Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bongo 2.0 Beta 4 now available

You are invited to try the Bongo 2.0 animation plug-in for Rhino 4.0. This is the 4th Beta version of Bongo 2.0 for Rhino 4.0 and 5.
The beta is open for all Rhino users!
Download Bongo 2.0 Beta 4 from here.

Dum-Dum Workshop Series 1, Chile

The Dum-Dum Workshop Series 1 (WS1) will be held in Temuco, Chile, the week of April 25-29, 2011.

While using Rhino and Grasshopper, learn how to develop Responsive Skins through the manipulation of generative design strategies. These skins are a new type of structure capable of adapting to different geometric and topological configurations over their environment. WS1 participants will also learn to develop mapping and diagramming tools, including environmental agents (solar radiation intensity, orientation, etc.) and human interaction patterns (pedestrian flows, levels of occupancy, etc).

VisualARQ 1.3

VisualARQ 1.3 is now available for download. Owners of VisualARQ are encouraged to download and install VisualARQ 1.3. This is a free service release for all VisualARQ users.

What’s new in 1.3?
  • Improved stairs: Added slab, better representation and more properties. (video)
  • Sections: New and faster Hidden Line Removal engine for sections and plan views. (video)
  • IFC Export: Added support for non-unicode character sets (ISO 8859-15). (+info)
  • Properties panel: New design and collapsible categories and properties.
VisualARQ 1.3 fixes all known bugs. There are also a number of enhancements. See the complete list in What’s new.

Termite for Rhino, total station interface

The Termite plugin for Rhinoceros 4 is a unique tool that enables realtime trans­formation of total station data into 3D geometry. Termite allows on-the-fly total station reloca­tion and reorien­tation.

Directed at architects and archaeologists in particular, Termite does away completely with inter­pretation of point clouds and manual stitching of separate files during post ­processing.

Termite is very much a dynamic work in progress, so comments, questions, and suggestions are warmly welcomed.

Grasshopper Training in Paris, 18-19 April

New Introduction to Grasshopper class by Cadlantique.
April 18-19, 2011
Paris (France)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

OroArezzo trade show

April 9-12, 2011
Arezzo (Italy)

OroArezzo, the International Gold, Silver and Jewelry Trade Exhibition,
celebrates the jewelry industry every spring and showcases the best of
Italian gold jewelry production, featuring all its biggest districts plus a
number of international excellences.

Come visit Smart3D (Stand nº44) to learn more about Rhino,
Smart3DStoneSetting, and Smart3DPave plug-ins.

ImagineElf3D for shoe design

ImagineElf3D is upper design software based on Rhinoceros. It is a low cost and high quality software. Users can design shoes on digital lasts with fast and quality to save sample shoes making, time, and reduce pollution. Send sample shoes through the internet. Save shipping costs and time.

tsElements for SolidWorks videos

Mark Biasotti at SOLIDWORKS has recently completed two detailed video tutorials using a combination of T-Splines for Rhino, tsElements for SOLIDWORKS, and SOLIDWORKS. Watch the videos...

Grasshopper workshop in Mexico

Workshop Guadalajara - Chido Studios - Design Playgrounds

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico
Dates: April 1-3, 2011
Using Rhino and Grasshopper, this three-day workshop for architects and designers will introduce attendees to parametric design and generative algorithms.

HIGH-LOW: AA São Paulo workshop

HIGH-LOW: AA Design Workshop

Open to design professionals and students from all over the world, this studio-based summer workshop will include instruction in parametric modeling, environmental simulation, and digital fabrication. Attendees will use Rhino, Grasshopper, GECO, and Galapagos software programs and have access to a laser cutter, CNC milling, and rapid-prototyping machines.

Kickstart a student project

Danaus is a polymorphic installation created by Tulane architecture students. It was created with mostly Grasshopper and T-Splines and will be digitally fabricated. 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Rhino 4 SR9 Hot Fix 1 Released

After installing Rhino 4 SR9, Rhino is unable to open SOLIDWORKS  part and assembly files.

Users experiencing this problem should download Rhino 4 SR9 Hot Fix 1.

More information:
Two files (msvcp71.dll and msvcr71.dll) were not properly installed in the same folder as the SolidWorks import plugin. This hot fix installer copies msvcp71.dll and msvcr71.dll from the "Rhinoceros 4.0\System" folder into the "Rhinoceros 4.0\Plug-ins\Import_SolidWorks" folder.

The SR9 patch installer has also been update to include this fix. Installation of SR9 using the newest SR9 patch installer or SR9 CDs should not exhibit the problem listed above.

AA MakeLab 2011

AA MakeLab is an intensive, five-day program engaging in innovative architectural fabrication processes in collaboration with the AA’s London-based Digital Prototyping Lab. The aim is to explore the integration of digitally-driven fabrication technologies in the context of Hooke Park’s forestry and workshop resources.

At the core of the program are design-and-build strategies developed through prototyping and the construction of 1:1-scale structures, and the application of new fabrication techniques to the particular materials and sites available at Hooke Park and its surrounding woodland. Specific technologies unavailable on site can be made available in anticipation of particular areas of investigation.

Experimental structures will be made in small, workshop-led groups which will investigate topics connected to current research agendas within digital fabrication, using the latest advanced software and hardware applications, including Rhino, RhinoScript, and Grasshopper.

The program will consist of workshops, seminars, presentations, and tutorials led by experts from academia and industry, and will culminate in a symposium with invited specialists and experts on the final afternoon. Participants will be working in teams of between three and six people, in groups and roles balanced according to particular interests and ambitions.

Schedule and venue

The school runs from 4-8 April 2011. This is an intensive, workshop-based programme requiring full-time participation. The workshop will be hosted at Hooke Park (UK) and the surrounding 350 acre woodland.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Rhino Training in Dubai

Ge - LAB
Introductory Workshop to Rhino 3D Modeling
Dubai (UAE)
April 22-23

This 2-day workshop will cover Rhino Level 1 basic modeling. In addition to the technical side, the workshop encourages discussions, learning and networking among the participants, and will be tailored to their particular needs. After introducing the interface and the main operational commands, we will start with a sketch and demonstrate how to accurately model and transform your ideas ready for rendering, animation, and manufacturing.

Instructor and organizer: Zayad Motlib. Zayad is an architect and a researcher in the generative design and innovative structures. He has taught at design studios and run various digital design workshops at a number of universities including: Auckland, Sydney, and Al-Ain.

Grasshopper Training in Copenhagen, Denmark

Grasshopper Training
Copenhagen, Denmark
April 27-29, 2011

This training will teach designers and architects to conceive new shapes with generative algorithms.

We will start with a theoretical and functional understanding of the graphical algorithm editor, and then dive into more complex parametric models. We’ll also learn tricks to keep our project responsive and enjoyable to use.

Instructor: Giulio Piacentino (McNeel Europe)
Organized by OOOJA

RhinoFabLab at Univ of Florida

We'd like to introduce you to the University of Florida School of Architecture. Please join us in welcoming UF/SoA as a new Authorized RhinoFabLab.

What is a RhinoFabLab?
A RhinoFabLab™ (fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale digital workshop, certified by McNeel, with an array of Rhino and Rhino compatible software and computer controlled tools and training. These tools cover the various leading-edge industrial methods and materials needed to design, analyze, and fabricate almost anything.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

BaselWorld 2011

Basel, Switzerland
March 24-31, 2011

BaselWorld is the leading event for the watch and jewelry industry. A unique opportunity where 2,100 exhibitors - specialists in watches, jewelry, precious gems, and related brands - showcase their latest products to those in the industry.

Come visit our Rhino partners:

SHOW'BIJ - Jewelry show in Mulhouse, France

Mulhouse France
March 26-28, 2011

This is a new jewelry event parallel to BaselWorld.

Come visit CADLINK (Stand C11) to learn more about RhinoGold.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Generative Design Diploma - Mexico City

Diploma in Generative Design Processes: Emergence, Generation and Production

Location: Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City
Dates: March 22 through mid-June

From concept to production, this program will promote the use of new technologies and integration of production processes. Programming with Grasshopper, design and fabrication techniques will be covered.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Book "Parametric Architecture with Grasshopper"

Written by Arturo Tedeschi (Architect), with a foreword by Fulvio Wirz (Zaha Hadid Architects), the book "Parametric Architecture with Grasshopper" introduces the theoretical basis and the main parametric modeling techniques based on algorithms, showing Grasshopper’s practical applications and its potentialities in architecture, design and fabrication.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Rhino 4 SR9 released

Rhino 4.0 Service Release 9 (SR9) is now available to download.

New in SR9:

  • SOLIDWORKS file reading has been updated to use a new file reading engine.
  • WireCut: Incorrectly placed the cut object on the current layer instead of the original layer of the object. This is fixed.

Rhino jobs

Looking for a new job? There are several new listings on our Rhino Jobs site. Take a look at some of the recent postings.

  • Jewelry Designer, New York, NY
  • Freelance Rhino Designer, Los Angeles, CA
  • Rhino 3D Designer (marine industry), Dubai
  • Rhino/Matrix Designer (jewelry industry), New York, NY
  • Designer/Naval Architect, Port Orchard, WA
  • Freelance Rhino work (industrial design), New York, NY
  • Product Development Engineer, New York, NY
  • CAD/CAM Technical Support Specialist, Irvine, CA

Organic design and engineering with T-Splines and tsElements

Develop your organic designs in T-Splines for Rhino. Let your engineers tune and tweak your organic designs using tsElements in SOLIDWORKS .

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Rhino training - Salem, NH

Great Eastern Technologies has announced their Spring 2011 Rhino training schedule.

Their Intro to Rhino is a three-day hands-on course. Select from the following dates:
  • April 19-21
  • May 17-19
Great Eastern also offers the following half-day workshops:
  • Rhino Surface Modeling
  • Rhino Workflows for Fabrication Drawings
  • Rhino Preparation for 3D Printing & Laser Cutting
  • Rhino Grasshopper
  • Rhino Mass Customization
  • Rhino Animate Form
All classes will be held at Great Eastern Technologies in Salem, NH. Contact Steve Berge for more information or call (800) 875-0025.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

smartgeometry 2011 Copenhagen

SG 2011 Copenhagen
28th March – 2nd April 2011

The SmartGeometry Group is pleased to announce speakers for the 2-day conference in Copenhagen and to open registration for the event.

Speakers include:

Ben van Berkel, UN Studio
Usman Haque, Haque Design + Research Studio
Billie Faircloth, KieranTimberlake Director of Research
Craig Schwitter + Gijs Libourel, Buro Happold + Adaptive Building Initiative
Lisa Amini, IBM Smarter City Lab, Dublin
Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Head of Center for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA)

Day 1

Talkshop will feature informal and open discussions between workshop cluster participants, leading practitioners and emerging talents in digital design, offering inside perspectives on how the landscape of computational design is reshaping in response to burgeoning datasphere.

Day 2

Symposium includes invited keynote speakers showcasing major projects around the globe that exemplify the way data informs design.

Interwoven throughout each day will be reports and highlights from each workshop cluster, giving those attending the conference the opportunity to view work created during the previous 4 days of intensive design and development from the sg2011 Workshops.

Scan and Solve evening in Paris

March 22, 2011 from 7 pm to 10 pm Lieu Paris 15 eme (France)

An informal meeting, organized by Cadlantique, to learn and explore Scan and Solve, In Situ Analysis for Rhino. In French and English.

For more information, see the announcement or email

Friday, March 11, 2011

Conference "Rhino in Architecture" - UIC, Barcelona

Conferencia “Rhino in Architecture”
Martes 15 de Marzo de 2011 – 15:30h
UIC – Aula Jardí

Inside Rhinoceros
Carlos Pérez, McNeel Europe (

An overview of the newest developments in Rhino (V5 WIP) and AEC (Architecture, Engineering, and Construction) plugins.

Grasshopper, Generative Modeling for Rhino
Luis Fraguada, LaN (

Luis investigates critical issues in architecture, design, and urbanism through various modes, including parametric design, scripting, and fabrication. Luis pursued his Masters degree in architecture and urbanism from the Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory (DRL) in London and a post-graduate degree in Digital Architectural Production at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) brought Luis to Barcelona, where he is currently based. Luis is active in both practice and academia and is an Authorized Rhino Trainer.

VisualARQ, Architectural Tools for Rhino
Francesc Salla, Asuni CAD

VisualARQ ( is a fully-integrated Rhino plugin that adds architectural features to Rhino.

Using the accessible and intuitive Rhino interface, VisualARQ provides tools for architects, planners, and interior designers that facilitate the architectural design process and its documentation, the creation of virtual architecture models using Rhino render options, and the connection with other architecture software.

VisualARQ adds parametric 3D architectural objects like walls, columns, doors, windows, and stairs that are suitable for both 3D modeling and 2D documentation.

Attendance is free and no registration is needed.

i-TAC (Technically Advanced Construction at Politecnico di Milano)

The new format of the i-TAC course offers the opportunity to a limited number of students and professionals (10 seats available) to participate only to the first phase of the course, for a total period of four weeks. This option, which is to implement the original teaching formative offer, is called i-TAC, or Intro to Technically Advanced Construction.

Those wishing to attend only the first phase of the program will be able to accurately investigate a series of innovative theoretical approaches (design strategies, emergent systems and self-organization, information theory, computation material, and form finding) in an integrated specific software environment.

i-TAC will be held from April 4 to May 7, 2011 at the Politecnico di Milano, and includes the first four weeks of teaching:

- Evan Greenberg [AA_London, EmTech]
- Christina Doumpioti [AA_London, EmTech]
- Matias del Campo [SPAN Architects]
- Sandra Manninger [SPAN Architects]
- Oliver Tessmann [Bollinger + Grohmann]

Cost: The cost of i-TAC is € 2000.

Application: To apply send an email to enclosing the application module by March 28, 2011.

Fabricate 2011 conference special offer

Fabricate 2011 in partnership with McNeel Europe is pleased to announce to the Rhino community a special offer of 35% off registration to the upcoming conference in London.

Book now at (promo code is 'GrassHopper_Offer'). This is a limited offer.

Conference keynotes: Mark Burry, Philip Beesley, Neri Oxman, Matthias Kohler. A full list of speakers can be found here.

Fabricate is an International Peer Reviewed Conference, Publication and Exhibition hosted by the Bartlett School of Architecture to be held on 15-16 of April 2011 in London. It will bring together pioneers in design and making within architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, material technology and computation. Discussion on key themes include: how digital fabrication technologies are enabling new creative and construction opportunities, the difficult gap that exists between digital modeling and its realization, material performance and manipulation, off-site and on-site construction, interdisciplinary education, economic and sustainable contexts.


Professorship Gramazio & Kohler Architecture and Digital Fabrication will be bringing their robotic magic to Fabricate, building live throughout the conference using their latest 6-axis robot combined with innovative laser-scanning technologies. Unlike their previous work, a large number of geometrically differentiated elements will be assembled using an integral feedback system. This approach will be tested for the first time at Fabricate 2011 so come and see what happens.


Fabricate: Making Digital Architecture‘ is published by Riverside Architectural Press and is to be launched at the conference. Comprising of 38 illustrated articles on built projects received through Fabricate's Call for Work (now closed). Punctuating these articles, a series of conversations between leading world experts from design to engineering discussing themes on drawing to production, behavioral composites, robotic assembly, and digital craft. All delegates to the conference will receive a complimentary copy.

Fabricate Conference Exhibition Publication
15-16 of April 2011
Bartlett School of Architecture
University College London

RhinoPiping ready to test

RhinoPiping is a new plugin, developed by NAVINN Software, to create piping networks in a 3D environment and forward information to people working in engineering offices, purchasing, subcontracting, manufacturing, assembly, and testing.

Partial list of features:
  • Import a model into your 3D environment.
  • Describe the standards and rules of conception.
  • Model, modify, analyze, inform, show 3D piping networks.
  • Edit your coordination drawings, your isometrics views, as well as your manufacturing drawings and your detailed part lists.
  • Exchange your files with other PLM, CAD/CAM and CAE software packages.
  • Innovations in the GUI innovations: meta-functions, decision support, automatic capitalization of acquired information.
  • Unlimited editing: Modifications are unlimited to provide you with greater adaptability and a faster reaction to changes.
  • Customization: RhinoPiping adapts itself to your way of working and to your needs.
  • Small investment: No specific hardware requirements. Affordable price. Easy to use.

RhinoBIM Debut II webinar

Join Rick Smith and Erik Thorson of Virtual Build Technologies as they demonstrate their Rhino plugin RhinoBIM and showcase its functionality in this free webinar. The presentation will cover using RhinoBIM for Structural Design Modeling, Structural Analysis, and more.

Title: RhinoBIM Debut II
Date: Wednesday, 26 March 2011
Time: 5:00 PM-6:30 PM PDT

Seats are limited. Sign up early.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Okino ships revised .3dm import/export converters

Toronto, Canada – March 7, 2011
Okino ships revised .3dm Rhino/OpenNURBS v5 import/export converters

Okino announced earlier this week that they are releasing a new version of their converter which supports the Rhino/OpenNURBS .3dm file format and is compatible with Rhino 5. The new version provides robust support for converting Rhino .3dm files between all major 3D packages and file formats.

Online Rhino Training for Marine Designers

ProBoat E-Training is offering a new session of their Rhino 3D Modeling for Marine Designers course.

Beginning on March 13th, this six-week course will be taught by Cliff Estes. Registration is open until March 20th... register today.

MJSA Expo New York, March 13-15

Visit MJSA Expo New York and see what's new in RhinoGold 3.0 and RhinoGold Render Studio 2.0. Rhino partners TDM Solutions and CADBLU will be in Booth 900 giving demonstrations of both products. Stop by and check it out!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

RhinoBIM Webinar - Recording available

Last Friday, Rick Smith and Erik Thorson of Virtual Build Technologies debuted their Rhino plug-in RhinoBIM and showcased its functionality. The presentation covered using RhinoBIM for Structural Design Modeling, Structural Analysis, and more.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Rhino OS X plug-in developer tools

The latest work-in-progress build of Rhino OS X includes support for .NET plug-ins.

Watch this video to learn how to create and debug .NET plug-ins for Rhino OS X.

Note: The same .NET plug-in can run in Rhino 5 for OS X, Windows 32-bit, and Windows 64-bit without recompiling.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Modeling your way out of trouble spots

In this tutorial you'll learn one way to model an embossed detail or logo into a doubly curved surface. Techniques for fixing self intersections in tightly bent fillets and pipes are shown.
Watch the video now...

SnS, Analysis in Rhino - Released

Scan&Solve 1.0 is now available. It contains numerous improvements, including:

Everyone is invited to download the 17-day free fully functional V1.0 trial.

In Rhino, simply:
  • Select the material (standard or custom)
  • Apply the restraints
  • Apply the new load types
    • Select Body at the command line for body loads, OR
    • Select faces to load and specify torque
  • Click Go
  • View the results (strength, weakness, stresses, deformations)
  • Click Report to generate web-ready reports
  • Click Bake to save the deformed shape

Note: New "work-n-progress" versions of Scan&Solve will be available to registered V1.0 users. The last beta version of Scan&Solve will remain functional until 15 March 2011.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Firefly lunch lecture - University of Washington

Lunch-time lecture: Firefly experiments

Architecture, Physical Computing and new Tangible User Interfaces

Date: Friday 11 March, 12:30-1:30 pm
Location: University of Washington, Gould Hall 208J, Seattle, WA
Sponsors: UW Design Machine Group

Seats are limited. RSVP required. (Note: This session has filled. Contact Jody Mills to be added to the waiting list.)

Jason Kelly Johnson from Firefly Experiments and Future Cities Lab in San Francisco will discuss and demonstrate Firefly and show recent projects produced by his lab. Firefly is a new set of comprehensive software tools dedicated to bridging the gap between Grasshopper (a free plugin for Rhino), the Arduino micro-controller, the internet and beyond. It allows near real-time data flow between the 3D digital and physical worlds and will read/write data to/from internet feeds, remote sensors, connect with machine vision protocols, and more.

Jason Kelly Johnson is the co-developer of Firefly and is a founding partner of Future Cities Lab in San Francisco. He is also an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Interaction at CCA and core tutor of the Architectural Association (AA) Biodynamic Structures summer program held each year in San Francisco.