Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Rhino to Cinema 4D and back! is a connection and import/export plugin that lets you directly open and save native Rhino files (3DM) from within MAXON CINEMA 4D. In addition, models that were changed in Rhino can be updated into CINEMA 4D while keeping material assignments and other changes inside CINEMA 4D intact, enabling you to work with Rhino and CINEMA 4D side by side.

Rhino could therefore act as a NURBS plugin for CINEMA 4D, connecting the best of both worlds. Rhino's precise and extensive CAD and NURBS toolset can be combined with CINEMA 4D's modern and flexible texturing, shading, and lighting tools.

Models imported with are also ready to use for any high-quality third-party rendering engines such as V-Ray for C4D, Maxwell, Fryrender, and more. is available for a limited time introductory price of 79 EUR. The regular price will be 99 EUR.

Summer in the City: Grasshopper workshop in Portland

LaN and the University of Oregon - Portland School of Architecture and Allied Arts are joining together to offer a Grasshopper workshop during the University of Oregon SUMMER IN THE CITY series. The three-day workshop will focus on Associative Design through Grasshopper for students and professionals.
  • Dates: August 12-14, 2010
  • Location: Portland, OR
  • Instructors: LaN's CarloMaria Ciampoli & Monika Wittig
  • Fee: $750 (UO students and 2010 graduates are eligible for a $300 scholarship toward this course fee.)
  • Course Info: ARCH 407/507 (1 credit)
Grasshopper is a parametric design environment suited for designing relationships versus explicit objects or forms. While Grasshopper is considered a graphical algorithm editor, it requires no knowledge of programming or scripting but enables designers to generate and control complex forms. Learn basic functionality of this vast interface. The workshop will look at ways to construct logics which take advantage of diverse data sources, algorithms, geometry, and manufacturing processes. Instruction will be conducted at the beginner/intermediate level. Prerequisite: Rhino 4.0 modeling.

SUMMER IN THE CITY is a special offering of classes and workshops for students interested in art, architecture, landscape architecture, design, and creative uses of technology. The University of Oregon invites students who are motivated learners and who want to engage in rigorous, critical, and inventive hands-on learning. At the University of Oregon in Portland, practicing artists, designers, and architects teach workshops & studios. More...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

ID job in Portland, OR

FUSE is looking for a skilled, super creative industrial designer to help their clients imagine their future. Applicants should have a degree in industrial design. They are looking for designers with a couple of years experience, but are willing to look at recent grads who were stars in their class. Being able to sketch is critical. Read more...

Specific skills include:

  • Problem/opportunity identification
  • Research
  • Idea generation
  • Strong sketching ability
  • Rhino, SOLIDWORKS, Adobe Creative Suite
Apply via email. Please send a resume and samples of your work or include a link to an online portfolio.

Freelance Jewelry Design, Rhino job

G.W. Rowe Corp. is in need of a CAD artist who can create intricate emblematic ring designs in Rhino. Communication would be through the in-house Rhino artist/design director who would provide creative input and design elements. There will be an ongoing need if the initial assignment is satisfactory. Samples and references required.

Please email your interest and a sample of your work to Gary Rowe for consideration.

G.W. Rowe Corp.
1705 Rogers Ave.
P.O. Box 285
Fort Smith, AR 72902

LaN FLIGHT 2010 takes off in two weeks

LaN FLIGHT is a traveling seminar/tour of digital fabrication practices and programs. This immersion experience is intended to draw a diverse group of professionals and students from afar for a full schedule of exchanges with leading practices, fabrication lab visits, and LaN seminars… all while intensely exposed to the urban infrastructure of Boston, New York, and in-between.

LaN FLIGHT 2010 begins July 7th. Sign up today!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Collaborative Cloud project

Collaborative Cloud is an installation which investigates distributed and decentralized design and fabrication. The interface (in the link above) allows you to design and give information to a piece of the cloud, thus anyone can participate in the project’s growth over the next 8 months. The physical construction will take place at the Disseny Hub Barcelona (DHUB) in an exhibition titled: LABORATORI DE FABRICACIÓ:Nous escenaris del disseny i la producció tridimensional.

The Collaborative Cloud is a project created by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (, organized by the DHUB, and designed by Luis E. Fraguada, Victor Viña, Areti Markopoulou, and YOU!

The project was designed using processing for the interface, and Grasshopper/RhinoScript for geometry and population. Once a user submits a design, the interface outputs a data file as well as a PDF of the piece ready for fabrication. As the database grows, these files are matched with a potential position on the cloud.

Fabrication Laboratory exhibition and workshops, Barcelona

Fabrication Laboratory
Disseny HUB Barcelona (DHUB)
June 15, 2010 - May 29, 2011

New scenarios in 3D design and production

Fabrication Laboratory, organised by the DHUB, consists of not one but a series of activities (exhibitions, real-time fabrication laboratories, workshops, lectures, etc.) that offer a comprehensive overview of 3D digital manufacturing technologies, a new reality in constant evolution that is producing a fundamental transformation of design and production processes.

The exhibition format of the Fabrication Laboratory is an open infrastructure, allowing its initial form to be changed and expanded as new content is produced. As a result, the laboratory will gradually consolidate a process of ongoing analysis of the new scenario in production.

The objects developed using new technological tools (such as CNC software and machines) and the ability to individually customize mass production (mass customization), together with open source design systems (interactive algorithms), are calling into question the future of the traditional model/series approach of industrial design.

Digital fabrication technologies offer new opportunities for design professionals in the 21st century and are ushering in a more flexible project methodology capable of adapting to meet different and changing needs.

The impact of this new technological paradigm is felt in every phase of the production process, from concept to materialization, from distribution to consumption. Moreover, it is paving the way to the promise of participation, personalization, and the practicability of the unique piece.

AA Visiting School - Tel Aviv July-August 2010

Bad Mesh & Naked Edges
David Azrieli School of Architecture - Tel Aviv University
Sunday 25 July to Wednesday 4 August 2010

AA CSI 2010 is the second of three annual summer workshops focused on developing innovative methods for synthesising drawing and 3D printing. Working with Objet Geometries high resolution, multi-material liquid 3D printing technology, participants will be involved in an intensive ten-day program of making and testing 2D, ‘thick 2D’ and 3D digital printing techniques to invent architectural surfaces.

The workshop program is inspired by British pioneers of art and architectural representation – Joseph Gandy, Robert Adam, James Stirling, David Hockney and John Outram – and informed by Israel’s unique cultural heritage of textiles and ceramics. The workshop is the testing ground for AA Intermediate Unit 9’s ongoing experiments to blur the boundary between drawing and 3D printing. The objet trouvé, exquisite corpse and other Surrealist and Dadaist techniques form the basis for these investigations. The workshop’s objective is to deliver an atlas of prints (working with measured drawings from non-architectural disciplines) from each participant (a ‘3D takeaway’) that they will incorporate into future projects and publications, giving the workshop a wide-ranging material and intellectual influence.

Participants will work in at least two of four different AA -led design units over the ten days. The teaching staff also includes Eran Neuman and Aaron Sprecher of Open Source Architecture. In addition to advanced software tuition, there will be regular evening lectures (invited speakers include Neri Oxman and Erez Ella) and workshops including a hands-on working session with Objet Geometries chief software engineer, Yossi Abu. The final jury will be a day-long presentation/exhibition at the ZeZeZe Gallery in the Tel Aviv port.

Rhino, Grasshopper and Maya will be the key software tools used at the workshop.

LaN summer workshop Barcelona

LaN announces its third On Site Barcelona workshop August 23rd through 29th at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC): Live Parameters.

One of the key elements in any associative design model is the data to which it responds. The ‘Live Parameters’ workshop will investigate several modes for interacting with real time, real life data using a combination of existing data libraries and prefabricated sensory nodes. The workshop will use the 22@ Innovation District in Barcelona, Spain, as a data source as well as a test bed for spatial configurations generated from the recorded data. Participants will engage these topics through Grasshopper, a generative modeling tool for McNeel’s Rhino. The workshop will work with the Fab Lab BCN for prototyping and fabrication.

LaN Directors Monika Wittig and Luis Fraguada will direct the week long seminar on associative design and production.

ASGVIS announces their V-Ray Render Contest

Render any image with V-Ray for Rhino or V-Ray for SketchUp and win a license of V-Ray and three hours of customized online training! Demo users are welcome to participate in this contest! If you've already demoed V-Ray and need an additional 30 day extension, contact V-Ray.

REPEAT - International Digital Fabrication Competition

TEX-FAB is a newly established organization in Texas focused on the promotion and dissemination of design research as well as the application of parametric design and digital fabrication. They've recently announced and launched an International Digital Fabrication Competition, REPEAT. The winning proposal will be built at the next TEX-FAB event in Houston in February, 2011.

Competition regulations
Online registration

June 16 - Registration opens
Aug 16 - Questions due to TEX-FAB via email
Oct 31 - Online submission entries due (12 am CST)
Oct 24 - Jury awards announced
Nov 2010-Feb 2011 - Winning design will be developed, fabricated, and installed in Houston, TX

Thursday, June 24, 2010

CAADRIA 2011 Call for Papers

CAADRIA 2011 Call for Papers

Circuit Bending, Breaking and Mending

The 16th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia

Dates: April 27-29, 2011

Host: School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Australia
Conference web site:

Contemporary advances in design are shaped by computational design methods, strategies and technologies, regardless of whether these advances are manifested in the design and construction of a building, in related theory and analysis, or in the ways in which future designers and scholars are educated. Architectural computation in the post-digital era calls for new ideas that will transcend conventional boundaries and support creative insights through design and into design. “Circuit Bending, Breaking and Mending” provides an interdisciplinary context for challenging traditional paradigms and invites researchers and practitioners alike to (re)consider and (re)address design and computation with a particular focus on three themes:
  • Innovative design conceptualization and support through computational theories and technologies.
  • Enhanced knowledge of architecture and design through computational analysis.
  • Improved approaches to design education through computational thinking and applications.

CAADRIA 2011 invites submissions of original research papers, posters and exhibitions on topics related to computer-aided design, including but not limited to:

  • Design intelligence and automation
  • Computational design analysis
  • Generative and parametric design
  • Simulation and visualisation
  • Virtual and interactive environments
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Computer-supported design collaboration
  • Design cognition
  • Digital art and new media
  • Computational research in design education
  • Computational research in design practice
  • Interdisciplinary computational design research
  • Theory, philosophy and methodology of computational design research
Young researchers currently involved in postgraduate studies are invited to submit their work-in-progress research papers to the CAADRIA 2011 Postgraduate Student Consortium.

Important dates

Abstract submission: September 1, 2010
Full paper submission: November 15, 2010
Poster and exhibition submission: February 1, 2011
Postgraduate student consortium submission: February 1, 2011
Young CAADRIA award application: February 1, 2011
Sasada award application: November 30, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

SPECULATIS workshop, Oporto (Portugal)

The deadline for applications for the SPECULATIS workshop has been extended until June 25th!!

SPECULATIS is a workshop that introduces and explores techniques of algorithmic design and fabrication integrated with interactive components. The platform integrates seminars and construction of a design piece at natural scale - a working chandelier - as a mean of investigating different techniques and potentials present in the intersection of morphological discovery through algorithmic processes, fabrication technologies, and interactivity modulation.

Participants will work with the following tools:
Rhino, RhinoScript, Grasshopper, Arduino, Processing, CNC, sensor technology.

The workshop will be held on July 10-17 in Oporto, Portugal.

More info and registration at
For general information, questions:
For applications/registration:

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

AA School of Architecture -- AA Shanghai Summer School

Post-Expo 2010++ University of Hong Kong Faculty of Architecture Shanghai Study Centre

Date: Friday 13 to Saturday 21 August 2010
Contact: Tom Verebes, Academic Coordinator

Christopher Pierce, Visiting School Director

Sandra Sanna, Visiting School Coordinator
T: +44 20 7887 4014
F: +44 20 7414 0782

9-day workshop, and it will be using Rhino and Grasshopper.
Online application

Entry Level/Junior Industrial Designer, Rhino job in Venice

Pip Tompkin is looking for a recently graduated product/industrial designer to work in their firm located in the Venice district of Los Angeles, California. The company specializes in strategic product brand development and high style/fashion consumer electronics, furniture, and houseware products. The position will give the candidate the opportunity to work in a fast pace consulting environment on a wide variety of projects. Candidates will also be given a lot of responsibility to develop products from beginning to end.

This position is for a very creative individual who is looking to gain a lot of experience on many projects. This is a full time junior position. Each candidate must fit the following criteria:

- graduated in the last three years with a degree in Product/Industrial design
- strong understanding of lifestyle and consumer electronic products
- fluent in 3D CAD, preferably Rhino
- fluent in Photoshop
- articulate and able to confidently present.
- exhibits inventive/innovative original thinking
- More...

If you are interested in this position, please send a copy of your resume and portfolio (one PDF or Zip file format), or link to your web site. Apply via email.

Senior Designer - Zoobles, Rhino job

Spin Master is currently looking for a Senior Product Designer with a passion for toy design and design experience in girls' toy industry. If you join the team, you’ll be responsible for generating creative and complete product concepts that are relevant to the Zoobles brand, pitching concepts to executive management, and developing these concepts through manufacturing.


  • Minimum 2 years of design staff experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in toy design, industrial design or related field.
  • Proficient in Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Excel and Microsoft Office.
  • Knowledge of Flash, Rhino, Studio Max 3D, and After Effects a plus.
  • Demonstrated design talent, including a sense of aesthetic and market appropriate sensibility for the customer base of girls 4+ years.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current toy and lifestyle trends.
  • More...

Interested candidates should send their resumes to Please indicate Senior Designer - Zoobles in the subject line.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Grasshopper|DotNET Scripting Training - Washington, DC

Liquid Tectonics is offering GrasshopperDotNET Scripting Training from July 21-23 in Washington, DC.

The training will focus on the structure of the Rhino .NET SDK, object oriented programming concepts, Grasshopper specific scripting issues, and creating/manipulating/interacting with points, curves, and surfaces.

The course is intended for people with some previous programming experience, who are looking to begin scripting within Grasshopper, although there are no assumptions of a specific language or application. Training will be given in VB.Net.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Master's Degree in Biodigital Architecture - Barcelona

The Master's Degree in Biodigital Architecture at the ESARQ-UIC approaches the study of architecture from biological and digital perspectives. Within the context of the Genetic Architectures Research Line in ESARQ, this postgraduate programme pays special attention to new digital-cybernetic and ecological-environmental architectural design, to develop concepts like genetic and generative, emergence into natural and digital world, bio-mimesis, bio-learning, etc.

Experiment with genetic motor software, evolutionary processes, emergent systems, algorithms, parametrics, scripting, etc. The latest technologies provide new production possibilities (data-driven production, CNC, 3D printers), leading to non-standard architectural formulations that resemble genetic principles (variation, mutation, hybridization).

Rhino, RhinoScript, Grasshopper and RhinoCAM are the main software tools used at this Master.

  • Duration: 1 academic year / 60 ECTS credits (1800 h)
  • Schedule: November 2010 to July 2011

Digital Design Workshop in Tallinn (Estonia)

The workshop Digital Design - Parametric and Form Finding Strategies in Contemporary Design is offered to professionals and students, in every design field, who want to learn the latest digital technologies for design. The workshop will focus on four main areas: Solid/FreeForm Modeling, Parametric Design, Generative Design, and Digital Fabrication.

Solid/FreeForm modeling will present the Rhino environment and tools. Parametric and Generative Design will investigate the power of Associative Modeling using Grasshopper. Digital Fabrication will introduce the process to export data from Grasshopper and surface outline from Rhino for production.

FlatWorms, new Rhino plugin

FlatWorms is a new plugin which generates 2D outlines from curves. It creates width-preview meshes that can be driven by various parameters. Mesh precision settings and preview mode are available along with tools for smart curve/polyline conversion.

Use FlatWorms as a patterning exploration tool or a laser cutter companion.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New book on Parametric Weaving Algorithms

GenerativeAlgorithms_CaE_Weaving-coverZubin Mohamad Khabazi has released a new book full of tutorials for Grasshopper.

The book is the first of a series developing different concepts in the field of Generative Algorithms and Parametric Design. This book concentrates on Weaving. It is available to download from his web site morphogenesism.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Marine events in Europe

Design Systems & Technologies and RhinoParametrics will be exhibiting at the following trade shows:

Come visit these fairs and learn more about Rhino, RhinoParametrics and Orca3D.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Digital Practice: Shanghai Studio

Digital Practice: Shanghai Studio

For a successful architectural project, the efficiency of design communication and the control of information flow is as important as the creativity of ideas. In response to the concurrent worldwide digital evolution emerging in the architectural industry, the Faculty of Architecture at The University of Hong Kong will host a 9-day intensive summer program named Digital Practice at its Shanghai Study Center, located at the heart of Shanghai.

Digital tools to be taught include RhinoScript, Grasshopper, Digital Project, Generative Components
Design control through applications of Building Information Modeling
Rapid prototyping to produce 1:5 CNC models
Studio to design a series of crossing structures on The Bund at Shanghai

Time: 31 July - 8 August, 2010

Venue: Shanghai Study Center , 2/F, 298 North Suzhou Road, Hong Kou District, Shanghai

Biodynamic Structures Summer Workshops, reminder

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.

Registration deadline for NYC workshops

modeLab would like to remind you that their design workshops are quickly approaching. With only a few days remaining before the deadline, the workshops are nearing capacity. To guarantee your seat, finalize your registration today. Select the workshop below, then submit payment online by selecting "Pay Now".

Scripting Parameters - June 8, New York City
Strip Morphologies - June 18/20, New York City

Questions? Contact StudioMode.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Workshops and Symposium on digital design processes - Austria

Intricate Correlations - Intensification of Relations
Workshops and Symposium On Digital Design Processes in Obergurgl / Tirol

June 7-13
Conducted by Prof. Patrik Schumacher the institute for experimental architecture.hochbau at Innsbruck University/Austria, this event has set its focus on script based and parametric design research within the last years, aiming to explore new design methods to advance the field of contemporary digital architectural design. [...]

institute for experimental architecture.hochbau invites experts in the field, innovative companies, and groups of students to come to the Innsbruck University Centre in Obergurgl/Tirol to take part in a 3-day session of intensive workshops and discussions.


Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects)
Tobias Wallisser (LAVA, Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design)
Hanif M Kara (akt Adam Kara Taylor, London)
Jalal El Ali (Geometrical Optimisation and Engineering, London), tbc
Wolfgang Rieder (fibreC Company, Rieder Beton)
Gernot Riether (Georgia Instititute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA)
Claudia Pasquero (Ecologic Studio, London)
Mario Gasser (Studio Hadid, University of Applied Arts, die angewandte)
Wolfgang Löschnig (TU Graz)


There are 4 workshops, 2 of them dealing with Grasshopper and geco (Grasshopper To Ecotect and viceversa).

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

RhinoGold at JCK Las Vegas, June 4-7

Come see RhinoGold at JCK Las Vegas 2010. JCK is where the jewelry industry comes together each year. 2010 marks the beginning of the reinvention of JCK – be part of it! It's time to share your passion and join the celebration in Las Vegas on June 4-7, 2010.

Visit RhinoGold at the CadBlu CAD/CAM Solutions Booth (#60506) to see RhinoGold in action. They'll also be giving free RhinoGold Render Studio training so don't miss it.

Event: JCK Las Vegas
Dates: June 4-7, 2010
Booth: CadBlu #60506

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

View native Rhino 3DM files on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch

iRhino 3D Share your insight and inspiration

On the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch
There is nothing like showing your designs and ideas in 3D. Pan, zoom, and rotate with a tap or drag of your finger. The handy navigator lets you scroll through thumbnails, so you can quickly jump to any model you want. Load Rhino models from web sites, Google Docs, email attachments (iPad only), or from iTunes (iPad only). Save views as images for markup and emailing.