluation version are at (Download section).

Distributed Intelligence in Design Symposium - 8-9 May, Salford Quays, UK

8-9 May, Salford Quays, UK

Architectural design and production is becoming more and more a digitally-networked practice and an outcome of distributed activities within and across organisations that involve various collaborative interactions and embedding intelligence into the formation, organisation, performance and actualisation of spaces.

The symposium will investigate the emerging concept of “Distributed Intelligence in Design”.

David Rutten will show the latest version of Grasshopper as part of the program.

Maxwell Render for Rhino - Plug-in Update

Next Limit announces a new release update for the Maxwell Render for Rhino plug-in.

The 1.8.2 release of the Maxwell Render for Rhino 4 plug-in sees movement toward greater simplicity, while also providing a more powerful workflow. Mainly, the changes made will be seen when working with the plug-in's Scene and Database Manager windows.

More information and download here...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Rhino Design Optimization & Fabrication

McNeel Miami has introduced a new Rhino Design Optimization & Fabrication class. Along with learning how to create and edit accurate free-form 3D NURBS models, this training session will give students a functional understanding of Grasshopper. Details...

  • Dates: May 19-22
  • Location: Miami, FL
  • Cost: US$895
For questions, contact Jackie Nasser at (305) 513-4445.

Architecture Job - Culver City, CA

Eric Owen Moss Architects in Culver City, CA is seeking qualified technical architects. The position requires a minimum of 10 years of working experience from schematic design through construction administration phases. Proficiency in Rhino is preferred.

Workshop results - University of Nebraska–Lincoln

On Saturday April 11, Nathan Miller instructed a 1-day Grasshopper workshop at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln College of Architecture for undergraduate and graduate students. There were about 25 students in attendance. Most were familiar with Rhino but had never used Grasshopper before. A lot of material was covered for one day and the students did an excellent job adapting to a new way of working and designing.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Spaceframe aast installation

aast/// spaceframe installation
Location: aast exhibition Settimo Torinese, Turin, Italy
Authors: Davide del Giudice, Andrea Graziano

Spaceframe structure is an installation of a 3D surface of flat triangular paper panels "massive" unrolled on a plane and realized with laser cut technologies.

Triangular panels create a 3D pyramid surface configuration with parametric holes in the interior faces that have dimensions which follow distances from centroid areas faces and one point attractors defined by the user.

Process: My Rhino Grasshopper definition was rebuilt, and optimized based on a definition found at Designalyze. I have implemented the new definition by including parametric functions to create a "massive unroll" pyramids getting a file with the panels A and B separated, numbered, with the faces of the pyramid united among each other trough common edge, flap to the joints between panels and more. In this way the lasercut machine come out of the panels that you just bend to get the final three-dimensional configuration.

Workshop sobre Arquitectura Algorítmica - San Sebastián / Barcelona

The ETSASS, the COAVN Gipuzkoa and the IaaC organize a Workshop in Algorithmic Architecture.

The workshop will have two parts:

  • 21-23 May at the ETSASS San Sebastián: RhinoScript with Luis Fraguada, Live Architecture
  • 25-28 May at the IaaC Barcelona: Generative Design and CNC Fabrication

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

PhD Research - Influence of Digital Media on Architectural Design

Chantelle Niblock, PhD Student Researcher at the Mackintosh School of Architecture (University of Glasgow), is conducting an investigation of the influence of digital media on architectural design thinking. Target samples are Architectural Rhino users due to their multi-disciplinary approach to design methods from concept formation through to final design (building).

Chantelle kindly asks Rhino users in the AEC field to answer this research questionnaire.

Workshop Jewelry Design at FILOU

24th April - Workshop Jewelry Design
FILOU, Rheda-Wiedenbrück (Germany)

FILOU, RhinoGold, Roland and DeskProto have organized this free workshop in jewelry design.

More information and registration here...

Rhino 5 public development begins

The Rhino Development Team is excited to announce the beginning of public development of Rhino 5.

Owners of Rhino 4.0 are invited to read about our development process and then download and test drive Rhino 5.

The first WIP (Work-in-Progress) release of Rhino 5 is available in English and includes support for 32- and 64-bit Windows Operating systems.

64-bit Windows supported:
The 64-bit version of Rhino 5 can use as much system memory as is available from the operating system. This allows you to open and edit models that are much larger than you could edit in Rhino 4.0.

The 32- and 64-bit versions of Rhino can be installed and run on the same computer at the same time.

Backward compatible:
Rhino 4.0 plug-ins will load and run in the 32-bit version of Rhino 5. Plug-ins will need to be recompiled for the 64-bit version of Rhino by the plug-in developer. Until they're ready, you may need to run the 32- and 64-bit versions of Rhino 5 side by side.

New features:
Many Rhino Labs plug-ins have been included in this Rhino 5 WIP. Also, several other new features have been added. A list is available on the What's New in Rhino 5 WIP page.

System requirements:
  • 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 2000, XP, or Vista
  • Rhino 4.0
  • 100MB of disk space
  • 2GB RAM (4-16GB recommended for 64-bit systems and very large models)
Download now:
For a list of new features and to download, please visit

Join the discussion: 
Visit news:// to talk directly with our developers, read about what we're doing, share your ideas, and report any problems you experience.


RhinoMembrane tutorials

Johannes Linhard coauthor of RhinoMembrane has made available 5 tutorials on how to use RhinoMembrane on

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

PanelingTools tutorial

Learn the PanelingTools plug-in for Rhino.

aast///Advanced Architecture Settimo Tokyo

aast///Advanced Architecture Settimo Tokyo

Generative Architecture events in Settimo Tokyo, promoter CASARTARC Settimo Torinese Association. aast is a group of events intended to spread generative computational design, becoming an Advanced Architectural Research International Exhibition. aast gives the opportunity to professionals and students to test a new approach to design, using innovative tools. aast is a survey of research on new generations of architects oriented to understanding the huge transformation of contemporary architecture perspectives.

Apart from the conferences and exhibitions, there's also a workshop "Design with Rhinoceros, Grasshopper and VB script" planned in October.

Monday, April 6, 2009

RhinoScript and Grasshopper training at McNeel Europe - Barcelona

McNeel Europe has updated its RhinoScript training schedule in its Barcelona offices.
We are also offering Grasshopper training, starting May 18. Luis Fraguada is the instructor for both.

This Grasshopper workshop will give students a functional understanding of the plug-in, allowing them to build on this understanding into more advanced projects of their own.

Find all proposed dates here.

Classes are in English and space is limited.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Digital Documentation - Glasgow, April 22-23

On April 22nd and 23rd, the Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studio will be hosting its second conference on digital documentation. Pointools will be showing their high performance software for working with laser scanning data in Rhino.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Magnetic Grasshopper

Daniel Piker has posted a Grasshopper definition for displacement by magnet attractors based on real physics. It allows you to set multiple ‘attractors’ which interact realistically just like electric charges, magnets, heat flows or ideal fluids. Sliders control whether each point is a source, sink, vortex or a combination of these.

Lake House - designed in Rhino

Modeled and designed in Rhino. Rendered in V-Ray.

Reid Jubb Brown has released details of a ground breaking new country house, planned at Ghyllheugh near Rothbury, Northumberland and believed to be the first PPS7 planning application in the North East of England.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Algorithmic Modelling with Grasshopper

Mohamad Khabazi, architecture student in London, at the Architectural Association (AA), has published an on-line book of his design experiments in architecture called ‘Algorithmic Modelling with Grasshopper’.

Rhino Job - Abilene, TX

Indivijual Custom Eyewear needs freelance help to design eyeglass frames. They also need help taking rough sketches of frames to finished CAD designs for milling.