Thursday, October 31, 2019

Controlmad Master Course in Parametric Design (400 hours) in Madrid - January-April 2020

Controlmad Master Course in Parametric Design (400 hours)
January-April 2020

A unique study program in the world that introduces you to parametric design and digital manufacturing in product design, architecture, landscape, digital fabrication... through the creation of physical and digital parametric models using as main tools Grasshopper for Rhino and CNC machines (Computer Numerical Control).

Harvard GSD Course in Computational Design

Would you like to learn computational design as it is taught at Harvard GSD?

Jose Luis García del Castillo y López made public his excellent lectures at Harvard GSD. His Introduction to Computational Design course covers high-level concepts of mathematics and geometry as well as C# programming in Grasshopper and RhinoCommon. Check it out...

"Happy Halloween" modeling in Rhino

Learn to create some spooky and scary Rhino Halloween models with Kyle Houchens in videos from his last Getting Stared with Rhino online training sessions.

Questions: Email Kyle Houchens

Style guide for Grasshopper

Example of Grasshopper stylesheet

Ryan Hughes
 has outlined a useful method of organizing a Grasshopper script.

Instead of posting a Grasshopper script to explain your project, try Ryan Hughes' method.  

He suggests keeping your code readable, modular, reusable and clean. 

Updated screenshot for the def with the attribution to Geometria Finland and Toni Österlund for the main components of the original definition.

Dream Flake V2.0 Online Workshop by DesignMorphine

Dream Flake V2.0 is a free webinar for designing 3D printable parametric holiday ornaments. The ornaments will be designed in Grasshopper, mainly using the Pufferfish plugin. A variety of ornaments will be created concentrating on the possibilities of shape-changing.

The webinar takes place on December 15th and will be approximately four hours long. It will be in English, with Q&As and will take place in a Private Facebook group via Facebook Live and video uploads. All videos will remain available, including the live streams. This means you can also enjoy the videos if you are not available at the live stream time.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

BricsCAD now works with Grasshopper

BricsCAD objects can now also be generated using Grasshopper. With BricsCAD BIM V20 and Rhino.Inside have redefined parametric design within a BIM modeling environment.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Rhino realtime rendering with Unreal further extended in Mindesk 3.3

Last month realtime rendering was introduced in Mindesk 3.2 for Rhino. 

Today, Mindesk 3.3 has some major updates:

  • Bring Rhino projects in Unreal without going through Datasmith and save hours to days
  • Material coupling is much faster with Mindesk Material Table in Unreal
  • a\Assigned materials to linked Rhino project are automatically saved in Unreal (more info in the tutorial)
  • Four new video tutorials that cover the Rhino/Unreal live link

6th annual competition for the best car render by Hum3D

September 18-December 4

"Sixth annual Hum3D competition for the best Car render. It’s 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 3D environment and make a beautiful render. There are no limits for your creative ideas: you can choose any automobile you like whether it is racing or imaginary vehicle. We invite all Rhino 3D artists to participate."

Tekla Software and Grasshopper webinar

Join Tekla Software's webinar on November 6th covering:
  • The benefits of parametric design and modeling of any type of bridge 
  • The steps to design a bridge with Tekla Structures using the Grasshopper link 
  • Actual experiences and advice from some of their customers 

Monday, October 28, 2019

Speckle Community Meetup at Arup London - November 27, 2019

Data in #AEC, open source, and Speckle: a community powered evening of getting things digital in the built environment and beyond.

This is the first of an evening series of interesting discussions and chatter around Speckle, the open source data platform for AEC.

Join if you want to hear more about what Speckle has been up to, shape up the roadmap, interact with the community, or simply find out what Speckle actually is. This is your chance: 6 PM-9 PM, November 27, at Arup London.

VisualARQ Grasshopper styles tutorials

VisualARQ Grasshopper styles are those VisualARQ objects created from Grasshopper definitions. This feature lets you create your custom BIM objects with no limits of parametric features.

Learn how to create your custom VisualARQ Grasshopper styles through these tutorial series.

Once you create the new object style, you can work with it in Rhino, have unlimited copies of it with different parameters, and edit it as any other VisualARQ object. At this point, no Grasshopper knowledge is required, although Grasshopper is running in the background.

If you are familiar with Grasshopper, you will find it very easy to convert your Grasshopper definitions into VisualARQ objects.

If you are not, there are sample Grasshopper definitions available to easily follow these step-by-step tutorials.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Share your Grasshopper definitions. Or benefit from others.

CORE studio | Thornton Tomasetti announced Swarm, an app store for the design community.

In the AEC industry, a minority of Rhino users produce most of the Grasshopper definitions. CORE studio calls these the Superusers and asserts they typically find it difficult to share the tools they build with their colleagues.

So CORE studio is developing Swarm to connect designers who need tools to the Superusers who build them.

Apps are available in the Swarm Marketplace, where designers from various professional fields can both discover and publish solutions for their specific needs. Each Swarm App presents a user-friendly UI that hides the daunting complexities of the script’s inner workings behind a simple set of interactive widgets. 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Grasshopper training in Turku (Finland)

Grasshopper training in Turku
Käsityöläiskatu 4A
20100 Turku


Rhinocenter is announcing a 1-day beginner's Grasshopper course in Turku, Finland. 

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.

Max. Number of Participants: 6 participants.

Language: Finnish, course material is in English.

Course Fee: EUR 495 (+VAT). Please note your seat is only confirmed once the payment has cleared. Full-time students and university teachers (proof of status required) will get a discount (-50%) if there are seats left.

To sign up, please contact Marika Almgren.

                                                         More information (in Finnish)...

Grasshopper User Meeting in London - November 20, 2019

Join SimplyRhino UK and McNeel at AKT II for this special Grasshopper User Group meeting with updates from the team at McNeel, including details on Rhino.Inside, SubD, Rhino 7, and more.

AKT II will kick off the evening’s proceedings before we move on to McNeel’s presentation and an extended Q&A.

How to create freeform stairs in Rhino

This tutorial explores how to create freeform stairs. It starts with 2D lines in a single plane, then transforms it into 3D space, and later creates 3D geometry based on the 2D data. 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

MSc Computational Methods in Architecture - Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff University)

Learn how to go from node to code and from bits to atoms. 

The Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff University) is now accepting applications to its multi-disciplinary MSc Computational Methods in Architecture.

This course, starting September 2020, addresses the need for creative professionals who are equipped with IT skills, digital fabrication skills, simulation software skills, or the ability to design custom software development tools to solve unique design problems.

Topologic for Grasshopper

Topologic is a software modeling library enabling hierarchical and topological representations of architectural spaces, buildings, and artifacts through non-manifold topology (NMT). 

Topologic is designed as a core library with additional plugins to visual data flow programming (VDFP) applications and parametric modeling platforms commonly used in architectural design practice. These applications provide workspaces with visual programming nodes and connections for architects to interact with Topologic and perform architectural design and analysis tasks.

Topologic is well-suited to create a lightweight representation of a building as an external envelope and the subdivision of the enclosed space into separate spaces and zones using zero-thickness internal surfaces.

Architectural Design Optimization: A User Survey

Christoph Waibel, Judyta Cichocka (Silvereye), and Thomas Wortmann (Opossum) are conducting a scientific survey on optimization in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry.

Participating in this short survey supports the development of optimization tools designed specifically for the AEC industry.

Results will be shared with survey participants and submitted for publication in a scientific journal.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Tekla-Grasshopper webinar - Nov 6, 2019

Easy steps to more efficient bridge design workflow

November 6, 2019

Learn the benefits and easy steps to parametric design and modeling of any type of bridge. Trimble will show a practical example of designing a bridge with Tekla Structures using our Rhino Grasshopper link. Their customers will also share their advice and benefits based on real experience. After this webinar, every bridge engineer can take their design to a new and more efficient way of working.

Now integrated with Grasshopper: ixCube and ixCube FEA

The popular tensile structures modeling and FEA system, ixCube, is now integrated with Grasshopper. Details.

Learn more about ixCube at the Textile Architecture Workshop 2019 in Dubai (November 26-27):

Free Grasshopper patterns training webinar October 23

Car Body Design is presenting a free 3D Webinar: Parametric 3D modeling techniques in Rhino and Grasshopper, this Wednesday, October 23.

It's a new 3D design webinar in collaboration with Novedge, covering 3D modeling techniques for integrating meshes and NURBS and creating parametric models in Rhino and Grasshopper.

Car Body Design founder Marco Traverso, 3D/computational designer, is presenting this webinar.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Batimat Paris

Batimat (Paris - November 4-8, 2019) is the trade show for the construction sector. It's the perfect opportunity to discover a record number of world-exclusive innovations, take part in inspiring conference sessions, and attend demonstrations.

Visit Rhinoforyou (Hall 6 - Stand A001), Authorized Rhino Reseller, to learn more about its solutions for AEC and BIM, including Rhino, Grasshopper, Rhino.Inside, VisualARQRhinoCity, RhinoSolar, RhinoCapture, RhinoTerrain, Karamba3D, and Geometry Gym's IFC, and Tekla connectors.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Join Marcello Sgambelluri in creating families using Rhino.Inside and Revit

Join the popular Autodesk University instructor Marcello Sgambelluri as he explores creating structural roof beam families with Rhino.Inside.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

MacroCad Open House in Amsterdam - November 5, 2019

Come join the MacroCad Open House (Authorized Rhino Reseller and Trainer) in Amsterdam on November 5, and learn more about Rhino WIP, SubD Modeling and Rhino.Inside Revit!

V-Ray Next for Rhino update

Chaos Group just released the latest version of their smart rendering engine for Rhino. V-Ray for Rhino update 1 is packed with useful features including performance optimizations, UI and workflow improvements, and powerful new functionality for V-Ray for Grasshopper. 

Some of the new and improved features in V-Ray Next for Rhino are:
  • Updated materials workflow — Now, you can create V-Ray materials and assign them to layers directly in Rhino’s Materials panel. You can also apply materials with a simple drag and drop directly onto scene objects or layers.
  • Faster interactive rendering — The latest update features more responsive CPU interactive rendering when editing the scene camera, lighting and materials.
  • Cryptomatte render element support — Makes it easier to select objects for post-production.
  • Temperature color picker — The V-Ray color picker also introduces a Kelvin temperature slider, which automatically provides a corresponding RGB color.
  • New in Grasshopper — Even more advanced animation setups with the new advanced value remapping utility component that exposes a bezier curve editor. In addition, you can now load V-Ray library materials in the definition, render using orthographic cameras, or export V-Ray proxy mesh and animated scene files.
And lots more! Check out the V-Ray Next for Rhino product page to find out what else is new.

Grasshopper training in Barcelona - November 18-19, 2019

icreatia, Authorized Rhino Trainer, has organized an Introductory Grasshopper workshop on November 18-19, 2019.

Come join it and learn visual programming and computational design!

Quick course for Grasshopper beginners

Starting out with Grasshopper? Gavin Crump, BIM Manager at Crone Architects, has put together a brief video introduction to Grasshopper. 

This video is for beginners, to be used as a launching pad for new users.

Grasshopper is a computational design tool within Rhino that enhances its capabilities. And there's an active user and developer community pushing the limits of what Grasshopper can achieve.  

Another goal of this video is to form a bridge for Dynamo users. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Robotic Inform V1.0 workshop in Barcelona by DesignMorphine

Robotic Inform V1.0
January 24-26

The recent adaptation of industrial robots to architectural production has given rise to a new language of design numerically informed through computation. In a world where nearly everything built around us can be 3D printed, using digital and robotic fabrication equipment can investigate possibilities for expanding the geometric vocabulary, functional integration, and smart assembly logic. All in a way that develops new design methodologies that profit from those new technologies.

During this workshop, participants will focus on designing and producing a 1:1 scale prototype of a 3D printed chair through generative growth algorithms. They will be introduced to computer simulation to generate these designs with fabrication rules and constraints, ensuring that their designs can be ready for manufacturing and produced by several geometrical iterations through the same logic.

Nemo for Ship Design has a new release

A new release of Nemo, a Grasshopper plugin for ship design, is shipping!

Nemo is divided into two major parts :
  • Nemo Analysis, for automatic analysis of ship geometry (licensed)
  • Nemo Designer, which includes several design tools (free)
Nemo Analysis can perform hydrostatics computation, silhouette extraction, meshing generation, and resistance prediction right inside Rhino. Sectioning hull into stations - buttocks - waterlines, generating an offset table, or creating cross-sections curves are also embedded features.

Interoperability is allowed with external software like NavCad (HydroComp), Mars 2000 (Bureau Veritas) or Excel (Microsoft).

Nemo Designer includes specific tools to create NACA sections and appendages such as hydrofoils, keels (with or without bulb), or even blade propellers.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Call for Projects - Digital Fabrication Showcase

To all our Certified RhinoFabStudios, ARTCs, and ARTs, we want to thank you and express our appreciation for all the work that you do.

We are creating a portfolio called Digital Fabrication Showcase that aims to include outstanding computational designed projects manufactured in these centers around the world. We would like to display your activities and developments in our digital design and manufacturing groups, blogs, and social networks. Your ideas as indicators of the 4th industrial revolution we are all experiencing, where technology, collaborative platforms, and talent come together to generate new models, products, and solutions.

If you are a Certified RhinoFabStudio, ARTC, or ART, please share with us your most remarkable projects so that we can include them in the portfolio. Use one or more of these templates per project. We must receive your proposals by December 15, 2019, to include your projects in the portfolio. You can download some template samples of PDF files already filled in with projects.

For more information and to send your PDFs to be included in
the portfolio, please contact Jackie Nasser and Lucia Miguel.

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!

Rhino Python Open Day in Thessaloniki (Greece) - October 17, 2019

EU CodeWeek 2019 is here, and on October 17 re:arch is conducting an open day for an introduction to programming using the Python language in Rhino in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Seating is limited so, reserve your spot now by emailing or calling them at +30 6973284030.

Also, in preparation for the Grasshopper Workshop taking place on October 31-November 1-November 2 in Thessaloniki, re:arch is also presenting four special computational design open days on Thursdays this month.

The four open days are a multifaceted introduction based on simple examples without the need for prior knowledge. The goal is to create a strong understanding of using 3D digital design tools with any type of geometry and on any platform.

Grasshopper Workshop (Greece) - October 31, November 1-2, 2019

Re:arch organizes a Grasshopper Workshop for architecture students and architects in Thessaloniki, Greece.

No previous experience is required. Participants will be working with relevant examples in order to learn Grasshopper logic, tools, and functions. They will also develop a personal project during the workshop. 

Seating is limited. Reserve your spot now by emailing or calling +30 6973284030. Remember to bring your computer!

Computational Forms Workshop at Colegio Mayor de Antioquia

Join Andres Gonzalez, RhinoFabStudio worldwide director, at Colegio Mayor de Antioquia for an architectural seminar in Computational Forms with Rhino and Grasshopper!

During this seminar, Andres explores architectural trends in digital manufacturing processes and parametric design. He also examines how we adapt to new technologies and society's demand to carry out more sustainable and technological processes in the fourth industrial revolution for design. Participants will learn how Rhino and Grasshopper have affected digital and parametric design locally and internationally as well as concepts of generative design and architectural modeling. 

Spaces are limited, register now!

Date: October 22, 2019
Time: 12 PM-1 PM
Place: Tv. 78 #65 - 46, Medellín - Colegio Mayor de Antioquia - Medellín, Colombia 

For more information, please contact Luis Henao.

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, October 10, 2019

Ivy plugin workshop in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

A workshop teaching the fundamentals of Ivy for Grasshopper
Hosted by Andrei Nejur

Cluj-Napoca, Romania
November 1-3

The workshop is for design enthusiasts who want to dive into parametric generation and fabrication fast using 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 a complex architectural shape. Final physical prototyping will be achieved using a CNC laser machine.

The workshop starts by introducing the Grasshopper platform and some extensions used to generate geometry. It continues with the production and assembly of the generated shapes, observing real-life applications, errors, and solutions.

Number of participants: 10-15 

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

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

New Archicad Grasshopper training in Zurich

Archicad + Grasshopper Intensive
4-Day Workshop

Date: Friday+Saturday, October 11-12, October 25-26
Time: 9 AM–5 PM / incl. break
Location: Zürich

As an Archicad user, you will learn how to connect Grasshopper in real-time with Archicad. First, you will learn the technical steps of how the two software work together. You will get to know Grasshopper integrated into Rhinoceros 6.

Learn the power of parametric design in examples and challenges. In class, you will develop your own systems to optimize your work, make changes, variations, and convert the design into a full BIM model in realtime.

Through simple exercises at the end of the course, you will be able to understand, edit, and develop your first usable definitions.

Previous knowledge is not necessary. The course will be taught in English.

Open Position at the ICD University of Stuttgart

The Institute for Computational Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart is accepting applications for a Research Associate: Doctoral or PostDoctoral Level (E13 TVL).

The responsibilities of the position include: 
  • Conducting research on agent-based methods for the fabrication-oriented design of adaptive modular concrete construction as part of the DFG-funded Priority Programme Adaptive Modular Construction Systems using Flow Production Methods – Rapid Precision Construction of Tomorrow (SPP 2187)
  • Teaching master-level design studios and seminars on topics related to the research  
  • Participating in the further development of the institute’s laboratories
The expected start date is January 1, 2020, but, if possible, the position will be filled earlier.

The application deadline is November 15, 2019.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

America's cup Team New Zealand hull makes public appearance

We get a little thrilled when we see Rhino software in use. In this case, that little Rhino logo showed up in the video for Team New Zealand in their America's Cup preparations.

If you are curious about the hull design, here's a comparison of two different hull designs.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

New Rhino 6 - Mac & Windows - Mexico

Join Dimension N and Centro and learn about the new tools and features of Rhino 6 for Mac and Windows. This talk will be presented by Javier M Gaxiola (@Jamagax), Rhino specialist and user for more than 15 years. 

Now that Rhino 6 is available for both Mac and PC operating systems, Javier will be showing the new rendering and materials system, the new display engine, the new presentation toolsGrasshopper, new manufacturing applications, and our new project Rhino.Inside.

Place: Centro - Auditorium
Date: Thursday, October 10th
Time: 5 PM

Admission is free. Special pricing for new licenses and upgrades will be available to attendees. 

For more information, please call 5554341485 or email

Friday, October 4, 2019

Daylight Simulation and Optimization Workshop in Helsinki (Finland) - January 27-28, 2020

M.A.D. has organized a Daylight Simulation and Optimization Workshop in Helsinki (Finland) - January 27-28, 2020

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 training goal is to introduce architects and engineers to the concepts of contemporary daylight techniques. The 2-day event spreads from Climate Based Daylight Modelling to Circadian Rhythm. The participants will learn how to simulate Daylight Autonomy, Glare, Daylight Factor, and other key concepts of the most popular sustainable certificates such as LEED, BREEAM, Living Building Challenge 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 in study cases.

The training is in English by Adrian Krężlik from Parametric Support.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Generative design with bamboo in Panama

A five-day intensive course for experienced designers on using 3D modeling software for building with bamboo

This course offers a chance to explore the gap between computational design software and the realities of bamboo construction. Learn about bamboo and how architects should design for durability using software such as Rhinoceros and Grasshopper. Increasing the architectural toolset and applying this to underutilized locally available sustainable materials will hopefully be the first step to build capacity in the construction section and apply this knowledge to the needs of those who need resilient, sustainable, and adequate buildings.

Course lead: John Osmond Naylor
Design tutors: John Naylor and César Cheng
Dates: October 7–11, 2019 (5 days)
Investment:  $650

Capacity limited to 12 people.
More information here.

Reserve your spot by sending an email to .

Rhino 6.0 for Jewelry: A guide to basic jewelry design and model making strategies using Rhino 6.0

Dana Buscaglia, a Rhino instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology, adds to the Rhino tutorial arsenal with this book. As the title implies, Rhino 6.0 for Jewelry sets out to demonstrate and teach the use of Rhinoceros for the design and creation of jewelry. The level is beginner through intermediate.

It's intensive instruction in creating accurate technical drawings using Rhino. 

The chapters are step-by-step instructions that gradually build a knowledge base, as the following chapters become more advanced.

Rhino 6 Level 1 Online Training en Español

Register for the Rhino 6 Level 1 - Online Training by McNeel Miami (home of the RhinoFabStudio).

Course Description:

In this online class, you will learn to create and edit models freely and accurately. The course covers most of the functionality of Rhino 6, including some advanced commands. You will also learn about the creation and editing of curves, surfaces, and solids.

Julian Oquendo will teach this course in Spanish.
Additional course information is here.

Cost: $99 USD
Date: 8, 11, 15, 18 October 2019
Time: 3 PM–6 PM (EST)*
*Note: All times listed are Eastern (Miami) time zone. Calculate your time zone. 

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

The class will be in Spanish using GoToTraining software.

Space is limited. Register here!
For more information, please contact Jackie Nasser or call 305-513-4445.

What is 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.