Friday, April 30, 2010

Design Solutions for Architecture, Singapore

Highlighting software tools and 3D printing for architectural applications, the Design Solutions For Architecture & Interior Designs event will take place next month in Singapore.

This one-day event will feature Rhino, PanelingTools, T-Splines, Maxwell Render and ZCorp.

  • May 20, 2010
  • 9:00 am-2:00 pm
  • National Library Building
  • Singapore
  • Sponsored by FreeForm Solution
Contact Sebastian Lim or call +65 6834 4251 to register.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Two nice Rhino presentations by the TU Graz

The Rhino Day at the TU-Graz took place in October 2009.

Dipl.-Ing. Mag. Dr. Milena Stavric and Herr Dipl. Ing. Christian Freißling (Institut für Architektur und Medien - TU Graz) were kind enough to share their respective presentations:

The documents are in German but it's worth take a look at them just for the beautiful images.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

François Roche book presentation at the AA London

François Roche lecture at the AA London: Ecosophical Apparatus and Skizoïd Machines
29 April 2010

Machines are always pretending to do more than they were programmed to do. It’s their nature. The blur between what they are supposed to do, as perfect alienated and domesticated creatures, and the anthropomorphic psychology we intentionally project on to them, creates a spectrum of potentiality, both interpretative and productive. Read more here...
R&Sie(n) was founded in 1989 by François Roche and Stéphanie Lavaux. Their architectural work is simultaneously organic, biological and critical. It seeks to articulate the real and/or fictional, geographic situations and narrative structures that can transform them.

See and

Many of François Roche projects were done in Grasshopper and with the help of the Rhino SDK.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Rhino, Grasshopper, Kangaroo, and Geometry Gym at the AA London

Rhino, Grasshopper, Kangaroo and Geometry Gym at the AA London
May 12, 2010, from 1 to 3pm

Architectural Association (AA)
School of Architecture
36 Bedford Square

As part of an Architectural Association lecture/event series organized by Marco Poletto, Simply Rhino UK brings together the following software developers:

  • David Rutten - Grasshopper:
    Some background and history, recent developments, and maybe some discussion on future developments.
  • Daniel Piker - Kangaroo:
    Kangaroo is a live physics engine for Rhino and Grasshopper. It embeds powerful mathematical models of real physical behavior directly in Rhino's 3D modeling environment; so designers can use it to integrate with and inform a design from the very earliest stages.

    Kangaroo enables rapid exploration not just of catenary and tensile structures, but also makes it possible to creatively play with and invent new physical form-finding techniques.

    A great variety of naturally occurring processes and behaviors can be simulated, and ideas of self-organisation and material intelligence can be applied in a very immediate way.
  • Jon Mirtschin - Geometry Gym:
    Jon will present on using Rhino and Grasshopper for geometrical modelling, primarily for architecture and structure. Geometry Gym has developed plug-ins, featuring tools and techniques including geodesic domes, minimal surfaces, mesh relaxing, tessellation and parametric steel frame modeling.
These three presentations will be followed by a joint Q&A / discussion session.

There will also be some additional work, made possible by this combination of Grasshopper and Rhino, presented by current students at the AA School.

Registration details:
  • There is no charge to attend this event, but registration is required. Please send an email to or call on 0208 498 9900.
  • For members, current students or staff of The AA School of Architecture - You can
    simply turn up on the day.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Python advances in Rhino

We continue to improve the Python scripting language in the Rhino 5 WIP. The newest Python upgrade includes Python’s standard library. The library provides access to system functionality such as file I/O, as well as standardized solutions for many problems that occur in everyday programming.

Python is a modern development language which aims to combine power and flexibility with clear syntax. Through Python you can now access both RhinoScript and advanced SDK functions in the same program.

To find out more about Python in Rhino, visit our new Python community site.

More marine applications, free plugins

Orca3D has released two new plugins, Orca3D Offset Table and a RhinoMarine translator. Both are now available as free downloads.

Orca3D Offset Table is for people that do not own Orca3D, but would like to be able to create a table of offsets that open in Excel.


The RhinoMarine to Orca3D Translator is for those who have models that contain data that is specific to RhinoMarine, such as sections, weight/cost items, and other settings. This translator will batch convert many files at one time into a format compatible with Orca3D.

Parametric 3D Modeling with Grasshopper - Mexico City

This intensive week-long course, Parametric 3D Modeling with Grasshopper, is for designers, architects, engineers, professionals, students and teachers who are interested in exploring new forms, 3D modeling systems and construction. The course will also introduce participants to CNC milling.

Course Syllabus:
- Curves, Curve Components
- Surfaces
- Object handling
- Parametric modeling
- Grasshopper interface
- Architecture and Design Applications
- CNC cutting/milling

Friday, April 23, 2010

Digital design and fabrication workshop, new dates

Image by Harshad Sharma

LaN invites you to attend Architectural Response time/tech/tectonics, a four-day workshop on LIVE aspects of digital design and fabrication for architecture.

Location: Mitrani Warehouse, Miami, FL
Dates: August 18-21, 2010
- Aug 18 - Fabrication Technologies [Rhino]
- Aug 19 - Parametric: modeling/production/performance/process [Rhino & RhinoCAM]
- Aug 20 - Grasshopper I, CNC fabrication
- Aug 21 - Grasshopper II, CNC fabrication

Gemvision Jewelry Training at JCK Las Vegas

Gemvision is offering special classes on CounterSketch Studio, Matrix, and Revo at this year's JCK trade show in Las Vegas, June 4-11. Both beginning and advanced classes are offered to help you to the next level of proficiency.

Details and registration…


Rhino trade shows in Hungary, Serbia, and Slovenia

IB-Procadd d.o.o., authorized Rhino reseller, and its partners will be on a road show through Hungary, Serbia, and Slovenia in the following weeks.

Rhino, Rhinojewel, RhinoTerrain, T-Splines, RhinoReverse, V-Ray and RhinoNest will be presented at the following trade shows:

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rhinophoto 2.0 released

Rhinophoto is a photogrammetry plugin for Rhino and provides automatic 3D digitizing from a set of photographs. Version 2.0 has been announced and includes:

  • New graphic display
  • New project status display
  • Display of photos at their 3D position
  • New menus and toolbars
  • New tool for coded target size estimation
  • Display of reference distance used in the main dialog box
  • Camera files installation
  • Display of 3D camera position
  • Manually add coded/uncoded points
  • And much more...

T-Splines training in Orange County, May 7

Learn how to quickly create high quality free-form designs with the T-Splines for Rhino software. T-Splines invites you to attend their one-day, accelerated T-Splines training class in Orange County, CA.

Date: Friday, May 7, 2010
Location: Irvine, CA
Cost: US$275

Join instructors, Kyle Houchens, owner of The Outside - Digital Art and Design and Matt Sederberg, co-founder of T-Splines as they guide you through this course. Seating is limited, sign up today.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Rhino Modeling for Marine Design, online course

Pro-Boat E-Training is offering a Rhino Modeling for Marine Designers training class.

Starting May 2nd, this six-week online course will be taught by Cliff Estes. Begin by learning to work with curves, then surfaces. Move into fairing a simple chine hull, followed by a more complex sailing schooner hull. From there, you will complete a hull/deck/superstructure of your own design.

Space is available, register today.

Updated book on Grasshopper

Zubin M. Khabazi has updated his book, Generative Algorithms with Grasshopper, which looks at generative algorithms, Grasshopper, design and geometry in architecture.
The updated book begins with basic Grasshopper definitions, then follows through to intermediate and advanced subjects. Project-based fabrication and design strategies are also included. It's available as a free download. Check it out.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

TerraFlat 3D, new patterning plugin for Rhino

Tri-D Technologies has introduced a new plugin for Rhino, TerraFlat 3D. TerraFlat3D will analyze and flatten 3D shapes for 2D patterning and manufacturing.

flattenUsed for:

  • Boat composites
  • Automobile parts
  • Shoe prototyping
  • Awnings
  • Glass applications
  • Furniture patterning
Specific functions include:
  • Ability to read all popular 3D CAD formats (including high-end NURBS files from CATIA, Unigraphics, IDEAS, Pro-E, SolidWorks, Inventor)
  • Color-coded strain analysis where relief cuts are required
  • Automatic cut lines generated by “understanding” the seams
  • Free-flow manual cuts anywhere along a complex NURBS surface (unique to the industry)
  • Based on Tri-Ds AccuCut technology

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Orca3D update available

An update to Orca3D has been released with many new and enhanced features. A few of these improvements include:

  • New Foil Assistant
  • Updated Hull Assistant allows you to parametrically produce hull shapes. The Assistant has been vastly improved, allowing much better control and management of the shape
  • User may now specify the longitudinal, transverse, and vertical coordinate directions
  • User-defined list of hydrostatic properties (up to 4) displayed in realtime and Hull Assistant hydrostatics
  • Export of csv file with hydrostatics and stability results; easy to import into CE-Pro
  • Custom loading conditions for hydrostatics and stability calculations
  • Full T-Splines compatibility
This update is free for existing Orca3D customers. Video demonstrations of the new features can be viewed on the Orca3D web site. Download now...

RhinoCAM 2.0 Service Pack, update available

MecSoft Corporation has released an update for their RhinoCAM 2.0 plugin. It is available now for immediate download.

RhinoStatics and RhinOffsets recently updated

Do you need better hydrostatic calculations or a more automated table of offsets out of Rhino? Baseline Technology has updated the RhinoStatics and RhinOffsets plugins for Rhino 4 and 5.


RhinoStatics - provides a way for designers to continually check hydrostatics as they model their hulls
RhinOffsets - automates the creation of a table of offsets

Modeling in Rhino for Marine Designers, new tutorial

BaseLine Technology has released their newly revised marine tutorial, Modeling in Rhino for Marine Designers. Learn how to model complex hulls and superstructures. Exercises include:

  • Designing your own sailboat from a list of basic parameters
  • Lofting a 165-foot motor yacht from a designer's line drawing
  • Lofting a fully-developable hull from a set of sketched lines
  • Creating two different hulls from a flat sheet
  • Modeling a superstructure for the 165-foot motor yacht

Image courtesy of BaseLine Technology.

Biodynamic Structures Summer Workshops

California College of the Arts (CCA) has partnered with the Architectural Association (AA) in London to host the first AA North American summer school. The 10-day intensive program is called Biodynamic Structures and will focus on extracting design principles from natural systems as well as designing and building interactive prototypes.

Dates: July 12-21, 2010
Location: CCA, San Francisco

An outstanding collection of instructors have been collected for this event. Workshops will include Arduino, Firefly, Grasshopper, Rhino and more. Detailed information and an application are available online.

IYRS Composites Technology Program, Fall 2010

International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) is offering a brand new Composites Technology Program for marine technicians. Beginning the Fall 2010 term, students will use a number of CAD/CAM equipment and applications, including Rhino. The program covers the following:

  • Composites Fundamentals
  • Composites Manufacturing Methods
  • Composites Tooling Development
  • Composites Repair & Refinishing
The program will be held at their Bristol, RI campus.

Rhino training on

Dave Schultze of SchultzeWORKS designstudio has just announced the worldwide release of Rhino 4 Essential Training, the first Rhino course for, the industry leader in online digital education.

The course is comprised of sixty separate videos organized into twelve chapters, with a total running time of six hours.

Comments from
“Dave Schultze is a compelling artist and a wonderful instructor,” said George Maestri, Associate Program Director at Lynda. com. “He’s terrific at making complex topics seem simple, and his visual skills make his courses engaging on a creative level as well. We’re very happy to have Dave as a author.”

Thursday, April 15, 2010

PanelingTools for Rhino updated

A new release of PanelingTools plug-in for Rhino 4.0 (SR7) and Rhino 5 (32- and 64-bits) is available for download. In this release:

  • Redesigned grid by surface UV algorithm. It is much faster now with resulting panels aligning with surface iso curves.
  • Added "MakeCompatible" option to ptMeanCurves to keep input curves structure unchanged.
  • Fixed a bug ptGridSurfaceDomainVariable when changing methods option.
  • Added new option "OrderMethod" to help order curves in ptGridUCurves command.
  • Fixed a ptChangeGridDensity bug. It used to change density in one direction but not the other.
  • Updated ptShiftGrid command to accept pre-selection.
  • Fixed ptManage2DPattern bug related to saving and loading patterns while inside the command.
  • Fixed menu bug in ptManage2DPattern which used to point to the wrong command.
  • Fixed a paneling bug to preserve input module attributes (color, material, etc) when populating components.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

RhinoNest 2.0 SR1

RhinoNest 2.0 SR1 is now available.

Rhino 4 Service Release 8 Now Available

Rhino 4 Service Release 8 is available for download. Please report any crashes you experience using the McNeel Error Reporting dialog box that will appear. Report any other problems to our support team. Bug Fixes:

  • Dim: A rounding error has been fixed.
  • Import crashed fixed.
  • MatchSrf: The options were not properly set or saved. This is fixed.
  • Open:DWG/DXF crash fixed.
  • Save:STEP crash fixed.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Product ID job in St Paul

Lambert & Lambert is looking for an individual for product design, engineering, 3D renderings, animations and marketing material development for consumer products in our patent portfolio.

Specific Skills- Ability to develop appealing product designs
- Advanced 3D visualization skills and rendering
- Competent in sketching ideas
- Self-managing and entrepreneurial with good communication skills
- 2+ years of experience with a degree in Industrial Design
- Knowledge of manufacturing processes
- Experience with Rhino software/plug-ins, SolidWorks, Adobe CS4

Email or send to:
Lambert & Lambert, Inc.
7616 Currell Blvd, Suite 200
St. Paul, MN 55125

Include your resume and portfolio (or link to portfolio) in PDF, JPEG or GIF format (not to exceed 5Mb).

Architecture/Experience Design, Rhino job in NYC

Cleanroom Inc is an experiential design consulting firm. By transforming the physical built environment and creating compelling architectural environments and branded spaces, Cleanroom helps leading companies to evolve and expand their brands into powerful experiences for their clientele.

Cleanroom Inc. is looking for a Stellar designer that grasps the conceptualization and production of experiential built environments, from retail boutiques to bar/lounges, trade show booths and furniture/fixture design. Your specific job will be to create stimulating and provocative commercial environments, and to see them through production.Typical daily work may include contribution to small design teams. Concept development, Specify materials, construction methods, research, manufacturing processes and assembly. Must produce the drawings necessary to convey the concept to management and clients through diagrams, renderings, models, CAD drawings, and written reports.

Specific Skills
- Diverse design background in converging creative disciplines from architectural design, to product and furniture design.
- Mega-advanced creative thinker
- Ability to work with small design teams, speak your mind, and inspire others
- Fabulous at presenting work and communicating with clients
- Have strong organizational and time management skills that are ingrained in you

Qualifications to be a Cleanroom Designer
- University Degree in either architecture, interior design or industrial design.
- 2+ years of professional design experience
- Amazing portfolio that demonstrates your creative talent.
- Super Hero with Rhino, 3D Studio Max, Auto Cad, Adobe Creative suite, etc.
- Be willing to travel throughout the year

Submission Details from Cleanroom:
"Attachments are passe and clog up our server. Please post your portfolio/resume online and email us the link. We insist!"

Apply via Email.

3D Designers, Illustrators, Rhino job in Redmond, WA

ImagiCorps is a leader in the design and execution of retail displays, interactive kiosks, and trade show exhibits.

They are looking for designers with experience in the design and development of displays and exhibits. Retail, trade show, interactives, kiosks, and mobile marketing units make up the core of what they do.

Requirements Include:
- Four years experience in a creative studio environment
- Experience in retail display, trade show exhibit, or interpretive exhibit design
- Ability to quickly generate concepts and articulate those to the team
- Passion for design and the drive to work towards perfection
- Experience with 3D Studio Max, Rhino, AutoCad and/or SolidWorks is a plus!

Apply via email.

Industrial Designer, Rhino job in San Diego

ZIBA Design, Inc. is looking for an Industrial Designer Level II to join their San Diego, California Product Development team. This position is responsible for driving conceptual industrial design and for the hands-on design process. This position leads design teams and personally develops design solutions to meet client needs, operating from a variety of specific, and occasionally open-ended or ill-defined, parameters. The person in this position may take a lead role in facilitating the creative process, may have lead responsibility for small portions of large projects or direct responsibility for small projects.

ZIBA is seeking Level II designer candidates who have a BA/BS in Industrial Design and requires 2-4 years of industrial design experience. Strong working knowledge of a variety of 2D and 3D CAD software including excellent Rhino, Hypershot and other "house" CAD software.

Send a cover letter, resume, references, portfolio and work samples to the address below. Please make sure to note the specific job you are interested in and the dates you are available.

ZIBA California
973 W Laurel St
San Diego, CA 92101

Or, email the information in PDF format to:

Friday, April 9, 2010

Urban Responsive Infrastructure, a Grasshopper workshop

This two-day Grasshopper parametric workshop is offered through Portland State University. Taught by Andy Payne, of LIFT Architects, this workshop is open to students and professionals.

Date: April 17-18, 2010
Location: PSU, Shattuck Hall 107
Fee: $175 Professionals

For workshop information or to register, contact Andrei Gheorghe.

Rhino for Jewelry, April 19-23, San Diego

Rhino for Jewelry - The Falkner Institute is conducting a five-day custom class designed to create familiarity with Rhino. This class is specific to the jewelry industry and focuses on techniques for jewelry design and manufacturing using Rhino. A basic understanding of jewelry design, manufacturing, and terminology is helpful.

Dates: April 19-23, 2010
Location: The Falkner Institute, San Diego
Fee: $1,300.00

In Rhino for Jewelry you will learn how to:

  • Become familiar with the Rhino user interface.
  • Customize the modeling environment.
  • Create basic graphical objects- lines, circles, squares, surfaces and solids.
  • Model with precision using coordinates and object snaps.
  • Create jewelry models using the five major construction techniques.
  • Organize and manage large numbers of files using strict naming conventions.
  • Convert 2D drawings to 3D jewelry models.
  • Render jewelry using several rendering programs.
To register, email: Greg Falkner or call (760) 917-1665.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

RhinoScript & Grasshopper Training in France

French authorized Rhino reseller and trainer Cadlantique has organized the following courses taking place in April at their Paris office:

Rhino conference in Laval, France

CadLantique and CLARTE have organized a conference about Rhino on the 26th April in Laval (France):

- 14h00 : Accueil
- 14h30 : Présentation de CLARTE
- 14h45 : Présentation de Rhinoceros et des nouveautés
- 15h30 : Témoignage d'une entreprise cliente
- 16h00 : Présentation de logiciels complèmentaires paramétriques
- 16h30 : Démonstration sur nos outils de Réalité Virtuelle
- 17h00 : Cocktail de cloture

Grasshopper training - Bucharest, Romania

The brand new Digital Technology Lab at "Ion Mincu" University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest (Romania) has organized free Grasshopper training, open to any students and professionals from Romania and other Eastern Europe countries.

The workshop will take place on April 23-26.
Instructors are Dimitrie Stefanescu and Ionut Anton.

Smart Geometry 2010 report

The Smart Geometry 2010 event recently took place at the IaaC Barcelona.

Rhino and Grasshopper were the main computational design tools used at the workshops.

Here a nice report with photos by Live Architecture Network.