Thursday, April 18, 2024

Getting to know… Type Five: The Art of Modular Innovation!

Discover how Type Five, a California-based company, is revolutionizing residential construction in ShapeDiver's latest blog post. Learn about their innovative "site-built modular" approach, powered by Grasshopper and ShapeDiver, which offers customizable, efficiently built homes at an affordable price. Dive into our interview with Ian Miley, Design Director of Type Five, as he shares insights on overcoming industry challenges and their vision for the future of residential construction. Read the full article for a deeper look into their groundbreaking solutions and how they're leading the way in transforming the AEC industry.

Now available: The much-anticipated Orca3D Version 3

Orca3D Version 3 is compatible with Rhino 7 and 8. 

If you currently use Orca3D Version 1 or 2, upgrade to Orca3D Version 3 to be compatible with Rhino 8.

Orca3D's packaging has changed in Version 3. In prior versions of Orca3D, you could purchase Level 1 and Level 2, with Level 2 adding to the Level 1 functionality. In Version 3, instead, four modules are available and may be purchased in any combination.
  • Design: This includes the Hull Design and fairing and Basic Hydrostatics and stability features. It is equivalent to the previous Level 1.
  • Analysis: This includes the Speed/Power feature, the CFD interface, and the Weight & Cost feature. It is equivalent to the previous Level 2, except that it does not include the Level 1 functionality. The Analysis module may be purchased without the Design module.
  • Advanced Stability: Includes compartmentation and tank modeling, fluid and solid loads, unlimited load cases, free surface effects, intact and damaged stability with stability criteria evaluation, and tank tables. This is a major new module.
  • Orca3D Marine CFD: Requires the Analysis module as a prerequisite.

Watch a 3-minute video highlighting the features of Orca3D Version 3.

More information on food4Rhino...

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Rhino User Webinar: Small is Big


Rhino User Webinar
Small is Big
24 April 2024 at 4:00 pm (CEST)

During the Vienna Architecture Conference in 1992, a round table discussion took place at the MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts. The participants included renowned architects such as Wolf Prix, Zaha Hadid, Eric Moss, Lebbeus Woods, Thom Mayne, Steven Holl, and Carme Pinos. Some of these architects expressed frustration over the limited scale of their projects and the marginalization of their role in comparison to commercial enterprises. However, despite these challenges, many of these architects went on to become influential figures in the field and successful entrepreneurs. What is crucial to acknowledge is the pioneering role these architects played during that period of small-scale projects. It was during this time that they embarked on experimental endeavors, laying the foundation for their future business success. Additionally, these projects also played a significant role in the development of computational and parametric architecture. At External Reference, we recognize the importance of interior spaces as small, private projects that were once the subject of frustration among architects like Wolf Prix at MAK. Today, we understand that these projects served as experimental laboratories, leading to the remarkable growth and development of the architects who participated in the Vienna Architecture Conference in '92. At External Reference, we prioritize research and innovation, working on a diverse range of projects, including waterfront development and museums. We acknowledge that interior spaces, which were once considered small and insignificant, have now emerged as crucial laboratories for exploring cultural, political, and environmental agendas in the contemporary condition.
About the speaker:
  • Carmelo Zappulla, Italian-born architect (1978), is founder and managing director of the Barcelona-based architecture studio External Reference, which develops international work at different scales: exhibition spaces, architecture, urban, interior and product design.

Complete details and registration...

Summer training for teachers in 3D modeling

Rhino Teacher Training summer workshops 

This summer, take a class to learn how to add 3D modeling to your design and communication curriculum. We have two 3D modeling workshops for design, drafting, graphics, and technology educators. 

Using Rhino, you will be guided through hands-on exercises highlighting 3D modeling concepts. You will also learn how Rhino renders models for visualization, exports models to CAM products for manufacturing or prototyping, and directly prints to laser cutters, 3D printers, and other output devices.

Bring your jump drive. Classroom activities, models, training materials, and files will be available to use in your classroom. 

The workshops are free for educators. Class sizes are limited, so register soon to get your spot.   

Instructors: Bob Koll, Pete Sorenson, and Dave Weidkamp, Rhino Training Specialists

Canyon Park Middle School, Bothell, WA
July 8-11
Monday-Wednesday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Thursday, July 11, 8:00am-Noon

Canyon Park Middle School
23723 23rd Ave SE, Room 115/117
Bothell, WA 98021

Todd Mass
Canyon Park Middle School

To register:
Call Jody Mills at (206) 634-4571, email, or register online.

St Helens Middle School, St Helens, OR

August 13-15 
Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30 am-3:30 pm 

St Helens Middle School
354 N 15th St
St Helens, OR 97051

Scott Pieper
St Helens Middle School

To register:
Call Jody Mills at (206) 634-4571, email, or register online.



Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Rhino User Webinar: New Rhino 8 features applied to jewelry - by Riccardo Pietro Visentin (in italian)

Rhino User Webinar
New Rhino 8 features applied to jewelry
8 May 2024, 16:00 (CEST)

This webinar focuses on new features in Rhino 8 that are changing the way jewelry is designed. These features cover both design in the narrow sense and the visualization and presentation of designs.

For design in the narrow sense, concrete examples of application and method strategies will be shown, including the targeted use of SubD and Grasshopper for the useful creation of model variants. 
Special focus will be given to the use of the new PushPull command, associated with the new Gumball features, to quickly manage the insertion spaces of gems, serial elements, and engraved and embossed text. 
It will be shown how the new features, if well applied, enable faster work, an increasingly important and fundamental aspect. 

For design visualization and presentation, the focus will be on creating eye-catching previews to generate images and short animations for functional communication with clients.

Riccardo Pietro Visentin is a Creative Digital Designer: consultant, 3d designer and trainer for digital innovation in multiple areas of design. He has developed specific expertise in the design of jewelry, eyewear and fashion accessories.
Specifically in the area of jewelry design, he has been active in the field for over 40 years and has created training and consulting paths to introduce and improve digital design and fabrication in companies in the jewelry supply chain. 
He is the Founder & Owner of AUREASERVICE Design Studio (Est. 1989), which has been an Authorized Rhino Training Center since 2005

Monday, April 15, 2024

Enscape 4.0 Adds 95% Parity for Mac in First Cross-Platform Release

Enscape 4.0 is aligning its real-time functionality across operating systems. Architects can now design intuitively on any OS, using new people and vegetation assets, refined user interface elements, and a powerful denoiser to push their designs to the next level.

"With our new unified codebase, we are thrilled to deliver simultaneous feature releases for both Mac and Windows users, ensuring a consistent and optimized experience across all platforms, whenever possible,” said Petr Mitev, VP Product, Solutions for Designers at Chaos. “This strategic investment not only enhances the current user experience, but also lays a foundation for future stability and performance improvements, addressing valuable feedback from our community."

Used throughout the architectural world, Enscape is one of the easiest ways to visualize Rhino data in real time. Perfect for daily design reviews, live demos and client coordination, Enscape moves projects forward via instant feedback, giving architects the ability to represent their work using the power of immersive 3D.

Discover more about Enscape 4.0 on Rhino here...

Design and Parametric Fabrication Workshop - controlmad

Design and Parametric Fabrication Workshop
July 1 - 26 (100 hours) - controlmad

Embark on a comprehensive journey into 3D modeling with Rhinoceros and Parametric Design with Grasshopper. Through this hands-on workshop and practical application, participants delve into these powerful tools, culminating in the creation of a large-scale prototype using digital fabrication technologies.

Beyond mastering the fundamentals of 3D modeling, students will explore advanced techniques to tackle complex structures, conduct analyses, perform precise calculations, and engage with physical environments. The course offers an immersive experience, allowing students to leverage CNC technologies such as laser cutters, milling machines, and 3D printers to bring their designs to life.

The ultimate goal? To unleash creativity by conceptualizing, designing, and modeling captivating objects, prototypes, or sculptures with Rhino and Grasshopper, and then materializing them using controlmad's digital machinery.

This ninth edition of the course adopts a hybrid format: Part I comprises fully online sessions, while Part II (optional) offers the flexibility of both online and on-site participation.

PART I On-line - 3 weeks:




PART II (On-site or On-line) - 1 week:


More information...

Friday, April 12, 2024

International Rhino User Meeting Wroclaw (June 7, 2024) - Call for Speakers and Early Bird tickets

Fab Foundation Poland, in collaboration with McNeel Europe, is happy to announce:

International Rhino User Meeting Wroclaw
June 7, 2024

A full day of talks by expert Designers (Product, Footwear, Jewelry, Marine, Computation...), Architects, Engineers and Educators, and Fab Foundation and McNeel staff

Exhibitor Area: learn more about the latest tools, plugins, and integrations from our coolest industry partners.

Networking Cocktail: Connect with fellow Rhino enthusiasts during our networking cocktail, featuring avant-garde DJs! I
n the beautiful city of Wroclaw

* Call for Speakers: Do you have a groundbreaking project or design & fabrication workflow to share? Seize the opportunity to contribute to our community-driven agenda as a speaker. Contact us to nominate yourself or recommend a colleague for consideration.

Rhino3Dzine April 2024 issue

Immerse yourself in captivating content in our April issue.

Rhino3Dzine has launched a new community. Join us and share your updates!

Reviving traditional craftsmanship while incorporating advanced digital manufacturing.

Theatrical Marvel at the Intersection of Performing Arts and Robotics.

The new Script Editor in Rhino 8 has a unified interface across Windows, Mac, and Grasshopper.

Diffusions in Architecture: Artificial Intelligence and Image Generators.

Gateway to mastering new skills! ShrinkWrap is ideal for creating meshes for 3D printing.

In the realm of reactions, Nautilus enables designers to replicate natural patterns on objects.

To access our collection of magazines, click here!

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Rhino at BILT Europe - Riga (Latvia) - May 2024

7-9 May 2024
Riga (Latvia)

BILT is an annual event designed to cater to the needs of those who design, build, operate and maintain our built environment. As a community of professionals, it is committed to improving the many ways the industry works together.

This year's event will take place in Riga (Latvia). As a 'by users, for users' event, BILT is the best place for BIM and digital construction professionals to get together to learn, debate and share knowledge. 

Organized by the Digital Built Environment Institute, the theme of this year's edition will be 'Democratising BIM', setting itself apart from other conferences by providing open source developments, next-gen information management and interoperability, illustrated through extensive real case studies.

Join Pedro Cortes for a 75-minute in-depth class on Rhino. With the title "Moving Rhino where you need it: Rhino.Inside", his presentation will delve into the dynamic realm of Rhino.Inside, a groundbreaking technology that empowers Rhino to seamlessly integrate and operate within other design and modeling applications. With a focus on headless solutions, the session will explore how Rhino.Inside revolutionizes design workflows, fostering interoperability between diverse software ecosystems. 

Discounts on registration are available for members of BuildingSMART International.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Rhino at the Istanbul Jewelry Show - April 17-20, 2024

Calling all jewelers and jewelry enthusiasts! Are you ready to take your craft to the next level? Join Piramit, Authorized Rhino Resellers, at the Jewelry Showroom for an exclusive opportunity to delve into the world of 3D modeling, rendering, and fabrication. 

Discover how cutting-edge technology can revolutionize your design process, allowing you to bring your creative visions to life with precision. Piramit's expert team will be on hand to showcase some of Rhino 8's new features for jewelry design, providing insights and guidance to help you harness the power of digital tools in your work. Elevate your skills and unlock new possibilities in jewelry making. Visit Piramit's stand in HALL 1G50 and embark on a journey towards innovation.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

AA DLAB 2024

In its 19th year, DLAB is a two-week program taking place at the AA London HQ’s unique atmosphere.

DLAB experiments with the integration of advanced computational design, analysis, and large-scale prototyping techniques. The program builds on its expertise in complex architectural design and fabrication processes, relying heavily on materiality and performance. DLAB brings together a range of experts—tutors and lecturers—from internationally acclaimed academic institutions and practices, Architectural Association, and Zaha Hadid Architects, amongst others.

The research generated at DLAB has been published in international media—ArchDaily, Archinect, Bustler—and peer-reviewed conference papers, including SimAUD (Simulation in Architecture and Urban Design), eCAADe (Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe). 

DLAB investigates the correlations between form, material, and structure through the rigorous implementation of computational methods for design, analysis, and fabrication, coupled with analog modes of physical experimentation and prototype making. Each program cycle devises custom-made architectural processes by creating novel associations between conventional and contemporary design and fabrication techniques. The research culminates in the design and fabrication of a one-to-one scale prototype realized by using robotic fabrication techniques, intending to integrate form-finding, material computation, and structural performance.

Applications and more information...

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Kit Crashing, parametric design and landscape architecture

Tune in to this YouTube channel, Kit Crashing, delving into the world of parametric design in landscape architecture. 

These videos show you how parametric modeling techniques can revolutionize your approach to landscape design, making computational modeling software like Grasshopper accessible to everyone! Stay tuned for discussing integrating parametric design principles into landscape architecture using Land Kit

Crash together all the fascinating parts of parametric design, computational design, landscape, architecture, urbanism, art, industrial design, 3D printing, immersive media, animation, and more.

Hosted by Chris Landau, the founder of LANDAU Design+Technology and creator of the Land Kit plugin for Rhino and Grasshopper. 

The first three episodes....