Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Warka Water Project: Winner of the World Design Impact Prize

We are proud to announce that Warka Water , a project by Architecture and Vision, has recently won the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design World Design Impact Prize.

Warka Water (WW) is an alternative water source designed to serve rural populations located in isolated regions where conventional pipelines and infrastructures do not reach and where water is not available from wells.

McNeel is honored to have sponsored and supported this amazing sustainable project, wishing it a successful future!

Reinvented Curves

Arnhem's new railway station in the Netherlands officially opened last November.

The masterplan includes a new transfer hall, a center for the waiting areas and facilities for trains, trams, and buses, as well as shops, restaurants, offices, and a conference center.

Employing shipbuilding techniques, along with the expertise of the engineering firm Arup, the design firm UNStudio used few visible supports for the sinuous roof. The result is a vast, open space filled with natural light where the floor, ceiling, and walkways seem to melt effortlessly into each other. See more photos and read more in the Dezeen article (with video).

The project spreads over history-making time. The original station is from 1845. The new design has been in development for 20 years. In 1998, Nuno Almeida, from UNStudio at that time, started this project with Rhino for the masterplan. He then continued it with RhinoScript and Grasshopper.

Now for a quiz .... Whose designs are these?

Photo 1
Photo 2

Photo 3

Photo 1 is the 1962 TWA Terminal by Eero Saarinen. Photo 2 is a rendering of the Arnhem station by UNStudio. Photo 3 of the Arnhem station is by Ronald Tilleman.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Rhino 5 for Mac Intermediate - Modeling and Rendering of a Ski Pole Grip

Rhino 5 for Mac Intermediate - Modeling and Rendering of a Ski Pole Grip webinar recorded sessions are available on Vimeo!

For those of you who could not attend the Rhino 5 for Mac Intermediate - Modeling and Rendering of a Ski Pole Grip webinar recently organized by McNeel Europe, all sessions have been recorded and uploaded to Vimeo channels.

You can find them at the following links for your study and review:

https://vimeo.com/channels/rhino3den (English)
https://vimeo.com/channels/rhino3dfr (French)
https://vimeo.com/channels/rhino3dde (German)
https://vimeo.com/channels/rhino3dit (Italian)
https://vimeo.com/channels/rhino3des (Spanish)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

New Sculpture Works by Tim Celeski at NW Woodworkers Gallery

New Works by Tim Celeski at NW Woodworkers Gallery

From March 7th through April 30th, the Northwest Woodworkers Gallery in Seattle will be featuring new sculptural works by Tim Celeski. Hidden Geometry contrasts geometric and organic forms with the unique natural beauty of wood.

A Rhino and Grasshopper user, Tim is best known for his extensive line of custom furniture. His creative work continues to evolve and he is now creating and showing new sculptural wood pieces. Using reclaimed and cast-off wood, Tim looks for material that is unique in its form and imperfections – often spalted or filled with worm holes with grain and patterns that are determined by the life of the tree. The results are panels, vessels and free standing sculpture sized from 10 inches to over 10 feet. Like the trees the wood comes from each piece is unique, tactile with a sensuous surface that’s meant to be touched.

Join Tim at the Artist Reception on Sunday, March 20th, 4 PM to 6 PM.

NW Woodworkers Gallery
2111 First Avenue
Seattle, WA  98121

Friday, March 18, 2016

AA Istanbul Visiting School - Tectonic Symbiosis, Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey)

Tectonic Symbiosis
June 13-22, 2016, Monday–Wednesday 

Eski Silahtarağa Elektrik Santralı

Kazım Karabekir Cad. No: 2/13
34060 Eyüp 
Istanbul (Turkey)

AA Istanbul Visiting School, in collaboration with Istanbul Bilgi University, is a unique learning experience. Continuing its expertise on generative design methodologies and large-scale prototyping techniques, the program will investigate patterns of emergence, differentiation, and complexity in natural formation processes.

In contemporary architecture, a significant diversion from linear parametric tools toward generative design simulations is taking place. Design and analysis processes reflect this shift by focusing on simulations. In this program, attention will be on the process of design generation as opposed to the final form. The design agenda of the program will revolve around the design and fabrication of a one-to-one scale pavilion.

The program will be two phases:

Stage 1: Participants will gain an understanding of formation processes in nature, coupled with core concepts related to complexity. During this stage, basic and advanced tutorials on generative design algorithms and analysis tools will be provided. Participants will be introduced to advanced fabrication techniques. Building on its core methodology, AA Istanbul VS will perform as a team-based workshop promoting collaboration and research.

Stage 2: Participants will propose design interventions based on the skills and knowledge gained during the first stage. They will produce study models of various scales, finally following with the fabrication and assembly of a full-scale working prototype.

The design agendas of AA Athens and AA Istanbul Visiting Schools will directly create feedback on one another, allowing participation in either one or both programs.

Prominent features of the program and skills developed:

• Participants will be part of an active learning environment where the large tutor to student ratio (4:1) allows for personalized tutorials and debates.

• The toolset of AA Istanbul includes but is not limited to Rhinoceros, Processing, and Grasshopper, as well as analysis software.

• Participants will have access to digital fabrication tools such as 3-axis CNC router, laser cutter, and 3D printer.

• Design seminars and lecture series will support the key objectives of the program, disseminating fundamental design techniques and relevant critical thinking methodologies.

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, PhD candidates, and young professionals.

Participants receive the AA Visiting School Certificate with the completion of the program.

The AA Visiting School fee is £600 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership fee. Discount options for groups or for those wishing to apply for both AA Istanbul and AA Athens Visiting Schools are available. Please contact the AA Visiting School Coordinator for more details. Or, you can find more information on application and discounts from this link: http://ai.aaschool.ac.uk/istanbul/apply/

The application deadline is 30 May 2016. The only requirement is the online application form and fees.  No portfolio or CV.

Contact details:
Elif Erdine (AA Istanbul Visiting School Programme Director)
Email: elif.erdine@aaschool.ac.uk
AA Visiting School Coordinator:
Email: visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Great Amber Concert Hall, Liepaja, Latvia

Just another architectural jewel... Completed last fall, this is the Great Amber Concert Hall in Liepaja, Latvia.

A new cultural center and landmark for Liepaja, it was designed by Graz architect Volker Giencke.

A facade of sparkling amber-colored glass encloses a concert hall for more than 1,000 visitors, plus rehearsal rooms, chamber hall, ballet studio, and experimental stage.

The software used: Rhino, AutoCAD, Scia, and Nemetschek.

Online Level 2 Rhino course begins April 4th

Image credit: Kyle Houchens, The Outside

Our next Level 2 Rhino 5 for Windows online course begins April 4th. Kyle Houchens will be the instructor for this course. Kyle is a very talented industrial designer, skilled instructor, an Authorized Rhino Trainer, the owner of The Outside Digital Design, and a McNeel technician.

Monday-Friday, April 4-8, 9:00am - Noon and
Monday-Tuesday, April 11-12, 9:00am - Noon
Note: All times listed are Pacific Daylight Savings time. Calculate your time zone.

This course consists of seven 3-hour sessions. All sessions are instructor-led and will be recorded for later viewing. Videos will be posted to a private, classroom album. If you cannot make a session, watch the video and catch up before the class meets again.

For a sample of Kyle's online Level 2 training, watch this video.
Password: Test

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

How Rhino and F# was used for the Louvre

Goswin Rothenthal demonstrates how Rhino and F# was used in the design and construction of the Louvre Abu Dhabi's dome.

Shape To Fabrication 6 - New speakers announced

April 19 & 20, 2016
Stratford Circus, London, UK

New presentations announced

  • Herzog & de Meuron, Woods Bagot, HKS (inc. HKS LINE)
  • Furniture Designer/Maker Joseph Walsh
  • Kohn Pedersen Fox, Luca Biselli
  • Jorge Barrero talking about his work with Gensler on the 3D Printed Office of the future project.
  • Rhino plugin presenters, including David Rutten (Grasshopper), Daniel Piker (Kangaroo), plus Python, Iris, and VisualARQ

Early Bird Tickets are available until Monday, March 14th. See the STF website for more details www.shapetofabrication.com

Monday, March 14, 2016

Clayoo 2.0 to be released on March 31, 2016

Clayoo 2.0 is nearly here! TDM Solutions invites you to preorder it before its release date to get a 100€ discount.

Clayoo is an advanced modeling application with the ability to effortlessly create any form efficiently and accurately, however complex.

The new Clayoo 2.0 creates high-quality sculpted, embossed and brushed models inside Rhino 5.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Level I Rhino for Mac Online Course begins March 16th

Level I Rhino for Mac Online Course at McNeel Online
 March 16-24, 2016
9:00am - 12:00pm (PDT)

Join us for our Level 1 Rhino for Mac Online (Mornings) course beginning on March 16, 2016.

Training (Seven 3-Hour Sessions)

  Wednesday - Friday, March 16 - 18, and
  Monday - Thursday, March 21 - 24 (9:00am - 12:00pm PDT)


You need:
  • The latest Rhino for Mac version installed.  Rhino for Windows will not be acceptable for this class.
  • A stable and fast Internet connection.
  • The Rhino Level 1 Training Guide and Models as well as the Rhino for Mac User Guide. You may print the PDF for your reference. Download here

Note, all live sessions will also be recorded and posted to a private Vimeo classroom album. You may watch/stream the videos for your review for up to three months following the class.

Friday, March 11, 2016

3D Printing Workshop - March 18, Nice (France)

3D Hubs and McNeel invite you to their 3D Printing Workshop in Nice!

Module-d, a CoMaking space in Nice, in the South of France is organizing a 3D Printing Workshop from Rhino on March 18th.

- In the morning draw a custom coffee cup.
- In the afternoon print your model on one of our 3D printing stations from the 3D Hubs community.

Instructor: Vanessa Steeg from McNeel.

Come and share the interest for digital fabrication in the region!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

EdiTree - data management and manipulation in Grasshopper

EdiTree is a set of useful open source components developed by EDIT Collective to provide easier manipulation of data structure and data management.

It offers some additional features as follows, plus the existing data management components:

Retrieve a specific branch/subbranches from a data tree. Extract items under the specified branch, when branch path indices are assigned.

Divide List
Divide a list into sublists by the predefined number (divisor). Any remaining item will be stored in the separate path followed by last branch.

Partition List (Advanced)
Partition a list into sublists by partition size. This is pretty much the same as the existing Partition List component except that it gives any remaining item in a separate list.

Split List (Multiple)
Split a list into separate parts at a specified index number. Similar to the existing Split List Component, each index indicates the first item in each list.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

GIS Bucharest 2016 - March 22-23, Bucharest (Romania)

Bucharest 2016
March 22-23

GIS, the most important interior architecture forum in Eastern Europe, will take place in Bucharest on March 22-23, 2016, with the participation of architects from 15 countries and of the European Council of Interior Architects.

GIS brings up for debate the role of architecture and interior design in improving the quality of life and the way in which this can influence social and cultural environments and also learning and working environments.

GIS Bucharest gathers architects and interior designers from Finland, Thailand, France, The United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Slovenia, The Netherlands, Bulgaria, Portugal, Belgium, The Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Poland and Romania, winners of the most recent editions of international competitions, together with 250 architects from all the OAR branches in the country who will participate at the conference, selected on the basis of their work portfolio from the past three years.

Be sure to stop by and visit Romsym Data booth (A7) to learn more about Rhino and related plugins.

Access: solely based on invitations. You can register online here.

Using Rhino to Create a Tiger

Golf trophy design for Maybank Championship (2016)

The Maybank Championship Malaysia visualized the 'Tiger' for their 2016 golf trophy. Royal Selangor, the pewter manufacturer, created the trophy using Rhino.

The trophy is a modern sculptural art form of the tiger, the corporate identity and symbol of the Maybank financial group.

With meticulous attention to detail, Royal Selangor has previously crafted trophies for other high profile events such as the Formula 1 Grand Prix races in Singapore, Malaysia, and China,  as well as the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia golf tournament.

Marcus Fraser won the Maybank Championship Malaysia on February 21, 2016, in Kuala Lumpur.

Rhino 3D Colombia and Almacen Yamata in Furniture Fair

Join Almacén Yamata and Rhino3D Colombia in Feria M&M Tecnología e Industrialstand #290, pavilion #17. Almacén Yamata has the distribution for CNC machines including laser and embroidery. 

Rhino3D Colombia team will be present in the stand sending Rhino and RhinoCAM files to the CNC and laser machines. 

Place: Bogota, Colombia
Date: March 9 - 12, 2016
Stand: #1312
Pavilion: #17

For more information, contact Andres Franco.

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.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

New videos for Rhino3DPRINT 2016

MecSoft Corporation has a set of new videos for Rhino3DPRINT.

Rhino3DPRINT is a fully integrated, separately licensed, plugin that runs inside of Rhino 5 for Windows. It provides efficient, easy, and automatic tools for the preparation of 3D data such as point clouds and meshesdata that otherwise cannot be 3D printed.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Flux plugin for Grasshopper

Flux Factory has released its plugin, Flux, for automated data transfer from Rhino to Revit or Excel via the web.

A Flux project acts as a central data hub for your design project. It provides a:
  • Web-based service to exchange data
  • Data table to store and forward data between design applications
  • Data view to inspect values in the data table
  • Workflow to transform data between applications using native plugins

Project partners are invited to share data. Each partner controls when to synchronize data, and can work in isolation until they are ready to share their changes.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Human UI - Interface paradigm for Grasshopper


Create professional looking Grasshopper apps with custom user interfaces without writing any code.

Human UI is a new interface paradigm for Grasshopper.

Gone are the days of faking a user interface by laying out sliders and text panels and hiding wires on the Grasshopper canvas. Human UI interfaces are entirely separate from the Grasshopper canvas and leverage the power of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), a graphical subsystem for rendering user interfaces in the Windows environment.

In other words: Human UI makes your Grasshopper definition feel like a Windows app. Create tabbed views, dynamic sliders, pulldown menus, checkboxes, and even 3D viewports and web browsers that look great and make sense to anyoneincluding designers and clients with no understanding of Grasshopper.

Taco - ABB robot programing for Grasshopper

Taco is a user-friendly freeware plugin for the simulation and control of ABB industrial robots directly within Grasshopper. With Taco you can program and visualize ABB robots with parametrics. The current and main features include:
  • Single and Multi-Robot (ABB Multi-Move) Tasks
  • I.K Solver + RAPID code generator
  • IRC5 read calibration + Upload Task Files
  • Custom tool definition
  • Custom speed settings
  • Custom rapid commands
  • Lots of options on toolpath TCPs
  • ABB_IRB2600_20165 robot definition
  • Robot simulation
  • Collision detection
  • Axial range check
  • Singularity check
Taco was developed during a course at the University of Innsbruck (AT) | institute for experimental architecture.hochbau (Univ.-Prof. Marjan Colletti, PhD) in cooperation with Media x Design Lab (CH), EPFL (Prof. Jeffrey Huang) and is an ongoing project by the three developers Shih-Yuan Wang, Yu-Ting Sheng, and Florian Frank.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Free Webinar: Rhino for Mac - Intermediate

Free Webinar: Rhino 5 for Mac Intermediate - Modeling and Rendering of a Ski Pole Grip
McNeel Europe
March 2016
10 am (CEST)

If you have spent time working with Rhino 5 for Mac and are ready to go one step forward, or if you are curious about the capabilities of Rhino 5 for Mac, sign up for this free webinar.

The session covers the modeling of a cross country ski pole grip from a sketch. The goal is to add details and edit the main surface to display the different construction materials, ending up by rendering the model using custom materials.

Sign up now:

Spanish: March 14, 2016
Panelist: Rodrigo Bárcena

EnglishMarch 15, 2016
Panelist: Rodrigo Bárcena

French March 16, 2016
Panelist: Vanessa Steeg 

ItalianMarch 17, 2016
Panelist: Giuseppe Massoni

GermanMarch 18, 2016
Panelist: Verena Vogler