Thursday, March 29, 2018

Design Computation Summer School 2018 - University of Lisbon

The Design Computation Summer School 2018 is an initiative of the Design Computation Group (DCG) of Faculdade de Arquitetura, University of Lisbon. It will be a space for discussing new ideas and new applications of advanced concepts in architecture and urbanism by exploring given tools and methods. The main idea of this set of workshops is to share advanced knowledge on related subjects and get feedback from the participants.

The workshops will not only provide knowledge but also could allow contributions and eventual future collaborations with the participants. 

The topics are:
  1. Structural Weaving
  2. Immersive and Responsive Environments 
  3. Web Scraping and Data Mining
  4. Capturing Walkability (new methods)

Recorded Russian Webinars by SABIT

If you want to learn about the top 10 new functions of Rhino 6 and its practical usage, the free webinars held by our Authorized Rhino Reseller, SABIT Software, are now available!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Fab Lab Berlin Parametric Design Workshops - May 2018

For Beginners & Intermediates
Fab Lab Berlin, Germany
 May 5-6, 12-13, 2018 

Are you ready to push your design skills a little further? To take your ideas to a whole new realm?

These Parametric Design Workshops will provide you with the necessary tools, knowledge, and ability to use Grasshopper and gain parametric competencies.

There are two options taught in English, one for beginners and one for intermediates who already know Grasshopper.

Option1: General Workshop for Beginners - 16 hours: Start May 5, 2018 
Option2: Intensive Workshop for Intermediates - 8 hours: Start May 12, 2018 

All participants will be given a certificate at the end of the workshop.

Questions about the workshop? Please email:

Egg Holder Design Contest

In the coming weeks, The White Lioness team is organizing an Easter competition! Get creative and design, using Grasshopper and Rhino, an original egg holder model for your (breakfast) table. The winner will get $100 and their own designed 3D egg holder printed by Shapeways. They will also feature the winning egg holder on their platform

To participate please be sure to read the contest rules and submit your GHX file (Grasshopper) containing the egg holder model. We encourage you to be creative and original! 

Need some inspiration? Look at the embedded viewer where they created a simple example design.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Konstru and VisualARQ team up to deliver interoperability solution

Konstru and VisualArq have teamed up to make it easier for you to upload, download, and translate models between both. Seamlessly work with Revit, SAP2000, ETABS, RAM Structural System, Tekla Structures, Dynamo or Excel by running Grasshopper Scripts for Konstru.

Upload a VisualARQ Model to Konstru:

The process is simple. You have a model in Rhino made of VisualARQ walls, slabs, columns, and beams. 

  1. Log in or sign up in Konstru and create a new model.
  2. Open the Upload VA to Konstru file in Grasshopper that you can find on this link.
  3. Select the Select Model button to choose the project in Konstru where you want to send the model.
  4. Put the Enable button to True in the definition every time you need to send all VisualARQ objects to Konstru.

Konstru will identify each element by its type, as well as its information, and will get the full model ready to send to other programs.

Download a Model from Konstru to VisualARQ:

In this case, you can import a model previously uploaded to your Konstru account into Rhino.

  1. Open the Download Konstru to VA file in Grasshopper that you can find on this link.
  2. Select the Select Model button to choose the project in Konstru that you want to import into Rhino.
  3. Bake the geometry whenever you want to see it as workable VisualARQ objects in Rhino.

IASS 2018 - Registration is open!

IASS 2018 | Creativity in Structural Design
July 16-20
MIT Campus | Kresge Auditorium 
Boston, MA 

In July 2018, the annual Symposium of the IASS – International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures – will take place in Boston, an American hub of academics and innovation. Hosted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the symposium brings together leading designers and researchers working in structural engineering and architecture from around the world.

The symposium theme, Creativity in Structural Design, celebrates work in the built environment that pushes beyond the status quo and synthesizes across disciplines to solve problems of today and the future. Empowered by recent advances in computation, materials, and fabrication, creative structural design is expanding possibilities for shell and spatial structures.

The week's schedule is posted here. Sessions will be posted soon. Register and continue to watch the IASS site for details!

About the IASS:
The IASS, founded by Eduardo Torroja in 1959, seeks to achieve further progress by an exchange of ideas among all those interested in lightweight structural systems such as lattice, tension, membrane and shell structures, and in the creative integration of architecture and structural engineering more broadly. The Journal of the IASS is in its 58th year of publication. More information can be found at the organization’s website:

Registration is open. Sign up today!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Design by Data - September 2018

Advanced Master in Computational Design, Digital Manufacturing and Building Technologies
Paris, France
September 2018

Applications are open for the third edition of the Design by Data Advanced Master® in Computational Design, Digital Manufacturing and Building Technologies in September 2018 in Paris.

Design by Data provides attendees with a cross-disciplinary culture of computational design and comprehensive knowledge of cutting-edge technologies of parametric architecture, robotics, digital manufacturing, and 3D printing for the construction industry.

The program is run by the prestigious École des Ponts ParisTech and designed for a selected group of architects, engineers, and designers. It offers a variety of courses, fabrication and prototyping workshops, conferences, digital talks, and networking events.

The program is a 12-month executive part-time course (one week per month), including 350 hours of teaching plus a one-year research project. In addition to the one-week-per-month teaching courses, candidates can continue their professional activities or develop their research and projects using the school's coworking and Fab Lab facilities—a full-time membership to access the school's digital fabrication resources is included in the program fee.

Official partners of the program are: Laboratoire Navier + Thinkshell + XtreeE + Noumena + HDA | Hugh Dutton Associés + ECHOES + Volumes Coworking + WoMa, fabrique de quartier + Fab city grand paris

Friday, March 16, 2018

Last Call! OLTRE IL BIM event in Milano (Italy) - March 28-29

OLTRE IL BIM Conference & Workshops
Milano, Italy
March 28-29, 2018

Free registration now open!

Graphisoft Italy, in collaboration with McNeel Europe, has organized a Conference on Parametric Design and BIM, followed by workshops, in Milano, Italy, on March 28-29.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about Computational Architectural Design and the Rhino-Grasshopper-Archicad solution.

Speakers include McNeel Europe (news about Rhino 6 and food4Rhino), Ákos Karóczkai (Grasshopper and BIM expert), Mario Sacco & Michele Calvano, Jorge Beneitez (Enzyme), Arturo Tedeschi, Guillermo Ramírez (Helen & Hard), Carlo Zanchetta, Yoseph Pagliero and Caterina Bellotto.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Exchanging models between Rhino and Revit through IFC

VisualARQ provides IFC features that help architects, engineers, and professionals of the AEC industry to exchange 3D models between Rhino and other BIM programs.

The IFC guide from Rhino to Revit is aimed at helping users to export and import models between Rhino and Revit using the IFC file format. The guide provides useful information on the following topics:

  • How does the import & export through IFC work?
  • What information can be stored in IFC files generated with VisualARQ?
  • How are VisualARQ and Rhino objects recognized in Revit?
  • Solutions for common problems in this process.

The guide also adds tips on how to tag any Rhino geometry with specific IFC type or how to add custom parameters to geometry for IFC files.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

New RhinoGold 6.6

New RhinoGold 6.6 CAD for jewelry!

The RhinoGold team announced the updated Version 6 of RhinoGold that runs on the recently launched Rhino 6.

What's new? Rhino 6 compatibility, of course. Functionally, RhinoGold 6.6 runs the same as RhinoGold 6.5. To see the 100+ improvements, see the update notes. 

Karamba for Rhino 6

Karamba is a parametric structural engineering tool which provides the 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.

The new work in progress version for Karamba is now available. It now contains a dedicated installer for Rhino 6 as well as many other new features!

Full list of new features and bug fixes.

Monday, March 12, 2018

SudoHopper3D in Medellin

Rhino3D Colombia announces a SudoHopper3D game session at UPB Medellin

Date: Tuesday, March 13th
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: Bloque 9, Aula 306 - UPB Campus Laureles, Medellin 

For more information, please contact Andres Franco Tel 412-3015

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

Friday, March 9, 2018

New RhinoFabStudio in Bogota

Join McNeel Miami in welcoming La Fábrica Digital Co as a new authorized RhinoFabStudio.

We will hold a presentation on the new Rhino 6 + Grasshopper. We will also show SudoHopper3D a card game that will playfully take you on a journey through mathematics, algorithms and basic coding, making it fun to learn parametric thinking with Grasshopper.
Date: March 10, 2018
Time: 9:00 am
Place: Cra 47a # 91-91 Bogota, Colombia

For more information, please contact: Alejandro Gutierrez.

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 8, 2018

Mobiliario Paramétrico con Rhino 6 y Grasshopper

Join us at the Feria Tecnológica e Industrial del Mueble y la Madera trade show in Bogota, Colombia, where we will present the new Rhino 6 and Grasshopper for design and fabrication of furniture pieces.

Andres Gonzalez from RhinoFabStudio - McNeel Miami, will explain what parametric design is, its advantages, how to apply it in the creation of furnishings and the tools that are currently being used to fabricate them. You can check some sample works by visiting: GFD3D

You will find us at Sierras y Equipos - Stands #421-417-469-465 this week.
See the floor plan here.

There will be a formal presentation on Friday, March 9, 2018, from 3:00-5:00 PM (Salones conectores 4 y 5 Corferias). 

More information is here. Or contact Rhino3D Colombia - Andres Franco.



ESEF tradeshow in Utrecht - March 20-23

Design8 bv, Authorized Rhino Reseller, will be at ESEF 2018, the trade show in the field of supply, outsourcing, product development, and engineering.

ESEF 2018 will be from Tuesday, March 20, until Friday, March 23, 2018, at the Jaarbeurs Utrecht.

Visit the Design8 bv booth (1.A071) to learn more about Rhino 6 and V-Ray.
Visiting Design8 bv on ESEF 2018 is completely free! Go to this link for free registration

Environmental Design and Sustainable Analysis in Rhino/Grasshopper

The Potential of Sustainability Analysis in a Parametric Workflow

Par Bratt is an architectural designer at COOKFOX Architects in New York City. COOKFOX is an award-winning firm with a long history of sustainable design. It is the first architectural firm to have designed four LEED Platinum projects in New York City.

The rapidly increasing need for environmentally responsible design calls for a workflow where sustainable analysis is implemented as early as possible in the design process. Par Bratt shares his thoughts and insights regarding the importance of implementing sustainability analysis in the early stages of architectural design and making it a part of the same parametric environment where design takes place:

“A key to this design methodology is making the analysis software’s graphical interface intuitive and easy to use even for architects who aren’t specialized in the field. Grasshopper allows those with minimal or no coding experience to operate within a creative parametric environment. The relatively recent incorporation of analysis software such as LadybugPlus and Calibri into Grasshopper was an important step in the right direction. It facilitates a workflow where environmental facts and data can inform the architectural design from the very beginning and allow for environmentally responsible decisions to be made proactively rather than retroactively.”

For a recent COOKFOX project, Par implemented a workflow where a parametrically setup daylight analysis in DIVA for Grasshopper informed and evaluated the size and proportions of an atrium in a multistory building.

“Daylight optimization is often a balance between blocking out direct sunlight to reduce glare and visual discomfort while allowing enough daylight to propagate throughout the floor plan. Having a fast and continuous visual feedback showing the consequences of every single design iteration is what allows for total control of those tradeoffs.”

“Performance analytics software such as DIVA and LadybugPlus are essential tools to develop environmentally responsible design,” Par says. “Both of these tools can be used as plugins for Grasshopper.”

As more architecture firms move into the world of parametric design, it becomes increasingly important to include the analysis tools that go with the design and modeling tools within that same parametric environment.

MadCAM for Rhino 6

MadCAM is a 3D CAM plugin for Rhino that gives the operator the ability to perform both modeling and toolpath creation inside Rhino. 

All menus for controlling madCAM and generated tool paths are inside Rhino and stored together with your model. 
  • Developed for toolmaking (Mould and Die) as well as for prototype productions. 
  • Generates a non-collision toolpath with excellent cutting action. 
  • Used where demand for accuracy and perfect surface smoothness is required. 
  • Meant for the NC-operator who demands an easy-to-use and efficient system. 
  • Facilitates effective manufacturing in a short period.

EvoluteTools for Rhino 6

EvoluteTools for Rhino 6 is now shipping.

• EvoluteTools is now available for both Rhino 5 and Rhino 6 for Windows
• New EvoluteTools licenses can be used in Rhino 5 and Rhino 6
• Existing licenses can be upgraded at a 50% discount

All customers who bought an EvoluteTools license in 2018 or the second half of 2017 will receive a free upgrade on request. Contact Evolute if you are interested in this option.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Rhino 6 at UNIEMPRESRIAL - Bogota

UNIEMPRESARIAL and McNeel Miami invite you to attend a presentation on Rhino 6: Parametric Design and Fabrication in Bogota, Colombia.  

Join us and learn more about the new Rhino 6 and
Grasshopper, a very exciting and powerful tool for parametric design that will take your ideas and concepts to a new level.

Date: March 7, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Place: UNIEMPRESARIAL - Escuela de Ingeniería

For more information please contact: Julio Alberto Castillo 
PBX:  3808000  Ext:460

Interested in learning Grasshopper in a fun way?
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 also learn problem-solving, logic, and sequential reasoning in a socially interrelated and entertaining environment.

Shape To Fabrication 7 - London (UK) - April 24-25

Organized by SimplyRhino UK, the Shape To Fabrication conference (April 24-25, London) focuses on cutting-edge technology, innovative construction, and applications in architecture, engineering, and design. This year's speakers are shaping the future, unafraid to push technology and engineering to new heights.

We live in an unprecedented time—an age where buildings are moving, jewelry is printed, clothes are sprayed on, facades are folded by robots and cars are made of textile. We are proud to present to you the brave few, the first to use such pioneering technologies to create these magical experiences.

Presenters at Shape to Fabrication 2018 include:

Foster + Partners
Heatherwick Studio
Zaha Hadid Architects
3XN architects GXN innovation
Format Engineers
Studio Moritz Waldemeyer
Zoe Laughlin / Institute of Making
McNeel Developers

Rese arch MEETUP Paris 2018

Rese arch MEETUP is an annual international conference and networking event to bring together practitioners and theorists of computational design in architecture, experts in digital manufacturing and related contemporary thinkers and philosophers. The current edition will take place on 4 April 2018 in Paris. Together with Pecha Kucha on 5 April 2018 it will be the main event of the DATASCAPES Fest 2018 hosted by VOLUMES Paris, a coworking and maker space for design and open innovation.

The event is a mid-size informal gathering of peer designers and researchers in the field of computational design in architecture. Each of the speakers holds a 20 minutes long lecture followed by 10 minutes Q&A session. The purpose is to update the peers of each other’s projects, agendas, and research. It is also a great opportunity to meet in person and arrange future collaborations in a professional, yet friendly and relaxed environment.

The rese arch MEETUP has previously taken place in Bratislava, Slovakia (2015), Paris, France (2016) and Prague, Czechia (2017). The events were honored by speeches from Martin Alvarez - ICD Stuttgart (DE); Phil Ayres - CITA (DK); Efilena Baseta - NOUMENA, IAAC (ES); Daniel Bolojan - Nonstandard Studio (AT); Johannes Braumann – Association for Robots in Architecture (AT); Giulio Brugnaro - UCL the Bartlett school of Architecture (UK); Francesco Cingolani - Design by Data (FR); Tudor Cosmatu - ALTU (DE); Adriana Debnárová - VŠVU (SK); Alessio Erioli - Co-de-It (IT); Manuel Jimenez Garcia - UCL the Bartlett school of Architecture (UK); Daniel Koehler - lab-eds (AT); David Kovařík - UMPRUM (CZ) Neil Leach - (UK); BEHNAZ FARAHI - (USA); Stuart Maggs - Scaled Robotics (ES); Ryan Vincent Manning - IoUD (AT/USA); Erik Martinez - ICD Stuttgart (DE); Christoph Müller - TU Wien (AT); Stefana Parascho - ETH (CH); Ján Pernecký - rese arch (SK); Jan Petrš - MOLAB ČVUT (CZ); Jindřich Ráftl - MOLAB ČVUT (CZ); Gilles Retsin - Gilles Retsin Architecture / UCL the Bartlett school of Architecture (UK); Klaas De Rycke - Bollinger+Grohmann (FR); Aldo Sollazzo - Noumena / IAAC (ES); Dominik Strzelecz - die Angewandte (AT); Justyna Swat - POC21, USIL (FR); Tomáš Tholt - FA STU (SK); Shota Tsikoliya - UMPRUM (CZ); Imro Vaško - UMPRUM (CZ) Mateusz Zwierzycki - CITA (DK). The conference is hosted by Ján Pernecký - rese arch (SK).

Monday, March 5, 2018

Rhino 6 webinar in Russian - March 6 and 20

SABIT Software, Authorized Rhino Reseller, has organized a free webinar about the Top-10 new functions of Rhino 6 and its practical usage.

There are two different dates: March 6 and March 20.

Free Webinar: Display and Rendering in Rhino 6

Display and Rendering in Rhino 6
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST

This free webinar will explore the rendering and presentation improvements in Rhino 6.

Kyle Houchens will show you how to prepare a model for rendering, assign materials, and generate image files in Rhino 6.

In this session we will:
  • Showcase Rhino 6 rendering and presentation features.
  • Provide tons of tips and tricks during the session. Be sure to bring a notebook! 
  • Review tech support resources, training options, and best practices.
After the session ends, we will post the video on our Vimeo page for review at your own pace.

This will be an entertaining but fast moving technical demonstration of Rhino 6. Space is limited.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

New: Rhino 6 for Windows Online Course

March 12-22
US$200 - Register here.

This class is for everyone. Designers, jewelers, architects, hobbyists... all users new to Rhino are welcome to attend.

In this online class, you'll learn to create and edit accurate free-form 3D NURBS models. This fast-moving class covers most of Rhino's functionality, including the most advanced surfacing commands. Attendees will learn to model and render in Rhino 6. Tons of tips & tricks will be included. Our class outline is available here.

  • Monday, March 12 - 9:00am-11:00am (Orientation)
  • Tuesday-Thursday, March 13-15 - 9:00am-1:00pm 
  • Tuesday-Thursday, March 20-22 - 9:00am-1:00pm
    All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Calculate your time zone. 

Ask questions and interact with the class and instructor in our live, online training. All sessions will be recorded and posted for your study and review. If you cannot make a session, you will be able to catch up at your convenience.

The class will be in English using the GoToTraining software.

Notes (what you need for the class): 
  • Rhino 5 or 6 for Windows software installed; Rhino for Mac is not acceptable software for this class. 
  • A stable and fast Internet connection. 
  • A headset/microphone combo. 
  • A hard copy of the Rhino Level 1 Training Manual, which you may download.

Rhino 6 - Universidad El Bosque, Bogota

Universidad El Bosque  y McNeel Miami invites you to attend a presentation on Rhino 6: Data Driven Design and Fabrication in Bogota, Colombia.  

Join us and learn more about Rhino 6, its new enhancements and with Grasshopper included!!!

Date: March 6, 2018
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: Salon G203 

For more information please contact:

Interested in learning Grasshopper in a fun way?

Check: SudoHopper3D 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. In addition, players also learn problem-solving, logic, and sequential reasoning in a socially interrelated and entertaining environment.