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.

Student's contest by SABIT: Design for a better life

Our Polish reseller SABIT has organized the following contest for local students:

Design for a better life: Create a 3D model in Rhino for improving the lives of others

3D modeling can be used to create innovative solutions to improve life and address various social, medical, environmental, and technological challenges in society.

SABIT invites all students to participate in this competition, where they will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in Rhino and creativity in developing 3D models to improve the lives of others. This is a challenge to develop innovative projects that can make the world a better and more comfortable place.

Submissions deadline 24 December.

Notilus Steeler and Notilus Drafting Workshop (online, 30 November from 4 to 5 PM CET)

This workshop allows participants to better understand and utilize the Notilus Steeler and Notilus Drafting plugins for Rhino. Participants will learn to use these powerful tools to expedite and enhance the structural modeling processes combining Rhino’s abilities.

  • Introduction and Opening (10 Minutes)
  • General Overview of the Workshop.
  • Introduction of iInstructors and Participants.
  • Structural Modeling with Notilus Steeler (20min)
  • DefiningParts
  • Creating Frames
  • Adding Faceplate & Stiffeners & Cutouts
  • Adding Brackets & Collar Plates
  • Adding Slots for Welding
  • Setting Markers
  • Getting 2Ds of Pars fo Cutting
  • Creating Sheets
  • Technical Drawings with Notilus Drafting (20 min)
  • Getting Sections
  • Getting Views
  • Setting Parts Information
  • Creating Layout
  • User Experiences, Kobus Potgieter, KND Naval Design
  • Q&A and Evaluation (10 Minutes)
  • Question and Answer Session for Participants
  • Participant Feedback and Evaluation

Participants will work on a file using Notilus Steeler and Notilus Drafting.

Instructors will provide guidance and answer questions.

The workshop is free of charge but has limited capacity. Preregistration is mandatory.


After this workshop, participants will have enhanced their ability to effectively use the Notilus Steeler and Notilus Drafting plugins. They will also become more proficient in structural modeling and technical drawing processes.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Jewelry un-tutorials


Un-tutorials. What? It's an educational series based on TV episode logic, not the typical tutorial pattern. Showing a real-case scenario using Rhino, Giuseppe and Beatrice talk through their process of designing a ring, a real-life scenario.

They go through the briefing in Episode 1 to create the first sketches in pencil and paper. Then, they move on to Rhino to model the outer shell of the ring and the curves used as guides for the stone placement.

Episode 2 shows the same workflow (getting the curves and placing the stones) in the Grasshopper parametric environment.

In Episode 3, Giuseppe and Beatrice refine the Grasshopper definition, placing and orienting the actual stones to get to a finished product, ending the video with a few renderings.

Like that TV series you watch, there is more to come later.

See Rhino Jewelry Stories...

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Rhino takes center stage: The urban design revolution

In the dynamic realm of urban design, Rhino is emerging as the go-to platform, redefining how cities are conceptualized and brought to life. Rhino has transcended its traditional role, now standing tall as the main design platform for projects on an urban scale.

This year, the Municipality of Haidari in Athens, Greece, embarked on a visionary urban design project to elevate the quality of urban life. This transformative endeavor focused on the bioclimatic regeneration of green areas, carefully tuned to the local climate and ecosystem.

Led by Legkikas Sokratis & Associates from CAD Academy, Greece, this project reached far beyond conventional urban renewal. Public spaces were reborn, from bustling squares to tranquil school yards and charming pocket parks. 

What set this urban design initiative apart was the strategic use of cutting-edge software applications, underscoring the role of technology in shaping the urban landscape. Rhino and VisualARQ took center stage, orchestrating intricate 2D and 3D designs that formed the blueprint for Haidari's urban metamorphosis.  With its BIM features, Lands Design seamlessly integrated landscape requirements, ensuring a harmonious blend of nature and architecture. Finally, Twinmotion stepped in for renderings and captivating video presentations, bringing the entire vision to life.

The Haidari project in Greece is a testament to the power of Rhino's tools in reshaping urban environments and embracing the future of urban design. As cities worldwide grapple with the challenges of the 21st century, Haidari stands at the forefront, a shining example of how Rhino's capabilities extend beyond software, influencing positive change in the very fabric of our cities.

Watch the video...

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

How To Generate Complex Technical Drawings with Grasshopper | Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of this tutorial series, Edwin Hernández explained how to create complex technical drawings with Grasshopper using the Squid Plugin (ShapeDiver Edition) and how to create an editable template, including page orientation, margins, and text boxes, where you can input various types of data for any project type.

In this third and final part of the tutorial, he explains how to merge the 2D drawings with the template, add measurements and BOMs, and export the final document as a PDF.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Rhinozine November 2023 - Issue

Europort 2023: 7-10 November 2023 - Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

7-10 November 2023
Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

Rivers and seas are filled with challenges and opportunities. Be part of the journey of the maritime transition by exploring the power of technology.

Europort, the international maritime exhibition and meeting place for innovative technology and complex shipbuilding, offers an opportunity to learn how to engineer, build, and maintain sustainable (relation)ships today and tomorrow. 

Visit the NDAR booth (5307) to learn the latest news about Orca3D, ShipConstructor, Rhino, and others.

Book your appointment in advance:
Email, or telephone +33 4 92 91 13 24

More information...

Rhino User Meeting in Budapest, November 16 2023

 Rhino User Meeting at BME
by McNeel EuropeArkance Systems HU Kft.

Save the date!
📅 November 16, 2023
⏰ 14:00-17:30 CET 

Get an exclusive insight into Rhino's present and future. McNeel will introduce the latest features and new developments in Rhino 8. We invited some great members of the domestic Rhino community to share their projects and insights on how they use these tools. Come and see how Rhino can be used in different fields.

Who should attend the event? 
We welcome all architects, designers, engineers, artists, students, teachers, and anyone interested in 3D modelling!

14:00-14:10 Introduction

14:10-14:25 McNeel lecture on the history and development of Rhino
Speaker: Agustina Jaime - McNeel Europe

14:25-14:45 Parametric design solutions for the support structure of free-form buildings
Speaker: Márton István Juhász - bim.GROUP Kft.

14:45-15:05 BME: Rhino in education
Speaker: Péter Lassu - BME Department of Drawing and Form Studies

15:05-15:25 Size matters - from small to large in the film industry
Modelling and production of props
Speaker: Zsolt Tárnok - Prop Factory Studio Kft.

15:25-15-45 Coffee break

15:45-15:55 Reverse engineering with 3D scanned models in Rhino
Speaker: Péter Szabó and Diána Szabó - FreeDee Kft.

15:55-16:15 Parametric use of Rhino in architectural projects
Speaker: Roland Németh - Paulinyi & Partners Zrt.

16:15-16:45 McNeel Europe: Rhino 8 - Dynamic presentation of what's new
Speaker: Agustina Jaime - McNeel Europe

16:45-17:00 Q&A

At the end of the event, an informal discussion with the participants.


Hungarian and English

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Come see us at Autodesk University, November 13-15 2023

Autodesk University | Booth 1104
November 13-15, 2023
Las Vegas

We're looking forward to seeing everyone at Autodesk University next week. Join us in Booth #1104. Come see all of our new tools in Rhino, Grasshopper Components, Rhino.Inside.Revit, PyRevit and iRhino 3D

Ehsan Iran-Nejad, Japhy Walton, and the always helpful Marcello Sgambelluri SE will be there to answer questions.

The Hillside Sample Project: Bringing a 50-year masterpiece to digital life


In the early 1960s, a 23-year-old audacious McGill University architectural student submitted his master's thesis, a novel, mixed-use community, to the Montreal Expo 67. The result was Habitat 67, and the architect became internationally renowned. The architect was Moshe Safdie.

Moshe Safdie designed the 1000-unit high-quality housing for a dense Montreal urban environment. One of the first mixed-use concepts for the time, Habitat 67 incorporated residential units, office spaces, hotels, schools, museums, and more into its self-contained community. This practice is commonplace now, but at the time, it was a radical break from the current architectural practices. Another novel idea was prefabricated apartments assembled on-site. And each apartment included a roof garden and natural lighting. 

Unfortunately, the built Habitat was scaled back to 158 residences, less than half the original size. Despite being a landmark in architectural history and inspiring countless architects, Habitat 67 is primarily considered an unfinished dream.

What if Habitat 67 had completed the original design? Now you can find out. The creative agency Neoscape, in collaboration with Safdie Architects, has illustrated the original project digitally.

Using Unreal Engine 5, The Hillside Sample Project is a virtual recreation of Moshe Safdie's original vision for Habitat 67, made with Unreal Engine and RealityCapture.

The model was built in Rhino and 3ds Max using basic materials and then imported into Unreal Engine 5 using Datasmith

The model is available for anyone to explore via the Hillside Sample Project. 

Learn more details and explore the walkthrough...

Friday, November 3, 2023

Getting to know... WASP: Italian 3D Printing Innovation!

World’s Advanced Saving Project (WASP) in Massa Lombarda (Ravenna- Italy) designs, produces, and sells 3D printers made in Italy worldwide. 

Inspired by the Potter Wasp, which builds its own nest with material recovered from the surrounding environment, WASP was born to develop large-scale 3D printers to build houses with natural materials available on the territory. The wide range of WASP 3D printers has been developed to answer human needs: food, housing, health, energy, work, art, and culture. 

In this interview, Shapediver covers the fundamental aspects of WASP's journey, such as the company's origins and its team, to the practical applications of their technology across industries. It also explores the functionalities of their online configurators, including their capabilities for users to export G-code compatible with DeltaWASP printers. The decision to use Grasshopper and ShapeDiver sheds light on how these tools enhance the user experience and open up new design possibilities. 

Read the full interview...

Grasshopper UK User Group Meeting | November 2023

Join SimplyRhino UK and McNeel in a Rhino UK User Group Meeting.

Date: Tuesday, 28 November 2023
Time: 18:30-20:30
Location: AKT II, 1 Old Street Yard, London, EC1Y 8AF

Following a short introduction from the team at Simply Rhino, the meeting will commence with a presentation from their hosts, AKT II engineers. They will show the workflow of three case projects where Grasshopper and computation were crucial at various stages in providing the necessary inputs for delivering either manufacturing drawings or running structural analysis.

Then, ENCODE's cofounder, Federico Borello, will explain how architectural design and traditional documentation are translated into sets of information that can be consumed efficiently by off-site manufacturers in factory environments and delivered to the site for assembly.

As usual, the meeting is free, but you must prebook your place. 

More information...

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Two Python programming online workshops, December 11-13, January 24-26 (McNeel Europe)

Two Python programming online workshops
Tutor: L. Nguyen
Level 1: December 11-13, 2023
Level 2: January 24-26, 2024 
10 AM-5 PM CET
Hosted on Zoom by McNeel Europe

Python is a modern programming language with a simple and clean syntax (the rules for writing codes), making it very accessible to beginners in both the language and programming. It is also backed by one of the most active communities of users and developers. These have made Python arguably the most popular programming language now. Python is used in many fields: 3D modeling, web programming, scientific computing, engineering, artificial intelligence, etc.

Thanks to Rhino and Grasshopper’s official support of Python, you can programmatically access its powerful 3D modeling environment, including all the essential features of its advanced NURBS engine. This opens many exciting new possibilities, ranging from very simple to highly sophisticated, such as:

  • Building simple scripts and tools that automate repetitive modeling tasks, boosting efficiency
  • Developing and customizing powerful tools and workflow specific to your team’s needs
  • Programming advanced design algorithms that are not possible with standard out-of-the-box tools
  • Interfacing Rhino and Grasshopper with other software programs or programming libraries

We are happy to offer the upcoming training courses in Python Programming for Rhino/Grasshopper.

Level 1 course (3 days):

Requires basic understanding of Rhino and Grasshopper but no prior experience in programming.

  • Basic Python language concepts such as variables, data types, conditional statements, for loops, functions. lists, tuples, etc.
  • Using the Python scripting component in Grasshopper
  • Intro to basic RhinoCommon data types such as point3D, Vector 3d, Plane, Line, Circle, and Colors
  • Generating and using random numbers (e.g., for geometric design, analyses, simulation, etc.)
  • Understanding the basics of the RhinoCommon documentation.
  • Interacting with Rhino environment: e.g. baking geometries, working with Rhino object's properties (e.g., Layers, name, etc.), saving and opening files programmatically

Level 2 course (3 days):

Requires basic knowledge of Python programming in Rhino/Grasshopper, equivalent to the Level 1 course.

  • Getting deeper into RhinoCommon geometries: Curves, Surfaces, Breps, Meshes (including mesh topology), Camera 
  • Object-oriented programming and better understanding of the RhinoCommon documentation
  • Using the Python script component together with the Grasshopper timer for interesting advanced use cases
  • Using Grasshopper DataTree from Python
  • Best practices for organizing code for better reusability and shareability
  • Using external modules/libraries
  • Parallel Computation 
  • R-Tree for speeding up many computational geometry tasks
  • Recursion, fractal geometries
  • Web requests using Python
  • Using an external Python code editor (to greatly increase productivity on large programs)
  •  Understanding C-Python and its benefits
  •  Intro to Rhino.Inside using C-Python

Online course fees for each course: 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 15 days before.

Course language: English

Both courses are fully booked. Educational seats are limited. Sign up now by contacting Verena!