Tuesday, April 27, 2021

MSc in Computational Design and Digital Fabrication


MSc in Computational Design and Digital Fabrication

The University of Nicosia offers scholarships for the academic year 2021-2022 for the MSc in Computational Design and Digital Fabrication based on academic merit and background experience. Application extended deadline: 17th of May 2021.

The new MSc in Computational Design and Digital Fabrication is offered in collaboration with the University of Innsbruck, Institute for Experimental Architecture Hochbau in Austria. The program explores the relationship between computational tools and architectural design to attain new insight into the relationship between design intent and built form. Prospective participants will have the opportunity to develop computational design skills and acquire hands-on, cutting-edge fabrication experiences while cultivating analytical and creative thinking on the computations applications in design. Furthermore, the program aims at promoting the international exchange of research knowledge through the connection to the University of Innsbruck and its Robotic Lab (REXLAB) at the Institute for Experimental Architecture. The program offers a very promising employment outlook while encouraging participants to become part of the global community of applied computational research and digital fabrication, a growing industry increasingly crucial for producing the built environment.

The program is extensively using Rhino and Grasshopper.

Friday, April 23, 2021

BIM Workflow with Rhino & Grasshopper, April 24

Webinar: BIM Workflow in Facade Design with Rhinoceros & Grasshopper
Date: April 24, 2021

Join Keera Sistem Indonesia and Indonesian Architects Association at their upcoming Rhino 7 digital workshop. Sign up today and register! 

SectionTools for Rhino 7 - New Release


A new version of the SectionTools plugin for Rhino 7 for Windows is now available.  You can install using the PackageManager command in Rhino (then search for and install SectionTools). New in this version:

  • Added stExtractSections to extract sections' curves, caps and slices.
  • Added stSaveSectionsView to save sections to NamedViews and NamedCPlanes.
  • Added stLockSections to lock all sections and hide their ClippingPlanes.
  • Added a new option to stViewSections called ClearOtherSections to remove other sections from the view.
  • Updated the stMake2D command to use the HiddenLineDrawing SDK functions to create parallel projections of sections and the background objects and organize in sublayers with the section name indicated. You can change the attributes of the layers, but need to keep the names to be able to replace content when rerunning the command on the same section to update the result.
  • Added support to sectioning the new SubD objects introduced in Rhino 7.
  • Changed the Attribute option in stCreate command to be either “ByLayer” (use the section layer attributes) or “FromSource” (use source object attribute if assigned by object, or the source layer attributes if assigned by layer).
  • The LoadFromFile option is now a one-shot option in stCreate command.
  • The stCreate preview for the section line placement now shows a line with an arrow to indicate the up direction of sections.
  • Added options to stNestLayout command to place the tags inside or outside the layout and to use either a Dot or Text for the label.
  • Whenever sections need to be selected, it is now possible to press “Enter” to select all sections instead of using the UI to select all.
  • Added support to stViewSections to select the active viewport when pressing Enter, instead of requiring to select a view.
  • Fixed a bug when sectioning with tight BoundingBox and that sometimes resulted in incomplete intersections.
  • Updated the menu and toolbars to include the new commands (toolbars installed with the plugin and should be accessible through the Toolbar command)
  • Updated the SectionTools Primer with the new changes.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Creating A Trailer Tarpaulin Configurator w/ Rhino Grasshopper & ShapeDiver!

Planen Planen is revolutionizing the purchasing and manufacturing process of trailer tarpaulins. By incorporating parametric design, an online application, and CNC machines, this company new leads the B2B tarpaulin configurator space. The development was in charge of Vorhammer Computational Design in Germany.

In this video, ShapeDiver interviews Christian Stegmaier, Simon Vorhammer, and Amlis Botsch to learn more about this project, how it was built, and how it's becoming a game-changer in the tarpaulin marketplace. If you ever wondered what goes behind the scenes when creating a world-class online configurator powered by Grasshopper and ShapeDiver, then this is it.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Karamba3D Bake-Off Online Workshop, May 3-7


Karamba3D Bake-Off Workshop 
May 3-7, 2021
9:00-11:30 am CEST 
Tutors: Clemens Preisinger, Zeynep Aksöz and Matthew Tam

The 2021 Bake-off Series explores different themes and topics over a one-week-long course. We are inviting architects, engineers, and designers to participate in this workshop focusing on parametric structures and design. Participants will be asked to develop a designed structural object within the parametric environment of Grasshopper. Clemens Preisinger, Zeynep Aksöz, and Matthew Tam will guide you through a series of tutorials in Karamba3D, design critiques, and review sessions.

This May, the focus is on structural shells. The course will cover essential methods of design, analysis, and optimization of shells using Karamba3D. The methods will be tested and further investigated through a case study, which will be developed during the course by each participant. The tutorial sessions will be accompanied by working sessions where the participants can ask specific questions to instructors.

Microsoft Teams platform will be the host of this online course. The course will be in English.

What can you expect to achieve at the end of the workshop?

  • Learn the basics of using Karamba3D
  • Design, develop and optimization of structures
  • Set up a parametric structural system using shell elements
  • Work with loads, load cases, and load combinations
  • Interpreting results
  • Create basic animations from Rhino/Grasshopper
  • Create an interactive cloud model

Course Outline

There are five sessions in total, Monday-Friday: 9:00-11:30 am CEST (8:00-10:30 am BST | 3:00-5:30 pm CST | 5:00-5:30 pm AET). Each day there will be a tutorial session, a short work session, and a feedback session.

Course Fee

Professionals (includes academic staff): 300 EUR + VAT/ Students (max. 10 places): 150 EUR + VAT. Maximum seats: 20. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 10 days before (April 23).


No prior knowledge of Karamba3D is required for this course, but beneficial. General knowledge of Rhino and Grasshopper, as well as the basics of statics. is highly recommended. You will gain access to our database of learning resources.

Karamba3D 1-year licenses for non-commercial use will be provided to the participants free of charge. Participants should have a working license of Rhino. They can download a three-month trial from the Rhino web site.


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Parametric Design Webinar (Rhino + GH)

Parametric Design Webinar
May 10th, 2021 

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 Webinar will provide you with the necessary knowledge and ability to use Grasshopper, a free visual programming plugin in Rhinoceros

If you already know Grasshopper and would like to uplift your parametric knowledge, you can choose Option 2. 

  • Option 1: General Webinar for Beginners - 8 Days / 16 hours in total: Starts May 10, 2021 
  • Option 2: Intensive Webinar for Intermediates - 4 Days / 8 hours in total: Starts May 17, 2021 

Time Zone: CET / Berlin Germany Time 

Language: English

Participants will be given a certificate of participation at the end of the webinar.

Complete details, registration, and webinar link...

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Grasshopper UK User Group Meeting

Join Simply Rhino, Eckersley O’Callaghan, and Karamba3D, for their live and online Grasshopper User Group meeting.

This meeting will have two live presentations. Firstly Sam Gregson, part of the in-house Digital Design Group at engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan in London, will discuss some of his favorite algorithms and give insight into workflows and techniques employed at his practice.

Clemens Preisinger, developer of Karamba3D, will give a short introduction to what Karamba3D is and how it's applied to parametric structural design.

Following the presentations don't miss the live Q&A. A great opportunity to ask your questions and have them answered live during the meeting.

More information and registration...

Monday, April 12, 2021

SubD in Rhino 7 - Intro online course


We are excited to offer a
Step by Step Intro to SubD in Rhino 7 online course in English or Spanish!

For designers who need to explore organic shapes quickly, SubD is a new geometry type that can create editable, highly accurate forms. Unlike other geometry types, SubD combines free-form accuracy while still allowing quick editing. Accurate, organic modeling just got easier. Push and pull to explore complex, free-form shapes in real-time.

SubD objects are highly accurate and can be converted directly to manufacturable solids. You can also convert scan or mesh data into SubD objects, then optionally to NURBS.

To register for the course in English, click here.
Para registrarse al curso en Español, cliquea aquí.

Check out Rhino3D.Education for the latest courses on Rhino, Grasshopper, and more!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Hacking your BIM Workflow with Grasshopper - webinar

Enzyme APD has been capitalizing on the power of Archicad and its bidirectional functionality with Rhino and Grasshopper. They bring fabrication and optimization techniques to the design development stage. This webinar shows how the firm transforms its design output, optimizes cost and construction times. Gain an understanding of how custom workflows and tools can go beyond form-finding.

Date: April 20, 2021
Time: 4:00 pm (EST)

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Mastering Surfacing in Rhino webinar

Rhino3D.Education invites you to a webinar led by Alejandro Zapata, author of Mastering Surfacing in Rhino.

Join us to learn more about his book, written for anyone who wants to improve their surfacing skills and achieve curvature continuity surfaces.

Alejandro is an Authorized Rhino Trainer (ART) and a self-taught 3D artist specializing in inorganic modeling with years of visualization experience for architects, civil engineers, and industrial designers. Since his beginnings in CG he has been passionate about car modeling, always looking to excel in his technique. He couldn't find information about it, so this drives him to work to provide quality material and position himself as a reference in the field of surface modeling, especially for the Spanish-speaking market. His book, Mastering Surfacing in Rhino, seeks to fill this void.

The webinar will be in English. 

You can purchase the book here!

Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021
Time: 12:30 pm (EST)
Open to the public with prior registration. You will receive an email with the webinar’s link on the day of the event.

We keep recordings of our webinars so that you can replay or watch on your own time here!

Questions? Contact Lucia Miguel at lucia@mcneel.com

Check out Rhino3D.Education for the latest courses on Rhino, Grasshopper, and more!

Rhino 7 + Grasshopper workshop

Join LimaUno in their Rhino 7 + Grasshopper workshop. This course is for architecture students and related professionals who wish to learn the basics of Rhino and Grasshopper, but end the class with advanced concepts and tools. No previous experience is required.

During this course, students will learn about explicit modeling from NURBS, Mesh to advanced SubD, parametric modeling with Grasshopper and Pufferfish, Physics Simulation and Analysis with Kangaroo and G-code generation, and 3D printer hacking with Silkworm. 

The course is in Spanish via Zoom. 

Dates: April 8–May 8, 2021
Fee: 300.00PEN (US$85.00 +VAT, if applicable) (Volume discount available)
Language: Spanish (International students with basic-intermediate Spanish level can apply)
Location: Lima-Peru. Live-streamed from Zoom.

Questions? Contact estudio.lima.uno@gmail.com

Check out Rhino3D.Education for the latest courses on Rhino, Grasshopper, and more!

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Rhino experts needed

Looking for an opportunity related to Rhino?

StructureCraft in Abbotsford, BC, needs a software developer and AEC solution expert. StructureCraft 16 is building Branch, a software platform to automate the engineering, designing, manufacturing, and construction of mass timber structures. Branch is an end-to-end software platform to provide real-time structural analysis, coordination, cost, and manufacturing feedback to designers and builders during the design process. Built on top of Rhino, an extensible object model is at the platform's core, enabling seamless synchronization with upstream platforms like Revit and downstream platforms like Tekla. More details and to apply.

Century Boats is looking for marine designers and engineers to join their growing product development team. The ideal candidate will have prior experience designing and building center console boats, specifically using Rhino. The position is full-time in Zephyrhills, Florida. More details.

In Ottawa, Canada, Hydraulic Design is looking for a junior-level industrial designer or mechanical engineer for product design. Interest in coding in Rhino a bonus. Hydraulic Design provides product development and Rhino expertise to clients in a wide range of fields. Requires the ability to communicate well with clients. More details and contact info.

Find more job listings on the Rhino web site.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Pratt Live! Virtual Telethon, April 24

April 24, 6 PM (Pacific)

Each year, Pratt Fine Arts Center produces a fundraising event to support a unique blend of visual arts education and programming for artists, students, makers, and curious learners of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels.

On Saturday, April 24, Pratt will present an innovative, online fundraiser. Emceed by Ian Lindsay, Pratt Live! A Virtual Telethon includes live-stream artist demonstrations, a limited live art auction, a silent auction, and a delightful dining experience. All enjoyed from the comfort of your own home.

The event will also highlight a collaboration between artists Gabriel-Bello Diaz (Pratt Youth & Teen Program Manager) and Fumi Amano (Pratt Glass Studio Manager). Gabriel and Fumi will use Rhinoceros to design a digitally printed form; this form will then be used to create the mold for a cast glass art object. The process represents a new frontier for their organization. As an arts center steeped in traditional hands-on processes, they are excited to explore and share new technologies that may help artists in the community expand their creative vision and possibilities.

Watch: Tune in on April 24th at 6 PM LIVE on YouTube! Register for free now to ensure that you receive a link and updates to the event.

Bid on our Live Auction and Silent Auctions. Previews for the Silent Auction begin April 16th, with bidding (and Live Auction previews) on April 19th. Register now and receive direct links to Previews and Bidding.

Details and registration... 

Rhino.Inside.Revit online training by SimplyRhino UK - May 2021

SimplyRhino UK announces a new session in May of its online training Rhino.Inside.Revit Essentials:

"With lessons based on workflows directly learnt from the application of Rhino.Inside Revit within the BIG Milan CityLife project, this live and online course is suitable for those within Architecture & Construction who find themselves using Rhino as well as Autodesk Revit® and are looking into ways to enhance the interoperability between the two. The training highlights current best practices and outlines fast and efficient workflows that can be readily adopted in real-life scenarios."

Upcoming Course Dates
  • Course: Rhino.Inside.Revit Essentials
  • Start Date: 11 May 2021
  • Info: 4-Sessions | 15:00-19:00 (UK Time) on these days: May 11, 13, 18, 20

VisualARQ news

Kuang He (Nanjing University)

VisualARQ is happy to share this news with the Rhino community:
  • The webinar VisualARQ Grasshopper Components, recorded last February 25th, is now available on YouTube. If you missed the chance to attend it, you can watch it now in the English and Spanish versions.

    This webinar covered an overview of using the VisualARQ components in Grasshopper through a few simple exercises. You can see how to create walls, doors, slabs or columns, as well as new object styles, and use them in parametric designs. You can also see how to assign data dynamically to different objects and a few other examples that optimize your workflow:

    VisualARQ Grasshopper Components (English)
    VisualARQ Grasshopper Components (Spanish)

  • BIM Design Student Contest Awards: We are pleased to announce the awarded projects of the BIM Design Student Contest 2021.

  • Studio 3DX and VisualARQ PartnershipStudio 3DX is proud to announce a formal strategic partnership with VisualARQ, one of the most dedicated BIM software for Rhino. With the sets of goals in common, Studio 3DX and VisualARQ will strive to provide innovative solutions for architects and engineers throughout their process, from early-stage design with VisualARQ in Rhino and Grasshopper to real-time coordination in Studio 3DX with virtual meetings and live 3D sessions. Details...

Lands Design 5.4

Lands Design 5.4 is now available to download. This new service release includes some new features and fixes most of the issues reported by users:
  • Plants from blocks
  • Lands Design Zoo plugin for Zoo 7 (download it here)
  • New conceptual displays for plants and groundcovers

  • Option to choose whether to insert Library blocks as urban furniture or not
  • Parametric rectangular profile for the Path object

See the complete list in What’s new in Lands Design.

Free webinar on April 21 at 10 am GMT -5

Download an eval at https://www.landsdesign.com/

Enscape 3.0 with full Rhino 7 support

Enscape™ is a realtime rendering and virtual reality plugin for Rhino. 

It plugs directly into your modeling software, giving you an integrated visualization and design workflow. It is the easiest and fastest way to turn your models into immersive 3D experiences.

Enscape allows you to work intuitively with accessible rendering that requires no prior specialized knowledge to use. You can design, document, and visualize simultaneously from one model. Bring your designs to life and give your clients a design experience like never before.

Used by 85 of the top 100 firms worldwide, such as Foster + Partners and Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), Enscape empowers your design workflow.

  • Realtime walk-through - Instant rendering
  • Live link to Rhino - Any changes in Rhino are directly visible in Enscape
  • Direct integration - Keep your tools and use Enscape through the Rhino toolbar
  • Virtual reality (VR) - Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality support with one click
  • Web-based Asset Library - Add Enscape-ready 3D models to your project, including Local Assets
  • Custom Asset Library – Import your models into Enscape
  • Web Standalone export - Create a link from your project that runs without Rhino in your browser
  • 360° Panorama views - Google cardboard for 360° mobile view support
  • Video path - Multiple options for every keyframe
  • Collaborative workflow - Capture and communicate annotated feedback
  • Displacement Maps – Sharpen textures with a higher level of detail
  • Video textures – Include animated surfaces
  • Intuitive UI – Enhanced design experience

Main use cases:
  • Design review
  • Internal presentation
  • Client presentation
  • Quick render creation

Free Trial Version:

Enscape offers a 14-day free trial. Visit and discover Enscape for Rhino at https://enscape3d.com/rhino-rendering/ or https://www.food4rhino.com/app/enscapetm-rhino-real-time-rendering-and-virtual-reality