Tuesday, June 27, 2017

ExpressMarine 1.2 recorded webinar available

The ExpressMarine 1.2 recorded webinar session from June 14th is now available for viewing.

You will get an insight on how to create an ExpressMarine project and generate parametric marine structures. The demo ship is a 130-meter chemical tanker.

We encourage you to send any additional questions to support@expressmarine3d.com.

If you would like a free 30-day evaluation, you can download it. Express Marine AS will be happy to give you a brief, personal tutorial online to help you get started.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Digital Design and Production in Architecture Workshop - July 3, 10-15, Lecco (Italy)

July 3,10-15 2017

INDEXLAB – Politecnico di Milano, Polo territoriale di Lecco
Via Gaetano Previati 1/c, 23900 Lecco

The workshop Digital Design and Production in Architecture, organized by INDEXLAB – Politecnico di Milano, offers a new vision on architecture and its manufacturing methodologies.

Module 1
Algorithmic Design for Architecture
Monday, July 3, 2017

Participants will be introduced to the tools and methods of computational design through the Grasshopper software platform. The aim is to allow the exploration of algorithmic modeling of non-standard forms, as well as to understand the implications of fabrication methodologies in the realization of such geometries.

Module 2
Digital Construction Design and Robotic Fabrication
From Monday, July 10 to Saturday, July 15, 2017

The course will focus on digital and robotic fabrication methodologies, with the final aim of designing and fabricating full-scale mock-ups and installations, integrating innovative materials and efficient "design to production" parametric routines. The course provides relevant skills to design complex geometriesthrough algorithmic modelingand to define innovative digital production methods for architecture and the construction industry.

INDEXLAB workshop tutors are world-renowned leading experts in digital construction, computational design, and robotic fabrication. 

Introductory Webinar on RhinoCFD by CHAM and Novedge - July 5

July 5, 2017
11 AM-12 PM PDT

CHAM and Novedge invite you to this introductory webinar on RhinoCFD, to take place on Wednesday, July 5, from 11 AM to 12 PM (PDT). 

RhinoCFD is the first plugin to bring a general-purpose Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) solver to Rhino 5, allowing users to explore the impact and efficiency of their designs in a familiar environment.

This webinar introduces the concept of CFD to novel users as well as shows how to use the software with practical examples covering urban flow, interior ventilation, flow past ships hulls, forces on sails, and jewelry casting.

It is suited to everyone interested in fluid dynamics--in particular, architects, built-environment engineers, naval and marine designers, and industrial engineers.

CHAM’s Engineering Manager Andrew Carmichael will host this webinar.

This webinar is free but space is limited. Save the date and reserve your webinar seat now!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

On-Demand Grasshopper Training in Spanish

Begin your Grasshopper training anytime-anywhere with Vimeo On-Demand access to previously recorded, live classes! 

Now you can stream Grasshopper 101 and Grasshopper 102 in Spanish! 

Our On-Demand classes consist of the class recordings from our McNeel Miami Online classesNo need to travel or wait for a certain date... you may begin today!

Note: After purchase, classes may be rented and streamed for a six-month period. 

Questions? Contact Lucia Miguel

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.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Food4Rhino News

The new food4Rhino website was launched a few months ago and we have now more than 300 Rhino and Grasshopper apps and 130,000 active users!

With a completely new design and search system, finding and downloading a Rhino or Grasshopper plugin is now much faster. 

Here are some examples of recently added apps for physics simulation, AEC, virtual reality, interface design, and much more!

There are also new resource types such as Scripts, Grasshopper definitions, Toolbars, Tutorials, Companion Software, Materials, etc.

Visit www.food4Rhino.com for access to more than 300 Rhino and Grasshopper apps!

Rhino UK User Meeting 2017 report

If you missed the Rhino UK User Meeting held in London on June 14, don't miss this nice report by our friends at Meshcanics and the photos on the Rhino Facebook page.

3rd Grasshopper User Meeting in Berlin

TU Berlin, Germany
July 5, 2017

Parametric Support invites architects, engineers, designers, and artists to participate at the 3rd Grasshopper Meeting in Berlin.

"We are looking for outstanding presentations showing application of digital tools in architecture, engineering, and design."

Biomimicry: Translating 3D Fractal Imaging into Architecture, June 29

Join Performance Network for this online webinar workshop. They will begin by introducing participants to imaging complex fractal geometry within Mandelbulb 3D, a free software application. Review the various settings and options available for generating 2D and 3D fractals within the Mandelbulb 3D environment. Once the interface is understood, the workshop will focus on 3D fractals which could serve architectural purposes. Explore techniques for sending voxel data from Mandelbulb 3D into Rhino and other 3D applications. 

Date: Thursday, June 29
Time: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM PDT
Price: US$19 - Register here

About the Instructor... 
Carlos Sarmiento is a graduate of the Architecture Association School of Architecture (AA) in London and an Architect at Perkins Eastman in New York.

3dRudder: A groundbreaking foot-powered 3D mouse for Rhino

3dRudder was introduced last week in London at the Rhinoceros user group meeting organized by Simply Rhino. The 3dRudder CAD Edition lets you navigate your 3D models with your feet, freeing your hands for design only.

The 3dRudder CAD Edition is the newest addition to functionalities offered by the 3dRudder foot-powered motion controller. Based on the simple premise that using your feet is the most intuitive way to move around an object, 3dRudder lets you move around your designs while leaving your hands free to shape your creations. 
  • Experience Orbit, Dolly, Pan, Vertical Pan, and Orbit Camera with effortless movements of your feet on the 3dRudder.
  • Free your hands for design only. By transferring the view mode to your feet, your hands are relieved and totally focused on creating.
  • Work more efficiently: shape and navigate simultaneously as the 3dRudder offers transparent commands.
  • Can be combined with any mouse or graphics pen.
  • Ergonomic and intuitive. Navigate with effortless movements, master the controls in less than a minute.

Rhino Summer School 2017 for Educators

Loughborough University, UK
July 27-28, 2017

Join SimplyRhino UK for the Rhino Summer School 2017, where it delivers free training to educators from schools, colleges, and universities.

This is a shortened version of the certified Level 1 Introduction to Rhino 5.0, which is ordinarily a 3-day class.

This course is suitable for anyone new to Rhino or for those who want a thorough refresher on all the basics and is being delivered by Certified Trainers from McNeel and Simply Rhino.

Rhino Summer School is available to full or part time teachers/lecturers or support staff within education.

Bionic Constructions - TU Dresden Summer School 2017

TU Dresden, Germany
August 16-23, 2017

The Laboratory of Knowledge Architecture of the TU Dresden will hold a Summer School 2017 about Bionic Constructions, concentrating on Smart Processes, Material Bionics, and Smart Structures. Grasshopper and Rhino will be the tools of choice for interdisciplinary workshops. Most costs for PhD participants will be covered!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Exploring the possibilities of a 3D printer

How do you print a large object with a small printer? What materials can you use besides plastic? Salt? Recycled rubber tires? Cement? Wood? Coffee? Tea?

Virginia San Fratello and Ronald Rael of Emerging Objects explore the possibilities. PBS documented their work with their fascinating applications and material sources.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

rat[LAB]EDU - Summer School 2017

Parametric Design: Data Driven Art Installations
1 country // 2 cities // 1 agenda // 50+ students // 10+ professionals // 1 showcase 

Summer School 2017 - a 3-day intensive workshop for design students and professionals

Using Rhino and Grasshopper, attendees will delve into computational and parametric methods to create data-driven art installations, physically manifested into a space through hands-on fabrication and assembly. The experimental studio will run in two cities in India (New Delhi and Mumbai) and investigate the agenda of ‘filling the void’ at the art installation scale, through the use of computation and parametric methods.

Studio is designed as a 3-day event in both cities comprising technical tutorials, teaching sessions, prototyping, and presentations culminating in a symposium / round-table conference / open discussion with leading / emerging professionals that demonstrate computation, parametric design or alternative techniques in their work, practice, or academia.


  • New Delhi June 30 - July 2 (Fri/Sat/Sun)
  • Mumbai July 7-9 (Fri/Sat/Sun)

About rat[LAB] EDUCATION...
rat[LAB] EDUCATION is an initiative by rat[LAB]-Research in architecture and technology (www.rat-lab.org) to start a new discourse in architecture and parallel design disciplines with the use of computational design and its various subsets. Spread across various cities and countries, we are establishing a global dialog in the domain of computational design by actively organizing and participating in workshops, lectures, presentations, and symposia. While rat[LAB] has taken a top-down approach of exploring computational design through industry, a parallel, bottom-up approach is also in-line to involve students of all levels from design and related backgrounds.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Free Webinar: Surface continuity in Rhino - Intermediate

Free Webinar: 
Rhino 5 Intermediate - Surface continuity in Rhino

McNeel Europe
June 2017
11-12 (CET)

Most models have to deal with surface continuity at some point, as it is very unlikely to have an object made out of one single surface.
We will cover Position (G0), Tangency (G1) and Curvature (G2) continuity, learning about matching and blending surfaces together using a desired continuity at each side. Also, we will use tools to analyze both the continuity and quality of surfaces.

The model used for this webinar is a boat hull, where smooth transitions and surfaces are required.

We strongly recommend that you watch the webinar on curves before attending!

Solid knowledge of Rhino is required. Neither a microphone or webcam are required. The seminar is not platform dependent; it is aimed at both Windows and Mac users.

The Tech Team experts of McNeel Europe will conduct the webinar in different languages. Remember that all previous webinars can be watched here.

Sign up now!

Spanish: June 26, 2017
Panelist: Rodrigo Bárcena

Italian: June 27, 2017
Panelist: Giuseppe Massoni

French: June 28, 2017
Panelist: Vanessa Steeg

English: June 29, 2017
Panelist: Rodrigo Bárcena

German: June 30, 2017
Panelist: Verena Vogler  

Important details:

  • Space is limited. Sign up today!
  • This webinar is free.
  • The presentation will take approximately 40 minutes, followed by another 15 minutes for Q&A.
  • After you register you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

New! Flux app for Rhino!

Flux for Rhino is now available! 

Flux is used worldwide to enable collaboration between team members, using their preferred AEC software packages.

Install the new Flux for Rhino app to take advantage of:
  • Bidirectional sharing of models across platforms using Flux connector apps such as Rhino to Revit and others.
  • Use Flux for Rhino and the Flux Site Extractor app to import topography, roads, and buildings directly into Rhino in seconds.
  • Send geometry to the Flux Data Explorer app to view and share online via a public link.
  • Directly receive geometry into Rhino from Flux for Revit.
Flux supports a variety of Rhino geometry types including: points, NURBS curves and surfaces, and .3dm format breps. Check the detailed Flux Rhino App documentation page for a complete list of supported geometry.

This short YouTube video shows how to set up your first live Rhino to Rhino connection. Extend this workflow to two or more Rhino users anywhere in the world.

Flux has a growing variety of connector and productivity apps to help you build new workflows. Flux is eager to see how you use the new Rhino App so please let them know here or via their social media accounts on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.

To get started:
Sign up for a free webinar on July 12th or 26th. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Exterior Lighting - a V-Ray for Rhino tutorial

This new V-Ray for Rhino video tutorial covers lighting techniques for an architectural exterior. It looks at the rendering using both V-Ray's Sun and Sky System and Image Based Lighting with a High Dynamic Range Image using a Dome light with HDR.

Last call!! - IAAC Global Summer School 2017 (GSS17 Muscat)

July 15-27, 2017

Muscat (Oman)

The IAAC Global Summer School (GSS) platform is an ambitious, multiscalar investigation of the implications of emergent techniques in our planned environments. Each year, international teams located in key cities around the globe explore a common agenda with projects deeply embedded in diverse local conditions.

IAAC Network

IAAC has an active alumni community around the world, generating a decentralized expansion of IAAC expertise and knowledge. The constant involvement of the community in IAAC activities keeps the connections strong. IAAC GSS17 places the Global Summer School in strategic positions to take place simultaneously in different cities around the world: Barcelona, New York City, Monterey, Moscow, Tehran, Ahmedabad, Beirut, Beijing, Boulder, and Muscat.

The GSS17 agenda focuses on the applications and implications of new technologies in the dynamic field of public space.

GSS17 Muscat

The research agenda for GSS17 Muscat is an intense period of 13 days of lectures, dynamic studio design, and learning tools to facilitate experimentation and discovering, extending the projection of the contemporary architectural discourse in national and international Arab cultures.

Participants work with daily ingredients such as fluid dynamics, data-driven design, data mapping, programming, material behavior, morpho-ecologies, advanced structures, composite tectonic, digital fabrication through a rigorous computational design workflow.

GSS17 Muscat aims to empower design creativity by incorporating a computational design methodology from analysis during initial stages to manufacturing, merging architecture and engineering.

The digital fabrication session's intent is to leverage digital design and manufacturing for perceptual, spatial, and formal effect and the reverse engineering approach for its optimization. Participants will explore the flow of information from design to fabrication, implement current equipment, and build their project proposal.

The application deadline has been postponed to June 15, 2017.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Product Design Summer Camp 2017 - July 3-14, Thessaloniki (Greece)

July 3-14, 2017
17:00-21:00 Lectures
10:00-17:00 Group worksessions (optional)
International Hellenic University
Thessaloniki (Greece)

Within the context of extroversion activities of the MSc in Strategic Product Design program at the International Hellenic University, the School of Economics, Business Administration & Legal Studies is organizing, for the 4th consecutive year, the Product Design Summer Camp, to take place in Thessaloniki from July 3 to 14.

Program Topics and Structure

• Innovation Driven Entrepreneurship
• Product Development
• 3D modelling (Rhino) - 3D printing - Rendering
• Engineering - CAE tools - Reverse Engineering
• Product Identity - Branding - Packaging

Application Deadline: June 23, 2017

Watch Product Design Summer Camp 2016 video to get a preview of the program.

ExpressMarine Webinar, June 14th

Join Orca3D for their webinar this week on Wednesday, June 14th, at 9 AM EDT. Register here.

ExpressMarine is a new plugin for Rhino that enables designers to rapidly build up parametric 3D models of marine structures. This webinar will demonstrate some basic techniques and then move on to more advanced modeling. You can view the previous webinar on YouTube (Tip: Set the YouTube video quality to HD1080p).
ExpressMarine's main advantage is the dramatic reduction of modeling time, achieved through the integration of 2D drawings and the 3D model in a single, common environment. 
Weight and center of gravity results become available much earlier in the design tender phase and the model topology allows easy updates throughout all later design stages. 
It is the ideal preprocessor of a structural model to be used in other marine design software for detailed engineering, class drawings, weight distribution and tracking, FEM analysis, etc.

Registration is limited, so be sure to register soon. 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

CAM for Education webinar

In May, MecSoft Corporation hosted a webinar featuring Computer Aided Manufacturing for Education (CAM). It was recorded, so now you can see how CAM is used at South Dakota State University. Includes an overview and demo of MecSoft's educational products.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Last Call! Rhino User Meeting in Paris

Learn how to extend Rhino's use by adding plugins or complementary hardware to your workflow.

Sign up for the June 20th Rhino User Meeting in Paris and meet the following partners:

  • 3dRudder: a groundbreaking foot-powered 3D mouse for CAD.
  • VisualARQ: flexible BIM software for Rhinoceros which adds easy modeling of free-form architecture and dynamic project documentation.
  • RhinoPiping: high-end 3D piping software. The new beta of RhinoPiping Pro+, which brings a BIM export feature to RhinoPiping, will be presented at the User Meeting.
  • V-Ray for Rhino: physically-based lighting and rendering software developed by a worldwide leader in computer graphics technology.

Get inspired by the projects from keynote speakers and network with users from different disciplines.

The presentations will be in French.

There are very few seats left. Early Bird prices are available until June 10th.

Robert Otani & Daniel Segraves | IASS 2017 Master Class

IASS 2017 Conference

HafenCity University (HCU)

Hamburg, Germany
September 25-28, 2017

Robert Otani and Daniel Segraves of CORE studio will host a Master Class at the IASS 2017 Conference in Hamburg, Germany.

Their class Parametric Modeling and Optimization of Complex Structural Systems will cover essential strategies for setting up a framework to carry out structural optimization for complex systems.

The class will cover:
  • Defining flexible parametric relationships
  • Analysis workflow
  • Optimization
Find more information in the class description.

The last day to register for the Master Class is August 11, 2017.

Susan Taing - founder of Bhold

Designer Susan Taing, founder of Bhold, is recognized for her organic design aesthetic and data-driven approach to design. She's a self-taught designer who started with 3D printing as a hobby. Susan studied mathematics at MIT and Stanford and worked in Product Marketing at Google.

Bhold, located in New York, creates smart, functional design through a unique approach combining rapid prototyping, 3D printing and beta testing. This ensures each product is as thoughtfully designed as can be.

Taing uses Rhino during the concept and prototyping phases. 

For information visit

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, June 8, 2017

Job Opportunity at SCAD - Professor of Jewelry

Job Title: Professor of Jewelry
Category: Faculty
Department: SAV - Jewelry and Objects-12600

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is seeking a full-time professor of jewelry in Savannah, Georgia, and to support this unparalleled program. The Jewelry Department at SCAD is an Authorized RhinoFabStudio

Job Description: The jewelry field offers endless opportunities for exploration and creation, where designers can use new technologies and materials to create aesthetically striking and wearable objects that delight and surprise. SCAD has the largest jewelry program in the US, with a 13,562 square-foot facility boasting cutting edge technology. 

This is your chance to work with talented students within the historic district of Savannah, Georgia, a walkable, bikeable coastal city that provides a living laboratory for the study of art and design.

Interested candidates, visit SCAD Careers for more information.

Join our jewelry community at GJD3D!

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.