Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Food4Rhino webinar: The Essential Guide to Digital Jewelry Design - July 7 at 4 PM CEST

Join the authors Akiyo Matsuoka, Atsuo Nakajima, and Eva Tucek for an intro to their new book, The Essential Guide to Digital Jewelry Design, and open dialogue with them.

The Essential Guide to Digital Jewelry Design is a bilingual exercise book, in Japanese and English, that introduces the world of CAD Jewelry Design using Rhino —the most versatile 3D modeling program—and the Grasshopper plugin which is integrated into the newest versions of Rhino. With the help of Grasshopper algorithms, you can create modeling procedures easily, enable simulations, modify, iterate and find better results by manipulating parameters.

The book helps you understand how to recreate your jewelry designs on the computer using these latest computational design techniques, teaching tips and tricks to achieve specific results, and generally maximize your workflow and possibilities. Learn to build both simple and complex designs, and use the tips to extend your knowledge base for more advanced 3D Jewelry modeling.


Akiyo Matsuoka is a jewelry designer, faculty at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Founder of Leona NY 3D printed jewelry. She is passionate about exploring computational design and expanding new viewpoints across disciplines, encouraging forward-thinking and applying experimental, innovative approaches to design. She retailed her fine jewelry collection, Akiyo Matsuoka, internationally, including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Takashimaya NY, Lane Crawford Hong Kong. She is an Authorized Rhino Trainer and adviser for design professionals. Her clients are in jewelry and other design fields (Tiffany & Co., Ralph Lauren, Movado Group, Macy’s Parade and Entertainment Group, West Elm, US Air Force to name a few).


Eva Tucek is a jewelry designer and teacher living in Paris, France. She consults designers on producing their collections and works with the family studio in Vienna and their factory in Bangkok to manufacture collections and bespoke pieces for both retailers and private collectors. Her jewelry training was an informal one, growing up in South Africa and spending a lot of time in the workshop of her mother, who is an accomplished goldsmith, playing with metal and precious stones. She learned to make little pieces for friends and family at an early age. More frequently now, she focuses on jewelry rendering and architectural projects.


Atsuo Nakajima is a 3D digital modeling expert specializing in Material Sciences in Tokyo. Atsuo’s graduation thesis was on Quantum Chemistry, and he also studied oil and acrylic painting. He has a strong background in physical science and is knowledgeable on freeform shaping with digital modeling. After years of experience with Rhino, Atsuo provided consultation work for product designers and design departments of various companies based on his expertise in computational modeling methods and freeform modeling. He has published several books and thesis regarding digital design and modeling to date. In 2014 Atsuo was named the winning candidate of the Toyama Design Competition. He is also a member of the Japanese Society for the Science of Design, a member of the Architectural Institute of Japan, and a lecturer at the Musashino Art University, in the Department of Science of Design.


Lands Design 5.5 now available

If you are a landscape architect, urban planner, town council technician, constructor, or green space designer Lands Design for Rhino is the software you might be looking for. This plugin provides tools for producing technical drawings in 2D and 3D, realistic images, virtual tours through your project, and a lot more.

Lands Design 5.5 is available now, including these new features:

  • Building ImportIn addition to the terrain, select an area, extract the 3D shape using Lands Design, and import existing buildings into Rhino.
  • Topiary ToolYour 3D shapes in Rhino can be covered with natural plant leaves using the Topiary Tool. Assign a plant texture to any 3D shape, and Lands Design will automatically list the number of plants in your project.
  • Forests from Hatch PatternsEasily convert your hatch pattern areas to a 3D forest with indicated plant species and natural variation.

Details and download...

Saturday, June 26, 2021

BIM for Architecture with VisualARQ (Spanish)

Academia COMGRAP is hosting a free BIM for Architecture with VisualARQ Webinar live-stream!

This workshop is aimed at architects in BIM technology who seek to operate with "licenses under perpetual modality with free choice updates as periods," of high ease of use, without spatial restrictions, parametric, and with all the strengths of IFC export as to Revit.

Workshop's Objective:

  • VisualARQ tools that make it BIM.
  • Reference user cases.
  • You design in 3D without spatial restrictions and you get 2D online planimetry.
  • You design free, buildable shapes (Grasshopper).
  • The base library is customizable on furniture objects and elements.
  • Animation, realtime tour, and photo-realistic rendering.
  • Expansion to "Green Infrastructure or Landscaping" in BIM with Lands Design.
  • Operation requirements for VisualARQ: Software and Hardware Platform.

The is course is available for free in Spanish via Zoom

Dates: June 29, 2021, at 12 pm
Location: Santiago, Chile - Live stream via Zoom

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Rhino3D.Education summer learning bundles

Join Rhino3D.Education the community to learn and enrich your knowledge in Rhino!

Let's welcome the summer with these great online summer bundles to learn Rhino, Grasshopper, and GhPython. Upon completion, you will obtain a certificate of attendance.

Check out the courses included in each bundle:

Bundle 1: Free - Register here!
- Introducción a Rhino 6 y 7
- Introducción a SubD
- SudoHopper3D
- GhPython Introduction 

Bundle 2: Free Register here!
- Rhino 6 and 7 Introduction
- SubD Introduction
- SudoHopper3D
- GhPython Introduction 

Bundle 3: $29.95  (70% Off) Register here!
- Rhino 6 y 7 Intermedio
- Diseño Computacional
- GhPython - Dive Deeper
- Paneling Tools

Bundle 4: $29.95 (70% Off) Register here!
- Rhino 6 and 7 Intermediate
- Computational Design
- GhPython - Dive Deeper
- Paneling Tools

We hope you enjoy our free bundles and take advantage of the Intermediate Bundle prices offered at more than 70% off!

Bundles expire July 31, 2021. 

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

2Shapes for Rhino - new jewelry plugin

From the founder and product manager of RhinoGold, Rafael del Molino, and the 2Shapes team, the new 2Shapes for Rhino is the most intuitive jewelry design and fabrication software on the market.

2Shapes for Rhino aims to solve all the jewelry design needs they have learned over the past 15 years.

Intuitive Parametric
One of the most powerful features is the intuitive parametric. It allows you to change any property of your design, from finger size, gem, profile, including the prong thickness. Simplicity is a must; for that reason, you don’t need to worry about complexities and focus on the results, the perfect design!

User Interface
Working comfortably and efficiently is a priority, that is why 2Shapes offers several interfaces: side, top, light, or dark. You can switch between them with one click. Also, all features are available in the standard Rhino interface.

The Best Builders
Design effectiveness, as in business, is necessary for such a competitive sector. For that reason, the builders are faster to create what you need in seconds. There are more than ten builders: shanks, gem sets, and smart components; please check the feature list for extra details.

Unmatched Libraries
2Shapes for Rhino offers the possibility of starting your design from zero or selecting one of the more than 2000 elements at your disposal and, based on it, change what you need and apply your style. The list of elements is updated every week!

Render Images and Videos
Creating photorealistic images from a 3D model will help your customers better understand your designs and thus increase your business. The easy and fast tools will leave your customers with their mouths open.

Realtime Pricing
Are you interested in having precise control of the costs of your design? 2Shapes offers the possibility of seeing weights and costs during design! Precision in modeling and pricing!

Ready for Print
2Shapes for Rhino offers tools to analyze and repair STL files for 3D Printing. 2Shapes for Rhino has a direct connection with the most 3D printer software as Preform, Anycubic,…

Monday, June 21, 2021

GRIDDLE - New volume mesher for Rhino

Griddle provides automatic, interactive, and easy-to-use surface meshing tools and volume mesh generation capabilities. 

Meshes created by Griddle can be imported into various numerical simulation software, including FLAC3D/3DEC, ABAQUS, ANSYS, NASTRAN, and LS-DYNA. 

Griddle is a commercial product with a free demo version available. 
It can be installed for Rhino Versions 6 and 7 (Windows platform).

Griddle has been designed to address meshing needs primarily in the fields of civil, mining, geotechnical, and petroleum engineering. However, Griddle is a general meshing software and it can produce volume meshes for a variety of applications requiring Finite Element, Finite Volume, Discrete Element analyses, or other types of numerical modeling.

Griddle's volume meshes are capable of creating:
  • Fully structured, fully conformal, hexahedral volume meshes based on Rhino solids.
  • Unstructured, fully conformal, hex-dominant, or tetrahedral volume meshes based on surface meshes.
In addition, Griddle provides powerful capabilities to work with surface meshes, such as mesh clean-up and repair, conformal intersections, re-meshing, extraction, extrusion, extension, etc.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

xNURBS Rhino plugin V5.113 released

xNURBS announces the availability of Version 5.113, and V4/V5 customers can get a free upgrade to V5.113. V5.113 includes several enhancements. The most important improvement is that V5.113 significantly reduces the deviation, and for some models, the deviation achieved by V5.113 can be easily ten times smaller than the previous versions. The following is a short answer to Why xNURBS?.

Key features of xNURBS:

  • 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 virtually fixes all surfacing issues for existing CAD software.

  • Easy-to-use: It uses a straightforward 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 CAD modeling operations without any geometry translation.

More information...

MPDA BarcelonaTech Information Session - June 28, 2021

Andrés Flajszer

The Master Parametric Design in Architecture of UPC School in Barcelona is a unique opportunity to critically review computational design towards a more challenging and self-demanding commitment to environmental constraints.

MPDA is an international program that seeks to teach and explore technology efficiency. It is oriented to integrating computational tools and digital manufacturing technology in building systems and architectural design. 

MPDA focuses in:
  • Design and optimization of lightweight building systems, mainly through form-finding processes, including tensile architecture
  • Generation of efficient form by efficient means: guiding computational thinking and tools to the simplification of processes and material efficiency
  • Integration with professional workflows and industrial standards, although keeping a wide space for experimentation, research, and industry-oriented innovation
This 60 ECTS one-year intense master's degree offers a comprehensive approach training in advanced architectural creation, oriented to efficiency in buildings and commitment to the environment. The course opens with practical digital and physical workshops on parametric software, geometry, and numerical control machines, solving real problems in complex architectural design. The second semester explores real applications through performance-driven design to create interaction and synergies between parametric design and other disciplines such as BIM, urban design, planning, construction, structures, installations, services and climate to obtain more efficient and sustainable results.

It's taught in English at the UPC Barcelona Metropolitan School of Architecture, where its Model Workshop, Digital Laboratory and Technology and Innovation Research Team CODA supports students exploring all the possibilities of parametric design. Students will benefit from a Rhinoceros license during the master, apart from intensive workshops on the most powerful specific plugins and topics: Kangaroo2, Octopus, Karamba, K2Eng, Kiwi3D, Millipede, Honeybee, among others. The program is well known for its intense series of lectures and workshops with internationally leading experts on computation and construction.

MPDA2022 is blended learning: 10 months online and 1 stage phase of 1 month intense Barcelona Experience

Register now for an information session that will be held at 02:30 PM CET on Monday 28-06-2021.

Ph.D. positions at ICD, Uni Stuttgart

The chair for Computing in Architecture, led by Tenure-Track Prof. Thomas Wortmann at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) at the University of Stuttgart, invites applications for two open positions.

The positions are associated with the Cluster of Excellence Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture (IntCDC) and offer the opportunity for a (publication-based) Ph.D.

Grasshopper skills are a must, skills with C# or the Grasshopper—Archicad Live Connection preferred.

Find out more here!

Work with VisualARQ Grasshopper styles in Revit with Rhino.Inside

This video (tutorial) shows how to work with the VisualARQ Grasshopper styles (VisualARQ objects driven by Grasshopper definitions) in Revit running VisualARQ inside Revit.

This connection lets you work with the VisualARQ parametric objects directly in Revit, which are generated as Revit’s Furniture object types.

This workflow is possible with the VisualARQ Grasshopper components, which let you retrieve the geometry and data of VisualARQ objects and connect them with the Revit components (available in Grasshopper with the Rhino.Inside tool), and thus regenerate all geometry and data live in Revit, as native Revit Furniture object types.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The Obsidian Rain pavilion at the Biennale in Venice | 17th International Architecture Exhibition


The Obsidian Rain pavilion is one of the main attractions of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, which was opened to the public on May 22nd.

In this opportunity, the exhibition deals with the theme How will we live together?, which brings many interesting and multidisciplinary collaborations. 

The Obsidian Rain pavilion is a non-standard project designed by Cave_Bureau, using a combination of technologies: FEM structural analysis, Parametric Design, and Augmented Reality. The result is simply amazing, and it's located at the entrance of Biennale Gardens. 

Inside the installation, the cave ceiling is created by 1686 Obsidian stones hung on steel ropes with different lengths. The scope is to recreate the entrance of the cave that was laser scanned.

Grasshopper was one of the main tools needed to make this project happen:

"The interoperability between the structural analysis software (RFEM) and the algorithmic modeling software (Rhino + Grasshopper) was crucial. This synergy allowed the efficient management of a large amount of data through an algorithm that updated the FEM model during the various modifications and made it possible to extract the lengths (all different) of the 1686 cables sorted by rows".

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

2D Technical Drafting with Rhino 7, new course! (English)

We are celebrating one year of www.Rhino3D.Education bringing good education to many Rhino3D users.

As a gift, we have generated 250 coupon codes to use for this new course, 2D Technical Drafting with Rhino by Andres Gonzalez. The retail price is 29.95 US$, but if you enroll now and use the code, 
2DDRAFTING, you will get access to it for free.

Upon completion, you will obtain a certificate of attendance. This course is now available for both students and commercial users.

Stay tuned. The Spanish version will be ready soon.

We highly recommend enrolling as soon as possible, since the previous free course that we published got more than 3,500 users in less than a week. So, hurry up before the 250 coupons are redeemed. 

Just visit the link below and use the following coupon code:
Coupon code: 2DDRAFTING

Please, share this information with your friends if you think they will benefit from this course.

The coupon is available for the first 250 users or expires on July 1, 2021 (whichever comes first). 

If you do not get a chance to redeem the coupon on time, enjoy 50% off until September 30, 2021, with this coupon: 2DDRAFTING_50_OFF

Hope you enjoy this free course!

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Friday, June 11, 2021

Karamba3D Online Workshop for Intermediate and Advanced Users, July 19–21 (McNeel Europe)

Karamba3D Online Workshop for Intermediate and Advanced Users
Host: McNeel Europe (Barcelona)
July 19–21, 10 am–5 pm CEST

This three-day workshop is intended for intermediate to advanced users of Karamba3D. Clemens and Matthew will explore more advanced techniques of working with complex parametric structural models through scripting using the Karamba3D API. You will also learn how to integrate Karamba3D into your BIM workflow while harnessing the power of third party plugins such as Rhino.Inside.Revit as well as GeometryGym.

Day 1 - Refresher

  • Introduction
  • Presentation of building projects
  • Definition of a structural model with shells and beams
  • Results retrieval and display for beams
  • Form finding and structural optimization 

Day 2 – Complex workflows

  • Debugging and Optimizing Definitions
  • Advanced workflows with Grasshopper and Karamba3D
  • Analyzing models in Revit with Rhino.Inside
  • Interoperability with IFC using GeometryGym

Day 3 – Scripting 

  • Introduction of the Karamba3D scripting API
  • The Hello Karamba3D script
  • How to query model properties
  • Retrieving element results

Course requirements: Prior knowledge of Grasshopper and Karamba3D is strongly recommended. Revit & Rhino.Inside is only recommended but not mandatory. A Karamba3D 1-year licenses for non-commercial use will be provided to the participants free of charge. Rhino 7 and GeometryGym licenses will be provided for the time of the workshop.

Online course fees: EUR 395,- (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers get a 50% discount (proof of status required). Please note, your seat is confirmed after payment has cleared.

Max. number of participants: 25. If there is no quorum, the workshop will be canceled 15 days before (July 4). Participants will need to attend the course at the same time as the course runs. 

Course language: English

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

Rhino UK User Group Meeting (May 20, 2021) | Recorded session


AURA image ©Astheimer Design

Have you participated in the latest Simply Rhino Webinar and you would like to review it?.

If you didn't have the chance to participate, you can now see the recorded session!.

On this webinar, you can see some great presentations:
  • Presentation #1 – Astheimer Design – Delivering Mobility Solutions for a Sustainable Future by Carsten Astheimer with Russell Gillott
  • Presentation #2 – McNeel – Rhino 7, Design Possibilities by Scott Davidson and Kyle Houchens

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Friday, June 4, 2021

Render with Adobe Substance Materials in Rhino

Rhino 7 now works with Adobe Substance materials for amazing rendering realism. Adobe Substance Source contains some of the most advanced and flexible rendering materials available. Materials can be imported and edited within Rhino. Realistic materials such as high-end leathers, organic materials, woods, metals, and fabrics are available.

Darco's Online Rhino Workshop (Spanish)

  Learn Rhino with Darco's online workshop

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

Date: June 28-July 2, 2021
Time: 2 pm-6 pm (Mexico City time)
Price: USD 380 (taxes included)

Questions? Contact Diego Gómez
at diego.gomez@darco.com.mx

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

MaCAD Scholarship Competition 2021

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia announces a new Scholarship Competition for the next edition of their online Master in Advanced Computation for Architecture and Design (MaCAD), giving the master’s applicants the chance to win three partial scholarships covering 20% of the tuition fee.

How are the tools that we currently use to shape how we live in the future? IAAC challenges participants to develop a dual utopian/dystopian vision about the impact that the most advanced tools in computational design have in the future. Unleash your imagination and come up with visionary utopias/dystopias driven by the three themes of their modules. Submit your entry for the chance to win a scholarship to our 100% online accredited master program.

More about the competition details in this link...