Thursday, March 31, 2022

Lands Design inside Revit, a BIM landscape design solution for Revit


Asuni is glad to announce that Lands Design's powerful terrain modeling tools and Grasshopper components now work inside Revit. Thanks to the Rhino.Inside Revit integration, Lands Design objects can be recognized as BIM objects in Revit. 

The above video explains step by step how to integrate your Rhino landscape project in Revit.  

Find here the Grasshopper definitions to transfer Lands Design objects to Revit...

New release for BobCAM for Rhino


Version 2 of BobCAM for Rhino is now available to download. With the release of V2, their new 5-axis premium module is now available for all BobCAD-CAM’s product families.  

New toolpath technology and workflow reduces programming time and simplifies processes while expanding machining capabilities—the ultimate toolpath bundle for job shop manufacturers programming 3, 4, or 5-axis CNC machines.

“I am so excited for users to their hands-on BobCAD-CAM’s new products. Every customer will find enhancements and new features to get their NC programs to the machine faster and easier! There was a lot of focus on the usability, all the way up to new cutting strategies for shops who are pushing machines to their limits.” Greg Myers, Director, R&D, BobCAD-CAM, Inc., developer of BobCAM for Rhino.

New efficiency and improvements:
  • Deburring. Automatically create toolpath to trim complex edges or apply chamfers/fillets to part feature edges when posting in 3, 4, or 5-axis.
  • Probing. Simplify and automate the process of programming, simulating, and posting CNC probing cycles.
  • Auto 3+2 Roughing. Index roughing for 5-axis using automatic, semi-automatic, or manual direction of approach.
  • 3-5 Axis Conversion. Apply automatic 5-axis tilting for 3-axis tool paths.
  • Turn Mill. Faster material removal for Mills and Mill-Turn Machines where both the stock and tool spin to increasing surface speed. Machine part profiles result in less chip consideration and faster cycle times.
  • Multiaxis Machining. New finishing strategies added to what was previously called Multiaxis Roughing.  Now users can choose from roughing and finishing options with specific tool paths for wall and floor finishing.
  • Multiblade. New advanced optimized operations for 5-axis machining of impellers and blisks.   Specific operations to rough and finish blades, hubs, and fillets.
  • Port Machining. New advanced optimized operations specific for CNC port machining require minimal user input.
BobCAM for Rhino works on Rhino 6 or greater. It is localized in eight language packs: English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Czech, Italian, and Portuguese. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

23rd International Digital Landscape Architecture conference (June 9–10) - Registration is open!


DLA 2022 ‘HYBRID – Analog + Digital = The next normal’
Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD),
June 9-10, 2022

The registration for the Digital Landscape Architecture conference (DLA) is open. The DLA is an annual conference for landscape architects and urban planners. This year's topic is HYBRID: Analog + Digital = The next normal

The conference will be a hybrid conference with a full-featured virtual streaming program. In the works are more than 60 presentations (published in JoDLA7-2022) and three inspiring keynote addresses covering a wide range of topics related to technology applications and innovations in landscape design and planning. 

There are free online software workshops, including Rhino.Inside.Revit and Lands Design workshops, June 8 and June 11, the days before and after the conference (Pre-registration is required).

Additionally, a poster/video competition is open to students and recent grads, with landscape design software licenses offered as prizes.

Discounted registration rates are available for students and recent grads, as well as professional landscape architects.

More information...

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Monday, March 28, 2022

Latest News in Naval Architecture at Nor-Shipping 2022


4-7 April 2022
Oslo, Norway

The NDAR team will be present at Nor-Shipping in Oslo (Norway) from April 4 to 7, 2022. Visit booth D01-29 to discuss your projects and learn about the latest news in the naval architecture and shipbuilding software solutions.

NDAR will deliver several specialized free admission seminars for all registered Nor-Shipping visitors. They will give attendees an opportunity to learn the latest news in Rhino, Orca3D, ExpressMarine and ShipConstructor, among others.

Appointments are recommended to meet the team: or phone +33 (0)4 92 91 13 24.

Friday, March 25, 2022

Announced: Winner of VisualARQ BIM Design Student Contest 2022

Asuni is pleased to announce the winner of the second edition of the VisualARQ BIM Design Student Contest 2022.

The winner of this year’s edition is Zhen Zixu, a fourth-year student at Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, who presented a museum of traditional Chinese medicine, a project inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, history, and culture.

Zhen Zixu appreciates how VisualARQ helped build a complete workflow and emphasizes the connection with Grasshopper.

Check out the entire project...

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Getting to know... Toggle: Reimagining rebar fabrication

Toggle is an American firm that is reimaging rebar fabrication with the help of robots and computational design tools such as Grasshopper and ShapeDiver.

In this interview, Daniel Blank and Andreas Thoma talk about how they got inspired to start this company after witnessing how wind turbines are built, how they got $100K in funding and basically hacked their way until they found Product-Market Fit, plus how COVID forced them to have a "work from anywhere" mentality. Finally, they have a word of advice to all new founders on navigating the intricate world of startups and funding rounds.

Read the complete interview...

NORMCUT: New nesting plugin focusing on waste minimization

NORMCUT demo from NORMCUT on Vimeo.

It’s easier than ever to use your offcuts in subtractive manufacturing with the new NORMCUT nesting plugin for Rhino! Useful filler parts will be automatically placed into the cutting plan’s leftover space that would otherwise be discarded as scrap. You can either create individual filler parts for yourself or use standardized parts that can be sold on their marketplace.

This plugin is NORMCUT’s answer to the catastrophic number of 25% average waste share in industrial cutting, which is not acceptable in the middle of a global climate, resource, and energy crisis. Learn more and become part of the movement!

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Free Rhino Flow-RT Workshop


Rhino Flow-RT Workshop
March 31, 2022
11 AM ET  (1-hour workshop)

Please join Simerics, Inc. for a free Rhino Flow-RT workshopLearn how you can use CFD embedded in Rhino to validate and improve your products and designs in real time.

Rhino Flow-RT Workshop content:

  • Affordable CFD for Rhino Users.
  • Rhino User Evolution.
  • Customer Examples.
  • Rhino Flow-RT CFD
  • Special Rhino Flow-RT offer.
  • Q & A

Register for Rhino Flow-RT workshop...

Friday, March 18, 2022

Food4Rhino webinar: Designing apartment floor plans with PlanFinder (April 5 at 4 PM CEST)

In this webinar you will learn about using PlanFinder to draw apartment floor plans quicker. PlanFinder has two functionalities to do so.

With Fit, you can get floor plan ideas for a new design. With Furnish, you can automatically furnish an existing plan.

Both the Rhino and Grasshopper plugin will be shown during the session.

Speaker: Jeroen van Lith is the founder of PlanFinder. With a background in architecture and software development, he focuses on using Machine Learning to accelerate architectural design.


Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Webinar: Leveraging Rhino Compute for Spatial Analytics (March 24 at 4 PM CET)

The emergence of Rhino Compute enables designers and data scientists to leverage the Rhino API as an API service to perform spatial analytics and modeling. This workshop will focus on how to connect the technologies and perform spatial analysis using NYC tax lot data as a case study.

Speaker: Brandon Pachuca is an Urban Data Scientist and Web Developer at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates on the KPFui team focused on leveraging emergent technologies to augment the architectural practice. He has a background in architecture and urban planning with a master’s of science in applied urban science and informatics.

When: March 24 at 4 PM CET

*Here you have as well a GitHub with the notebook Brandon Pachuca will be running through with install instructions for anyone who wants to follow-up along:

Tuesday, March 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: Participants are advised to have a basic knowledge of Grasshopper.

Webinar duration: 6 Days / 12 hours in total: Start April 4, 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...

New Rhino book: "Modelação Clássica e por Subdivisão em Rhinoceros 7"

João Monteiro has published a new book (in Portuguese): Modelação Clássica e por Subdivisão em Rhinoceros 7.

809 pages with the basics, classic NURBS modeling, and a second part dedicated to the new SubD tools.

While the book focuses on 3D modeling of objects, it also includes an introduction on obtaining photorealistic images from them using the available tools in Rhinoceros, as well as importing and modifying models created in other CAD programs. Most of the proposed exercises are based on reference images, on which the models are built, being available to download through a link presented in the text. The book was written based on the Windows version of Rhinoceros, but Mac users can also use it.

Monday, March 14, 2022

Building the Liberty ACE Sportscar 2022

Pete Larsen had a vision of building a modern-day interpretation of the 1940 and 50’s streamlined mid-engine sportscar. The result is a fun exciting vehicle with a unique driving experience. Find out what it took to complete the project...

Grasshopper Knowledge |

Are you interested in expanding your Grasshopper knowledge? has created a video series called Grasshopper Explained with snackable tips and tricks that will help you save time and keep your models clean!

Friday, March 11, 2022

Free Grasshopper Masterclass - 26-27 March 2022


Archi-Tech Network is offering a free Grasshopper Masterclass that covers the basics of Grasshopper and computational design using real-world projects from BIG.

The course is split into three sessions:

  • Grasshopper 101 (26 March, 3 PM GMT) - Introducing Computational Design, Grasshopper Interface, Developing Logic and Lists!
  • Grasshopper 102 (27 March, 3 PM GMT) - Tips and Tricks, Data Trees, and Building Scripts
  • Grasshopper 103 (Recorded) - Rebuilding BIG's serpentine pavilion.

Free ExpressMarine webinar

March 23, 2022

B&A Software AS, developers of the ExpressMarine Rhino plugin, announced their webinar to show the latest features of the ExpressMarine plugin. Onn Wednesday, March 23, 2022, two times are available:
  • 10:00–11:00 CET (Central European Time), 4 AM–5 AM EST (Eastern Standard Time) 
  • 19:00–20:00 CET (Central European Time), 1 PM–2:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Learn how rapid 3D modeling in ExpressMarine can provide accurate structural weight estimates, initialize your detailed design model, and improve your general arrangement.

The webinar will focus on the following features in ExpressMarine:
  • Modeling of structural detail
  • Integration with ShipWeight
  • Volume modeling for capacity and GA check
  • Stock libraries, color handling, and templates
  • Tips and tricks for effective modeling

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Grasshopper Level 2 Online Course, April 19-21 (McNeel Europe)

Grasshopper Level 2 Online Course
April 19-21, 2022
10 AM-5 PM CET
Hosted on Zoom by McNeel Europe

The upcoming Grasshopper level 2 course is for professionals who would like to get an in-depth understanding of parametric design principles in Grasshopper. In the three-day course, our tutor Ping-Hsiang Chen (computational designer at Zaha Hadid Architects) will 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.

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
  • Custom Patterns and Domain
  • Genetic Algorithm
Day 2
  • Mesh Modelling Introduction
  • Mesh Subdivision and Optimization with Quad Remesh
  • Introduction to Sub D and workflow with Nurbs and Mesh
  • Introduction to Physics Based Modeling
  • Form Finding with Goals and Forces
  • Encode Material Behavior and Constraint into a Geometric Model
Day 3
  • Code Reusability and Create Custom Function
  • Data Import and Export
  • Collaborative Workflow Introduction
  • Grasshopper Players and Hops 
  • Q&A and course recap

Course requirements: This course is for Grasshopper users with an intermediate level in Rhino. We welcome people from cross-disciplinary backgrounds such as architecture, product design, jewelry design, engineering, fabrication, art, and more.

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 April 14.

Course language: English

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

Rhino.Inside.Revit Workshops at BILT ANZ, March 11, 2022

Two Rhino.Inside.Revit workshops are coming up very soon at BILT ANZ 2022.

Rhino.Inside: Connecting Grasshopper to Revit - Dynamo vs. Rhino.Inside.Revit - It doesn't have to be an either-or scenario. Did you know you can run both simultaneously and use the best tool for the job? Interested in finding out more? Join Paul Wintour next Friday, March 11th. This class demonstrates how to harness the power of Rhino.Inside to improve interoperability and functionality within Revit.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand and identify opportunities for Rhino.Inside to be implemented into your existing BIM workflows.
  2. Understand the benefits of using Rhino.Inside over Dynamo.
  3. Create bi-directional workflows between Revit and Rhino to maximize interoperability.

LAB: Rhino.Inside.Revit - Rhino.Inside.Revit looks to tackle the long-standing interoperability problems between Rhino and Revit. Learn how you can use this new technology in everyday workflows to better link these two powerful modeling programs. Taught by Nathan Luke, IDEA StatiCa, Friday, March 11th. 

Learning Objectives:
  1. An understanding of what Rhino.Inside.Revit is and its basic applications.
  2. How Rhino.Inside.Revit can be used to better enhance several typical interoperability workflows.
  3. Look at third-party plugins using the technology to extend interoperability with external applications.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Rendering and visualization with Rhino and Weviz Studio

Weviz Studio is a new generation of visualization software. Thanks to real-time technology, rendering is now instantaneous! 

Reviewing your designs, validating them, creating smashing 3D presentations and videos is now as easy as a game! Discover the easiest-to-use and most realistic real-time software, especially for design and manufacturing industries.

Easy import from Rhino: Weviz supports 3DM format and many others natively! Drag and drop your 3D projects on Weviz Studio.

Parametric Design Webinar by Wassef Dabboussi

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: Start March 21, 2022
  • Option 2: Intensive Webinar for Intermediates - 4 Days / 8 hours in total: Start March 28, 2022

Timezone: CET / Berlin Germany Time

Webinar Language: English

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

Details and registration...

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Timber gridshell classrooms with Grasshopper: Design, optimization and construction

The students from UPC School MPDA Master's in Parametric Design Architecture 1, which is taught online and at the ETSAV architecture school, have accomplished during the Studio 2 course the design and construction of two timber structures for hosting open-air classrooms in two different schools.

The students followed a program of continuous reviews by international experts on structural design, timber construction, computational geometry, and membrane design. The international group of students solved all the design, structural analysis, numerical fabrication, and construction processes within the Rhinoceros/Grasshopper framework, and finally built it during the face-to-face phase in Barcelona.

Amid several toolsets, the students profusely used Kangaroo 2 for the form finding, and then Kiwi!3D, Karamba3D, and Beaver for the structural analysis.

The Master Parametric Design in Architecture provides a computational design framework for the creation and optimization of lightweight structures with a low ecological footprint. The construction of the classrooms is part of the subject of development of innovation projects in which it is sought to integrate computational geometry, technological efficiency, sustainability and economic viability in real projects that can have a positive impact.

The built classrooms are designed with digital tools aiming to reduce the energy and weight of structures by means of an intensive use of geometry, and are manufactured using numerically controlled machines that allow for fast, efficient and prefabricated production.

The Zollinger open classroom, built at the CanCuní, is a lightweight gridshell of short pieces of birch plywood. The system is loosely based on the traditional Zollinger system which consists of the reciprocal transfer of loads in a short beam system. The challenge is to design and calibrate the required stiffness of a simply manufactured joint to avoid the cost and time of a bracing system.

The 3way
 open classroom, built at the ETSAV, is an ultra-thin gridshell of long and wide birch plywood 12mm planks. The system is based on the coupling of three families of pseudo-geodesic curves on a common surface that can be built from completely straight and planar planks without any waste. The simple 1D manufacturing technology relies solely on the exact positioning of the holes.

Students: Jorge Adrian Martorell ,Christian Merhej, Rudy Riachy , Alberto Sadun , Marc Serra , Alex Solà, Aitor Vadillo , Luis Ángel Garcia, Khalifa Alkhazriji , Ángel Barrón, Dalia Ezzeddine, Danny Vallejo , Ehsan Naguib, Weston Porter.

International experts: Julian Lienhard , Bending-active, STR.ucture / Universität Kassel, Dragos Naicu, timber gridshells, Anna Bauer, Structural analysis, Kiwi!3D / TUM, Ángel Antequera, Load cases and Wind, CODA /Modularem, Alberto Pugnale, Timber construction, University Melbourne, Almudena Majano, Timber engineering, ETSAM, Antonio Lara, Timber Engineering, ETSAM, Ton Miserachs, Membrane patterning, TP Arquitectura i construcció textil

Academic direction: Gerard Bertomeu, Pep Tornabell, Ramon Sastre, Enrique Soriano (partners at CODA and teachers at Barcelonatech and UPC School)

Acknowledgments: Special thanks to Can Cuní and to ETSAV UPC Architecture school for their support and workshops, Somnis a mida, Camping el Llac, Serge Ferrari for sponsoring the material, Gabarró Hermanos (timber logistics using UPM plywood), Manxa Bricolatge (Hardware), and always thankful to Daniel Piker for the use of Kangaroo.

Photo Credit: Andres Flajszer 

Live Webinar: Introducing The New ShapeDiver 2.0 Platform!

The New ShapeDiver 2.0 Platform
March 21

Whether you are a long-time user of ShapeDiver or a Grasshopper enthusiast curious to learn about the classic features of the platform as much as the newer ones, this webinar is the ideal introduction to everything their cloud platform has to offer. Join and decide whether the ShapeDiver tools can improve your design, manufacturing, and sales processes!

If you want to register right away, here’s the link. If you’d like to first learn what they’ll cover during the event, here's the complete article.

Friday, March 4, 2022

RhinoCAM 2022 announced

MecSoft, the developer of CAM software solutions, has released RhinoCAM 2022. RhinoCAM 2022 is the latest version of MecSoft’s fully integrated Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) plugin for Rhino 6 and 7. 

Release highlights include:
  • New saw machining operation
  • Enhanced adaptive roughing module
  • Upgraded and improved 4-axis machining methods
  • Milling tool holder definition for display and collision checks
  • Integration of post and G-code in the operation tree in the part file
  • Programmable post-processors employing the Python programming language
  • Expanded RhinoCAM SDK for automating machining
  • Other productivity and user interface enhancements
  • Additional enhancements to the G-Code editor and profile nesting modules
For more details, see What’s New in RhinoCAM 2022. Also, you can request your free demo software download of RhinoCAM 2022.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Anexact Aescapes V2.0 Webinar by DesignMorphine - April 17, 2022

Anexact Aescapes V2.0 will explore the advanced digital modeling techniques to generate complex architectural compositions with Rhinoceros. 'Anexact' architectural objects resist being reduced to pure geometric forms. Being ambiguous, irreducible, and rigorous, these objects embrace the immense qualities that exist in any form. The multiple techniques and operations can be leveraged in the conceptual stage of any project. The explorations will wrap several frames, and we will be diving deeper into the notion of how newer properties appear when autonomous architectural masses interact with each other. Participants will learn to develop models that speculate on various qualities of articulations and the interaction of masses. Rather than using a sketch as an end goal, we use it as a starting point and then take it forward while developing a 3D composition, seeing how far we can go with it using a series of simple compounded operations in Rhinoceros. The webinar will demonstrate how to take full advantage of manual modeling in Rhinoceros and SubD to create complex geometries you might not believe could be manually designed without parametric tools.

More information...

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Continuous Formations V1.0 Webinar by DesignMorphine - April 24, 2022

Continuous Formations V1.0 will explore generative techniques for creating, trimming, and smoothing closed-cell mesh networks in Grasshopper. We will cover methods for modeling with the SubD geometry type in Rhino + Grasshopper and understand its relationship with Mesh and NURBS geometries. Generated mesh networks will be computationally trimmed by SubD geometries modeled in Rhino, then relaxed into a continuous minimal surface with smooth edge conditions. Once we develop a minimal surface generator, we will explore methods for panelizing and creating textures on these forms. Through these methods, techniques for dealing with SubD creases in Grasshopper will be covered. Continuous Formations will take a modular approach to constructing Grasshopper tools where we will understand methods for making reusable Grasshopper functions using Clusters and Hops. Once a tool-set for generating minimal surface networks is created, we will look at basic visualization techniques in Blender to output renderings.

More information...

Webinar: Teaching Rhino Development Tools for AEC (March 9, 2022, at 2 PM CET)

In this webinar (organized by McNeel Europe), David Andrés León will speak about the process of teaching Rhino Development tools within the context of the MaCAD Masters program in IAAC, their different applications in the stage of academia, and the benefit of learning these tools for professionals in AEC. The webinar will cover Interoperability, Cloud Computing, and Machine Learning with practical examples and a quick demo.

Speaker: David Andrés León is an architect with a focus on the research and development of computational tools for architecture, construction, and design. He is currently the Head of Computational Design of the AAG group in IAAC, Director of the Master in Advanced Computation for Advanced Architecture MACAD and Senior faculty of the Masters for Advanced Architecture in IAAC. David is also guest faculty in the MPDA Masters programme of the UPC.