Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Paneling the Terminator Genisys environments

Film designer, Andrew Reeder, used Rhino and the PanelingTools plug-in to resolve one of Terminator Genisys' most complex environments. The plug-in's speed and ease of use enabled Reeder and the film's conceptual team to arrive at an unusual design aesthetic appropriate for the storytelling and also to address many of the complex fabrication issues of the solution.

Check the environments in the Terminator Genisys trailer (36 - 58 seconds).

Friday, December 19, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tanusas - retreat and spa

Tanusas Resort, a nook cuddled by breezes and palm trees, where the sea softens its sensible space. 

"For me the goal of this project was the proper reading of the local architecture re-interpreted in a high tech tool such as Rhino. Giving me the freedom to design freely the whole magnitude of the project. During the process I never did any physical model. All digital, surrounded by aboriginals in a very undeveloped environment. 

The architecture itself merges with the surroundings, to outline the local design in a contemporary fashion.

I designed every single detail of this project with Rhinoceros and it was the best decision I ever make." 

Bernardo Bouquet-Roldan Crespo

Grasshopper and Python manuals in Spanish

Founder and Principal of archi[o]logics, Adolfo Nadal is a professional with a manifold career in architecture, education, design, and computational geometry.

Adolfo has been kind enough to share his manuals on Computational Design (in Spanish) on issuu:

Tip: if you prefer a PDF version, click on Share>Download

The good, the bad, the not-so-ugly

Kevin Caron typically uses his 3D printer to create his sculptures. Recently he expanded its uses to print a pedestal for a recently sold art work. In the process he also created an explanatory video for this simple but practical Rhino use.

The pedestal was a round base with an oval top and required a more robust program than the CAD program Kevin had been running. This is where Rhino came in. Getting straight sides is a "piece of cake. It did it just perfect, once I found the right button."

Friday, December 12, 2014

Ornaments for a White House Christmas tree

One of our online training students has made it to the White House! Well, not really. But his ornament has. Antar Hall entered the White House 3D-Printed Ornament Challenge and finished as one of the five grand prize winners with his ornament, Presidents of Christmas Past & Present.

The ornaments have been 3D printed and are now hanging in the East Wing of the White House for the holidays. They will later go to the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

Three of the runner ups also used Rhino to create their designs: starball, Essence of the Ice, and The Christmas State of Mind Ornament.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Download new RhinoBIM beta 3.45.179

A new beta 3.45.179 is now available for RhinoBIM_Structure 
including a number of fixes and enhancements. Also new is a
User Data function in the Manage tab that allows you to attach any information to any geometry and create a report.

Download beta 3.45.179...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Universidad ICESI - a new Authorized RhinoFabStudio

Join us in welcoming Universidad ICESI as a new Authorized RhinoFabStudio. ICESI has developed innovative academic programs and encourages students to search for knowledge through the "Active Learning" method, in order to produce better, well-prepared professionals. ICESI is recognized as one of the most important and renowned universities in Colombia due to its rigorous academic standards and its wide and diverse range of undergraduate and graduate programs.

For more information on ICESI's RhinoFabStudio, please contact:
Lina Marcela Quintero Villareal.

What is a RhinoFabStudio? A RhinoFabStudio™ (fabrication studio) 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, December 3, 2014

New PanelingTools online course, December 8-11

December 8-11, 2014
9:00am-1:00pm Pacific Time
US$99 per person
A few seats are still available. Register now.

Join instructor Rajaa Issa as she explores the concepts of paneling and surface rationalization in Rhino 5 using the PanelingTools add-on. The class will be comprehensive and cover material from concept generation, detailed design for fabrication and parametric paneling. More...

This is the first class ever... Sign up today!

This course is for design students and professionals looking to efficiently learn PanelingTools and exploit its many features in an instructor-led online environment. This course requires that you have access to Rhino 5 and Grasshopper.

Free Webinar: Jewelry with HDR Light Studio

Simply Rhino is presenting a series of six webinars introducing V-Ray for Rhino and outlining its use in specific areas including:
  • Product design
  • Architecture
  • Interior design
  • Jewellery

There will be insights and information for those who are thinking about moving to a high end rendering product and plenty of useful tips for those already using V-Ray for Rhino.

The next webinar in the series is:

Jewelry with HDR Light Studio
3 December 2014

This thirty-minute webinar will look at jewelry visualization and is co-presented by Mark Segasby of Lightmap – the maker of HDR Light Studio.

Jewelry rendering is essentially all about reflections and refractions and Mark will demonstrate how HDR Light Studio makes it easy to fully control and place reflections precisely merely by selecting the appropriate face on the model.

Lighting, reflections, and background can all be controlled with the V-Ray Dome Light and the out-of-the-box support for HDR Light Studio Live.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sharing your Rhino license

Just a reminder, a single-user commercial Rhino license is a license for one concurrent user at a time.

But yes, we do want you to share your commercial Rhino license when you are not using it… as long as it is under your control. The best way to keep control is to put your licenses in the Zoo.

Installing and using the Zoo is very easy (and free). Details…

Besides using the Zoo, here are a few other things that will help protect your license.

  • Register to make it easier for us to help in case of a lost or stolen license. 
  • Buy from an authorized Rhino dealer.
  • Keep your license keys in a safe place… just like you would cash.
  • Never share your license key.

Share responsibly. Use the Zoo...

Fimbulvetr snow shoes, ready for this season

In March we did a post on Fimbulvetr snowshoes designed with Rhino (and Grasshopper). We finally met the designers and saw those delightful snowshoes up close. We were at our 2014 Rhino meeting in Spain -- a few days full of outstanding presentations, conferences, and networking. Two of the speakers were the brothers, Kristian Wenstøand Fredrik Wenstøp (Pivot Produkt Design), discussing the crampons, flotation, weights, and easy on-and-off. We were not disappointed and personally, I am ready to take up snowshoeing.

Now we are anxious to see who will sell them in the United States. Meanwhile, Fimbulvetr ships globally from their web site.

More information in Snowshoe Magazine article...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Rhino Meet Up NYC - Dec 10

Jean Gorospe is hosting a free Rhino 5 meet up in New York City.

December 10, 2014, 7PM

Game Innovation Lab
5 MetroTech Roadway
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Friday, November 21, 2014

Grasshopper workshops in Madrid

Instituto de Arquitectura Madrid (ETSAM | UPM) is organizing a series of Grasshopper workshops:

Curso básico de GH
Nov 25-Dec 18, 2014 

Programación visual intermedia
Jan 13-Feb 12, 2015

Programación visual avanzada
Feb 17-Mar 24, 2015

Yacht design refined

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Paul Bieker of Bieker Boats has recently introduced two updated sailboat designs. He continues development on his International 14 and Riptide 35. 

You can see from his design models that Rhino was used extensively.

For detailed information on Paul’s designs, go to Bieker Boats.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Intermediate Grasshopper Course, December 1-4

Intermediate Grasshopper - Online Course
December 1-4, 2014
9:00am-1:00pm Pacific time
US$215 per person
A few seats are still available. Register now.

Join instructor Andres Gonzalez as he explores the intermediate concepts of generative modeling in Rhino 5 using the Grasshopper add-on. He will apply these concepts to Grasshopper intermediate design and development numerous in numerous real-life examples with you. More...

This will be the last class of the year... Sign up today!

This course is for design professionals who are looking to efficiently learn concepts and features of Grasshopper at an accelerated pace in an instructor-led online environment. This course requires Intro to Grasshopper training or equivalent.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Kangaroo wins ALGODeQ competition

To recognize outstanding achievements in algorithmic design, the first ALGODeQ international competition for algorithmic design programs has been completed. The competition gathered 190 entries from 43 countries, searching and finding innovative computational approaches in architecture. Kangeroo won the highest prize in the category 'Infrastructure as the grounding matrix for design'.

Kangaroo was in good company. The two other prize winners were RhinoVault and LMN Architecture.

Michael Hansmeyer, one of the jurists, commented, "The ALGODeQ competition proves that architects and designers are no longer limited to existing software packages --- they are instead designing their own. This frees the architects of the confines and restrictions of these packages, yet perhaps, more importantly, it demands of them a fundamental rethink of how a design comes into place."

"Almost all of the ALGODeQ approaches result in designs that would previously have been difficult to calculate, or even to conceive of. And thanks to advances in fabrication technology, these new architectures are increasingly transcending the computer screens and are rendered - physically- into the real world. An exciting time awaits us."

Kangaroo is a live physics engine for interactive simulation, optimization, and form-finding directly within Grasshopper.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Project EGG finished

"We are very happy and proud here at the studio to announce that Project EGG is complete. We have cooperated with hundreds of enthusiast 3D printers from all over the world in order to build the largest community 3D printed project to date. It's here and it's really lovely. The first exhibition in the Netherlands during Dutch Design Week was a success.

We've worked for more than a year to have it 3D printed. One of the many nice things about EGG is that it is totally made in Rhino and Grasshopper. And as I said yesterday to someone who asked about which 3D program I used and why, my answer was: How on earth could I have done this with any other program: a building consisting of 4760 different and unique stones.

So thank you, all 3D printers and all other people involved and McNeel for this rocking software!"

Michiel van der Kley, studio michiel van der kley

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bheard Sound Pod Kickstarter campaign

Bhold has used Rhino to build their latest project, the Bheard Sound Pod. This cute little item, built in one piece, amplifies and improves sound quality from your phone.

The Kickstarter campaign is ending soon: November 20th. So check it out now.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Bongo 2.0 Service Release 5 now available

Hi all, 
Bongo 2.0 SR5 is now available from:

A smooth BIM/FEA workflow in Rhino

Geometry Gym has implemented an exporter for Karamba (Grasshopper Structural Analysis plug-in) to IFC. The data can then be used to import into commercial structural analysis software such as GSA, SAP2000, Robot, Sofistik, SCIA, etc. Often projects have clients that mandate particular commercial software (or require software to be certified).

Directly exporting the Karamba database saves users from manually rebuilding the model in alternative software (or maintaining duplicates of components within Grasshopper).

This could also easily be used for RhinoBIM, and potentially VisualARQ (if desired to provide functionality for engineers). And structural analysis is only one aspect. IFC is also capable of conveying other types of analytic information such as energy, environmental, MEP and simulations such as pedestrians.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rhino Meeting 2014

On October 29-31 some of the main actors of the Rhino development, distribution, and training scenes gathered together in Castelldefels, Barcelona, (Spain) to learn and share their last experiences with Rhino.

The event, sponsored by 3DconnexionRoland and Wacom, consisted of a series of conferences and networking sessions that brought inspiration and knowledge to an audience of over 200 participants coming from 35 different countries. Some of the topics covered during the conferences included the last developments at McNeel (Rhino 5 for Mac, Grasshopper, food4Rhino, Kangaroo, Developer Tools, Training and Support, RhinoFabStudio), as well as sessions that were an open discussion to comment on the latest technologies in the fields of Design, AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction), and Digital Fabrication.

The keynote speakers at the event were kind enough to share some outstanding projects done in Rhino that challenged the software limits thanks to the authors' creativity. These were:

Partners that have developed a hardware or software product that adds substantial functionality to Rhino also had a side room to show their products. Exhibitors were 
Asuni CADCalgary Scientific, Chaos Group, CIMsystemCL3VERDATAKITEvolute GmbHHAL Robot Programming & ControlMachineWorks LtdmadCAM ABMecSoft CorporationNext LimitRandom Control, RhinoPipingRhinoTerrainRobots.IOTDM Solutions, and Virtual Build Technologies

Everyone was excited to learn more about the size and diversity of the Rhino communitytrading many stories about users, projects, and applications from around the world.

Rhino-Days 2015-USA Conferences: January 16-17, Savannah, GA

Rhino-Days 2015-USA
Conferences: January 16-17, Savannah, GA
We will be hosting two days of lectures on January 16-17, 2015 at SCAD. Presenters will talk about their professional fields and how they use 3D modeling and design in real life projects ..... from marine design, to product and furniture developing, set designs and artful architecture. Join us and discover the principles of design interactivity. Learn to rationalize complex geometry into a format suitable for analysis and fabrication. Or encounter the evolving transitions of design environments in Rhino and Grasshopper.

You can see the list of presenters here.
For more information, please contact Jackie Nasser or call (305) 513 4445.

  • The 2-day conference fee is $100, but if you are a student or a faculty member, you'll receive a Rhino 5 Educational license with the registration (Proof of status required. The regular educational license price is USD $195). 
  • To register for the conferences January 16 and 17, please go to http://mcneelmiami.com/rhinoday_2015
  • On January 15, we are also offering 1-day workshops. Space is very limited so please register soon. There will be a total of 6 workshops to choose from.
  • For the list of workshops on January 15 and to register, please go to Workshops
Take advantage of the early bird price!!!.  
You can register for the lectures by clicking here 


CLIMATE RIBBON™ is a design by Hugh Dutton Associés that combines precision engineering and environmental design with an elegant sculptural form: an exciting union of art and science. 

It has been designed through an holistic computation process using Grasshopper with plug-ins Ladybug and Hoopsnake. The videos (Video1, Video2) show the process of generating the blades using datascapes in order to make architecture respond to climate performance parameters.

In December the Parisian design firm with Francesco Cingolani is hosting the 2nd edition of DESIGN by DATA, an advanced Grasshopper workshop in which they will go through the whole design process of the ribbon.

AA Visiting School Jeddah - Makkah VS Makkah

Makkah vs Makkah
Monday – Thursday, February 2-12, 2015

Registration is now open to students and professionals alike who are interested in participating in an 11-day AA Visiting School design workshop in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which taps and allows you rare access into the Saudi Kingdom.

Brief Outline

To imagine a city is to express more fully its living character, its essence, rooted in the everyday hustle and bustle that shape its formation. The imagination creates a place within a place, a sanctuary that expands our perception through transcending reality and broadening the horizon. The relationship between what is imagined in the city and what actually exists is fundamental to linking a place to its prospects. It enables these prospects to play a role in the discussion about the identity and peculiarities of the place.
We seek to discover Mecca as explorers and dig deep into collecting and unraveling what lies beneath the surface. The overall ambition of the visiting school is to compile a body of research about the city that lies beyond the holy mosque and to record and represent both the visible and invisible landscapes of the city, to explore the everyday life of the inhabitants and the pilgrims. We will venture to speculate and imagine the future of the city. The visiting school studio will collectively produce a section that cuts through the entire city, revealing the heart of the imagined city.
The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates, and young professionals. 

Software requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR9 or later).

For further information please find the follow links below:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

In Madrid? Need sushi?

Visit DokiDoki!
This amazing restaurant was designed by Controlmad in Rhino and Grasshopper. Nesting was done in RhinoNest.

Introduction to Paneling Tools Webinar, Nov 18

Join us for a webinar on Tuesday, November 18.

Join Rajaa Issa, Rhino developer, for a webinar presentation on Rhino 5 plug-in, PanelingTools, on November 18th. PanelingTools helps generate 2D and 3D cellular patterns and populate them over rectangular grids. It supports intuitive design of paneling concepts as well as rationalize complex geometry into a format that is suitable for analysis and fabrication.
  • Title: Introduction to Paneling Tools
  • Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
  • Time: 9 am - 11 am PST
Register here... space is limited. 
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Presentation will take approximately one hour and questions will be answered at the end of the session. This webinar will also be recorded and posted to our site.

System Requirements:
PC-based attendees
 Required: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
 Required: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees
 Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet 

Call for Papers - Shipbuilding Conference.

The 17th International Conference on Computer Applications in Shipbuilding (ICCAS) will review operational experience from existing computer applications in the design and build of ships and offshore structures and will cover a full range of topics including; engineering analysis, data modeling, PLM, CAD, CAM, integrated systems, knowledge management, systems engineering, simulation, visualization, processes and standards.

  • 1 February – Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 9 February – 2 March - Abstract Review
  • 28 June – Paper Submission
  • 14 September – Presentation Submission
  • 29 September – 1 October – Conference Dates

If you wish to submit a 250 word abstract, please do so by clearly stating your name, co-authors, companies, and paper title to Morgan Griffiths at mgriffiths@rina.org.uk who will also be able to answer any questions you may have regarding abstract and paper submissions.

Monday, November 10, 2014

RhinoTürkiye at Maker Faire Istanbul

The Maker Faire Istanbul will take place on November 12-13th.

Come visit the RhinoTürkiye booth to learn more about Rhino in digital fabrication.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

UMI 2.0, Urban Modeling in Rhino

Umi is a Rhino-based plug-in that analyzes a neighborhood or city's outdoor comfort, operational and embodied energy use, walkability and daylighting.

Umi is developed by the Sustainable Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Version 2.0 enhancements include:
  • In addition to operational building energy use, walkability, and bikeability, umi can now also calculate embodied energy and floor area ratios (FAR). 
  • Operational energy simulations use the EnergyPlus-based “shoeboxer” algorithm as presented by Dogan at SimBuild 2013. 
  • Non-geometric building simulation assumptions are stored in a new template format as presented by Cerezo at SimBuild 2014. 
  • Umi projects are now stored in a single *.umi file which contains the Rhino scene file, the epw weather file, building modeling templates as well as all simulation results. You can export any of this data to use it separately. 
  • A new results viewer allows users to analyze and export simulation results as well as import results generated from third party simulation environments. 
  • Selected umi projects can be found on the new umiverse site. 
Take umi for a spin. 2.0 is significantly different from 1.0 so we encourage you to consult the updated user guide as well as a series of video tutorials.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Generative Furniture Design with Rhino and Grasshopper

Date: November 11-17, 2014

During this 5-day workshop you'll learn to create and edit accurate free-form 3D NURBS models.

This fast-moving class covers most of Rhino's functionality, including the most advanced surfacing commands. In addition, this workshop gives students a functional understanding of Grasshopper and parametric design, so that they can build on this understanding to more advanced projects of their own.

During the training at our RhinoFabStudio, you will learn to customize Rhino + Grasshopper to improve and accelerate your furniture designs through generative modeling. The class also covers information on fabrication techniques with 3D Printers or laser machines and optimization and fabrication using RhinoCAM and RhinoCAM NESTING for CNC machines.

For more information please click here.

To register, please contact Jackie Nasser or McNeel Miami at: T(305) 513 4445
Join us at RhinoFabStudio

Monday, October 27, 2014

New Rhino to CL3VER plugin

Architects, industrial and product designers can now create browser-based interactive 3D presentations of their Rhino 3D models without the need for programming. The new plugin is in beta, so new users are invited to provide feedback to the CL3VER support team if they experience any problems with the importing process.
The new CL3VER plugin for Rhino 5 lets Rhino users export their 3D models directly into the CL3VER editor where they can create immersive experiences for clients and stakeholders. The plugin imports geometry, hierarchy, materials, and textures from the original model. Rhino is used in several industries and sometimes in combination with other 3D modeling software. Since CL3VER is an agnostic platform, one presentation can contain models created with different software, making it a very powerful tool for those who do not rely on a single software technology for design development.
If you are not already a CL3VER user subscribe now for free, go to the CL3VER plugin page to download the plugin for Rhino 5 and install it following the instructions available in this tutorial.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Creating light with Rhino

As an in-house project, FATHOM, a 3D printing specialist, created this ethereal chandelier.

Using Rhino to create the CAD models with the surfacing texturing tools, a prototype was created to showcase FATHOM's capabilities.

Rhino's complex geometries were used to create the lighting effects and the structural stability in the dish's form.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


RhinoToNavisworks is a free plug-in that allows Navisworks to open Rhino models (*.3dm) in Autodesk® Navisworks® 2015.


Rhino in a botanical garden

Another fan is raving about Rhino's capacity to model complex shapes. This one is in Ketchum, Idaho.

The collaboration for the Ellen Long Garden Pavilion at the Sawtooth Botanical Gardens started with the architect, Jolyon Sawrey. Sawrey drew up the pavilion roof for size, height, basic shape, and other features like electrical and site placement.  To figure out the roof parts he then contacted Bill Amaya of Cimarron Lofting. Amaya took the architectural drawings and, using Rhino to completely model the roof, detailed the parts, changing the shape only as needed. He then "pulled" rafters, metal skin, header ring, and the top compression ring off the drawing and sent them to the metal fabricator to bend and laser cut. The metal fabricator, David Swaner, of D-Swaner Welding, then assembled, delivered, and installed the roof parts.

For Cimarron Lofting, the key was to figure out the placement and shape of the rafters. Amaya commented, "I would not know how to do it without Rhino. It was just a shape and a problem that does not lend itself to mathematical insight."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Absolute Joint System at ACADIA 2014

AJ - Absolute Joint System is the only non-welded round pipe structural stainless system in the world. It provides the architect with a sculpting tool (a Grasshopper customization) that delivers designs that keep pace with the client's imagination. It allows for free-form single and double layer geometries creating remarkable structural transparency.

AJ - Absolute Joint System is proud to sponsor ACADIA 2014 and will be at the event exhibiting its products.

The ACADIA 2014: DESIGN AGENCY conference will be held in Los Angeles, California at the USC School of Architecture on October 23-25, 2014.

DESIGN AGENCY will bring together the spectrum of research and creative practice currently occurring within the ACADIA community through the combined support of the research networks of the University of Southern California, University of California Los Angeles and Southern California Institute of Architecture. Questions the capacity for computation to inform or challenge traditional design processes; computation as design operationthe capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power, and/or computation as design instrumentalitythe design mechanism through which power is exerted or an end is achieved.