Monday, November 29, 2021

TOMKOD publishes a whole range of Rhino plugins

Developed with the user experience and simplicity in mind, TomKod released a range of tools to address the engineers' expressed needs. At a few dozen euros, the investment is cost-effective starting from the first use.

Following is the list of TomKod plugins currently available:

   Attribute Analysis - Get a 3D model's attribute analysis and stats

Draw UserTexts - Draw attribute values as text, with consistent positioning

Rhino Beam Tools - Export data to beam calculation software (Finite Element Method) BV STEEL® and RDM7®

Marine Weight Schedule - Compute a project's Bill Of Masses and Bill Of Materials

Selection Tools - Object selection tools

Tables - Create/Edit tables and import from Excel Spreadsheets

New features are still released regularly via updates or new products based on expressed needs.

The plugins are also downloadable from Rhino’s package manager.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Re-Emerge Pavilion, a collaboration between AA [EmTech] and Hassell

Photography: Studio NAARO

Architectural Association (AA) Emergent Technologies & Design (EmTech) Post-Graduate Programme and Hassell in London have collaborated to create a new pavilion in Bedford Square.

EmTech Post-Graduate Programme at the Architectural Association has a long history in designing and creating structures and pavilions. This year’s pavilion is titled Re-Emerge and is the first time since the pandemic that the students could closely work together, fabricate and assemble a full-scale structure.

For this collaboration, Hassell gave the students the challenge to keep the project's carbon footprint to an absolute minimum and therefore only use reclaimed timber.

Xavier De Kestelier, Head of Design at Hassell, said, “The students really took on the challenge with both hands and decided early on to build the pavilion out of timber from reclaimed wooden pallets.”

The Re-Emerge pavilion explores new design and construction technologies that repurpose materials that have completed their first life cycle towards innovative structural formations. The project addresses themes of generative design, material computation, large-scale fabrication and assembly technologies, emphasizing the pavilion's ecological impact from the early phases of the design process onwards.

Re-emerge revives the tradition of building on Bedford Square as a collaboration between an academic programme at the AA and partners from the world of practice to test ideas at scale and imagine new possibilities.

Dr. Elif Erdine, Director of the EmTech Program, said, "This collaboration with Hassell demonstrates a successful illustration of how academia and practice can come together to discover novel solutions to complex spatial and material problems. With the support of our other sponsors, BuroHappold Engineering and One Click LCA, EmTech and Hassell explored new design and construction technologies for repurposing timber."

She added, "As designers, architects, and engineers, we share the responsibility to maintain a mindful approach towards our environment while designing and building. Our mutual insight into how construction waste can be a useful resource has originated this research into repurposing timber for an outdoor structure that is lightweight, emphasizing the project’s ecological impact from the early phases of the design process."

The EMTECH (Emergent Technologies and Design Programme) is a post-professional graduate degree at the Architectural Association open to graduates in architecture and engineering who wish to develop skills and pursue knowledge in architectural design science located in new production paradigms. EMTECH investigates new synergies of architecture and ecology through the critical intersection of computational design and fabrication. 

Thursday, November 25, 2021

ShapeDiver Open Beta Invitation

ShapeDiver's new platform is (almost) ready! 

In collaboration with the CORE team, they've developed a major update to their infrastructure to support lots of new features and improve the performance and flexibility of the data flow through their servers.

You can now take part, explore some new features and give ShapeDiver your feedback, comments, and bug reports ahead of the public release.

Complete details about the new platform...

Introduction to V-Ray for Rhino 7 Online Course

Rhino3D.Education offers online courses in Rhino, Grasshopper, Computational Design, GhPython, PanelingTools, RhinoCAM, V-Ray, and more!

We invite you to register for our new Introduction to Rendering with V-Ray for Rhino 7 course in Spanish by Valeria Palacio and also for the Work In Process (WIP) English version, which will be available by the end of the year, but you can get an early start now!

V-Ray is a tool that lets you create high-quality renderings with the option of creating and editing materials, lights, and geometries. This course is for designers who want to see their ideas come to life. In this introductory course, the user will learn the V-Ray interface and approach complex renderings, exploring this tool's various possibilities in product and space rendering.

Register now and give your models a realistic appearance!

Plus: Upon completion, you will receive a certificate of attendance.
Get started today!

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

food4Rhino webinar: Designing Jewelry with 2Shapes for Rhino

food4Rhino webinar: Designing Jewelry with 2Shapes for Rhino
November 30, 2021, at 5 PM CET

In this webinar you will learn the most exciting tools of 2Shapes for Rhino applied to authentic designs. In addition, you will uncover the new additions to 2Shapes for Rhino 2.0 and what new tools are coming in the following versions.

This webinar is an excellent opportunity for all professionals in the jewelry industry looking for the best tools for jewelry design. Some of the most interested may include jewelry designers, jewelry store owners, jewelry manufacturers, jewelry students.

Speaker: Rafael del Molino is an Experienced Chief Executive Officer with more than 15 years of experience in the jewelry sector and more than 25 years as a computer software developer. He has designed and created products such as RhinoGold or Clayoo. Passionate about helping jewelry business leaders to grow their business and boost their sales with 2Shapes.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Black Friday at Rhino3D.Education

This Black Friday, we are offering something BIG at Rhino3D.Education!

Rhino3D.Education offers online courses in Rhino, Grasshopper, Computational Design, GhPython, PanelingTools, RhinoCAM, V-Ray, and more!

This Black Friday, we are offering ALL of our courses found at Rhino3D.Education, including all English and all Spanish courses, for only $79.95.

Check out the entire list of courses here! Don't miss out on these never-before-seen prices. Purchase the Black Friday Bundle now, and enjoy it for one whole year.

Offer valid from November 19-December 6, 2021.
After purchase, you will have access to ALL our courses for one whole year.

Questions? Contact Lucia Miguel at

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

Play Structures Workshop in Sao Paulo

The AA Visiting School Sao Paulo 2021 – Play Structures will be the first of a two-part workshop series, led by architect and Professor Kristof Crolla, conducted in a hybrid online-physical format. 

Join him in this workshop where he will explore the combination of bamboo construction and digital design technology, building upon previous research into digital design used to implement bending-active bamboo shell structures.

As part of our Rhino3D.Education Podcasts and Webinar, we recently had a webinar talking about their upcoming workshop. View the recording here!

After initial basic training in Parametric Modeling in Grasshopper, students will be introduced to digital tools for physical behavior simulation (Kangaroo 2) and procedural structural analysis (Karamba) to obtain structurally optimized forms and equilibrium surfaces that can be analyzed for their structural properties.

Location: Hybrid online-Physical format, Sao Paulo
Date: December 11-17, 2021
Fee: £510

For additional information, visit this link.

Apply here!

Questions? Contact Camila Calegari at

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Parametric Design Webinar

Parametric Design Webinar
December 13-16 and 20-23, 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, then you can choose option 2.

  • Option 1: General Webinar for Beginners - 8 Days / 16 hours in total. Starts: December 13, 2021
  • Option 2: Intensive Webinar for Intermediates - 4 Days / 8 hours in total. Starts: December 20, 2021

Timezone: CET / Berlin Germany Time

Language: English

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

More information and registrations...

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Robotic Fabrication with the COMPAS Framework online workshop, December 13-15, 2021 (McNeel Europe)


Robotic Fabrication with the COMPAS Framework online workshop
December13-15, 2021, 10 AM-5 PM CET
Hosted on Zoom by McNeel Europe

Architecture and digital fabrication in the age of robotics require juggling a toolchain spanning very different skills, ranging from the creative aspects of design to the engineering needs of software and hardware development. At ETH Zurich, the NCCR Digital Fabrication lab develops an open-source Python framework, the COMPAS framework, that aims to streamline these workflows, lower the barrier of entry to robotics and enable architects and designers to access state-of-the-art robotics tooling from within the parametric design environment.

In this 3-day workshop, Gonzalo Casas (software engineer), Romana Rust (senior researcher) and Beverly Lytle (software engineer), of the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich and members of the COMPAS core development team, will introduce participants to the COMPAS framework, provide an overview of robotics fundamentals and focus on the design and planning of robotic fabrication processes.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Analyze and explain the kinematic structure of a robot model (Links, Joints, Joint Types, URDF description format).
  • Describe and discuss building blocks of robotics (forward and inverse kinematics, cartesian and kinematic planning, planning scene).
  • Apply building blocks of robotics to plan stereotypical assembly processes (e.g., bricklaying) in a simulation context.
  • Design new robotic processes (e.g., spatially assembled linear elements) for digital fabrication based on the building blocks applied in the physical world.
COMPAS FAB is the robotic fabrication package for the COMPAS framework that facilitates the planning and execution of robotic fabrication processes. It provides interfaces to the software libraries and tools available in robotics and makes them accessible from within the parametric design environment. 

Day 1
  • Introduction to digital fabrication.
  • Overview of COMPAS framework.
  • Fundamental concepts of robotics: components of an industrial robot, robot workspace, control modes, robot positioning (cartesian and joint space) and singularities, robot coordinate frames and transformations.
  • Description of robot models, the URDF format, visualizing robot models, interop with external model sources. Grasshopper integration. Exercise: build your own robot model.
  • Forward Kinematics (in-process and out-process) and Inverse Kinematics (overview of analytic and numerical solvers).
Day 2
  • Overview of supported robotic backends.
  • ROS: Robot Operating System and the MoveIt! Motion planning framework. ROS communication model: topics, services and actions.
  • Path planning: Cartesian and kinematic path planning from Rhino and Grasshopper using MoveIt backend. Defining goal constraints.
  • Planning scene manipulation. Dynamic end-effector attachment and detachment.
  • Describing assembly processes in code. Basic structure of a pick and place process. Approach frames. Overview of advanced assembly structures: graphs/partial orders/networks.
  • Fabrication-aware design: the impact of sequencing in spatial assembly processes.
  • Exercise: path planning of a simple assembly structure.
Day 3
  • ABB robot control with RRC.
  • Comparison of robot control modes: offline, online real-time, online non-real-time control.
  • RRC control primitives: blocking, non-blocking, and deferred blocking.
  • Overview of RRC instruction set: motion, IO control, custom instructions.
  • Remote control exercise with one of the robots of the Robotic Fabrication Lab at ETH Zurich.
Gonzalo Casas is a software engineer at the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich. He joined the NCCR Digital Fabrication in 2017 and is a member of the COMPAS core development team.

Romana Rust is a computational architect and a senior researcher at the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich and within the Design++ initiative – Center for Augmented Computational Design in AEC. She is also Co-coordinator of the Immersive Design Lab and a member of the COMPAS core development team.

Beverly Lytle is a mathematician turned software engineer working on the COMPAS core development team at the Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich.

Course requirements
Participants are expected to be familiar with Rhino/Grasshopper and have at least a basic knowledge of python programming.

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 for the 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!

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Darco Rhino Basics Workshop - Online (Spanish)


Join Darco (Dibujo Arquitectónico por Computadora SA de CV) in their Online Rhino Basic Workhop

Darco's training and certification center provides the education that the world of work requires today. Their teachers have extensive professional experience and are authorized and endorsed by the software companies that support them.

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 software. 

The workshop will be taught in Spanish.

Location: Online
The link will be shared three days before the Workshop to the students who registered.

Date: November 29-December 3, 2021
Time: 9 am-1 pm (Mexico City time)
Price: US $380

Questions? Contact Alejandro del Razo

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Monday, November 15, 2021

food4Rhino webinar: Parametric Building and Façade Design with Rhino.Inside BricsCAD BIM (part 2) - November 23, 2021 at 1PM CET

food4Rhino webinar: Parametric Building and Façade Design with Rhino.Inside BricsCAD BIM (part 2)
Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at 1 PM CET

Explore the power of parametric design with Grasshopper natively in BricsCAD BIM using Rhino.Inside. Discover a fundamentally different approach to BIM, where design decisions come first, and the laborious tasks of manipulating BIM data and the level of detail are automated by AI. Extend this unique BIM workflow with Grasshopper, the industry-leading solution for parametric design. The combination of BricsCAD’s powerful AI algorithms with Grasshopper’s parametric design workflow expands the possibilities of design and geometry manipulation to new horizons.

This webinar will teach you how to design facades and complex building structures, experiment with various design options instantly using parametric algorithms. We will also demonstrate how any designer can leverage powerful algorithms on any geometry using Grasshopper-based components in BricsCAD BIM. Prepare scripts in advance and apply instantly to simple shapes, making parametric design accessible to a wider range of users.

Speaker: Sagar R. Thorat. An architectural engineer, researcher and BIM Technologist with over 13 years of experience in the AEC and Product Manufacturing Industry ranging from material fabrication technologies, marine, bespoke building envelopes to large-scale mixed-use building projects in APAC, EU, and USA. He earned his master’s degree in Architectural Engineering from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. As a BIM Mentor, he has implemented BIM & VDC technologies in multiple organizations across the AECO Industry globally. His special interest lies in openBIM, computational design, and the integrations of 4D and 5D VDC technologies.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Bending-active bamboo design webinar

Join Rhino3D.Education in a free live webinar by the Architectural Association Visiting School - Sao Paulo (AAVS-SP).

Anne Save de Beaurecueil and Franklin Lee will talk about their upcoming workshop, Play Structures. The workshop will explore the combination of bamboo construction and digital design technology with Rhino, Grasshopper, and Fologram.

AAVS-SP workshop has taken place annually since 2010 and promotes experimental, new, and provocative forms of architecture taught by practice. This year, the AAVSSP 2021, Play Structures, will be led by Kristof Crolla and Garvin Goepel, both professors at Hong Kong University, and will take place in December. 

Please register for this free Zoom webinar to learn more about the Play Structures hands-on workshop involving RhinoGrasshopper, and Fologram. 

When? Thursday, November 18, 2021
Time? 11:00 am (EST) - Miami time zone
Where? Online live-stream via Zoom

Free with prior registration

The webinar will be held in English

Register now! 

In case you can't make it, we keep recordings of our webinars so that you can replay or watch on your own time!

Watch Rhino3D.Education's whole collection of free podcasts and webinars here

Questions? Contact Camila Calegari at

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Friday, November 12, 2021

Grasshopper webinar "GH Live - Modellazione Algoritmica" (in Italian) - December 4-5, 2021

Grasshopper webinar 
GH Live - Modellazione Algoritmica
December 4-5, 2021 - 14-19h CET
2 days + mentoring

GH Live - Modellazione Algoritmica is a two-day webinar (in Italian) that provides a zero-to-hero learning experience focused on a deep understanding of algorithmic modeling with Rhino and Grasshopper. 

Students will acquire the ability to generate complex geometries through accurate control of mathematical and geometrical parameters. The training is intended for students and professionals without any previous experience in algorithmic modeling. 

Tutors: Arturo Tedeschi and Maurizio Degni.

Main topics:
  • Introduction to Rhinoceros
  • Algorithmic modeling with Grasshopper: user interface, components, workflow, basic operations
  • List management
  • Surface parameterization
  • Numerical sequences, vectors, and geometric transformations. Image sampler, Graph mapper
  • Introduction to Data Tree
  • Attractors
  • 3D Patterns
  • Single and multiple attractors applied to a skyscraper’s façade
  • Ladybug
  • Dendro (volumetric modeling)

The course includes a 3-hour live collective mentoring session (date to be defined) where tutors will share experiences and useful information for career guidance and professional growth, answering questions of common interest in the field of advanced design. Participants will have the opportunity to participate live.

Registrants will be able to watch the recorded lessons anytime.

Parametric Design with Artificial Intelligence Applications workshop

Join Reasch Design in their Parametric Design with Artificial Intelligence Applications webinar. 

The workshop is focused on parametric design with artificial intelligence techniques, using Grasshopper and Rhino. Participants will learn the foundations and tests of neural networks and ready-to-use applications in computer vision, natural language processing, text processing, inference engines, GANs.
Students will have AI unique components created for this workshop. The instructor has 12 years of experience and is a speaker at international design conferences and author of scientific research articles.

Location: Online

Group 1: November 23, 2021
Group 2: November 26, 2021 

Group 1: 18:30 hrs-21:30 hrs GMT-5
Group 2: 18:30 hrs-21:30 hrs GMT+2

USD $220 Professionals
USD $180 Students

Questions? Contact José Luis Reátegui at

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Thursday, November 11, 2021

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

2Shapes for Rhino 2.0 Released

2Shapes for Rhino, the jewelry design plugin for Rhino, just got to version 2.0. Here are the top 10 new features:
  • Pave and Prongs to set gems anywhere on your design while optimally giving your unique style.
  • One-Click to STL & Integrations with 3D printers to point what needs changing for your design and fix it.
  • Open from Cloud, bring any design from the 2Shapes Suite into Rhino, all your team's designs in one centralized place.
  • Smart Profiles to create organic and smooth designs with ease, no matter the shape, size, or complexity.
  • Report, Gems Map and Gems List. Automatically generate documents of your design, its gem distribution, and a full list.
  • Assets Selector and Assets Editor to modify profiles and see how the changes dynamically affect your design.
  • Improved outliner, get an overview of your design's elements, and edit them in an agile and intuitive way.
  • With Cutters, select what gems need to be drilled, set the drill measurement, and run the boolean difference.
  • Let your design sparkle with Gems by Network, draw the bounds and let 2Shapes automatically fill it with gems.
  • Dedicated Render Studio for amazing images and animations. Easy to use rendering tools for jewelry designers.

Rhino UK User Meeting with a focus on Rhino.Inside.Revit

SimplyRhino UK has organized a new User Meeting (November 17 at 6:30 PM UK time), this time with a focus on Rhino.Inside.Revit.

Featuring Engineers AKT II and Rhino.Inside Developers from McNeel.

Presentation #1 – AKT II

AKT II has extensive experience in collaborative computational design. They have developed a suite of tools including structural façade, bioclimatic and sustainable design. The presentation will show how AKT II is using Rhino.Inside.Revit in complex geometry projects and how Rhino.Inside.Revit can speed up the production and maintenance of the BIM modes.

Deyan Marzev has been with AKTII for more than 14 years and, for the last 8 years, has been part of the parametric research team. He’s leading the development and delivery of 3d models and BIM models for highly complex projects in AKT.

James Magbanua has been with AKTII for 9 years and now leads the company’s BIM / Analytical model interoperability. His focus is on streamlining the practice workflows on the production and delivery of 3D BIM models, specializing in projects with complex, challenging geometry.

Presentation #2 – McNeel & Associates

What has McNeel been up to recently with the development of Rhino.Inside.Revit? Come and hear from Scott Davidson and Ehsan Iran-Nejad. The latest developments in v1.2 (just announced) will be discussed.

Join in the discussion and help shape the future of the product. The Rhino.Inside.Revit project brings the power of Rhino 7 and Grasshopper to the Autodesk Revit® environment. 

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Free webinar by icreatia (in Spanish): Wacom, Rhino.Inside Revit and V-Ray

icreatia has organized a free webinar (in Spanish) where they will show how to start an architectural project conceptually with Rhino and a Wacom tablet, then detail it with Rhino.Inside Revit, and finally, create photorealistic renderings with V-Ray.

DateNovember 11 at 10 am CET

Add the webinar to your calendar... 

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

food4Rhino webinar: Procedural Compute (part 4) "Urban Comfort Simulation in the Cloud"

November 11, 2021, at 5PM CET

Procedural Compute is a cloud platform for the utilization of computational resources. The system is tailored for handling multiphysics simulation jobs used in the AEC industry. Compute is developed to seamlessly integrate with Grasshopper to keep the simulation workflow as efficient as possible.

Urban comfort metrics such as Universal Thermal Climate Index (UTCI) are often used to assess the quality of an outdoor space. The comfort metrics are usually expressed as experienced temperature and depend on several environmental factors, such as wind speed, mean radiant temperature, air temperature, and relative humidity. While air temperature and relative humidity can be obtained from a weather file, both wind speed and mean radiant temperature must be simulated. Both simulations are quite computationally heavy, especially if done annually.

In this webinar, you will be guided through an urban comfort simulation setup with UTCI. You'll use Compute to run the CFD and MRT simulations and combine the results of the simulations in the UTCI calculation. We will take the viewers through a Grasshopper canvas that sets up the case and computes the urban comfort around a project from the Architecture Studio 3XN. The project is situated at the harbourfront in Aarhus, Denmark.

Speaker: Christian Kongsgaard is an architectural engineer focused on computational environmental design and streamlining building performance simulations. He is the Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder at Procedural.

*All food4Rhino webinars are recorded and available on our dedicated playlist.

RhinoCenter launches a new Academy Platform for Turkish users!

After working on this new project for many months, RhinoCenter (Authorized Rhino Reseller and Training Center in Turkey) is happy to announce the launch of their Academy platform. Their website now offers basic courses for Rhino, specific training on SubD, Grasshopper, and all in Turkish!

These initial courses are similar to intense on-site training but with lifetime access to follow at your own pace. Each course has its own final test which takes around 45 minutes and has a passing score of 70/100. Upon passing the test, students will receive a completion certificate.

At the end of the year, all certified students will have the chance to win a Rhino Level 1 Exam Certificate. A great opportunity to test knowledge and competency in Rhino software, 3D visualization and become a Certified Rhino Specialist.

Last but not least, all courses are listed with a 75% special discount until the end of the year and stay tuned because they will soon release the following new courses: Python, RhinoCAM, and V-Ray for Rhino.

For more information, visit

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

"ETFE Cushion Form-Finding & Patterning" free webinar by IxRay

IxRay has organized a free webinar on November 4, 2021, at 15h CET about ETFE Cushion Form-Finding & Patterning.

Learn more about Form-Finding ETFE Multi-Layer cushions, with control of chamber pressure and layer prestress. Patterning and compensation, hard edge compensation and welding compensation by cut & flatten de-inflated model. 

Software used: Rhino 7, Grasshopper, Falko, and ixCube 4-10

Reserve your place by emailing (Subject: Webinar on ETFE Cushions)...

Gravity Sketch "AROUND 2021"


Gravity Sketch invites you to join AROUND 2021 (November 4-5), its inaugural annual conference where the industrial design community is getting together to change the dialogue AROUND the “Design Process”. 

Join industry leaders like Adidas, Volkswagen, and Scott Robertson, who will share their unique journeys into adopting digital 3D workflow.

Also, the following speakers will be talking about their Gravity Sketch to Rhino workflow:
Registrants will have the opportunity to have 15-minute portfolio review sessions with the speakers.