Saturday, September 29, 2018

Parametric Design Workshops at LAVA (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture - Berlin)

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

This series of Parametric Design Workshops (Beginners and Advanced) by Wassef Dabboussi (Berlin, November 2018) 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 November 17, 2018
Option 2: Intensive Workshop for Intermediates - 8 hours: Starts November 24, 2018

Friday, September 28, 2018

SimplyRhino Hardware Configuration for Rhino 6

SimplyRhino has been researching the best hardware configuration to run Rhino 6 for Windows and is sharing the results on their website.

They also have reviewed a PNY mobile workstation using Rhino v6 and V-Ray 3.6 for Rhino. Watch the video (delivered by Phil Cook), along with full text regarding the content (including how Rhino 6 takes full advantage of the high-spec GPU).

SudoHopper3D at Construct3D 2018 - Georgia Tech

Join us at Construct3D and meet Andres Gonzalez, RhinoFabStudio Director and Rhino & Grasshopper specialist, in a Presentation and Workshop on SudoHopper3D, a card game aimed to improve the overall understanding of parametric thinking so you can learn new skills to teach and speed up the adoption and exploration of digital fabrication in your classroom.

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

Location: Salon III-Georgia Tech
813 Ferst Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30332
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Time: 11:30 am-12:10 pm

Location: MRDC-Georgia Tech
801 North Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30332
Date: Monday, October 8, 2018
Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm 

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.

RhinoPolyhedra for Rhino 6 Available

Create and visualize a variety of polyhedral shapes with RhinoPolyhedra for Rhino. Over 630 different shapes are available!

What’s new:
  • The project has been completely rewritten to run in both Rhino 6 for Windows and Rhino 6 for Mac (WIP).
  • The project now includes support for Grasshopper. You’ll find the components on the Mesh toolbar under Polyhedron.
  • The Polyhedron command now creates ~635 shapes.
  • The Polyhedron command now outputs meshes (n-gons) or curves, in addition to surfaces and polysurfaces.

RhinoPolyhedra is free!

XirusCAD for Rhino 6 at DEVELOP3D LIVE in Boston

Mirrakoi is exhibiting at DEVELOP3D LIVE in Boston (October 2, 2018) to announce XirusCAD for Rhino 6 and the new starpoint-features that are soon included in XirusCAD

Super-smooth starpoints can be created with a few mouse clicks from n-gons with 3, 4, 5 or 6 edges with G2 or higher continuity. XirusCAD enables instant smooth freeform modeling: the intuitive creation of smooth Y-branches or bridges between patches has never been easier! XirusCAD for Rhino provides a complete toolset for intuitive and instant high-quality smooth freeform modeling and enables direct surface, tangent and curvature control, SubD, full NURBS compatibility and more. 

XirusCAD is available for free at

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Controlmad X Master Course in Parametric Design - Madrid, Spain - January-April 2019

This unique study program introduces you to parametric design and digital manufacturing in product design, architecture, landscape, digital fabrication... through creating physical and digital parametric models with Grasshopper for Rhino and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines as the primary tools.

Complete details and registration...
Registration is available until October 10, 2018.

Annual Hum3D Competition for the best car rendering

It's time for the fifth 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 a racing or an imaginary vehicle. 

Algorithmic modeled cakes

It's not often that we get to use delicious and Grasshopper in the same sentence.

Dinara Kasko is a former architect who became interested in patisserie. Kasko began designing cakes with extraordinary shapes. "I like sharp, straight lines."

She is now using algorithmic modeling to build her cakes. She programs and scripts the cakes, then models and prints a kit to pour the silicone mold on a 3D printer.

Facades+ AM: Miami 2018

The Facades+ conference series is a robust dialogue encompassing all things building skin—bridging the profession, industry, academia, operations, and ownership. The best of the Facades+ 2-day event is distilled into a quick-take morning forum with a definite local flair. The program includes three sessions covering issues unique to the region, including innovative building skins, high-performance facades, and Miami’s newest projects. These well-rounded, expert dialogues will inform and inspire.

Some of the questions this conference will address are:
  • How are architects incorporating regional sensibility into the apparatus of the building envelope? 
  • What technologies are being tapped? 
  • What processes are required to bring these to the market? 
  • At the other end of the spectrum, innovation is inspired by vernacular approaches. How are these vernaculars transformed?
  • And what is the role of technology and building code in effecting these transformations?
  • Finally, there is a category of buildings that manifests the learning/adaptation processes of architecture itself. Facades are often rebuilt, transmuted, or even exchanged. What are the factors determining this process today?
Listen to the experts and be a part of this engaging discourse!

Register today!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Boolean Operator—another interesting project by Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY

Boolean Operator is an irresistible terrain for children to play. 

Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY recently installed a fanciful large-scale outdoor pavilion at Suzhou Center in Suzhou, China.

Boolean Operator appears to have bubbled up from the ground, or perhaps dropped from the sky.  The white aluminum sculptural architecture is both massive in scale, yet delicate. Parts are as thin as 1mm in places where the curvature is tightest and thick as 2mm thick on the larger spans.

Take a look at this fun project and see what inspires Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY.

Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY is an art + architecture studio specializing in the intersection of unique spatial experience and ultra-thin lightweight structures. The design research of the studio is deeply rooted in the development of computational protocols and means of digital fabrication.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

SFCDUG September 26, 2018

Data Analysis and Flood Resilience Policy

San Francisco, CA
Attend online or in person
Time: 12:30 PST

SFCDUG welcomes Edoardo Saba, from Parsons, as their featured speaker for a discussion about the use of data in city planning. They are also happy to have Dimitrie Stefanescu joining the event. He will give an overview of Speckle. 

Attending in person?
Get your tickets here.  Registration in person closes at noon on the day of the event. No exceptions. This month will be hosted at the AIA San Francisco.

Attending online?
Register to the free webcast here. GoToWebinar sponsored by Gensler.

NYC Workshop - Rhino technology in the cloud and beyond

Our team at McNeel is conducting an exciting workshop for developers. We will be introducing Rhino.Inside™ technology to embed Rhino and Grasshopper technology inside other applications and web services. We also will be exploring the stateless REST API provided by Rhino Compute, the cloud-based geometry service.

A hackathon follows the workshop where you can explore all the new ways to access Rhino technology. Listen to the experts and engage in the discussion!

If you need robust geometry access in your development projects, this is the workshop for you.

Where: Core Studio's AEC Tech 2018, New York City
Presenter: Dale Fugier, Rhino developer support lead
When: Thursday, October 25

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Biomimicry and computational design in a facade

Gaurav Goel announced the publication of his first article in Window & Facade Magazine India.

This article talks about how biomimicry and computational design has influenced the discourse of facade design and is illustrated with one of Gaurav's design projects from a London competition.

Gaurav holds a master's degree in architecture from the University of Nottingham and a master's diploma in parametric design from Spain.  In 2016, Goel founded Parametric Curiosity, an architecture studio and social media blog for sharing digital explorations in parametric design.

Goel's research interests lie in form finding, temporary and permanent pavilion installations, form optimization, digital fabrication with CNC and 3D printing, architectural facades and other geometrical explorations using computational tools such as Rhino and Grasshopper.

You can read the article Biomimicry Inspired Facades & Computational Design on pages 58-62 in the magazine's July-August 2018 edition. 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Print seamless patterns on fabric in minutes

Digital patterning, such as GeminiCAD Systems,  reduces the manual steps typically associated with 2D pattern making.

The recently introduced ExactFlat Monarch software system adds the ability to apply texture-mapped graphics directly to the pattern with perfect flow matching. With Eastman automated cutting systems, the data is used to print and cut perfectly aligned pattern pieces ready for assembly.

This YouTube video demos the software ExactFlat Monarch as it is used for furniture manufacturing.

Grasshopper Workshop in Mexico by Darco and McNeel Miami

Darco is a digital architecture consulting company. They provide solutions for architecture, engineering, design, modeling and animation for professional development. 

Darco (CDMX, México) invites you to join their Grasshopper Workshop in October led by RhinoFabStudio Director and Rhino and Grasshopper specialist, Andres Gonzalez

The workshop is for architects, product designers, jewelers, and designers in general. Participants will be able to create their own definitions in order to speed up the design in their respective areas of work. Also, exciting topics like “Data Tree” will be presented.

Basic knowledge of Rhino is required for this course.

Location: Ejército Nacional 373- 403, Col Granada,
Del. Miguel Hidalgo CDMX, México
Date: October 16-17, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Fee: $5,750 MN + IVA

For more information and to register please contact Claudia Perez.

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, September 20, 2018

Nemo for Grasshopper available on food4Rhino

Rhino is a great exchange platform, present almost everywhere in naval architecture or marine engineering fields, and a wide open ecosystem allowing the developers' community to add their own functionalities. Based on this observation, Nemo's idea is to create Grasshopper tools applied to ship design, with the addition of several modules. The purpose is to do direct internal computations using Rhino API functions for the common needs of the naval architect and to create bridges between external specialized software by optimizing interoperability and data exchanges.

The main features developed are hydrostatics computation, meshing export to flow simulations, transverse section export to MARS2000, resistance prediction using HOLTROP and SAVITSKY methods, or data export to NAVCAD. Additional tools are provided for lines plan drawing or NACA section generation. And more will come.

All this work started in the frame of an academic research project and has led to the release of Nemo plugin for Grasshopper.

Garden Thorn irrigation system

Here is a fun product from a Rhino user, Handy Camel. It's their contribution to combating global warming with water conservation.

The Garden Thorn is a spike made of recycled plastic. It's a nifty irrigation device that injects water three to six inches underground and eliminates runoff and evaporation, so plants get the water they need at the roots.

The Garden Thorn spike is placed in the ground, not on the surface like soaker hoses. There is no runoff or evaporation.

It is an easy-to-use, underground irrigation system requiring:
  • A garden hose
  • A rubber mallet to protect the thorn when tapping into the ground
  • A hose end-cap for one end of the hose
The spike is hammered in the ground near the plant. When snapped in place, the needle at the top of the Garden Thorn punctures the hose. The pressurized water is injected down into the spike and out a hole at the bottom, watering the roots and soil directly around the plant.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Grasshopper Training in Turku (Finland)

October 29-30, 2018
Käsityöläiskatu 4A
20100 Turku

Rhinocenter welcomes David Rutten to tutor a two-day beginners Grasshopper course in Turku, Finland.

Grasshopper is a graphical algorithm editor for designers exploring new shapes using generative algorithms.
David Rutten of Robert McNeel & Associates is the designer of Grasshopper and a worldwide authority on generative design.

Course Fee: EUR 995 (+VAT). Please note that your seat is only confirmed once payment has been cleared. Full-time students and university teachers (proof of status required) will get a discount if there are seats left.   

Maximum Number of Participants: 8 participants. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before the start date of the workshop (October 12th).

Language: English.

Course Requirements: No knowledge of programming or scripting is required. To attend you only need your own computer and a copy of Rhino 6 on it.

To sign up, please contact Marika Almgren.

Course info in Finnish:

Webinar: RhinoCAM in Education, September 19

Wednesday, September 19
8:00am PDT

This webinar features MecSoft's RhinoCAM products for education. Anyone interested in CAM for education is encouraged to attend.

Webinar overview:

  • RhinoCAM in Univ of Arizona by Paulus Musters, Materials Lab Manager
  • Overview and Demo of the RhinoCAM Educational Product
  • Resources for Education
  • Q & A
Presenters include Paulus Musters, Kyle Houchens and Don LaCourse

XXXII International Fair of Bogotá (industrial exhibition)

The XXXII International Fair of Bogotá aims at the new technologies applied to productive industries. It has become a center of business and industry contacts that encourages commercial exchange. It is a favorable scenario for the exhibition of machinery, equipment, technological advances, supplies, machinery for construction, capital and intermediate goods, raw materials, components and services to an infinite market for development and industrial growth.

Join Rhino3D Colombia and Almacenes Yamata and learn how 3-D design is combined with new technologies, and how new ideas can be generated using Rhino, RhinoCAM, and Grasshopper

Date: September 24-28, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
Place: Main entrance: Carrera 37 No. 24 -67, Bogotá
Visit us at Pavilion 1, Level 1, Stand 232, CORFERIAS.

Register here!
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, September 18, 2018

Rhino for Educators Workshop at Construct3D 2018

Construct3D 2018 is a 3D printing, digital fabrication conference, and expo focused on academic use, best practices, and professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students. This year, Georgia Tech hosts the event.

The Rhino for Educators Workshop is a comprehensive, one-day introductory class, where you will learn the basics of creating and editing accurate 3D models. This fast-moving class covers how to start using Rhino to develop models for both rendering and digital fabrication. The day will start with an introduction and progress rapidly to more advanced surfacing commands and preparing models for 3D printing. This class is designed to be “hands on.” However, feel free to join us even if you do not have a computer.

Location: Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI),
813 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
Venue: GTMI Auditorium
Date: Friday, October 5, 2018
Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Instructor: Mary Ann Fugier, Director of Education and Training,
Robert McNeel & Associates

Spaces are limited - Register now!

More information...

Saturday, September 15, 2018

ACADIA 2018 Mexico City, October 18-20

October 18-20, 2018 | Universidad Iberoamericana | Mexico City

ACADIA 2018 Mexico City aims to recalibrate the discourse of computational design research. Mexico has a rich and varied design culture which brings to mind names like Barragan, Candela, Legorreta, Goeritz, and Pani. This conference provides a platform for experimentation in imprecision and the breaking of the norms that define fidelity within contemporary architectural research and practice. More...

Register here.

Various workshops will be held in conjunction with the conference. Details, workshop descriptions, and registration information are here.

About ACADIA...
ACADIA was formed to facilitate communication and critical thinking on the use of computers in architecture, planning, and building science. The organization is committed to the research and development of computational methods that enhance design creativity, rather than just production. A particular focus is education and the software, hardware, and pedagogy involved in education. Please visit the main ACADIA website for more information.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Karamba3D Workshop - November 28-30 in Vienna

Location: Vienna, Austria
Venue: Sichtart e.U., Mariahilfer Straßer 112/1/9 Vienna 1070

Dates: November 28-30, 2018
Time: 10:00-18:00

Course Fee: Professional EUR 750 (+VAT), Student EUR 375 (+VAT) 

Led by plugin developer and structural engineer Clemens Preisinger, along with Zeynep Aksoz and Matthew Tam from the expert Karamba3D team, this three-day workshop will focus on methods of setting up structural systems in the parametric environment of Grasshopper. Participants will be guided through the basics of analyzing and interpreting structural models, to optimization processes and how to integrate Karamba3D into C# scripts.

This workshop is aimed toward beginner to intermediate users of Karamba, but advanced users are also encouraged to apply. It is open to both professional and academic users.

Karamba3D is a parametric structural engineering tool that provides an accurate analysis of spatial trusses, frames, and shells. Karamba3D 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.

Course Outline
  • Introduction and presentation of project examples
  • Optimization of cross sections of line-based and surface-based elements
  • Geometric optimization
  • Topological optimization
  • Structural performance informed form finding
  • Understanding analysis algorithms embedded in Karamba and visualizing results
  • Complex workflow processes in Rhino, Grasshopper, and Karamba3D
  • The workshop will be taught in English.
  • Basic Rhino and Grasshopper knowledge is recommended.
  • No knowledge of Karamba is needed.
Places are limited to a maximum of 10 participants with limited educational places. A minimum of 4 places is required for the workshop to take place. The workshop will be canceled if this quota is not filled by October 15th.

Participants must bring their own laptops with either Rhino 5/Rhino 6 and Grasshopper installed. A 90-day trial version of Rhino can be downloaded from Rhino.

Karamba ½ year licenses for non-commercial use will be provided to all participants.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Construct3D 2018 at Georgia Tech - Grasshopper 101 Workshop

Construct3D will take place at Georgia Tech this year. The Conference aims to bring together educators involved in digital fabrication to exchange ideas, build their networks, learn new skills, and accelerate the adoption and exploration of 3D printing in education. 

We are honored that they have invited RhinoFabStudio Director and Rhino and Grasshopper specialist, Andres Gonzalez, to lead a couple of workshops and a presentation in partnership with TROTEC USA

This course is for design professionals who are looking to efficiently learn concepts and features of Grasshopper at an accelerated pace. Andres will get you started with generative modeling in Rhino using the Grasshopper plugin in real-life examples.

Location: Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI)
813 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
Date: Friday October 5, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM

Spaces are limited! Register now!

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.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

RhinoLink for Wolfram Language

RhinoLink is a prototype Wolfram Language paclet that provides a two-way communication link between McNeel and Associates' Rhino and Mathematica or Wolfram Desktop.

With RhinoLink you can:
  • Script Rhino with Wolfram Language code
  • Create Grasshopper components that encapsulate Wolfram Language code
  • Control Rhino content with Wolfram Language interfaces
  • Source Rhino geometry from Mathematica
  • Include Wolfram Language code directly in Grasshopper structures
  • Use Rhino as a geometry server from Wolfram Language

RhinoLink currently supports Rhino 6 for Windows and Mathematica versions 11.0+.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Construct3D 2018

Construct3D 2018 is a 3D printing, digital fabrication conference, and expo focused on academic use, best practices, and professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.

This year, Georgia Tech hosts the event, happening in Atlanta, GA, October 5-8th. Registration is open until September 28, 2018.

The event is open to all teachers, practitioners, technologists, designers, students, and academics from K12, higher education or informal education.

The conference hosted panels featuring notable educators and industry four full days of over one hundred talks and workshops, a vendor area offering demonstrations of leading design, materials, digital fabrication technologies and other resources, and social gatherings that encouraged discussion.

Robert McNeel & Associates lead trainers Andres Gonzalez, Mary Ann Fugier and Dale Fugier will present in-depth workshops on Rhino, Grasshopper, and SudoHopper3D.

The sessions offer educators new skills to take home to their schools and programs, and opportunities to speak directly to staff who develop these applications.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Food4Rhino reaches three million downloads!

Food4Rhino, the plugin community server by McNeel, with more than 400 Rhino and Grasshopper apps, reached recently three million downloads!

Many thanks to all the third-party developers and users for this milestone, keep up the good work!

And please send us your feedback to continue improving the service!

Check out the newest developments in AEC, jewelry, visualization, CAD/CAM, robots, CFD, FEA, environmental analysis, marine, AR/VR/MR, footwear, games, volumetric modeling, structural optimization, product configurators, form-finding, urban and landscape, BIM translators, GUI customization, and much more!

Digital R+Evolution Days - Macherio (Italia) - Sep 20-21, 2018

Digital R+Evolution Days
Regolo Studio
Sep 20-21, 2018
Macherio (Italia)

Regolo Studio, Authorized Rhino Training Center and FabStudio, has organized a free event for you to learn more about all the new possibilities Industry 4.0 offers, including CAD/CAM, digital fabrication, reverse engineering.