Wednesday, April 29, 2020

MacroCAD Online Training

Interested in learning Rhino, Grasshopper, or Rhino for Jewelry?

MacroCAD, Authorized Rhino Training Center, is offering regular online courses and tailor-made training. The duration depends on your desire and the type of training. Multi-day training will be given per half-day sessions.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Fourth Computational AEC meeting online

Open-Source Software in AEC

Join Computational AEC  online as three AEC experts involved in open-source software shine light on the potential of open-source in our industry:

  • Ehsan Iran-Nejad - Rhino.Inside Revit and the role of documentation in an open-source project. Ehsan is both an architect and a software developer. He's currently working at Robert McNeel & Associates on the open-source Rhino.Inside Revit project. 
  • Dion Moult - Open-source, open-data, and their role in the built environment. Dion is also an architect and a software developer. He's currently working as Emerging Digital Engineering Manager at Lendlease. Dion's recent open-source project is BlenderBIM. 
  • Jon Mirtschin - BIM: open vs. closed. Jon Mirtschin graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering/Science from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He worked as a structural engineer for ten years before starting Geometry Gym in 2009. Geometry Gym develops BIM software tools specifically for Model Exchange using openBIM standards such as IFC. These are primarily in the form of plugins for applications such as Revit, Rhino, Grasshopper, Tekla, and various structural analysis applications.

Date and time:
Thursday,  April 30,  2020
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm AEST

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Online workshop: Grasshopper programming for Architectural projects - April 25, 26, 29, 30

Online workshop: PVB - Programación Visual Básica con Grasshopper para Proyectos de Arquitectura 
April 25, 26, 29, 30 (16-21h)
Instructor: Sergio Del Castillo Tello 

Offmiau has organized a new workshop for architects in Spanish who want to get introduced into algorithmic modeling with Grasshopper.

To register, contact

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Hull Design and Fairing Level 1 & 2 - Online Training - Starting May 5.

Hull Design and Fairing Level 1 & 2 - Live Online Training

May 5-14, 2020
By RhinoCentre NL

This training course teaches you the Rapid Hull Modeling for ships, yachts, workboats, and multihulls.

Develop competence in: Class-A Fairing – Final Design – Fairing for Production – Hull Optimization – Reverse Engineering – Hull from GA/ Lines-Plan – Advanced Analysis – Modeling Strategies – Developable Hulls.

Follow and finish the Hull Design and Fairing Training Bundle now in two weeks:

  • The three training modules are covered in four live training sessions of two hours. The first week is a two-hour session on Tuesday and Thursday, and the second week is again on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • In between the live sessions, you practice the exercises as self-study with the instructional videos and written-out exercises.
  • The training intensive is scheduled for weeks 19 and 20. In week 19, live sessions are on May 5 and May 7; in week 20, they are on May 12 and May 14.
  • For trainees around the world, each session is offered twice per day. Central European Summer Time (CEST): 09:00 - 11:00 and 17:00 - 19:00 hour.
  • Maximum of 10 participants per session.
  • Mandatory prerequisites for this training is Rhino Level 1 training or a couple of months working with Rhino.
  • The trainer is Gerard Petersen, one of the developers of the method and fairing professional.
  • After sending in some tasks, you receive a certificate of completion.
  • There is an option for 1-4 hours of extra personal training support.
  • To kickstart your hull modeling and fairing jobs, there are two extra support programs of 8 hours or 16 hours.

Private & Tailored Online Training by SimplyRhino UK

SimplyRhino UK announces its new Private & Tailored Online Training:
  • Do you have a particular modeling problem to be solved?
  • Are you concerned about an approaching deadline?
  • Would you like to see a project progress and learn from an expert at the same time?
SimplyRhino UK can deliver industry-specific Rhino modeling and visualization advice:
  • Cover as much ground as possible in a shorter time
  • Choose the most appropriate content for you
  • Pass on skills for a specific project or task
  • Get focused attention to your specialist users

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Rhino.Inside - New online course from ThinkParametric

The team at ThinkParametric has announced a new online course. Learn a new skill today!

Rhino.Inside - Design to Production workflow

In this course, Oliver Thomas, BIM specialist at BIG, teaches you how to streamline the workflow from design to production using Rhino.Inside.

After testing Rhino.Inside at BIG and being impressed with the potential it offers, it was quickly rolled out as one of the core tools for future projects.

“In this course, we will look at the implementation of Rhino.Inside Revit workflows, early in the design process to transition from design into documentation. This is enabling our teams to streamline the transition back and forth between our design and documentation worlds, allowing us to utilize each platform's strengths.”

Friday, April 17, 2020

ShapeDiver video tutorials

Take a guided tour with the new ShapeDiver video tutorials.

If the ShapeDiver documentation is hard to digest all at once, these videos will explain step by step the how and why of every ShapeDiver functionality.

Their first episode is an introduction for complete beginners. Learn how it works and the ways it can help you. Use the right preview, configure the mesh settings and, of course, learn the main rules. With this information, you'll be uploading a definition in a few minutes.

If you are already familiar with the basics, the next episodes explore more advanced features and workflows. There are seven so far and many more to come.

Also, don't forget to check the forum for already asked questions and to suggest new topics.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Rhino.Inside Revit Online Course - Paz Academy

Join the Rhino.Inside Revit Online Course and learn how to connect parametric design with BIM.

This course focuses on a new development between Rhinoceros + Grasshopper and Revit.

Thanks to Robert McNeel & Associates, the way we work will change the entire AEC Industry. Be the first one to take this game-changer journey with Paz Academy.

Learn Rhino and Grasshopper through simple exercises and all the technical steps to make these two software work together on a professional and exciting Paz Online Platform.

Get the maximum out of Revit, learn the power of Grasshopper and optimize your daily work with personal Paz accompaniment.

Now in Tekla: Model complex geometries with Grasshopper

Trimble has released Tekla 2020 Structural BIM Software Solutions. This latest Tekla product includes a new direct link between Tekla Structural Designer (TSD) and Grasshopper.

The link is a set of Grasshopper components that can create and update objects live. Manipulate key parameters in Grasshopper linked to Tekla Structural Designer. Compare the alternatives and explore different early-stage design alternatives quickly and easily.

With this link, you can also automate TSD static analysis and record global displacement results using Grasshopper. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Rhino Level 1 Online Training by SimplyRhino UK - April 27-May 6, 2020

Rhino Level 1 Online

The course consists of six half-day sessions from 09:00 to 13:00 each day.

This online course is for anyone new, or nearly new, to Rhino 5 and Rhino 6 and is taught by an experienced and Certified Rhino Trainer from Simply Rhino.

Recognized as the introductory course for Rhino, all trainees receive a physical training manual in advance of the course and an official certificate on completion.

Target Audience

Whatever your market, if you want to get off to the best possible start and develop a good understanding of best practice approaches to modeling in Rhino, this is the course for you.

Design professionals who want to efficiently learn the concepts and features of the Rhinoceros modeling software at an accelerated pace in an instructor-led environment should take this course.

Class Dates

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: April 27-29 and then Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: May 4-6.

Simply Rhino will be announcing other online classes very soon!

ShapeDiver - Parametric Design For Cloud Applications - April 28-30, 2020

ShapeDiver - Parametric Design For Cloud Applications 

April 28-30, 2020
Free online webinar | Limited spaces available

Join this 3-day ShapeDiver online workshop with Edwin Hernández (Grasshopper specialist) and Mathieu Huard (Co-Founder & Head of Product) and learn how to prepare and optimize a Grasshopper definition for cloud applications.

During these online workshops (3 sessions of 90 minutes each), they will give an overview of the cloud tools available within the Rhino+Grasshopper ecosystem (Rhino Compute, Speckle, Swarm, Trinckle, Emarf, Ghshot...). They will also provide help in identifying common design challenges and strategies for all these types of applications:

● Computational efficiency
● Lightweight solutions
● Data management
● Maximizing automation

Mastering these design principles in Grasshopper is the primary goal of this workshop, which is targeting already experienced Grasshopper designers. So if you ever wanted to polish and increase your Grasshopper skills to start a new business or improve your existing one, this is the webinar for you!

The participants will first go through the process of creating and uploading a simple definition to ShapeDiver as a concrete example of how a cloud application based on Grasshopper gets started.
Afterward, in parts 1-3 of the workshop, they will provide advanced training for preparing and optimizing Grasshopper definitions for cloud applications. They will use of some popular tools of the Grasshopper ecosystem (Metahopper, Human, OpenNest, Squid, FabTools...) as well as tools included in the ShapeDiver plugin.

In the last part, they’ll dive into some fundamental use cases for cloud applications based on parametric definitions and build examples using the ShapeDiver online platform, while keeping the focus on high-level implementation principles which apply to any technology leveraging CAD files in the cloud.

Check out the full agenda for this event. 

Are you interested in joining this webinar? Head to this link to reserve a place. Limited seats available!

Want to learn more about ShapeDiver? Check out their Instagram account.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Lands Design released!

Asuni has just released Lands Design for Rhino! Lands Design is an advanced solution for designing green spaces and landscapes. It runs inside Rhino 6 and uses BIM technology for 2D technical drawings, 3D modeling, and photorealistic renderings.

Watch the following webinar and find out more about its main features:
  • Extensive plant database in 3D / 2D
  • Powerful terrain modeling tools
  • Dynamic 2D documentation
  • Parametric design with Lands components in Grasshopper
  • Animated videos and realistic Images which bring your project to life

New release of Twinmotion 2020 includes Rhino One-Click Support

Twinmotion 2020 is now available, and it includes Rhino One-Click Support. Rhino is supported by Twinmotion’s DirectLink feature. You can sync your Rhino and Grasshopper data into Twinmotion with a single click. Organization and hierarchy are retained, and native materials are automatically substituted with Twinmotion PBR materials.

Twinmotion 2020 is realtime, interactive visualization software for rendering and animations, useful in architecture, design, construction, urban planning, landscape architecture, and related fields.
Other new features are:
  • Enhanced lighting and rendering
  • Enhanced vegetation system 
  • More realistic humans 
  • Project presentation and viewer 
  • New material and texture options 
Twinmotion 2020 is available on both Windows and Mac platforms.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

A fun way to learn Grasshopper

To help you learn Grasshopper, McNeel Miami has created SudoHopper3D, a card game to improve the overall understanding of parametric thinking.

SudoHopper3D playfully takes you on a journey through mathematics, algorithms, and basic coding. Players surprisingly learn concepts such as vector geometry and trigonometry. Players also learn problem-solving, logic, and sequential reasoning in a socially interrelated and entertaining environment.

The card game consists of 126 cards for Level 1. Players have the option to download the free PDF file. Print out the cards on your printer to use with the game and videos. Be creative: use FaceTime and web cameras to play with students remotely. You can also order the physical cards online.

In addition to the cards, players may get the Level 1 videos from our Vimeo On Demand page. During the COVID-19 crisis and for an entire year, receive free access to the videos with the code: HELP4EDU. These videos will show you different ways to write the definition that solves each assignment. The videos are available in either English or Spanish.

You can find more ways to solve the assignments on our YouTube channel too:

Assignments from 1-6:
Assignments from 7 to 12:
Assignments from 13 to 18: 

Please share comments and images of what your students are achieving with SudoHopper3D and Grasshopper.

Stay safe, stay well, thanks.

Andres Gonzalez
RhinoFabStudio Worldwide Director
McNeel Miami

Helpful links:

Grasshopper class - Online en español

This workshop is for Spanish speaking students and professionals interested in learning computational design applied in the generation and rationalization of Complex Geometry and its implementation in different design processes. The class will be taught online and will cover some basic concepts and methodology to face design problems. Participants will work through the development of algorithmic tools through a visual programming process using Grasshopper.

Or contact: Leonardo Nuevo - Tel +52 1 33 3956 9209 (in Mexico)

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

New release: NGon for polygonal meshes in Rhino 6

There is now a new release of NGon for polygonal meshes in Rhino 6.

Here are the new features of NGon 2.1:
  • BRep subdivision with seam merge
  • BRep direction match for NGon subdivision
  • Tangent-plane planarization
  • Reciprocal methods
  • Remeshing 
  • Dual (Naked Edge addition) 
  • Mesh with holes loft - bug fixes
  • Default display of Grasshopper
  • NGon Split
  • Faster polylines to mesh conversion
  • Faster mesh weld 
  • NGonsCore.dll could be used for custom scripting
  • More example files

Studio 3DX - Cloud BIM and GIS asset management solution

Parametricos created Studio 3DX, a cloud BIM and GIS asset management solution, for architects and engineers to digitally transform their office workflow, for all phases of a building’s life-cycle. From conceptual design to construction and facility management.

With the Studio 3DX you can securely store and visualize your 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) models, which are then geo-coordinated in their context. This solution offers tools for all your team members and clients to analyze the uploaded IFC model and collaborate on your project by creating issues and comments inside the 3D viewer and assign them to the responsible team member. Each project has its own location, as is in real life, but the solution also offers the choice for a different location for each model as well. This allows for the creation of a large masterplan with several buildings in one project location, all in the cloud.

Parametricos aim is to help professionals collaborate remotely and efficiently.

A few days ago, Parametricos collaborated with VisualARQ: Flexible BIM for Rhino 3D and are offering all its users a 100€ discounted price on the Studio 3DX annual subscription.

They would like to extend this offering to a broader Rhino user audience. Anyone interested in their solution can try it out for seven days on Email Marios Messios for the offering.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Rhino Development Support Afternoons

Get development support from McNeel experts remotely.

Are you developing a project with Rhino? Whether you are working on a Grasshopper plugin, a Python script, or anything related to Rhino’s new development tools, join us this Wednesday, April 8th, 3-5 pm CET remotely to discuss your idea or work-in-progress development projects. 

These informal one-on-one sessions are meant for you to ask development questions and get advice for any roadblocks that you might be facing in your development process.

Attendance is free, but you must register for a slot from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

SOFiSTiK announces components for bridges

Based on alignment, cross-section information, axis variables, and placements, you can now create 3D parametric models that include realistic 3D geometry and a 100% user-controlled analytical model.

Use this tool as a pre-processor for Bridge Information Modelling and refined Finite Element Analysis.

The SOFiSTiK Grasshopper Toolkit is an extension to Grasshopper. Convert elements like points, curves, or surfaces into structural points, and surfaces. The elements can be attributed with analytical properties like material, cross-section, boundary conditions, or loads. This data can then be directly streamed into a SOFiSTiK project for further analysis and design of the structure.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Stork - new view navigation plugin for Rhino

Stork is a view navigation plugin for Rhino. Its main features and areas of use are:
  • Walking/flying, realtime Rhino model exploration with ground and scene objects collisions
  • Intuitive, flexible, and precise camera angle setup and photo-matching
  • Realtime project presentation or screen-recorded walkthrough video production
  • Fully implemented Two Point Perspective projection with no limitations known in standard Rhino UI
  • No need to export to external software to experience your model from the human eye perspective
Stork uses a set of keyboard shortcuts, mouse actions, and popup menus, and is primarily based on [WASD] + MouseLook scene navigation standard known from FPP (First Person Perspective) video games, enhanced with Rhino-specific features.