Friday, September 29, 2017

Are you ready for Level 2?

Image credit: Kyle Houchens, The Outside

Ready to take your Rhino skills to the next level? Join us for one of our upcoming Level 2 courses. Our course outline is available. Choose from Seattle or Online. 

Our online classes are live training sessions that let you ask questions and interact with the class and instructor. All online sessions will be recorded and posted for your study and review. Videos will be available for streaming up to three months following the class.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Rhino User Meeting in Berlin

McNeel Europe is organizing a Rhino User Meeting at the UDK Berlin on October 5, 2017.

Come join us and learn more about state-of-the-art Digital Design and Fabrication.

Get inspiration from industry experts in different fields: Architecture, Engineering, Product Design, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Visualization, 3D Printing, Robotic Milling, Environmental Analysis, and much more!

Get the latest news about Rhino WIP, Grasshopper, and food4Rhino.

Watch presentations and get hands-on with live software demonstrations from our exhibitor partners.

And don’t miss the Grasshopper User Meeting on the 4th of October, hosted by Parametric Support at Archimedes Exhibitions! (This event requires a separate registration here.)

Open Research Associate Position (PhD) at Digital and Experimental Design and Construction, University of Kassel (Germany)

The new research department Digital and Experimental Design and Construction at the University of Kassel (FB06 ASL Architecture - Urban and Regional Planning - Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning) is looking for one more new Research Associate (75% EG 13 TV-H) for a range of research projects (including the possibility of a PhD) and teaching activities in computational design and digital fabrication. 

Tasks will include design work, material research, building prototypes in a novel robotic fabrication laboratory and taking part in the general organisational activities of the department. 

AA Visiting School Madrid - October 13-23, 2017

October 13-23, 2017

Trans-computational Membranes 5.0 will continue exploring computational design methods through digital-analog experimentation. With a focus on flexible materials, AA Visiting School has developed large-scale pavilions and installations for the last three years, integrating physical simulations into the design process. 

This has facilitated the development of open-source generative digital design tools, enabling the digital manipulation of flexible materials. This year’s workshop will continue with this research, deploying advanced fabrication into digital design tools. 

Workshop participants will not only explore new design methods but also adopt novel manufacturing techniques, focusing on the robotic fabrication of flexible structures. AA Visiting School Madrid 2017 will expand its domain from the digital to the physical in a seamless workflow, where design and fabrication not only coexist but also interweave at every step.

VR for Rhino User Group Meeting in London - Oct 10, 2017

SimplyRhino UK is organizing a group interested in meeting to network, discuss, and explore Virtual Reality (VR) solutions for Rhino.  

At each meeting, there will be at least one presentation from a customer with experience VR, all followed by group discussion and informal pleasantries. 

The first VR for Rhino User Group Meeting date is set for Tuesday, October 10, 2017, in London. We hope you can join this new group.

The meeting will start with a presentation from Grimshaw Architects:
"Grimshaw has a history of using VR in an architectural setting, including early adoption of the Oculus Rift as a fully dynamic environment, and subsequently Samsung Gear headsets for more static experiences.

Over the past year, we have been increasingly looking at using VR beyond a presentation capacity and integrating the technology into the design process. To date, this has largely been looking at using VR for design reviews through Prospect, with the hope of progressing to a modeling platform via applications such as Mindesk, and eventually developing our own tools to leverage the most from VR.

The presentation will show our experiences and progress using VR and Rhino, from early exploration for presentations to a more established review-oriented workflow."

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Biomimetic Landscapes Workshop in Mexico

Biomimetic Landscapes is the third module of DAFD, the Program of Advanced Design and Digital Fabrication in southeast Mexico. In this workshop, participants will replicate natural patterns in the digital environment with Rhinoceros and Grasshopper, to create tridimensional patterns. They will also learn how to use digital fabrication tools such as a CNC milling machine to make molds and realize their designs. 

The HubLab 60A x 37D #355 Águilas de Chuburná
Bodega 5 
Junto al Conservatorio de Danza de Yucatán 
Mérida, Yucatán | México

September 23 and 24, 2017

9 am - 6 pm 
(plus free week hours to spend in the FabLab making the molds)

$2,800.00 mxn

For more information please contact Alejandra Díaz de León Lastras.

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.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Food4Rhino reaches two million downloads!

The plugin community service food4Rhino reached two million downloads!

We want to thank all the developers that contribute with their Rhino plugins, Grasshopper add-ons and scripts, and of course to all food4Rhino members. 

On our side, we continue improving the platform and as always, your feedback is welcome!

Webinar: Rhino and RhinoCAM (in Spanish)

icreatia has organized a Rhino and RhinoCAM 2017 free webinar (in Spanish), September 28 at 5pm.

Learn different strategies on how to mill your 3D models directly in Rhino!

Car Render Challenge by HUM3D

It's time for the fourth annual Hum3D competition for the best car rendering! 

It is the largest awards event for the car 3D modeling and visualization industry.

Everything is as usual: You have to create a car 3D model, put it into a 3D environment, and make a beautiful rendering. There are no limits for your creative ideas: you can choose any automobile you like whether it is racing or imaginary vehicle. 

Webinar: Engineering Simulation with Rhino and SimScale

McNeel Europe and SimScale have joined forces to develop a free online workshop about the application of engineering simulation dedicated to Rhino users.

Participants will receive a hands-on, interactive introduction to the fundamentals of engineering simulation. Learn:
  • How to combine Rhino with the free, cloud-based SimScale platform to improve the performance of your designs. 
  • How to prepare your Rhino model for simulation.
  • How engineers and designers can speed up the development of products using simulation.
  • How SimScale enables everyone with a web browser to run sophisticated simulations for free.
The workshop consists of two webinar sessions, which you can attend independently:
  • Introduction to Fluid Flow Simulation, September 27, 6 PM CEST 
  • Introduction to Solid Mechanics Simulation, October 2, 6 PM CEST 
Register now at

Note: We send a recording of the webinar to all registrants, so it does not hurt to sign up even if you cannot attend.

RebusFarm for Rhino

RebusFarm aims to fulfill the growing need of rendering power in the field of 3D-animation. RebusFarm supports a wide range of 3D applications, including the host applications, as well as secondary rendering applications. Furthermore, RebusFarm's target is to offer the largest possible rendering capacity at the most affordable price, while maintaining service-oriented contact to the customer.

Recently RebusFarm released a plugin for Rhino. Check the details here...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Warka Water

Award-winning Warka Water, by architect Arturo Vittori from Architecture and Vision, is now raising a new crowdfunding campaign to build a Warka Tower in Haiti.

Warka Tower is an environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable water source for rural populations who face challenges in accessing drinkable water. The tall structure is designed to harvest potable water from the atmosphere. It collects rain and also harvests fog and dew. The air always contains a certain amount of water, depending on the local atmospheric conditions—temperature and humidity—making it possible to get water from air almost anywhere in the world.

Warka Water was fully developed with Rhino and Grasshopper.

Job Opening at Amazon Go: Senior Store Prototyping Designer

Amazon Go is looking for a Senior Store Prototyping Designer


As a Store Prototyping Designer for Amazon Go, you will:
  • Devise brilliant methods of testing concepts through creative prototyping techniques.
  • As part of this team, you will develop mockups and prototypes to communicate and test design concepts, interactions, and construction methods. 
  • Work in close collaboration with industrial designers, store experience designers, product managers, and cross-functional technology partners. 
  • Craft interactive physical design solutions that incorporate all the design details that matter most to Amazon Go customers, store associates, and technologists and produce them at the right fidelity.
  • Build on new ideas, technologies, and ingenious ways for customers to interact with your prototypes. 
  • You’ll be hands-on at every step of the prototyping process, shepherding ideas from the design concept phase through mockups, piloting, production, delivery, and ongoing iteration.


  • Take designs from concepts to technical modeling in the appropriate software, through to completed prototypes.
  • Ensure that customer and store associate needs, along with design, construction, and technology requirements, are accounted for in your designs.
  • Work with design, research, and testing teams to weave new insights from prototypes into final, production-ready designs.
  • Lead and collaborate with prototype suppliers to achieve high standards for design integrity, engineering quality, and efficiency.
  • Participate in cross-functional strategy, timing, and process decisions.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Industrial Design, Technical Design, or a related advanced production design field with 5+ years of working experience.
  • Design, technical knowledge, and working experience related to all phases of the development process including ideation, prototyping, testing, manufacturing, and assembly.
  • High level of skill producing, interpreting, and working with technical drawings and operating industry-standard drafting and design tools.
  • Experience working directly with suppliers in the development and prototyping of store designs or related physical customer experiential environments, as well as leading prototyping and fabrication vendors. Highly creative, self-motivated, and enjoy independently running multiple parallel-path projects.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

HAL Robotics Framework 1.0 beta announcement

HAL Robotics released its 1.0 beta version of the Core feature-set and the Grasshopper client application

The Hall Robotics Framework provides powerful tools to model, program, simulate, and control industrial machinery directly from McNeel products.
Download the 1.0 beta to test and break work-in-progress versions of:
  • Accurate real-time simulation 
  • Trajectory diagnosis including detection of out-of-reach and singular positions
  • Motions specified in Cartesian or joint spaces
  • Simulation of blended motions
  • Online preset catalogs accessible from within Grasshopper, of robots, tools and controllers ready to drop into your scripts
  • Program translation to ABB RAPID, KUKA KRL, or Universal Robots URScript
  • Lightweight installer which allows you to add, remove, and update extensions to the framework with ease
  • Cloud-based licenses to share between your own computers or your whole organization
  • User interface adapting to the level of control you need

Master’s Degree in Advanced Infographics at Universidad Politécnica Madrid

The Master’s Degree in Advanced Infographics is a postgraduate professional program at the convergence of technology, architecture, art, and design presented by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Its academic structure offers advanced training in the technical skills to recast the boundaries of these disciplines while fostering critical thought in the context of design speculation.

This course is geared to qualified architects, engineers, artists, or designers who have completed their bachelor´s degree or equal level certificate. The program is in English.

If you are interested in applying to MIAU or to any of the separate modules, please send us a hey! to

The application period for 2017-2018 is still open!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Conference in Digital Fabrication for Furniture Industry in Colombia

The Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana's (UPB's) RhinoFabStudio and Rhino3D Colombia invite you to participate in the Digital Fabrication for Furniture Industry Conference.

Please join Iván González and Jorge Victoria, designers at Wood Tech Company, who will share their experiences of digital manufacturing with wood products with the use of CAD and CAM software. 


September 19, 2017

10 am - 12 pm

Auditorio Ignacio Vieira in UPB Colombia

For more information, please contact Andres Franco by email: 

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.

Friday, September 15, 2017

New Course: Rhino in Architecture, Seattle

October 24-27, 2017

Robert McNeel & Associates - Seattle

Join us for our first Rhino in Architecture workshop! We have the honor of Francesc Salla, Architect and VisualARQ Product Manager at Asuni Barcelona, joining the class as a guest instructor.

In this comprehensive 4-day workshop you'll learn to create 3D Rhino models of a variety of architectural projects. You will learn basic techniques to develop and change architectural elements (like walls, doors, windows, roofs, and stairs) from precise plans. Models will be rendered and set up in Layouts for presentations. Generating 2D plans, sections, and elevations from the 3D model will also be covered.

Sign up today! Seats are limited.


  • Modeling architecture elements like walls, doors, windows, roofs, mullions, decks, stairs.
  • Adding details and entourages like furniture, lights, curtains, and organic shapes like pillows.
  • Creating the reusable blocks/context.
  • Parametrize your design with Grasshopper.
  • Rendering: Lighting, Materials Texture Mapping.
  • Landscaping with Lands.
  • Integrating flexible BIM feature to Rhino with VisualARQ.
  • Creating Patterns with PanelingTools.
  • Present your designs with screen capturing, rendering, and layouts.
  • Additional topics: Terrain with Lands, Rhino to Google Earth, Rhino to VR, Solar Analysis.
Target Audience:
  • This workshop is for professionals working in architecture, digital fabrication, and other building-related fields, as well as students in these fields.
  • This workshop will build on your existing Rhino modeling experience, and apply it to generating architectural content.
  • This workshop introduces these Rhino plugins for architecture: PanelingTools, VisualARQ, LANDS, VR and SolarAnalysis, and other advanced Rhino commands like Layouts, Blocks, and SolidTools.
  • Rhinoceros Level 1 or equivalent. We will assume the student can efficiently navigate the Rhino application and model, and create curves, surfaces, and solids. Edit curves, surface, and solids.
  • Some familiarity with dimensions, text, and layouts will be beneficial.

Registration now open for DIVA Day - Berkeley, California

Friday, October 27

Registration for DIVA Day 2017 is now open.

DIVA Day is an annual symposium on environmental analysis tools used in design practice, research, and architectural education. This year's symposium is hosted by the Center for the Built Environment at the University of California Berkeley.

The 2017 symposium is concentrating on the science, modeling, and design application of circadian/healthy lighting. They will introduce Solemma's new product, ALFA - Adaptive Lighting for Alertness, a new circadian lighting design software for architects and lighting professionals.

Some of the confirmed speakers for DIVA Day are:
  • Steven Lockley, Harvard Medical School
  • Susan Ubbelohde, UC Berkeley and Loisos + Ubbelohe
  • Mehlika Inanici, University of Washington
  • Dan Weissman, Lam Partners
  • Nathaniel Jones, Arup
  • Jon Sargent, Solemma

As in previous years, DIVA Day will hold a student competition. Show how you are using DIVA for Rhino and win a $1500 stipend for travel to DIVA Day. The deadline is October 6th.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Join us at the 2017 AEC Technology Symposium!

October 19, Thursday - Workshops
October 20, Friday - Symposium
October 21-22, Saturday-Sunday - 30-hour Hackathon

Join leading developers at CORE studio at Thornton Tomasetti for the fifth annual AEC Technology Symposium and Hackathon. A great set of speakers is lined up for this year's Symposium Merging and Emerging: AEC Futures. This event has become one of the best places to talk to many of the leaders in emerging AEC technology.

Come meet Dale Fugier and Steve Baer from McNeel & Associates. Bring your development questions.  Find out from the source about Rhino development platforms. Dale and Steve will be there to answer any questions about Rhino and Grasshopper development tools.

More information will be posted in the coming weeks regarding schedule, registration, and speakers. You can stay informed by following Core studio on Twitter, Instagram, and the website.

Do not miss this opportunity. Register now!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Designing with Algorithms - A Trend in Digital Design Modeling

How do you approach algorithms for modeling? When Raymundo Burgueno sees people who use traditional software to make each component, he says "What you need is someone who is proficient in Rhino with Grasshopper."

Raymundo goes on to explain that if you have never programmed, learning to write algorithms in Grasshopper can be difficult. You have to approach modeling very differently than you do in traditional NURBS-based modeling workflows.

With Grasshopper the most powerful part of the work process is that once you have written the algorithm, you can customize it and instantly change the parameters in every step of the process. By controlling each data set you can make design changes based on other parameters, such as distance or space, in the design modeling process.

In the article in Formtrends Raymundo takes a quick look at this process.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

APX+ 201.7 Workshop in Bulgaria

September 21-26, 2017
Expo Center Flora
Burgas, Bulgaria

APX+ workshop started in 2011 as the first event in Bulgaria for parametric design and advanced architectural modeling, as well as manufacturing in architecture. 

APX+ 201.7 is the seventh edition, continuing the trend of the creation of practical knowledge to use the software Rhinoceros and Grasshopper. The basic seminar is two days, followed by two more days of advanced seminar learning how to model complex NURBS models. Students will create parametric definitions generating practical objects. 

This intensive workshop covers most of the functionality of Rhinoceros and Grasshopper and will expose some methods for working with plugins to both programs. Issues such as BIM modeling in Rhinoceros, visualization, import/export of geometry, and real project tasks will be explained. 

On the fifth and sixth days, APX+ continues with real workshop practice in which students explore digital production methods with computer-controlled machines and their relationship with digital modeling. The aim will be the creation of a real prototype at a real scale. There will then be one more day for the official opening to present the finished projects and for the diploma ceremony.

MArch. Octavian Gheorghiu (Foster + Partners)
MArch. Emil Burulyanov (Decor Design)
MArch. Hristo Topchiev (Topchiev Architects)
MArch. Joana Topchieva (Topchiev Architects)
MArch. Ivan Palazov (Sofa Lab)

This workshop is organized by Varna Design Forum and financed and hosted by the Municipality of Burgas.