Monday, March 31, 2014

Paneling solutions from concept to fabrication at Rhino-DAY - Guadalajara, Mexico

Date: April 2, 2014
Time: 8 am - 5 pm
Cost: US $95
Course description:
PanelingTools plug-in generates 2D and 3D cellular patterns and populates them over rectangular grids.

In this workshop you will learn to create intuitive design of paneling concepts. As well, you will rationalize complex geometry into a format suitable for analysis and fabrication. The plug-in is closely integrated with Rhino 5 and is widely used for architectural, building designers, and industrial designers. 

** Bring your own laptop with Rhino 5 installed ** 

Join us also for the 2-day Master Lectures April 4-5
Please go to:
Rhino-DAY - Tec de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara (map)
Av. General Ramon Corona # 2514 - Zapopan
Guadalajara, 45201

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Plasticity Digital Design Competition

Plasticity, an international digital design to fabrication competition, is now open and accepting submissions. Download the Competition Brief for details and eligibility.

Important Dates:

   April 20         Deadline for Questions
   June 29         Deadline for Registration and 1st round Submissions
   July 14          Finalists announced
   Oct 3             Finalist submission and 2nd round jury
   Oct 20-26      Finalists exhibition & public announcement at ACADIA
   Spring 2015   Exhibition at TEX-FAB 2015 in Houston

Translating water into a 3D form

The province of South Tyrol in Italy has drinkable, high-quality, and mineral-rich tap water. But still, the local population buys water in plastic bottles.

To entice the local population to consume tap water and as a part of the 2013 Bologna Water Design at Cersaie, Italian designer, Andreas Trenker of the Free University of Bolzano designed a series of localized water carafes.

Using five characteristics of the different water sources—sea level, temperature, water hardness, conductivity, and pH—Trenker used Rhino to generate the shapes and translate them to a 3D form. The molds were then machined to make the carafes with Rhino and RhinoCAM.

Thinking about tensile structures?

Joe Roper has been. Check out his blog where he explores the work of Frei Otto using Rhino, Grasshopper, Kangaroo, and the Weaverbird.

Friday, March 28, 2014

ACADIA 2014 | DESIGN AGENCY | Call announced

Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture 2014 International Conference

October 23-25, 2014
Los Angeles, CA

Workshops and Tour: October 20-22 & 26, 2014
Los Angeles, CA

DESIGN AGENCY will bring together the spectrum of research and creative practice currently in 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 operation - the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power, and/or computation as design instrumentality - the design mechanism through which power is exerted or an end is achieved.

Full papers, work in progress, and projects with a special call to be announced soon.
For the submission information page please go to: 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

10th RhinoDay Italy

10th RhinoDay Italy 2014
Università degli Studi di Padova - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Edile e Ambientale April 11-12, 2014

The 10th Italian User Meeting, organized by Università degli Studi di Padova - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Edile e Ambientale and sponsored by ZEN's s.r.l., has been announced and registrations are now open.

Apart from the live users' presentations, Steve Baer, Giulio Piacentino and Giuseppe Massoni (McNeel) will show the latest news on RhinoPythonGrasshopper and Rhino, respectively.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Creative Industry Fair Szczecin 2014, Poland

Creative Industry Fair Szczecin 2014, Poland 
27–28 March 2014

Do you need to learn more about 3D modeling, 3D scanning, and visualization? Come visit authorized Rhino reseller Bardins at Creative Industry Fair Szczecin 2014 in Szczecin, Poland, and get up-close with the newest software tools.

Booth 9-10, room B
Szczecin ul. Cukrowa 12, budynek Service Inter - Lab
(Open from 10.00  to 17.00)

A special presentation will be held for Rhino 5, Photomodeler Scanner 2014 from EOS Systems, and KeyShot 4 from Luxion.

Other products that will be shown are Strata 3D, V-Ray, HDR Light Studio, RhinoGold, madCAM, VisualARQ, Vue xStream, Resolume, and ZBrush.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring Species - Grasshopper workshop, Bratislava (Slovakia)

Spring Species _Grasshopper workshop
Bratislava, Slovakia
April 22-26

The workshop will focus on minimal surface physical simulations and iterative subdivisions, with an in-depth look at mesh construction and accurate topology development. We will follow various approaches to creating complex geometries, with increased control and manipulation possibilities processed by a computational subsystem articulated by Rhino 5 + Grasshopper & Sub-Plug-ins.

We will explore design potential based on physical simulations with added interactivity and the formal expressivity of tensile membrane structures.

Tutors: Andrei Padure_Romania, Alex Ahmad_Austria
Crash course tutors: Ján Pernecký_Slovakia, Rojiar Soleimani_Iran
Organizer: 3D Dreaming, research

Complete info at 

Grasshopper and V-Ray training in Nottingham (UK)

Computer Modelling with Rhino using Grasshopper and V-Ray Rendering
Nottingham Trent University, UK
April 26 - May 24

The course runs over five days, with a focus on modeling in the morning and rendering in the afternoon. It is aimed at product designers and architects interested in the generation and exploration of new shapes. The course also covers the application of professional quality rendering to constructed geometries.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Level 1 Rhino 5 Online Training, April 3-16

Level 1 Rhino 5 Online Training
April 3-16, 2014

In this online class you'll learn to create and edit accurate free-form 3-D NURBS models. This fast-moving class covers most of Rhino's functionality, including the most advanced surfacing commands. Our detailed class outline is available here.


  • Orientation: April 3, 9:00am-10:30am (PDT)
  • Training: April 7, 8, 9 and April 14, 15, 16, 9:00am-1:00pm (PDT)
    Calculate your time zone.

The class will be conducted in English using the GoToTraining software. You will need Rhino 5 for Windows software installed. Note, the Rhino for OS X WIP is not acceptable software for this class. You will need a stable and fast Internet connection. You will need a headset/microphone combo. You will need a hard copy of the Rhino Level 1 Training Manual. You may download it from here

ViewER - download free viewer for Android

ViewER, the new viewer for Android, supports openNurbs 
(3DM) and Wavefront (OBJ) formats for rendering 3D CAD 
models. The product is free. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

New: Rhino Modeling Techniques video

In this project-based video tutorial series, you'll learn relevant skills for real-world applications. Follow along with our expert instructor to get:
  • Concise, informative and broadcast-quality Rhino tutorial videos delivered to your desktop
  • The ability to learn at your own pace with our intuitive, easy-to-use interface
  • A quick grasp of even the most complex subjects because they're broken into simple, easy to follow tutorial videos

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Industrial Design Internships at Bose Corporation

Industrial Design Internships at Bose Corporation
Framingham, MA
Bose is currently looking for world class talent for summer internships and six-month summer + fall co-op positions.
Bose interns take an active and sometimes leading role in design projects. Like any other design team member, they work on multiple projects, interfacing with technical and marketing teams, and in many cases represent the greater design team outside of the design center. Design is a competitive industry- Bose compensates competitively. See Skills & Qualifications
The Bose Design Center is a vibrant, multicultural, growing team that is focused on Industrial Design for all Bose products. From initial concepts to design execution of finished products, the team is involved in the process every step of the way. Explore and communicate design through continuous iteration.

Monday, March 17, 2014

New Grasshopper workshop in Beirut (Lebanon)

Parametric Design with Grasshopper - Level 1
April 11-13, 2014
Suite 101, Verdun Twins
Rue Marie Curie
Beirut, Lebanon

The workshop on Applied Parametric Design is an introduction and immersion into the world of associative design with McNeel’s Rhino and Grasshopper software.  Rhino is an advanced NURBS modeller. With it we will learn about precision modelling, project workflow and organization. Grasshopper is an associative modelling plug-in for Rhino. Grasshopper parametrically defines our model logics to explore variations and optimized solutions. These two tools are a powerful combination for any architect, designer, engineer, professional or student interested in exploring how parametric design benefits their workflow.

Instructor: Luis E. Fraguada - Director of Research Built by Associative Data, Authorized Rhino Trainer

Saturday, March 15, 2014

AA Visiting School SEOUL, Aug 11-21

AA Visiting School - Seoul
Emerging Corporate Territories: Trade of Shades
Monday - Thursday, August 11-21 2014
Seoul National University, Seoul

Registration is now open to students and professionals alike interested in participating in an 11-day AA Visiting School design workshop in Seoul, focused on exploring the form, image, and identity of the corporate buildings.

The Visiting School returns to Songdo, the newly finished corporate hub of South Korea and the wannabe Singapore-Hong-Kong international node of the booming economic future of Northeast Asia. Smart, Leed-certified, directly plugged into an airport, and equipped with one Central Park and one Venice Canal, Songdo is the latest venture in the corporate real-estate bonanza.

So new and so fast with so much glass, and so few people walking down its streets. This sleek ghost town is not only waiting for its people but also itching to have its first architectural reading. So join us as we depart from the scale of the master-plan and delve specifically into these shimmering buildings, to understand each node of this wired operational network through its own face and skin.

Taking as a given the dominant form of the typical plan, the deus ex machina of architectural solutions, we will challenge this discriminant sprawl of towers strictly vertically. Each student will propose a full bleed curtain-wall facade system, which will speak of feeders such as economic and technologic drivers as well as corporate aesthetics and architectural fetishes.

What story will your facade want to project?

PS, invisible towers are forbidden.

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates, and young professionals. Software requirements: Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino (SR7 or later), or any CAD software knowledge is preferred.

Web site:
AA Seoul web page:

Friday, March 14, 2014

"TRANSLATE" Workshop - Structural design in material fabrication - Rome (Italy)

Rome, Italy
14-18 May 2014

In this 5-day workshop we will translate the typical typology and materialization of the house into the definition of surface-active structures. We combine the system of geometry, structural design & fabrication and construction into a new era of architecture.

We follow three lines of thought to translate structural design in material fabrication. First, ultra-lightweight, rethinking shape and material. Second, dealing with the same single material components aggregated within a network, working with the elements' directionality and their connections to perform stability. Third, we will rethink the definition of the brick.

We will design, analyze and present our translations in both digital and physical prototypes -- from tabletop models to 2m high structures. 

Grasshopper, Karamba and Digital Fabrication tools drive our design evolutions. With structural design, we will play with the type of forces in elements, orientation, force flow, geometry, restraints, and connection. We use this structural behavior to search for new links between materiality, form and construction, progressing towards a unique relationship of structure, construction and fabrication.

We will present our translations through digital and physical prototyping, showcasing the process of linking digital and physical inputs as a continuous feedback loop, rethinking structural design and material fabrication.

Tutors: Manja Van De Worp (NOUS Engineering London) and Aldo Sollazzo (Noumena)

Interactive Architectural Prototypes workshop in Frankfurt (Germany)

Interactive Architectural Prototypes
Frankfurt, Germany
July 21 - August 1, 2014

“Interactive Architectural Prototypes” is a 2-week summer lab based on the principles of experimentation and interactivity through emerging technologies in architectural production.

The lab engages students, architects, designers and game developers with four techniques of prototyping: designer-informed, analytics-driven, crowd-operated and sensor-actuated. Participants learn to use digital and parametric design tools and the feedback collected from simulation algorithms, online users and real-world sensors.

The acquired knowledge will be applied to designing interactive prototypes, which will be publicly exhibited at the Städelschule.

Tools: Rhino, Grasshopper, Arduino, Unity3D...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Webinar: Introduction to Rhino 5 Layouts

Introduction to Rhino 5 Layouts
Join us for a webinar on March 26th

Space is limited.
Reserve your webinar seat now... register here.

Join Mary Fugier for a technical presentation on how to use Layouts in Rhino 5. Learn how to arrange views of both 2D and 3D models on the title block at different scales and prepare it for printing.

Also see how to add annotations to the layout, like text, dimensions and plot to a PDF. Layer color/visibility per detail and Annotation Scaling will also be discussed. The presentation will be based on this tutorial.

Example models used will include: 2D imperial architectural, 3D metric marine and 3D imperial product.

Presentation will be approximately 90 minutes. Questions will be addressed at specific breaks in the presentation, as well as at the end.

Can't make the live presentation? No problem! It will be recorded and posted here.

Title: Introduction to Rhino 5 Layouts
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am PDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Analysis before you 3D print

New materials for Scan&Solve

You asked for them.  Now they are here. Test your designs, made with popular engineering plastics and common materials available from 3D Systems and Stratasys.

Scan&Solve users, follow two simple steps:

  1. Download the new material files
  2. Import the new materials into the Scan&Solve material database (instructions)

A new organization to accelerate digital fabrication

Streamlining Design to Fabrication

The Digital Fabrication Network (dFab Net) is a new community of fabricators and manufacturers; hardware and software suppliers; and academics, designers, and researchers, working together to improve design to fabrication.

Digital fabrication advancements are transforming industries at all levels. Designers have more and more sophisticated digital design tools. Yet design to digital fabrication remains slow and expensive.

“Design-to-fabrication problems are too complex to tackle alone,” said Bill Kreysler, President of dFab Net. “Finally there is an organization bringing everyone together to work on these issues.”

The organization’s diverse membership encourages innovation through cross-industry collaboration. Members can learn about processes and technology from many unrelated industries.

You are invited to join the world’s innovators who are embracing technology to change the game of design to manufacturing.

Digital Fabrication Network
Attn: Melissa Kroskey,S.E., Executive Director
101 West American Canyon Road, #508-278
American Canyon, CA 94503
(858) 527-9340

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Using Grasshopper for snowshoes

When you live in Norway you must understand snow. And snowshoes. First, the Norwegian company Fimbulvetr did extensive research of 6000 years of snowshoe evolution -- give or take a few years. Then they used Grasshopper to help design a new snowshoe.

From their web site: "We set out to create a stronger, lighter, more durable and ergonomic snowshoe from scratch. Previous snowshoes typically have many breakable parts, feel detached and limit movements. Through redesign, prototyping and testing we developed a high-end tool for superior, personal, winter mobility. The result is a whole new snowshoe experience, best described as a natural extension of the foot. Try it, and never go back."

Fimbulvetr currently sells their snowshoes through their web site.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Advanced Grasshopper workshop: “Complex surface”

Mediterranean FabLab, Cava de' Tirreni (Italy)
March 18-21, 2014

The Mediterranean FabLab in Cava de' Tirreni (Italy) has organized a new Grasshopper workshop that will deal with the development of complex surfaces responsive to information from the environment and with digital fabrication techniques.

Tutor: Amleto Picerno Ceraso

Friday, March 7, 2014

DATA BODIES Grasshopper workshop, Paris (France)

Data by itself has no meaning. It fills databases. This data must be examined in order to become meaningful. Humans must interact with it. Information arises when humans examine the data. Knowledge is created when information is transformed through human social interactions.” 

DATA BODIES Grasshopper workshop
Paris, France
May 9-11, 2014

The space in which we live can be monitored in many aspects and appears to be to be a gradient of data in continuous evolution and change. One of the major advantages of parametric tools is to inform the design processes with accurate, specific and variable, in space and time, data streams.

DATA BODIES is a Grasshopper workshop that will focus on its nature as an information processor and how it can manipulate data, streaming inputs from various sources and using data feeds to inform geometry or data structures from the very simple up to more complex ones. The aim is to understand information and data articulation as a spatial and architectural operation. Results may range from pure data communication protocols, dataviz or data-driven geometries, depending on the skill levels and aspirations of each participant. The brief is also open to the suggestions and opportunities that may rise during the workflow.

Rhino 5, Grasshopper, gHowl, MeshEdit, WeaverBird, Firefly, Lunchbox will be used during the workshop.

TUTOR: Andrea Graziano, Co-de-iT
CURATOR: Francesco Cingolani, superbelleville coworking

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Rhino 5 Service Release 8 available

Rhino 5 Service Release 8 (SR8), built 5-Mar-2014, is now available.

SR8 eliminates the 25-save evaluation limit. Instead, evaluations are fully functional for 90 days*. After 90 days, Rhino will not save.

Dozens of stability improvements and bug fixes are included in SR8.

Rhino will download Service Release Updates in the background and prompt you to install. Or you can manually download.

* The 90-day evaluation starts when Rhino is installed. Previous Rhino releases will have already started your 90-day evaluation period, so upgrading to SR8 may result in an expired evaluation.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

D.LOFT, a new plugin by Evolute

Single curved surfaces, also known as developable surfaces, are extremely important to modeling in fields like marine design, architecture, product design, and art works. They help reduce manufacturing costs and tooling, yet no software allowed designers to use them in a straightforward way with high precision and control. 

Things changed! EvoluteTools D.LOFT enables users to create developable surfaces between arbitrary 3D curves with a push of a button, hassle free.

A quick introduction video is available on Evolute's YouTube and YouKu channels.

Architecture in Fashion workshop, Bucharest (Romania)

Bucharest, Romania
April 20-27, 2014

Parametrica [Digi Fab School] invites you to a series of computational design and digital fabrication workshops.

Fashion and architecture are both based on basic life necessities – clothing and shelter. Yet, they are also forms of self-expression – for both creators and consumers. Both fashion and architecture affect our emotional being in many ways. This workshop's agenda is to investigate the overlap between these two areas of design.

Rhino, Grasshopper, Kangaroo, Weaverbird, LunchBox, gHowl, and Geco will be used for the parametric design, analysis, and fabrication of your models.

3D Events in Vienna

Interested in 3D modeling, rendering, and 3D printing? Don't miss the following free events in Vienna (Austria):

ThreeKC Open House 

Come visit authorized Rhino reseller ThreeKC to learn more about Rhino 5 and V-Ray for Rhino. Details... 

Vienna 3D Print Congress

ThreeKC will be one of the exhibitors at the first 3D Conference in Austria. Details...