Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Computational Design: NEXT 1.0 - June 13-14, 2020

June 13-14, 2020.

Two-Day Online Conference with Live Presentations, Tutorials, Interactive Sessions, Live Mentorship and Panel Discussions

A collaborative initiative by ParametricArchitecture (PA) with rat[LAB]EDUCATION, DesignMorphine


Computational Design: NEXT is a collaborative initiative by some of the global frontiers of computational design to open up an online learning platform as a comprehensive online conference comprising of discussions, dialogues, tutorials, and mentorship to a worldwide audience through thought-provoking and meaningful conversations curated by ParametricArchitecture (PA), one of the leading media platforms focussing on Computational Design and its various subsets.

The first iteration of the online conference NEXT 1.0 takes place in June. It brings forth all collaborators on a single platform in a power-packed two-day dialogue with live tutorials and mentorship for designers for an immersive learning and knowledge-building experience.

All sessions/tracks are led by the following panelists unless specified otherwise:

  • Hamid Hassanzadeh (Turkey) – Founder & Editor in Chief, ParametricArchitecture)
  • Sushant Verma (India) – Co-founder & Design Head, rat[LAB] Studio
  • Arturo Tedeschi (Italy) – Founder Architect & Computational Designer, A>T
  • Michael Pryor (USA) – Design Director & Computational Designer, DesignMorphine
Stay also tuned for a Rhino WIP presentation!

Additive Stereotomy

Additive Stereotomy is a proposal by Maurizio Barberio and Micaela Colella of Barberio Colella ARC, developed with the support of Diederik Veenendaal of Summum Engineering.

The overall concept is to cover a large, open space by a series of adjacent arches. Under permanent load, the arches are thought to be statically independent to form a sort of false vault. By using Grasshopper, Summum Engineering determined the shape of the arches and volume fraction of the voussoirs to achieve constant stress, as well as the amount of prestress to keep them in compression under external load. Material properties are based on the 3D printing technology provided by Concr3de and were used in plugin Karamba3d to check the arches for several load combinations. Each voussoir is topologically optimized in 2D to achieve a volume fraction specific to its position in the arch, to achieve constant stress, yet with a visually similar sizing.

Bongo 3 WIP now available

Bongo 2.0 users are encouraged to download and try this WIP release of the animation plugin for Rhino 6, Bongo 3.0.

New features include:
  • Integration with Bullet physics for rigid and softbody simulation
  • New expressions properties for physics parameters
  • Improved IK system named Connections
  • Bongo gumball for simpler keyframing of objects

Bongo 3.0 WIP 3 is now available from here.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Generative design webinar using Wallacei by Mohammed Makki, Milad Showkatbakhsh, (hosted by McNeel Europe)

July 6-8, 2020
10 AM-1 PM/ 2-6 PM CET
An online course hosted by McNeel Europe S.L. (Barcelona)

McNeel Europe presents a 3-day (July 6-8) webinar on generative design with Wallacei: Tower Optimization Strategies, with Mohammed Makki and Milad Showkatbakhsh, co-founders of Wallacei. Wallacei is an evolutionary engine to run simulations through genetic algorithms for solving multi-objective optimization problems. Wallacei incorporates highly detailed analytic tools with comprehensive selection methods, including unsupervised machine learning algorithms to assist users in making more informed decisions at all stages of their generative design processes. In the 3-day online 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. The workshop will teach Wallacei through the design of an architectural tower, focusing on two primary scales that address both tower morphology and tower façade.

Day 1: Fundamentals
  • The 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.
  • Generative Design with Wallacei features and contributions.
  • Running Wallacei: Environment, Goals, Objectives, and Gene pools.
Day 2: Wallacei Generative Design Workflow
  • Setting up the generative design workflow, environments, and frameworks in order to set up a meaningful tower optimization problem.
  • 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.
  • Selecting Solutions for starting the second simulation.
Day 3: Selection Strategies
  • Setting up the workflow and design problem for the second simulation.
  • Running the genetic algorithm, analyzing the results, and extracting solutions.
  • Visualization and presentation strategies of the final solution set.
Course requirements: Basic knowledge using Rhino and Grasshopper.

Online course fee: EUR 397,50 (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers will get a 50 % discount (proof of status required). Please note, your seat is only confirmed once your payment has cleared.

Max. number of participants: 25. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled June 21.

Course language: English 

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

Friday, May 22, 2020

Rhino at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp

Dzaleka Refugee Camp is situated in one of the poorest countries in the world - Malawi. It has existed for over 25 years and hosts about 40,000 refugees and asylum seekers.

A Burundian refugee, Remy Gakwaya, is a self-taught computer programmer. He rented a tiny room in the camp and with one computer started to teach computer programming skills. Later, they assembled a 3D printer, learned Rhinoceros and they are now sharing these skills with others in the camp. When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, they immediately began designing and developing 3D-printed protective essentials such as face masks, face shields, and equipment for aid-workers or hospitals. 

MEAL* (Middle East Architecture Lab) Live Academy

Mask Design by Alessandro Zomparelli - Branding by Turbo تيربو

Monday, 25 May - Friday, 19 June

MEAL* (Middle East Architecture Lab) developed Live Academy to bring together the brightest minds in architecture and design from around the world, to meet and exchange their ideas of the future. Live Academy is an online project. The program focuses on emerging trends in technology and design, both in academia and in practice.⁣

Webinar: How to Revolutionize Your Immersive Workflows with Varjo Workspace - May 22, 2020

Webinar: How to Revolutionize Your Immersive Workflows with Varjo Workspace
May 22, 2020

In this 60-minute webinar, you will hear the story behind our dimensional interface from the creators of Varjo Workspace and get concrete tips on how to start benefitting from it in your immersive workflows. You will also get a sneak peek at the latest demos:
  • Unity Editor inside Varjo Workspace in VR & XR
  • Rhino + Mindesk inside Varjo Workspace in VR
  • Modo editing inside VR
At the end of the webinar, the audience can share their thoughts on how they would like to see Varjo Workspace developed in the future and ask questions from Varjo’s leading Workspace experts.

The company with the best idea will award a remote XR-1 loaner kit for seven days.

Time: You’re welcome to join one of the two sessions based on your preference and time zone. Register now:

Webinar: Generative design with Grasshopper in BricsCAD BIM - June 4, 2020

Webinar: Generative design with Grasshopper in BricsCAD BIM
Date: June 4, 2020
Time: 9:00 & 20:00 CEST
Duration: 50 minutes

Register for the LIVE webinar Generative design with Grasshopper in BricsCAD BIM to learn how the Grasshopper connection bridges the gap between algorithmic design and building information modeling in a realtime, bidirectional workflow.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

An introduction to QuadRemesh in Rhino WIP by SimplyRhino UK

In this video Phil Cook from SimplyRhino UK takes a look at another new feature in Rhino WIP: QuadRemesh.

This new quad mesh command (QuadRemesh) can create a quad dominant mesh from any input object – Surface, Polysurface, Sub-D, or existing Mesh. It provides an extremely efficient way of reverse engineering existing data, as it can convert directly to SubD.

We’ll also look at SubD workflows, a subject we started looking at in our previous video An Introduction to SubD (SubDivision Surface Modelling) in Rhino WIP. Watch that SubD video here.

Online Training in Russian language: Rhino in Architecture

Online training in Russian: Rhino in Architecture
Starting date: May 26, 2020
Duration: 8 sessions of 120 minutes each

Sabit Software will deliver this online training in the Russian language. The course is designed for students, beginners, experienced architects, and anyone who wants to gain or improve their professional skills in architectural modeling in Rhinoceros.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Grasshopper Level 1 & 2 online classes by SimplyRhino UK

SimplyRhino UK has announced their live and online classes for Grasshopper Level-1 and Grasshopper Level-2.

Classes begin in June, 7 sessions of 3 x hours beginning at 18:00 BST which is 13:00 EDT.

Cadesign base - 3D Days Online

May 26, 2020
10.30AM CET

Cadesign base invites you to join the 3D Days Online presentations.

In the second webinar of this series, Bernat Lorente from McNeel Europe will show some of the new technologies and the Rhino WIP currently under development.

You can check the other presentations here.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

RhinoResurf 3.3 for Rhino 6 has been released

Unfold 3D mesh in to 2D Mesh

RhinoResurf 3.3 for Rhino 6 has been released recently. In this version some known bugs have been fixed. Some new features and tutorials have been added;
RhinoResurf for Rhino is a reverse engineering plugin. This plugin gives Rhino the ability to reconstruct the geometry represented by a NURBS surface of an object from a mesh or point cloud which describes it.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Grasshopper - Curso 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.
For more information, please click here...

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

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Parametric Design Webinar (Rhino + Grasshopper)

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?

This Parametric Design Workshop will provide you with the necessary knowledge and ability to use Grasshopper, a free visual programming plugin in Rhinoceros. The workshop will also include a hands-on parametric project.

If you already know Grasshopper and would like to increase your parametric knowledge, then you can choose option 2.

  • Option 1: General Webinar for Beginners - 16 hours: Starts June 20,2020
  • Option 2: Intensive Webinar for Intermediates - 8 hours: Starts June 27, 2020

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Mindesk introduces IRIS at Volkswagen Group event "Future Technology for Car Design"

April 16, 2020 - "Future Technology for Car Design" is an event organized by T-System for Volkswagen which gathers the latest innovations in the automotive design industry.

A selection of Volkswagen's Tier-1 Partners including Mindesk (a Vection Technology company), McNeel & Associates, T-System, Epic Games, Varjo, and Logitech, presented their latest technological updates. 

CEO Gabriele Sorrento and Computational Designer Arturo Tedeschi introduced Iris, an original concept for an electric city car. Arturo Tedeschi further shared details about how Mindesk Live Link with VR and Unreal opens an unprecedented approach to parametric design.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Pufferfish V2.9

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

This plugin is a set of 318 components which focuses on Tweens, Blends, Morphs, Averages, Transformations, and Interpolations - essentially Shape Changing.

Pufferfish V2.9 update adds 13 new components. Most notably components for Averaging / Tweening Transforms. A new Rhino 7 WIP Mirror Cut SubD component. New falloff options for Pinch'n'Spread are available. Average / Tween Mesh components can now use colored meshes. Various other component updates and optimizations are included.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Arthur Mamou-Mani seeks game designers to help realize virtual Burning Man installation

Architect Arthur Mamou-Mani has called for help to turn a timber amphitheater designed for this year's Burning Man into a virtual experience after the desert festival was canceled.

Sharing the design exclusively with Dezeen, Mamou-Mani called on people with expertise in working with gaming engines to help him realize the temporary structure in a digital space.

"We would like to create an online experience with the project, using features such as 'multi-player' on the game engine Unity to allow people to write or place messages of hope on the structure," he said.

Friday, May 8, 2020

NON Architecture competitions

NON Architecture invites all Rhino and Grasshopper users to participate at its competitions:

Healing - Alternative Designs for Quarantine Cities

NonA is looking for visionary concepts for alternative urban life in relation to the COVID-19 emergency – Only 3 drawings, absolute freedom of scale, site or program. 

Prizes: 2 Winners 1000€/each, 6 Honourable Mentions. 

Jury: Maura Ambrosiano – Associate Partner at Foster & Partners; Enno Zuidema – Director and Urban Planner at MVRDV. 

Competition opens on May 1st, 2020, and closes on August 22nd, 2020.

Social Distancing - Housing Block

NonA calls for alternative housing models to disrupt the real estate market in a scenario of prolonged social distancing, a creative approach to architectural design, departing from a given user, program and extension. Only 3 drawings, absolute freedom of scale, site or program. 

Prizes: 2 Winners 1000€/each, 6 Honourable Mentions. 

Jury: Fala Atelier and 3XN. 

Competition opens on May 1st, 2020, and closes on August 29th, 2020.

Two free webinars on May 13, 2020: Introduction to Fologram for Grasshopper

1st Webinar: May 13, 8:00am UCT (3 hours)
2nd Webinar: May 13, 23:00pm UCT (3 hours)
Instructor: Sean Guy (Fologram for Rhino)

This webinar will introduce Fologram for Rhino and Grasshopper plugins to demonstrate how to create augmented reality experiences in Rhino and Grasshopper. It is aimed at first-time users of Fologram. The webinar will cover a basic introduction to Grasshopper. No prior experience is necessary.

Fologram can be used for everything from overlaying a design model over a physical space, sharing models to create immersive presentations on multiple mobile phones and tablets, building interactive, multi-touch modeling tools, or assisting with complex fabrication tasks. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss their own project ideas and receive feedback and direction at the end of the webinar.

Course requirements:
Participants will need to be familiar with Rhino and have the Fologram for Mobile app installed on their mobile or tablet. Fologram for Mobile is a free download from the App Store and Google Play.

The webinar will be run as two instances of the same webinar so both European audiences and American audiences have an opportunity to tune in. The European Webinar will be held at 08:00 am UCT Wednesday, May 13th and the Americas webinar will be held at 23:00 pm UTC Wednesday, May 13th. The webinar will run for approximately three hours and the final half-hour of the webinar will be dedicated to an open Q&A discussion between all participants and the instructor Sean Guy.

Driven — advanced computational design and fabrication strategies

What is Driven?

Volumes creative hub in Paris, France, is launching Driven—an incubation program to embed advanced computational design and fabrication strategies in early-stage entrepreneurship for a circular economy.

Driven is passionate about how computational design and fabrication can play a crucial role in material use awareness to optimize the flow of material and its economy, to organize its storage, transportation, and reassembly. These elements have strong social implications and economic properties that could enrich any design’s value, scalability, impact, and agency.

Driven wants to put into action the principles of a circular economy in design to showcase built projects that embed such principles as proof of concepts. These projects will act as precedents to help all start-up projects that follow in the pipeline.

Call for Applications

Driven incubates early stage projects to become real demonstrators of computational design and fabrication applications for a circular economy, from the design phase to industrial production processes. To learn more about the incubation program, please visit the early-stage incubation program website.

Online Workshop Series Announcement

Driven wants to support all designers, architects, and makers (from beginners to those with established practices) that are interested in the topics of the Driven program and are eager to learn more to grow a community with a broader sensibility of design within a circular economy.

The workshop series is for various skill levels investigating circular economy through computational design and fabrication, data visualization, and machine learning. Here are the current workshops:

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

Hull Design and Fairing Level 1 & 2 - Live Online Training
June 2, 4, 9, 11, 2020
By RhinoCentre NL

This training course teaches you 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 two-hour training sessions. In the first week a two-hour session is on Tuesday and Thursday and the second week 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 intensive training is scheduled in weeks 23 and 24. In week 23, live sessions are June 2 and June 4, and in week 24 they are June 9 and June 11.
  • 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.
  • A mandatory prerequisite 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 you send 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.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

xNURBS Rhino plugin V4 released

Edit and rebuild a xNURBS surface.

Now available: xNURBS Version 4. Existing xNURBS customers get a free update to V4.X. Version 4 includes many enhancements, such as producing better surfacing quality, editing an xNURBS surface, and achieving smaller tangent deviation (less than 0.04 degree), etc. 

Why xNURBS? Key features are:
  • Unlimited capacities for solving NURBS: Its optimization algorithm can solve virtually any NURBS surface in a matter of milliseconds (regardless of how complex the constraints are).

  • High-quality surfaces. For a given set of constraints, xNURBS’ optimization algorithm uses an energy-minimization method to generate the smoothest NURBS surface among all possible solutions. The generated surface quality is outstanding.

  • xNURBS is one super powerful NURBS tool that fixes virtually all surfacing issues for existing CAD software.

  • Easy-to-use. It uses one simple UI for all kinds of NURBS modeling.

  • Super robust. xNURBS is rock solid and works flawlessly.

  • Native CAD surfaces. xNURBS is based on NURBS, i.e., the native CAD surfaces, which can be directly used for any CAD modeling operations without any geometry translation.

New online workshops: Python and C# Scripting & Grasshopper Plugin Development

SimplyRhino UK announces new online workshops for developers:


Karamba3D in Revit with Rhino.Inside webinar – 08.05.2020

In Karamba3D third session of the Rhino.Inside series, Junghwo Park will be showing how rather complex structure in Revit can be analyzed using Karamba3D. He will explain how the geometry will need to be processed in grasshopper before bringing it into Karamba3D.

Junghwo Park is working as BIM (Building Information Modeling) Specialist at Umdasch Group Ventures, Austria, and he is a founder of Point One Studio, Korea.

Date: Friday 8 May 2020
Time: 14:00 – 14:40 (CEST)
Language: English

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

BSS-Building System Specialist_Online PAZ (Parametric Academy Zurich)

Join the Archicad+Grasshopper BSS or the Rhino.Inside.Revit BSS Online Course and learn how to connect parametric design with BIM.

These two courses are focused on Rhinoceros+Grasshopper. From the first steps to your final BIM output in Archicad or Revit.

Learn Rhino and Grasshopper through simple exercises and all the technical steps to make these two software work together. Go deeper with theory and systems on a professional and exciting PAZ Online Platform.

Get the maximum out of your BIM Software, learn the power of Grasshopper, optimize your daily work, and get your BSS Title with personal PAZ accompaniment.

Your next opportunity to join the PAZ Online Training is on the 1st of June!! 

Monday, May 4, 2020

New dates! ShapeDiver - Parametric Design For Cloud Applications - May 6-8, 2020

Did you miss the Parametric Design For Cloud Applications workshop by ShapeDiver? You can now register for the new session.

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.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Online Karamba3D Workshop by Clemens Preisinger, June 22-24 (McNeel Europe in Barcelona)

June 22-24, 2020
10 AM-1 PM/ 2-6 PM
Online course hosted by McNeel Europe S.L. (Barcelona)

Clemens Preisinger, structural engineer at Bollinger Grohmann and plugin developer of Karamba3D,  will teach Karamaba3D from scratch. Karamba3D is a parametric structural engineering tool that provides accurate analysis of spatial trusses, frames, and shells. It 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. The online course will be hosted on the ZOOM platform.

Course Outline

Day 1
  • Introduction
  • Presentation of recent building projects
  • Definition of a basic structural system
  • Results retrieval and display for beams
  • Optimization of beam and truss cross sections
  • Structural performance informed form finding

Day 2
  • Analysis of shells and plates
  • How to debug a structural model
  • Results retrieval and display for shells
  • Creating shell-meshes and loads
  • Optimization of shell cross sections
  • Form finding for shells

Day 3
  • Generation and analysis of gridshells
  • Eigenforms and natural vibrations
  • Global buckling analysis
  • The Karamba3D Utilities
  • Using Karamba3D in C# scripts
  • Individual project development

Karamba 1-year licenses for non-commercial use will be provided to the participants free of charge.

Online course fee: EUR 397,50 (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers will get a 50 % discount (proof of status required). Please note, your seat is only confirmed once your payment has cleared.

Max. number of participants: 25. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before.

Course language: English 

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

Rhinoceros 6 Level 1 Online Course - Starts May 6th!

Seven sessions total.
May 6, 13, 20, 27
June 3, 10, 17
6PM to 9PM PDT

Cost: US$750
Register Here
  • Each session is recorded and students are given access to the recordings for review.
  • This course will discuss how to make your design process more efficient and your models easier to manufacture.
  • This course is recommended for students who are interested in using Rhino for jewelry design and prototyping.
  • The course will follow the well-organized and proven Level I training manual,  by Robert McNeel & Associates, the Rhino developers. However, the instructor, Gary Dawson, will provide jewelry-specific examples for us to use alongside of or replacing the exercises in the manual.
More Details Here.

Gary Dawson is the owner of Gary Dawson Designs, an online custom design shop in Eugene, OR. Gary is also an Authorized Rhino Trainer and over 40 years of designing, manufacturing, and repairing jewelry.