Friday, March 31, 2017

Free Rhino jewelry videos

Need a little inspiration and fun? Watch these free Rhino jewelry videos on YouTube by Yurii Popov, a Rhino user in Kostroma, Russia.

Yurii posts some of his Rhino jewelry modeling on his YouTube channel, available for you to watch. Most of the videos do not have audio. A few have music.

Yurii has been producing 3D jewelry models for more than seven years. He worked two years in the jewelry production and manufacturing.

Yurii's models are for sale at CGTrader.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New Grasshopper book now available

David Bachman has just released his new book Grasshopper Visual Scripting for Rhinoceros 3D. Through this introduction to modeling objects with Grasshopper and the series of examples and tutorials, learn how to build complex objects by combining simple components. Applications include both NURBS surface modeling and mesh manipulation techniques.

David Bachman is a mathematics professor at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. This is his third book. His company, David Bachman Design, Inc., is a consultant for international clients and product designers. 

Melting Glaze!

Brian Giniewski is a ceramic designer based in Philadelphia who uses the fluid properties of melting glaze to produce pots with dramatic, colorful surfaces. Brian formerly taught fine art + digital fabrication at the university level, including classes that trained students on the wide variety of applications of Rhino. He uses Rhino in his own practice for prototyping, as well as designing and fabricating production tools and displays for his work

He has a Kickstarter campaign which runs until April 16, 2017. The Kickstarter project is raising money for him to transition in to a new studio space in Philadelphia and purchase equipment to take the next big step in growing his business.

For information please contact Brian Giniewski.

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, March 28, 2017

R3Dx Lecture: Parametric design and Digital Fabrication

For its third edition, R3DX presents Parametric design and Digital Fabrication in Montreal, Canada -- a presentation by Maria Mingallon, Associate at Arup and Structural Engineer.

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants, and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. With more than 11 years of experience, Maria is a specialist in parametric design and advanced computational technologies such as the use of generative algorithms with Rhino and Grasshopper.

R3Dx is a community of designers, researchers, and thinkers focused on research and development within the realm of computational design in Montreal. Join the R3Dx community for its lecture on April 4th for great fun, ideas and talks!

For more information on the lecture please visit this link!

Location: La Gare, Montreal
Date and time: April 4th, 2017 at 6:00pm

Register now!

For more information please contact Maria Mingallon.

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.

Announcing Scan&Solve Pro

Intact Solutions have announced their official release of Scan&Solve Pro, their latest structural simulation innovation for Rhino users.

Now, your simulations can include bonded assemblies of complex materials including wood, composites, and other anisotropic materials.

Scan&Solve Pro features the following improvements over Scan&Solve 2014:

  • Analyzing assemblies of components
  • Wood materials
  • Orthotropic materials such as fiber-reinforced composites
  • Streamlined interface
  • Contextural help
  • Multiple simulation scenarios per document
  • More features...

Scan&Solve Pro is available as an annual license for bother commercial and academic users. As a bonus, each Scan&Solve activation key can activate a one-year license to Scan&Solve 2014 on the same computer.

Intact Solutions is offering significant discounts on all annual licenses purchased before May 1, 2017.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Kangaroo Physics Workshop by Daniel Piker - May 17-19, McNeel Europe (Barcelona)

Kangaroo Physics Workshop by Daniel Piker

May 17-19, 2017
10 AM-6 PM
McNeel Europe S.L.
Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos
08018 Barcelona (Spain)

We invite you to join us for a Kangaroo Physics Workshop, led by the award-winning plugin developer Daniel Piker. The workshop will take place on May 17-19 at our European office in Barcelona.

Daniel will introduce Kangaroo Physics, an interactive physics/constraint solver for designers and one of the most successful Grasshopper plugins. The program works as a physics engine performing interactive simulation, form finding, optimization, and constraint solving in real time.

Day 1

• Introduction - principles of form finding and dynamic relaxation
• Catenary arches and vaults
• Linkages
• Tensile membranes
• Bending rods and gridshells

Day 2

• Collisions/packing/distribution
• Rigid bodies and mechanisms
• Bending shells and origami
• Meshing for simulation

Day 3

• Panels and grids for architecture
• Introduction to using the Kangaroo library via C# scripting
• Individual project development

Course fee: EUR 795 (+VAT); students and university teachers will get a 50% discount (proof of status required)
Maximum number of participants: 8-10
Language: English

Seats are limited. Sign up now by contacting Rodrigo Bárcena!
Video about Kangaroo Physics...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Concha - Shell analysis plugin for Rhino

Developed by TailSiT GmbH, Concha is a Rhino plugin for the numerical analysis of shell structures. Based on the Finite Element Method, Concha lets you analyze the mechanical behavior of complex geometries subject to arbitrary loads without leaving the design environment of Rhino.

Key features
  • Import of any surface-based geometry objects from within Rhino
  • Specification of supports at vertices, edges, or surfaces
  • Connection of vertices or surfaces from different geometry parts
  • Different material models

Facades+ 2017 Conference & Workshops, April 6-7

facades+ 2017
New York City
Symposium/Conference: Thursday, April 6
Lab Workshops: Friday, April 7

The goal of the Facades+ conference is to focus on the design and performance on the next generation of facades. Their aim is to provide proven insights on how to make your ideas become reality. They've brought together some of the world’s most productive building professionals and leading researchers to share insights on how facades ideas are brought to life.

Rhino-related Lab Workshop:

About the conference...
Facades+ is the leading conference on the performance and design of the building envelope. The unique crossover of attending professionals brings together a unique brain trust from the fields of architecture, engineering, construction, fabrication, development, and education. Be inspired and learn how to innovate all steps of facade implementation—from systems and materials to designs and delivery strategies.

Seatec 2017 trade show - March 29-31, Marina di Carrara (Italy)

March 29-31, 2017
Via Maestri del Marmo 
54033, Marina di Carrara (MS)

Seatec, the exhibition dedicated to technology, components, design and subcontracting applied to recreational boating, organized by CarraraFiere, returns for its 15th trade fair of Italy and southern Europe.

Visit the NDAR booth (D-857) to learn more about Orca3D and Rhino.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SimAUD set for May 22-24, Toronto

Join architecture and simulation researchers at the symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD). The symposium will be held May 22-24 in Toronto, Canada. This year's event, the 8th annual, will be at the MaRS Discovery District and at the University of Toronto, in the heart of one of the largest urban innovation hubs.

Several workshops will take place on May 21st, including Energy and Daylight Modeling in Grasshopper.

About SimAUD 2017...

The increasing complexity of cities and buildings requires computer simulations for all scales. The convergence of the knowledge from different fields provides innovation. SimAUD tackles these interdisciplinary aspects to measure, predict, assess, comprehend, and manage the performances of buildings and cities.

Both researchers and practitioners in urban planning and design, architecture, and construction are invited to take part in the symposium and to present original papers. Software developers, managers, educators, and business professionals are also invited.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

New Rhino plugin: Minute! Powered By C3CAM

Division Engineering has released Minute! Powered By C3CAM, a new surface CAM plugin for Rhino.

  • High precision 3-axis milling
    Application:Tool=R0.2 Ball, Pitch=0.01, “Same distance on surface profile path”
    Work size: 250mm x 200mm 
  • Super High Precision Synchronized 6-axis Hale biting
    Application: Free Curved Surface and grooves
    Work size: 300mm, fresnel lens molding 
  • Synchronized 5-axis grinding
    Application: Oddly shaped punch, Tool=Full R Grinding Wheel 
  • Supports full analysis, visualization, and optimization for NURBS Surface and NURBS curves.

Please refer to Resources. Supported CAD format, requirement environment, and various documents are in it. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Mos(kit)o device by the Institut Pasteur iGEM 2016 Team

The Institut Pasteur iGEM 2016 Team came up with the Mos(kit)o device, which includes a trap to capture mosquitoes, an analysis station to detect the presence of pathogens in them and a mapping tool of the local of the infected mosquitoes.

To conceive the device, Rhino was used by the multidisciplinary team, which included students from ENSCI-Les Ateliers design school, ESPCI chemistry and physics engineering school, Pierre and Marie Curie UniversityParis Diderot UniversityETSL Biotech School and Jean Monnet Law Faculty in the Paris area.

The trap and analysis station components were designed according to entomologists’ recommendations. A 3D printed version was generated and used as a demonstrator device for the iGEM competition, at several venues including BioDesign events.

Zika, yellow fever, and several other diseases (arboviruses) are transmitted to people from insects’ bites. Currently, there are no vaccines for most of these diseases. One of the strategies to deal with the issue is to carry out massive insecticide spraying, resulting in toxicity and resistance by the mosquitoes. The Mos(kit)o device will be an innovative tool to monitor the presence of infected mosquitoes, prevent, and help in an environmentally responsible way of spraying insecticides.

For the Mos(kit)o device, the Institut Pasteur Paris 2016 Team won a gold medal and three best prizes (Best Applied Design, Best Diagnostic, and Best Entrepreneurship) at the 2016 iGEM competition.

SHARE Bucharest 2017 - March 21-22, Bucharest (Romania)

International Architecture and Engineering Forum
March 21-22, 2017
JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel

Calea 13 September 90

Bucharest 050726 (Romania)

SHARE is where the architecture community comes together to share ideas and inspiration, learn, and celebrate excellence in architecture.

SHARE events will bring together principals and senior architects from leading practices to discuss and gain inspiration from each other. The conferences are an opportunity to meet great minds in the global architectural community through the SHARE talks program. The lectures will focus on present and future, innovation in architecture and engineering, explorations on new materials and technologies for designing a smart and sustainable built environment. Large-scale projects will be presented from different perspectives of architects and contractors.

SHARE International Architecture and Engineering Forum acts as an effective platform for networking, business, inspiration, and exchange of ideas and transfer of know-how.

Visit Rhino Authorized Reseller Romsym Data S.R.L. (Booth A3, see map) to learn more about Rhino, V-Ray, VisualARQ, Lands Design, madCAM, Grasshopper, and EvoluteTools.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

ShapeDiver now supports external plugins and API access

Plugin Support

ShapeDiver now allows uploading models using external plugins. So far, the first two plugins supported are Grasshopper's plugins Weaverbird and Human. The list of plugins will continue to grow steadily.

Weaverbird is a topological modeler that contains many of the known subdivision and transformation operators, readily usable by designers.

extends Grasshopper's ability to create and reference geometry and allows communication with a Rhino document. For now, ShapeDiver only supports the texture mapping components.

Download Human from food4Rhino...

API Release

ShapeDiver GmbH also released the API for its viewer, making it possible for ShapeDiver users to integrate the viewer into websites, such as product configurators or other eCommerce applications.

"It is easy to embed your models anywhere after they are uploaded on ShapeDiver. However, if you want to build a web application, a product configurator or even a full e-commerce system, you will need a little more flexibility. We now provide a programming interface that allows you to create fully custom web experiences based on the ShapeDiver technology".

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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Intermediate Grasshopper Online Training, April 2017

April 24-27, 2017
$205 per person

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.



Monday-Thursday, April 24-27, 9:00am-Noon (PDT)
All times listed are Pacific Standard Time. Calculate your time zone here.

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

Rhino Fundamentals in Mexico by Darco

Darco is a digital architecture consulting company. They provide solutions for architecture, engineering, design, modeling, and animation for professional development. 

Darco invites you to join their Rhino Fundamentals Workshop in April! 

At the end of this workshop the participants will have the necessary knowledge to model, edit, and manipulate basic 3D elements and assemblies.

Location: Mexico City- Ejército Nacional 373-403, Col. Granda, Del. Miguel Hidalgo
Date: April 17, 2017
Time: 2 PM

For more information and to register please contact Paulina Lazaro.

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.

RhinoCFD Commercial Release

Announcing CHAM's commercial release of RhinoCFD, the CFD plugin for Rhino!

To celebrate this release, CHAM is offering a 30% discount for purchases within the first 60 days!

RhinoCFD is a general purpose Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software plugin, built directly into the Rhino environment. It gives users the ability to investigate the interaction of their model with the surrounding fluid. This allows for rapid optimization and testing, all without leaving the familiarity of the Rhino environment.

It is easy to use and intuitive, through simple and focused menu systems. It also offers a wide range of result visualization options to both inspect and present results easily.

Key features include:
  • Cartesian and Cylindrical Polar coordinate meshes
  • PARSOL cut-cell geometry detection simplifying the mesh generation process
  • PHOENICS structured CFD solver
  • Many turbulence model options including RANS and LES
  • Radiation modeling
  • Post-processing into Rhino including iso-surfaces, surface contours, and streamlines
  • In-program and online help

CFD can be used in any area where fluids may have an impact on a design. Its applications are numerous and are already used in many industries including:
  • Marine: Hull design, sails, propellers
  • Architecture and building services: External/internal ventilation, HVAC, contaminant dispersion
  • Jewelry: Investment casting optimization
  • Aerospace: Aerodynamics, turbomachinery, heat management
  • Medical: Arterial flow, respiratory flow, effects of non-Newtonian fluids
  • Transportation: Drag reduction, combustion processes, emissions testing
Students and academics can claim a 3-month free trial upon proof of status. 

For more information please contact or go to

Friday, March 10, 2017

RESHAPE17 | Wearable Technology Competition: Programmable Skins

Wearables are becoming an active, supplemental skin that not only protect our body but also facilitate functions such as growth, movement, respiration, and nutrition or rehabilitate the environment.

Becoming a new medium able to regulate the relationship between our body and its surroundings, wearables can now collect and exchange information producing dynamic outputs. Reshape aims to enhance these impulses in fashion design, proposing a new challenge to makers and designers: Reshape 17 | Programmable Skins Competition.

For the 2017 edition, Reshape is collaborating with IN(3D)USTRY - From needs to solutions, an event organized by Fira Barcelona, to foster the use and adoption of Additive & Advanced Manufacturing Technologies by promoting the interaction between top users with manufacturers and service providers by sharing success stories and technological needs and limitations.

In this occasion, Reshape will coordinate multiple appointments: the Reshape Awards ceremony, celebrating the winners from the competition; the Reshape Symposium with cutting-edge speakers representing innovative companies, presenting their practices; the Reshape Exhibition, showcasing innovative products and projects revolutionizing the fields of fashion and design.


February 13 - June 15, 2017:
June 30, 2017: SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE 23:59 (UTC/GMT +1 hour)
October 3-5, 2017: AWARDS CEREMONY and final exhibition in IN(3D)USTRY - From needs to solutions

Registration and information at:

Reshape competitions are organized by Noumena in collaboration with IN(3D)USTRY - From Needs to Solutions, and in partnership with IAAC, Fab Lab Barcelona, Disseny Hub Barcelona, among others. Reshape competitions represent a collective frame of debate on the implications and applications of technology in design fields, with a specific focus on fashion design and retail.

Rhino 3D Free Teacher Training Workshop in Mexico

Learn the fundamentals of Rhino and RhinoCAM as well as digital manufacturing with  CNC cutting machines. The workshop is an introduction to 3D modeling with Rhino and CNC engraving with RhinoCAM

Register now, it's a free workshop, and spaces are limited!

Organized by: Servicios de Ingenieria - Ing. Adrián Juárez
Date: March 28-29, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm and 9:00 am-1:00 pm 
Location: Mexico City

For additional information and to register please contact Adrián Juárez.

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, March 9, 2017

Christian Dunbar Designs

Christian Dunbar, the artist behind Christian Dunbar Designs located in Savannah, GA, creates sculpture and art furniture using architectural form that is simultaneously minimalist and sensuous. He hopes to express glass, water, wood, steel and stone in innovative ways that exhibit their beauty in unexpected and dramatic fashion. Throughout his entire career as a sculptor and furniture designer, Dunbar has always used Rhino through the entire design/build process.

"I "sketch" with Rhino, easily creating multiple form variations, often in the time that my peers hand sketch a single concept. On my larger scale sculptural pieces, the Rhino files go directly to the CNC operator or Digilab for processing. My productivity rate using Rhino, as opposed to the other software option, is hands down far higher" stated Dunbar.

For more information please contact Christian Dunbar.

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.

Max Motor Dreams baby crib by Espadaysantacruz Studio

Max Motor Dreams is a baby crib concept developed by Espadaysantacruz Studio for the Ford Motor Company.

The crib works with any of the Ford MAX line of vehicles and is developed to mimic the sound, gentle motion, and illumination that so often puts a baby to sleep while riding in a car. A specialized app records data from the car while driving and can be uploaded to the crib.
To design the Max Motor Dreams baby crib, the studio used Rhinoceros.
Espadaysantacruz is a hybrid creative studio located in Madrid. They develop interactive and audiovisual experiences thanks to continuous research on digital technology and storytelling.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

inFORMed Matter Workshops Series: Clay, Polymers & Biomaterials - March, April, May 2017, Turin (Italy)

inFORMed Clay matter March 24-26, 2017

inFORMed Polymers matter April 21-23, 2017
inFORMed Bio matter May 26-28, 2017
digifabTURINg – Fablab Torino

Via Egeo 16, Torino

The idea for these workshops rose from a collaboration between Co-de-iT, Fablab Torino, and Officine Innesto, based on ongoing Co-de-iT research called inFORMed matter.

The inFORMed Matter Workshops Series is focused on the exploration of nonconventional additive fabrication processes aimed at producing form through the morphogenetic properties of matter and by embedding further information structures during the fabrication process itself by mechanical (robots, printers) or biological (organisms) constructor agents.

Its goal is to step beyond the current state of prototyping, according to which the physical prototype should be as adherent as possible to its digital counterpart, making fabrication a purely replicational process. Instead, by coding and embedding additional levels of digital and material information, new physical and aesthetic properties arise. In this way, the production and digital fabrication phase becomes an integral part of the design process.

By exploring the code-matter-machine interaction process, the potential emergent behaviors of the system can then be studied while, by tapping into the self-organization properties of matter, a new sensibility towards computational design/fabrication process can be learned and exerted.


The inFORMed Matter Workshops Series will explore different material systems in three different workshops:

inFORMed Clay matter workshop

This workshop focuses on the exploration of an integrated digital design and manufacturing process developed through an additive process of ceramic mixture material deposition. By simultaneously understanding material behaviors and tool constraints, participants will acquire the necessary feedback to iterate through the design and production phases by means of custom made digital tools and a 6 axis robotic arm fabrication setup.

inFORMed Polymers matter workshop

This workshop explores the design potentials offered by midair deposition of polymeric material (ABS, PLA). This digital fabrication process is particularly suited for the production of complex lightweight spatial structures, engaging in the design and development of efficient extrusion paths necessary to physically fabricate their designs by means of a custom robotic 3D printing setup.

inFORMed Bio matter workshop

This workshop focuses on the implementation and deposition of living systems (microorganisms) as main materials and agents of transformation of organic matters. Participants will explore different design strategies by programming specific morphogenetic processes and robotic behaviors for the synchronized deployment of both substrates/scaffoldings and of the living materials. Combining the unique potential of computation, robotics, and biological building agents, the workshop will offer the opportunity to explore, algorithmically design, and fabricate temporary structures capable of supporting growth. By simultaneously understanding living materials’ needs and behaviors, as well as constraints, participants will acquire the necessary skills to iterate through the design and production phases by means of custom made digital tools, biological agents and a 6 axis robotic arm fabrication setup.

Registration deadlines:
inFORMed Clay matter workshop – March 17, 2017
inFORMed Polymers matter workshop – April 7, 2017
inFORMed Bio matter workshop – May 5, 2017

To register for one or more workshops please email

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Intro to Grasshopper Online Course, March 2017

March 20-23, 2017

Join Grasshopper master, Andres Gonzalez, for this accelerated online course. He will get you started with generative modeling in Rhino 5 using the Grasshopper add-on. The advantages of using Grasshopper in preliminary design and concept development come to life in numerous real-life examples.

This course is for design professionals who are looking to efficiently learn concepts and features of Grasshopper at a fast pace in an instructor-led online environment.
Each live, training session will be recorded and the videos will be posted to a private, student album available for streaming up to 90 days following the course.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Rhino 5 Level 1 Course at Marc Adams School of Woodworking, April 2017

Rhino 5 Level 1 Course
April 7-9, 2017
US $475

Marc Adams School of Woodworking
5504 E 500 N
Franklin, IN 46131
Phone: 317-535-4013

Rhinoceros is a 3-D modeling program that will make you a better woodworker. Rhino models are extremely accurate and can move your designs directly to production, rendering, or animation. Rhino is also easy to use and affordable. By learning how to create models of your designs on your computer first, you will be able to proof and develop them in 3-D, create rendered images with materials, and create detailed 2-D drawings with dimensions and annotations.

Key points:
  • Use the features of the Rhino user interface
  • Create basic graphic objects, lines, circles, arcs, curves, solids, and surfaces
  • Model with precision using coordinate input, object snaps, and SmartTrack tools
  • Modify curves and surfaces with edit commands and Gumball
  • Analyze your model for area, volume, and centroid
  • Render the model using Rhino Render
  • Dimension and annotate model with test and hatch
  • Arrange views of the model on paper for printing

Yiceth Rico Jewelry

Yiceth Rico was born in Muzo, Colombia, a small town in the state of Boyacá. She studied to become a goldsmith, jewelry designer, and handcrafter. She learned different techniques, including 3D modeling. With the idea of making high-quality handmade jewelry, Yiceth used Colombia’s rich natural resources, including its world-famous emeralds, to develop custom designs from various raw materials according to customer needs.  

Yiseth uses Rhino for making her ideas into 3D models. Her first shop Yiceth Rico Jewelry opened in Bogotá, Colombia. She recently opened another store in Los Angeles, California. 

For more information please contact Yiceth Rico at 1 323-593-8484

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.