Saturday, June 30, 2018

Rhino DOF Training by McNeel Miami

Course description:
In this 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. You'll learn concepts and features of Grasshopper at an accelerated pace in an instructor-led hands-on environment. The advantages of using Grasshopper in preliminary design and concept development come to life when the students create their models on a 3D printer and a laser machine. 

Rhino D+O+F:
USD $799
Date: August 13-16, 2018
Time: 8 AM-5 PM (EST)*

If you are not able to attend the 4-day Rhino D+O+F course, choose between these two options:

1) Rhino Training Level 1: Day 1 & 2
USD $495
Date: August 13-14, 2018
Time: 8 AM-5 PM (EST)*

2) Grasshopper 101 Training: Day 3 & 4
USD $495
Date: August 15-16, 2018
Time: 8 AM-5 PM (EST)*

*Note: All times listed are Eastern (Miami) time zone

Location for all courses: 
McNeel Miami
1538 NW 89th Court
Miami, FL 33172
United States

Space is limited!!! Register here!

For more information please contact Jackie Nasser or call 305-513-4445.

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 27, 2018

Last call! - Marine Design Workshop: Orca3D + ExpressMarine at McNeel Europe (Barcelona)


Marine Design Workshop: Orca3D + ExpressMarine by Stéphane Dardel
11-13 July 2018
10.00h - 18.00h

A 3-day Orca3D + ExpressMarine workshop, co-organized by McNeel Europe and Nick Danese Applied Research, will be at McNeel Europe’s Barcelona offices, July 11-13.

Orca3D is a naval architecture plugin for hull design, hydrostatics and intact stability, performance prediction, and weight tracking.

ExpressMarine, now in its version 2, enables ship designers to build up parametric 3D models of marine structures rapidly. The main advantage of the plugin is a dramatic reduction of modeling time, but more fundamentally to develop the 3D structural model very early in the design process.

In this three-day workshop participants acquire an in-depth understanding of the scopes of Orca3D and ExpressMarine. They go through hands-on exercises, from initial hull design, foundations of fairing technics, hull fairness assessment, hydrostatics and stability checks, to creating a parametric structural model with ExpressMarine. The workshop is the occasion to discover the synergy offered by these complementary plugins, for example through the automatic update of the structural model from an update Orca3D hull form.

Day 1
  • Orca3D Properties
  • Rhino refresher: modeling aids, Gumball, geometry edition
  • Hull assistants
  • Foundations of modeling and fairing techniques
  • NURBS theory
  • Point control
  • Surface analysis
Day 2
  • Hydrostatic calculations
  • Stability with criteria verification
  • Performance prediction
  • Weight tracking
  • Orca3D to ExpressMarine
  • ExpressMarine modeling environment and GUI
  • Modeling: Start from scratch
Day 3
  • Shell node
  • Stiffeners
  • Cutouts and openings
  • Custom objects
  • Outputs
  • Interface to ShipWeight

Course Requirements: Although open to all, the course is intended for ship designers/naval architects, professional and academic.

Reasonable proficiency with Rhino.

Any modern PC running Rhino 6.

Software Licenses: Orca3D and ExpressMarine licenses can be provided free for the duration of the training.

Course Fee: EUR 795 (+VAT). Full-time students, and university teachers (proof of status required) will get a 50% discount. Please note your seat is only confirmed once the payment clears. 

Register before July 10th to get a 25% discount on the course fee. Use VOUCHER25/10 to apply for the discount.

Maximum Number of Participants: 10 participants. 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! 

Friday, June 22, 2018

AAG2018 Call for Posters

The scientific co-chairs of AAG2018 (September 22-25, 2018 - Gothenburg) invite poster submissions on topics of interest to the AAG community. We encourage the submission of work in progress research. 

The poster review committee will review the submissions and send out poster acceptance notices by July 24th. Up to 40 posters will be accepted. Posters will be printed on A0 paper on site and exhibited.  There will be a time slot in the program for a poster session where poster authors can present their work in the exhibition and discuss it with attendees. The poster venue is a key element of sharing in progress and experimental work and to getting feedback from the AAG community.
Poster submission deadline: July 16, 2018.
Notification of acceptance: July 24, 2018.
Submit your poster via Easy Chair (max 50 MB)
For more information see the AAG2018 webpage or email

Advances in Architectural Geometry (AAG) is a conference where both theoretical and practical work linked to new geometrical developments are presented. It involves architects, engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, software and algorithms designers, and contractors. Its aim is to connect researchers from architectural and engineering practices, academia and industry. AAG has become a reference both in research and in practice and is supported by the direct participation of the most renowned architectural design and engineering offices along with research laboratories.

The symposium is a biennial event, previously held in 2008 and 2010 in Vienna, 2012, in Paris, 2014, in London, and 2016, in Zurich. In 2018 it will take place at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg September 22-25, 2018.

F# scripting for the 3D model of Louvre Abu Dhabi TechTalk - June 26, 2018 - Vienna

Goswin Rothenthal will show how he used F# and Rhinoceros to construct an associative digital 3D model for the manufacturing of the cladding of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Dome.

Using Python scripting or visual programming inside CAD apps is common. Goswin will show how hosting the FSharp Interactive REPL inside another app can improve the scripting experience with type checking, error highlighting and autocompletion.

Goswin is an architect, façade engineer and software developer working at Waagner Biro. He specializes in the design, analysis, optimization, and automation of architectural façades of non-regular geometries.


The talk will be in English.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

2018 edition of The Design Fair in Colombia

Wood TechRhino3D Colombia, and McNeel Miami invite you to visit our stand and workshops at the 2018 edition of The Design Fair in Medellín, Colombia, from June 22-24, and discover the new design trends!

Join Andres Gonzalez, Ovidio Cardonona and Julian Oquendo in the Computational and Parametric Modeling Workshops with Rhino 6 and Grasshopper

More information about these seminars. 

Also, have some fun playing  SudoHopper3D, a card game that allows students and teachers to learn in an entertaining but challenging environment.  

June 22-24, 2018

10 am - 8 pm

Centro de Convenciones y Exposiciones Plaza Mayor
           Calle 41 #55 - 80, Medellín, Colombia

For more information, please contact Andres Franco

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.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Robotic Fabrications workshop at AA Hooke Park (UK) - 26 July–5 August, 2018

Robotic Fabrications Visiting School is a series of architectural experiments based at the Architectural Association's Hooke Park campus. Operating as an experimental research branch of AA’s Design + Make programme, Robotic Fabrications reinvents and hijacks traditional making techniques and tools – applying them to innovative processes for architecture.

This year’s programme, Circular Saw Tactics, will operate on small timber sections with precision and high speed, producing exquisite components. The weapon of choice—a circular saw—will gain an augmented level of control when wielded by the large KR-150, allowing users to perform operations with surgical precision. In Phase 3 of the visiting school, participants develop the skin of the foundry. To generate large composite wing structures, participants will test this new tool and the robot to their limit— fostering the cross-fertilization of manual and automated skills.

The pace of Robotic Fabrications is furious. By merging timber construction with cutting-edge robotic fabrication and 3D scanning technologies, the programme offers a hands-on introduction to the world of robotics through the format of a 10-day visiting school. Robotic Fabrications is open to current architecture and design students, young professionals, and anyone interested in the relationship between fabrication and technology. 

Application Deadline – 13 July 2018

Digital Design and Production in Architecture workshop at Politecnico Di Milano - July 2018

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

While 20th-century architecture focused on mass production and serial repetition of its components, today’s architecture will be strongly characterized by varied and unique elements, industrially produced through advanced CNC fabrication machines. At the same time, the rise of novel programming platforms for design generates processes and algorithms that allow the control of form and technological aspects from the first conceptual stages of the design till the construction phase. This makes it possible to integrate aesthetics and functionality, structural resistance, and energy performance within one coherent design process.

In defining such “design to production” workflow, both fabrication and material limits and potentials play a crucial role in generating competitive logical construction systems. Robots and CNC machinery contribute to the redefinition of design methodologies and construction processes, transferring most of the manufacturing from the building site to industrial production, where advanced components, integrating structure and envelope, can be designed and fabricated into complex solutions with high aesthetic and functional value.

The workshop aims to bring together visionary companies, advanced designers, and innovation-oriented students to envision new synergies between academic research, architectural practice, and industrial production.

Parametric Design workshops at FabLab Berlin - July 2018

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

Are you ready to learn a very exciting and powerful tool that will take your ideas and concepts to a whole new realm?

These Parametric Design Workshops 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.

If you already know Grasshopper and would like to increase your parametric knowledge, then you can choose Option 2.

  • Option 1: General Workshop for Beginners - 16 hours: Starts July 14, 2018
  • Option 2: Intensive Workshop for Intermediates - 8 hours: Starts July 21, 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018

Surface to Beauty: A V-Ray for Rhino Project From Start to Finish

V-Ray for Rhino Webinar
June 26, 2018
10-11 am for Europe & Asia
12-1 pm for Americas

In this 45-minute webinar, CG Specialist Anastasia Zhivaeva will explain the process of setting up a project in simple steps.

Find out the principles of creating fast, effective and efficient visualizations. Anastasia will show you the essential tips and tricks every V-Ray Rhino user should know. Learn how to set up the camera, environment, lighting, shading, atmospheric effects, rendering settings, and much more.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Parametric Design at the Desert Arts Preview

Here's a sneak peek of Galaxia, this year's Temple for Burning Man. Get a preview of one of the most stunning parametric art projects presented by the lead artist Arthur Mamou-Mani and Aaron Porterfield.

The Desert Arts Preview is an event where featured artists share their inspiration and hopes for their work-in-progress. Learn more about this interesting project that matches 3D modeling tools like Rhinoceros and Grasshopper with fabrication tools like laser cutters and 3D printers. An exclusive window into the development, building and creative process of this timber module structure.

Building the Temple is a big financial commitment so if you're interested in contributing visit their fundraising site or sign up for volunteer shifts in Sparks, Nevada, or San Francisco, California, at Galaxia 2018 - Temple Community Volunteers group.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

ShapeDiver now supports Python scripting

Python, the flexible programming and scripting language that is supported by so many applications, allowing your work to be reused in different environments, is now supported on ShapeDiver.

With the Grasshopper Python component, you can use the rhinoscriptsyntax to start scripting without needing to be a programmer. Read the simple introduction to scripting with Python in Grasshopper and check the GitHub repository containing many example scripts to get you started.

It is natively included with Rhino 6 and Rhino 5 for Mac.

New Machine Learning Examples with LunchBoxML

The Neural Network

Now for you, Proving Ground has new machine learning examples with the LunchBoxML plugin for Grasshopper.

Last year, Proving Ground introduced LunchBoxMLa machine learning plugin for Grasshopper and Dynamo that uses the Accord Framework. Now, LunchBoxML introduced a few new examples to show the application of Gaussian Mixture and Neural Network components.

The Gaussian Mixture model demonstrates an unsupervised learning algorithm to group 3D panels based on geometry attributes for size and shape.

The Neural Network example demonstrates a simple supervised learning algorithm that uses training data about space attributes (area, length, and width) and their resulting classification (office, conference, etc.).

The Accord.NET Framework is a .NET machine learning framework combined with audio and image processing libraries written in C#. It is a complete framework for building production-grade computer vision, computer audition, signal processing, and statistics applications. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Master of Robotics and Advanced Construction at IAAC Barcelona

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) is introducing a new Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC) and related scholarships and internship opportunities for students.

The IAAC is a center of research, education, production, and outreach. Based in Barcelona, Spain, the Institute's mission is to envision the future habitat of our society and build the present. Following the digital revolution at all scales, from bits to geography, from microcontrollers to cities, from materials to the territory, the IAAC is an experimental and experiential center where one learns by doing, through a test of methodology that promotes real solutions.

The Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction (MRAC), codirected by Alexandre Dubor and Aldo Sollazzo, seeks to train a new generation of interdisciplinary professionals capable of facing our growing need for a more sustainable and optimized construction ecosystem. The Master focuses on the emerging design and market opportunities arising from novel robotic and advanced manufacturing systems, by offering an international and multidisciplinary environment where engineers, designers, architects, artisans, and industry partners rethink the construction industry.

For MRAC, IAAC announces two full scholarships at ABB and CRICURSA, followed by a remunerated three months internship in their facilities in Barcelona.

Students will learn to:
  • Manipulate and integrate robotics and advanced manufacturing process
  • Create and generate a parametric design for mass customization in the connected industry 4.0
  • Integrate computer vision and sensor feedback for complex material systems and fabrication processes
  • Explore the potential of computational optimization, artificial intelligence, and machine learning
  • Understand and integrate the potential of autonomous robot systems
  • Develop new applications of augmented reality and connected mobile devices
  • Propose new digital design and building technologies for both prefabrication and on-site construction

Job offer for a C# RhinoCommon Developer at Alfred Wegener Institute (Bremerhaven, Germany)

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is well known for its contributions to research in global environment, geo systems, and climate.

ELiSE Leichtbau is a technology brand of the AWI. The ELiSE team focuses on lightweight design and optimization based on the biologic research on algae skeletons and collaborates with major companies in the automotive and aerospace industry, among others.

The Bremerhaven (Germany) team is searching for a software developer as soon as possible for the following tasks:

  • Contribution to the development of a modular software architecture for the parametric generation and assessment of geometries
  • Assistance in the development of a Grasshopper plugin
  • Design of an upcoming software in a planned start-up


  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree (or similar) in a study program related to computer science or engineering
  • Advanced knowledge of C#
  • Experience with microservice architecture
  • Experience with graphics applications
  • Experience in agile software development with continuous integration
  • Experience in CAD kernels (RhinoCommon, Parasolid,...)

The job offer is limited until August 31, 2019, with the option of a long-term extension and the prospect of a key developer position in the start-up.

If you are interested in challenging software development in an open-minded, young group, please contact AWI directly or find further information on the position (in German):

*Students with C# and Grasshopper skills are also welcome to apply to a part-time job by contacting 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Free webinar: Improving Your Marine Designs with Orca3D CFD

In the past, marine design with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) was expensive and required the expertise of a specialist. Now Orca3D Marine CFD has changed all of that, coupling the power and ease-of-use of Rhino, Orca3D, and Simerics MP.

Register for this webinar to see how accessible Orca3D Marine CFD can be. It takes just minutes to set up and start an analysis, and it is practical to run on ordinary engineering laptops or desktops.

Date and time: 13 June 2018, 9 AM EDT

Friday, June 8, 2018

Introduction to Jewellery Modeling and 3D Printing

Introduction to Jewellery Modeling and 3D Printing by Chesco Díaz

16-17 June 2018
Instituto Gemológico Español 
C/ Alenza, 1. 28003 Madrid

The IGE (Instituto Gemológico Español) is organizing an introductory course to Jewellery Modeling and 3D Printing. Chesco Diaz, jewelry modeler, Rhinoceros and Rhinogold authorized trainer, and IGE teacher will show the typical working process from the design to the printing of the jewelry piece.

Course Fee: EUR 100. IGE members will get a 15% discount.

Seats are limited!

Bison for Grasshopper + Rhino 6

Bison is a landscape architecture plugin for Grasshopper + Rhino 6. It features tools for terrain mesh creation, analysis, editing, and annotation.

Bison focuses on a continuous workflow from mesh analysis to editing and works to keep components concise and intuitive. The analysis tools include slope and aspect visualization, cut/fill calculations, watershed modeling, and more. The editing components transform the mesh based on curves and points. Bison also includes tools for importing landscape meshes, triangulation, and resampling, as well as components for annotating plans and cutting sections.

It is currently in its first beta release. Visit for a download link and component documentation.

Snøhetta's radiating landscape

In Lund in southern Sweden, Snøhetta has designed a functional landscape park to radiate from the synchrotron radiation laboratory MAX IV. The landscape functions to mitigate ground vibrations.

Testing revealed that traffic on the nearby highway caused ground vibrations that could influence the laboratory's experiments. The flatter the landscape, the more vibrations reach the site. The more chaotic the landscape, the fewer vibrations reach the site.

The 3D modeling proved crucial. Snøhetta established the design layout by evolving the nature of vibrations into rational values inserted in Grasshopper. The mounds pitch and roll at a wavelength pattern that corresponds to the traffic vibration, while responding to the circular form of the synchrotron building. 

Landscape Architecture Magazine looks at it this way:

Simply say the word "parametric" in a room of architects, landscape architects, urban designers, and planner, and you will be met with a lot of eye rolling. This is not unwarranted--what is essentially a form generating method with considerable aesthetic appeal has, for at least the past decade, often been treated as an end, and not a means. Rules are fed into the program, and three-dimensional forms result. The description of inputs is expectedly complex, but reflects actual conditions on site and produced outputs that have an actual, measurable impact. In the case of MAX IV, the wavelength of the traffic vibration, tangent lines extending from the 528-meter circle of the synchrotron, and a set of waves radiating out from it were plugged in to create an amplitude--resulting in a bumpy surface--to reduce the on-site vibration to as close to zero as possible. Jenny Osuldsen, a project architect with Snøhetta, said, "For once we can use parametric design in a real way."

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Speckle 1.0.0

Speckle is an open-source design/AEC data exchange platform currently integrated with Grasshopper and Rhino. It helps designers share geometry and information easily and in real time among their team, and keep full ownership of their data. You can test out the plugins straight away!

Recently, the Speckle Server & API have reached the 1.0 milestone. Now you can dive in more deeply in deploying your server, managing your streams online, etc.

If you want to be part of the Speckle community, share thoughts or cries for help, you can visit the forum or the Speckle Slack channel. Code contributions are more than welcomeall the code is released on GitHub under the MIT license.

This project started out of the InnoChain research network (McNeel is an industry partner) and received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 642877.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Reshape18 | Sensing Materialities Competition

Reshape is an online platform promoting research, design, and production of digital ideas, exploring implications and applications of technology and innovation in our society.

Annually Reshape launches a competition organized by Noumena in collaboration with IN(3D)USTRY From Needs to Solutions and Fira Barcelona to foster the use and adoption of Additive & Advanced Manufacturing on wearable and product design.

Submission deadline: 31 August 2018