Thursday, January 29, 2015

Digital Fabrication Minor at UPB - Medellín

The RhinoFabStudio Digital Fabrication Minor is intended for designers, architects, artists, engineers, and other professionals of associated fields. The Digital Fabrication Program involves introductory as well as advanced courses in 3D digital modeling, generative and data-driven modeling, physical computation and interaction, as well as digital fabrication. At UPB’s RhinoFabStudio students are able to use the latest inventive technologies such as 3D printing, computer controlled CNC milling and routing, and laser cutting to produce their three-dimensional creations.

Join us at the Commencement Ceremony to honor this year's students that have achieved their Digital Fabrication Diplomas.

Graduation: Minor in Digital Fabrication at UPB's RhinoFabStudio
Date: Friday January 30, 2015
Time: 09:00 am - 11:00 am
Place: Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana - UPB: Auditorio Juan Pablo II,  Bloque 10 - Medellín, Colombia.

For more information, please contact Andres Franco by email: or call T412-3015 in Medellín, Colombia

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The use of Technology, El Salvador

Join us for a presentation on The use of Technology with Rhino 5 and TROTECIn this presentation, we will demonstrate the latest on 3D modeling, generative data driven design and laser cutting.

Country: El Salvador, Central America
City: Soyapango
Place:  Universidad Don Bosco - Escuela de Diseño Gráfico e Industrial
Date:   Thursday, January 29, 2015
Time:   2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room:  Aula Magna C

Cost: Free and open to the general public

For more information, please contact Kenny Girón or call: (503) 2251-8200 Ext. 1814

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Warka Water: Each drop counts

Water is the source of life. It is so fundamental to our lives that we take it for granted. But in some areas of the world, water shortage is an acute and a real problem. Many rural villages in Africa lack the simple water infrastructure to fulfill basic needs.

Arturo Vittori, from Architecture and Vision, together with a group of international talented collaborators, has developed Warka Water, a structure to capture potable water from the air by collecting rain, harvesting fog and dew for rural communities in Ethiopia. Rhino and Grasshopper were used from the early stages of the project. 

Warka Water is now running a crowd-funding campaign.  

Please support Warka Water on Kickstarter...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Rhino 5 + Grasshopper + V-Ray + VisualARQ + RhinoBIM presentations

South Florida Road Trip Presentations

Join us for a presentation on Grasshopper, V-Ray, VisualARQ, and RhinoBIM for Rhino 5. In this presentation, we will demonstrate the latest on generative data driven design, rendering, and BIM (Building Information Modeling).

The presentation will be approximately two hours with time for Q&A at the end.
University of Central Florida – UCF  
Tuesday Jan 20th from 9 – 11am
1800 S Kirkman Rd, Orlando, FL 32811  - Building 11 Room 106
For more information, please contact: Jason Mayer 

Florida International University – FIU 
Tuesday Jan 20th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Room #135 (auditorium) of PCA building (Paul Cejas Architecture building)
More information, please contact: Eric Goldemberg

Miami Dade College – MDC
Wednesday Jan 21st from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Room 3410-5 Miami Dade College - School of Architecture – Wolfson Campus (downtown)
More information, please contact: Maria Zabala 

University of Miami – UM
Thursday Jan 22nd from 9:00 – 11:00 am
Glasgow Hall - Jorge M Perez Architecture Center
More information, please contact: Ju Hong Park

Any additional information, please contact:

Jackie Nasser  T (305) 513 4445

Create Waterman Polyhedra

The Waterman Polyhedra for Rhino 5 for Windows lets you create Waterman Polyhedrons.

A Waterman polyhedron is created by packing spheres, according to cubic close packing (CCP), then sweeping away the spheres that are farther from the center than a defined radius, then creating the convex hull of the resulting pack of spheres.

Some Waterman polyhedra create Platonic solids and Archimedean solids.

Waterman Polyhedra supports both 32-bit and 64-bit Rhino 5 for Windows, and it requires SR9 or greater. Waterman Polyhedra does not work with Rhino for Mac.

Waterman Polyhedra provides both a Rhino plugin and a Grasshopper add-on.

Waterman Polyhedra is free!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Aircraft Geometry Codes - Parametric Models for Optimization, scripted in Python, Rhino and Matlab

AirCONICS (Aircraft CONfiguration through Integrated Cross-Disciplinary Scripting) is a free toolset comprising highly parametric aircraft geometry objects, in particular for generating external surface geometry (such as surfaces wetted by the flow).

AirCONICS is used for aircraft design applications and it is backed up by a Wiley book, in which the theory behind the objects (in particular, the aircraft lifting surfaces) is described.

AirCONICS v0.2 can be downloaded for free. 

Get complete details and download at

RhinoVAULT 1.3 released

RhinoVAULT V1.3 new features from BLOCK Research Group on Vimeo.

Intuitive form finding for funicular structures

The BLOCK Research Group, ETH Zurich, announced the release of RhinoVAULT 1.3. The latest, freely available version comes with some neat, new features. Besides many bug fixes, the plugin for Rhino features the following new tools for a more advanced form finding of funicular structures:
  • Include tension elements to create new, exciting funicular structures
  • Set bounds on force magnitudes to more easily control local force distributions
  • Use the new API to hack into RhinoVAULT for your project-specific application
  • Generate triangulated form diagrams for any given boundary conditions
This movie, RhinoVAULT V1.3 New Features on Vimeo, shows an overview of the new features implemented.

tutorials have been added to the tutorial web site.

The plugin emerged from current research on structural form finding using the Thrust Network Approach to intuitively create and explore funicular structures. BLOCK Research Group are constantly working on new techniques and methods, which eventually will be implemented in future releases of this digital design tool.

For more information, and to download RhinoVAULT, please visit the BLOCK Research Group RhinoVAULT website.

The plugin has been downloaded by more than 10,000 people and in 2014 RhinoVAULT won an award in the category Structure / Physics Formation at ALGODeQ, an international competition for algorithmic design programs. 

Open position for a Professorship of Industrial Design in Linz, Austria

The University of Art and Industrial Design Linz (Kunstuniversität Linz) – Institute of Space and Design seeks to appoint an appropriately qualified person as a full-time Professor of Industrial Design [...]

Rhino skills are a plus!

EvoluteTools T.MAP

Evolute announces its new plugin EvoluteTools T.MAP, providing mixed integer parametrization for Rhino:
  • Map textures with minimum distortion
  • Use quadrangular or triangular textures
  • Extract level set curves of parametrization, for example, remeshing using triangles or quads
  • Align parametrization with user-guided curves or principal curvature directions

Rhino and Orca3D training at NDAR, Antibes, France

Antibes, France
February 16-18, 2015
A 3-day Rhino + Orca3D training will be held at NDAR offices in Antibes from 16 to 18 Feb 2015.

Instructors are Vanessa Steeg and Stéphane Dardel. The course will be held in English. Other languages will be supported (French, Italian).

The course is for naval architects and ship and boat designers with a good knowledge of Rhino. Syllabus covers:
  • Rhino 5 user interface and customization
  • Foundations of modeling and fairing techniques
  • Hull assistant
  • Background bitmap
  • Surface creation and modification
  • Point control
  • Surface analysis
  • Hydrostatic calculations
  • Real-time hydrostatics
  • Stability with criteria verification
  • If time allows, topics suggested by participants towards the end of Day 3
Course fees are 650€/day. Lunch will be provided.  Advance payment of the fee is required to confirm registration.

Participants should have Rhino 5 SR10 and Orca3D latest Release (v1.3) or WIP installed on their laptops.

For more information and registration, please check and contact

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Workshop: Additive & Subtractive Manufacturing Using Rhino

With this workshop, you will gain hands-on experience working with both MecSoft's Additive and Subtractive manufacturing software products running inside Rhino 5.

Date: 15 January 2015
Time: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: SCAD Museum of Art
To register for this workshop, please go to Registration

Note: Everyone must bring their laptop with the needed software preinstalled. Participants will use RhinoCAM to program tool paths and also send the toolpaths to cut a part on a milling machine.  Participants will also use Rhino3DPRINT, a product to enable 3D Printing from inside Rhino, to work with point cloud data and mesh models to get them ready for 3D Printing. 

Instructor: Uday Honnalagere is the Technical Support Manager for MecSoft Corporation. He started as an Application Engineer and has been with the company since 2005. He is responsible for providing technical support and training for end users. Uday holds an MS degree in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University majoring in CAD/CAM.

Conferences: List of presenters
Presentation:  Plug-ins for Rhino

Friday, January 16, 2015

Webinar: Rhino3DPRINT, January 29

Thursday, January 29, 2015
9:00 am -10:30 am PST
Seats are limited. Sign up early!

Join presenters Kyle Houchens and Uday Honnalagere for an informative and entertaining technical demonstration of MecSoft’s newest product - Rhino3DPRINT for Rhino 5. They will show you how to use Rhino in conjunction with Rhino3DPRINT to prepare your model for 3D printing. The webinar will focus on Rhino’s 3D modeling commands and powerful file translation combined with Rhino3DPRINT's tools to prepare and process the mesh for successful 3D printing.

Who should attend?
Anybody who is interested in getting their 3D data prepared and ready for effective and optimized 3D printing. It does not matter if you already have a modeling tool– you will still find this combination of products a powerful addition to your toolset when it comes to creating and readying data for 3D printing.
Presentation will take approximately 1 hour and Q&A following the session. Presentation will be recorded.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Design and Digital Fabrication

Date: January 15, 2015
Time: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: SCAD Museum of Art
To register for this workshop, please go to Registration

Topics covered include what is needed (materials, equipment, hardware, and software), funding options, and many student samples of successful projects that meet the needs of industry. Areas of interest covered include (but are not limited to) CAD/CAM, 3D printing, laser etching, 3D scanning, PlasmaCAM, CNC modeling and rural school opportunities with digital collaboration.

Four outcomes for session participants:
  • Use a school’s current computers for digital fabrication and rapid prototyping.
  • Determine which digital design and fabrication hardware and software are appropriate in school fab lab studios and maker spaces.
  • Expose students to high-demand and high-paying careers.
  • Implement and run a certified RhinoFabStudio

Note 1: Each student must bring a computer with Rhino 5 for Windows installed.

Instructor: John Niebergall. Over the course of John’s 30-year career in public education, he has taught Engineering, Architecture, CAD/CAM, and Woodworking. In all of these classes, he has provided his students with hands-on, contextual, real-world learning experiences. He has coached his students in robotics where they became national champions.

Conferences: List of presenters
Workshops: View all the workshops 
Presentations:  Plug-ins for Rhino

Monday, January 12, 2015

Algorithm Modeling, a workshop by AMP3D

January 30-February 13, 2015 (18 hours)
Milano, Italy

Join instructor Riccardo Gatti as he explores the concepts and capabilities of generative modeling in Rhino 5 using the Grasshopper add-on. He will apply these concepts by developing series, copies, and patterns ready for 3D printing.

This course is for design professionals who are looking to efficiently learn concepts and features of Grasshopper.

The course will be taught in Italian.

V-Ray Design Visualization workflows for Rhino

Workshop: V-Ray Design Visualization Workflows for Rhino
Date: January 15, 2015
Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: SCAD Museum of Art
To register for this workshop, please go to: Registration

In this workshop, Chaos Group master trainers Vassil Pepelyankov and Fernando Rentas will demonstrate why V-Ray is an essential tool for architectural and product design visualizations. 

Special bonus: Every participant in the V-Ray Workshop will get their own educational license of V-Ray 2.0 for Rhino.

This V-Ray for Rhino-focused workshop will cover basic to advanced rendering techniques and concepts.  Learn how V-Ray's sampling engine affects overall quality and performance and how setting different global illumination parameters can help achieve highly realistic product design and architectural visualizations.

1. Beginner to intermediate V-Ray and Rhino knowledge.
2. Laptops with Rhino and V-Ray for Rhino installed. (V-Ray 2.0 will be provided prior to the workshop.)

Conferences: List of presenters
Workshops: View all the workshops 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

VisualARQ, BIM and architectural tools for Rhinoceros

Date: January 15, 2015
Time: 8 am-5 pm
Location: SCAD Museum of Art
To register for this workshop, please go to Registration

VisualARQ is an architectural software for Rhino that adds architectural features and parametric architectural objects suitable for both 3D modeling and 2D documentation. VisualARQ streamlines the process of modeling an architectural project within the Rhino environment.

The workshop will cover the following topics:
  • How to create, edit, and work with parametric architectural objects.
  • How to generate all 2D graphic documentation from the 3D model: floor plans, sections, areas, quantity take-offs, and more…
  • BIM features: 3D geometry and project data are linked. The IFC exporter.
  • Overview of the VisualARQ Grasshopper components.
Note: Each student must bring their laptop computer with Rhino 5 for Windows and VisualARQ installed. VisualARQ can be downloaded from the VisualARQ web site: Download VisualARQ
Instructor: Francesc Salla is an architect and the Product Manager of VisualARQ and Lands Design, both products from Asuni CAD. He has been in charge of testing, supporting, and presenting both products since 2010.
Conferences: List of presenters
Workshops: View all the workshops 
Presentation:  Plug-ins for Rhino