Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - machining and engraving fonts is a source for single line fonts for use with CNC machining and engraving. developed several font formats to ensure that you will have a font that works in Rhino. In particular, they have a format (with OC in the name) that works in conjunction with the Rhinoceros single stroke font button. This will provide you with clean bezier curved letter shapes that your tool only traces once. Each One Line Font file includes nearly 400 glyphs to ensure that you have the letter, punctuation, symbol, or letterform that you need for most Roman-based languages.

Rhino 5 in Bogota

Join a presentation on Rhino 5, Grasshopper, and RhinoCAM 2012. Andres Gonzalez, Worldwide Manager for RhinoFabLab, will be visiting Bogota, Colombia, to talk about Generative Design and Digital Fabrication.

Date/Time: Thursday, November 1, 5-8 pm

Location: Hotel Casa Dann Carlton - Calle 94 No. 19-71 - Bogotá

Free entrance. To register, please contact: Andres Franco T(4) 412 3015

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Rhino 5 at Jorge Tadeo Lozano University

On Wednesday, October 31, McNeel Miami will be in Bogotá, Colombia, to present the latest on Rhino 5, Grasshopper, and RhinoCAM 2012. Andres Gonzalez, worldwide manager for RhinoFabLab, will be visiting Jorge Tadeo Lozano University.

Date/time: Wednesday, October 31, 10:00 am

Location: Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano - Programa de Arquitectura

For more information, please contact VOXEL 3D - Paola Díaz - T(571) 283 4279 - 702 6792

Friday, October 26, 2012

Rhino 5 at EAFIT

Join a presentation on Rhino 5, Grasshopper, and RhinoCAM 2012. Andres Gonzalez, worldwide manager for RhinoFabLab, will be visiting Universidad EAFIT - Medellín, Colombia.

Date/Time: Monday, October 29, 10 am

Location: Universidad EAFIT Bloque 19 Edificio de Ingenierías, 5to piso.
Para mayor información, haga click aquí. O contacte a: Andrés Felipe Franco T(4) 412 3015

Rhino 5 in Medellín


Join the presentation on Rhino 5, Grasshopper, and RhinoCAM 2012. Andres Gonzalez, worldwide manager for RhinoFabLab, will be visiting Medellín, Colombia, to talk about generative design and digital fabrication.

Date/Time: Monday, October 29, 5-8 pm

Centro Cultural Empresarial Panamericana Piso 2 
Cra. 43 A No. 6 sur - 150 El Poblado

Free entrance. To register, please contact: Andres Franco T(4) 412 3015

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bongo 2.0 Beta 13 now available

You are invited to try the Bongo 2.0 animation plug-in for Rhino 4.0 and 5.
This is the 13th 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 13 from here.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

openNURBS 5 Released

openNURBS 5 is an upgrade to the widely used openNURBS C++ and .NET toolkits. The openNURBS Initiative provides over 9,000 CAD, CAM, CAE, and computer graphics software developers the tools to accurately transfer 3D geometry between applications.

The openNURBS 5 toolkits now support all of the new features in Rhino 5 (and below) native 3DM file format including history, extrusions, annotation, meshes, and images.

The toolkit includes:

  • C++ and .NET source code libraries to read and write Rhino 5, 4, 3, and 2 3DM files and read Rhino 1 files. 
  • The current Microsoft, Apple and Gnu compilers for Windows, Windows x64, Mac, and Linux are supported. 
  • NURBS evaluation routines. 
  • Documentation
  • Quality assurance and revision control. 
  • Free technical support.
The openNURBS toolkits are free. There are no restrictions. Neither copyright nor copyleft restrictions apply. No contribution of effort or technology is required from the members, although it is encouraged.

The toolkits can be downloaded free from

David Rutten honored with Innovation award

David Rutten, the developer of Grasshopper, has won an Innovative Research Award from Acadia.

The award recognizes innovative research in the field of digital design in architecture. Acadia elaborated on David's impact, "Grasshopper has been pivotal to the transformation of parametric design practices over the past five-plus years."

"He has made parametric design and system optimization easily accessible, and usable, to thousands of academics and practitioners. Mr. Rutten is known among his peers for being remarkably generous with his time. He provides continuous assistance to Grasshopper users through his tireless involvement on the Grasshopper blog and has remained actively supportive of the Acadia community for many years."

David couldn't be at the Acadia conference last week to accept his award, but recorded this self-revealing video for the conference.

Monday, October 22, 2012

From Pyramids to Spacecraft, an exhibition by AV

Architecture and Vision’s traveling exhibition From Pyramids to Spacecraft will be on view from the 15th to 30th October, 2012 at the Italian Cultural Institute in Cairo, Egypt. The exhibition is displaying selected projects by the design studio Architecture and Vision, founded by Italian architect Arturo Vittori and Swiss architect Andreas Vogler with offices in Munich, Germany and Bomarzo, Italy. Vittori and Vogler have been working together since 2003 and received a number of important international recognitions. Their works are exhibited, among other places, in the MOMA in New York and at the Architecture Biennale in Venice.

They use Rhino as one of their primary modeling tools to develop projects that provide elegant, ecological and economical solutions for an evolving planet. Their projects range from urban scale to architecture, product design as well as aerospace, medical design and art.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Rhino 5 at Tec de Monterrey

We are pleased to announce a presentation on Rhino 5, Grasshopper, and RhinoCAM 2012. Andres Gonzalez, worldwide manager for RhinoFabLab, will be visiting the Tec de Monterrey - Campus Cuernavaca - México.

Date/time: Friday, October 19, 10 am

Tec de Monterrey, Campus Cuenavaca
Salón 409 - División Académica Profesional - Arquitectura

Organized by:

Director de Carrera ARQ
División Académica de Profesional y Posgrado                                    

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Grasshopper Presentations in Iraq

Zayad Motlib kindly invites you to the first presentation of Grasshopper in Baghdad, Iraq:
Free entrance, no registration needed!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Workshop: Robotic Fabrication

Workshop: Robotic Fabrication
London, 10-14 December 2012

10% discount on ROB|ARCH conference tickets for RoboFold workshop attendees.*

The RoboFold Facade Design & Fabrication workshop is a five-day intensive workshop that explores new facade design software for the RoboFold metal forming process. The focus will be on parametric design for robotic manufacturing and culminates in 1:1 facade fabrication. The event will be held in London at the RoboFold factory from December 10th to 14th, 2012.

*ROB|ARCH tickets: promo code supplied after registration

PanelingTools for Rhinoceros 5 new release

A new release of PanelingTools plug-in for Rhino 5 and Grasshopper 0.9 is now available for download. Check release details from here...
PanelingTools is a specialized plug-in from Rhino 5 Labs to support cellular pattern generation and surface rationalization. PanelingTools extends Grasshopper to support parametric paneling.

Rhino presentation in Mexico

On Thursday, October 18, McNeel Miami will be in Mexico City to present the latest on Rhino 5, Grasshopper, and RhinoCAM 2012. Andres Gonzalez, worldwide manager for RhinoFabLab, will be visiting the Design School at Universidad Anáhuac.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 18, 9 am

Location: Escuela de Diseño Universidad Anáhuac México Norte
Av. Universidad Anáhuac 46, Col. Lomas Anáhuac, Huixquilucan, Edo. de México, C.P. 52786

Organized by:
D.I. Eduardo Aguirre Altieri
Tel.: (55) 5627.0210 ext 8245

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

SpeedTree Architect - Rhino ready

Architecture and landscape designer 3D software for vegetation and tree modeling

SpeedTree Architect is ideal for creating realistic foliage in architectural visualization projects, delivering fast procedural modeling and rendering a vast range of highly detailed animated trees and plants. Purchase almost any tree species or vegetation you need online from the extensive SpeedTree Model Store. SpeedTree Architect offers many features, including seamless operation with architectural rendering apps like Rhinoceros, with outputs that are V-Ray and mental ray ready.
  • Artists can take full control with the SpeedTree Modeler–it handles both ultra-realistic and heavily stylized trees.
  • Export to a variety of popular formats including 3DM, FBX, and OBJ. Your trees will come across to Maya®, 3ds Max®, Rhino or other apps perfectly intact, including normals and UVs.
  • FBX Processor scripts for several popular 3D packages including 3ds Max and Houdini, that let you render your trees faithfully in third party apps.
  • Access to the Tree Model Store for purchasing individual tree models.
  • Access to the SpeedTree Forum for community answers.

Rhino 5 + Grasshopper + RhinoCAM 2012 presentation

On Wednesday, October 17th, McNeel Miami will be in Mexico City to present the latest on Rhino 5, Grasshopper, and RhinoCAM 2012. Andres Gonzalez, worldwide manager for RhinoFabLab, will be visiting Congreso di-integra at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Unidad Xochimilco.

Date/time: Wednesday, October 17, 12:30pm-2:30pm 

Location: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Xochimilco
Calz. Del Hueso 1100, Col. Villa Quietud, Del. Coyoacán
Mexico, D.F.

Organized By: Mtro. Leonardo Adams Javier

Watch the demo (in Spanish)...

Monday, October 15, 2012

Workshop Rhino|V-Ray with FlyingArchitecture in Rome, Italy

ARTC Roma, Italy
5-10 November 2012

ARTC Roma will host a 6-day workshop as a full immersion into Rhino, V-Ray, and Photoshop, to instruct every aspect from advanced modeling to high-end rendering and final post-production:

  • Rhino training, 2 days (Nov 5-6): a special program somewhere between the level 1 and level 2 standard McNeel courses, to model a scene that will be used during the rendering and post production session
  • V-Ray training, 2 days (Nov 7-8): rendering engine settings, customized materials, lights
  • Post production, 2 days (Nov 9-10): composition and effects with Photoshop

The workshop will be held in English and Italian.
Tutors will be Matúš Nedecký, from FlyingArchitecture, and Giancarlo Di Marco, from ARTC Roma.

Friday, October 12, 2012

3D Printshow: Uformia and Simply Rhino UK

October 19-21, 2012

Come visit Uformia and Simply Rhino UK at the upcoming 3D Printshow, Stand P17.

Uformia will be showing the Symvol for Rhino plug-in. This volume-based modeling extension can be used for the creation of both organic and mechanical objects that are always watertight and ideal for 3D printing.

Simply Rhino UK will be showing a live preview of Rhino 5 and highlighting its many new benefits. The new rendering plug-in for Rhino 4 and 5 called V-Ray for Rhino ADV 1.5 will also be shown alongside other popular Rhino plug-ins.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

FabLab Toulouse Conference

18 to 21 October 2012

Artilect FabLab Toulouse is organizing, in partnership with the festival la Novela, a conference to bring together the different actors of the Fab Labs Europe and all those interested in the movement Fab Lab, Maker, DIY, DIWO.

Come and join us to see how we can build a simple object in Rhino 5 and send it off to be built in one of the machines available at the Fablab Toulouse. This 3-hour hands-on workshop will walk you through Rhino's interface and a few of the object creation and editing commands. We will learn the main constraints involved in getting a printable object as well as how to export it as a healthy readable file to the 3D printer. If you are curious and willing to participate, please sign up now!

- Place: Artilect FabLab Toulouse
- Schedule: Oct 18th, 9h30-12h30
- Instructor: Vanessa STEEG, McNeel Europe Training Specialist
- Language: English and French

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

RhinoCity at Intergeo Hanover

Hanover, Germany
October 9-11, 2012

INTERGEO is the world’s largest event and communication platform for geodesy, geoinformation, and land management.

Come visit McNeel partner RhinoTerrain (Hall 9 - Stand E11) to learn more about RhinoCity.

See some examples of work done with RhinoCity by the "Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux": pic1, pic2, pic3, pic4

Workshop: Facade Design & Fabrication

Workshop: Facade Design & Fabrication
London, 10-14 December 2012

The RoboFold Facade Design & Fabrication workshop is a five-day intensive workshop, exploring new facade design software for the RoboFold metal forming process. The focus will be on parametric design for robotic manufacturing and culminates in 1:1 facade fabrication. The event will be held in London at the RoboFold factory from December 10th-14th.
  • See previous workshops here
  • Download the poster here.
  • Bring your own laptop running Windows 7. 
  • Please install Rhino 5 and Grasshopper before you arrive.
  • No previous experience with Grasshopper necessary.
  • Daily 9 am-5 pm. 

Tutors: Gregory Epps, RoboFold founder, Florent Michel and Lauren Vasey, RoboFold software developers

Location: Details

Registration dates:
3 October: Registration opens.
7 December: Registration closes.


Monday, October 8, 2012

RhinoGold: New Online Learning Plan

TDM Solutions is now offering a new online learning platform to make the most out of RhinoGold, by providing step-by-step tutorials, videos, webinars, with new additions every week, so that users can become RhinoGold experts in short time.

Choose between a public, free of cost, plan, or subscribe for a private one at a minimal fee.

Friday, October 5, 2012

GENERATION: a new plugin for Grasshopper

GENERATION is a plugin that provides additional components to explore, animate, and fabricate generative shapes with Grasshopper®.

For a better understanding of the GENERATION capabilities, watch this video, or get in touch with the Community at the Grasshopper site.

GENERATION is a free download from the food4Rhino site.

GENERATION is a plugin developed by Antonio Turiello.

RhinoBIM Beta 3.8.49 available

RhinoBIM is a suite of several plugins to enhance Rhino 5 for the architectural, engineering, and construction industries. Developed by Virtual Build Technologies LLC, the first module now available is called RhinoBIM Structure, for 3D structure modeling, Clash & Clear Analysis, and Structural Analysis.

Using Rhino 5’s new light extrusion technology, RhinoBIM Structure builds 3D structural design elements that are much lighter in data weight significantly decreasing model size.

With the light database, the Clash & Clear analysis finds errors within seconds. There is no need to export the model to another program to perform the analysis.

RhinoBIM structure features:
• RhinoBIM components are compatible with Grasshopper
• Robust tools for adding and editing structural steel beams
• Extensive library of steel shapes, including international standards
• User definable steel shapes
• Assign materials, attributes, and process treatments to each element
• Data extraction through translators for CIS2, IFC, and Beam to NURBS
• Very fast Clash & Clear analysis
• Bim Reporter to excel of objects
• Very large model support using new Rhino 5 technology

Additional structural analysis features:
• Automatic meshing
• Beam shell and solids
• Commercial and freeware solver options, including Lisa, ANSYS, GSA

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Rhino and Grasshopper presentation

Next Tuesday, October 9th, McNeel Miami will be in Sao Paulo to present the latest on Rhino 5 and Grasshopper. Andres Gonzalez, worldwide manager of RhinoFabLab, will be visiting FAUUSP (Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade de Sao Paulo).

5:30 to 7 pm BRT

Room 807
Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism
University City
Sao Paulo

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Laminate Tools for Rhino

Anaglyph Ltd. recently announced Laminate Tools for Rhino. This new plugin allows Rhino users to create draped plies and a basic layup from within Rhino, accessing Laminate Tools remotely.

Laminate Tools is a stand-alone Windows application that addresses the entire Geometry import-Design-Analysis-Check-Manufacture process of composites structural design. It can be viewed as a virtual manufacturing tool capable of creating a composite part before any commitment to hardware is made. It is a tool that links the various disciplines, communicates original data between all involved in the process, and saves valuable team time. Laminate Tools also interfaces with FEA applications including a recently added plug-in for Femap.

The software has the potential to reduce laminate iteration turnaround times and provide a more optimized design within tight deadlines and allows for more detailed results interrogation with ease.

Anaglyph has been developing composite design and analysis software tools for over 20 years and their products are used by large and small organizations in a wide range of industrial sectors including automotive, aerospace, sports, and wind energy. A number of universities have also adopted them for teaching and research.

As a natural extension to Laminate Tools, Anaglyph has also developed PlyMatch, a technology used in the hand-layup manufacture of composite components, for the accurate positioning of plies. The seamless data flow between Design and shop floor guarantees a fast and accurate process.

Online Advanced Rhino training in October

Our next online Level 2 Rhino for Windows training course begins this month on Thursday, October 18, 2012. The course consists of seven sessions: an orientation with GoToTraining, plus six half-days of Rhino training.
  • Orientation: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 9:00 am - 10:30 am (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
  • Class Dates/Times: October 22, 23, 25 and 29, 30 and November 1 (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for two weeks), 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Calculate your time zone

All sessions are instructor-led and will be recorded for later viewing.  If you cannot make a session, watch the video and catch up before the class meets again.

The Best Apps for Architects

The 4 Apps Every Architect Should Download Now -- that's what Archdaily reports after their Facebook poll. Our Mac app makes the top 4 list.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

EvoluteTools workshop at FACADES+INNOVATION conference Chicago

Workshop: Parametrically Driven Optimization for Freeform Facades
FACADES+INNOVATION Conference, Chicago (US)
October 11-12, 2012

This workshop will focus on optimization of complex geometry envelopes for efficient and cost effective fabrication. We will cover all steps from design to optimization to detailing to generating fabrication information, and how to parametrically link these steps to become an integrated workflow. Throughout the whole workshop EvoluteTools Pro 2.0 for Rhino will be used by the attendees for hands-on examples and exercises. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own designs to be rationalized. Experience in using Rhino, knowledge of RhinoScript is advantageous.

EvoluteTools Pro is an advanced Rhino plug-in providing access to powerful paneling and geometry optimization tools with a user friendly interface. Participants will receive a 30-day evaluation license of EvoluteTools Pro to further explore its capabilities. Participants will also have a chance to preview new optimization tools and paneling technology.
FACADES+INNOVATION Conference 2012, Chicago: This two-day conference at the IIT campus in Chicago taps into the latest developments in high-performance building enclosures, from systems and materials to designs and delivery strategies. Day 1 Symposium brings together the most diverse thought-leaders in the industry, the profession, and the academy. You’ll walk away with new information, new insights, and new contacts. The keynote presentations, panel discussions, and Day 2 Digital Fabrication Workshops give you one-on-one access to the foremost practitioners in the design and delivery of the 21st century building skin.

Clayoo 1.0 release candidate

TDM Solutions is pleased to announce the release candidate of Clayoo 1.0.

Clayoo® is an advanced modeling application with the ability to effortlessly create any form efficiently and accurately, however complex.

It's like modeling by hand! This is the concept of Clayoo. It doesn’t matter whether you start from a sketch, curve, or a 3D object, you can pull, push, and move until you get what you want.

Harvard @ ROB|ARCH 2012


We are pleased to announce the final ROB|ARCH 2012 workshop: Led by Martin Bechthold and Nathan King, Harvard GSD will host a robot workshop at TU Graz on Robotic Casting. Like all other workshops, the Harvard GSD workshop will take place from December 14th to 16th. Participants will also be able to register for the free ABB-sponsored RobotStudio pre-workshop on the 13th.

The workshop explores novel approaches to serially customized casting processes enabled through the strategic deployment of three 6-axis robotic manipulators. Combining bottom-up and top-down design approaches, the workshop includes the design and fabrication of robotic molds geared toward the production of customizable structural components. The workshop production process takes full advantage of the robot's ability to precisely choreograph the mold position in space and time. The production will generate a controlled yet infinitely variable family of structural modules that combine into a larger physical prototype.

Furthermore, ETH Zurich & ROB Technology have informed us that their workshop will use the mobile ROB unita KUKA robotic arm mounted on a shipping containerthat was used for projects such as the Pike Loop. See the video of ROB in action below:

Pike Loop from Storefront for Art&Architecture on Vimeo.

Audi Q5 video tutorial (VSR Modeling and Analysis)

VSR Shape Modeling and Analysis plug-ins let you produce in Rhino high quality surfaces (Class A).

Check this new Audi Q5 video tutorial to learn more about VSR Shape Modeling and Analysis!

Modeling and Scripting Workshops in Dubai

Modeling, Parametric and Generative Design workshops in Dubai (UAE)
October 2012 - January 2013

Zayad Motlib and Muhammed Shameel are pleased to announced a series of seven workshops that will cover basic and advanced modeling with Rhino, T-Splines, Paneling Tools and SectionTools, and parametric and generative design with RhinoScript and Grasshopper:

  • Oct 5-6: Rhino Modeling
  • Nov 2-3: Advanced Modeling with T-Splines, Paneling Tools and SectionTools
  • Nov 16-17: Introduction to Grasshopper
  • Nov 30-Dec 1: Advanced Grasshopper
  • Dec 14-15: Introduction to RhinoScript
  • Jan 11-12: Advanced RhinoScript
  • Jan 25-26: Design oriented workshop