Wednesday, February 28, 2018

New Rhino 6 and Grasshopper videos by SimplyRhino UK

SimplyRhino UK is kind enough to share its brand new Rhino 6 and Grasshopper videos.:


Seanaptic - Parametric ship structures in Rhino

Seanaptic is a plugin for Rhino for naval architects to model parametric ship structures with extreme efficiency.

Thanks to the advanced automation algorithms and the presence of the 3D model next to the 2D drawings, the modeling process is highly accelerated.

Data such as weight and center of gravity are permanently available and updated live as the model is built.

The modeling time is similar to scaling methods, thus offering an ideal alternative when similar vessel data is not available. Results from a 3D model can now be obtained very early during the concept phase, before basic design.

The model can be exported to other specialized software for detailed engineering, class drawings, weight distribution and tracking, FEM analysis, etc. 

Though specialized for marine design, Seanaptic is adaptable to any other industry where parametric modeling and object weight tracking is necessary.

RhinoGears, new plugin

RhinoGears allows generating custom gears. 

RhinoGears is written in Python and is compatible with both the Windows and Mac versions of Rhino.

Monday, February 26, 2018

A few cool projects by Dimo Ivanov

Dimo Ivanov has been kind enough to share his projects with the Rhino community:

"I've used Rhino basically for all the projects on my website, from beginning to the end, including construction drawings.

Projects Ephemere Highrise & Civilization 0.000 were created during my Master Degree at the RWTH University in Aachen, where I used Rhino for first time (2012 / 2013).

For the physical models I used a CNC milling machine and a laser cutter at the university, exporting data directly from Rhino as well."

Visit to see all Dimo's projects...

Post Academic Course: Parametric Modelling in the Building Industry (Delft, Netherlands)

Post Academic Course: Parametric Modelling in the Building Industry 
Delft, Netherlands
April 19, 2018

Are you a professional in the building industry? Are you interested in learning more about the possibilities of parametric modeling?

Together with the PAO Stichting, White Lioness is organizing a post-academic course on parametric modeling. Jeroen Coenders will teach parametric modeling concepts and applications such as Dynamo and Grasshopper. Hands-on practice will equip you with the tools to apply parametric modeling in your organization.

The course leader Jeroen Coenders, the founder of White Lioness, has over 15 years of experience in parametric design and developing parametric modeling applications for the building industry in projects such as Arnhem Centraal railway station. During the course, he will share his expertise and experience in the digital transformation of the building industry.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Call for Research Associate Department of Digital and Experimental Design and Construction in Kassel

The new research Department of Digital and Experimental Design and Construction at the University of Kassel is looking for a new Research Associate (75% EG 13 TV-H) for a research project in additive robotic assembly techniques (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 organizational activities of the department. 

Please send your CV, motivation letter and portfolio to, reference: 31226. English speakers are also welcome to apply. Application deadline is 8.3.2018

RhinoCAM 2018 for Rhino 6 released

MecSoft Corporation announced the release of their RhinoCAM 2018 for Rhino 6. 

You can now choose RhinoCAM 2018 to either run inside Rhino 5 or the newly released Rhino 6. Each of these versions of RhinoCAM 2018 is a separate product that can be bought and licensed individually. Or, you can purchase a bridge license that will run both versions.

“Rhino 6 from McNeel & Associates is one of the most anticipated version upgrades to this popular CAD and design modeling platform to date. As their longtime partner, MecSoft is proud to announce that our latest CAM plugin RhinoCAM 2018 now runs inside Rhino 6.0,” stated Joe Anand, President and CEO of MecSoft Corporation.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Meshroom VR, design validation in virtual reality

Virtual reality has been around for a while, but only available to large companies and VR specialists. Until now. Meshroom VR is on a mission. With Meshroom VR Studio, the company wants to democratize virtual reality validation for designer studios, product engineering, marketing, and other product-related teams.
Meshroom VR Studio offers a fast, affordable and very realistic digital prototyping solution. The team is focused on design quality and user experience to produce the most intuitive software. Users can get started fast and work autonomously.
Rhino can handle complex shapes where visualizing the result at scale 1 is especially important. Acknowledging the match between Rhino users' expectations and Meshroom VR philosophy, Meshroom VR made sure to support DAE and FBX Rhino-generated files in the best possible way. The DAE format is efficient. It allows a super fast export from Rhino and import to Meshroom VR. In just 20 seconds, complex structures over 5M triangles are loaded with their Rhino textures. They can be visualized instantly in beautiful, immersive virtual reality showrooms. Reviewing them with the design team or with the customer is then a real pleasure.

Webinar: Ear Buds - Rhino 6 Style

Webinar: Ear Buds – Rhino 6 Style!
Thursday, February 22, 2018
9:00AM-11:00AM PST

Join us for an introductory webinar that will show you the new Rhino 6 release in action creating and rendering the popular ear buds model. In this session we will:
  • Demonstrate a new, simple model built from scratch.
  • Discuss modeling techniques and approach.
  • Showcase Rhino 6 commands and features when possible.
  • Review tech support resources, training options, and best practices.
  • Provide tons of tips and tricks during the session. Be sure to bring a notebook.

After the session ends, we will post the video on our Vimeo page for review at your own pace. As always, our support is free and we welcome your input!

Webinar: The Water Bottle - Rhino 6 Style

Webinar: The Water Bottle - Rhino 6 Style!
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
9:00AM-11:00AM PST

Join us for an introductory webinar that will show you the new Rhino 6 release in action creating and rendering the popular water bottle model. In this session we will:

  • Demonstrate a new, simple model built from scratch.
  • Discuss modeling techniques and approach.
  • Showcase Rhino 6 commands and features when possible.
  • Review tech support resources, training options, and best practices.
  • Provide tons of tips and tricks during the session. Be sure to bring a notebook!

After the session ends, we will post the video on our Vimeo page for review at your own pace. 

As always, our support is free and we welcome your input!

Monday, February 19, 2018

FlexHopper - Physics Simulation in Grasshopper

FlexHopper offers very fast physics simulation within Grasshopper. It is based on FlexCLI, an open-source C++/CLI interface to access the physics engine NVIDIA Flex from the .Net environment. FlexCLI is built against NVIDIA Flex release 1.1.0. NVIDIA Flex is a patented property of NVIDIA.

Find the full source repository for FlexHopper and FlexCLI as well as all information and latest updates.

Crystallon: Create lattice structures in Rhino and Grasshopper

Crystallon is an open source project for creating lattice structures using Rhino and Grasshopper. 

It was developed at FATHOM by Aaron Porterfield as an alternative to commercially available software for lattice design. The obvious advantage is the ability to generate lattice structures within Rhino’s design environment without exporting to third-party software, but the extended advantages include the modularity and ability to combine other powerful tools available for Grasshopper. 

The decision to release it as open source was not only to share it with the community but to further the development through its users. Each tool is a cluster that can be opened and modified at will, in the spirit of open source. The community will continue to develop and contribute through the use of the Grasshopper forums and GitHub

SimLab PDF Export, JT Import/Export and Composer plugins available for Rhino 6

SimLab recently announced that its following plugins are now also available for Rhino 6:

Ladybug Tools workshops in London (March 19-24)

The Ladybug Development team is delighted to officially announce the schedule for the week-long workshop series in London on March 19-24, 2018. See the table for dates and topics. There are a limited number of seats for each workshop. Please secure your seat as soon as possible.

You can use Ladybug to:

  • Import and analyze standard weather data in Grasshopper
  • Draw diagrams like Sun-path, wind-rose, radiation-rose, etc.
  • Customize the diagrams in several ways
  • Run radiation analysis, shadow studies, and view analysis

Design & Parametric Fabrication Summer Workshop at Controlmad (Madrid)

Controlmad announced a new edition of its summer workshop Design & Parametric Fabrication for July 2-27, 2018.

The course will focus on getting knowledge in 3D modeling with Rhinoceros and parametric design with Grasshopper, obtaining real results with the construction of a large-scale prototype as a final project thanks to digital fabrication tools.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Parametric Design Workshop (Rhino + Grasshopper) at FabLab Berlin

Are you interested in gaining Parametric competency to push your design skills to the next level?

Are you ready to learn an exciting and powerful tool that will take your ideas and concepts to a whole new realm?
This Parametric Design Workshop (FabLab Berlin - March 2018) by Wassef Dabboussi will provide you with the necessary knowledge and ability to use Grasshopper, a free visual programming plugin in Rhinoceros. The workshop will also include a hands-on parametric project.

Arena4D for Rhino 6

Arena4D is now available also for Rhino 6!

Arena4D allows importing massive point clouds into Rhino for modeling.  All functions inside of Rhino are controlled via the simple Arena 4D Panel, presented in a familiar Rhino style.  
Functions include:
  • Unlimited Points
  • PointCloud Shading and Lighting
  • Point Cloud Clipping
  • Point Cloud Decimation 
  • Snapping to Point
  • Slicing (Sections) through a point cloud 
  • Slicing (Sections) to Curve
  • Point Cloud Opacity
  • Point Cloud Filling
  • Point Cloud Magnification
  • Point Cloud Lighting
  • Customisable Shader
  • Viewpoints
  • Slicing Between Geometry

Conference "Architectural Geometry" by Helmut Pottmann at ETSAV (Barcelona)

The UPC School MPDA Master's degree Parametric Design in Architecture and the ETSAV Metropolitan School of Architecture invite you to a lecture with Helmut Pottmann. The conference Architectural Geometry will be held on Thursday, February 22, at 10:30h in ETSAV's Assembly Hall.

Helmut Pottmann is a professor of Applied Geometry and director of the Center for Geometry and Computational Design at Vienna University of Technology. From 2009-2013, he has been the director of the Geometric Modeling and Scientific Visualization Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. His research interests are in Applied Geometry and Visual Computing, in particular in Geometric Modeling, Geometry Processing and most recently in Geometric Computing for Architecture and Manufacturing. He has coauthored two books (one on Architectural Geometry) and more than 200 articles.

SPM Bilbao 2018 - Call For Posters

SPM is an international conference series on all aspects of geometric and physical modeling, and their application in design, analysis, and manufacturing, as well as in biomedical, geophysical, digital entertainment, and other areas. The symposium is organized with the support of the Solid Modeling Association (SMA), which will award the 2018 Pierre Bézier Prize for contributions to solid, shape, and physical modeling during the conference.

Rhino and Grasshopper users are encouraged to present a paper at the SPM Bilbao 2018 conference (June 11-13).

Be a better Grasshopper user

The Grasshopper website includes many resources to help you get started with Grasshopper. Or you can find tricks and tips for the more advanced user. The website includes:
  • Video tutorials for beginning users
  • A 13-part video series to learn the fundamentals of Grasshopper
  • Training videos on visual programming to create rules and parameters that can be easily changed and updated
  • A foundations manual for a basic understanding of Grasshopper
  • Links to related plugins, books, training courses, and blogs

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Rhino 6 for Windows is shipping

Rhino 6 for Windows is shipping!

Save 20% when you upgrade
from any earlier version before 15-May-2018.

Only two days left to register! 4th Annual CIFE Industrialized Construction Forum

Huang Engineering Center, Makenzie Room (#300)
475 Via Ortega, Stanford

The 4th annual Stanford Industrialized Construction Forum has another fantastic event with great speakers lined up.

The program theme is The Future of Housing Innovation.

Registration closes 5 PM PST February 20. Registration is available online.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Grasshopper: Introduction to Generative Jewelry Design, NYC

Grasshopper - Introduction to Generative Jewelry Design
Saturday-Sunday, March 10-11, 2018
New York, NY
Price: US$495

Enroll today! This two-day class will give you a functional understanding of Grasshopper concepts and parametric design. Learn and explore how Grasshopper generates unprecedented fluidity and automated tasks to go further in the design process, allowing for much greater speed with working on complicated and repeating forms. Grasshopper creates parametric modeling to automate production, new forms, shapes, patterns and interfaces. It is only possible with algorithmic modeling.

No knowledge of programming or scripting is required for designers to build form generators, from the simple to the awe-inspiring designs. The class covers list management and introduces Date Trees.

Prerequisite: Basic Rhino knowledge is required.

Participants will work on jewelry projects. However, design professionals from all industries can benefit from this class.

Required: PC laptop with Rhino 5 and the latest Grasshopper installed. Download the Grasshopper plugin.

About the instructor: Akiyo Matsuoka is an Authorized Rhino Trainer and adjunct faculty at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.

Level 1 Rhino for Mac Course, Los Angeles

Friday-Sunday, March 9-11, 2018

Maia Merav Holtzman, Authorized Rhino Trainer, designer and jeweler, is offering a hands-on, intensive training course the weekend of March 9, 10 and 11. 

During the three-day class you will:

  • Understand the vocabulary of the Rhino interface
  • Understand the features of the Rhino interface
  • Customize your tools
  • Create basic objects
  • Model using coordinate input, object snaps and SmartTrack tools
  • Modify curves and surfaces with edit commands
  • Use control point editing to modify curves and surfaces
  • Analyze your model
  • Render your model

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Smartgeometry workshop and conference, Toronto, Canada

Coming May 7-12, 2018: Machine Minds by smartgeometry in Toronto, Canada. The sg2018 workshop and conference is a gathering of the global community of innovators and pioneers in architecture, design, and engineering.

The Workshop is a unique creative cauldron attracting attendees from across the world of academia, professional practice, and industry. Workshop participants come together for four intensive days of design and collaboration.

The Workshop is organized around clusters, each a unique hub of expertise, comprised of people, knowledge, tools, and materials.

Applications for cluster participants are now open.

Each applicant must submit an example selection of past work and select a preference for Workshop Clusters. The more interesting and compelling your past work and current interests, the better chance you have of getting accepted to the sg2018 Workshop. More information on the 
Workshop Clusters...

The fee for the workshop is $1500 CAD. (Limited scholarships are available, but competitive.) This fee includes the tutoring during the workshop, workshop materials, and evening lectures. It also includes attendance (including lunch and refreshments) to the conference and the reception (including drinks, finger food, and entertainment). Travel and hotel accommodations are not included in the workshop fee.

The host for sg2018 is the University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Call for speakers for the 5th Grasshopper User Meeting in Berlin!

Parametric Support invites speakers to the Grasshopper User Meeting in Berlin, Feb 28th! 

The Berlin edition of Grasshopper User Meeting gathers local creators interested in cutting-edge technology in architecture and design to challenge research and innovation. We are looking for 3-4 speakers that will present their built or conceptual Grasshopper projects, design and fabrication methods and Grasshopper Apps.

In past events, we invited architects, environmental and structural engineers, researchers, digital artists, and freelancers.

Have you recently been working on exciting Grasshopper projects (algorithms, generative or parametric design)? Please apply here:

Come and share with the community. Be a part of the movement!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

SudoHopper3D session at Controlmad Madrid

Controlmad announces a SuddoHopper3D session on February 15th at its facilities in Madrid.

SudoHopper3D is a card game to improve the overall understanding of parametric thinking in Grasshopper. 

SudoHopper3D playfully takes you on a journey through mathematics, algorithms and basic coding. Players surprisingly learn concepts such as vector geometry and trigonometry.

SudoHopper3D advantages do not stop at simple math skills. Besides the unique math portion of the game, players also learn problem-solving, logic, and sequential reasoning in a socially interrelated and entertaining environment.

Innochain Second Year Colloquium and Lectures in Barcelona

Innochain Second Year Colloquium and Lectures

Barcelona, February 12-14, 2018

The InnoChain Second Year Colloquium, which will take place February 12-14, 2018, is an evaluation event in which all Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) present their research development. 

The InnoChain ITN Network is a shared research training environment examining how advances in digital design tools challenge building culture enabling sustainable, informed and materially smart design solutions. The network aims to train a new generation of interdisciplinary researchers through the development of 15 PhDs, with a strong industry focus that can effect real changes in the way we think, design and build our physical environment.

McNeel Europe is one of the industrial partners of Innochain, supporting the PhD students with the development of state of the art software.

The Second Year Colloquium invites all beneficiaries and industry partners to discuss the research development of the ESR projects in a plenum. 

Keynote speakers will give lectures to support the further research development and invited scientists will evaluate the level of work and progress within the network. In addition, the Industry Partner Board meetings take place on the second day, while meetings of the Steering Committee and ESRs’ take place on the third day.

The Colloquium is organized around three sessions presenting the three Work Packages:

WP3 Communicating Design, Chair Jan Knippers, ITKE
WP4 Simulating for Design, Chair Ulrika Knagenhielm-Karlsson, KTH
WP5 Materialising Design, Chair Bob Sheil, BSA

Visiting Scientists: Mark Burry and Jane Burry (Swinburne University); Christoph Gengnagel (Berlin University of the Arts).

AR/VR for Rhino User Group Meeting in London - Feb 22

SimplyRhino UK is proud to announce the second meeting of the AR/VR for Rhino User Group.

The group is for those who are interested in meeting to network, discuss and explore virtual and augmented reality solutions for Rhino.

The meetings follow a simple format of at least one presentation from a customer with experience in this field, followed by group discussion and informal pleasantries.


Thursday, February 22, 2018
18:30 – 20:30
Heatherwick Studio, 356-364 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8BH