Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Webinar: Applied computational design in structural engineering (by Timo Nielsen) - June 8, 2022, at 4 PM CEST

Webinar: Applied computational design in structural engineering (by Timo Nielsen)
June 8, 2022, at 4 PM CEST

In this webinar, Timo Harboe Nielsen will speak about how Rhino+Grasshopper is used in a large engineering consultancy (Ramboll). The webinar will show several examples with live demos and discuss the challenges and possibilities that computational designers face in the conservative building industry.

Bio: Timo Nielsen is the Computational Design Lead for the Buildings Division of Ramboll Denmark. Before joining the High Rise division of Ramboll, he worked in the engineering department of Bjarke Ingels Group. Timo has a master’s degree in architectural engineering from the Technical University of Denmark, where he specialized in computational design in structural engineering.

Monday, May 30, 2022

2Shapes for Rhino at JCK Las Vegas 2022


June 10-13, 2022
Las Vegas, NV
2Shapes booth - 24027

2Shapes for Rhino is the next generation of 3D CAD software for jewelry from the creator of RhinoGold. 

Come to this year's JCK show to discover the most powerful parametric jewelry design software on the market, and meet the team behind 2Shapes. You are welcome to come and say hi this June from Friday 10th to Monday 13th, at booth 24027.

At the 2Shapes booth, you will see how 2Shapes for Rhino works, how to create spectacular bespoke designs and renders within minutes, and get the opportunity to ask any questions directly to the development team.

Schedule a demo to discover the complete 3D CAD tool for jewelry designers on an online demo, and ask any questions you may have.

More information...

Friday, May 27, 2022

Getting to know... WOOD-SKIN: Bespoke Wooden Panels!

WOOD-SKIN® is an Italian company that offers two completely customizable products mesh sheets and fold panels. Founded in 2013, it bridges the gap between the idea of a 3D complex surface and its realization. 

In this interview, they talk about how they are using parametric design and digital fabrication to offer uniquely designed wooden panels to clients worldwide. Learn more about their team, their products, the challenging aspects of designing and building them, and how they use ShapeDiver to provide a custom solution.

Read the complete interview...

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Free "Rhino & Grasshopper for Architects" online workshop (by HowToRhino) - June 6-16, 2022

If you’re an architect or a designer and you have a strong interest in learning Rhino, Grasshopper, and Rhino.Inside Revit specifically for architecture, HowToRhino will host a workshop called Rhino & Grasshopper for Architects from June 6 to 16, 2022.

The focus of this workshop will focus on how to use Rhino efficiently when modeling basic and more organic and fluid geometries, how to start using Grasshopper from scratch with a beginner-friendly learning approach, and how to understand the logic behind parametric modeling.

Another big topic will be the newest tech from McNeel called Rhino.Inside Revit, and how to make a seamless connection between parametric designs in Grasshopper with BIM capabilities in Revit. You’ll learn how to fuse the project's design phase from Rhino and Grasshopper with the construction phase in Revit.

The workshop is held by Dusan and Lazar, architects from Serbia and founders of the HowToRhino platform that helps architects learn how to use Rhino and Grasshopper for Architecture.

There will be four workshop videos, four live streams, and two Q&A sessions.

The workshop will be online. It is free, but there are limited seats available, so make sure you register soon.

Scholarships for MSc in Computational Design and Digital Fabrication


MSc in Computational Design and Digital Fabrication

The University of Nicosia offers scholarships for the academic year 2022-2023 for the MSc in Computational Design and Digital Fabrication based on academic merit and background experience. 

Application extended deadline: June 6, 2022.

The MSc in Computational Design and Digital Fabrication is offered in collaboration with the University of Innsbruck, Institute for Experimental Architecture Hochbau in Austria. The program explores the relationship between computational tools and architectural design to attain new insight into the relationship between design intent and built form. Prospective participants will have the opportunity to develop computational design skills and acquire hands-on cutting-edge fabrication experiences while cultivating analytical and creative thinking on computation applications in design. Furthermore, the program promotes the international exchange of research knowledge, through the connection to the University of Innsbruck and its Robotic Lab (REXLAB) at the Institute for Experimental Architecture. The program offers a very promising employment outlook while encouraging participants to become part of the global community of applied computational research and digital fabrication, a growing industry increasingly crucial for producing the built environment.

The program is extensively using Rhino and Grasshopper.

Job offer: Senior Rhino modeller at 4id Network (Barcelona, Spain)

4id Network is looking for an experienced Rhino modeller for a 4-8 weeks project in its Barcelona studio.

Candidate requirements:
  • Senior Rhino modeller - freelance
  • Must be able to model at a quick pace, from sketches to polygon mesh parts to NURBS.
  • Automotive style modeling ("Class A" surfaces)
  • Experience in transportation design (motorcycles)
  • Studio based in Barcelona (Poblenou)
  • 4-8 weeks of work
If interested, please send your CV to Sergio de la Parra...

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Automated Automata V1.0 Webinar by DesignMorphine

June 25, 2022, from 3 PM to 8 PM UTC
Online Webinar

Automated Automata V1.0 will explore basic to intermediate level cellular automata in 1D, 2D, 2.5D, and 3D workflow with C# and Grasshopper. These workflows lay the groundwork for using various cellular automata for architectural, engineering, or artistic purposes. 

This course will start with learning what a cellular automaton is, how they look in various dimensions, and the basic “algorithm” that describes every type of cellular automata. We will then use C# inside Grasshopper to code the classic elementary (1D) automata, examine how to improve the code to achieve an incredibly massive array of possible results, and convert the output values to closed curve loops. Next, we will move on to implementing 2D and 2.5D cellular automata in a generic way that allows for custom rules, including the famous Game Of Life. The course will finish by taking the final step into 3D, where we will code a true 3D cellular automaton that looks at its 26 neighboring cells. Students will be able to export their results in a various forms, including vectors for laser cutting or plotting, bitmap images, and 3D voxel models suitable for rendering or 3D printing. This course will be 80% C# coding.

More information and registration...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

AA Visiting School Sao Paulo Interactive Constructions: Augmented Reality Bamboo Structures


The AA Visiting School Sao Paulo 2022 – Augmented Reality Bamboo Structures will rely on Augmented Reality (AR) technology to guide manual fabrication actions to develop complex geometries built with bamboo. 

This year, the design and fabrication of these parametric structures will be led by architects Professor Kristof Crolla and Mr. Garvin Goepel, using analog and digital techniques.

The aim will be to combine bamboo constructions and digital technologies based on digital design research used to implement bending-active bamboo shell structures. The projects will be developed in Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, Kangaroo, Karamba, and other software. 

Location: Taught in English at Universidade Belas Artes in Sao Paulo
Date: July 7-16, 2022
Fee: £695

For additional information, visit this link.

Questions? Contact Camila Calegari at camila@subdv.com

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

Rhino User Meeting Copenhagen 2022

McNeel Europein collaboration with Bjarke Ingels Group, is organizing a Rhino User Meeting on June 16th, 2022 in Copenhagen.

Join us to discuss the tools and attitudes towards sustainability, how these attitudes have woven themselves into the daily practices of designers and architects, and the practical outcomes they are yielding.

Get inspiration from industry experts, who will share their most recent research projects and workflows with the audience in this casual evening hosted at the BIG headquarters in CPH.

Private and Tailored Online Rhino Training by SimplyRhino UK

The SimplyRhino team of trainers offer real-world experience from their specialist professional fields alongside Certified Rhino and Rhino plugin training expertise.

Whatever your industry, project, or training requirements, SimplyRhino has expert trainers to work with you. Training includes Rhino fundamentals, advanced modeling, parametric design with Grasshopper, and more.

Datakit announces a new update of their Import/Export plugins

Datakit, a specialist in 3D interoperability, announces the new version (2022.1) of its technical data conversion SDK. 

Since 1994 Datakit has facilitated the exchange of 2D and 3D data for users and developers of CAD, CAD/CAM, 3D visualization, simulation, metrology, and modeling applications. The latest version of CrossManager (Datakit software for file-to-file conversion of most 3D and 2D formats) and CrossCad/Ware (reading and writing libs for 2D and 3D software editors) improve once the interoperability between different standard and native formats.
Datakit conversion libraries V2022.1 bring new reading functionalities for Inventor, OBJ, Revit. They also add CATIA V5 writing functionalities. 

Software editors integrating release 2022.1 of Datakit SDK will now be able to:
  • Read the predefined views, as well as the FDT (PMI) from the Inventor assembly files 
  • Read the alpha channel of colors (transparency) from OBJ 3D and Rhino. 
  • Write in CATIA V5 the Views named by the users.

Datakit is constantly upgrading its SDK to remain compatible with the latest versions from publishers, as well as with their previous versions. 

Datakit V2022.1 adds new versions and now makes it possible to: 

  • Read JT files up to version 10.7 
  • Read older Revit versions (2011,2012,2013 and 2014) in complement with Revit 2015 to 2022 versions.
  • Extract data from SolidEdge 2022, the latest version of SolidEdge. 
  • Read the 2022 SP0 version of SOLIDWORKS, and ancestors from 2006 to 2008. 
  • Read NX 1992, 1996, and 2000, the last versions of NX.
How to test Datakit file-to-file software
End-users of 2D and 3D applications can download the software and obtain a demo license on the official pages of CrossManager and CrossCad/Plg.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Hull Shape Assistant plugin in open beta

Hull Shape Assistant (HSA) is a new Rhino plugin providing shape modeling assistance tools focused on design, fairing, and reverse engineering.

HSA’s geometry is composed of parts that may be surfaces or a set of curves prepared for lofting a surface. HSA also accepts as an input already existing polysurfaces in one part, with no specific option to modify it.


  • Automatic joining and trimming of parts, according to defined limiting top, transom, or skeg shape
  • Automatic generation of flat side and flat bottom
  • Real-time information regarding distance from reference geometry, which can be points clouds, curves, meshes, surfaces or polysurfaces
  • Real-time generation of sections, buttocks and waterlines
  • Simplified control over surface curvature and zebra analysis
  • Real-time information regarding ship hydrostatic parameters – HSA will try to fill small gaps in imperfect shape if the input is non-watertight
  • Simple clipping over length
  • Simple compact panel for control of plugin functionality

Currently, HSA supports only symmetric hull shapes.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Summer workshop by ControlMAD: Design and Parametric Fabrication (August 8-September 2, 2022)

Design & Parametric Fabrication
VI Edition Summer Workshop by ControlMAD
100 hours

Rhino 3D, Parametric Design with Grasshopper and Digital Fabrication

This course focuses on gaining knowledge in 3D modeling with Rhinoceros and Parametric Design with Grasshopper, obtaining real results with the construction of a large-scale prototype as a final project thanks to digital fabrication tools.

This edition will be in hybrid format: Part I will be with live on-line sessions. 
Part II (optional) can be followed online or on-site.

Research projects at School of Mechanical Engineering - Istanbul Technical University

Erkan Gunpinar (Associate Professor at School of Mechanical Engineering - Istanbul Technical University) has been kind enough to share the following research projects with the Rhino/Grasshopper community:

  • Helical5AM: Five-axis parametrized helical additive manufacturing
  • 4 and 5-Axis additive manufacturing of parts represented using free-form 3D curves
  • Curvature and Feature-Aware Print-Paths from Hexahedral Meshes for Additive Manufacturing
  • SplineLearner: Generative learning system of design constraints for models represented using B-spline surfaces

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

ExactFlat for Rhino - Free Mini Course

Improve your pattern-making in Rhino with the ExactFlat for Rhino 3D plugin.
Make digital patterns the easy way. ExactFlat will show you how.
The ExactFlat for Rhino Mini Course is free.

ExactFlat for Rhino 3D features include:

  1. Design in Rhino or import from laser scans or other 3D CAD packages.
  2. Accurately flatten complex 3D surfaces into production-ready 2D flat patterns.
  3. Add precision alignment notches, darts, seams, and grain lines in seconds.
  4. Export in standard DXF formats to create output for cutters or 2D fabric CAD packages.
    More features.

Questions? Email Mark Jewell.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Environmental simulation in Rhino with Pollination from Ladybug Tools

We're so excited to share that Rhino and Ladybug Tools users now have access to a new, user-friendly plugin for environmental simulation called Pollination. Created by the developers of Ladybug Tools, the Pollination ecosystem extends Rhino's superior modeling capabilities by giving users the ability to assign environmental simulation data to geometry. You can quickly build, visualize, and validate geometrically complex models before running energy, daylight, thermal comfort, or other environmental simulations in parallel with your design model for real-time insight. 

Use the plugin as a stand-alone desktop application or combine it with Pollination's cloud-computing capabilities, verified simulation recipes, and collaboration features for an unparalleled environmental analysis experience. Ladybug Tools users will find a seamless integration between the Ladybug Tools Grasshopper plugin and the Pollination Rhino plugin. Fully-detailed energy and Radiance models created in Rhino can be sent to Grasshopper as Honeybee models for custom simulation, parametric analysis, and data visualization.

Join the upcoming Pollination User Meetup on May 26, 2022, at 11 am EST to learn about leveraging Pollination to make your existing Ladybug Tools and Rhino workflows more effortless and collaborative.

Register for Pollination User Meeting...

Friday, May 13, 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.

The webinar's main teaching lessons are recorded to ensure that all the course sections are covered within the time frame. There will be a live Q&A at the end of every session.

If the participants have to miss parts of the course for any reason, they can attend them at other agreed times that suit them, in coordination with the webinar's instructor.

Webinar prerequisite: Participants are advised to have a basic knowledge of Grasshopper.

Webinar duration: 6 Days / 12 hours total: Starts June 6, 2022.

Time Zone: CET / Berlin, Germany Time

Language: English

Participants will be given a certificate of participation at the end of the webinar.

Questions about the webinar? Please email wassefdabboucy@gmail.com.

More information and registration...

Friday, May 6, 2022

Plant Kit Deep Dive Workshops, May 20 and 21

May 20 and 21

Using generative tools and computational power, Plant Kit allows you to build workflows that integrate analysis, design decisions, and rapid iteration to realize your planting design efficiently and effectively using conceptual plants or real-life plant data.

The Plant Kit Deep Dive workshops will focus on workflows and techniques that will allow you to explore how to create and iterate through your planting design and documentation. Learn how to use computational power to simultaneously incorporate multiple factors into your designs such as ecosystem services, long-term sustainability/survivability, design-driven placements, and more. These sessions will encourage you to follow along and engage in interactive demos to gain greater insight into Plant Kit’s functionality.

Pick the time that works for you and register here!

  • Weekday Session Friday, May 20, 1-4 pm, EST
  • Weekend Session 1 Saturday, May 21, 9 am-12 pm, EST
  • Weekend Session 2 Saturday, May 21, 1-4 pm, EST

Cost: $300 ($100 for students and faculty)

Class size: 10 maximum participants per session. Sign up today to reserve your spot!

Plant Kit is a tool specifically designed to evolve your planting design workflow by packaging essential modeling and design functions into a suite of tools that take a different approach than any other software today. This deep dive workshop is designed for users with basic knowledge of Rhino and Grasshopper, although new users are welcome to join to understand how this new toolset could expand their current methods of planting design. 

Participants will leave the workshop with a deep understanding of Plant Kit and methods for linking these techniques to your existing computational design workflow. Participants will understand:

  • How plants can be used as blocks for documentation in CAD
  • How these plant blocks can translate to nodes in rendering software like Lumion
  • How to visualize growth over time and bloom over the course of the year.
  • How to use the plant schedule component

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

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, you can choose Option 2.

  • Option 1: General Webinar for Beginners - 8 Days / 16 hours total. Start May 16, 2022.
  • Option 2: Intensive Webinar for Intermediates - 4 Days / 8 hours total. Start May 25, 2022.

The webinar's main teaching lessons are recorded to ensure that all the course sections are covered within the time frame. There will be a live Q&A at the end of every session.

If the participants have to miss parts of the course, they can attend them at other agreed times that suit them, in coordination with the webinar's instructor.

Time Zone: CET

Language: English

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

More information and registration...