Friday, September 30, 2022

How To View Rhino Grasshopper Files In Augmented Reality (AR)!

Follow along with Edwin Hernández as he shows you how easy it is to visualize Grasshopper files in AR with the help of ShapeDiver and any mobile device!

Watch the full video...

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Contorted Compositions V2.0 Webinar by DesignMorphine

Contorted Compositions V2.0 intends to introduce a set of form-finding methods based on the Minimal Surface concept and its combination with Polygon Modeling methods with Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, and 3ds Max. 

Simulation of Forces and Data Management tools in both 3Ds Max and Grasshopper are another part of this teaching webinar. Through the combination of modeling tools in both software, you can attain the necessary freedom in customizing mesh typology and creating various forms based on the same workflow. Participants will learn to create mathematically curved geometries such as minimal surfaces and how these geometries can smoothly connect together to form overall larger continuous gestures. Using mathematics to shape geometry ensures there are no curvature defects that typically occur in manual modeling strategies. This ensures smooth and accurate topological flow between design components. The entire process will be explained clearly throughout the webinar in a practicable framework, and participants will be able to practice and follow the instructions. By the end of the webinar, we will use the Corona rendering engine in 3ds Max to create conceptual renders.

Monday, September 26, 2022

3D Parametric Design for Jewelry


Join Andres Gonzalez for a free short chat open to the general public about learning 3D Parametric Design for Jewelry with Rhino and Grasshopper, and learn how to automate Rhino 7 using Grasshopper to improve the possibilities of discovering new forms and reduce the time modeling repetitive families of 3D objects. 

Date: September 30, 2022. 
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Auditorio Ignacio Vieira
Escuela de Arquitectura y Diseño, UPB, in Medellín, Colombia. 

Visit this link and take a look at some simple exercises. 

We have done it before with a group of students from TEC of Monterrey, campus Guadalajara and you can look at the results of the students that were learning Parametric Design for the first time!

Andres is the head of the McNeel Southeast US and Latin American Division and founder of Rhino3D.EducationHe is also the worldwide director of  RhinoFabStudio and the Generative Jewelry & Fashion Design community GJD3D.

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

Fluidic Expressions V1.0 Webinar by DesignMorphine

Fluidic Expressions V1.0 Webinar
November 6, 2022, from 3 PM to 8 PM UTC

Fluidic Expressions V1.0 will focus on presenting the fully manifested image of fluidity, its forms, and logic through Rhinoceros SubD's. The course will question whether fluidity is a material and spatial practice. How does fluidity form relations between spatial, social, material, and experiential forms? Viewing the fields of urbanism, architecture, and design as inherently interrelated with the fluid sensibility of the design impacting our perception of space will be explored and modeled with SubDs. Students will begin by learning the basics of SubD in Rhino, how to use them and how they differ from mesh and Nurbs topologies. From there, we will use SubD to sculpt and manipulate form into beautiful fluid-flowing architectures. Ideas about smooth connectivity, weighted gradient form manipulation, continuity of curvature, and model cleanliness will be explored. SubD is the surface representation of a spline in which they represent actual curvature, unlike mesh which approximates curvature. Nurbs also represent curvature; however, they can be difficult to manipulate into complex freeform objects. SubD provides the real curvature advantages of Nurbs paired with the manipulation ease of a mesh. 

More information...

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Getting to know... macu4: 3D Printed Arm Prosthetics!

Macu4 is a Swiss startup using parametric design and 3D printing to radically transform how arm prosthetics are made. They saw that traditional offerings were not only heavy to wear and expensive, but the whole process took too much time. They knew they could shorten the entire process by using parametric design to easily customize each patient's forearm and then 3D printing to manufacture each part. The only missing link was finding a solution allowing them to host their Grasshopper file on their website and output the suitable production file for every patient. So how did they solve it? Read along to find out!

Read the complete article...

Connections and plugins between Grasshopper and BIM


We noticed this nice list of various Rhino.Inside and Grasshopper integrations, BIM in Grasshopper Ultimate Software List. This post by BIM Corner includes information on Tekla, Revit, Archicad, BricsCAD, Quadri, RhinoInsideCadwork, VisualARQ, Geometry Gym, and MKS BEAM.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

New to Rhino or Grasshopper?

We have a Getting Started web site to help you get going in Rhino. It's full of short video tutorials. Most are less than five minutes long.  The various topics include tutorials on navigation, selecting objects, modeling strategies, and Grasshopper basics. Both Windows and Mac are covered. 

And we've recently added a few new ones.

Try them out!

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Food4Rhino webinar: Land Kit for Landscape (October 18, 2022, at 5,PM CEST)

Food4Rhino webinar: Land Kit for Landscape
October 18, 2022, at 5 PM CEST

The Land Kit plugin for Grasshopper is a great way for landscape designers, architects, and engineers to take advantage of Grasshopper for landscape design workflow. Learn about Topo Kit, topographic site design tools that include features like retaining walls, plan areas, and dynamic analysis. Find out how to save lots of time designing custom paving and patterns with Paving Kit. And finally, learn how you can create ecological and rules-driven design explorations with Plant Kit.

Friday, September 16, 2022

MPDA Parametric Design Master 7th edition (October 2022 - June 2023)

UPCSchool MPDA Master in Parametric Design in Architecture starts its new edition this October. 

For the past six years, MPDA has proudly trained generations of computational designers to explore technology efficiency. Using Grasshopper as an educational tool, MPDA is oriented to the integration of computational tools and digital manufacturing technology in building systems and architectural design. During the master, several plugins from the Grasshopper ecosystem are used, some of them with specific workshops by the authors themselves.

Food4Rhino webinar: Omniverse-Collaborative Design and Simulation at Scale

Food4Rhino webinar: Omniverse-Collaborative Design and Simulation at Scale
October 11, 2022, at 5PM CEST

Learn how Nvidia Omniverse can help unlock collaboration and simulation at enterprise scales. Leveraging the full capabilities of GPU computing, explore various AEC workflows from conceptual design, CFD, and Energy Simulations using full-scale data and real-time feedback. We will explore multiple design workflows that use Rhino and Grasshopper (for design and simulation), and CFD, all linked into a real-time unified environment. We will explore how multiple users can work together in their preferred tool while maintaining an accurate source of truth model. We will also cover some of the foundations of Omniverse, such as USD, an open-source data storage system, and MDL. This open-source material definition defines not only the visual appearance but its physical properties (structural, dynamics, energy), which is the foundation of Omniverse.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Àgora València (by Arqueha + Miguel Arraiz)

The Arqueha studio, coordinator of Plan Zero for the climate transition of three neighborhoods in the city of Valencia, has been in charge of the project's technical development, applying prefabrication and sustainability parameters. With digitization through the BIM methodology and parametric design, it has been possible to turn a unique building into a reality.

The use of parametric design applied to the enclosure has provided the ability to generate a fully controlled distribution of slats, choosing the density and position of each one in the racks and obtaining a unique design for each rack.

This has been possible thanks to Rhino.Inside Revit, which has allowed working in a coordinated manner with Grasshopper and Revit to generate both the geometry and its associated parameters that have been attributed differently to each of the more than 1000 pieces that make up the racks.

Thanks to these processes, the waste generated, the work carried out and the transport of materials have been reduced, saving significant amounts of CO2 and energy. Àgora València is also a space studied following thermal comfort strategies.

The 3D model used for analyzing sunlight and outdoor comfort has been extracted directly from the BIM model and processed with Ladybug.

A project as unique as Ágora València, with the high level of detail it presents, as well as the precision required in coordinating industrialized elements produced by different agents, would not have been possible without the use of Rhinoceros.

Jewelry Settings in Rhino 7 Online Class - GIA, Online

Projects in Jewelry Settings in Rhino 7

  • Format: Online, Self-paced online
  • Presented by: Gemological Institute of America- Carlsbad, California
  • Fee: $800 

Course Description

In this online, self-paced course from the Gemological Institute of America, you'll learn how to use Rhino 7 to optimize your jewelry design workflow. With over 13 hours of videos, this course is for the working CAD professional, as well as any individual interested in advancing their Rhino skills to create jewelry models and photorealistic renderings.


Symposium – Robots That Build. The Extensions of Man - Eindhoven University of Technology (October 20-21, 2022)

Vertigo Building, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, NL
October 20-21, 2022

We are excited to announce the upcoming two-day symposium Robots that Build. The Extensions of Man.

The symposium, organized by assistant professors Cristina Nan and Sergio M. Figueiredo at the TU Eindhoven, examines robotic fabrication within the framework of craft, craft-anchored techniques, and multi-material systems. Under the paradigm of process efficiency and optimization, robotic fabrication is extensively employed to diminish manual labor and minimize margins of error or waste. 
Yet, robotic use can also be viewed as a means to translate, adapt and advance craft-anchored manufacturing techniques. Nearly 25 years after the publishing of McCullough’s Abstracting Craft. The Practiced Digital Hand, the symposium sets out to test the current state and correlation between robotic fabrication and craft.

The event brings together experts from leading research institutes and architecture schools in architecture, robotic fabrication, computational design, and innovative material systems. Recent advances in computational design strategies will be discussed in relation to state-of-the-art robotic fabrication. The themes to be discussed are the robotic translation of craft-anchored techniques, the relationship between tool, material, designer, and control of robotic processes. The talks explore the past, present, and future of robots and robotic fabrication in architecture through the lens of multi-materiality, the design of process and hybridized practices. The relationship between low-tech and high-tech in construction and the intelligence of systems—analog vs digital—are key aspects we interrogate. Finally, innovative approaches, current and future challenges of robotic fabrication, experimental material use, and circular strategies are addressed and examined.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Webinar: Data-Driven Workflows with Proving Ground Apps - September 21, 2022

This webinar will demonstrate how Conveyor, Semantic, and Tracer can be used together to create powerful, integrated workflows that save time and produce valuable data-driven outcomes.

Register for the webinar.
When: September 21, 2022, 9 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

In this live demonstration, you will learn:

  • How to save time by developing 3D assets between Rhino and Revit
  • How to integrate data within Rhino to support early-stage decisions
  • How to combine multiple sources of data in a single Power BI report
  • How to compose Power BI reports with meaningful insights

Learn more about Proving Ground Apps here

Simulate non-visual lighting in Grasshopper

New version of Lark Spectral Lighting Grasshopper plugin

Why is this relevant?

Our eyes have a dual function: They allow us to see, but they also mediate several psychological and physiological (non-visual) responses. Light reaching the eyes regulates circadian rhythms and affects alertness. Since we spend most of our time indoors, building designers are responsible for providing healthy indoor lighting. A simulation tool is now available to help meet this challenge.

New version of the Lark simulation tool

Lark Spectral Lighting 2.0 is available on food4Rhino with new features, components, and templates to investigate non-visual lighting design. Lark is a plugin that helps architects, designers, and researchers examine a lighting design's effect on circadian rhythm and alertness.

The updates in Lark 2.0 include:
  • Ability to run daylight and electric light simulation
  • Calculation of spectral irradiance and output metrics relevant to the non-visual effects of light according to the CIE (α-opic metrics)
  • Analysis workflow that accounts for the direction in which light reaches the human eye, which is relevant for non-visual effects
  • Simulation of a period of light exposure and analysis to optimize alertness according to a light-driven biological model

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Controlmad Master in Parametric Design, Autumn XVI Edition

Autumn XVI Edition (November 2022-February 2023)

A unique study program adapted to this new situation and challenging world. This master course is the hybrid and flexible version of our Master in Parametric Design onsite, with XIII successful editions. 

It is the chance to introduce you to the world of computational design, state-of-the-art field for product design, architecture, landscape, engineering, digital fabrication... through the creation of physical and digital parametric models using as main tools Grasshopper for Rhino and our CNC machines and 3D printers.

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

Grasshopper UK User Group Meeting | 4th October 2022

Join Simply Rhino and McNeel at Arup for the Grasshopper UK UGM, with updates from McNeel (Rhino WIP, GH1, GH2...), a presentation from our hosts Arup, a Rhino.Inside Revit case-study demonstration from Bimorph, and a V-Ray update from Chaos Group.
  • Date: Tuesday 4th October 2022
  • Time: 18:30-20:30
  • Location: Arup, 8-13 Fitzroy St. London, W1T 4BQ
  • Book your place: Free to attend but places are limited and you must register for your place

VisualARQ, Flexible BIM Tools for Rhino - New online course

We are happy to share our new online course, VisualARQ, Flexible BIM Tools for Rhino, on Rhino3D.Education by Francesc Salla. 

Francesc is the Product Manager of VisualARQ and Lands Design, software plugins for BIM, and Landscape Design for Rhinoceros developed by AsuniCAD in Barcelona.

Le Corbusier's masterpiece The Villa Savoye is the model selected for this course. It is a step-by-step guide explaining the architecture modeling workflow with VisualARQ and Rhino. Students will learn about the different VisualARQ commands and features.

This course can be followed quickly with just a little Rhino experience, although most videos focus only on VisualARQ features. Some Rhino experience will be helpful, so you may take this free Rhino Introductory course.

VisualARQ, Flexible BIM Tools for Rhino course is 100% free. However, if you want an official certificate, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Submit your final project, the same as what you have been developing throughout the course.
  2. Complete the payment for the Certificate. 

Until December 31, 2022, save 50% on your Certificate with code: VISUALARQ50.

After you purchase the Certificate, one of our professional instructors will take the time to review and evaluate your project. If everything is ok, you'll get the approval certificate for the course.

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

Chaos Meetup Berlin - September 27, 2022

September 27, 2022

Join Chaos, Enscape, and McNeel at Art Stalker for the second edition of the Berlin-based Chaos Meetup this September 27 at 16:00 CET. 

We’ll deep dive into architecture and design with inspiring industry leaders like Chang Hoon Jeong from the Technical University of Munich and Hanns-Jochen Weyland from Störmer Murphy and Partners.

We’ll finish off with some friendly chatting and beer.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Adaptive Parts Environment, new Grasshopper plugin

Like dynamic blocks … just better

Even without Grasshopper knowledge, everyone should be able to access Grasshopper’s parametric power. Therefore, Rhenso GmbH has developed Adaptive Parts for Rhino 3D—objects with dynamic geometry and properties—that everyone can easily manipulate with a user-friendly UI.

The users know best which tools they need, and most off-the-shelf CAD software does not provide them. So, this plugin intends to enable everybody to design their own tools for improving workflows that fit their needs best.

Adaptive parts are similar to dynamic blocks but way more powerful. They can be almost anything you can imagine and build with Grasshopper.

To use an Adaptive Part, Grasshopper knowledge is not required. To create one, it is.

Adaptive Parts are created in Grasshopper and wrap design and process knowledge into closed and shareable bits. They can be shared with your team members, only exposing the relevant parameters without exposing the (sometimes confusing) Grasshopper canvas.

Get more information on its webpage...
Visit also its YouTube or Vimeo channels...

"The Adaptive Parts Environment Plug-In is currently Work-In-Progress (WIP) and being actively developed. We are currently adding new features and integrating user feedback with every WIP release. Our plan is to be feature complete and stable for a commercial lease in late 2022."

Design Modelling Symposium Berlin - September 24-28, 2022

Workshops: September 24-25, 2022
Conference: September 26-28, 2022

The Design Modelling Symposium has been an international symposium on computational design in architecture, engineering, arts, and product design since 2009. The conference has been held in Berlin, Copenhagen, and Paris so far and is taking place for the eighth time this year.


“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 growing inequalities, climate crisis, and ecosystem collapse, the AEC sector accounts for almost 40% of 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 how we plan, build, operate, maintain and dismantle our built environment?

The Design Modelling Symposium 2022 aims to provide critical perspectives on current advances in computational methods in the field of 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 their impact on the future of societies and the environment. In this context, the digitalization of design seems to offer 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 domains in which new, radical measures need to emerge, from the tools that enable design, simulation, and materialization to new ways of approaching the relationship between built and unbuilt environments.

There are eight Rhino/Grasshopper-related workshops the weekend before the conference, including V-Ray, Enscape, VisualARQ, Monoceros, One Click LCA, Compas FoFin, PlanFinder, and ML.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

V-Ray 6 for Rhino beta

You can now get early access to the all-new features in the beta of V-Ray 6 for Rhino, including improved handling of V-Ray assets in work sessions. 

V-Ray scene importer is now implemented—import any .vrscene file with editable materials in Rhino. Support for double-sided material has also been implemented in Rhino 7 and Rhino 8. 

V-Ray 6 for Rhino also includes the ability to bring your real-time Enscape scenes into #VRay and a procedural cloud system. 

Friday, September 2, 2022

Digital Footwear Modeling in Rhino 7 online course


We've published a new online course on Rhino3D.Education you can't miss. 

Digital Footwear Modeling in Rhino 7 in Spanish
The English version is coming soon...

Hello! I am Valeria Palacio, the author of the new Digital Footwear Modeling in Rhino 7 online course. I am an industrial designer, ART (Authorized Rhino Trainer), and part of the RhinoFabStudio in Colombia.

The course is ideal for beginners and intended for those who want to learn about the exciting world of footwear design and move towards more excellent knowledge. With this training, you will acquire the necessary skills to design any shoe and learn to use Rhino commands to focus on the development of virtual prototyping and skillfully use the tools provided by the program.

We have created two introductory pricing options for you:

Option 1: Purchase the individual course, Digital Footwear Modeling in Rhino 7, while it's still a WIP at an introductory price getting a 50% discount.

Register here for this introductory price and enter the coupon code, CALZADO50, at checkout. 

Option 2: An Early Bird Bundle that includes the new Digital Footwear course + two of our most popular courses. You will get access to
Digital Footwear Modeling in Rhino 7 + Rhino Intermediate + SubD with Rhino 7. All three classes for only $90 (Valued at $175).

Register here for this bundle.
Note: All three courses are in Spanish.

Plus: Upon conclusion, you will receive a certificate of completion for every course. Get started today!

For additional questions, contact Valeria at

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