Thursday, August 27, 2015

Online education: Intro to Hard Surface Modeling

Mold3D is offering the online class, Intro to Hard Surface Modeling.

In this class, Lily Su, a CAD modeler and product designer, will teach you about the 3D modeling techniques of two 3D modeling programs: Rhino and Autodesk's Fusion 360.

You will learn:
  • Insider tips and tricks on setting foundations for achieving maximum speed and efficiency in 3D modeling
  • Precision modeling, solids modeling, and surface modeling
  • Editing, printing, and rendering presentation
  • Tried and true techniques for creating tolerances for 3D printing
This online class is set up as a weekly on-demand video training class. Includes:
  • Project-based homework with personal video feedback
  • Weekly live teacher Question and Answer sessions
  • One year access to the instructional videos

Registration begins on August 31, 2015.

Early registration till September 7: $699
Registration after September 7: $750

Course dates: October 5 - December 13

How to get along with your partners

For the One Blackfriars' 50-story tower on London's South Bank SimpsonHaugh was responsible for the BIM implementation. They needed an established and common toolkit to communicate between the firms working on the project. For this, they switched to Grasshopper.

Notes Dave Moyes, the information management partner at SimpsonHaugh, "Grasshopper isn't normally associated with BIM, partly because tagging elements inside Rhino to make them BIM intelligent is quite a long-winded process, but it is a really good tool to enable the BIM process with other tools such as AECOSim."

The consultant team:
Architect SimpsonHaugh and Partners
Structural engineer WSP
Facade engineer Arup Facade
Building services engineer Hoare Lea

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Webinar: Sketch to Model with PolyPlane, Sept 9th

Webinar: Sketch to Model - Detailing your model.

PolyPlane + Novedge
September 9, 2015
11:00AM PDT
Space is limited. Sign up today.
Authorized Rhino Dealer, Novedge, and Gabriel Matthews of PolyPlane are conducting this Sketch to Model webinar. Join Gabe for an abbreviated discussion on creating a model and then assessing and executing ways to add additional levels of detail that make the model more dynamic.
Who should attend?
Anyone that wants to append their education in Rhino or wants to learn some simple tricks and techniques for detailing out a component in a model. Students and professionals alike are encouraged to come by, learn something new, and stay to the end to get a coupon for a discount on Sketch to Model 2, the next premium video available for purchase on the PolyPlane site.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

FIU Emerging Architects Competition

The Rooftop Competition challenged the entrants to design and build a temporary outdoor installation to provides shade for events and student use on the third-floor terrace of the Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture building.

The winners of the FIU Emerging Architects Initiative Rooftop Competition are two Assistant Professors from The University of Texas School of Architecture, Kory Bieg (OTA+) and Clay Odom (studioMODO).
Bieg and Odom’s winning project is a canopy called “Lumifoil.” It is a collaboration between OTA+ and Studio Modo. 

"We used mostly Rhino for the form modelling and to make the drawings and Grasshopper for the parametric ribs and surface panels," Bieg stated.

Lumifoil will be installed at FIU in January 2016.

For more information please contact Kory Bieg.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Rhino Summer School 2015, London

Rhino Summer School 2015
Imperial College
London, UK
September 7-9, 2015

Join Simply Rhino for their Rhino Summer School 2015 where they deliver free training to educators from Schools, Colleges and Universities.

They are offering their Rhino Level 1 class which takes place over three days at Imperial College, London. This is the certified Level 1 Introduction to Rhino. In addition, it will offer an introduction to V-Ray and Grasshopper, two of the most popular Rhino plugins. This course is suitable for anyone new to Rhino or for those who want a thorough refresher on all the basics. The course is being delivered by Certified Trainers from McNeel and Simply Rhino.

Rhino Projects: Building a Gaming Console with Dave Schultze

Authorized Rhino Trainer, Dave ‘Professor3D’ Schultze is proud to announce the release of his seventh online course for, Rhino Projects: Building a Gaming Console. Running 1 hour and 20 minutes, this course is a new lunch-hour/project-focused format designed by the educational gurus at to be watched in one sitting.

In the 10-video course, you will advance your Rhino modeling and workflow skills by learning how to build a game console. Students will learn some powerful ‘Killer Dave Tips’ to help them create parts quickly and intelligently, so they get results fast and have maximum flexibility for changes. The final design geometry will have a case, screen, cords, vents, and logos — just like the real thing.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Parametric Modelling Workshop with Rhino + Grasshopper

Join us for a Parametric Modeling Workshop with Rhino and Grasshopper. This class is for students and professionals in the fields of architecture, design, and digital arts. This workshop focuses on the implementation of parametric modeling methods, computational design tools, and generative and evolutive design as mediums to generate innovative and efficient solutions for complex design challenges.

Taught by Leonardo Nuevo Arenas, founder and director of Complex Geometry and head of the Computational Design Department at Kinetica, this workshop is structured around three main blocks: Geometry generation and analysis with Rhino, Parametric design with Grasshopper, and Project development.

Cost:   Students/teachers: MX$ 2,500.00
           Professionals: MX$ 2,900.00
Place:  Monterrey, Mexico
           Torre Sofia [map]
Date:   August 29-September 6, 2015 (two weekends - 24 hrs.)

For more information please click hereor contact Leonardo Nuevo.

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.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Analyze wood assemblies

Check out the latest SnSWIP for Rhino. It now supports both wood materials and assemblies.

Other improvements included:

  • Report generation 
  • Grid display 
  • Choice of solver 
  • Major and minor bug fixes

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Learn to use and fabricate your own Gumball

Learn how to use the Gumball in Rhino. 
Follow these short and simple video tutorials and master how to best use the Gumball.
[Watch the videos]

Also, model your own 3D-Gumball and fabricate with your favorite 3D printer.
[Watch the video]

For more videos please join our Rhino3D.TV community and sign up for our YouTube and Vimeo Channels.
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.

Experimental Robotics Workshop

Exploring incremental plastic forming at the DADA 2015 Conference in Shanghai using Grasshopper and KUKA|prc.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Whoops! One more from 2015 R+D Awards

Whoops! We missed one. In an earlier post, we noted a couple of winners in the 2015 R+D Awards who used Rhino and Grasshopper. Another winner, Synthesis Design + Architecture also credits our product, Kangaroo, for material simulation in the design process.

AEC Technology Symposium + Hackathon 2015

Registration is open!

AEC Technology Symposium + Hackathon 2015
New York City
  • Talks - September 25, 9am-5pm Baruch College
  • Reception - September 25, 5pm-7pm Hardings NYC
  • Hackathon - September 26-27, 8am-3pm Grohe Live! NYC
Register now to hear noted speakers discuss advances in computational design, applied research, and big data for building design and construction at the third AEC Technology Symposium on September 25th at Baruch College.

Learn about topics such as data-driven city planning, machine learning for building design, the benefits of open source development, and state-of-the-art research and development initiatives at leading AEC firms.

In addition to Thornton Tomasetti's CORE studio members, speakers will include representatives from AEC firms such as Kieran Timberlake, KPF, NBBJ, LMN, built environment research groups such as the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress and, and digital agency Ready Set Rocket.

The symposium will be followed by a weekend-long hackathon at Grohe Live! NYC, aimed to generate new ideas and processes for the AEC community through data-driven design and web-based applications. For those who wish to learn new skills in addition to participating in the hackathon, the weekend also will include valuable workshops that cover topics such as Dynamo, Grasshopper, various APIs, and 3D printing.

To learn more about this event's schedule, symposium speakers, and hackathon leaders, please visit the CORE studio web site or contact

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Take the stress of out of your designs...

...with Scan&Solve in Rhino, of course.

To make it easier, here are some new tutorials, white papers, and case studies.

Rhino for Mac Event in Singapore

Rhino for Mac Workshop/Hands-on Demo
Date: 29 August 2015
Time: 10:00 AM-Noon
Fee: No charge, but registration is required... Sign up today!

FreeForm Solution, an authorized Rhino dealer and training center, is hosting a free Rhino for Mac event. Attend this presentation to learn more about 3D designing with Rhino for Mac. Feel free to bring your MacBook along so you can spend some hands-on time with Rhino!

Event Outline:
1. Background
2. Rhino in OS X vs. Windows
3. User Interface
4. Software Demo
5. Tips & Tricks
6. Modeling of a Sofa

Winners of architectural awards

Bar Raval

Phillip J Currie Dinosaur Museum
The Journal of American Institute of Architects have announced the winners in their 2015 R+D Awards.

In the online articles describing the projects, two winners described how they used Rhino and Grasshopper in their design process.

The Award for Bar Raval in Toronto, by Partisans, is noteworthy for its curves and its reminiscence of Gaudi.

The other, a Citation for Philip J Currie Dinosaur Museum in Wembley, Alberta, by Teeple Architects, goes the design direction of angles.

Both are beautiful projects, deserving of their recognition. Besides, what's not to like about a bar and a dinosaur museum?

Generative Jewelry Design with Grasshopper workshop

This 2-day workshop will give you a functional understanding of Grasshopper concepts and parametric design. We will learn and explore how Grasshopper generates unprecedented fluidity for the design process. Projects include patterning and surface design, creating jewelry interfaces (prongs/channel/pave settings). Design professionals from all industries are welcome. Rhino Level 1 training is required to take this training. You will need to bring a PC laptop with Rhino 5 and the latest Grasshopper installed. 

Instructor: Andres Gonzalez
Company: McNeel Miami, RhinoFabStudio

Fee:    $495
Place: New York
           545 8th Ave. #1410, New York, NY 10018

Date:  3-4 October 2015 (Saturday-Sunday)
Time:  9:00AM-6:00PM

Register here!

For more information and to register, please contact Akiyo Matsuoka

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

IntoMotion // Reflections of Space, workshop in Istanbul

Explore the relationship between space and its parameters in the workshop IntoMotion / Reflections of Space

Participants will create a full-scale pavilion that is in constant feedback and interaction with its surrounding environment. The overall pavilion design will be developed in the scope of effective and selected parameters and their spatial sense. We will discuss the concepts of adaptability and responsiveness with various scenarios. We will introduce different techniques for kinetic systems and sensors. 

For the first three days of tutorial sessions, we explore tools such as Grasshopper and Arduino, as well as working on selected techniques of creating kinetic systems. In the Grasshopper sessions, we will introduce Kangaroo, a physics engine plugin for Rhino, to explore form-finding strategies. Later, in the Arduino sessions, we explore basic coding and tools (sensors, motors, etc.). On the third day, participants divide into groups to develop their own interactive modules in relation to form-finding experiments for the pavilion. The groups will explore kinetic systems and investigate interaction potentials and passive systems that can be installed.  

During the workshop week, the final design will be manufactured and assembled in a 1:1 scale with digital fabrication tools.

The workshop will also include lectures by international professionals, to be announced later. It will be held in the Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul Bilgi University.

Rhino + Grasshopper Workshop in Mexico City

Join us for this workshop in Rhino and Grasshopper. Students will learn free-form modeling and parametric design. This course is the first step for becoming an ART (Authorized Rhino Trainer). 

Don't miss this opportunity. Andrés González, World Wide Director of the RhinoFabStudios will be teaching this course. 

Cost: $5,000 Mexican Pesos + IVA

Place:  Darco, Mexico City

Date:   Monday, 24-Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Time:   9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

For more information please click here or contact Aberto Aguilar.

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.

LunchBox for Grasshopper - It's back!

Resizing unrolled boxes
LunchBox for Grasshopper has now been updated with the launch of Nathan Miller's Proving web site.

Included are four new features:
  • Data components now let users translate their data to XML, JSON, and SCV.
  • Sort Duplicate components now let users better organize their data.
  • User Strings now supported with Object Bake and Layer Geometry.
  • Unroll Surface introduced as a new component.
Download LunchBox at the new Proving site ....

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Urban Network Analysis Toolbox in the news

Henry Grabar, a journalist on urban topics, recently wrote an interesting introduction and analysis of UNA for Rhino.

UNA is a mapping tool by MIT's City Form Lab. Its uniqueness is its ability to add weight to the origin and destination points of a city network. These factors can be populations, subway connections, or other data available for the city. The information can be model pedestrian flow, predict how suitable a location of a building is for its use or other issues where spatial patterns are helpful.

More information is in MIT News on the MIT Singapore Design Center, where researchers created this tool.

The plugin is free and in beta version. City Form Lab is looking for feedback and suggestions.

Next City is a nonprofit organization that provides daily online coverage of leaders, policies, and innovations in cities.

Next City article....

Doing the impossible... The Lexus Hoverboard

Need we say more...

Can you find the Rhino screen shots? Hint 4:06.

Monday, August 10, 2015

5th Annual International Pearl Design Contest

We are pleased to announce Shinka Kimura, a Rhino designer, as the winner of the Visionary Award and the Fantasy Award of the 2014–2015 International Pearl Design Competition in New York City. 

Shinka Kimura used Rhino for the design and rendering of her winning jewelry pieces. She learned to model and render in Rhino at McNeel Miami with instructor Sergio Martinez. Sergio is "extremely helpful with artistic insight!" Kimura says. Kimura is now a Certified Rhino 3D Instructor. Kimura majored in Product Design at Parsons School of Design in NYC and majored in Art History with a focus on Modern Art and Decorative Art at Keio University in Tokyo. 

Check out her winning Jewelry pieces: 

The Visionary Award, which looks for the piece that redefines the iconic pearl strand and shifts the perception of pearls for today’s consumer, went to Shinka Kimura for this “Lady Gaga Transformation” necklace.

Kimura also won the Fantasy Award, given for a conceptual, aspirational design, for this “Celebration” piece. 

For more information please contact Shinka Kimura.

We invite you to visit and become a member of GJD3D. It is a community for jewelry designers who are exploring new shapes using generative algorithms.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

How to Model Organic Facades

The newest course at Thinkparametric focuses on designing an organic facade. Learn various methods, techniques and software that will help you when designing more free-form shapes. You will walk through the process of modeling an organic building envelope using Rhino, T-Splines, and Grasshopper.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Workshop in Digital Fabrication and Parametric Design

Design Lab, Escuela de Diseño UAI, an authorized RhinoFabStudio, invites you to their Workshop in Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication.

This class objectively provides tools for the design process, using concepts and contemporary technology for students to specialize in a study area. Participants will be able to build design strategies linked to a theoretical framework recorded from diagrams and associative models. They will reach a sufficient level to use generative software to develop an individual project.

The course also introduces emerging technologies in the field of digital manufacturing like Rhino and Grasshopper. Students will be able to balance between general concepts associated with these developing technologies and proper management methodologies and operational techniques to understand costs, benefits, and comparative advantages.

Place:  Design Lab, Escuela de Diseño UAI, Chile

            Diagonal Las Torres 2460, Peñalolén, Santiago, Chile

Date:   Saturday, 22 August 2015
Time:   9 pm

For more information and to register, please contact Mario Vergara.

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.

Bomba lampshade, by Aleksandar Dimitrov

Bomba is a minimalist lampshade designed by Aleksandar Dimitrov.

"The product is fully functional printed in 3D with fine surface texture. Combining aesthetic and protective function, Bomba stands out with a simple shape and attenuated three dimensional pattern designed with Rhino and Grasshopper. The bulb can be partially or entirely hidden by screwing the shade further."

3D Printed and Prototyped Shoes by Julian Hakes

Fashion designer Julian Hakes uses Rhino and 3D printing to create prototypes of his famous Mojito Shoes.

RhinoRing Educational now free!

RhinoRing is a Rhino plugin that supports jewelers and jewelry designers in their day-to-day work. It improves the workflow with custom windows and menus.
Students and faculties are encouraged to use RhinoRing for free. This requires an educational Rhino license and is activated online the first time the software runs.