Thursday, September 30, 2021

Join our online courses at Rhino3D.Education

How to achieve big goals? One short chapter at a time...

Join 17,500+ users at the Rhino3D.Education platform, and enjoy online courses in Rhino, Grasshopper, computational design, GhPython, PanelingTools, RhinoCAM, and more!

Getting started is the most challenging part. Put these three learning tips into practice and get started with our online courses

1- Go slow
Due to the nature of our online courses, feel free to go at a pace that you feel comfortable. 

2- Practice, practice, practice
The importance of practice to learning a new skill. 

3- Celebrate the big and small victories
It's not just about finishing the course. Appreciate the milestones along the way!

We offer a variety of courses in digital fabrication and computational design for starters and more advanced users. You will also obtain a certificate upon completion. Most of our courses are available in English and Spanish. Feel free to tune in at your most convenient time and from anywhere! Join us today!

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Grasshopper: A Modeling Software Redefining The Design Process (by Parametric Architecture)

"Grasshopper was created in a perspective to extend in those area where Rhino could not! It is a versatile plugin that takes design complexities to a new-found level by exceeding the limit beyond Rhino. Although, Rhino is a strong software tool in itself that has the capability of editing, analysing, and dealing with some of the most intense of architectural design and detailing."

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

DesignMorphine Masters Y22/23 Degree

Master of Science in Computational and Advanced Design (MSc CAD)
University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy (Online)
September 2022-June 2023

So far, everything humanity has designed is limited and based on how our bodies are designed and work, the way they experience reality around us. However, we have now reached the crossroads where technology can and will eventually shape not only our minds but also our bodies. 

In this sense, designing the future entails, first and foremost, designing the body that will live in that future. Challenges inevitably arise and demand innovators and pioneers to overcome them; new tools and technologies are required to materialize the answer; limits and boundaries will be crossed, and the equilibrium will change. In this journey, the compass will be a scalable notion of the human condition. Housing, transit systems, how one moves around in the city, and the whole structure of the city itself are essential aspects one must consider when designing for this new reality. 

By changing the unit the whole world is built around, the human body, we are no longer concerned with just designing parts of the world we live in. We are designing the whole world we live in. It’s not a mere design process; it’s cosmogony.

Complete information and applications...

Webinar: Kuwait International Airport (October 21, 2021)

Webinar: Kuwait International Airport
The overall finite element model and the importance of Open BIM
October 21, 2021

Take part in Sofistik's upcoming webinar in collaboration with Werner Sobek AG. Matteo Brunetti of Werner Sobek AG will present one of their most ambitious projects--Kuwait International Airport.

Kuwait's international airport will be expanded in 2022 by a new terminal building (Terminal 2) based on a design by Foster + Partners. Despite an edge length of 1.2 km and a roof area of more than 320,000 m², the building was planned without expansion joints. The main structure consists of curved pre-stressed concrete parts with a maximum span of 145m. Overall, the size of the building, the complex interaction between the various components, and the innovative systems render this project an extraordinary one.

Matteo Brunetti will give you an overview of the demanding project focusing on the overall finite element model. Using Grasshopper and the SOFiSTiK Rhinoceros Interface, a seamless Open BIM workflow was implemented and formed an essential part of the project.

Monday, September 27, 2021

xNURBS Rhino plugin API Package (C, RhinoCommon, Rhinoscript and Grasshopper)

xNURBS announces the availability of API Package. Users can now run xNURBS inside the code they develop or run xNURBS without showing the xNURBS UI. The API package includes the C/C++ APIs and the .NET APIs (i.e., RhinoCommon, Rhino.Python, Rhinoscript, and Grasshopper). The APIs are a subset of the fully-fledged APIs from XN Kernel.

The API package is freely available to customers with a xNURBS Rhino plugin license key.

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 fixes virtually all surfacing issues for existing CAD software.
  • Easy-to-use: It uses one 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 any CAD modeling operations without any geometry translation.

Details and download...

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Rhino + Lands Design course by Asuni (October-November 2021)

Rhino and Lands Design together provide a complete package for landscape design, modeling, and documentation. 

Asuni has organized a course on Rhino and Lands Design for the last quarter of 2021. The course is ideal for those landscape architects and designers who are not familiar with Rhino. It provides them the basic knowledge of landscape drawing and modeling with Rhino and Lands Design.

  • The class comprises six modules and a total of twelve hours
  • Scholars and students can benefit from a 50% discount on this course
  • Course start date: October 19, 2021
  • Time: 17h-19h GMT+2 (10h-12h US Central Time)
  • Language: English
  • Price: 360€+VAT (Students 50% off)

Four Ideas For Customizing Everyday Products with 3D Printing (& Grasshopper)!

As 3D printing becomes more and more accessible to everyone, its opening new opportunities to innovate in different industries. With 3D printing, you can create (almost) anything: from a large house to a small object that you can use in your everyday life.

In this video tutorial, Edwin Hernandez, Lead Computational Designer at ShapeDiver, shares 4 Ideas For Customizing Everyday Products with 3D Printing (& Grasshopper)! So let's dive straight in!

Read the article...

Rhino UK User Group Meeting | October 6, 2021

Join SimplyRhino UK on a new edition of the Rhino UK User Group Meeting.

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Time: 18:30–19:30 (UK Time)

Presenter: Michael Eden – Form and Transform

Michael Eden is an award-winning ceramic artist and maker, internationally recognized as one of the first makers to engage with and realise the creative potential of new technology including 3D printing and scanning. His work sits at the intersection of craft, design, art and technology, exploring contemporary themes through historical, culturally familiar objects.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

CD Next 6.0 conference (October 2-3, 2021)

Skip Forward to the Future of Design
Computational Design: Next

The Past, Present & Future: An Online Interactive Conference with global frontiers. Two-Day Online Conference with live presentations, tutorials, interactive sessions, live mentorship, and panel discussions.

A collaborative initiative by ParametricArchitecture (PA) with DesignMorphine, Next 6.0 brings together pioneers and professionals from all industries to meet and discuss new emerging technologies in art, architecture, design, and manufacturing.

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 global audience through thought-provoking and meaningful dialogues curated by ParametricArchitecture (PA), one of the leading media platforms focusing on Computational Design and its various subsets.

After a successful round of CD Next 1-5, Computational Design: Next 6.0 takes another step to delve into new-age design technologies by global advocates of technology and is scheduled to take place on October 2-3, 2021, (Saturday and Sunday) as a 2-day conference with workshops, panel discussions, tech demonstrations, and discussions.

8th Annual Car Render Challenge by Hum3D

Hum3D would like to invite all Rhinoceros 3D artists to join the 8th Annual Car Render Challenge. It’s the largest awards event for the car 3D modeling and visualization industry. Every year Rhino entries are in the final stage of voting, so let’s make this year's winner one of our users.

What participants need to do: create a car 3D model, put it into a 3D environment and make a beautiful rendering. You can choose any automobile you like, whether it is a racing or an imaginary vehicle.

Environment in the work should be made in 3D as well as a final image. Minimal use of third-party assets such as vegetation, street elements is allowed. Vehicle models should be made by you.

The first-place winner will get prizes worth a total of $15,000: license and content from 30 sponsors, leaders of the 3D world industry. Also, everyone has an opportunity to receive additional prizes. 

A professional jury team will vote to choose the winners.

Event dates: September 15-December 8.


See all rules and prizes on the challenge page...


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Falko, a finite element analysis tool for Rhino, now available

Falko is a finite element analysis plugin for Rhino by ixRay.

You can use both the Rhino UI or Grasshopper components to create FEA models.  FEA attributes and loads are assigned to layers, tessellation, and intersection of NURBS curves, surfaces, and meshes are done by the pre-processor. 

Features include linear, non-linear, buckling, earthquake with spectrum response. 

Falko has been developed with Grasshopper and parametric modeling in mind, but Grasshopper knowledge is not needed. 

Download your free trial license.

Available on food4Rhino...

Monday, September 20, 2021

Free Rhino and Grasshopper Webinar (Latvian)

Join our authorized reseller BIM Solutions in this free webinar that will take place Tuesday, October 12, from 10 AM to 11 AM (GMT+3).

If you are new to Rhino or have been working with Rhino for some time but you would like to know more about Grasshopper, do not miss this free webinar.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Jānis Marcinkevičs will conduct the webinar in Latvian and will cover the following topics:

10:00-10:20 Modeling with Rhino 
10:20-10:40 Grasshopper - for parametric design
10:40-10:50 Exchange of information with other programs
10:50-11:00 Questions / Answers

Friday, September 17, 2021

Free Grasshopper webinar by SimplyRhino UK

Join SimplyRhino UK Grasshopper training team, including Arthur Mamou-Mani, live and online at 5 pm (UK) on Wednesday, September 29th, for an hour introduction to Simply Rhino's online Grasshopper courses: Grasshopper Level 1 and Grasshopper Level 2.

Enscape’s ENVISION 21 online event (September 28-30, 2021)

Enscape’s ENVISION 21 online event
September 28-30, 2021

An incredible lineup of speakers and over 30 sessions scheduled that include insights from industry experts, customer corners, influencer sessions, technical lounges, and more!

During the course of three days, you can expect to:
  • Discover how the world’s best Enscape users optimize their design workflow with 3D real-time rendering and virtual reality.
  • Learn new and innovative ways to create immersive experiences and bring ideas to life.
  • Hear first-hand about what’s in store for the future of Enscape

Exchange insights and engage with industry experts:
  • Keynote speaker Wolfram Putz from GRAFT Architects, who will be talking about future trends.
  • Michael Drobnik from Herzog & de Meuron and Florian Kohlbecker from Kohlbecker Gesamtplan GmbH, who will weigh in on the future of real-time rendering and virtual reality in architecture.
  • Stewart Hicks (University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)), John Bouweis, and Gautier Pelegrin (Viewport Studio), who will showcase Enscape for Rhino.

RhinoRobot 4 is released


RhinoRobot 4 is out now with new features and enhancements, glTF export for simulation visualisation on any platform, including AR/VR devices.

Version 4 new features:

  • Double linear axis
  • Floating license option (internet connection necessary)
  • 5x faster collision detection
  • External axis movement filtering

Check it out on food4rhino, and via the PackageManager in Rhino 7...

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Hull Design and Fairing Level 1 & 2 - Live Online Training - October and November 2021 editions

October 5, 7, 14, 21 (9-11h CEST)
November 9, 11, 18, 25 (16-18h CET)
By RhinoCentre NL

This training course by Gerard Petersen (Naval Architect and Rhino Trainer) 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 in three weeks!

Monday, September 13, 2021

Graphisoft's 'Building Together' Digital event

From September 14 to September 16 Graphisoft will run its Building Together digital event.

Each day has four hours of talks, case studies, and tech explanations with speakers from around the globe. 

It's free to watch and the agenda can be seen here.

Adam Kurdahl (Architect and Founding Partner SPOL Architect) will talk on Day 1 at 17:45h CEST about Reinventing the city with Archicad and Grasshopper:

"Sao Paulo has been experiencing an urban revolution never seen before. What's the best way to deal with the challenges of a high-density city like this? Learn how Spol Architects is master planning with Archicad and Grasshopper to reconfigure, humanize, and balance the territory of the largest Latin American city."

Enscape 3.1 with NVIDIA DLSS support and a new material library

Enscape, a 3D real-time rendering and virtual reality plugin for Rhino, is now available with new features that enable 3D renderings to be quicker and easier and provide fully immersive experiences for designers and their clients.

New Material Library

Designers can choose from over 200 predefined high-quality materials, such as wood, fabric, brick, and tile. These materials can also be imported into the Enscape Material Editor, where various elements can be edited to get the look and feel desired for projects.

New Panorama Gallery

It is easy to share and group multiple 360 panorama images simultaneously, entirely through the web browser, to create a personalized experience when presenting designs. Clients can navigate a project from a web link or even a QR code and visualize multiple rooms or compare different design options.

NVIDIA Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) Support

Users can now enjoy improved real-time performance of walkthroughs and higher frame rates with much lower GPU requirements. The deep learning-based upscaling technique renders internally at a lower resolution but outputs a clean and sharp high-resolution image for high-quality videos and high-performance virtual reality walkthroughs. DLSS is available to users with an NVIDIA RTX graphics card.

With Enscape 3.1, users will also enjoy:
  • An improved Material Editor
  • Simplified assets
  • Ray-traced sun shadows

Exporting Data from Rhino to Twinmotion

In this Simply Rhino UK video tutorial, senior Trainer Phil Cook takes a look at exporting data from Rhino to Twinmotion using the new Datasmith Rhino Exporter.

Improved Rhino to Twinmotion workflow

The new Direct Link, which also uses the Datasmith file format, makes it very easy to have Rhino and Twinmotion open together and push design changes in Rhino to Twinmotion for evaluation.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Introduction to Grasshopper with SudoHopper3D online course from Rhino3D.Education

With more than 16.8k users, the Rhino3D.Education platform offers online courses in Rhino, Grasshopper, Computational Design, GhPython, PanelingTools, RhinoCAM, and more!

Check out the Introduction to Grasshopper with SudoHopper3D online course in English and Spanish to start learning Grasshopper now!

This course is offered for free and 
upon completion, you will obtain a certificate of attendance.

When you complete this 
Introduction to Grasshopper with SudoHopper3D course, you will be ready to continue learning Grasshopper with the more advanced Computational Design with Grasshopper online course, also offered in English and Spanish!

Check out this preview of the course:

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Online Training: Parametric Modeling with Grasshopper and SOFiSTiK

Basic Online Training Course for Bridge Design
September 28-October 1 or October 12-15
from 14:00 CET to 18:00 CET each day

Take part in a four-day online training course on parametric bridge design. Parametric tools such as Grasshopper and the scripting capabilities of FEA software packages allow engineers to automate functionalities to work faster and more creatively.

This course teaches you the entire parametric modeling process with Grasshopper and SOFiSTiK FEA of a Post-Tensioned Concrete Bridge.

You will learn the fundamentals of Grasshopper to create effective and maintainable visual scripts. And how to use the SOFiSTiK Grasshopper components to build the axis-based bridge structure.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Rhino workshops online in 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: September 6-10, 2021 - Online
Time: 2 pm-6 pm (Mexico City time)
Price: US $380

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: September 20-24, 2021 - Online
Time: 2 pm-6 pm (Mexico City time)
Price: US $380

Questions? Contact Alejandro del Razo

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

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 an 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

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

  • Option 1: General Webinar for Beginners - 8 days/16 hours: Starts October 18, 2020
  • Option 2: Intensive Webinar for Intermediates - 4 days/8 hours: Starts October 25, 2020

Time Zone: CET/Berlin Germany Time

Language: English

Participants receive a certificate of participation at the end of the webinar.

Complete details and registration...

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Two Grasshopper Level 1 and Level 2 online courses in October 2021 (hosted by McNeel Europe)

Grasshopper Level 1 online course: October 4-5, 2021
Grasshopper Level 2 online course: October 6-8, 2021
Hosted on Zoom by McNeel Europe

Ping-Hsiang Chen, a computational designer at the Applied Research team in KPF London, will teach two Grasshopper online workshops at McNeel Europe. The Level 1 course (2 days) will introduce parametric design strategies and their applications, as well as the concept of computational geometry. It will cover the use of native tools in Grasshopper and their relationship to Rhino and apply useful design and task automation techniques. 

The Level 2 course (3 days) will provide an in-depth understanding of modeling possibilities using Grasshopper and explore SubD and QuadRemesh features from Rhino 7 to tackle complex geometric problems. The course will focus on concepts such as data flow control, data management, behavior-driven modeling, iterative modeling, and learning how to create feedback loops using algorithms to optimize and benchmark design options.

Introductory Level 1 course (2 days)

Day 1: Numerical Operation (Series, Range, Random, Graph Mapper, etc.), Transformation Methods, Vector and Planes, Data Structure, Modelling with Curve and Surface, Data Visualization

Day 2: Proximity Based Modelling, Number Remapping, Surface Panellisation, Conditional Statement and Expression, Geometry Morphing, String, Tag and Formatting, Dimension and 2D Drawings, Extend Rhino Function with Grasshopper Player.

This course is for complete beginners to Grasshopper and parametric modeling. No previous Grasshopper experience is required, but it is preferable to have an intermediate Rhino level.

Intermediate level 2 course (3 days)

Day 1: Review Computational Geometry and Complex Geometry, Advanced Data Structure (Branch and Path Manipulation), Data Grouping, Partition, Classification and Culling, Data Sorting, Sets, Conditional Statements, Vectors, Frame, Plane, Transformation, Fields, Custom Patterns and Domain

Day 2: Mesh Modelling Introduction, Subdivision and QuadRemesh, Introduction to SubD, Introduction to Physics Based Modelling, Form Finding with Goals and Forces, Interactive Modelling

Day 3: Code Reusability and Create Custom Function, Data Import and Export, Collaborative Workflow Introduction, HOPS, Rhino Compute, Genetic Algorithm

The course is designed for people who have already taken a Grasshopper Level 1 course or use Grasshopper in their daily work.

Online course fees

Grasshopper Level 1: EUR 250,- (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers get a 50% discount (proof of status required).

Grasshopper 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 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!

Unconventional Ways You Can Use Grasshopper As A Prototyping Tool

While Grasshopper has been developed primarily as a parametric modeling tool, its robust API and embedded features allow it to be used as a powerful software prototyping environment. If you’re handy with a little C# or Python, Grasshopper can become a sandbox for creative coding!

Read the complete article...

PhD Position at BMW Group: Generative Design for Faceted Geometries

The BMW Group, in collaboration with the TU Wien, is offering an interesting, multidisciplinary PhD position in the field of generative design in form-finding with a focus on facetted geometries and the mathematics enabling them.

The research of the parametric dependencies across the geometry elements is the key to successfully create a complex surface 3D structure including all the industrialization requirements. With a new understanding of these mathematical relations, we will expand our access to 3D geometries and transform the designer‘s vision into technically valuable and aesthetically inspiring surface language.

Read more about this new PhD position at the BMW Job Portal and at the TU Wien - GCD handout...

Monday, September 6, 2021

Parameterization of Structural Calculations and BIM Models

Parameterization of Structural Calculations and BIM Models
Online Course in Spanish

In this online course, you'll learn different working methodologies and use tools such as Grasshopper, Karamba, Tekla Structures, and Pangolin. These tools will allow you to automate the design and calculation process to obtain the best structural solution possible. From some initial conditions and through the use of genetic algorithms and visual programming, you'll be able to process thousands of possible solutions to obtain the most optimal one.

More information and registration...

Thursday, September 2, 2021

New Python for Grasshopper video course (by Fabian Eidner)

Concrete columns, ceramic vases, or recyclable formworks are only a few examples of the application of Additive Manufacturing Techniques (3D printing). The challenge in their manufacture lies in the automated digital design process and the generation of a continuous Printing Path (Slicing).

This course provides an insight into the basic mechanics of Python Scripting within the Grasshopper environment, allowing you to create tailored components for the design, analysis, and export of various expressive cylindric shapes.

To explore the aesthetic potential of 3D printing we dive into the influence of trigonometric functions as a design driver for corrugating-interfering surface patterns.

In four hours of video lessons, you will apply the Python Syntax from the Beginner to Intermediate Level. With a special focus on object-oriented scripting (Classes) the final script can create a multitude of one-of-a-kind shapes within fractions of a second, visualizing their data and eventually exporting their G-Code for a potential fabrication.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Master in Parametric Design by ControlMAD (Autumn Edition)

ControlMAD announces a new edition of its Master in Parametric Design from November 2021 to February 2022.

A unique study program adapted to this new situation and challenging world. This master course is the hybrid and flexible version of our Master in Parametric Design On-site, with XIII successful editions. It is the chance to introduce you to the world of computational design, the state-of-the-art field for product design, architecture, landscape, engineering, digital fabrication... through the creation of physical and digital parametric models using as main tools Grasshopper for Rhino and our CNC machines (Computer Numerical Control).

The course is divided into two parts:
  • Part I, fully online: Rhino, Grasshopper, Kangaroo, Karamba, Python, Visualization…
  • Part II, Digital Fabrication (On-site at Controlmad or online, as you wish)