Friday, May 29, 2009

New Grasshopper community site growing quickly

The new Grasshopper community web site is only two weeks old and growing quickly:

  • ~12,000 visitors
  • ~1,000 members
  • 100+ discussions
  • 400 images
  • 40 videos
  • 5 events

Advanced Grasshopper Workshop in Pasadena, June 12th

Forward Design Office in Pasadena, California recently held an introductory Grasshopper workshop. It was such a success that they have asked Andrew Payne to return and conduct a one-day Advanced Grasshopper workshop.

Date: Friday, June 12
Hours: 9:30am-5:30pm
Location: Forward Design Office
Cost: US$250.00

This class will build upon the techniques explored during the first workshop and will require a basic knowledge of the software. This class will begin to address how Grasshopper can be used as an integral part of the entire building design and fabrication process. Attendees will work on a series of examples that will demonstrate how they can create parametric models that can compliment a number of different modes of fabrication (i.e. CNC mill, laser cutter, area calculations, panel systems, formatting information for custom spreadsheets, etc). If you are interested in registering for this workshop, please contact Jeffrey Kim.

This workshop is open to professionals and students; laptops required.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Rhino OS X - with enhanced rendering

The latest work-in-progress build of Rhino OS X now includes the Toucan render. New features include:

  • Fast raytrace rendering
  • Material Editor
  • Material Browser - drag and drop assignment
  • Material Library (small sample set, more coming)

Details and download...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Shape To Fabrication 3 videos on-line now!

The first two videos from Shape to Fabrication 3 conference are now online:
  • 01 of 14 - James Haig Streeter (EDAWScripting the Public Realm

    In this presentation James outlines how Rhino was used in four public realm projects: Pier Head - Liverpool; Westfield Shopping Centre - London, Blackpool Sea Defences and a Wind Tower project in Doha - Qatar

  • 02 of 14 - Jalal El-Ali (Buro HappoldMadrid Law Courts with Foster and Partners; Mediacite Liege with Ron Arad Associates
    Buro Happold developed an automated routine in Rhino for the Madrid Law Courts that optimised the position of the structure and allowed panels, structural beams and nodes all to be automatically extracted and documented. For Mediacite Buro Happold automated the analysis of the complex roof structure with a model built automated using RhinoScript.

Atelier RhinoScript in Paris - Marc Fornes THEVERYMANY

23-24 juin - Atelier RhinoScript pour professionnels, Paris Centre

McNeel Europe has organized this 2-day RhinoScript workshop, where Marc Fornes (THEVERYMANY) will teach the fundamentals of scripting in Rhino, starting with the essentials and the anatomy of VBScript to the logic of operators and functions, conditional execution, arrays, and finally get into the NURBS and meshes geometry.

Cost of this workshop is €600 and class limit is 10. Language is French.

Monday, May 25, 2009

digital matters symposium & workshops

digital matters is an international and interdisciplinary symposium about digital architecture taking place on 26th June 2009 in Trier, Germany, organized by Prof. Holger Hoffmann, Prof. Franz Kluge, Prof. Klaus Klever and Prof. Hartmut Eckhardt from the FH Trier - Fachbereich Gestaltung.

Speakers include Johan Bettum (Städelschule Frankfurt am Main), Georg Franck (TU Wien, iemar), Achim Menges (Universität Stuttgart), Tobias Bonwetsch (Gramazio & Kohler, ETH Zürich), Tobias Wallisser (L-A-V-A, Akademie für Bildende Kunst Stuttgart), Daniel Bosia (Arup AGU, London), Oliver Tessmann (Bollinger + Grohmann, Frankfurt am Main), Harald Kloft (OSD, TU Kaiserslautern), Arnold Walz (design to production, Stuttgart) and Martin Josst (Delugan Meissl Associated Architects).

In addition, the FH Trier - Fachbereich Gestaltung has organized the following two workshops on the 15-17 July 2009:

- 3D-Modelling für Architekten/Ingenieure in Rhinoceros 4.0
Mi, 15.07.2009 - Fr, 17.07.2009, jeweils von 09:00 - 17:00
Leitung: Prof. Holger Hoffmann, FH Trier

- Rhino-/VBscript für Architekten/Ingenieure
Mi, 15.07.2009 - Fr, 17.07.2009, jeweils von 09:00 - 17:00
Leitung: Steffen Riegas, UNStudio Amsterdam

Friday, May 22, 2009

Grasshopper and furniture

GT2P is a couple of young Chilean architects with a parametric design and digital fabrication studio. Their interesting furniture, lamps, and architecture are completely designed with Rhino and Grasshopper. Their products are produced by CNC routers. Their Voromix lamp was recently exhibited in Milan Design Week '09.

Buro Happold Smart plugins for Rhino

Buro Happold is continually developing new technology to ensure delivery of innovative solutions to complex engineering problems. SMART, a team of consultants with strong analytical capabilities, has been instrumental in enabling this. The team's services include structural, crowd flow and numerical solutions, while their expertise in numerical modeling has resulted in the development of several in-house software packages.

RhinoMembrane events

RhinoMembrane is a powerful plug-in for tensile structures and minimal surfaces.

Developed by Gerry D'Anza and Johannes Linhard with theory support from Prof. Bletzinger, RhinoMembrane is a application with one of the most powerful form-finding strategies available today. Using a FEA (Finite Element Analysis) model it is able to relax any mesh into a stressed surface in equilibrium with positive stress fields only.

Learn more about RhinoMembrane at the following events:

See also the tutorials at

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Rhino User Meeting Lyon - Agenda Updated

Now available: The final agenda of the Rhino User Meeting Lyon taking place on the 29th May at the Ecole de Beaux Arts de Lyon.

Free CAD/CAM Workshop at FILOU, June 4

Free CAD/CAM Workshop, June 4

Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany

FILOU has organized this free CAD/CAM workshop to introduce you to the use of Rhino, FILOU NC, DeskProto and madCAM.

madCAM 4.2 beta for Rhino released

Existing madCAM users are invited to try the new madCAM 4.2 beta.

Here are some of the functions that we now have introduced:

  • Enhanced 5-axis and re-machining functions.
  • New re-roughing function.
  • Machining from user defined stock models.
  • 5-axis machine parts simulation.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Grasshopper tutorial from Cornell

Woo Jae Sung has been teaching Grasshopper workshops at Cornell architecture. He has uploaded his newest tutorial materials to his blog, hoping they will be helpful to all beginning Grasshopper users.

Monday, May 18, 2009

New Rhino turkish blog & RhinoTuts

Metin Şaylan, a young marine engineer, has started Rhinodersleri, a new Rhino blog in the Turkish language.

Metin is also posting tutorials, tips and tricks on RhinoTuts.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

New Grasshopper site

We have moved Grasshopper to a new web site:

Orca3D introductory webinar on May 21

Orca3D: Extending Rhino's Capabilities for the Naval Architect

Join Orca3D for a Webinar on May 21 and receive a 20% discount on Orca3D when you purchase within 30 days!

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM-10:00 AM EDT (15:00-16:00 CET)
Space is limited. Reserve a seat.

Bongo 2.0 - Work-in-Progress available

Bongo 2.0, animation for Rhino, includes many new features:

  • Inverse Kinematics.
  • Improved timeline and keyframe editor
  • Curve editor
  • Multiple animations per file

Try the Work-in-Progress version...

Friday, May 15, 2009

V+Plus '09 Valenza, May 23-25

V+Plus '09 Valenza, May 23-25

Come visit Informatica Service Valenza s.r.l. booth and learn more about the new Gemvision Matrix 6.0 release.
Also, don't miss this special conference:
- Sunday 24th May at 15h: Gemvision USA will present the new Matrix 6.0 release

Visit also Smart3D and JewelsLab booth to learn more about their new Jewelry plug-ins for Rhino.

Jewelry Design with Rhino & RhinoGold

Schindler Technologies, Authorized Reseller and Rhino Training Center, in Ontario is offering two free Jewelry Design with Rhino & RhinoGold seminars. Join them on Wednesday, June 17 at the Canadian Jewelers Association in Toronto.

  • Session 1: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Session 2: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
To register, email or call (888) 688-6835.

T-Splines 2.0 for Rhino released

T-Splines 2.0 for Rhino is now shipping. 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 strokes 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.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

NEDAG User Meeting with guest Gustavo Fontana

The first meeting of NEDAG: North East Digital Artists Group will be held on Tuesday, May 26th at Mt. Ida College in Newton, MA.

Gustavo Fontana will give a presentation on modeling with Rhino, Modo, and T-Splines.

Contact Heidi if you have questions or you may register here. Additional information can be found on NEDAG's site at This is a free event.

The purpose of NEDAG is to promote the free exchange of information related to the creation of 3D art: learning, networking and supporting the development of 3D artists in the Northeast.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Free Webinar: ParaCloud Modeler for Rhino, May 13

Eyal Nir from ParaCloud is offering a free webinar presenting ParaCloud Modeler for Rhinoa simple and easy Component Population software. If you're interested in expanding the capabilities of Rhino and Grasshopper, join the webinar to learn about ParaCloud Modeler.

Date: Wednesday, May 13
Time: 1 pm Eastern

To register, please email This webinar is free.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Rhino designs in Milan

At the Milan Design Fair in April, Corian Super-surface Lounge installation by Amanda Levete Architects was one of the highlights. Completely designed and fabricated in Rhino with Grasshopper.

View Analysis Results in Rhino

This new Rhino Labs plug-in allows Rhino users to view and print their analysis results in Rhino.

Rhino Web Help

Rhino's Help is now on the web. Enjoy!

IE or Safari required. (Firefox and Chrome will now work.)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Young Designers' Exhibition @ Taipei, 14-17 May

28th Int'l Young Designers' Exhibition
14-17 May, 2009
Taipei, Taiwan
YODEX (Young Designers' Exhibition) is the largest student design fairs in Asia.YODEX is a degree show which brings together all of the design graduates’ works under one roof at and attracts more than 90,000 visitors from Taiwan and abroad every year. In 4 days of exhibition, visitors witness the dynamic young design power from various design disciplines, such as fashion design, industrial design, communication design, interior design and so on. For design students, YODEX offers an unparalleled opportunity to interact with each other and provides a valuable experience for pursuing their future careers.
Come visit Surface3d booth (Hall 1, stand 105) to learn about Rhino and related plug-ins and experience 3Dconnexion series products.

SNAG 2009 Conference - Philadelphia, PA

The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) is holding its annual conference in Philadelphia. This year's keynote speaker is Stanley Lechtzin, Artist/Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Professor and Head of Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM Area.

Come see the Revolution.

Join Rod McCormick from University of the Arts for a post-conference 3D computer modeling workshop on Sunday, May 24. The workshop is for high school educators and will cover teaching 3D computer graphics to high school students.

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Date: May 20-23, 2009

Rhino eats everything for $1,500


Datakit is offering a bundle of all their Rhino import plugins at a special price of US$/Euro€ 1,500* until 1-June-2009. The import plugin bundle includes support for:
  • Catia V4
  • Catia V5
  • Pro-E
  • NX
  • Inventor
  • SolidEdge
  • JT
  • ACIS
  • Parasolid

Option: Add CATIA V4 and V5 export for $1,000. *for new customers, an additional 20% maintenance is compulsory, to guarantee flawless compatibility with all CAD software upgrades that are brought to the market.

Details and download...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Rhino User Meeting Lyon - May, 29

McNeel Europe is happy to announce the second Rhino User Meeting in France. This year the event will take place on the 29th May at the Ecole de Beaux Arts de Lyon.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Rhino training in Huntington Beach, CA

Archway Systems in Huntington Beach will be hosting a Rhino Level 1 Class on June 30-July 2. Cost $695 per person.

In this comprehensive 3-day class 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.

For additional details and registration information, contact Linda Grubb.

T-Splines 2.0 is looking good

T-Splines 2.0 for Rhino will ship in the next few weeks. The T-Splines plug-in for Rhino allows you to create smooth organic designs using Sub-D/box modeling techniques, edit them quickly, and export your models for manufacturing without remodeling. Download a free trial at

Rhino job in Ottawa

The Radar Applications and Space Technologies Section at Defence Research and Development Canada – Ottawa is developing algorithms for the exploitation of data from airborne and spaceborne polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (PolSAR). They need an experienced CAD modeler with Rhino skills.

Grasshopper at Tongji University in Shanghai

Dr. Chengyu SUN's fourth year undergraduate students at Tongji University- College of Architecture and Urban Planning are generously sharing their Grasshopper projects.

Grasshopper Ring by aureoCAD

Aurelio Perugini has posted a video that shows his experiments with Grasshopper in Jewelry Design on his new blog.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Grasshopper training - Pasadena, CA

Forward Design Office in Pasadena will be having a Grasshopper training class on Sunday, May 17, from 9 am-5 pm. If you are interested in signing up for the class, please contact Jeffrey Kim.

Cost: US$300
Space is limited. Sign up early. Laptops required.