Thursday, November 30, 2017

Karamba3D Training Workshop - McNeel Europe (Barcelona)

Karamba3D Training Workshop by Clemens Preisinger
February 7-9, 2018
McNeel Europe S.L.
Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos
08018 Barcelona (Spain)

Join us for the next Special Training Session at our European office in Barcelona. Clemens Preisinger, structural engineer at Bollinger Grohmann and plugin developer, will lead a three-day Karamba3D Workshop February 7-9, 2018. 

Clemens will introduce Karamba, a parametric structural engineering tool which provides an accurate analysis of spatial trusses, frames, and shells. Karamba is fully embedded in the parametric design environment of Grasshopper, a plugin for the 3D modeling tool Rhinoceros. This makes it easy to combine parameterized geometric models, finite element calculations, and optimization algorithms like Galapagos.

Day 1

  • Introduction
  • Presentation of recent building projects
  • Setup of  a simple structural system
  • Results retrieval and display 
  • Optimization of beam and truss cross sections
  • Geometry optimization based on Karamba results

Day 2

  • Structural basics
  • How to debug a structural model
  • Analysis of shells and plates
  • Results retrieval and display
  • Creating shell-meshes and loads
  • Optimization of shell cross sections
  • Form finding

Day 3

  • Gridshells
  • Eigenforms and natural vibrations
  • Global buckling analysis
  • The Karamba Utilities
  • Using Karamba in C# scripts
  • Individual project development

Karamba 1-year licenses for noncommercial use will be provided to the participants free of charge.

Course Fee: EUR 795 (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers will get a 50% discount (proof of status required). Please note your seat is only confirmed once payment has been cleared.
Max. Number of Participants:
10. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before.
Language: English.

Educational seats are limited. Sign up now by contacting McNeel Europe here!

New course on structural analysis with Karamba now available

ThinkParametric now has a new course on structural analysis with Karamba.  This course will teach you how to check the performance and structural integrity of your designs and how to enhance them.

Karamba can provide an accurate analysis of spatial trusses, frames, and shells early in the design process. It's fully embedded in the parametric design environment of Grasshopper, a plugin for the 3D modeling tool Rhino. This makes it easy to combine parameterized geometric models, finite element calculations, and optimization algorithms like Galapagos.

In this intro course:
  • Understand how to use Karamba. The course starts by briefly going through the installation process and the different licenses that exist. 
  • Build definitions with Karamba with six basic steps.
  • Create your first load case scenario using two simple beams and a point load. The course covers the different components of Karamba, their inputs and outputs, and what they all mean. 
  • Create a simple canopy to use for structural analysis and to control parametrically. 
  • Perform structural analysis of the structure. Take a critical look at the results, like maximum displacement, resulting force of gravity, and internal elastic energy. 
  • Visualize the results to better understand how the structure behaves under loads. 
For this course, no prior Karamba knowledge is required. The free Karamba version is sufficient, which you can download.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Online Hull Design and Fairing Training for Professionals by RhinoCentre NL

If you are a designer, engineer, or naval architect and you need to design high-quality hulls with Rhino in a fast and flexible way, this new online training is for you.

This training unveils the mystery of Class-A fairing at your own pace.

One advantage of creating hulls in Rhino is that you can directly integrate them into your overall Rhino design.

Three online training modules are now available:

  1. Prepare 2D Input is interesting for anyone who needs 2D input for creating 3D models: ACAD drawings, PDFs, and images. Especially for ACAD drawings, you’ll learn a more intelligent approach than just opening a DWG file and modeling. That often leads to a big mess and loss of original information.
  2. Hull Design and Fairing Level-1 teaches the basics of modeling and fairing any vessel hull. Also, you’ll receive a Rhino file with example hulls of six ships, four yachts, and three workboats. Use these hulls to kick-start your own projects.
  3. Hull Design and Fairing Level-2 teaches advanced Class-A fairing skills and a reverse engineering technique to model a high-quality 3D hull from an existing 2D lines plan.

These three modules are usually taught in the four-day Hull Design and Fairing Level 1&2, which is now also available as online training as a bundle of the three modules for only €995. This promotion ends on January 1, 2018.

Named Rapid Hull Modeling Methodology, and developed by RhinoCentre in cooperation with other professionals in the marine industry, this method is applicable to ships, yachts, boats, workboats, and multihulls. Since 2012 this training has been taught worldwide at shipyards and design offices.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Rapana Library

Rapana is the first street library in Varna, Bulgaria, created by a team of young architects and designers.

Nowadays young people’s lives revolve around the digital era and this decreases the popularity of books among their generation. A team of architects and designers (Yuzdzhan Turgaev, Boyan Simeonov, Ibrim Asanov and Mariya Aleksieva) decided to partially solve this issue by building a street library.

Varna is a city located at the seaside and is often called The marine capital of Bulgaria. This is the main reason why the chosen concept shape of the library resembles the shell of a sea snail.

The design was inspired by nature and its organic shapes. The installation takes into consideration the most important aspects of the city’s identity – the sea and its value to Varna’s citizens. The abstract construction unravels from a single focal point and develops into a semi-circle while creating a public space and shelves for placing books at the same time.

Rapana was designed using the parametric design tools Rhinoceros and Grasshopper, which give architects the possibility to try different shapes and variations. Using the software, the team tested over 20 variations, changing the number of vertical and horizontal wooden pieces and their width and height. The final design fitted the budget and the open library’s concept and provided sitting spaces, easy access for the readers, plus a tiny stage for street artists and lounge sessions. Using the Rhinoceros 3D tools the construction was divided into pieces, which were produced using a CNC machine from a 250 x 125 cm. wooden sheets. The street library was built using 240 wooden pieces and the full capacity of the library is 1500 books.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Vertical Variables V2.0 Workshop, Sofia - Bulgaria

February 24–March 1, 2018
Sofia, Bulgaria

Vertical Variables 2.0, a workshop supported by the Union of the Architects in Bulgaria, will focus on the applications of various computational strategies in the design of high rise buildings. As a new architectural paradigm emerges with the development of the new technologies, parametric tools are becoming essential and particularly applicable to modern skyscraper design. In this regard, the participants will be introduced to computational design techniques which will lead to form finding and optimization through various parameters.

The workshop will begin with an introduction to Rhino and Grasshopper, which will be the main tools to carry out studies of the final design. Participants will be guided through the writing of parametric definitions in Grasshopper and the applications of various plugins, mainly Kangaroo, WeaverBird, Lunchbox, FabTools, MeshTools, Ladybug, and KeyShot.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

PureWeb Cast: Share your Rhino design

Do you want to share your Rhino design and get feedback from others?

PureWeb Cast recently released a beta plugin to help you. 

The plugin captures the view of your Rhino model and broadcasts it into a browser. Broadcast and share your CAD designs directly from Rhino. No more screenshots or PowerPoints to share your CAD designs.

You can communicate via built-in audio conferencing. And you can make changes to the model that will be viewed in the browser immediately.

During the beta period, PureWeb Cast for Rhino is free. You are welcome and encouraged to submit feedback on your thoughts and experience. 

For more information see the website or food4Rhino... 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Butterfly - plugin for shoe design

Butterfly is a shoe design software for designing heels and soles, as well as adding details and embellishments (buttons, bows, flowers, ribbon, etc), for ladies' shoes. Butterfly gives the designer an easy and efficient tool for the digital design process.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Job opening: Architect with focus on computation and complex geometry

MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY is looking for a full-time junior architect with a strong focus on computation and complex geometry.

Following a series of new projects, MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY is seeking two applicants for full-time design positions in their studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York.

MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY specializes in site-specific art and architecture, exploring the intersection of spatial experience and ultra-thin lightweight structures. Their method is deeply rooted in computational research and digital fabrication. They are currently working on projects across the US (Florida, Texas, North Carolina, California), Canada, China, and Taiwan. More information about the studio can be found at

Successful candidates will be involved in advanced 3D modeling in Rhino, development of custom computational strategies, the creation of 2D documentation, rigorous material research, and testing of large-scale physical assemblies. Candidates should be collaborative yet self-directed, and capable of working under tight deadlines. Bachelor or Masters of Architecture required. Fluency in written and spoken English is required and knowledge of French is a plus. Applicants must be eligible to work in the US.

Excellent proficiency in Rhino 3D modeling
Advanced skills in Grasshopper
Python / Processing skills a plus
Digital fabrication experience preferred
Excellent rendering and image-making skills

To apply, please email cover letter, resume, and work samples to Unfortunately, due to the number of responses, THEVERYMANY is not able to be in touch with every applicant. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New CFD webinars with SimScale and Rhino

Fluid flow simulation (CFD) enables architects and engineers to predict and optimize the performance of building in the early stage of the design process. Even though simulation is already widely used in mechanical engineering, the adoption in architecture and construction is quite low, due to the lack of knowledge and affordable tools.

So SimScale, McNeel and Vind-Vind joined forces to create a free online training about the application of simulation in AEC, tailored to the needs of architects and construction engineers. By participating, you will:

  • Understand the fundamentals and potential of CFD for AEC application
  • Learn how to prepare your Rhino Models for simulation
  • Receive a certification of achievement by submitting voluntary homework assignments

There is no prior knowledge or software required to join this free workshop. All participants will get free access to SimScale with all the required simulation features.


  • Wind Comfort Prediction with CFD - November 23,2017 6 PM CET / 12 EST
  • Wind Load Prediction with CFD - November 30, 2017 4 PM CET / 10 EST
  • Air Conditioning and Ventilation - December 7, 2017 4 PM CET / 10 EST

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

All FABRICATE publications now available as free pdf downloads

The FABRICATE team is delighted to announce that all three volumes of the FABRICATE publications (2011, 2014, and 2017) are now available as free e-books through UCL Press. Check the many projects where Rhino and Grasshopper were involved!

FABRICATE is an international conference on digital fabrication.

If you haven't already done so, feel free to join its growing community on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

Peacock, free Jewelry app for Grasshopper, now on Patreon!

Peacock, a free jewelry app for Grasshopper, has been updated and it's now featured on Patreon, thanks to its developer Daniel Abalde and the support of Studio SEED. Read more here...

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Tips for job applications

ArchDaily published the article 5 Top Architecture Firms Respond: What Do You Look for in Job Applications?  Brandon Hubbard interviewed Zaha Hadid Architects, Snøhetta, Perkins+Will, BDP, and Callison for their input.

We like the quote, 'important that all new staff are experienced with software such as Rhino, Grasshopper...'

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Researcher / Developer wanted in Singapore

The Advanced Architecture Laboratory at Singapore University of Technology and Design is looking for a researcher. The researcher will support software development in Grasshopper for an exciting project that combines architectural design, mathematical optimization, and multivariate visualization. The project aims to develop optimization and design space exploration tools for architectural designers that are more intuitive and efficient than existing ones.

The position entails GUI development, visualization tools, and interfaces between existing software components. Depending on the skills and interests of the candidate, greater involvement with other components of the project (such as benchmarking, user testing, and publications) is possible. The starting date is as soon as possible. More details are available upon request.


  • A  Bachelor's degree in computer science and related disciplines, or in architectural design with proven programming skills. 
  • A Master's degree is preferred. 
  • Knowledge of C# or another .NET language. 
  • Familiarity with Windows Presentation Foundation and development using the Grasshopper SDK is not necessary but considered an important asset.

To apply, contact Thomas Wortmann...

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

SimAUD 2018 conference at TU Delft

We are excited to announce that the 2018 edition of the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD) will be held at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment in TU Delft, Delft, the Netherlands - June 4-7, 2018.

The Full Submission deadline is December 23, 2017.

We welcome submissions on innovative simulation methods and techniques, addressing their roles in urban planning, architecture, engineering, construction, and management.

More information on the key topics of interest and on the submission types is available at

Download the SimAUD 2017 proceedings here.

All the best,
Tarek Rakha and Michela Turrin

Master Course in Parametric Design at Controlmad Madrid

January-April 2018  |  VIII Edition
Madrid, Spain

This is a unique study program in the world that introduces you to parametric design and digital manufacturing product design, architecture, landscape, digital fabrication... All through the creation of physical and digital parametric models used as main tools Grasshopper for Rhino and a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling machine.

The course is organized into five groups with several units. The aim of every unit is for students to learn new parametric tools based on Grasshopper.

  • Group I - NURBS modeling (Rhino, Grasshopper)
  • Group II - Digital fabrication (visits to parametric buildings)
  • Group III - Mesh modeling (Grasshopper for organic design, structural analysis, thermal calculation, and form-finding)
  • Group IV - Interoperability (Grasshopper and its connection with Arduino, sensors, data from the internet, Python)
  • Group V - Thesis (individual work on the main interests of the student based on the previous units + V-Ray for rendering)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Symposium on Geometry and Computational Design in Vienna

The Center for Geometry and Computational Design (TU Wien) invites you to its fourth Symposium on Geometry and Computational Design, on Nov 17th at Kuppelsaal TU Wien (Karlsplatz 13).

Check the symposium's program.

Register for the symposium by 10 November 2017, with Doris Hotz via email at Attending the symposium will be free.

Rhino-Grasshopper-ixCube workshop in Dubai, November 27-28

Gerry D'Anza, developer of ixCube, will hold a Rhino-Grasshopper-ixCube workshop in Dubai, November 27-28.

Learn how to design and engineer tensile structures from international experts.

To register for free contact

Algorithmic Accessories V3.0 by DesignMorphine

February 22-25, 2018


In this Algorithmic Accessories V3.0 Workshop session, we will look at the available emerging technologies used to create mass-customized accessories. We will bring the fabrication of novel ideas back into reach for the designer. The center point of the workshop will be the design of a sizeable choker necklace piece, inspired by coral growth and the hyperbolic structure. We will also elaborate on the structure, delving into the many aspects connected to the algorithm that creates this form. Also, we will look at pattern work found on the surface and observe how the FDM print method interprets this result when it comes down to fabrication.


On the technical side of the workshop, we will focus on learning the UI and building the definition in Grasshopper on Rhinoceros, using the parameters to create and also restrain the forms so that they can be processed by the PLA print software and manufactured for real-life physical use by an FDM printer. The participants will learn to create a definition step by step and use the parameters they build to customize and create iterations of their shapes. Participants will bake the hypothetical creations into real mesh objects that can be exported for rendering and manufacturing. For the rendering, we will use KeyShot. Participants will learn about environments and materials in a real-time rendering engine. And finally, the objects will be repaired and prepared in Meshmixer and arranged in Cura for the print queue for final presentations.

What you will learn
  • Introduction to Grasshopper and algorithmic geometry
  • Basics of creating wearable accessories
  • Creation and customization of complex geometries through parametric modeling
  • Rendering basics
  • Fabrication tools

"Single and Multi-Objective Optimization in Design" workshop in Berlin

Parametric Support invites architects, engineers, and designers to participate in training on optimization techniques.

Two days of training cover topics of single and multi-objective optimization using generic (based on swarm intelligence and evolutionary algorithms) and dedicated methods.

Berlin, December 1-2

Day 1

9-13 Introduction to optimization methods and application
13-14 Lunch break
14-17 Single objective optimization

Day 2

9-13 Booleans and hard constraints. Introduction to multi-objective methods
13-14 Lunch break
14-17 Dedicated methods of optimization

Requirements for participants
A basic Grasshopper level is necessary. Familiarity with the Data Trees and data matching logic.

Rhino + Grasshopper 

Parametric Support, Hardenbergstrasse 38, Berlin

[Regular] 380 eur + VAT

More info at and on the Parametric Support Facebook page...

Grasshopper Workshop Series in Poland is a cyclical workshop-like event taking part at the Object office in Poznań, Poland.

This event's intention is to provide a relaxed and flexible tutoring experience, with only one goalgetting to know Grasshopper better. Starting with a very exhaustive introduction, you'll then venture into the computational geometry world in whichever direction you like.


The long duration of the series (with the possibility of extension) will enable each participant to come up with their own research problems during the learning process. The scope of those problems will have a major influence on setting the direction of each workshop. While a couple of initial meetings will be solely spent on Grasshopper basics, the latter part of the series will have a more open character.

Each meeting day starts at 10 AM and lasts till 5 PM, with an hour-long break for lunch (14 hours of tutoring per meeting).

Planned meetings:
  • 02/03 Dec | User interface, geometry types, Rhino/Grasshopper connection
  • 16/17 Dec | Data flow, paneling, geometry rationalization
  • 06/07 Jan | Data I/O, excel, csv, data visualization, preparing geometry for fabrication
  • 20/21 Jan | Working with complex definitions, project organization and helpful plugins
  • 10/11 Feb | Looping with Anemone, generative design
  • 17/18 Feb | Automating tasks with Anemone, scripting introduction
  • 03/04 Mar | Scripting
  • 17/18 Mar | Kangaroo
  • 14/15 Apr | User_defined_1 (flexible)
  • 28/29 Apr | User_defined_2 (flexible)

Symposium Towards the Frontiers of Architecture at UIC Barcelona, Nov 15

On November 15th, the UIC Barcelona School of Architecture will hold a symposium Towards the Frontiers of Architecture to complement the Honoris Causa Appointment Ceremony for Dr. Rivka Oxman.

  • 3:00 PM - Welcome address. Dr Alberto T. Estévez, full professor at UIC Barcelona and director of the University Master’s Degree in Biodigital Architecture at the UIC Barcelona School of Architecture
  • 3:05 PM - A State of the Art and introduction of speakers by Dr Bob Martens, Institute of Architecture and Design at Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)
  • 3:30 PM - Speech by Dr Maria Mallo, Technical School of Architecture in Madrid, ETSAM
  • 4:00 PM - Speech by Ms Daniela Frogheri, UDEM, Universidad de Monterrey
  • 4:30 PM - Worse than Being Blind is Having Sight and No Vision, conference by Dr Neri Oxman, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 5:00 PM - Refreshments

Free admission...

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

VisualARQ 2 Webinar on November 1

VisualARQ 2 Webinar: Flexible BIM for Rhino and Grasshopper
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
11:00AM PDT

Join Francesc Salla, VisualARQ Product Manager, for a fast-paced and exciting demonstration of VisualARQ 2. The webinar will show the new features of VisualARQ 2 including:
  • New toolbar: object selection commands
  • New Section and Level Manager
  • Hidden line 2D vector drawings and Layout sheets preparation
  • Grasshopper styles: VisualARQ object styles created from Grasshopper definitions.
  • New Furniture, Element and Annotation object, also created from Grasshopper definitions
  • Custom parameters created by object, style, document and from Grasshopper
  • Creation of Tables listing objects with custom parameters
  • New Space object features
  • VisualARQ objects in external references
This webinar is organized by Novedge.

The webinar is free and will last about one hour, including the Q&A session.