Friday, February 27, 2015

Universidad Tecnológica de la Región Norte Guerrero

Universidad Tecnológica de la Región Norte Guerrero
Authorized RhinoFabStudio

The Universidad Tecnológica de la Región Norte de Guerrero (UTRNG), located in Iguala de la Independencia, Guerrero México, offers educational programs in Metal-Mechanical and Production Technologies, which make up their RhinoFabStudio since early 2013.

Within infrastructure, the University's RhinoFabStudio has CNC equipment, 2 Roland machines with 3 and 4-axis, Lathes and machining center Haas VF1, three-dimensional pantograph Cielle Alfa 30x30, 3D Printer, and engraving machine and laser metal cutting Sisma Big Smak.

Therefore, and in compliance with the institutional mission of being a University forefront is that, for the first time, the University’s RhinoFabStudio is profiding a minor in "Digital Fabrication.” Students and teachers are both taking this educational opportunity. The minor is being taught by three Authorized Rhino Trainers (ART): Arturo Flores from UTRNG RhinoFabStudio, Giancarlo di Marco de Roma RhinoFabstudio, and Andres Gonzales Global Head of RhinoFabStudio. This drives the formation and strengthening of the studio by having first hand experience of what others are doing around the world and especially trying to involve all levels of participants from the University.

Workshop: 3 full days (Grasshopper)
Place:  Universidad Tecnológica de la Región Norte Guerrero
Av. Catalina Pastrana Col. Cd Industrial
Date:   March 2-4, 2015
Time:   9:00 am - 6:00 pm

For more information, please contact Arturo Flores or call (733)334-06-94; (733)334-06-95.

What is a RhinoFabStudio? 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.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HAL Robot Programming & Control plugin for Grasshopper (for ABB, KUKA and Universal Robots)

HAL 5.3 is the new version of the HAL Robot Programming & Control plugin for Grasshopper. This new version is fully compatible with Rhino 5 32- and 64-bit, and runs on Grasshopper 0.9.007x versions.

This update introduces:
  • Support for GCode via the Program Importer component, to allow you to convert code from any external CAM solution to ABB Rapid, KUKA KRL, or Universal Robots URScript.
  • Support for stationary tools and mobile reference systems for ABB and KUKA robots. In addition, it is now possible to not only modify the reference system of every target of a tool path but also to alternate between mobile and stationary tools at any time.
  • A new massive robot library includes 85 high-quality robot presets, and a new feature in the Robot Creator component allows you to save your preset.
  • Real-time monitoring of any ABB RAPID variable declared in a module.
  • Constant speed motion interpolation for Universal Robots.
  • Fixes for HAL 5.0, including bugs in KUKA KRL and Universal Robots URScript and graphical glitches.

HAL 5.3 is available on food4Rhino and the HAL web site...

Arena4D for Rhino - pointclouds and GIS data support

Veesus Ltd is pleased to announce the release of Arena4D for Rhino 5.

This long-awaited plugin takes Arena4D's high speed point rendering algorithms and lets you view your point clouds in Rhino 5Video.
  • Slice
  • Clip
  • Snap to Point
  • Arena4D - Lighting
  • Arena4D - Smoothing
  • Arena4D - Point Colouring
  • Magnification tool

What is Arena4D? Arena4D is a rapidly developing software product, specializing in the visualization, exploitation, and animation of huge PointClouds and GIS data.  If you collect, edit, analyze, register, reverse engineer, create videos, present, or simply view point cloud data from any scanner, Arena4D is the ideal manufacturer-independent visualization product.

Resellers - If you are interested in becoming an approved reseller of Arena4D and associated products please contact Veesus Ltd"

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Rhino and TROTEC workshop in El Salvador

Join the Rhino modeling and digital fabrication workshop in El Salvador. Attendees will design unique lamps in Rhino and fabricate them with Trotec laser cutting machines.  

Country: El Salvador, Central America  
City: San Salvador
Place:  LASERTEC - Calle El Progreso No. 3044, Col. Ávila
Date:   Saturday, February 21, 2015
Time:   8 am-12 pm

For more information, please contact Lucía Nasser.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

CL3VER announces CL3VER 3.0

Automatic real-time lightmap technology makes CL3VER 3.0 a game changer for 3D visualization and project storytelling.

Palo Alto, February 18, 2015 - CL3VER, the cloud based platform for interactive 3D presentations, announced the release of a brand new WebGL GPU-based real-time lightmap technology that will be available for users in the upcoming CL3VER 3.0 version.

CL3VER 3.0 will add several game changing features that speed up the production workflow of cross platform interactive 3D presentations.

Grasshopper workshops in Barcelona by CODA

Check the new Grasshopper workshops offered by CODA in Barcelona (UPC Faculty of Architecture in Sant Cugat) during the next months:

The Digital Bench - London

The Digital Bench Event 2015
London, UK
April 14, 2015

Simply Rhino and The Goldsmiths' Centre invite you to ‘The Digital Bench’ on Tuesday, April 14th.

Register to come along and experience the first UK live demonstration of RhinoGold 5.0.

This significant new version of the popular Rhino plug-in has many exciting new features and the developers, TDM Solutions, will be on hand to show them to you.

Also presenting will be Wax-Masters, residents at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. Wax-Masters will demonstrate how they use CAD and CAM in their goldsmithing, silversmithing, smallworking, jewelry, and horological work.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

AA Visiting School Dubai 2.0

EXPOCITY 2020: Accelerating Processes
5-15 April 2015

The second edition of The Dubai Visiting School will advance the research of the previous workshop by exploring avant-garde methods of materializing architecture. The outcomes will consist of a speculative body of work, representing a UAE pavilion for the upcoming Expo 2020, which will take place in Dubai.

This year, we focus on challenging the prevailing modus operandi of the construction site, where laborers take on complex and sometimes dangerous tasks of constructing iconic architecture for emerging cities.

AA Visiting School Dubai will re-examine the potential of building ad-hoc robotic fabrication arms, built on-site, to work hand in hand with the workers, enhancing their ability to construct complex tectonics. Subsequently, we will look at materializing spatial elements that are digitally simulated to quantify processes to simplify the construction of complex architecture.

The teams will aim at producing full-scale prototypes using our in-house technologies, alongside full representations of their Expo interventions. We will aim to test materials at full scale, switching back and forth between physical and digital design realms.

This edition of AAVS DXB will build on the body of work that will continue over the following years. Our ambition is the emergence of an experimental design laboratory, which pushes for embedding generative design logic, fabrication methods, and open-source operations into the architectural discourse in Dubai, a city that is evolving as a hub for art, culture, and design in the region.

Rhino & Roland ARM-10 presentation in Barcelona

Rhino & Roland ARM-10 presentation, Barcelona
Feb 26, 2015

Come see the new desktop 3D printer by Roland DG and learn how to turn your Rhino models into physical models.

Stacking Layers - FSU 3D printing symposium

Florida State University presents an exploration of 3D printing technologies and research for students, teachers, innovators and entrepreneurs. From creating product prototypes to manufacturing custom parts and products, from generating architectural models to creating ceramics and sculpture, from producing fashion apparel and jewelry to printing artificial limbs and generating replacement organs from stem cells, 3D printing is impacting every industry and research interest. Stacking Layers is intended to provide fundamental information about 3D printing to beginners, and to provide a venue for experienced 3D printers to share their insights.

McNeel is a partner of this event. Andres Gonzalez Posada, worldwide director of RhinoFabStudio, will make a presentation on how Rhino and Grasshopper are used to create 3D models and prepare them for 3D printing. 

For more information about the symposium, please click here. 

Stacking Layers presentations will be streamed live online and accessible on-demand after the symposium at

Monday, February 16, 2015

FSU - Stacking Layers - A symposium on 3D printing

Florida State University
Stacking Layers: A symposium on 3D printing

Florida State University presents an exploration of 3D printing technologies and research for students, teachers, innovators and entrepreneurs. From creating product prototypes to manufacturing custom parts and products, from generating architectural models to creating ceramics and sculpture, from producing fashion apparel and jewelry to printing artificial limbs and generating replacement organs from stem cells, 3D printing is impacting every industry and research interest.

Stacking Layers: In person, streamed and on-demand. Stacking Layers presentations will be streamed live online and accessible on-demand after the symposium at

The speakers at this event represent state-of-the-art 3D-printing applications and research for multiple disciplines and interests. One of the speakers is Andres Gonzalez, Worldwide Director of the RhinoFabStudios

For more information or to register, please visit:
Date: February 19-20, 2015
Time: 8:00 am
Place: The Augustus B. Turnbull III

Florida State Conference Center 
555 W. Pensacola Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1640

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Rhino training in Istanbul (Turkey)

RhinoTürkiye, in collaboration with the Industrial Designers' Society of Turkey, will start a series of Rhino workshops in Istanbul (Turkey) in March 2015.

Art on architecture

Panel wall during construction

Sheffield Hallam University, UK, is incorporating their art into a building facade with the help of Rhino. The three-story carving is installed on an exterior wall of the university's new 'Heart of the Campus' building. The basalt panels, a product of Rockpanel, total approximately 13 kilometers of machining on CNC routers for the engraved panels, with a tolerance of .5 mm.

The CNC routing was done at the The Cutting Room, using Alphacam, with Rhino for prep and trimming drawings and files.

Artist: Christopher Tipping
Architects: HLM Architects
Installation: Stone Systems

Optimization in Grasshopper revealed

Here is a concise article covering basic optimization tools in Grasshopper and how to use them.

optimizationgrasshopperThe blog post by Yan Krymsky uses an example project and various Grasshopper add-ons in creating this useful guide for anyone interested in making their own optimizations. Links to the sample definitions and plug-ins are listed in the following link:

Building Optimization Tools – The Grasshopper definition and breakdown

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Intro to Grasshopper online course, February 2015

Join us for our Intro to Grasshopper for Rhino 5 online training course. This course is for design professionals who are looking to efficiently learn Grasshopper concepts and features at an accelerated pace in an instructor-led online environment. The advantages of using Grasshopper in preliminary design and concept development come to life in many real-life examples.
Dates: 2-26 February 
    Orientation: 23 February, 9:00 am-10:30 am PDT
    Grasshopper training: 24-26 February, 9:00 am-1:00 am PST

Price: US$195

Please note, all times noted above are Pacific time zone. Calculate your time zone.

Advancing Wood Architecture Symposium in Frankfurt

Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Friday, March 27, 2015

Organized by the Institute for Computational Design, the Advancing Wood Architecture Symposium will convene for a full day at the main auditorium of the DAM Deutsches Architekturmuseum (German Architecture Museum) in Frankfurt, Germany.

It will offer a comprehensive overview of the new architectural possibilities enabled by cutting‐edge digital technologies in wood construction through the works of four leading design research groups in Europe:
  • ETH Zürich, Gramazio Kohler Research, Prof. Matthias Kohler
  • IBOIS EPFL Lausanne, Laboratory for Timber Construction, Prof. Yves Weinand
  • Design & Make Hooke Park, Architectural Association LondonProgramme, Director Martin Self
  • ICD University of Stuttgart, Institute for Computational Design, Prof. Achim Menges
Introduction and Moderation by Prof. Axel Kilian (Princeton University)
Roundtable Discussion with Prof. Johan Bettum (SAC Staedelschule Frankfurt)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

RhinoBIM: first commercial release

Virtual Build Technologies announces the commercial and educational versions of RhinoBIM. The current beta version 3.45.179 will expire February 28, 2015.
This first module now includes:
  • Structural design and editor
  • Clash and clear analysis
  • Quantity take offs / BIM reporter
  • IFC & CIS2 translators
  • User definable database 

PanelingTools course now available on video

Intro to PanelingTools online course... now available on video. In this 13-part series, the creator of PanelingTools, Rajaa Issa, introduces new functions within Rhino and Grasshopper. Learn how to create panels in many different ways. This series also includes two project studies.
PanelingTools helps generate 2D and 3D cellular patterns on surfaces. Use PanelingTools to rationalize complex geometry into a format that is suitable for analysis and fabrication.

To learn more go to the PanelingTools online course.

Friday, February 6, 2015


Technical Seminar on Material and Design

The design studies research group of the faculty of Industrial Design at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) presents TECNOMAT I. 

This event is a space for companies and designers to share their experiences with product development and the impact it has on the technologies of materials and manufacturing processes.

Some of the sponsors for this event are:

UPB's RhinoFabStudio
Scan&SolveSimulate Early, Simulate Often... In Rhino

Watch a quick preview of Scan-and-Solve in Rhino

To order scan-and-solve visit:

Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Time: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Place: Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana - UPB: Aula Multipropósito - 
Bloque 9 - Piso 5 - Medellín, Colombia.

For more information, please contact Alejandro Zuleta or call T 057 4 4488388 Ext. 13642

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

InnoChain - new pioneering research network for innovative building design practice

Launch of new pioneering research network for innovative building design practice

European consortium of six premier research institutions and 14 leading industry partners to create an interdisciplinary network of 15 PhD positions on innovative building design practice under the Horizon 2020 programme.
The pioneering network ‘InnoChain’ has recently received a EUR 4 million grant from EU’s Research Programme ‘Horizon 2020’. It will investigate the extended digital chain as a fertile opportunity for design innovation and will develop new interdisciplinary design methods that integrate advanced simulation and material fabrication. 

The network will include
15 new doctoral projects within the fields of architecture and engineering. These will be advertised on the InnoChain web site:

More information

Web site:
Please contact: Project Lead Professor Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
Phone: +45 4170 1736

Mr Comfy—high performance building simulation analysis

BuroHappold Engineering’s Max Doelling is featured in the latest edition of IBPSA's (International Building Performance Simulation Association) quarterly newsletter.

The article reports on the release of the latest version of Max’s data visualization tool, Mr Comfy. This high performance building simulation analysis produces many data sets, including hourly thermal and daylight information for an entire design year. This analysis helps gain a clear understanding of projected design behavior.

By spatially and interactively mapping results in the Rhino 5 modeling environment, the Mr Comfy tool links building geometry to multidomain performance and helps explore the relationship of multiple performance metrics through condensed spatial representations, such as thermal comfort and daylight use. Already in use across several projects at BuroHappold, it has demonstrated that, especially in a design centric early stage project development context, clear spatial and geometric data analysis helps not only to understand but also to clearly communicate results to clients. This forms a perfect fit with BuroHappold's intent to strive for intelligent simplicity and clarity in engineering. 

RESHAPE 15 - wearable technology competition

Today, disciplines such as programming and electronics become highly transversal, blurring old boundaries and merging different fields of knowledge. Fashion has been already highly affected by this radical change. Clothes, shoes, and other accessories can now incorporate elements of hardware and software, generating a peculiar mix between fashion and computation that is incredibly fertile and inspiring. Data becomes beauty; interaction becomes emotion. As a result, a new esthetic is emerging. Reshape focuses on this, proposing with this competition, a new challenge for makers and designers.

New RhinoGold 5.0

RhinoGold 5.0 is now shipping, featuring professional rendering that makes use of CPU and GPU acceleration and real-time visualization. 

Modeling improvements and new tools include Cluster Studio, Dynamic Taper, Twist & Bend, Automatic Pave, Channel Studio, and Pattern Studio. 

New RhinoPiping LT version

RhinoPiping is a 3D piping modeling software of latest generation in AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction), shipbuilding, water industry, agribusiness, engineering, energy, oil & gas, and petrochemical industries, pharmaceutical.

RhinoPiping lets you:
  • Import a model into your 3D environment
  • Describe the standards and rules of conception
  • Model, modify, analyze, inform, and show 3D piping networks
  • Easily edit your drawings
  • Save time with cutting edge smart functions
  • Exchange your files with other tools: PLM, CAD/CAM and CAE software

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Design Computation job at NBBJ

Are you passionate about design computation? Are you a Grasshopper guru or deft with Dynamo? If so, NBBJ is hiring and they want you.

NBBJ’s Digital Practice group is seeking to expand their Design Computation team across the firm. They have offices in Boston, Columbus, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Shanghai, and are always seeking out the best and brightest talent.

They are seeking an individual that is:

  • an expert in the use of Grasshopper and/or Dynamo
  • comfortable in a wide range of 3D software, including Rhino, Revit, Maya, 3DS Max, and others
  • familiar with one or more text-based scripting languages including C#, Python, VB.Net, Java, Processing or others
  • deeply passionate about design, with strong opinions about the built environment and a polished portfolio of impactful work
  • a skilled communicator both visually and verbally, able to express the value of computation to design teams, collaborators and clients
  • has experience and passion for teaching others to understand and use computational tools
  • an effective collaborator who works well on teams of diverse expertise
  • a strong leader among peers
  • passionate about finding better ways to solve problems
  • excited by the idea of joining an industry-leading team of experts
  • wants to be a key contributor to significant projects for some of the world’s most innovative companies including Google, Amazon, Samsung, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Stanford University
  • driven to explore new ideas and techniques, pushing the boundaries of technology for design
Does this sound like you? They want to hear from you! Send your resume and portfolio to along with 10 reasons why you think they should hire you!

Applicants to any NBBJ location will be considered, but special interest will be paid to those interested in New York, Columbus, or Boston, where NBBJ is actively seeking to grow their team.