Thursday, October 27, 2022

V-Ray 6 for Rhino 7 Video Tutorial (by SimplyRhino UK)

This new Simply Rhino V-Ray video tutorial shows you how to simply create, adjust, and render an architectural scene using V-Ray 6 for Rhino and Rhino 7.

Rhino and Lands Design at the American Society of Landscape Architects Conference

Rhino and Lands Design will be presented at the ASLA 2022 Conference, November 11-14, the world's biggest gathering of landscape architects with more than 6000 attendees yearly. 

The presentation by McNeel Europe and Asuni will introduce parametric landscape design, including environmental analysis and optimization. The session;s content will focus on the algorithmic design generation and analysis of Lands Design landscape objects (LIM) in Grasshopper. The analysis will include CO2 sequestration, shading, and solar radiation (Ladybug Tools) of trees, as well as optimization processes based on analysis results.

More information about the presentation...

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Complete Rhino Guide For Beginners course launched by 'I Am The Studio'

The Complete Rhino Guide For Beginners illustrates the foundation of design and modeling within the Rhino 3D environment, taking students from beginner to intermediate level in the principal functions and methods in Rhino and Grasshopper while creating a beautiful architecture project.

Course Introduction

The Complete Rhino Guide is a series created by registered architect and founder of the I Am The Studio platform—Brandon Aaron Gibbs, AIA—to give designers a comprehensive creative+technical foundation with modeling and design in Rhino.

New designers in Rhino often get lost in modeling after a few steps because they lack the foundation and a creative approach to applying modeling techniques. In this beginner’s course, students will be immersed in the technique and design within the Rhino 3D world, learning about the various geometries, functions, drafting, and parametric capabilities to start Rhino projects. Students will then develop an architectural project with Voronoi parametric surfaces to be documented in orthographic views—rendering the project in the latest V-Ray.

New or intermediate students in Rhino will appreciate the up-to-date skills in Rhino and Rhino plugins from this course, where they will get key insights and workflows to manage and create beautiful designs in the Rhino environment.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Digital Footwear Modeling - Online course


We're pleased to announce that our Digital Footwear Modeling in Rhino 7 online course is now available in English. It's still a WIP (work in progress), and new chapters will be added weekly, so for a limited time, take advantage of our WIP introductory price and get 50% off!

The course is designed for beginners, so join us and discover the foundations of footwear design and 3D modeling and let your ideas emerge digitally. 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.

Enroll now while the course is still a WIP and save 50%!

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

Questions? Contact Dulce at

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

Friday, October 21, 2022

Body Architecture 2.0 / Studio Filippo Nassetti online workshop (November 12-January 7)

The Body Architecture studio online workshop (November 12, 2022-January 7, 2023) explores designing unique wearables for different natural and artificial environments and how the human body and its prostheses react and adapt to these future trends.

Course Introduction

Throughout history, the human body and technology coevolved, generating forms of deep symbiosis that materialized in a vast web of artifacts and prostheses that mediate between individuals and the environment. Ultimately, all wearable products, medical devices, tools, and means of transportation, and the city itself can be interpreted as an extension of our physical bodies. These technological prostheses increase the chances of survival and expand the human experience.

In the future, abrupt changes in the climate and the ecological crisis will rapidly change the environments in which people live. As a result, we can expect even more extreme conditions, with changes in the atmosphere’s composition, expanding desertification, and flooding of vast territories.

It is possible that in the future, our array of prostheses and body extensions will have to be redesigned to adapt to such fast-changing conditions.

The Body Architecture studio workshop aims to anticipate such needs and develop a design agenda that explores and describes emerging opportunities. Projects will speculate on transformations of natural and artificial environments and how the human body and its prostheses react and adapt to such trends in climatic change. The projects will eventually propose the design of a specific wearable artifact or a vision of a more radical transformation of the human body.

While primed with software and design techniques, participants will form small groups to develop their projects. Research into historical, contemporary, and fictional case studies is highly encouraged, spanning from any gear developed through human history to adapt to aggressive environments to contemporary sportswear and tools for space and deep water exploration to science-fictional examples of body transformation and extension.

The Body Architecture studio workshop is flexible to encourage different time scales and degrees of speculation, from short-term ones, such as enquiring which type of wearable artifacts will be needed in the pandemic and post-pandemic world or the future of sports activities—to more radical and visionary ones, such as flooded worlds where people will have to live underwater, or outer space exploration.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Rhino User Webinar: The Augmented Architect, by Mathias Sønderskov Schaltz and Fabian Sellberg


Rhino User Webinar
November 2 at 4:00 PM CET

In this webinar, LINK IO, the computational design department in LINK Arkitektur, will present how they connect multidisciplinary design and engineering tools through Rhino and Grasshopper. We will get a sneak peek into LINK EP*, an in-house Rhino/Grasshopper plugin that serves as the backbone of the toolbox. 

The toolbox leverages other tools on the market such as Speckle, OneClick LCA, and others. The overview of the structure will define how to make these different systems interact with each other. Afterward, a live demo of the toolbox will be presented.

*working title LINK Early Phase

About the presenters:

#Mathias Sønderskov Schaltz
Mathias is a trained hybrid architect and engineer who works on the technical parts of the design, in particular with facades, daylight, and master plans. As an expert in daylight simulations and computational design, he tries to bring typical late-phase knowledge into early-phase sketching.

#Fabian Sellberg
Fabian Sellberg is an architect with a background as a backend developer focused on data-driven design and early-phase LCA studies. He is currently working with computational design and developing the internal and external tools used at Link Arkitektur.

Details and free registration...

Surfboard Shaping with Rhino Grasshopper! | Web Shaping Bay & ShapeDiver

Learn how Rodrigo Aranha Lopes, a Brazilian architect and surfer living in Portugal, created this award-winning project that aims to change surfboard manufacturing with the help of parametric design, cloud computing, and subtractive manufacturing.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Rhino User Meeting - Dubai 2022

Rhino User Meeting
November 10, 2022 | 9:00 - 18:00
Cosentino City - Dubai Design District

In collaboration with CosentinoMcNeel Europe is organizing for the first time in the Middle East a Rhino User Meeting. The event will take place during the Dubai Design Week on November 10, 2022.

If you are an architect, engineer, product designer, urban planner, landscape designer, 3D modeler, educator, or student, join us and learn more about state-of-the-art 3D design, analysis, optimization, engineering, and fabrication.

Get inspired by industry experts who will share their more recent projects and workflow with the audience, and don’t miss the chance to meet other Rhino and Grasshopper users like you.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

CondorShell | Grasshopper, Rhino, Revit, and SAFE interoperability for structural engineers

At the beginning of the structural design process, there are two common approaches to defining geometries: Create complex and parametric geometries directly using Rhino and Grasshopper or leverage the power of Rhino.Inside to transfer geometry directly from Revit. 

Now, with CondorShell, engineers can easily export geometry and data from Rhino and Grasshopper to SAFE V20.3.0, making the structural analysis and design much faster. With CondorShell, engineers can create workflows to automate design tasks in the design of foundations and the design of slabs in CSI SAFE.

CondorShell is a Grasshopper-based component just released by Artificial Intelligence Optimization Software, LLC (AIOS). CondorShell 1.0.0 is available to download beginning October 10.

CondorShell comes in two versions: Basic and Pro. There is extensive documentation as well as short videos and examples that illustrate the use of every single CondorShell component. Both versions will help you establish more efficient workflows, saving valuable time during design. 
  • CondorShell Basic: Available using the PackageManager in Rhino, this free version features 20 components that support the creation of your SAFE model. See the 1-minute video tutorial, How to Install CondorShell Free Limited Version.

  • CondorShell Pro: To experience the full capabilities of CondorShell, users can upgrade to the paid version which provides 54 additional components that facilitate the creation of complex geometries in your SAFE model. To activate the Pro version, follow the installation instructions in the 3-minute video tutorial, Installing CondorShell.

Send your comments and feedback to Happy coding!

Disrupt Business of Architecture Symposium (online) - November 1-3, 2022

Disrupt - The Largest Business of Architecture Symposium in the World
November 1-3, 2022 (online)

Disrupt is the first of its kind Business of Architecture Symposium looking to bring major architecture practices under one roof to discuss how they strategize for growth and success.

These are the experts behind top architecture practices. Their everyday decisions help build the world's most admired megastructures. If you want to learn about the business you want to learn from them.

The Rhino and Grasshopper community is welcome to join the event.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Discrete Element Modeling to Robotic Fabrication using the COMPAS framework online workshop, November 7-9 (McNeel Europe)


Discrete Element Modeling to Robotic Fabrication using the COMPAS framework online workshop 
Tutors: Tom Van MeleGonzalo Casas  (ETH Zurich)
November 7-9, 2022
10 AM–5 PM CET
Hosted by McNeel Europe (Zoom)

Digital Fabrication in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry, requires the combination of various toolchains and software platforms, across the boundaries of multiple scientific, socio-economic and technological domains, into efficient pipelines for integrated computational development and project delivery. Over the past 6 years, the NCCR Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich has greatly invested in the development of COMPAS, a comprehensive open-source computational framework written in Python, that aims at streamlining these multi-disciplinary workflows and the integration of state-of-the-art tooling to simplify their adoption by architects, designers and researchers from within parametric design environments.

In this 3-day workshop, Tom Van Mele of Block Research Group and Gonzalo Casas of Gramazio Kohler Research will introduce participants to COMPAS by providing an overview of the functionality of the core framework, the extension packages, the UI system, and its relation to CAD software. Together with the participants they will then step-by-step explore an example application focused on the modeling, equilibrium analysis, and robotic fabrication of a discrete assembly.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Use the geometry kernel and core data structures of COMPAS.
  • Exchange data between different processes, plugins and tools.
  • Design a simple discrete element model, identify the interfaces between the blocks, and manage block interactions with a specialized data structure.
  • Calculate the required conditions for equilibrium.
  • Analyze and explain the kinematic structure of a robot model based on its URDF model.
  • Apply fundamental building blocks of robotics (forward and inverse kinematics, cartesian and kinematic planning, planning scene).
  • Design and plan stereotypical assembly processes (e.g. bricklaying) in simulation, and execute them in a simulated robot environment.

Day 1: Focus on core framework
  • Overview of COMPAS framework
  • Geometry & Data structures: deep dive into the geometry kernel.
  • Packages & Extensions: an overview of the ecosystem.
  • Integration with CAD: geometry representations and artists.
  • Remote Procedure Calls: leveraging the entire Python ecosystem from within the CAD.
  • Plugins & Tools, creating and distributing Grasshopper components in pure python.
Day 2: Focus on COMPAS Masonry and FAB
  • Discrete element Models: Blocks, Interfaces, Equilibrium
    • Parametric generation of discrete wall geometries using the assembly data structures.
    • Definition of boundary conditions and interfaces recognition;
    • Equilibrium evaluation of the assembly sequence using the solvers available in COMPAS Masonry;
    • Global equilibrium of the structure subject to self-weight and after the application of different loading conditions.
  • Robotic fabrication:
    • Fundamental concepts of robotics: control modes, positioning and singularities, robot coordinate frames and transformations
    • Description of robot models and the URDF format.
    • Forward Kinematics and Inverse Kinematics (analytic and numerical solvers).
    • Robotic backends: ROS (Robot Operating System) and the MoveIt! Motion planning framework, Pybullet, pure-python solvers.
    • Path planning: Cartesian and kinematic path planning. Goal constraints definition.
    • Planning scene manipulation. Dynamic end-effector attachment and detachment.
    • Prototypical structure of pick and place applications.
    • Sequencing and planning of a discrete element model for robotic fabrication.
    • Robot control (ABB and UR).
Day 3: Integrative project
  • Procedural generation of curved wall geometry.
  • Conversion to assembly data structure.
  • Methods for interface detection.
  • Stability assessment of intermediate assembly stages.
  • Stability assessment of complete structure.
  • Path planning for robotic assembly.
  • Fabrication simulation.

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 that we will confirm your seat after your payment has cleared.

Max. number of participants: 25. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled two weeks before.

Course language: English

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

Open position: Research Associate at the University of Kassel


Become part of our young, dynamic research team exploring new ways of designing and building. We are looking for a new research associate (75% EG 13 TV-H) for the research project Additive robotic assembly techniques for timber construction – Computational design and integrated structural joining methods.

The project investigates sustainable, material-efficient design and digital fabrication processes for timber construction, focusing on computational design, topology optimization, and adhesive-free robotic assembly methods.

The deadline for the application is November 9, 2022.

Please send your CV, motivation letter, and portfolio to the online portal...

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Sustainable cities online course, November 14-16 (McNeel Europe)


Sustainable Cities Online Workshop
November 14-16, 2022
10 AM–5 PM CET
Hosted by McNeel Europe (Zoom)

In times of rapid human-induced climate change and anthropocentric urbanization, cities have the potential to become major drivers for positive change, drawing policies and introducing concrete actions. Understanding cities’ behavior and metabolism is crucial to take meaningful design steps toward a climate solution.

This training introduces different toolsets to model, analyze, and simulate the climate conditions of urban environments. This includes the assessment of temperature, humidity, and wind to predict human comfort, solar potentials, urban heat island effects, future climate, and other key concepts. In this 3-day hands-on workshop taught by the co-founders of Dosta Tec Adrian Krężlik and Mateo Barbero, you will learn how to connect parametric modeling tools in Grasshopper with computational energy and climate modeling in Ladybug Tools, Climate Studio, and the Urbano software for more sustainable urban modeling.

Day 1
  • Global Climate Change and Its Impact on Our Cities
  • Intro to Urban Modelling with Urbano and Elk
  • Urban Concepts & Metrics
  • Urban Modelling Interface: Energy, Lifecycle & Daylight
  • Introduction to Ladybug Tools: Temperature, Degree-days, Wind and Humidity
Day 2
  • Trees and Urban Heat Islands, Shading Benefit, ENVIMET
  • Urban Surface Temperature, Mean Radiant Temperature
  • Weather Data, Rural vs Urban Weather Mode
  • Microclimate. Outdoor comfort. Metrics (Universal Thermal Climate Index)
  • Outdoor Domestic Spaces, Shadow Optimisation (UTCI with LBT)
Day 3 
  • Mobility & Accessibility: The 15-minute City
  • Shortest Walk & Walk Score
  • Space Syntax and Visibility
  • Electricity & Heat Production in Cities

Course requirements: Basic knowledge of Rhino and Grasshopper.

Online course fees: EUR 395,- (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers get a 50% discount (proof of status required). Please note that we will confirm your seat after your payment has cleared.

Max. number of participants: 25. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled two weeks before.

Course language: English

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

Monday, October 10, 2022

8 Fundamental Steps to Learn Parametric Design in 8 Weeks (by

8 Fundamental Steps to Learn Parametric Design in 8 Weeks
November 8, 2022 - 14:00-15:30 PM CET (GMT+01)
Fee: 100% Free

In this 100% Free live online training session, Krzysztof Wojslaw from will explain in detail the whole process of learning Parametric design step by step, entirely from the beginning. He will prove that even without programming experience and lack of time for studying, it is possible to understand parametric design in just eight weeks. Thanks to skills built based on eight fundamental steps, you will be able to automate your design tasks and have much more fun at work.

Only registered users will get special gifts:
  • Mind map with the proven learning process, which saves hundreds of hours spent on studying
  • Links to documents, tutorials and practical exercises
  • Link to the recorded session

PAZ - AEC Training Center (Central Zurich)

PAZ Central AEC Training Zurich

Paz Academy is back and they have a new training center in Zurich Central with a delicious PAZ AEC Menu. Their first course will take place on October 13 and is Rhino & Grasshopper. 

October is Structural Calculation Month, so don't miss the unique courses and cultural events:

Friday, October 7, 2022

New Book about Grasshopper in the French Language


Conception paramétrique avec Rhino et Grasshopper
Authors: Jean-Pierre Couwenbergh and Mohamed-Anis Gallas

French speakers seeking documentation about Grasshopper in their native language now have Conception Paramétrique Avec Rhino et Grasshopper, a new book by Jean-Pierre Couwenbergh and Mohamed-Anis Gallas.

The book is not only a presentation of the fundamentals of parametric design but also a practical guide to Rhino and Grasshopper with exercises that readers can download for practice. The manual also covers the connections between generative design and BIM through Revit and Archicad.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Rhino User Webinar: Grasshopper Animations, by Antoine Maes


October 18 at 4 PM CEST

Antoine Maes is the lead computational designer at A2M architecture in Brussels.

He's a computational design consultant and Grasshopper teacher for architecture offices and a lecturer at the University of Liège.

In the community, he's better known for his animations and for co-developing the Tapeworm plugin for Grasshopper.

The webinar will display some ways of animating different objects and basic behaviors in Grasshopper. Behind the scenes of some of Antoine's animations, a few animation tricks will be revealed.

As a bonus, we'll see a way of animating multiple successive actions from one slider only.

2022 COMMON GROUND Symposium, NYC, October 13


October 13, Thursday, 6 pm-8 pm (EDT)
Verizon Executive Education Center at Cornell Tech / Live Webinar
Pre-registration is required for both in-person and for webinar attendees.

The Institute of Industrial Science (IIS) of The University of Tokyo is pleased to invite you to the 2022 COMMON GROUND Symposium in New York City on October 13, 2002, cohosted by The University of Tokyo New York Office (UTokyoNY).

The symposium aims to bring together leading researchers and specialists from Japan and the US to explore and advance our insights into today's emerging topics in integrating virtual and physical agents and spatial description systems.

The evening will feature keynote speeches by researchers from IIS on their cutting-edge research in applying game engines to Common Ground to facilitate interactions between agents and spatial systems, followed by discussions with panelists from academia and industry in the US on the latest topics from related fields.

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Last call for Authorized Rhino Trainer (ART) - Online Class


Last call for Authorized Rhino Trainer (ART) - Online Class. (NA & LA Regions)

Stand apart from others offering Rhino training. 

As an ART, you can post your class schedule to the Rhino Learn page for exposure to Rhino users that visit the web site. 

This schedule is searchable by type of training and region. 

ART Requirements include participation in this online class.

This class is offered by the North and Latin American Regions.

See detailssign-up, and outline.

  • Monday- Friday
  • October 3-7, 2022
  • 9 AM-1 PM PDT

See the ART Requirements for all Regions.

(This class is typically offered in the fall and spring.)

Questions? Please email Mary Ann Fugier