Friday, August 28, 2020

Two Python online courses (Level 1 & 2) by Long Nguyen in October hosted by McNeel Europe

Python Level 1 online course: October 12-13, 2020
Python Level 2 online course: October 14-16, 2020
10 AM–5 PM CET
Hosted on Zoom by McNeel Europe 

McNeel Europe presents Long Nguyen, research associate at ICD Stuttgart, for two Python online workshops on October 12-13, 14-16, 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online course fees

Python Level 1: EUR 250,- (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers get a 50% discount (proof of status required).
Python Level 2: EUR 395,- (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers get a 50% discount (proof of status required).
Special offer for both courses: EUR 580,- (+VAT)
Please note your seat is only confirmed after payment has cleared.

Max. number of participants for each course: 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!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

A fan inspired by an earwig?

A fan inspired by an earwig? Harvard University published a research article for the earwig fan developed in Rhino. 6.0 and Grasshopper.

They proposed a crease-pattern designing software developed in Rhino 6 and Grasshopper. An origami simulation toolbox of Grasshopper, Crane, was used to simulate the folded shape of the generated crease patterns. The folding processes and Movie S5 were drawn via the online application Origami Simulator.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Beaver for Performance Network Webinar

Beaver for Performance Network Webinar

Join Marcio Sartorelli and João Pini for a webinar on their Grasshopper plugin Beaver for Performance Network. Beaver is a tool that allows parametric structural analysis and design of timber structures according to the European design code (EC5).

You can download the plugin from food4Rhino!

Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM CST
Price: USD $5

Register here!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

SudoHopper3D Bonus Pack!

Keep learning Grasshopper!

Check out our new Bonus Pack with six more lessons, now available in the last chapter of our SudoHopper3D course.

Our free SudoHopper3D course is part of a card game created to improve the overall understanding of parametric thinking that will help you learn Grasshopper. 

In this new Bonus Pack, we will cover components like Graft Tree, Flatten Tree, Sort List, Tween Curve, and Polygon Center.

These new free lessons are available in English and Spanish:

For the Spanish version click here.

Enjoy them!

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

BSS - Building System Specialist Online Program (Rhino.Inside.Revit)


PAZ Academy (Parametric Academy Zurich)

BSS is a unique, personalized 4-month Certificate Program that lifts you over your Revit BIM limitations to become a professional computational designer in your field! 

BSS focuses on the powerful plugin Rhino.Inside.Revit with numerous interoperability connections.

You'll learn the theory, gain technological understanding, build your own scripts, improve your algorithmic logic, create parametric BIM Models in Revit, and acquire a broad perspective look. Design with data, systems, code, AI, and animation while keeping your freedom and flexibility to design better buildings!

Be part of our PAZ NET in a challenging and exciting BSS PAZ Platform.

The autumn edition starts on September 1st!

Details and registration...

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Rhino Webinar for the Trotec Laser Cutter

This week, Trotec Canada will be teaming up with Ryerson University's FCAD team to host a Rhino 3D Basics Webinar for the laser cutting machine! We'll discuss the basic functions like how to make lines, how to create shapes, engraving and cutting guidelines, color swatches, and print settings for the laser using Rhino.  

Date and time: Tuesday, August 18 at 11 am EST

Thursday, August 13, 2020

BSS - Building System Specialist Online Program (Archicad + Grasshopper)

Archicad + Grasshopper
PAZ Academy (Parametric Academy Zurich)

BSS is a unique and personalized 4-month Certificate Program that lifts you over your Archicad BIM limitations to become a professional computational designer.

BSS focuses on the powerful connection between Archicad + Grasshopper and the new GDL Visual Baby: Param-O

You'll learn the theory, gain technological understanding, build your own scripts, improve your algorithmic logic, create parametric BIM Models in Archicad, and acquire a broad perspective look. Design with data, systems, code, and use AI and animation while keeping your freedom and the flexibility to design better buildings!

Be part of the PAZ NET in the challenging and exciting BSS PAZ Platform.

The Autumn Edition starts on September 1st!

Details and registration...

Monday, August 10, 2020

Crystallon Online Workshop - On Demand

Did you miss the opportunity to attend the Online Crystallon Workshop led by Aaron Porterfield?

The four-day workshop is now available On Demand for a limited time!

You can purchase it here!

Thursday, August 6, 2020

New xNURBS Tutorial Video


Now, xNURBS is producing more tutorial videos. These new tutorial videos intend to help users to use the xNURBS Rhino plugin correctly and efficiently. They illustrate the basic rules discussed in xNURBS manual (xNURBS Rhino plugin and xNURBS SolidWorks addin have a very similar capacity/UI, so they share some screenshots/tutorial videos).

These new tutorial videos will explain:
  • How to use xNURBS to generate Quad-sided and N-sided surfaces
  • How to set internal curve constraints correctly
  • How to create a symmetric surface
  • How to use xNURBS for form-finding
  • How to avoid conflicting constraints

Hull Design and Fairing Level 1 & 2 - Live Online Training (September 7, 10, 17, 24)

Hull Design and Fairing Level 1 & 2 - Live Online Training
September 7, 10, 17, 24
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 this training now within three weeks:
  • Three training modules are covered in four live training sessions of two hours. In between the live sessions, you practice the exercises as self-study with the instructional videos and written exercises.
  • The intensive training sessions are on September 7, 10, 17, 24.
  • For trainees around the world, each session is offered twice per day. Central European Summer Time (CEST): 09:00–11:00 h. (Group 1) and 17:00–19:00 h. (Group 2).
  • Maximum of 10 participants per session.
  • The trainer is naval architect Gerard Petersen, one of the developers of the method and fairing professional.
  • After sending in some tasks, you receive a certificate of completion.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Datakit Import/Export plugins updated

Datakit has updated its collection of Rhino Import/Export plugins.

The new plugins for Rhino are twofold, both for the export and import of new file format extensions and for surface texture support.

New features of export plugins

"We have supplemented our range of tools for writing open files in Rhino 3D with FBX and glTF formats," explains Félix Thuilier, Marketing Manager at Datakit.

FBX format (.fbx) is an Autodesk proprietary file format widely used by the publisher with its Maya, 3ds Max, and MotionBuilder animation software, as well as its CAD software. It facilitates the acquisition and exchange of 3D models and associated documents and media from multiple sources, including the world of animation and video games.

For its part, the glTF format (Graphics Library Transmission Format) (.gltf, .bin, .glb) is a file format, free of rights, based on the JSON format, facilitating the exchange of scenes and models between 3D applications. Developed since 2012 by the Khronos Group industrial consortium, this file format is compact, interoperable, and fast to load. It is often presented as the “JPEG of 3D”, facilitating the 3D model visualization on web pages. 

These two plugins are available individually for € 1,000 or in the export bundle, which increases from five to seven supported formats at the unchanged price of € 1,500. All customers of this bundle, who are up-to-date with their maintenance, have access to these two new plugins at no additional cost.

What's new in import plugins

“For playing third party files in Rhino 3D, we have added to the Revit format import plugin support for .rfa files in addition to .rvt files. Similarly, we added to the IFC format import plugin, support for .ifcZIP files in addition to .ifc and .ifcXML files. This shows that the world of construction and in particular BIM (Building Information Modeling) is an important development axis for us,” explains Félix Thuilier.

Revit is a 3D design software for the construction world published by Autodesk. “The .rvt format corresponds to a global Revit project that can integrate several buildings. The .rfa format is used for standard element families offered by Autodesk, as well as for specific user-defined elements. They can be imported and instantiated in a .rvt project”, explains Laure Bedu, head of development around Revit at Datakit.

For its part, the IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) format is a standardized file format (ISO 16739 standard) used in the construction world to exchange information between different software. “These files can have .ifc, .ifcXML or .ifcZIP extensions, which are now all supported by the plugin,” notes Laurent Eraud, developer at Datakit.

The textures support

The surface textures are essential pieces of information to transmit when exchanging files with Rhino. In addition to the more realistic visual aspect, they inform the user about the nature of the elements they dress (brick wall or stone, for example). This is why Datakit has decided to support them in its JT and CATIA V5 file import plugins, and its export plugins to 3D PDF and FBX.

These developments result from monitoring market trends by Datakit's strategy team, confirmed by specific requests from customers. They are the subject of writing specific features allowing the use of the desired file extension for import or export. They are then directly integrated into a plugin that adds a Datakit Exchange tab to the Rhino menu bar.

Live Online Rhino Level 1 for Jewellery Training Course (7 x Saturday Sessions, starting August 22, 2020)

SimplyRhino UK announces new dates for its Live Online Rhino Level 1 for Jewellery Training Course.

This comprehensive 7-session jewellery Rhino training course is intended for those who currently work professionally, or who wish to work professionally, in fine jewellery design and manufacturing, but who are new or nearly new to Rhino NURBS modeling software.

The course starts with an introduction to the Rhino interface before moving on to the fundamentals of 2D curve construction and their use in creating cross sections for solid modeling.

We then introduce the key tools of solid creation in Rhino one by one in the context of common jewellery forms—solitaire rings, eternity rings, bezel settings, claw settings, rub-over settings, rex settings, pearl settings, and pinched shanks.

Throughout these exercises, we will discuss important tolerance considerations for 3D printing models to use in precious metals casting.

We will also discuss creating STL files for rapid prototyping (such as 3D printing) and consider various presentation and rendering processes.

The course consists of 7 x Saturday Sessions from 10:00-13:00 (UTC/BST)

Next class dates: Saturdays. August 22, August 29, September 5, September 12, September 19, September 26, October 3

Monday, August 3, 2020

A food4Rhino webinar series: Jevero - Footwear Pattern Engineering (August 5 at 5 PM CEST)

Jevero enables the most fluid and tight collaboration between pattern engineers, footwear developers, and shoe designers. Leveraging Rhinoceros, this plugin lets you create pattern parts, develop sizes, and export to all sorts of cutting machines. All kinds of workflows are supported, connecting the design process and the production seamlessly.

Join Federico Trentin, Jevero Application Engineer, in this free webinar hosted by food4Rhino.

Date: Wednesday, August 5 at 5 PM CEST

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Design Computing: 3D Modeling in Rhinoceros with Python RhinoScript

University of Michigan-Online Course
Taught by Glenn Wilcox, Associate Professor, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Begin anytime... register today!

This course is free and available to everyone. You may begin this course at any time and follow at your own pace. For an optional fee of US$54, you may earn a certificate for this course. Details are here.

Course description

As algorithms increasingly impact our world, designers must learn how to use and create design computing programs. Structured around a series of fundamental design problems, this course will show you Python code in terms of its rules and syntax, and teach you what we can do with Python in its application and design.

By the end of this online course, you’ll know the fundamentals of Python and RhinoScript and understand them through the lens of their application in geometrically focused design lessons and exercises. This course is designed for any students and practitioners who use Rhinoceros and want to design more complex geometric forms by structuring and implementing coding logic.

This course will help designers (architectural, industrial, product, web, furniture), artists (multimedia, digital, sculpture), and programmers. By completing the course, students can decide if they’d like to study more advanced computing topics through further education, such as recursion, agents, and complex generative systems.

This course integrates with a third-party website called the Gallery Tool, created by the University of Michigan to support collaboration between learners. You will need to make sure that Javascript is enabled in your browser and check that you are using Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. Safari and Internet Explorer are not supported.

You will need access to Rhino. Download a free 90-day trial for Windows and Mac. The evaluation is fully functional for the first 90 days. After 90 days a purchased license will be required to save files or use plugins. The instructor will walk you through how to install Rhino in the course.

Rhino Online - Spanish

Learn Rhino with Darco's online courses: 

Rhino Basics
By the end of this course, participants will have acquired the necessary knowledge to model, edit, and manipulate basic 3D elements and assemblies with Rhinoceros. (The course is taught in Spanish).

Date: August 3-7, 2020
Time: 2 pm-7 pm (Mexico City)
Price: USD $250 + Taxes
Register here!

Rhino Advanced
With this course, students will learn the use of advanced modeling methods, which allow the creation of complex and multi-component surfaces, and provides tools to diagnose and correct surfaces. Methods to personalize the use of the software and collaborative work will be presented. (The course is taught in Spanish).

Date: August 10-14, 2020
Time: 2 pm-6 pm (Mexico City)
Price: USD $250 + Taxes
Register here!

Both courses are intended for professionals in the field of architecture, design and fabrication, manufacturing, and 3D design. Students who complete the course will receive a course completion diploma.

Questions? Contact Alejandro del Razo.

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.