Friday, September 30, 2016

Robotic Tectonics Workshop_2016, DAM_Lab

Robotic Tectonics/Workshop_2016

The popularization and application of industrial robots within a digital design to fabrication environment allows for a great amount of flexibility and design freedom. In this theme, we are happy to announce the upcoming Robotic Tectonics Workshop_2016, based on the topic of robotic fabrication. This upcoming workshop will be held by Digital Architecture & Manufacture Laboratory, known as DAM_Lab, in the campus of Qingdao Technological University. Experts, scholars, and well-known architectural design firms are invited from around the world to discuss the avant-garde digital fabrication tectonics, the new challenges, and the new chances robotic fabrication offers to the realm of architecture.

  • Workshop: Oct 8, 2016 - Oct 15, 2016
  • Exhibition & International Conference: Oct 16, 2016

  • Workshop: DAM_Lab, Qingdao Technological University, No.11 Fushun Rd., Shibei Dist., Qingdao, Shandong Province, China 266033.
  • Exhibition & International Conference: University Lecture Hall, Qingdao Technological University, No.11 Fushun Rd., Shibei Dist., Qingdao, Shandong Province, China 266033.

Tips from Nathan Miller

Computational design consultant Nathan Miller, Founder and Managing Director of Proving Ground, has a few tips for architects who are incorporating computational design into their firm.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Drink beer. Help preserve nature.

A Florida brewery is doing its part to protect the earth and marine mammals with its design of six-pack holders.

Traditional plastic holders for beer and pop can get wrapped and caught around marine mammals necks and bodies, often becoming lethal. Now Saltwater Brewery has designed six-pack holders that are edible for wildlife.

"Around the world, an estimated one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles become entrapped in plastic or ingest it and die," Mark Tokulka, a marine biologist, explains in the company video.

Saltwater Brewery's holders are made from the byproducts of the beer making process, mostly barley and wheat remnants. So they are biodegradable, compostable, and edible.

See their Facebook page. Or watch the company's video to see Rhino in action. - Experience the revolution of bespoke products

White Lioness technologies recently launched, a system that facilitates every step to sell your product. From importing your Grasshopper definition, to fluent online 3D viewing and modification. It facilitates sales and even taps into your production workflow.

The platform can be scaled and changed to suit a broad variety of applications and sectors and can be used online or in-store. for tailormade eyewear

For the eyewear industry White Lioness technologies teamed up with Sfered Intelligence and Fuel3D to develop a multi brand in-store platform for the custom eyewear.

Grasshopper definitions that contain years of investigation and knowledge about the design and fabrication of glasses have been imported into An optician can use these definitions through an in-store web-based system via and link them to a 3D scan of a customer.
The optician can show the customer what various options look like and make them perfectly fit to the customer’s face. When adjusting a parameter, for instance the height of the glasses, the model smoothly transforms to this new state, all based on the parametric and associative knowledge from the Grasshopper definition.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Learn about composites at a free one-day architecture conference session at CAMX

Free Architecture Conference Session at CAMX
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

This year CAMX, the Composites & Advanced Material Expo, is featuring a full-day of architectural sessions and events as part of its event. And it's free for students and design/engineering, construction, and AEC professionals. To take advantage of this use the code CAMX during registration.

This one-day session on composites you'll:
  • Have free access to the CAMX Exhibit Hall where you can visit and learn about this remarkable and versatile material first hand from companies in the composites industries.
  • Hear from other architects, engineers, academics, and researchers on how composites are being used in architecture today. Get the scoop on current research.
  • End the day with a networking reception. Meet your fellow architects and composites industry professionals over drinks and appetizers. 

David Riebe, Windsor Fiberglass
Dr Robert Steffen, Western Carolina University
Kevin Lambrych and Mike Stevens, Ashland Performance Materials
Valentin Koslowski - ITKE, University of Stuttgart, and Julia Koermer, UCLA Ideas Lab

Panel discussion on Opportunities for Composites in Architecture, moderated by Bill Kreysler, Kreysler & Associates with panelists:

Douglas Evans, DHE FPE LLC
Emily Guglielmo, Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers
Herwig Baumgartner, Baumgartner + Uriu Architects

Register at Use registration code CAMXAR at checkout to receive your complimentary registration.

Mesh2Surface 4.2: New release

Mesh2Surface 4.2 has been released. This latest version Mesh2Surface reverse engineering plugin for Rhino, together with new features and bug fixes, improves the capabilities for 3D reverse engineering from scanned data.

Check out the new cross section tool, dynamic sectioning, and mesh segmentation. The latest version also provides many other improvements to simplify the reverse engineering process in Rhino.

Check out the video or visit for more information...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

DesignMorphine Summer School 2016 workshops outcome

The Intelligent Tectonics V1.0 and Dynamic Mutations V3.0 workshops, organized by DesignMorphine, were both held in Sofia (Bulgaria) last July and successfully attended by over sixty international participants from more than ten countries.

The winning project from Intelligent Tectonics V1.0 workshop, Perspective System Pavilion, will be part of the BAU Trade Fair in Munich in January 2017.

Lynx4D - Solar tools for studying shadow patterns

Lynx4D is a Rhino plugin for studying shadow patterns. The plugin has a set of solar tools that includes solar diagrams for any area of the world. Other features will come soon.

Main features:
  • Solar Diagrams for any area of the world (Cylindrical Sun Path Diagram)
  • Shadow Patterns on a Point (the plugin works with surfaces, polysurfaces, extrusions, and solids)

Lynx4D has only one command: lynx

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

ShapeDiver Beta - Your sea for parametric 3D

ShapeDiver is a new service that lets you publish your Grasshopper definition on the web. Your model and all its parameters will be displayed in the browser and can be embedded on your web site, blog or web shop.

It can then be used as part of an online portfolio, as a product configurator, a customer communication tool - or for your own unique application!

ShapeDiver just started its public beta and welcomes you to try it on

ShapeDiver is a web service for publishing parametric 3D data. It is run by ShapeDiver GmbH, a limited liability company registered in Vienna, Austria. Alexander Schiftner, Mathias Höbinger and Mathieu Huard founded it in 2015.

Monday, September 19, 2016

3DSTEP event - October 4-5, Tampere (Finland)

October 4-5, 2016
Tampere Hall
Tampere (Finland)

Discover and explore all the latest innovations and practices in additive manufacturing at 3DSTEP, Scandinavia’s largest professional 3D printing event and an international industrial exhibition . With a hands-on approach and presentations of real cases you will gain insight into 3D printing expertise by doing and working with others.

Visit AN-Cadsolutions (Booth 14) to learn more about Rhino, RhinoCAM, Rhino3DPRINT, 3D printers, and the DAVID 3D scanner.

QuaternionSolver - Conversion between quaternion and 4x4 matrix

QuaternionSolver is a Grasshopper add-on component to convert between quaternion and 4×4 matrix for transformations.

Components include:


  • CreateQuaternionFromXYZW
  • CreateQuaternionFromMatrix
  • CreateQuaternionFromAxisAngle
  • DecomposeQuaternionToXYZW

  • Matrix

  • CreateMatrixFromQuaternion

  • Friday, September 16, 2016

    Grasshopper for Rhino 5 Windows (Beginners) webinar now available online

    In case you missed the An Introduction to Grasshopper for Rhino 5 Windows (Beginners) webinar this week, a recording of each language session has been posted on Vimeo.

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

    Car Render Challenge 2016 by Humster3D studio - September 13-November 29, 2016

    September 13-November 29, 2016
    Submissions end at 16:00 (GMT)

    Humster3D studio, a 3D model supplier, has been organizing 3D modeling competitions since 2013.

    They have just launched their third annual Car Render Challenge and invite you to take part in this creative contest with amazing prizes. The winning entries will be published in 3D World and 3D Artist magazines.

    To take part, create a car 3D model and a 3D environment around it. Then, create a rendering and send your work via the web form you'll find in the competition page by November 29. There are no limits for creativity: You can choose any automobile you like, whether it is a racing or an imaginary vehicle. You can find the competition rules here.

    The event is held in partnership with leading companies and 3D software manufacturers.

    Happy rendering and good luck!

    Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    Review of AA Summer DLAB 2015 outcomes

    InFlux is the final working prototype of AA Summer DLAB 2015 that took place in AA’s London home and Hooke Park facilities from July 27th to August 14th, 2015.

    InFlux is the outcome of the exploration of the fabrication and assembly of double-curved complex geometries through the integration of generative design techniques and robotic milling strategies. In 2014, the research initiated on the material behavior of concrete. It has been developed in the 2015 cycle by further investigations linking geometry, material, and structure. Realized as a wall with 2.2 meters height, 4 meters width, and varying depth of 3–25 cm, InFlux was developed, fabricated, and assembled in seven days.

    Friday, September 9, 2016

    New book on Grasshopper in Turkish

    Grasshopper ile Parametrik Modelleme (Parametric Modeling with Grasshopper), written by Tugrul Yazar and Serkan Uysal, both academics of architecture, is the first comprehensive book on Grasshopper in Turkish. The book explores various aspects of parametric modeling through six chapters and features a total of 265 example definitions, which can also be downloaded from the publisher's website.


    Wednesday, September 7, 2016

    Rhino for Windows Video Tutorials by Simply Rhino UK: new video released

    Simply Rhino UK has published the 3rd video in their special tutorial series, in which they look at the interoperability between Rhino and SOLIDWORKS

    This final video in this special trilogy examines interoperability between Rhino and SOLIDWORKS. By the careful use of file referencing it is possible to have styling data that can be updated in Rhino that drives parametric features inside SOLIDWORKS, thus saving time consuming remodeling in both programs.

    Webinar: CAM for Education, September 14

    Wednesday, September 14, 2016
    8 am - 9 am PDT

    Join the MecSoft team from the comfort of your own computer for a webinar on Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) for Education. This webinar is free to attend, but registration is required.

    Webinar agenda:
    1. Introduction
    2. CAM in Montana State University (MSU),
      presented by Bill Clinton of MSU 
    3. CAM in Wrangell High School,
      by Drew Larrabee of Wrangell High School 
    4. Overview and Demo of MecSoft’s Educational Products 
    5. Additional Educational Information and Resources 
    6. Q&A
    This webinar will be featuring MecSoft's CAM products for education. Visit their products page to see a list of all products.

    Who should attend?
    This is an open webinar. Everyone interested in CAM for education is invited to attend.

    Monday, September 5, 2016

    Rhino Open House - September 15, Tampere (Finland)

    Authorized Rhino Reseller An-Cadsolutions invites you to its Open House on September 15 in Tampere, Finland.

    Come see the latest solutions for 3D modeling, scanning, 3D printing and CNC milling, including Rhino, RhinoCAM, Rhino3DPRINT, 3D printers, 3D scanners, a CNC milling and engraving machine, a laser engraving machine and a flatbed printer.

    Saturday, September 3, 2016

    Free Webinar: An Introduction to Grasshopper for Rhino 5 Windows (Beginners)

    Free Webinar: An Introduction to Grasshopper for Rhino 5 Windows (Beginners)
    McNeel Europe
    September 2016
    10:00am (CEST)  

    Grasshopper® is a graphical algorithm editor tightly integrated with Rhino's 3D modeling tools. Unlike RhinoScript, Grasshopper does not require programming or scripting knowledge, but still allows designers to build form generators, from the simple to the awe-inspiring.

    Take part in this webinar to learn how to access Grasshopper, learn about the interface basics and go through a few sample exercises to start understanding the modeling strategy behind generative design.

    Requirements: Basic knowledge of the software and its main tools. No headset or microphone is needed to attend.

    The Tech Team experts of McNeel Europe will conduct this 1-hour webinar in different languages. Sign up now:

    EnglishSeptember 12, 2016
    Panelist: Rodrigo Bárcena

    SpanishSeptember 13, 2016
    Panelist: Rodrigo Bárcena

    ItalianSeptember 14, 2016

    Panelist: Giuseppe Massoni

    GermanSeptember 15, 2016

    Panelist: Verena Vogler

    FrenchSeptember 16, 2016

    Panelist: Vanessa Steeg 

    Important details:

    • Space is limited. Sign up today!
    • This webinar is free for all attendees.
    • Presentation will take approximately 40 minutes followed by another 15 minutes for Q&A.
    • After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    Friday, September 2, 2016

    Warsaw Summer School - Warsaw (Poland)

    12-15 September 2016

    Architecture for Society of Knowledge
    55 Koszykowa Street
    00-659 Warsaw

    Warsaw Summer School, organized by Architektura Parametryczna (a digital design educational platform) and Architecture for Society of Knowledge and Architektura Informacyjna (Master's Programs by the Faculty of Architecture at Warsaw University of Technology), will take place on September 12-15 in Warsaw.

    This year the Warsaw City Council is running an architectural competition for a new bridge. The primary goal of this workshop is to find the most optimal position for a new bicycle bridge (or bridges) in Warsaw to enhance global accessibility and walkability. During the workshop, the participants will develop an interactive tool to help understand the accessibility changes by connecting Vistula river shores with bicycle bridges.

    This four-day event includes coding and learning how to apply digital tools into urban scale problems (32 hours), along with lectures from invited guests.

    This workshop is for the intermediate user who understands and uses Grasshopper. It will be conducted in English.

    Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Silvereye, Elk, Shortest Walk, Human, gHowl, Unity.


    A multimedia tool designed by Jacek Markusiewicz for data representation and design in VR.

    Jacek Markusiewicz
    Jacek Markusiewicz is an architectural graduate from the Warsaw University of Technology and a Master in Advanced Architecture at IAAC Barcelona. He specializes in parametric architecture, programming, and responsive design. He has been working on different projects combining a parametric approach and urban scale in international offices in Barcelona, Warsaw, and Beirut. He is a PhD candidate at Warsaw University of Technology and teaches at the Architecture for Society of Knowledge Master's Program and at the Faculty of Architecture of Warsaw University of Technology.

    Adrian Krezlik

    Adrian Krezlik is an architect and co-founder of Architektura Parametryczna, a platform dedicated to the promotion of parametric design and digital fabrication. He has worked for Zaha Hadid Architects, FR-EE Fernando Romero, and Michel Rojkind, and teaches at the School of Form in Poznan.