Thursday, April 28, 2016

Intermediate Grasshopper online course begins May 9

Dates: May 9-12, 2016
Price: US$215

Instructor Andres Gonzalez explores the intermediate concepts of generative modeling in Rhino 5 using the Grasshopper add-on. He will apply these concepts to Grasshopper intermediate design and development in numerous real-life examples with you.

This course is for design professionals who are looking to efficiently learn concepts and features of Grasshopper at an accelerated pace in an instructor-led online environment.

Space is limited. Register now!

Monday-Thursday, May 9-12, 9:00am-Noon (PDT)

All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time. Calculate your time zone here.


Note: This course requires Intro to Grasshopper training or equivalent.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

STONEDALONE: Digitally Fabricated Future Talismans - Project by: Wynn Mustin

STONEDALONE is a collection of digitally fabricated "future talismans" that Wynn Mustin, MFA Design + Technology Candidate, Class of 2016 at Parsons School of Design, is designing in Rhino as her masters thesis project. 

Inspired by the metaphysical energy associated with natural crystal and mineral formations, Wynn is creating artificial neon crystals with playful and contemporary mystical properties through the use of derivative 3D printing techniques: building custom silicone molds from 3D prints she designed in Rhino, casting them in resin, and embedding additional 3D prints within the resin to create mesmerizing crystal inclusions that appear to be in a state of suspended animation.

In a world of user profiles and online accounts where you can be whoever you want to be, Wynn is billing herself as a “cyber mystic” capable of fabricating modern talismans on the build plate of my Makerbot Replicator 2.

For more information, visit the following links or contact Wynn Mustin

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.

Matthias Pliessnig - Boat building techniques in furniture design

Using techniques from boat building, Matthias Pliessnig is building sculptural curved seating by steam bending wood. This is technique highly used in building wooden boats, but rarely seen in furniture construction. (Thonet and the Windsor chair are notable exceptions.)

In 2006 Pliessnig built a skiff for a project. Learning from this, he applied the boat building and lofting techniques to his furniture. Using Rhino to visualize his ideas, he's become an advocate for the software and amorphous geometry.

For woodworkers interested in the process, the May/June 2016 Fine Woodworking Magazine has an article, but it is accessible only to subscribers. For the rest of us, we can read the Smithsonian collection notes with a process description.

Also, in 2011 Pliessnig was in a 4-artist exhibition in the Renwick Gallery, of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. A round table discussion, Everything Old is New Again, was part of this exhibit. And there is also a YouTube of a presentation at Renwick by Pliessnig. Warning, both these videos are about an hour long.

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Digital Reveal - Architecture in the Post-Digital

The Digital Reveal, an international seminar exploring the uses of computation in architecture, will be held in Bogota, Colombia, the first week of September 2016.

The Architecture Program at the Universidad Piloto de Colombia, with support from Sigradi (Sociedad Iberoamericana de Gráfica Digital), Renata and RhinoFabStudio, is inviting architects, designers and academics to submit architectural, urban, and related research projects where digital technologies and methodologies have been implemented. A special interest is to discuss processes and situate the state of affairs in Latin America with practices around the globe.

Please submit your projects (images and text in PDF format) here by May 15, 2016. 


  • Project proposals due / May 9, 2016
  • Authors informed of results of project reviews / May 16, 2016
  • Accepted revised project documentation due / May 23, 2016
  • Conference and Exhibition / September 1-2, 016

Place: Bogotá, Colombia
Fee: Selected project authors will have free access to the conference

For more information please contact Rodrigo Velasco or Aaron Brakke.

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, April 19, 2016

ComStruct workshop, Tehran (Iran) - a case study

ComStruct was a two-week workshop in the summer of 2015 on computational structures as form generators, hosted by the Contemporary Architects Association in Tehran, Iran, and led by 5 tutors with 25 participants.

The workshop aimed to explore material behavior and directionality of elements, as well as understanding the structural potentiality of complex geometries, using algorithmic design and analysis potentials of Rhino, Grasshopper, and Karamba. It explored industrial fabrication techniques to design and construct a one to one scale canopy pavilion that covers a four by ten-meter area of an unused swimming pool, converting it to a vivid exhibition area.

The canopy free-form surface was optimized through several steps including structural performance done with Karamba. The result was a design-driven by information; the output from each step of the structural analysis led to the geometry and pattern choices. The result was a highly optimized 2.5mm aluminum tensegrity shell. The aesthetics were derived from calculations and structural needs, and the process from idea to production was entirely formed through algorithms.


Host: Contemporary Architects Association, Tehran, Iran
Location: No. 7, 2nd alley, Hassan-e Seif St, Faze-3, Shahrak-e Gharb, Tehran, Iran
Tutors: Mariam Khademi (La Sapienza University), Mehrad Mahnia (theALLIANCE), Vahid Eshraghi (VEA Studio), Kristjan Plagborg Nielsen (Arup), Ramtin Taherian (theALLIANCE)
Workshop Team: Farhang Alipour, Soroush Asadi, Ahmadreza Atashbar Tehrani, Pouria BaniAdam, Ali Derazgisou, Paniz Farrokhsiar, Pouria Gachpazan, Faraneh Ghahremani, Hoda Hamzeh, Ehsan Heidari Zadi, Hooman Homayooni, Niloofar Imani, Mostafa Jahanmiri, Keyhan Khaki, Aryan Khalighy, Sadra Khosravan, Fatemeh Mahmoudyar, Ali Mirzadeh, Sogol Moaven, Farnaz Mohammadi, Hamid Peiro, Hasan Shafiei, Iman Shameli, Fahimeh Tahmasebian
Laser Cutter Provider: Arpa Laser Co.
CNC Sheet Metal Bending: Arpa Laser Co.
Aluminum Anodizing Service: Arpa Laser Co.
Lighting Device Provider: Shoa Industrial Group
Collaborators: Elham Razavi / CEO at Contemporary Architects Association, Ali Zolfaghari / Technical Support, Majid Kazempour / Technical Support, Afshin Koupaei / Technical Support, Mehran Davari/ Technical Support, Farshid Esmaeili / Marab Mahbod Engineering & Technical Co., Faraz Maleki / Arpa Laser Group
Cinematography and Video Director: Sepand Saedi
Photography: Sepand Saeidi, Davood MohammadHasan, Farhanf Alipour, Pouria Gachpazan

Friday, April 15, 2016

New online tutorials for Grasshopper and Karamba

Melbourne School of Design has created some new online tutorials that show how to create and analyze gridshell structures in Grasshopper and Karamba.

Karamba is an interactive structural analysis plugin fully embedded in the parametric design environment of Grasshopper. 

This plugin makes it easy to combine complex geometric models and finite element calculations. It can provide an accurate analysis of spatial trusses, frames, and shells early in the design process. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Are you an architect?

According to Arch2O there are 10 Parametric Plugins Every Architect Should Know!

ISA International Sign Expo

Visit Trotec at the 2016 ISA International Sign Expo in Orlando FL and learn how to be creative with your laser projects modeling with Rhino and Grasshopper.

Don't miss the opportunity to see how to build 3D and 2D models with Rhino and discover how to cut them directly on a Trotec laser. Trotec will showcase the newest member of their speedy line: the Speedy 360 flex, with dual-source laser technology.

Date: April 20-23, 2016
Time: 9:30 am-5:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Place: Orange County Convention Center, South Building (Orlando, Florida)
Booth: #117

Register today!
For more information, please contact Meredith Newman.

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Rhino for Jewelers - online class

Dates: April 19-May 12, 2016  
Note: Class meets Tuesdays & Thursdays only

Hours: Noon-3:00 pm EST

Price: US$675.00

Go here to register.
Course Description:
This class is designed to build a solid foundation with Rhino 5 as it is used in the jewelry industry. However, professionals in other fields can benefit from the class.

Participants will learn step-by-step 2D drawings and 3D modeling with various exercises and strategies. Jewelry design theory and application, construction methods and techniques are also covered in the class. Supported digital materials such as tutorial Rhino files, various stone templates and cutters, etc. are provided for your use. Projects include earrings, rings, cuff links, and diamond settings, etc.

This online class uses GoToMeeting software. The class will be conducted live and each session will be recorded so you can replay, review and practice after the class.

You will need:

  • Rhino 5 for Windows. If you do not own Rhino, you may download the free evaluation version here.
  • 2-button scroll mouse.
  • Headset/mic combo.
  • A good internet connection is important. However, videos are posted after the session for you to review.
No prerequisites but knowledge of jewelry design and manufacturing is helpful. 

About the instructor... Akiyo Matsuoka is an Authorized Rhino Trainer, Rhino Instructor, and adjunct faculty at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Ice-breaking yacht design

Rhino is one of the tools in the design and production of a new concept in luxury yachts. At the Monaco Yacht Show last fall EYOS Expeditions launched a yacht for owners who want more than a party palace. Their SeaXplorer is capable of exploring most any waterway of the world, but with the luxury typical of a luxury yacht.

The SeaXplorer features:
  • Retractable stabilizers (for traveling through ice)
  • Ice-breaking stern
  • Two propulsive units to turn 360 degrees (for turning that ice-breaking stern around)
  • Storerooms big enough to hold fresh supplies with reprovisioning on those long trips
  • Helicopter landing pad with onboard hanger for protection from inclement weather
All this with luxurious comfort in the cabins, mess hall, hospital, gym, and internet cafe designed by Amels luxury yachts, known for their high-quality interiors workmanship and design.

For the production, Azure, a yacht design studio, produces hand-drawn sketches. Damen, the Dutch commercial shipping giant, adds its engineering expertise with team reviews. When they approve the design is translated into a full 3D model in Rhino.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

AA_Aarhus Visiting School 2016 - August 3-12 , Aarhus (Denmark)

Rethinking Patterns: Exploring Heterogenic Structures 
Wednesday – Friday, August 3-12, 2016

Aarhus School of Architecture
Nørreport 20
8000 Aarhus C

This year the Aarhus Visiting School will build on the previous year’s theme of rethinking pattern in design and architecture as it investigates the effects of light through local manipulations of patterns and geometry. These investigations are driven through the use of computational tools and digital fabrication at different scales.

The research will expand on last year’s framework by focusing on the integration of robotic tools and how robotic manufacturing techniques influence the future of design and fabrication in architecture. The AA_Aarhus Visiting School will use the Aarhus School of Architecture's state-of-the-art fabrication facility, which includes ABB robots.

Prominent features of the workshop/skills developed

• Novel modeling and parametric techniques based on local ecological factors.
• Introduction to new fabrication techniques now prevalent in the field of design and architecture.
• Robotic fabrication in design.
• Discussions on new architectural processes and theories.
• Applying theories that are highly applicable to contemporary practice through computation.
• A lecture series from leading researchers and theorists.

"We have chosen to run two units within the theme of last year: Affects of Light through Pattern and Geometry. The Visiting School will be divided into two units. The first unit titled “Mesh Morphologies” will focus on teaching students how to control and manipulate local regions of complex geometries as a response to external factors through constant feedback between physical and digital models. This unit favours all levels of grasshopper knowledge, but if you are a beginner this is the unit to choose.

The second unit titled “Robotic Collaboration” will focus on the robotic fabrication paradigm and how this can potentially be rethought. It can be thought of as the grafting of the car industry onto the building industry. This unit assumes that you have an intermediate to advanced level of grasshopper knowledge, since it will highly emphasize the robotic fabrication part of the day design exercise.

It is the ambition of the AA_Aarhus Visiting School to develop knowledge in digital fabrication and pattern formations, which are at the forefront when it comes to the field of architecture & design. Furthermore, the participants are to leave the Visiting School having gained new knowledge and novel skills in architectural design/make and theory, which they can continue to use in their practice or in the remaining years of their study. 

We hope that through our continued work within this field, we will be able to contribute to the ongoing architectural discussion on parametrics, pattern making and fabrication".

Two new training sessions in Istanbul - April/May 2016

Rhinocenter Istanbul has organized two new training sessions.
The first one, Fundamentals of Parametric Design with Grasshopper, will take place from April 9 to May 1 and will be held on weekends (from 11.00 to 14.00).

The second one, Yacht Design with Rhino 3D, will take place from April 16 to May 22 and will be held on weekends (from 9.00 to 11.00).


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Introduction to Rhino for Windows, first Rhino Webinar in Polish

Introduction to Rhino for Windows (in Polish)
Wednesday, April 13 2016
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CEST

Join Mikolaj Jarski, experienced Rhino trainer from Lemondim, for his first webinar in Polish on Rhino for Windows Beginner. He will be presenting Rhino 5 with Polish interface.

Learn how to import sketches or photos to Rhino, draw your model (curves, surfaces, solids), make a technical drawing with dimensions, and prepare STL file for 3D printing.

Space is limited. Sign up today!

  • This webinar is free for all attendees.
  • Presentation will take approximately 45 minutes followed by another 15 minutes for Q&A. Questions of any level will be welcome.
  • After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

New RhinoFabStudio - UP Guadalajara

We would like to welcome Universidad Panamericana campus Guadalajara (UP) as a new Certified RhinoFabStudio

Universidad Panamericana is located in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. It has over 40 years of experience in handling CNC machines and CAD software including Rhino. They offer both 3D modeling services (licenses and training) and the needed equipment to their engineering students (undergraduate, graduate) to develop their engineering and design projects. 

Some of their equipment includes manufacturing plastic injection casting, machines for the furniture industry, manufacturing of dies for metal cutting, laser cutting, among other applications.

For more information, please contact Emma Berber.

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, April 5, 2016

Textile and Apparel Industry Event in Argentina

Emitex, Simatex, and Confemaq are three simultaneous events from suppliers for the textile and apparel industry, from spinning to garment production.

Join Trotec in a Textile and Apparel Industry Event in Argentina. Come and see how to use Rhino and Grasshopper for your laser projects. Visit us in stand #2C-73.

Date: 5-7 April 2016
Time: 1 pm - 9 pm
Centro Costa Salguero

Stand: #2C-73

Register today!
For more information, please contact Ariel Mandel.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Rhino3D Interior & Furniture Modelling training - Antibes, May 9-11

Rhino3D Interior & Furniture Modelling training

Design Systems & Technologies ™ office
Antibes, France

May 9-11, 2016

Vanessa Steeg from McNeel Europe. 

The course will be held in English, and other languages will be supported (French, Spanish).

The course is intended for architects, interior designers, boat designers, furniture designers, and amateurs in the field.

  • Rhino 5 basics and user interface 
  • Creating basic geometry
  • Editing geometry 
  • Organic modeling (surface creation and control point editing)
  • Practical cases: Creating furniture pieces
  • Advanced tools: Tips & tricks
  • Setting up an interior space 
  • Handling camera angles and views
  • Lighting basics
  • Rendering basics

Participants should have Rhino 5 (the latest service pack) installed on their laptops. A temporary Rhino license may be lent for the time of the training.