Friday, January 20, 2023

Kangaroo Physics online workshop, February 20-22 (McNeel Europe)


Kangaroo Physics online workshop
Host: McNeel Europe (Barcelona)

Ping-Hsiang Chen, senior architect and computational designer at the Zaha Hadid Architects in London, will teach a Kangaroo Physics online workshop organized by McNeel Europe. This course will help you get started with Kangaroo Physics, a fully integrated live physics engine in Grasshopper for interactive simulation, form-finding, optimization, and constraint-solving. It also enables the simulation of material behavior and helps you conduct geometry analysis or produce animations. The course introduces constraints, particle systems, and inscribing material properties to a design to understand how geometries react to them. Participants will also learn to use Kangaroo with different geometries such as NURBS, Mesh, and SubD.

On completion of this course, participants are expected to be able to: 
  • Use Kangaroo for form finding with various constraint setups
  • Understand possible applications with physics-based modeling
  • Work between different geometry types such as NURBS, Mesh, and SubD
  • Ceate custom geometry functions using Kangaroo with new features in Rhino 7

Day 1
Introduction to physics-based modeling. Introduction to Kangaroo solvers and basic setup. Goals and forces. Creating tensile structures with Kangaroo. Understanding constraints, Interaction between elements. Origami and folding behavior.

Day 2
Introduction to Mesh and SubD geometry. Subdivision and QuadRemesh. Form finding with mesh and Kangaroo. Material behavior simulation. Understanding collision in Kangaroo. Geometry packing.

Day 3
Geometry optimization with Kangaroo. Genetic algorithm. Using Kangaroo for fabrication. Advanced modeling workflow using Kangaroo.

Course requirements: The class is designed for people who have already taken the Grasshopper Level 1 course or use Grasshopper at work daily and understand the basic data structure of Grasshopper. It is also preferable to have an intermediate level in Rhino.

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!

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