Friday, January 31, 2020

Two C# Scripting and Plugin Development workshops by Long Nguyen, March 9-10, March 11-13 at McNeel Europe in Barcelona

C# level 1 course: March 9–10, 2020
C# level 2 course: March 11–13, 2020
10 am–6 pm

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

McNeel Europe and Long Nguyen—research associate at ICD Stuttgart—are presenting two C# Scripting and Plugin Development for Rhino and Grasshopper workshops, March 9-10, 11-13, 2020.

This 2-level course will help you take your skills with Rhino/Grasshopper to the next level by developing custom Grasshopper scripts and plugins using the C# programming language. As a popular modern programming language, C# is an accessible, high-performance, consistent language suitable for small to large project developments. Thanks to the official support of C# in Rhino/Grasshopper, we can extend the capabilities of Rhino and Grasshopper – from automating repetitive tasks, developing customized workflows, to implementing advanced design algorithms and tools, as well as building two-way interaction between Rhino/Grasshopper and other software applications (e.g., Revit).

C# Level 1 (2 days): Introduction course

The basic-level workshop will introduce the essential programming concepts using the C# language and the well-documented RhinoCommon programming library.
  • Essential C# programming concepts: variables, data types, conditional statements, loops, function
  • Object-oriented programming
  • The C# Script component in Grasshopper
  • RhinoCommon basics
  • Creating Grasshopper plugins using Visual Studio
  • Custom graphics display (custom colors, materials, styles, etc...)

C# Level 2 (3 days): Intermediate/Advanced Course

The intermediate/advanced course builds on the basic-level workshop and will focus on advanced aspects of C# programming, RhinoCommon API, Grasshopper API. You will also gain better understandings about the complexity of algorithms (i.e. why they run slow/fast) and clear optimization techniques.
  • More in-depth topics about Rhino geometries (Curves, Surfaces, Meshes)
  • Editing strings, exporting and importing text files.
  • DataTree and Grasshopper data types
  • Programmatically interacting with Rhino modeling environment from Grasshopper (e.g., Rhino objects, lights, layers) such as “baking” geometry
  • C# Delegates
  • Computational complexity: understanding code performance and scalability
  • Spatial Data Structure: using RhinoCommon R-Trees to accelerate 3D searches, proximity checking, collision detection
  • If time allows, parallel computation with the .NET Task Parallel LibraryOptional topics (if time allows) e.g: recursion, using external libraries, or topics requested by participants

Course fees:

C# Level 1: EUR 495,- (+VAT); full-time students, university teachers, and remote participants get a 50% discount (proof of status required).
C# 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

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

Parametric Design Workshop in Berlin (March 2020)

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

Are you ready to learn an 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 March 7, 2020.
  • Option 2: Intensive Workshop for Intermediates - 8 hours. Starts March 14, 2020.

Rhino and Grasshopper Training with Akiyo Matsuoka, ART

Akiyo Matsuoka has been an Authorized Rhino Trainer for over a decade. She specializes in custom jewelry CAD design, teaching jewelry design and Rhino 3D CAD training in the New York City area and online.

She is offering the following Rhino or Grasshopper training sessions:

Introduction to Rhino 3D Modeling, 3 Days                       
February-March 1                                                               
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
15 W. 39th Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10018

Grasshopper - Introduction to Generative Jewelry Design - "Live" Online
In this class, students can learn jewelry design from anywhere in the world.
March 14-15
Saturday and Sunday
9 AM-4:30 PM  (EST)

Introduction to Rhino 3D Modeling - "Live" Online
March 18 to May 6
12:30 PM-3:30 PM (EST)
Eight Classes Total

More details and additional training sessions available here.
Questions? Please email Akiyo Matsuoka.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Seminar: Modelling with Tekla & Rhino/Grasshopper - London - Feb 25, 2020

Join Trimble to discover more about algorithmic design using Tekla software and Rhino/Grasshopper.

Digital Data provides a basis for rethinking the structural engineering design process and with the addition of increased computing power, this combination is beneficial to a computational data-driven process helping engineers work more efficiently with closer data-driven collaboration.

The Institute of Structural Engineers is hosting a Trimble industry workshop. The workshop will focus on the Grasshopper-Tekla live link which enables algorithmic modeling for Tekla Structures using Rhino/Grasshopper. The link is a set of Grasshopper components that can create and interact with objects live in Tekla Structures. We will also look at how a Tekla Structural Designer model can be driven parametrically using Grasshopper.

The day will be divided into a series of presentations and demonstrations during the morning. During the afternoon, there will be interactive demo workshops providing an opportunity to delve deeper into the software with Trimble's experts.

New SubD (Rhino WIP) video

In this video, Phil Cook from Simply Rhino UK takes a look at SubD, or Subdivision Surface Modelling, that is being developed for Rhino v7.

The video starts by examining SubD surfaces and how these compare to NURBS before moving on to look at some examples of how and why SubD can be used alongside the traditional NURBS workflow in Rhino.

Morphine Streams V2.0 Webinars by DesignMorphine, March 2020

DesignMorphine has organized a series of webinars in March 2020:

"Welcome to our webinar series, Morphine Streams V2.0! See below the webinar topics we have curated for this Morphine Streams version. Each webinar will be 4 hours long of prerecorded video with a 30-minute live stream Q&A which will also be recorded and uploaded. 

Webinars will take place in Private Facebook groups and participants will be able to ask questions by commenting on the videos, this gives the webinars a more interactive community environment. Each webinar will be prerecorded and uploaded at the time of the webinar to ensure optimal quality and to avoid issues of connectivity that can occur with live streaming. At the live stream Q&A times, tutors will be live streaming to summarize the videos and answer questions. 

All videos will remain available, including the live streams, for your viewing as much as you like, even after the live stream. This means you can also enjoy the videos if you are not able to at the live stream time, you may view them at your convenience and availability. 

All webinars will be conducted in English and there is no previous experience of the topics required. You must have a valid non-business Facebook account to attend and watch the videos."
  • March 8: Formfinding Optimized Shells
  • March 14: Dynamic Parametric Pavilions
  • March 15: Morphing Polygonal Geometries
  • March 21: Procedural Architectural Landscapes
  • March 22: Advanced Plugin Creation
  • March 28: Fluid Skin Interoperability
  • March 29: Twisted Box Jewelry

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Archicad + Grasshopper by Paz Academy, March 2020 in Barcelona

March 16-20, 2020
Workshop_9:00-15:00 (28 h) +
+ Jam Session_16:00-19:00 (15 h)
PAZ Academy & Friends

Barcelona, Spain

Join Archicad + Grasshopper_Barcelona and learn how to get the maximum potential in the bridge between BIM and parametric design.

During an intense week, you will learn about the power of Rhino + Grasshopper + Archicad, with professional and useful examples for your working days.

You will get advanced library files, a personal web, knowledge, and skills to start using this incredible methodology.

Also, during the week you will have lectures from different experts sharing their computational working experience.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Houdini and Grasshopper interoperability

HouGh is a set of Grasshopper tools designed to provide interoperability interface between Houdini and Grasshopper by reading and writing Houdini geometry JSON file format.

HouGh brings the best of two worlds together. Houdini’s polygon mesh modeling, volumes, simulations ..., Grasshopper’s/Rhino openNURBS engine, amazing resources, and community. Apart from the fact that the two software are low level, fully parametric, and procedural modeling tools with endless possibilities.

HouGh is written in Iron Python and fully open source. Everyone is welcome to take part in further enhancement.

Pufferfish V2.8 with SubD support

The Pufferfish is one of few animals which is capable of changing its shape.

This plugin is a set of 305 components which focuses on Tweens, Blends, Morphs, Averages, Transformations, & Interpolationsessentially Shape Changing.

Pufferfish V2.8 has been released and includes SubD support for Rhino WIP.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Rhino3dMedical, a plugin for orthopedics

Anatomically correct human knee segmented from CT
With Rhino3DMedical you can view, analyze, measure, and annotate medical images. Segment, extract, and repair meshes directly within your 3D image space. Then prepare it for 3D printing and visualization.

Applications include implant design, pre-operative planning, virtual surgery, biomedical engineering, medical training, and education.

For more information, visit Rhino3DMedical.

V-Ray for Rhino workshop in Bratislava (Slovakia)

V-Ray for Rhino workshop
Bratislava (Slovakia)

February 27-March 1, 2020

Join the FlyingArchitecture Emotion workshop series focused on storytelling through emotion-imagery creation in Rhinoceros, V-Ray, and Photoshop.

Connecter - now integrated with Rhino

Connecter is a free visual assets management system for 3D artists.

The newest release (Connecter 1.7.6) includes integration with Rhino. It allows simplified drag & drop import of assets from Connecter (.3dm, .obj, .fbx, and .3ds) and saving assets from Rhino to Connecter in .3dm format with a preview based on the active viewport.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Solemma Symposium 2020 - February 20 & 21 - Los Angeles, CA

When: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Where: HOK's Los Angeles office in Culver City
Optional: Follow-up full-day of training the following Friday, February 21, 2020

The Solemma Symposium is a full-day event and will include a series of presentations and discussions focused on how daylighting and thermal simulation tools can be used in design and performance-evaluation workflow. During the Solemma Symposium, the new software ClimateStudio will debut for the first time! ClimateStudio is their new flagship software to enhance the user experience for daylighting and early design phase energy modeling by simplifying simulation setup, greatly increasing simulation speed, enhancing graphical data output, and automating simulation reporting for demonstrating compliance with LEED and other standards.

Register for the Solemma Symposium:
$395 Symposium and Dinner
$790 Symposium and Dinner plus full-day of training which will cover the use of the new ClimateStudio and ALFA lighting design, thermal analysis, and circadian lighting design software packages.

Questions?  Contact the Solemma development team.

New airflow simulation in Grasshopper

Analyzing wind flow? Eddy3d is a new airflow simulation tool for Rhino and Grasshopper. 

Friday, January 17, 2020

Creation of a BIM model of a façade using Rhino, Rhino.Inside, and Revit

Imagine Computation, a German-based consultant for digital AEC processes, was asked to deliver a native Revit BIM model of a façade of an office building. To use the flexibility of Rhino and in-house developed Rhino plugins, they created a new toolset to transfer 3D objects, attributes, and other specifications such as materials and transformations to Revit without having to break the hierarchy of Revit elements.

To speed up the creation of 3D façade elements, they first developed a tool to link all elements as external blocks, including material information and other attributes. Next, they exported the same block definitions as single files and re-imported them into Revit as families to set the given attributes and materials. In the final step, they inserted all Revit families at the corresponding position in 3D space to digitally assemble the façade. 

The tools were mainly developed as C# Rhino plugins and as C#- Grasshopper components as part of Rhino.Inside within Revit.

More information can be found here...

New version of Discover, an optimization tool for Grasshopper

Danil Nagy announced the latest version of Discover, his optimization tool for Grasshopper. This version 19.12 includes a set of new features and bug fixes.

For more details check out the release notes.

Get the latest version now...

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

3XN—Making architecture human

See Rhino in use in this 30-minute documentary on 3XN Architects

It's the eleventh episode of The Architects Series, a web series dedicated to renowned Italian and international design studios.

3XN Architects, based in Copenhagen and with offices in Stockholm, Sydney, New York, and London, employs a team of 140 architects and also professionals from other fields. 

As the documentary illustrates, for 3XN Architects, it's about working in a good environment that focuses on people, their creativity, and their constant commitment to finding innovative, sustainable design solutions.

FABRICATE 2020 (London)

*The conference and events planned for April 2-4 are postponed until autumn. (New dates to be confirmed.)
Booking is now open for FABRICATE 2020, a unique conference this April exploring the future of digital fabrication in London.

Discussing the progressive integration of digital design with manufacturing processes, and its impact on design and making in the 21st century, FABRICATE brings together pioneers in design and making within architecture, construction, engineering, manufacturing, materials technology, and computation.

FABRICATE 2020 is co-chaired and co-organized by The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University and Swinburne University of Technology. It will take place in London between April 2-4, 2020.

Limited early bird tickets now on sale at

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Upcoming webinar: Getting Started with Visual Coding: Dynamo, Grasshopper and beyond with Gavin Crump

Gavin Crump will present a brief overview of two of the most popular computational design tools on the market: Dynamo by Autodesk and Grasshopper by Robert McNeel & Associates. These tools have given designers across all disciplines the ability to automate and enhance their BIM/design workflows in many exciting and new ways.

It can sometimes be hard to know the best place to begin when learning these tools (and also not clear what benefit they may bring to you and your company). So this webinar aims to provide a clear starting point, as well as some examples of ways in which they can enhance your design workflows.

  • A brief overview of computational design
  • What is visual coding?
  • Dynamo and Revit
  • Grasshopper and Rhinoceros 
  • The best ways to learn
  • Where to beyond visual coding?
  • Q&A
Tuesday, January 21, 2020, starting at 9 AM UTC 

Monday, January 13, 2020

Controlmad Master Course in Parametric Design (Madrid, Spain)

*Important: This edition has been postponed due to the COVID-19 situation. If you are interested in the new dates, please email

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

The course is divided into five groups with several units. Each unit aims to teach students new parametric tools based on Grasshopper.

  • Group I - NURBS modeling (Rhino, Grasshopper)
  • Group II - Digital Fabrication (visits to outstanding parametric buildings)
  • Group III - Mesh modeling (Grasshopper for organic design, structural analysis, and form-finding)
  • Group IV - Interoperability (Grasshopper and its connection with Arduino, sensors, data from the Internet, Python...)
  • Group V - Thesis (individual work on the main interests of the student based on the previous units + V-Ray for rendering)
For parametric fabrication, the course uses a CNC 3-axis milling machine large size, 3D printers FDM, and a Trotec Laser machine. Material prototyping is included in the course.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

New Publication by McNeel: Essential Algorithms and Data Structures

We're delighted to share the release of the first edition of the Essential Algorithms and Data Structures for Computational Design. This publication by McNeel introduces effective methodologies to develop complex 3D modeling algorithms using Grasshopper. It also covers extensively the data structure adopted by Grasshopper and its core organization and management tools. The material is directed towards designers who are interested in parametric design and have little or no background in programming.

Download the full  PDF and Grasshopper examples...

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Parametric Design Seminar in Oslo - February 11, 2020

Håvard Vasshaug from Bad Monkeys at the Parametric Design Seminar 2019. 

For the third time in Norway, a seminar dedicated to Parametric Design/Visual Programming is specifically arranged for the construction industry.

Several Norwegian and international speakers will show how they combine different visual programming tools to solve challenging and time-consuming work in the design process. Such tools allow for entirely new opportunities in design optimization of buildings and other constructions by adding rule-based relationship and logic, rather than doing it manually.

When you now can use standard software based on visual programming, it is also made available to everyone, and not only the large offices.

The lectures are by architects, engineers, and industrial designers who use many different types of software to achieve their goals. The seminar aims to display the wide range of applications and possibilities with parametric design, regardless of software providers. Also, there will be an opportunity to meet representatives from Robert McNeel & Associates, the creator of Rhino and Grasshopper.

Speakers that are confirmed for the Parametric Design Seminar 2020 in Oslo:
  • Matteo Cominetti - Senior Automation Developer Arup and cofounder of Speckle - London/United Kingdom
  • Dimitrie Stefanescu - Open Source Data Infrastructure Arup and founder of Speckle - London/United Kingdom
  • Sylvain Usai - Architect Design-to-Production GmbH - Zurich/Switzerland.
  • Alexander Matthias Jacobson - Architect Climate and Computational Design Specialist Bjarke Ingels Group Architects - Copenhagen/Denmark
  • Krzysztof Wojslaw - Parametric Design and VDC Specialist/Bridge Engineer at Sweco - Norway
  • Øystein Ulvestad - BIM developer at Sweco - Norway
  • Carlos Perez - Head of sales, marketing, and business development, McNeel Europe - Barcelona
  • Daniel Covacks - Parametric Design and BIM specialist at GRAPHISOFT - Hungary
  • Ellika TAVERES-CACHAT - PhD candidate, Department of Architecture and Technology Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) - Trondheim/Norway
The complete list of speakers is now ready and the program is being finalized. (Please also see the program from the 2019 event to get an idea of what to expect.)

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Datakit expands its range of Rhino plugins

Datakit, the French specialist in data transfer for CAD systems, adds to their Rhino offerings with new plugins for CreoView, Revit and IFC formats. This has also led to the creation of a bundle for architecture and construction.

Three new plugins for Rhino

The Rhino import plugins, which already support 12 exchange formats, have been enhanced after the October update with three new formats: 

  • Revit, 3D CAD software for architecture by Autodesk
  • IFC, interoperability format for BIM (Industry Foundation Classes)
  • Creo View, 3D visualization software from PTC’s Creo products. 

Advanced workshop on Rhino and V-Ray in Oslo (Norway)


The main objective of this course is to gain in-depth knowledge to create high-quality surface models. We will work with various surface properties that influence visual quality. Geometric properties that influence production, such as draft angles, thickness and file transfer to other CAD software. During the class, you will be introduced to Grasshopper and learn how this visual programming interface can improve the modeling process to create parametric geometries and repeating patterns. The last section of the course will focus on using V-Ray for Rhino to render high-quality images efficiently.


This three-day class starts with a refresher on Rhino's interface and modeling concepts before moving on to use various methods to create high-quality CAD models. We will look at how to automate modeling and to ensure repeatability and consistency in your workflow. Grasshopper and V-Ray will be a natural part of this course. The course is adaptable and may include specific modeling tasks from attendees upon request. Lunch is included unless the course is held on-site. Please let Pivot know if you have special requirements for food.


Trainees should ideally have at least six months of experience using Rhino. However, experience with similar modeling software can make up for little or no Rhino experience.

Level: Advanced

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

New Ladybug and Honeybee versions announced

New versions of Ladybug and Honeybee have been announced.

You can download the new release of the legacy plugins from food4Rhino. For more details: