Friday, December 29, 2023

Foundations of Parametric Design: Rhino 8 and Grasshopper Essentials for Architects by the Lineweights Academy

Dive into 3D modeling with Rhino, master visual coding fundamentals with Grasshopper, and apply skills to real-world projects in this live online course. 

Azhar Khan will share his personal approach and best practices to modeling architecture from over a decade of professional experience and show you how to leverage Grasshopper to handle complex designs and even automate tasks.

Experience personalized learning with class sizes capped at 16, interactive sessions, homework assignments, and the opportunity to complete individual projects.

Dates: January 23, 25, 30, and February 1, 6, 8 (6 Live Sessions over 3 weeks)
Time: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm PST
Format: Online Class on Kajabi
Class Size: Maximum 16 Students
Deadline to Register: January 20
Software needed: Rhino 8
Level of Required Proficiency: Unexperienced - Beginner

2024 is the perfect time to elevate your Rhino 8 and Grasshopper proficiency with practical, hands-on guidance. 

Don't miss this opportunity—secure your spot today!

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Land Kit 1.3 Stability Release

LANDAU has just announced the release of Land Kit 1.3 with several improvements, new features, and new workflow. Are you a Rhino for Mac user? Great news! Their design tools and templates for landscape designers are now available in Rhino 8 for Mac, too.

Read the full article...

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Yacht 3D Modeling with Rhino – Level 2

Yacht 3D Modeling with Rhino – Level 2

The second course of a three-part on-demand video-based series dedicated to Yacht Modeling with Rhinoceros, this course will take you from an intermediate to an advanced level. After taking the course, you will be ready for a real-world experience.

This course is structured to provide enhanced skills and knowledge to allow you to achieve remarkable designs and reach new heights of creativity.

It begins by diving into pro-surface techniques. Then, it continues by mastering continuity and advanced solids tools. It culminates with a 60-foot ocean sailing yacht as a final project, where you will apply all the concepts covered during the course.

In the final project, we will use our continuity techniques to create seamless connections that will truly impress you. You will recognize the outstanding details of this model: the rounded bow, a true challenge in itself; the bowsprit blended with the hull surfaces; and the deckhouse with plenty of recesses, protrusions, and variable rounded transitions.

This course builds on and expands the knowledge you have acquired or are acquiring in the Yacht 3D Modeling with Rhino - Level 1 course. It focuses on introducing new features and developing new skills. It also features an entirely new advanced yacht project. If you already have some knowledge of 3D modeling and Rhinoceros, you may have the expertise required for Level 2.

With this fantastic course, you can keep making your way through the world of yacht design, naval architecture, and marine 3D modeling!

More information and registration ...

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Rhino3D + Grasshopper: Advanced Modeling Methods for Architects by SABIT

A new course organized by SABIT

The course combines theoretical knowledge with practical applications, ensuring a seamless transition from learning to implementation. Learn how to create intricate designs, develop spatial concepts, and bring your ideas to life. Immerse yourself in the world of the latest trends in architectural design with us.

For whom?

For experienced architects, the course is an opportunity to broaden their horizons and raise their architectural projects to a new level. For beginners it is a solid basis for learning. Together we will discover the fascinating world of architectural 3D modeling and visual programming.

What will you learn?
  • Learn the basic aspects of the program's interface
  • Learn the practical applications of parametric design
  • Learn to work in 3D space
  • Automate manual design tasks to make your work more efficient

Date: 29 January 2024
Form of studies: Online
Schedule:10 lessons of 45 minutes
Language: Polish

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Send as a gift - Holiday Special - 25% Off

Good news! We now offer the Send as a gift option for our online courses,
just in time for the holidays.

Now, you can spread the joy of learning by gifting our incredible online courses to your loved ones, plus an impressive 25% discount applicable to all courses, including those bought as gifts!

Don't forget to use the code HOLIDAY25 at checkout to save money. Take advantage of this great discount now! 

Here's how to purchase our online courses as gifts:

At checkout, scroll down and check the "Send as gift" box.

After purchase, the buyer will receive a receipt. The gift recipient will receive a personalized email with a note from the buyer inviting them to access their gifted course.

Gift the joy of learning!
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Important: Please use the coupon code HOLIDAY25 to receive the 25% discount. You will not get the discount if you don't use the coupon. This offer is available for a limited time only. 

Monday, December 18, 2023

Grasshopper UK UGM November 2023 – Meeting Notes

On Tuesday 28 November 2023, Simply Rhino held the Grasshopper UK User Group Meeting at AKT II. This free event was kindly hosted by the team at AKT II and delivered to a packed room at their London office.

Following is a meeting report for those who could not attend and those who were there and would enjoy a reminder of the presentations. Our thanks to Luca Biselli for his help with the write-up of this meeting.

Takeaways/learning from Grasshopper UK User Group Meeting | November 2023

  • Grasshopper is progressively establishing itself as an indispensable and powerful tool, adequate for managing intricately complex designs right from the initial phases of the design process.
  • By considering fabrication requirements in the early stages, one can make informed and methodical decisions, preventing critical factors from being determined in the advanced stages of the design process, where they could have significant implications for delivery timelines and costs.
  • Collaboration among diverse professionals is paramount, ensuring comprehensive awareness and understanding among all team members.
  • These presentations highlight the crucial significance of involving all design stakeholders right from the project’s inception. Finally, sharing workflows with other professionals is crucial for their adaptability to various projects across the industry.

The next Grasshopper UK meeting will take place in early 2024. To be among the first to hear about our upcoming events, sign up for our newsletter and the Simply Rhino social channels, including LinkedIn and Instagram.    

Complete notes and more information ...

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Video tutorial about PushPull (new in Rhino 8)

PushPull - new in Rhino 8

Charles Panke from Filou created a video tutorial (in German) to explain the new Rhino 8 feature PushPull.

It allows you to extrude a polysurface face while interactively adding or removing volumes. PushPull also simplifies the process of splitting or extruding a face and allows for the selection and unification of multiple regions.

In this video for German speakers you will learn how to:
  • Apply PushPull on solids
  • Create and use regions
  • Push and pull double-bent surfaces

Rhino 8 – SubD Crease by SimplyRhino UK

SubD Crease introduces weighted creases to Rhino. These allow you to add soft, defined transitions to be added to a SubD form without increasing complexity.

In this Simply Rhino video Phil Cook, our Senior Rhino trainer, starts by explaining the new command using a simple example and comparing this to the older Rhino 7 workflow before moving on to a practical example of an automotive sketch model.

Here, Phil demonstrates adding and controlling character lines to the model and how the new SubD Crease command allows for easy iteration at the design stage. There are also general tips on SubD layout and creating a custom display mode.

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Video tutorial on a new Rhino 8 command: ShrinkWrap (in German)

What is ShrinkWrap?

Charles Panke from Filou created this video in German on ShrinkWrap, one of the new Rhino 8 features.

Using this command, you can create a watertight mesh from surfaces, solids, meshes, SubDs, or any combination, whether open or closed. And if you have point cloud data, ShrinkWrap can create meshes directly from that, too.

What is ShrinkWrap ideal for?
ShrinkWrap is the tool you choose to create:
  • Meshes for 3D printing
  • A solid union mesh from multiple objects
  • A solid mesh from 3D scan data fragments
  • Meshes without internal self-intersections
  • Offset meshes for shelling
  • Meshes from point clouds during reverse engineering
  • Valid closed meshes from broken or often hard-to-repair geometry
ShrinkWrap video tutorial
In this video you will learn:
  • How to create an editable geometry
  • The use of ShrinkWrap for the modeling of radii
  • How to create complex wall thicknesses in NURBS
Please note: German is the language used throughout the tutorial.

ShapeDiver & Rhino Compute Explained!

As 3D modeling and design become increasingly complex, many designers and engineers turn to cloud-based solutions to streamline their workflows and collaborate more effectively with colleagues, clients, and other stakeholders.

If you are thinking of or currently working on a project that requires running parametric CAD models on the cloud, read the following article. It explores the differences between using Rhino Compute and ShapeDiver through five common use cases.

Read ShapeDiver's full article...

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Ladybug Tools workshop, January 29-31 at McNeel Europe in Barcelona


Ladybug Tools workshop
Tutors: Mateo Barbero, Adrian Krezlik
January 29-31, 2024 
10 AM- 6 PM CET
McNeel Europe office, Barcelona

McNeel Europe is organizing a Ladybug Tools workshop at our Barcelona offices. The objective of the workshop is to enhance your skills and knowledge in environmental design using the free Grasshopper plugin Ladybug tools. The workshop is taught by energy engineer Mateo Barbero and architect and PhD researcher Adrian Krezlik from Dosta Tec, an engineering company specializing in sustainable buildings. 

Day 1:
  • Introduction to climate modeling in AEC
  • Introduction to the Ladybug Tools (LBT): User Interface
  • Climate modeling
  • Energy Modeling in LBT: Rural vs urban weather model
  • Introduction to Heat Flow
Day 2:

  • Simple energy model
  • Energy Intensity and End-use. Carbon Intensity of energy sources 
  • Detailed Energy Model: Systems, Program & People
  • Adjusting the Energy Model: Materials & their properties
  • Introduction to Thermal Comfort
  • Thermal Comfort Modelling
Day 3:
  • Daylight Physics, Sun Position, Radiation Rose, Local Daylight Conditions
  • Sunlight hours on the façade. Introduction to Daylight Modelling
  • Simple Daylight Autonomy Modeling
  • Adjusting the Daylight Model: Materials & Physics
Course requirements: Requires a basic knowledge of Rhino and Grasshopper.

Course fee: EUR 795,- (+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: 12. If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before.

Course language: English

Educational seats are limited. Sign up now by contacting Verena!

Online Webinar: Top 5 Features Jewelry Designers Love by ERGOCAD and Rafael Del Molino

 Online Webinar: Top 5 Features Jewelry Designers Love
by ERGOCAD and Rafael Del Molino

ERGOCAD in collaboration with the RhinoArtisan development team is organizing another free online webinar to introduce the unique features of specialized software.

This webinar will help you learn the basics of RhinoArtisan and see how you can take advantage of five unique features that are specifically designed for jewelry designers. With RhinoArtisan you will save valuable time while gaining even more design freedom.

The webinar will be conducted using the latest version of RhinoArtisan, 5.1, which is compatible with Rhinoceros 8.

Speaker: Rafael Del Molino
Language: English 
Duration: 60 minutes 
Who it's for?: Jewelry designers, manufacturers, shop owners, and those who love jewelry design in general.

More information and registration...

Monday, December 11, 2023

Rhino Anywhere Plugin on food4Rhino


Unleashing Rhino's Power Anywhere, Anytime! Rhino Anywhere revolutionizes Rhino by enabling users to stream a Rhino Instance to the cloud, facilitating complex computations and customized interfaces. 

A team of 10 AEC tech professionals developed Rhino Anywhere over 25+ hours during the AEC Tech Hackathon at Thornton Tomasetti’s Offices in New York. Drawing inspiration from pixel streaming technology, the objective was to make Rhino accessible to diverse audiences by designing unique interfaces. 

Through Rhino Anywhere, Rhino’s interface can be customized and streamed over an internet connection while maintaining Rhino’s processing power. Imagine large, colorful buttons for children to engage with 3D design, inspiring creativity and learning. Further, the tool allows for custom interfaces catering to individuals with limited hand or arm articulation, fostering inclusivity. Overcoming challenges, the team exemplified the potential to reshape design tools, emphasizing adaptability, creativity, and accessibility in the 3D world.

Rhino Anywhere expands the use cases for Rhino by not only highlighting it as an excellent modeling and CAD tool but also enabling public and client-facing tailored applications to suit unique needs.

Alfredo Chavez (Heatherwick Studio), Callum Sykes (Structurecraft), Dan Cascaval (Structurecraft), Eleftherios Kourkopoulos (Foster + Partners), Emil Poulsen (Thornton Tomasetti), Jo Kamm (Dimensional Innovation), Josh Grift (Structurecraft), Justyna Szychowska (KPF), Kyle Slugg-Urbino (Stride), Sergey Pigach (Thornton Tomasetti)

Rhinozine - December Issue

Hey there! Just wanted to remind you to have a quick peek at our December issue. And while we're at it, we hope you're having a wonderful holiday season!

A groundbreaking symphony of artistry and computational ingenuity.

Shaping Colombia’s architectural frontier through parametric design.

Unleash your full potential with our brand-new online course on Rhino 8.

This year, Noj Estudio redefined Colombia’s Christmas experience.

Tips, tricks, and resources about Grasshopper.

Check out these video clips to optimize your use of Rhino.

Modeling of “A” class surfaces in industrial design by SABIT

New course organized by SABIT

This new course covers everything you need to know about the principles of 3D modeling in Rhinoceros.

The course includes classes and design exercises related to shaping the form of an industrial product based on technical and user-related assumptions. The curriculum involves learning and applying advanced 3D computer techniques.

What will you learn?
  • Basics of using 3D technology for design
  • Product presentation: drawing, rendering, animation, presentation, board
  • Technological and implementation issues
  • Ergonomics and technological awareness

Date: 13 December 2023
Form of studies: Online
Schedule:10 lessons of 45 minutes
Language: Polish

Thursday, December 7, 2023

Enscape for Mac: Rhino now supported


Enscape is a real-time rendering plugin for Rhino that allows designers and clients to quickly visualize every project element, at any time. Previously only available on Windows, Enscape has just released a plugin version for macOS.

With real-time rendering capabilities, architects and designers can make on-the-fly adjustments, visualize different design iterations, and ensure their creative vision is accurately portrayed and communicated to clients.

Enscape integrates directly into Rhino, meaning you can design and visualize in real time within your modeling tool.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Introducing The ShapeDiver Desktop Client ft. Adobe Illustrator


ShapeDiver recently released its Client Application and, with it, the ability to exchange data in real-time between ShapeDiver models (Grasshopper files running on the cloud) and local desktop software such as Rhino, Adobe Illustrator—and many more in the future. Their Head of Product, Mathieu Huard, explains how this works in this video.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Rhino 8 – ShrinkWrap by SimplyRhino UK

Simply Rhino UK has created a Rhino 8 video looking at ShrinkWrap.

The new command can create a watertight mesh from surfaces, solids, meshes, SubDs, or any combination of these, whether open or closed. If you have point cloud data, ShrinkWrap can create meshes directly from that, too.

What is ShrinkWrap ideal for?
ShrinkWrap is the tool you could reach for within Rhino 8 to create:
  • Meshes for 3D printing
  • A solid union mesh from multiple objects
  • A solid mesh from 3D scan data fragments
  • Meshes without internal self-intersections
  • Offset meshes for shelling
  • Meshes from point clouds when reverse engineering
  • Valid closed meshes from broken or often hard-to-repair geometry
ShrinkWrap video tutorial
In the video, there is an overview of the command basics. Then, we are taken for a deeper look using specific examples from two real-life projects.

Monday, December 4, 2023

Archicad Grasshopper Grundlagen + PARAM-O, GDL und Python - Online

Discover the world of Building Information Modeling (BIM) with a new, free online course available at Rhino3D.Education: Archicad Grasshopper Grundlagen + PARAM-O, GDL und Python.

Thanks to the international collaboration between PAZ Academy and 
Rhino3D.Educationyou can unlock the full potential of Archicad with Parametric BIM, featuring in-depth tutorials on Archicad Grasshopper, Python, GDL, and PARAM-O.

Whether you're a seasoned Archicad user or just starting in BIM, the videos, comprehensive documentation, and scripts will empower you to elevate your design skills.

Meet the expert instructors Nora Bukovits and Andres Velasco Muro from PAZ Academy, a leading institution in BIM, parametric design, AI, and tool development.

Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your Archicad proficiency and join us on a journey of innovation!

Visit this link for additional information!

Thursday, November 30, 2023

VR Sketch: high-performance Virtual Reality viewer

VR Sketch is a plugin that lets you render any model in Virtual Reality without creating discomfort and without changing the model. This sounds like it should not be that hard—but it is something that is, surprisingly at least for us, technically hard to achieve. Virtual Reality requires high performance to avoid inducing nausea; we have achieved this through extensive optimizations, making VR Sketch the fastest and most comfortable viewer out there.

This is achieved through sketchy art style, without photo-realism, light effects and high definition textures. However, models with millions of triangles can be shown in VR quickly and with a single button. The model remains synchronized with Rhino: changes done in Rhino are immediately propagated to VR. You can walk around or inside your prototype, then do tweaks in Rhino and quickly iterate. You can even do two-person collaboration, with one person in VR and the other one on the screen editing the Rhino model.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Rhino User Meeting Zürich by Design-to-Production - 7 December 2023

Rhino User Meeting Zürich
Solutions for and from the Timber Industry
7 December 2023

On December 7th, Design-to-Production is hosting a Rhino User Meeting dedicated to software usage in general and specifically in the timber industry. After an update from McNeel’s developers, 18 professionals will share their work, tools, and thoughts in short presentations throughout the afternoon, followed by a social event around a drink. Our goal is to share our common challenges and identify new ways to solve them, ideally learning something in the process!

Whether you are a timber contractor, project manager, software developer, cabinet maker, or Rhino user (or not!), we are sure that you will find something to pique your interest and have a great afternoon!

The Rhino User Meeting is by invitation/application only, as space is limited. Fill out this form to apply.

Friday, November 24, 2023

TRmesh in Rhino - Tech Demo and Q&A, 28 November

 TRmesh in Rhino - Tech Demo and Q&A
Speaker: Mathias Fuchs, PhD
Tuesday, 28 November 2023
Place: Google Meet - register with the link below
7:30 pm CET

TRmesh is a Rhino plugin for generating tetrahedral meshes, also known as unstructured grids, in a robust and performant way, bypassing the intermediate step of surface triangle/quad meshing. 

This demo will demonstrate the latest features and chat about use cases of tetrahedral meshing in Rhino. TRmesh is useful for classical finite element analyses directly in Rhino—such as heat transfer solutions and other engineering tasks—and for a range of purely geometrical applications. This demo will briefly showcase both areas of application. With the ever-more widespread use of advanced additive manufacturing methods making it possible to produce more intricate and topologically optimized geometries, implicitly defined surfaces and lattice-like structures are becoming increasingly ubiquitous. As a purely geometrical application, we will show how TRmesh is an ideal fit for Rhino 8's Shrinkwrap feature, together with which the generation of high-quality implicit surfaces is easy. This even extends to use cases with locally varying complex constraints. Moreover, TRmesh is ideally suited for noisy data, such as imperfect input meshes or even point clouds. We will also briefly mention TRmesh's deployment on compute servers for handling high workloads, positioning Rhino to more traditional engineering applications. Thanks to for the minimal surface. The demo will be a short session before the TRmesh McNeel webinar on 11 January 2024.

World Expanded / NFTS and Rendering - The new book by Tobias Eder (in German)

The German sculptor Tobias Eder has realized his virtual art in digital space since 2009 using McNeel's Rhino software. Since then, a large number of artworks have been created with Rhino. 

His book, published in November 2023, comprises 400 pages with numerous illustrations and provides a deep insight into Eder's digital world. It includes futuristic spaces, digitally created sculptures, which are often realized using 3D printing, and even the Old Synagogue in Freiburg, which was cast in bronze based on his digital model and is now installed in front of the University Library in Freiburg. Text contributions in the book reflect the new art in digital space, and the art historian Wolfgang Ullrich focuses on the NFTs created by Eder, which are also shown in the book.

Tobias Eder was born in 1966 in Rheinfelden/Baden. He studied sculpture at the art academies in Karlsruhe and Munich and now lives and works in Freiburg im Breisgau. With Rhino, he designs both profane and sacred spaces and in some cases their new contemporary furnishings. 

World Expanded
NFTS and Renderings, Tobias Eder

Softcover, 22.5 x 17.2 cm, 400 pages, numerous illustrations
With essays by Wolfgang Ullrich, Mareike Hartmann, AI/Marek Kralewski, Tobias Eder
Euro 35.- (plus shipping)
Published by Galerie Marek Kralewski
ISBN 978-3-945173-18-1

Jevero 2024.0 unveils new features for shoe patterns and costing

New features for shoe patterns and costing

Jevero, the pattern-making plugin for Rhino, has recently introduced a series of exciting new features.

As part of the three updates/year schedule, this update encompasses various enhancements in both Jevero and JeveroCost, offering users a fresh set of tools to improve pattern-making and cost calculation.

One of the main topics is the compatibility with the new Rhino 8 release.

Discover the details of the latest features...

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Thursday, November 23, 2023

New iRhino 3D video by SimplyRhino UK

iRhino3D is the Rhino 3DM viewer for iOS.

View and present your native Rhino 3DM files on your iPhone or iPad.

Completely new and based on Rhino 8: Rather than a development of the old viewer app, iRhino is completely new and based on Rhino 8. It offers excellent performance on higher specification iPhones and iPads and introduces new features, including Markup, Rendered AR mode, Scan a Room, and Scan an Object. Additionally, iRhino works with Apple's ‘Universal Control’ allowing for a more direct integration between iRhino and Rhino 8 for Mac.

Around - Global 3D Design Festival by Gravity Sketch (online, 29-30 November)

Around - Global 3D Design Festival by Gravity Sketch
Online, 29-30 November

Celebrating the work of creative minds opening up new possibilities to think, create, and communicate in 3D.

Get ready for the next edition of Around streaming live 29-30 November. The free global design festival provides space for the creative community to get inspired and learn from each other around 3D workflows.

The creative community is making a powerful move to 3D, and Around is the place where everyone converges.

And don't miss the workshop by Kyle Houchens

Join the Rhino Team in a workshop exploring the seamless collaboration between Rhino and Gravity Sketch. Learn time-saving techniques and witness a synergy that is transforming 3D design.