Monday, September 30, 2019

Rhino Event in Milan, Italy–October 12, 2019

McNeel Europe is holding a new type of event in Milan, Italy, which combines workshops in Rhino and some of the state-of-the-art plugins, and an exhibition area:

  • Where:
    NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti
    Via C. Darwin 20, Milano, Italy
  • When:
    October 12, 2019
    10:00 am-7:00 pm

Learn about Grasshopper and Paneling Tools, see how Rhino can be used together with Archicad and VisualARQ, and take rendering to the next level through V-Ray and VR with Mindesk.

At the exhibition area you will be able to meet ShapeDiver, CIMsystem, and EasyJewels3D, among others, and try the devices by Wacom and 3Dconnexion.

Exhibition area: free access.
Workshops: Early-Bird 15€ per workshop.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

AEC Tech 2019 - NYC

AEC Tech 2019 is the seventh annual event and a four-day experience for professionals in the AEC industry and beyond!
  • Wednesday, October 16 from 6 PM–10 PM: Pre-event: VR/AR Tech Immersion Night.
  • Thursday, October 17: Masterclasses.
  • Friday, October 18: Symposium featuring a full-day of presentations and discussions from highly-acclaimed professionals within the industry.
  • Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20: Hackathon.
Join McNeel Developers in a Masterclasses at AEC Tech 2019.
  • Rhino Compute with Will Pearson and Steve Baer, Robert McNeel & Associates
  • Rhino.Inside with Luis Fraguada and Kike Garcia, Robert McNeel & Associates
Register here.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Algorithmic Evolutionary Design workshop (Wallacei), November 19-21 at McNeel Europe in Barcelona

Algorithmic Evolutionary Design workshop (Wallacei) 
November 19-21, 2019
10 AM-6 PM

McNeel Europe S.L.
Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos
08018 Barcelona (Spain)

McNeel Europe presents a three-day Algorithmic Evolutionary Design workshop using Wallacei, with Milad Showkatbakhsh, codeveloper of Wallacei and PhD Candidate at the Architectural Association, and  Diego Navarro, Authorized Rhino trainer and Computational Design teacher at UIC Barcelona School of Architecture. Wallacei, a new plugin for Grasshopper, is an evolutionary engine to run simulations through genetic algorithms for solving optimization problems. Wallacei incorporates highly detailed analytic tools coupled with various comprehensive selection methods, including algorithmic clustering, to assist users and make more informed decisions at all stages of their evolutionary simulations. In the three-day course, learn the detailed features and functions of the Wallacei platform through a hands-on approach, gaining a thorough understanding of the methodologies associated with the applications of evolutionary concepts in design. 

Day 1- Fundamentals
1.1. Theory behind the application of Evolutionary Principles in Design and Problem Solving: 
  • Significance of the biological evolutionary processes in nature. 
  • Translation of biological evolutionary processes within computation. 
  • Genetic Algorithms: case studies in design. 
1.2. Introduction to Wallacei features and contributions. 
1.3. Running Wallacei: Environment, Goals, Objectives and Gene pools. 

Day 2. Reading Data 
2.1. Understanding the Wallacei.X user interface and reading the simulation’s results: 
  • Wallacei Settings: population, parameters, search space and dynamic charts. 
  • Wallacei Analytics: standard deviation, diamond chart, and fitness values. 
  • Wallacei Selection: parallel coordinate, selecting solutions, Pareto front and phenotypes. 
  • The Wallacei.X Component Output: genomes, phenotypes, and data. 
2.2. Designing problems, environments, and frameworks. 
2.3. Application demos and personal projects. 

Day 3. Output management 
3.1. Analyzing results, reformulating and comparing 
3.2. Exporting phenotypes and visualizing. 
3.3. Consulting and personal projects. 

Course fee:
EUR 795, (+VAT); full-time students, university teachers, and remote participants get a 50% discount (proof of status required). Please note your seat is only confirmed after payment has cleared.

Max. number of participants: 10 participants and 6 remote participants. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before. (November 4)

Course language: English

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

Daylight Performance and Optimization workshop, November 28-29 at McNeel Europe in Barcelona

Daylight Performance and Optimization workshop 
November 28–29, 2019
10 AM–6 PM

McNeel Europe S.L.
Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos
08018 Barcelona (Spain)

McNeel Europe and architect Adrian Krężlik are presenting a two-day Daylight Performance and Optimization workshop at our Barcelona offices. Daylight is a vital element in architecture, responsible for health, well-being, building performance, and finally, for appearance and atmosphere. With modern-day simulation tools, architects and engineers can apply science-based strategies into the design process.

The goal of the training is to introduce architects and engineers into the concepts of contemporary daylight techniques using daylight modeling in Grasshopper, Honeybee, and Ladybug. Learn how to simulate Daylight Autonomy, Glare, Daylight Factor, and other key concepts of the most popular sustainable certificates such as LEED, BREEAM, or WELL. The training also introduces the concept of design for Circadian Rhythm as a key aspect of healthy and productive buildings. During the training, participants will build parametric models and test the concepts on study cases.

Day One 

  • Introduction to daylight demands in European norms and most popular certificates: LEED, BREEAM, DGNB, Living Building Challenge and WELL
  • Daylight Physics, Sun Position, Radiation Rose
  • Exercise One: Sunlight hours on a facade. Introduction to daylight modeling in Grasshopper, Honeybee, and Ladybug
  • Exercise Two: Designing to meet LEED v4.1 daylight requirements. Daylight Autonomy and Annual Sunlight Exposure
  • Exercise Three: Single objective optimization to enhance daylight conditions

Day Two 

  • Exercise Four: Designing to meet BREEAM daylight requirements. Daylight Factor 
  • Exercise Five: Daylight Glare Probability Simulation 
  • Introduction to single objective optimization based on Genetic and Particle Swarm 
  • Exercise Six: Building Position and Facade Optimization to enhance daylight performance 
Course fee:
EUR 530,- (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers get a 50% discount (proof of status required). Please note your seat is only confirmed after payment has cleared.

Max. number of participants: 10. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before. (November 12)

Course language: English

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

Hiking in Norwegian Arctic? Hammerfest has a warming hut for you

In 2015, the Norwegian Trekking Association, to encourage hiking around Hammerfest, proposed to build two warming huts in the surrounding mountains. They called for a straightforward structure with a working wood-burning stove, a view of the surrounding landscape, and simple benches. The two huts needed to blend in with the rugged setting and endure the harsh mountainous weather. 

Norwegian-based SPINN Arkitekter and Britain’s Format Engineers responded with a cross-laminated timber shell with exterior Kebony panels.

How did they provide a design to meet all these criteria? First, to get a detailed surface map to be used as a baseline for form-finding, the two sites were mapped in 3D with a drone and photogrammetry software. This territorial information was then plugged into Rhino, Kangaroo, and Grasshopper. 

The first hut was constructed like a puzzle and transferred to its site at Storfjellet. The second cabin will be built on Tyven, a mountain on the other side of Hammerfest, across from each other in the beautiful northern landscape.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Parametric Design Workshops in November (Berlin)

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 (Beginners and Advanced) 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.

  • Option 1: General Workshop for Beginners - 16 hours: Starts November 16, 2019
  • Option 2: Intensive Workshop for Intermediates - 8 hours: Starts November 17, 2019

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Generative design & fabrication workshop in Cluj-Napoca Romania

The event is open to all design enthusiasts and especially for those who want to dive into parametric generation and fabrication fast by means of Grasshopper and Rhinoceros.

The aim is to present form generation and fabrication techniques assisted by algorithms. The workshop will introduce an entire flow, from start to finish, in generating and producing an architectural complex shape. Final physical prototyping will be achieved using a CNC laser machine.

The workshop is aimed at all professional fields (designers, architects, artists, engineers, etc.) and it is open to anyone with a passion for design, technology or the “maker” culture. Maximum number of participants is 15 and a minimum of 10.

  • Andrei Nejur - architect with 14 years of experience in architecture and education, researcher and expert in computational and generative design. Author of the Ivy for Grasshopper plugin.
  • Adrian Bizau - fresh architect and specialist in computational design.

I National Electric Vehicle Competition in Colombia

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana's (UPB'sRhinoFabStudio invites you to join the I National Electric Vehicle Competition that will be held in Medellín, Colombia.

This national competition, organized by the University of La Sabana and the University of Antioquia, will include the participation of 16 teams from different universities in Colombia. The challenge consists of manufacturing an electric vehicle capable of transporting a 75kg person and passing a series of tests, including lean technologies, sustainable mobility, and environmental care. 

Date: October 16-18, 2019

For more information please contact Andres Franco or visit this link.

What is RhinoFabStudio? A 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.

Crystallon Version 2—lattice structures for Grasshopper

Crystallon, an open-source project for creating lattice structures using Rhino and Grasshopper, has released its Version 2. 

Some of the new features in Version 2 are: 
  • Utilities for export to FEA packages like Abaqus and Calculix. 
  • Export beams, shells, and tetrahedral elements.
  • Includes a component for generating lattice hinges, cuts made in a rigid material to allow it to bend into a developable 3D surface. 
  • Tools to calculate the surface curvature and apply patterns to the flattened surface in the direction of the bend, ready for CNC or laser cutter.
Download Crystallon Version 2 for free on food4Rhino. For news, tutorials, and new tools visit or follow on Instagram @fequalsf.

Monday, September 23, 2019

BIMscript: Within Limits - Discrete vs Ranged Parameters

Creating great BIM content in Rhino doesn't end with great geometry.  Some products require some user input to create specific configurations. We can add these parameters through the use of the BIMscript plugin for Rhino.  

Learn about the types of parameters you can use within BIMscript and how each type will affect your product in "Within Limits—Discrete vs Ranged Parameters".

Saturday, September 21, 2019

AECbytes Project Profile: Jewel Changi Airport

Jewel Changi Airport, the new Singapore airport, opened this spring. It features a unique design of the world's tallest indoor waterfall with a translucent, ovoid-shaped gridshell roof spanning above it. 

In an AECbytes project profile, Cristobal Correa, project director and Principal of Structures at BuroHappold, describes the software and AEC technology used for the Jewel Changi Airport:

"The engineering team used a number of advanced software applications and building information modeling (BIM) tools to optimize Jewel's complex design. SAP2000 software allowed for experimentation with varying depths in the gridshell, as well as for rerunning analyses and adding material where needed. These analyses included elastic as well as inelastic behavior. OASYS GSA software-enabled independent checks of these calculations. The engineering team also used Rhino for BIM and Grasshopper for the rapid generation of design alternatives.

Using these software programs dramatically improved the project team’s workflow. For example, Rhino allowed for simple interchanges of data between BuroHappold and the designers at Safdie Architects. By creating scripts in Grasshopper, BuroHappold could then manipulate these shared files, generating geometrical files that identified structural steel elements and could also be imported into the SAP2000 software for analysis. After the elements were sized, they could be evaluated in Rhino.

Eventually, those Rhino files were used to create a 3D extruded model in Revit that would be used as the basis for structural drawings. It's a complex back-and-forth, but advanced software eased the way."

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Advanced Jewelry Design Workshop, October 22-24 at McNeel Europe in Barcelona

Advanced Jewelry Design Workshop 
October 22-24, 2019
10 AM–6 PM

McNeel Europe S.L.
Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos
08018 Barcelona (Spain)

McNeel Europe is organizing an advanced jewelry design workshop at our offices in Barcelona. Our long-term software trainer and jewelry designer Giuseppe Massoni will tutor this workshop.

Digital jewelry design is becoming a standard within the contemporary production workflow. 3D modeling skills and advanced tools should help designers to explore new creative territories, not become technical bottlenecks. Grasshopper will give you the tools for a parametric approach to jewelry design. This can increase productivity and help discover new shapes and variants. Paneling Tools is a plugin that perfectly fits for “small architecture” like a jewel. It will let you divide and populate objects in a way that would be impossible to envision in a classic modeling approach.

The term "Advanced" is often confused with the term "complex". An advanced approach will teach you how tools not expressly thought for jewelry design can help you discover new possibilities for your creativity and improve your skills as a 3D digital designer.

Day 1

       Morning session: Surfaces and Meshes 
  • Introduction-Nice to meet you!
  • Optimal mesh settings for rapid prototyping (advanced options in detail).
  • Continuity and how this affects our work. 
  • Curves quality control. From degree 3 to degree 5. Advantages.
  • From good curves to good surfaces.
  • Advanced surfacing.
  • Signet ring. How much of the shape are you really controlling? Tips and tricks
  • Macros and a bit of customization.
      Afternoon session: Grasshopper Introduction for Jewelry Designers
  • What is it and how it can help jewelry designers.
  • Grasshopper user interface.
  • Basic definition to understand the workflow.
  • Let's make our first jewelry design tool: Parametric ring size.
  • Dynamic strand of beads.

Day 2

      Morning session: Parametrization of 3D Jewelry Models Using Rhino
  • What do we need to know about parametrization? 
  • Surfaces where curves are neither sections nor rails-Case 1
  • Surfaces where curves are neither sections nor rails-Case 2
  • History with UDT
  • Time for you to design
     Afternoon session: Parametrization of 3D Jewelry Models Using Grasshopper
  • Understanding data basics
  • Parametric prong setting
  • Parametric wedding band stone layout (ring size-stone size)

Day 3

     Morning session: Introduction Paneling Tools
  • Paneling Tools User Interface
  • SubD preview. Let’s get ready for more fun designing jewels!
     Afternoon session: Introduction Paneling Tools in Grasshopper
  • Paneling Tools in Grasshopper
  • Grid basics
  • Paneling using custom geometry
  • Morphing
  • Attractors
  • Warp weft jewelry “cloth”
  • Beer time!

Course fee:
EUR 795, (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers get a 50% discount (proof of status required). Please note your seat is only confirmed after payment has cleared.

Max. number of participants: 10. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before. (October 7th)

Course language: English

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

Two Python workshops by Long Nguyen, Dec 16-17, Dec 18-20 at McNeel Europe in Barcelona

Python Level 1 course: December 16–17, 2019
Python Level 2 course: December 18–20, 2019
10 AM–6 PM

McNeel Europe S.L.
Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos
08018 Barcelona (Spain)

McNeel Europe presents Long Nguyen—research associate at ICD Stuttgart and Thu Nguyen, PhD Student in Visual Computing at the Centre for Digital Entertainment, University of Bath—for two Python workshops December 16-17, 18-20, 2019.

Python is an increasingly popular programming language used in many fields: 3D modeling, web programming, scientific computing, artificial intelligence, etc. As a modern programming language, the language has a simple and clean syntax, making it very accessible to beginners.

Thanks to Rhino and Grasshopper’s official support of Python, you can programmatically access its powerful 3D modeling environment, including all essential features of its advanced NURBS engine. This opens up many new exciting possibilities, such as:
  • Building simple scripts/tools that automate repetitive modeling tasks, boosting efficiency
  • Developing and customizing tools and workflow specific to your team's needs
  • Programming advanced design algorithms that are not possible with standard out-of-the-box tools
  • Using Python as a creative design tool
  • Interfacing Rhino and Grasshopper with other software programs

Python Level 1 course: (No knowledge of programming or scripting required, only Rhino and Grasshopper)

  • Intro to Python fundamental programming concepts: variable, data, data types, conditional statements, loops, data structure
  • The Python code editor in Rhino and Grasshopper
  • Creating and debugging simple Rhino commands using Python, etc.
  • Intro to RhinoCommon library
  • Simple creation and editing of points, vectors, curves, and surfaces

Python Level 2 course: (Requires familiarity of Python programming language)

  • Understanding the pros and cons of using RhinoScriptSyntax vs. RhinoCommon
  • Working with RhinoCommon geometry: Curve, Mesh, Surface, BRep
  • Object-oriented programming in Python
  • Randomness
  • Generating and editing texts
  • Reading/writing files
  • Working with DataTree using Python
  • Persistent variables
  • Using Python with Grasshopper timer
  • Additional topics (if time allows) such as:
    • Recursion
    • Better coding experience using external editors
    • Topics requested by participants

Course fees:

Python Level 1: EUR 495,- (+VAT); full-time students, university teachers and remote participants get a 50% discount (proof of status required).
Python Level 2: EUR 795,- (+VAT); full-time students, university teachers and remote participants get a 50% discount (proof of status required).
Special offer for both courses: EUR 1195,- (+VAT)
Please note your seat is only confirmed after payment has cleared.

Max. number of participants for each course: 10. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before.
Max. number of remote participants for each course: 6.

Course language: English

Image from the previous course in April 2019.

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

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

PAZ Academy Zurich - October workshops

Join PAZ - Parametric Academy Zurich in their new October courses.
You will learn about the Archicad - Grasshopper connection in two different workshops.

October 3, 2019 

Zurich, Switzerland

Learn about the power of Rhino and Grasshopper with professional and useful examples for a typical working day.

At the end of the presentation, you’ll be able to understand new possibilities with the Archicad - Grasshopper connection. Ready to optimize your daily work.

October 11-12 and 25-26, 2019
Zurich, Switzerland

Join the ARCHICAD-Grasshopper October Camp and learn how to connect an early-stage design with Building Information Modeling.

Learn Rhino and Grasshopper through simple exercises and all the technical steps to make the two software work together.

At the end of the course, you’ll be able to understand, edit, and develop your first usable definitions. Optimize your daily work in a fun summer environment!

Data Driven Design Tamed - case study

Read how HDR partnered with Proving Ground to develop new design tools for Rhino which integrate external data and computational processes. The smart design software, appropriately named the Data Wrangler, enables designers to freely create and analyze architecture using data-driven methods and evaluate the impact of design ideas.

Read HDR's blog about how they are using the Data Wrangler with Rhino in their design process!

3D Technologies and its impact on healthcare

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana's RhinoFabStudio invites you to join a conference and workshop on 3D Technologies and its high impact on healthcare. 

Conference Topics:
  • Technologies of the fourth revolution in health.
  • Independence of imported technologies.
  • Challenges in solving local needs.
  • Innovation and agile design methodologies.

Date: September 30th, 2019
Time: 10 AM 
Location: Escuela de Ciencias de la Salud Calle 78B No. 72ª Campus Robledo
Humanae Vitae Ausditorium

  • Understand the main need of a user with ataxia.
  • Establish the scope and limitations of the project (design brief).
  • Brainstorm (methodology).
  • Generation of rapid prototyping with Rhino.
  • Tests and feedback.
  • Exercise conclusions.

Date: September 30-October 2, 2019
Time: 8 AM-12:00 PM and 2:00-6:00 PM
Location: RhinoFabStudio Bloque 8, UPB

For more information, please contact Stefania Gonzalez.

What is RhinoFabStudio? A 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.

To become a Certified RhinoFabStudio, visit this link!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Rhino3DMedical: Grasshopper components released

Rhino3DMedical provides a fast way to create 3D printable models directly from medical images.

Streamline your workflow to create 3D printable medical models. Benefit from the advantage of using Rhino3DMedical, the all-in-one software solution for medical image analysis, image segmentation, mesh creation, mesh repairing, and CAD modeling. Exploit the advanced Rhino tools for measuring, drawing, and annotation, its powerful rendering engine, scripting, and automation features.

The new release also includes novel Grasshopper components to read, analyze, and process 3D medical images, as well as integrated Python scripting. With the Rhino3DMedical Grasshopper components, you can batch process large data sets and automate repeatable processes in your workflow. 

Directly read the DICOM, NIFTI, or any other standard medical image format into Rhino3DMedical and unlock substantial time savings by optimizing your medical 3D printing process.

Monday, September 16, 2019

AIAAF symposium (AI-Aided Architectural Fabrication) in Cottbus (Germany) - 11th October 2019

AIAAF 2019
Cottbus (Germany)
11th October 2019

Last year's event was really entertaining and educational, so we are pleased to announce the second edition of the AIAAF symposium (AI-Aided Architectural Fabrication). AIAAF's idea is to meet with researchers, manufacturers, architects, engineers, etc. to showcase the works, discuss the existing research problems, and form some partnerships. While the event is open to the public, the talks are technical and academia-oriented. This year a workshop will accompany the symposium, covering some of the topics mentioned above.

There are four goals for the symposium:

1. Showcase the projects which are using fabrication aided by AI
2. Discuss outstanding robotic fabrication projects
3. Get familiar with the cutting edge simulation, modeling, and learning methods
4. Find new areas of collaboration between the AI and Fab disciplines

There will also be a workshop Intro to ML for the AEC with Rhino/GH.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Lille Langebro cycle and pedestrian swing bridge, completed in July

The WilkinsonEyre architecture practice created the Lille Langebro cycle and pedestrian swing bridge for Copenhagen.

The bridge is an application of curves to align with the moat and bank of the historic Christianshavn neighborhood and to accommodate boats passing through. 

The CAD software used was Rhino, Grasshopper, and MicroStation.

This is a landmark project both for Copenhagen and for the wider bridges sector. By combining cutting-edge design with unique technical solutions it has been possible to minimise the structural depth of the bridge and really push the boundaries of design, affording pedestrians and cyclists views across the harbour. The opening and closing of the bridge acts as a spectacle in itself, bringing a sense of theatre and excitement to the area. We’re delighted to have been able to work closely with Realdania and WilkinsonEyre to make the vision a reality.Simon Fryer, technical director, bridges, BuroHappold Engineering

Friday, September 13, 2019

Interactive 3D parametric tower design by Marco Traverso

After Marco Traverso's recent webinar on car rim design, this is a new demonstration of a parametric model done with Grasshopper and published through the ShapeDiver platform.

This time the parametric model is capable of generating a variety of tower designs, allowing specifications of the overall shape and dimensions, the type of balcony pattern style
using different image texturesas well as other architectural elements.

Are you a Bon Iver fan?

Fun! Rhino and Grasshopper show up in Bon Iver's promotional video for their new album and music tour, Autumn. It's instrumental in WhiteVOID's light show design.

Around minute 4:50, see Rhino and Grasshopper. Bon Iver: Autumn...

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Now released! The xNURBS plugin

Announcing the release of xNURBS Rhino Plugin V2.0! This groundbreaking NURBS technique has unlimited capacities for solving NURBS and generating high-quality surfaces based on an energy-minimization method. 

The key features are:
  • Unlimited capacity for solving NURBS: Its optimization algorithm can solve virtually any NURBS surface on the fly (regardless of how complex the constraints are).
  • High-quality surfaces: Its optimization algorithm uses an energy-minimization method to generate the smoothest NURBS surfaces that meet all the inputted constraints.
  • Easy-to-use: It uses one simple UI for all kinds of NURBS modeling.
  • Native CAD surfaces: xNURBS generates native CAD surfaces, i.e., trimmed/untrimmed NURBS surfaces, which can be directly used for any CAD modeling operations.
The xNURBS plugin is currently available in English, German, French, and Japanese. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Rhino UK User Group Meeting 2019 notes and photos

The Rhino UK User Group Meeting 2019 was held in June at The Crypt On The Green, London, EC1. 

Notes and photos from the event can be found now on SimplyRhino UK website.

Reshape19| Cognified Matter - Adidas new partner

In its third year, Reshape is happy to announce the participation of Adidas as a primary partner at the Reshape19| Cognified Matter competition.

Simone Cesano - Senior Director Design Operations Adidas will be part of the Reshape Jury Members to evaluate the emerging designer that will participate in the new edition of Reshape Competition V.

Reshape19| Cognified Matter focuses on future applications of Wearable Tech and Smart Products, inviting creative minds to predict new trends, elaborate on novel solutions, and recalibrate existing markets in the direction of more sustainable models.

Speckle (open-source data platform for AEC) at Digital Construction Week London - Oct 17, 2019

On October 17th, Paul Poinet will give a talk about "Open-source frameworks as enablers of transparent collaborative design workflows" during the Digital Construction Week in London at the Construction Innovation Hub.

"In the context of the AEC Delta Mobility project, I will present some recent research work built upon the Speckle open-source framework: an interactive graph tool that maps the various data exchanges operated through the platform, enabling the user to better visualize and query streams from a selected project. Join in if you are around!"hashtopen-source framework: an interactive graph tool that maps the various data exchanges operated through the platform, enabling the user to better visualize and query streams from a selected project. Join in if you are around!"

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Chaos Meetup Berlin - September 23, 2019

Chaos Meetup Berlin

September 23, 2019

Come join the Chaos Group for a deep dive into the world of architecture and design featuring inspiring industry leaders like Mahmoud El Hakim from Cheil, Gerrit Corsmeyer and Andreas Moos.

See the latest developments in V-Ray and in the Rhino 7 WIP (SubD, QuadRemesher, Rhino.Inside technology...). 

The event will finish off with some fine chat and beer. See you there!

Design Modelling Symposium Berlin - September 21-25, 2019

Design Modelling Symposium Berlin
Impact: Design With All Senses
Universität der Künste Berlin
September 21-25, 2019

The conference program of the Design Modelling Symposium Berlin is now available, and there are still a few seats left for some workshops.

"Spatial Design is a fundamental practice in humans’ shaping of the material world. As a cultural technique, it is a key activity in the design-based disciplines as well as in the arts and in engineering. The digital revolution has led to the development not only of new spatial design technologies, devices and tools, but also of new fundamental processes and strategies, in which generative procedures make algorithms an indispensable component in the design process. But it is not only technological possibilities that are progressing. The social configurations of spatial design are also shifting, as are spatial awareness and spatial experience. It is becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate between environments and technology: surfaces are becoming interfaces, inhabitants are becoming nodes, and products are transforming into services. As a consequence, established concepts of authorship, ‘reality’ and ‘authenticity’ need to be re-evaluated.

All forms of design are increasingly using digital representations and digital tools to provide more immediate feedback on the designs being generated. In this context, we can observe a gradual convergence of artistic and technical design processes. Media art and design are drawing intensively from technological developments, whereas the development of technical products and services are increasingly considering non-technical aspects such as user experience and intuition.

By synthesizing artistic, theoretical and technological perspectives and positions, the symposium will provide a platform for key research questions about the role of the digital in relation to art, architecture and design, and the impact on the future of society, environment and innovation. In this context the integration of life cycle analysis as a fundamental parameter of any design exploration and optimisation seems to be key question in the further production of human physical and social space in all scales. What will be our impacts for further generations and how could we adapt the new design methods and environments in combination with digital fabrication processes and innovative material systems to a new quality in a Regenerative Design."

Monday, September 9, 2019

Rhino Meetup group in Munich (Germany) has set up a Rhino Meetup Group in Munich to strengthen the Rhino community in the Bavarian area.

Joining this group is free, and it's addressed to people interested in Rhinoceros and CAD. will offer free meetings and workshops.

The first Stammtisch will take place in autumn 2019.

Mindesk 3 released - Realtime VR for Rhino

Mindesk 3 is here.
Realtime VR for Rhino.

Mindesk is the first and most advanced virtual reality interface for Rhino 6 and Grasshopper.

Navigate, edit, and build your 3D CAD models immersed in the VR without exporting your Rhino project. All you need to do is load Mindesk and you are ready to go. Bring your current Rhino workflow in VR including 3D navigation, multi-scale view, geometric editing, NURBS editing, surface modeling, curve modeling, and much more. Mindesk works with HTC Vive™, Oculus Rift™, and Windows Mixed Reality™ devices. We recommend that your PC is VR/AR ready.

SSI Conference on Naval Engineering in Lisbon (Portugal) - Sep 30-Oct 2, 2019

Lisbon (Portugal)
Sep 30-Oct 2, 2019

SSI is the annual ShipConstructor EMEA conference.

Join the event and learn more about state-of-the-art 3D design, analysis, optimization, engineering, and fabrication.

Get inspiration from industry experts in yacht design, naval architecture and shipbuilding, who will share their more recent projects and workflows.

Watch presentations and get hands-on with live software demonstrations in hull design and fairing, parametric engineering, CFD, visualization, and much more, including the latest updates about Rhino, Grasshopper, ExpressMarine, Orca3D and OrcaCFD.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Grasshopper tutorial: Irregular tiling

This Grasshopper tutorial uses Parakeet's Quadrilateral Tiling component to generate tiling (grid). The tiling is based on any irregular/regular Quadrilateral Curve (any closed polyline with four points and four edges).

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Karamba3D Workshop, November 27-29 in Vienna

Location: Vienna, Austria

Venue: Atelier Mitte 7, Stuckgasse 9, Vienna 1070
Dates: November 27-29, 2019, 10:00-18:00
Earlybird Fee (until October 1): Professional EUR 750 (+VAT), Student EUR 375 (+VAT)
Course Fee: Professional EUR 825,- (+VAT), Student EUR 415,- (+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. The 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 towards beginner to intermediate users of Karamba3D. However, advanced users are also encouraged to apply. It is open to both professional and academic users. For beginner users of Rhino and Grasshopper, there will be an optional introductory course one day before the Karamba3D course.

Karamba3D is a parametric structural engineering tool which provides 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 Karamba3D and visualizing results
  • Complex workflow processes in Rhino, Grasshopper, and Karamba3D
Places are limited to a maximum of 10 participants with limited educational places. A minimum of 4 participants is required for the workshop to take place. The workshop will be canceled if this quota is not filled by October 28. The workshop will be taught in English.

Course Requirements

Basic Rhino and Grasshopper knowledge is recommended. An introductory course is offered.

No knowledge of Karamba3D is needed. Participants should bring their own laptops with Grasshopper and either Rhino 5 or Rhino 6 installed. You can download a 90-day trial version of Rhino. Karamba3D ½ year licenses for non-commercial use will be provided to all participants.