Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Multiple Open Positions – PhD Researchers and Architects at ICD/IntCDC

For the Cluster of Excellence Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture the Institute for Computational Design and Construction at Stuttgart University invites applications for multiple open positions:
  • Research Associates (m/f/d): Doctoral Researchers (E13 TVL) to conduct doctoral research in the Cluster of Excellence to complete a PhD in the research area of integrative computational design and digital fabrication in architecture or integrative computational design at the intersection of architecture, social science, and advanced visualization.

  • Research Associates (m/f/d): Architect (E13 TVL) to contribute to the design of highly innovative timber building demonstrators of the Cluster of Excellence in direct collaboration with our research and industry partners, including permanent building projects and temporary pavilions.
Candidates are required to have an advanced architectural, technical, or computer science degree. Previous experience in at least one of the research areas (PhD positions) mentioned above or in architectural practice (Architect positions) is expected, as well as a high level of commitment and dedication. Very good English skills are essential.

A more detailed advertisement and expected start date can be viewed online: https://www.icd.uni-stuttgart.de/news/Multiple-open-positions-for-PhD-researchers-and-architects/

Applications (including CV, statement of interest, portfolio/work samples and a list of computational skills with indicated proficiency) should be submitted as one PDF file (max. 10MB) to: mail@icd.uni-stuttgart.de. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The final application deadline is the 10th of January 2023.

As the University of Stuttgart strives to improve gender equality amongst its researchers, applications by women are particularly encouraged. Individuals with disabilities will be preferably employed where qualifications are deemed equal. All research associates will be employed through the University of Stuttgart's central administration.

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Rhino.Inside.Revit online workshop, January 16-18 (McNeel Europe)


Rhino.Inside.Revit online workshop
Host: McNeel Europe (Barcelona)
January 16-18, 2023, 10 am-5 pm CET

Since 2009, many third-party plugins have been developed to enable the interoperability between Autodesk's BIM software Revit and McNeel's Rhino/Grasshopper to various degrees of success in use, performance (speed), and extendibility. With the release of Rhino 7 and the Rhino.Inside technology, Revit and Rhino/Grasshopper work together more seamlessly than ever (Rhino.Inside.Revit/ Grasshopper.Inside.Revit). This has opened up opportunities to combine both platforms' strengths in a flexible, efficient, and responsive way, but also means that almost the entire existing ecosystem of third-party plugins for Rhino/Grasshopper can be used in a shared workflow with Revit more conveniently. The Rhino.Inside technology also allows (third-party) developers to further push the limits by creating custom Grasshopper components (via C# and even Python) that can access the Revit API directly in the same runtime environment. Additionally, Rhino.Inside.Revit adds over 300 Revit-aware components to Grasshopper to query, modify, analyze, and create native Revit elements. 

In this context, Junghwo Park, BIM Specialist at Umdasch Group Ventures, will tutor a Rhino.Inside.Revit online workshop at McNeel Europe.

What you will learn:
The workshop is aimed at Revit users who want to learn about Rhino/Grasshopper or at Rhino/Grasshopper users who wish to learn about Rhino.Inside.Revit. It is also aimed at BIM creators, coordinators, and managers interested in parametric BIM workflows.

Day 1

  • Overview
  • Units and Documents
  • Useful GH Plugins for your BIM workflows
  • Datum
  • Selections
  • Get & Set Parameters
  • Revit materials

Day 2

  • Create Revit Element (System families)
  • Create form
  • Create family (Loadable families)
  • SubD to Revit
  • Rename Levels
  • Rooms and Areas
  • Structural Analytical Model

Day 3

  • Design Options
  • Topography
  • MakeHatch
  • Work sets
  • Clash Detection
  • Parametric BIM Design
  • Tips and Tricks

Course requirements: Basic knowledge of Rhino, Grasshopper, and Revit.

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.

Maximum 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!

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

food4Rhino webinar: Rhino.Inside Cadwork (November 23, 2022, at 5 PM CET)

November 23,, 2022 at 5 PM CET

This webinar introduces Rhino.Inside Cadwork.

Cadwork is a widely used software in timber construction, now linked to Rhino and Grasshopper.

We will have a look at the components of Cadwork in Grasshopper, including a practical project.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Rhino3D.Education Black Friday


It is that time of the year... And Rhino3D.Education wants to celebrate offering 40% off site-wide!

Enjoy the most significant discount of the year with our Black Friday sale!

Courses will be available to stream for two years after purchase.
The offer expires on December 5, 2022.

Questions? Contact us.

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

Friday, November 18, 2022

New tutorial: How to Create glTF Files with Grasshopper (and ShapeDiver)


The #glTF 2.0 format has become the standard format for 3D content. It is supported by widely used software (Blender, SolidWorks, Revit, Cinema4D, Maya, SketchUp, etc.) and 3D engines (Unreal Engine, Unity, Babylon.js, Three.js, etc.). Thanks to the  plugin for Grasshopper, you can now create glTF files via Grasshopper.

Edwin Hernandez has posted a new video tutorial in the ShapeDiver channel where he explains the glTF format, how to create glTF files with Grasshopper, and how and where to use these files (Facebook, SketchFab, Shopify, and even the metaverse!).

Solid Skins V1.0 Webinar by DesignMorphine (January 22, 2023)

January 22, 2023

Solid Skins V1.0 will showcase the full process of making an engine-ready game character using Rhinoceros, Blender, and Unreal Engine 5 software chain. What differentiates this webinar from a typical character design webinar is its focus on hard-surface modeling, as opposed to mesh sculpting. Thus the knowledge gained will be easy to adapt to your existing product design or architectural design workflow. 

You will be presented with a series of example files of a character at different stages of development, followed by a concise explanation from the tutor. After each teaching stage is completed, you will work on your own version of a character body part and practice applying the workflow to your design. These designs will then be textured and animated in Blender. 

Finally, the design will be set up for and inserted into the Unreal Engine environment. The end goal is to have an animated hard-surface object playing out in real time in Unreal Engine 5.

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Understanding the Science of Product Design

Jr Neville Songwe, Industrial Designer Professor at SCAD, has published a book with Carmen Andrisani, titled An Industrial Design Guide Vol. 01: Understanding the Science of Product Design.

This book targets industrial design students, design professors, design practitioners, and others interested in industrial design (product design). It offers a guide or roadmap by providing: Design Templates, 7 Historic timelines, 50 Schemas, 100 Drawings, and Illustrations. Rhino (NURBS and SubD) was used to develop and illustrate all the 3D CAD concepts in the book, featured on pages 2, 7, 11, 57, 87, 101, 180, 206, and 207.
The book is available for purchase from the following links:

Price: $56.99 

Questions? Contact Jr Neville Songwe at indusdesignbook@gmail.com.

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Rhino User Webinar: From Shoes to System: The Future of Digital Design for Footwear, November 24 at 4 PM CET


In this webinar edition, Footwearology will take us into the future, explaining how we will see a shift in how footwear designers, developers, and engineers will work.

Footwearology is a renowned research and training institute for footwear professionals. They provide various courses in Rhino and Grasshopper, specializing in the footwear industry.

They will transition from using 3D modeling software for designing separate shoes to using it for the creation of automated design systems that allow them to work much smarter and with much better results. They will demonstrate various options, both from a technical, biomechanical, and aesthetical perspective and discuss the future skill sets that will be required for footwear development teams.

Nicoline van Enter is one of the founders of Footwearology. She is a world-renowned technology forecaster and visionary thinker, working on developing full systems and workflows for digital design and manufacturing of footwear.

Luis Bugin is a highly experienced computational designer. He joined the team of Footwearology last summer, researching data-driven design applications and additive manufacturing technologies for mass customization of footwear.

Complete details and free registration...


METS Trade, Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam


15-17 November 2022
Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

NDAR’s marine software solutions rely strongly on Rhino's CAD platform, including specialized plugins Orca3D and ExpressMarine, both of which undergo continuous development. Meet the NDAR crew on Booth 05.553 to learn about new workflow, strategies, implementation schemes, and processes and get advice for naval architecture and shipbuilding software solutions.

Making an appointment in advance is highly recommended.

Email: ndar@ndar.com, or call +33 (0) 4 92 91 13 24.

Grasshopper - LIRA-SAPR Live Link

The Liraland group is happy to announce Grasshopper – LIRA-SAPR Live Link, the plugin for Structural analysis of BIM model in LIRA-SAPR software.

LIRA-SAPR software is a leading software in the Commonwealth of Independent States markets. LIRA-SAPR allows users to quickly analyze structures with different complex geometry (high-rise buildings, large-span structures, towers, masts, silos, coverings of various shapes, etc.). With over 30 countries worldwide, LIRA-SAPR is well-known as one of the best tools available for professional engineers for structural analysis and design.

LIRA-SAPR has been used in many projects, including significantly complex ones:

- Protective shell of a nuclear reactor for nuclear power plant
- Hydroelectric power plant
- Indoor ice arena
- Government institution in Georgia
- Different hotel complexes (Alliance Palace, Hilton Complex)
- Evolution Tower and other unique objects

Nowadays, the traditional methods for model creation are too slow for structural analysis. Architects change their models almost daily and structural engineers should analyze various variants as quickly as possible. So, many choose parametric structural design instead of classical ways of model generation.

The possibilities are endless with the Grasshopper - LIRA-SAPR Live Link. This tool enables you to simulate buildings and structures of arbitrary shape parametrically. The developed plugin converts a Rhino model into an analysis model. It also allows you to perform static, dynamic, and design analysis. With the help of this link, you can also check different structural solutions and select the best one. This advantage becomes very important when the framework is often modified, and changes can be quickly and efficiently analyzed with FEA.

To try the possibilities of Grasshopper - LIRA-SAPR Live Link, y
ou can use LIRA-SAPR 2021 Demo version

Send your questions and feedback to support@liraland.com.

CrossGems - new jewelry plugin

CrossGems is a professional jewelry software that allows you to design any complex model easily and quickly without having technical CAD knowledge.

Core and Features

All objects are linked in real time to automatically adapt when edited, allowing you to delete or modify Boolean operations or any of the 100+ CrossGems tools and keeping the parametric history in all cases. Additionally, this feature applies to Rhino gumballs, allowing you to reset transformations (move, scale, and rotate) applied to model parts and restore deleted document objects at any time, including SubD objects and Meshes, while maintaining compatibility with Rhino's Record History function.

It can also be used as a traditional modeler without the parametric system, adding the modeled objects as normal Rhino geometry.

For the most advanced users, all the tools in Rhino are also available in Grasshopper, making it one of the most versatile software in the Rhino world.


CrossGems can be run with its own interface, simplifying the workflow and as a Rhino plugin while keeping all the parametric features for users used to Rhino UI. The Command History Panel, available in Rhino and CrossGems UI, is the visible part of this system that allows the user to interact with and manage all the model components.


It also includes a rendering material library with over 300 materials and grounds for the integrated physics-based render Cycles.

Materials and grounds are assigned with a single click, displaying the object weights in real-time while using any tool or simply selecting objects in the document. Furthermore, CrossGems will automatically swap materials when changing display modes to achieve the best quality for every situation.


CrossGems is capable of importing and converting gems from other software, such as RhinoGold and Matrix, as well as importing Panther files while maintaining 100% parametric history.

About CrossBytes 3D

CrossBytes' background goes back to the origins of RhinoGold, developing from RhinoGold 3 to RhinoGold 6.5 for more than ten years. Finally, the company was acquired by a multinational. At this point, CrossByte created Panther 3D, the world's first parametric jewelry software from Rhino and Grasshopper. CrossGems is its evolution in every respect.

"Throughout all these years we have learned thanks to listening to users and we can say that we have built a program with jewelers and for jewelers within the reach of anyone and we intend to continue doing so, so if you have any requests, doubts, or suggestions feel free to email us at hello@crossbytes3d.com."

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Computational Design: NEXT 12 Online Conference

Computational Design: NEXT 12 Online Conference 
December 10-11, 2022 
Organized by ParametricArchitecture (PA) and DesignMorphine (DM)

Computational Design: NEXT, an online learning platform, is now a full-fledged online conference. ParametricArchitecture, one of the leading media platforms concentrating on computational design and its different subsets, will host the event, including conversations, dialogues, tutorials, and mentoring to a worldwide audience via thought-provoking and relevant speeches. During the two-day conference, Computational Design: NEXT 12 will bring together pioneers and professionals from all industries to meet and discuss new emerging technologies in art, architecture, design, and manufacturing.

More information...

Kudos and an ACADIA award to Rajaa Issa!

At the recent 2022 ACADIA Conference Hybrids & Haecceities at the University of Pennsylvania, one of our software developers, Rajaa Issa, received its Teaching Award of Excellence.

This award recognizes innovative teaching in digital design in architecture, mainly teaching approaches that other educators can adopt.

Rajaa noted that she was repeatedly pulled aside by women thanking her for paving a path for other women to follow. 

Rajaa Issa is a multi-talented developer, researcher, and educator in computational design in architecture. As a software developer at Robert McNeel & Associates, she builds solid modeling and surface editing tools to support the architectural design and fabrication processes. Rajaa is the developer of PanelingTools, one of the earliest tools for concept paneling and complex surface rationalization. She is an Adjunct Professor at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design, where she established a new program in computational design methodologies. Her teaching method builds a solid foundational knowledge in mathematics, algorithms, and fabrication to bridge the gap between intuitive and algorithmic thinking among creative designers. She has authored a series of publications on parametric and computational design essentials, which are popular among both students and professionals. As a firm believer in inclusion and the accessibility of knowledge, she has made all of her work accessible.

You can read more about the ACADIA awards on their awards page.

ACADIA, or the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, is an international network of digital design researchers and professionals. They facilitate critical investigations into the role of computation in architecture, planning, and building science, encouraging innovation in design creativity, sustainability, and education. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

AROUND - Global 3D Design Festival by Gravity Sketch (November 9-12, 2022)

AROUND - Global 3D Design Festival by Gravity Sketch
November 9-12, 2022

Our friends from Gravity Sketch have organized AROUND, a global design festival meant to provide a space for the creative community to get inspired and learn from each other around 3D workflows.

They have an impressive line of speakers, some of them showing the workflow Rhino-Gravity Sketch (check the agenda).

During the breaks, visit the McNeel virtual booth to learn more about SubD, "ask me anything", "new in Rhino WIP", etc.

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Take the 1st step to becoming Engineer 4.0

Learn parametric design without prior coding experience in just eight weeks

Krzysztof Wojslaw from LearnGrasshopper will guide you through the transformation from an "old-school" engineer with zero programming experience to an engineer of the future who can automate manual tasks and have much more fun at work.

Krzysztof Wojslaw, the training author, will answer all questions connected to the learning platform and how to start with Grasshopper completely from scratch.

More info about the training program: GrasshopperFundamentals.com

SIGraDI 2022 Conference

Join the SIGraDI 2022 Conference hosted by 
Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (Lima, Perú) School of Architecture and supported by the SIGraDi Executive International Committee (CEI) and the SIGraDi Advisory Committee (CA).

The conference will provide numerous article presentations, panel discussions, and keynotes related to Rhino and Grasshopper. Here are some of the papers that will be presented:

Form finding with flexible concrete materialization with the addition of agro-industrial pozzolans

 Parametric modeling applied to landscape design: simulation as a tool for defining tree stratum

Investigation of indoor daylight performance of the two-sided roof monitor system solution space

Open-source responsive solar tracker performance evaluation: a comparative study

City information modeling (CIM) applied to urban planning: the urban indicator of reachness

The Use of Parametric Mapping as an Analysis Method in Contextual Design Studio

Wikihouse: a parametric approach to generate different spatial arrangements

Conference: November 9-11, 2022

Register at SIGraDI 2022


Thursday, November 3, 2022

2Shapes Design 4 for Rhino released


The 2Shapes team is happy to announce 2Shapes Design 4 for Rhino, the newest version of the jewelry design plugin for Rhino. Developed by the industry leaders that made RhinoGold and Clayoo, this new version gathers all the experience learned over the years, solving the needs of jewelry design professionals.

2Shapes 4 for Rhino includes many improvements and new features that make it one of the most powerful programs on the market today.

More information...

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Getting to know... Construsoft and Optinave!

Construsoft is a leading supplier and developer of BIM (Building Information Modeling) software and related services. Their portfolio includes products and applications that provide an accurate, detailed, and data-rich 3D environment for the design and construction industry.

They were interested in creating a free online application that would allow them to showcase their knowledge for calculating and optimizing the design of metal structures. They knew Grasshopper was a powerful tool to build such an application, but they needed a way to host these files online and make them available to anyone via a web browser. Recently, they found out that ShapeDiver could give them these capabilities and even allow them to use third-party plugins such as Karamba3D and Geometry Gym.

In this interview, ShapeDiver talks with Construsoft's team and discusses the topics surrounding this powerful online tool called Optinave.

Read the full interview...