Friday, November 27, 2015

Rhino Level 1 Training in Istanbul

Rhinocenter Istanbul has organized a new Rhino Level 1 training on December 12It will be held on weekends (starts at 11.00 – ends at 14.00) and it will last for four weeks.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Porsche 911 Carrera and Mercedes 300 SL "Gullwing" by IMAGO Design

Modeled in Rhino, rendered in V-Ray by IMAGO Design

"Ferdinand Porsche set a new benchmark in car design. Starting with the early Porsche 356 in 1948, developing the 550 Spyder and arriving at the state of art 911 (991) Carrera S Coupe.

Porsches have always been items of admiration for my part. The specific design DNA defines a specific and recognizable aesthetics.

I imagine the loft of a Collector with the 911 parked inside of the living space. It creates a kind of an unusual dynamic image, reminding us of superheros like Batman with their beloved vehicles in the cave.

Once I visited a CG company in Bergen, Norway, whereby one of the owners took me with his car to visit their office in the harbour. He parked directly inside of the office and when I stepped out I had to be careful not to hit one of the other working guys there with the door. I thought this concept (not the door hitting) was quite unique.

When I grow up, I will get a 911 myself too.. It is good to have dreams, after all!"

Jan Kokol, IMAGO Design

Also check out Jan Kokol's tutorial on modeling the Mercedes 300 SL "Gullwing":

ROB|ARCH 2016 - Be there!

ROB|ARCH 2016 is where the cool kids will hang out.

Robots are where it is happening. If you don't believe it, check out the videos from ROB|ARCH 2014. (more...)

In just one week, you can learn everything about robotic fabrication in architecture, art, and design from the experts.

ROB|ARCH 2016 in Sydney, Australia
Workshops: March 15–17, 2016
Conference: March 18–19, 2016

Garden sculpture emerging from a slab

Grid 2

A 3D grid emerges from a 4-ton limestone slab. This garden sculpture by Messner Architects was designed with Rhino. Then the extracted data was the departure point for the CAM process.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Curso Experto en Impresión 3D y tecnología avanzada de diseño - Universidad Europea de Madrid

Curso Experto en Impresión 3D y tecnología avanzada de diseño
Universidad Europea de Madrid
Dec 2015 - Sep 2016

The digital fabrication boom for both design and construction has experienced an exponential growth and an increasing impact on the professional field. 3D printing is an innovative technology that consists in creating three-dimensional objects through additive processes, adding material in a layer-by-layer logic. With this method you can realize prototypes and end-products for a wide variety of industries, in many diverse applications:

  • Industrial design, for both the realization and testing of parts that create a direct feedback between designer, product, and end-user.
  • A brand new concept of construction technologies and project management, which ultimately affects every agent involved in the building industry.
  • The redefinition of the current model of production, through self-production and access to high-end, low-cost physical products. 
Furthermore, 3D printing has a series of competitive advantages when it comes to product manufacturing:

  • Low-volume production levels
  • Ideal for complex designs and object volumes
  • High degree of customization without extra costs 
The inherent economical advantages to this 3D printing technology are worth mentioning:
  • Significant reduction of production times
  • Reduction of production costs and enhanced logistics with in-house production control capabilities
  • Avoid product stock
  • Sales-oriented production
  • Zero waste

GIZMO - FabStudio Digital S.A. de C.V.

We would like to welcome FabStudio Digital S.A. de C.V. as an Authorized RhinoFabStudio.

Visit their RhinoFabStudio site—the place where they share and display their work and the work of their students and clients. Stay in touch with their Facebook page to learn about their upcoming events. 

For more information, please contact Joel Rios.

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.

Friday, November 20, 2015

111 Murray Street - NY residential tower

Large architectural projects involve many different stakeholders. Typically these projects require countless hours of reworking the model and the supporting design information. Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) uses a parametric design process, which includes Rhino and Grasshopper, to create a dynamic design model. With KPF's parametric workflow, everything remains up-to-date, and the model is kept lightweight. 

111 Murray Street is the latest residential tower designed by KPF to join the skyline of New York City skyscrapers. Using a harmonious blend of applications, the project design developed as a parametric model that was part of a larger building information modeling process. Design aesthetics and planning information link to create a dynamic model that responds to programming changes. Early on, the team was able to make design changes and see real-time analytics dynamically updated. Some of these analytics include:

  • Wall-type panel counts used to inform fabricators of unit quantities
  • Window-to-wall ratio values used to inform energy modeling efforts
  • Floor areas used to maximize FAR
  • Facade panel twist to inform design gestures
  • Setout documentation for drawing set coordination

The computational workflow not only benefits KPF clients and employees but also has been noticed by KPF industry partners.

We continue to see these design workflows evolve.  

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

LARK Spectral lighting for Grasshopper

Lark Spectral Lighting is a new plugin for Grasshopper that helps architects, lighting designers, and researchers investigate circadian light metrics within a daylighting workflow. Designers can define the color of skies, glazing, and building materials based on spectral data. Also, luminance renderings and irradiance data can be used to analyze the relative impact of design options on the nonvisual, circadian system. 

Lark Spectral Lighting is a collaboration of the University of Washington and ZGF Architects LLP.

AEC Technology Symposium Videos

If you  missed the symposium, the presentations are now online in this YouTube playlist.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

SeaHorse Hydrostatics 1.44b released

It's time for an updated SeaHorse. Some internal polishing has been done, but nothing to tell your friends about. New outputs are more important: 
  • Location of CoB and CoF in relation to WL length, as well as their World XYZ coordinates. 
  • Displacement-length and speed-length ratios should give more performance indicators for your hulls. 
  • Displacement speed is also added as an output, according to classic theory and light craft method presented in Dave Gerr's book. 
Known bugs: Hull entry and exit angles still misbehave, sometimes computed correctly, sometimes showing weird values. VIZIBLE is working on implementing a better IQ for getting the correct angles. 

Lastly, the donate button collected 30.02 euros so far. 

Meet Pearl, the fabricated elephant and runway star

The architectural firm of Payette is having some fun by challenging themselves with their fabrication process. As part of Payette's circus theme, Pearl was a hit on the runway of the IIDA New England 2015 Fashion Show on November 5th.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Rhino for Mac Webinar: Modeling Sunglasses

Webinar: Modeling Sunglasses in Rhino for Mac
Thursday, November 19, 2015
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM PST

Kyle Houchens of The Outside Digital Design will show you how to model sunglasses using Rhino for Mac.

In this fast moving and informative session, he will create a pair of sunglasses using advanced surfacing methods. He will analyze, render and prepare the model for fabrication. Rhino tips and tricks will be covered throughout the presentation.

Kyle will model using Rhino for Mac, but all Rhino users are welcome to attend.

The presentation will take approximately one hour with time for Q&A at the end of the webinar.

If you cannot attend the live session, the video will be posted here by November 20, 2015.

Grasshopper in biology and living materials

MIT's Tangible Media Group, bioLogic, is applying Rhino and Grasshopper to nature.

Working with biofilm, a thin film of bacteria that adheres to a surface, bioLogic introduced a living cell as a nano actuator, or instigator. BioLogic's vision is a world where these actuators are grown from nature, instead of engineered in factories.

They grow and harvest the living cell actuators in a biolab, assemble them by a micron-resolution bio-printing system, then transform them to Second Skin. This biological skin responds to body temperature and perspiration. In their project video you can see the flaps open around the heat zones, enabling sweat to evaporate and cool down the body. Think of the possibilities for sportswear.

BioLogic used Rhino and Grasshopper to simulate shapes and generate tool paths.

More info on the bioLogic project ...  

Thursday, November 12, 2015

rese arch MEETUP 2015 - Bratislava (Slovakia)

Bratislava (Slovakia)
11-13 December 2015

Design by behavior – a paradigm shift from biomimetic towards morphogenetic, artistic concepts ruling swarm behavior

rese arch has organized a symposium made of short lectures followed by short discussions with the speakers. The event will be a friendly gathering, an occasion to meet, network, and update each other on what we have been recently doing and to discuss each other’s work in person. 

The symposium organizers are interested in the phenomena of emergence, behavior simulation and conscious complex systems in the design and fabrication process in architecture, design, and spatial art. 

The meetup will take place in Bratislava, Slovakia on 11th, 12th and 13th of December, 2015.

NERO - translate environmental conditions into data

NERO add-in for Grasshopper/Rhino

NERO is a collaborative project led by Noumena with the aim to develop systems and tools to translate different environmental conditions into data. As part of this research, Noumena developed a first add-in NERO (V 0.6.2 beta) for Grasshopper.

NERO lets you extract data from a single image (JPEG format) and translate into Grasshopper and Rhino interface. You can visualize the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) values from each pixel of the image. NDVI is directly related to the photosynthetic capacity and energy absorption of plants. It also can be used for other scopes.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Rhino Level 2 Online Spanish Training by McNeel Miami

Register for the Rhino Nivel 2 in Spanish Online Training by McNeel Miami, home of RhinoFabStudio.

Check out the schedule:

Introduction – November 30, 2015
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Classes – December 1 - 4, 2015
Course: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Break: 10:30 am – 10:45 am
Course: 10:45 am – 1:15 pm
Q&A: 1:15 pm – 1:35 pm

Note: All times listed are Eastern (Miami) time zone

Space is limited!!!... Register here!

For more information please contact Jackie Nasser or call 305 513-4445.

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, November 10, 2015

Is it snowing yet?

Outside magazine selected the Fimbulvetr Rangr snowshoe as their Best Showshoes for Deep Powder 2016.

Outside points out the 50 percent more float, 11-inch wide molded plastic deck, simple webbing and plastic binding. And they are easy to use and durable. The Rhino and Grasshopper people are delighted to be a part of this. Designed in Norway by Pivot.

INNOVA - International Conference and Workshops in Mexico

The Panamerican University (UP) in Guadalajara, Mexico invites you to INNOVA  conferences and workshops, a gathering of a strategic group of people to talk about innovation and design. It is also a great opportunity for students, recent graduates, and entrepreneurs to share experiences and enhance their development process.

Please join Andres Gonzalez, director of RhinoFabStudio, who will be doing a Data Driven Design presentation (November 13 at 2:00 pm) and workshop (November 12 at 9:00-18:30 pm) with Rhino and Grasshopper.

Register here! 

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.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Evolute T.MAP new release

EvoluteTools T.MAP beta is a plugin providing mesh parametrization for Rhino, including:
  • Remeshing using pure quad or pure triangle meshes
  • Texture mapping of quadrangular or triangular patterns with minimum distortion
  • Design of smooth curve networks on free-form surfaces
  • User-guided alignment with curves or principal curvature directions

Export Grasshopper geometry to the Spectacles BIM web viewer

Spectacles is a hackable BIM viewer for the web. Export Grasshopper geometry in a .json file format that the Spectacles Web Viewer can load.  (Currently, meshes and lines are supported.) In other words, this plugin lets you export meshed Grasshopper geometry to the web browser.

Spectacles is a research project enabled by Thornton Tomasetti's ongoing commitment to innovation and research in the AEC community.  It is an open source project licensed under the MIT license.

How to do ArchViz the nightnurse way

Architectural Visualization Showreel 2015 from nightnurse images on Vimeo.

This week’s special guest on the Maxwell Render blog is the Swiss ArchViz studio nightnurse images. Earlier this year we featured them in our ArchViz Reel and for good reason: Their renderings are amazing, and they have been using Maxwell for eight years now -- since good old V1, together with Rhino and Bongo. We are sure you will enjoy their insight into the world of architectural visualization, as well as their brand new reel.

Friday, November 6, 2015

EasyJewels3D, a new plugin for jewelry design

EasyJewels3D offers a wide range of tools to optimize jewelry design with a focus on taking the most out of construction history in Rhino 5.

Modifying a surface without having to reset the gems, along with many other specifically oriented tools make it possible to dramatically reduce the time to complete a project, both during concept design and model definition.

Learn more about EasyJewels3D by watching these videos.

Blog (Italian only)...

Advanced 3D printing tools

Rhino3DPRINT 2016

Rhino3DPRINT 2016, a Rhino plugin, offers tools for preparing point clouds and meshes, that otherwise cannot be 3D printed. With the seamless combination of Rhino’s powerful modeling and extensive file import functionality with Rhino3DPRINT’s data preparation tools, you can 3D print models from almost any input source and any major 3D format.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Rhinoceros & Grasshopper Training in Barcelona by Fundació CIM

Barcelona, Spain
November 19-December 18

Fundació CIM is an entity attached to the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC). UPC's institutional mission is to transfer knowledge of engineering and technology management to companies and professionals seeking to expand the possibilities of the industry in their territory through the creation, improvement, and promotion of its products and manufacturing processes.

Check out their upcoming Rhino and Grasshopper training!

Workshop in Barcelona: Symbiotic Associations

Symbiotic Associations
18-20 March 2016

During this workshop, study algorithms based on recursive systems associated with organic and digital manufacturing. We will translate the digital structures into physical prototypes fabricated through additive manufacturing techniques using biodegradable materials such as clay and wooden PLA. The structures will be enriched with Mycelium, which transforms them into hybrid living systems.

This workshop is by Noumena at Green Fab Lab, Barcelona. Noumena is a collective group focused on design, research, and education based in Italy and Spain.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Volvox - Point Cloud data in Grasshopper

Volvox lets you create, edit, and analyze Point Cloud data.

The plugin is developed in the frame of the DURAARK project.

DURAARK (Durable Architectural Knowledge) is a collaborative project developing methods and tools for the semantic enrichment and long-term preservation of architectural knowledge and data. It focuses on establishing working practices and links between semantically rich BIM models and unstructured Point Cloud data.

Formations Workshops Fall 2015, San Francisco

Formations Workshops - Fall 2015
November 14-15, 2015
San Francisco, CA

The CCA Digital Craft Lab will be hosting a total of six one-day workshops in a variety of design media platforms on the weekend of November 14-15. The workshops are open to all students and professionals. Each workshop is a one-day session which enables attendees to take up to two workshops.

Saturday, November 14, 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Prototyping Robotic Architectural Assemblies Workshop (Arduino, Grasshopper and Firefly) with Jason Kelly Johnson
  • Introduction to Grasshopper with Andrei Hakhovich
  • Introduction to Dynamo with Colin McCrone

Sunday, November 15, 9:30am - 5:30pm
  • Data Spatialization & Parametric Drawing in Grasshopper with Adam Marcus
  • Building Facade Design in Grasshopper with Andrei Hakhovich
  • Augmented Reality with Jason Anderson

Monday, November 2, 2015

Bengesht - new Grasshopper assembly

Bengest is a set of components and algorithms for Grasshopper, developed and shared by Behrooz Tahanzadeh.

Advanced Master Program in Computational Design & Making in Paris

Advanced Master Program in Computational Design & Making aims to provide students with a cross-disciplinary culture of computational design, from parametric conception to extensive knowledge of the impact of digital design and making tools on artistic professions, design, urban planning, architecture and engineering. The training is designed as an augmented experience including courses, prototyping workshops, conferences, maker-spaces visits and networking events. The courses and conferences will take place in multiple locations in Paris, making this training a true opportunity to discover innovative places.

Learn more and apply at