Monday, February 28, 2022

Rhino 7 GPU / Graphics Card Tests (by SimplyRhino UK)

SimplyRhino UK has completed its latest GPU test report, looking at performance not only with Rhino 7 (and Rhino Raytrace rendering engine) and popular companion products such as KeyShot, Twinmotion, V-Ray for Rhino and Chaos Vantage.

"Choosing a GPU / Graphics Card isn’t a straightforward task, especially when you have a mix of software tools that you switch between, as many CAD users do. It is a challenge to find a good balance between GPU price and performance, so we set out with this report to fill in some of the gaps to help you choose the right card for your applications."

Friday, February 25, 2022

"Mars Architecture" workshop by PAACADEMY - March 26-June 11, 2022

The "Mars Architecture" studio workshop by PAACADEMY (March 26-June 11, 2022) is devoted to exploring the computational design capabilities applied to space architecture.

The studio workshop led by Valentina Sumini and her team aims to design a resilient and sustainable infrastructure for human missions on Mars. This design challenge requires a new holistic approach, in which computational design plays a key role. Indeed, Space Architecture relies on some fundamental pillars that are intrinsically interconnected: space sciences, engineering, industrial design, ergonomics, medicine, psychology, and art.

Students will be challenged to work in teams within a cross-disciplinary environment at different scales, from urban to architecture and interior design, relying on the knowledge and technologies developed for space applications. A challenge for both space and terrestrial architectures is to consider the relationships between human activities and the resources thar support them.

The Mars Architecture Workshop will bring a new computational design approach to this design challenge in order to sustain human space exploration on Mars.

  • Rhinoceros 7

  • Grasshopper

  • Plugins:

    • Karamba 3D (License will be provided to all students)
    • Ameba: (License will be provided to all students)
    • Putterfish
    • Kangaroo
    • Weaverbird
    • OpenNest

Getting to know... MERZ MÖBEL: Furniture (Custom) Made In Germany!

MERZ MÖBEL, a German furniture company, recently released a brand new web site featuring several highly customizable pieces of furniture. It allows customers to design sideboards according to their preferences and needs with the help of additive manufacturing, traditional carpentry, Grasshopper, and ShapeDiver.

In this interview, Ulrich Merz, product designer and founder of Merz Möbel, talks to ShapeDiver and gives us a glimpse into his company and story.

Read the complete interview here...

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Topo Deep Dive workshop for topographic modeling

Landau Design is presenting a workshop to show the full range of uses for the free and Pro components of Land Kit. It will engage its participants interactively, giving them the chance to engage the Land Kit developers. Show Land Kit your real-world examples and see how Topo Kit can address the challenges of the modern designer. 

Specific examples will include comprehensive topographic modeling and design tools for earthworks, layout, retaining walls, curbs, paths, delineating material areas, smoothing, patching your topography, and much more! In addition, newly developed components and improvements to be released in the next version (1.0.5) of Land Kit will be included in the workshop.

This deep dive workshop is designed for users with a basic knowledge of Rhino and Grasshopper, although new users are welcome to join. 

Choose the best time for you:

Friday, March 26, 1-4 pm, EST
Saturday, March 27, 1-4 pm, EST

Cost: $200 ($100 for students and faculty)

More information and to register...


Friday, February 18, 2022

Rhino.Inside.Revit Online Course, March 28-30 (McNeel Europe)

Rhino.Inside.Revit Online Course
March 28-30, 2022
Hosted on Zoom by McNeel Europe

Since 2009, many third-party plugins have been developed to enable interoperability between Autodesk's BIM software Revit and McNeel's Rhino/Grasshopper, achieving various degrees of success in ease of use, performance (speed), and extendibility. Using one of Rhino 7's new frameworks known as Rhino.Inside, Revit and Rhino/Grasshopper can now work together more seamlessly than ever before. There are now not only opportunities to combine both platforms' strengths in a flexible, efficient, and responsive way, but almost the entire ecosystem of third-party plugins for Rhino/Grasshopper can share workflow with Revit much more conveniently. Additionally, the Rhino.Inside technology also allows third-party developers to further push the limits by creating their Grasshopper components (via C#, and even Python) that can access the Revit API directly in the same runtime environment. In this context, Junghwo Park, BIM Specialist at Umdasch Group Ventures, will teach a Rhino.Inside.Revit online workshop at McNeel Europe.

What you will learn: Participants will get a basic understanding of how to use Rhino.Inside.Revit, will learn about BIM Management use-cases and BIM workflow using Rhino.Inside.Revit, and useful Grasshopper plugins for parametric BIM Design.

Day 1
  • Overview
  • Units and Documents
  • Selections
  • Get & Set Parameters
  • Revit Materials
Day 2
  • Create Revit Element (System Families)
  • Create Form
  • Create Family (Loadable Families)
  • SubD to Revit
  • Rename Levels
  • Rooms and Areas
  • Structural Analytical Model
Day 3
  • Design Options
  • Topography
  • MakeHatch
  • Worksets
  • Clash Detection
  • Parametric Tower Design
  • Tips and Tricks
Course requirements: The workshop is for Revit users who want to learn about Rhino and Grasshopper or Rhino and Grasshopper users who want to learn about Rhino.Inside.Revit. Further, it is for BIM creators, coordinators, and managers interested in parametric BIM workflows.

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 each course: 25. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled March 13.

Course language: English

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

Darco Rhino Basics - Online Workshop (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 the work world 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 with the registered students.

Date: 21-25 February 2022
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!

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Rhino-CVC - New object library for HVAC


Rhino-CVC is a 3D object library associated with Grasshopper definitions, distributed in a Rhino toolbar, allowing to create piping, VMC and heating elements, automatically and fully configurable with ergonomics.

Parametric elements include:

  • 3D and 5D curves to be welded
  • Concentric and eccentric reducers
  • Dished ends to be welded,
  • Equal and reduced tees to be welded
  • Radiators (fully configurable)
  • Straight tubes (steel, copper, stainless steel, multilayer, and PVC)
  • Bendable tubes (steel, copper, multilayer)
  • Piping layers

The tubes have built-in yardage (length, weight, and capacity). The layers are preconfigured (choice in the tools).

Bills of materials—very clean with the possibility of formatting—are automatically generated individually: piping, fitting to be welded, equipment, and VMC.

This plugin receives updates to increase its rich capabilities further and also to improve them constantly because we are more than anything, eager to offer the best tool possible to have as much fun using it as we had to create it!

Download and details....

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Form Finding with Kangaroo Physics Webinar

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 Form Finding with Kangaroo Physics Webinar will provide you with the necessary knowledge and ability to use Kangaroo Physics, a free powerful plugin in Grasshopper / Rhinoceros.

Webinar prerequisite: A basic knowledge of Grasshopper.

Webinar duration: 6 Days / 12 hours in total. Starts March 7, 2022. 

Time Zone: CET / Berlin, Germany Time

Language: English

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

Questions about the webinar? Please email

Complete details, registration, and webinar link...

Thursday, February 10, 2022

UBC Design League Designathon, February 19-20

Vancouver, BC @LIFE Building
February 19-20
Register here.

The UBC Design League is hosting the first-ever Architecture Designathon, which is similar to a hackathon, but for CADing instead of coding. Participants will get the chance to experience real industry prompts, network, and receive design feedback from industry professionals. 

The competition involves teams of two choosing one of two design prompts, and everyone is given 36 hours to create a solution. During the solution-making process, mentors will drop by and teams can receive pointers on their ideas. Afterward, professionals in the industry will judge the final projects and prizes will be awarded; prizes include 3D printers, drawing tablets, and even a firm visit! 

Admission is free and open to students of all faculties. It will take place in person (subject to change) at the UBC Vancouver campus.

The number of participants will be limited due to COVID restrictions, so register here while there are spots available!

Details and registration...

Monday, February 7, 2022

New version of Conveyor Rhino and Revit

Conveyor can transform workflow between Rhino® and Revit® with easy-to-use repeatable standards. Conveyor enables you to convert geometry and data between Rhino and Revit without the need for complicated workflow or computational interfaces. 

Conveyor V3 has just been released:

  • Integration with Rhino.Inside.Revit technology
  • Convert geometry and data to Rhino
  • Edit Revit properties from Rhino
  • Send directshapes with material information to Revit.

Friday, February 4, 2022

Rhino.Inside cadwork

Cadwork is the market leader in software solutions and CAD/CAM 3D for wood construction, framing, and carpentry.

Now, thanks to the Rhino.Inside technology, you can take advantage of cadwork and Grasshopper together!

Open Sky/Oasiz (by ARCHIOLOGICS)

Adolfo Nadal from ARCHIOLOGICS has been kind enough to share his recent project Open Sky/Oasiz, modeled with the help of Rhino and Grasshopper:

At ARCHIOLOGICS, we conceive each project as a process thought and designed to meet the expectations, tastes and needs of each profile. We combine design and construction with the highest levels of precision through a workflow based on virtual models, true digital twins for construction. We are able to combine the most advanced industrialization and design systems with the customization of each design and work thanks to our Rhino-based, tailor-made solutions. Whether you are looking for a pure geometric or textured design, specific sizes or proposals, or a bright and striking aesthetic, our team of professionals will develop the best version for your needs.

From design to construction

Our façade solutions highlight the value of material and geometry through fully customized computational processes. We optimize investment and minimize costs thanks to early analysis and rationalization of the geometry, improving its constructive and aesthetic potential. All this can be achieved by harvesting the native power of Rhinoceros' NURBS geometry core and the extended functionality we add by means of Grasshopper and the software's API. In this particular case, we were able to develop more than 22000sqm of unique panels seamlessly integrating design and construction procedures, such as surface rationalization, structure optimization, and drawing automation, including a wide variety of planar, curved, and double curved geometries.

At Oasiz, we provide value to this raw material to the extent that it becomes a truly unmatched design. Unique products are combined with geometric cladding and vitreous finishes, adopting the essence of industrial and minimalist environments for a project that seeks to stand out by itself.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Introducing: The New ShapeDiver Plugin (v1.9)!

After introducing their brand new platform a week ago, it’s now time to unveil the new version of ShapeDiver's Grasshopper plugin. This time they've tackled some of your most requested features such as new import and export file formats, a new attribute system, a plethora of new components, downloading and updating via Rhino’s Package Manager, and much more!

Read the complete article and learn more about these features...

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

2Shapes for Rhino 3.0 Released

2Shapes for Rhino, the jewelry design plugin for Rhino, just got to version 3.0. 

Here are the top 10 new features:
  • Micro Settings: Creating micro settings has never been so easy, intuitive, and dynamic.
  • Quick Array on Curve: Array on Curve generates multiple copies of objects and arranges them dynamically along a curve.
  • Recover the gems from your old Matrix and RhinoGold models.
  • Quick Orient: All diamonds and gemstones are updated to 2Shapes and are entirely usable and editable in one click.
  • Recess: Easily create depressions on your design to help set gems, 3D textures, and more!
  • Weight: Get the weight of your model with a single click, including metal and gems!
  • Quick Polar Array: Polar Array has an easy-to-use interface and many additional options to create what you are looking for.
  • Technical Report: Significant improvements in reporting include logo customization and additional information such as weight, gems map, and much more.
  • Rendering UI: Significant improvements in reporting include logo customization and additional information such as weight, gems map, and much more.
  • New Rendering Materials: This new version includes more than 20 new materials, including such incredible materials as Diamond Cognac.

DesignMorphine Masters Y22/23 Degree

Everything humanity has designed so far is limited and based on how our bodies are designed and work, the way they experience reality around us. However, in this age and time, we have reached the crossroads where technology can and will eventually shape not only our minds but our body, as well. In this sense, designing the future entails, first and foremost, designing the body that will live 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. The compass will be a scalable notion of the human condition in this journey. Housing, transit systems, and the ways 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 very unit, the entire 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...

Design Modelling Symposium Berlin - September 2022

Technology is the answer, but what is the question?, famously asked Cedric Price to an audience of architects and engineers in 1966.

For researchers, educators, and practitioners in the Architecture Engineering Construction (AEC) fields, the question could not be clearer, nor the answer more urgently needed. In the age of the growing inequalities, climate crisis, ecosystem collapse, the AEC sector accounts alone for almost 40% of the greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, it is responsible for eco-systemic changes and plays a central role in creating and perpetuating social injustice.

Among the many campaigners, communities, institutions, and governments worldwide that have declared a state of emergency, what are the radical measures we can take to change the way we plan, build, operate, maintain and dismantle our built environment?

The Design Modelling Symposium 2022 (Berlin, September 24-28) aims to provide critical perspectives on current advances in computational methods in AEC in this age of crisis and hope.

Recent advances in design and construction technology may hold the promise to help us trace a new path, but, at the same time, they hold the threat of turbo-charging existing destructive paradigms. Our collective practices are tantamount to many uncontrolled planetary experiments, deploying technologies and practices at unprecedented scales first and worrying about the consequences later. We urgently need to negotiate a myriad of global and hyper-local equilibria between the built and natural environment.

By synthesizing artistic, theoretical, and technological perspectives and positions, the symposium aims to challenge innovative digital techniques in the design, materialization, operation, and assessment of our built environment, examining them in relation to their impact on the future of societies and the environment. In this context, the digitalization of design offers multiple routes to identify the material, social, ethical, ecological, and other dimensions of new, necessary, and radically measured equilibria.

The conference is structured around four thematic areas that explore Almas in which new, radical measures need to emerge, spanning from the tools that enable design, simulation, and materialization to new ways of approaching the relationship between built and unbuilt environments.