Friday, May 31, 2024

New book by Abdulwahab Alosaj - CAD.GH Computational Aided Design Via Grasshopper


CAD.GH Computational Aided Design Via Grasshopper by by Abdulwahab Alosaj

Abdulwahab Alosaj, instructor of architectural digital courses at Ajman University - UAE just published a book on Computational Design that explains Grasshopper3D and its most essential plugins, like Kangaroo 2, Ladybug tools (Ladybug, Honeybee, Butterfly, Dragonfly) , Wasp, Fox, Anemone, BioMorpher, KUKA prc for robotics, and the integration of coding by Python and C#, in addition to Grasshopper default tools (points, curves, surfaces, meshes, data, Galapagos).

CAD.GH Computational Aided Design Via Grasshopper serves as an essential guide for readers seeking to grasp and comprehend the potential of computational aided design workflows by introducing the power of Grasshopper®, a visual programing language that is integrated with Rhinoceros®, the renowned 3D modeling software by McNeel & Associates.

The book opens up a world of possibilities for groundbreaking design exploration. Through the lens of Grasshopper’s algorithmic design process approaches, the book provides design methods that enable the creation of complex geometries, dynamic patterns, and adaptive structures. These capabilities transcend the limitations of traditional CAD tools, empowering designers to envision and actualize concepts that were once considered unattainable.

From seasoned professionals to aspiring designers, this book equips readers with the skills and knowledge to harness the potential of Grasshopper® and ascend on a transformative journey in computational aided design. With its comprehensive approach and innovative insight, this resource promises to elevate design practices and inspire creative breakthroughs, pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved in the realm of architecture and beyond.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

FTWkit The Footwear Kit for Rhino

Design better shoes, faster

FTWkit has combined the benefits of a unified software platform like Rhino with the specialized tools needed for the footwear industry. 

This integration optimizes the entire footwear development process from 2D and 3D design to engineering and product pipeline management, including cost and material management.

With Jevero and Botcha, two FTWkit plugins, you can streamline your workflow, shorten the time to market, and reduce the complexity of managing multiple software programs without sacrificing the specific tools necessary for 2D and 3D shoe modeling and engineering.

  • Jevero is a 2D footwear pattern engineering plugin for Rhinoceros. It allows you to create and modify patterns easily and efficiently, seamlessly integrating with Rhino and adding powerful parametric tools for smooth pattern development. Jevero supports all major file extensions on the market, including Crispin Engineer .shoe and .pat files, ensuring a quicker transition and support for your legacy files. 

  • Botcha simplifies 3D footwear modeling, enabling users to model in 2D and remap in 3D with a vast array of efficient tools that make every designer’s life easier. With Botcha and Rhino, you can quickly create digital uppers, parametrically edit each part, and apply textures to the model. Flatten any object, apply texture and remapping, and easily create lacing and stitching. These features allow you to achieve stunning results to help sell your projects and products.

To know more about it, visit

Friday, May 24, 2024

IAAC launches the Global Summer School 2024 - Applications now open!

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona just introduced a new edition of the Global Summer School (GSS), marking another milestone in fostering global collaboration and innovation in architecture and design.

For over 14 years, IAAC has been facilitating knowledge exchange and expertise sharing among architects, engineers, designers, and innovators worldwide. The GSS brings together students from diverse backgrounds to engage with IAAC's network of experts and renowned lecturers.

This July, IAAC introduces a new edition of GSS, offering a unique blend of onsite and online workshops. The modular workshop model aims to provide participants with hands-on experiences at IAAC Barcelona while ensuring digital accessibility through an agile online format.

GSS24 presents an exciting lineup of four workshops covering various topics, including the exploration of bamboo architecture and fabrication, advanced computation, urban analytics for participatory design, and artificial intelligence. These workshops, led by IAAC Faculty and Alumni, promise immersive workflows and individual project exploration and development.

Participants in the GSS program will have the flexibility to tailor their learning journey according to their preferences. Whether opting for a two-week onsite workshop in Barcelona at IAAC or selecting one or more online modules offered throughout July 2024, students can expect a dynamic and enriching educational experience.

One of the highlights of GSS24 is the exclusive access to Global Lectures and weekly online gatherings featuring experts from the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. These sessions complement the workshop themes and provide participants with valuable insights and perspectives.

Agenda & Abstracts

Bamboo at Work Onsite Workshop

The workshop will explore the convergence of parametric tools, digital fabrication, and prototyping within the environment of IAAC Barcelona and Valldaura Labs. It welcomes creatives from architecture, urban planning, digital fabrication, and design seeking a multidisciplinary experience in an international setting.

Dates: 1-12 July 2024
Venue: IAAC Barcelona (Spain)

Advanced Computation for Design Workshop

During the workshop, participants will explore the convergence of advanced computational design, machine learning, and environmental analysis in architecture powered by Python. Students will unlock the potential of data-centric models and Python-based algorithms to revolutionize architectural practice, prioritizing sustainability and environmental considerations.

Dates: 1-5 July 2024
Venue: Online

Urban Analytics for Participatory Design Workshop

The workshop will explore the integration of public participation with digital innovation in urban design, develop urban analytics for participatory design, collect and map citizen inputs for data-driven design of public spaces, and equip students with the skills to engage communities and apply technology in co-designing inclusive urban spaces.

Dates: 8-12 July 2024
Venue: Online

AI for Regenerative Design Workshop

In the workshop, students will use cutting-edge AI tools including for real-time microclimate simulations, multi-modal large language models, stable diffusion models, and advanced computer vision models to develop innovative design workflows for sustainable architectural solutions.

Dates: 15-19 July
Venue: Online

The deadline for applications with the early bird fees is May 31st. 

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Rhino User Webinar: NodePen - Grasshopper on the Web


Rhino User Webinar
6 June 2024 at 3:00 pm (CEST)

NodePen is Grasshopper on the Web and is also perpetually unfinished. It has been in development since the earliest versions of Rhino Compute, and over the years, it has taken on many forms and attitudes on the problem of web-flavored Grasshopper

This webinar will be a more technical exploration of the history of the project's many revisions, detailing the goals, challenges, and successes. We will end with a demo of where things stand today and some of the latest thoughts on where things are going. Where does a project like this belong in a world with successful offerings like Grasshopper 2 and ShapeDiver? What has Speckle unlocked for the future of a collaborative "platform" for Grasshopper? And what unhinged things will Chuck say about a project he refuses to let die?

About the speaker:

  • Chuck Driesler graduated with a B.Arch from Pratt Institute in 2019. He has worked on several technical teams within the AEC community, including HOK buildingSMART, WeWork, Pollination Tools, and Hypar. He recently moved to London and is currently a software engineer at Speckle.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Rhino User Webinar: Integrating Rhino in the Design Process of a Floating Offshore Wind Platform


5 June 2024 at 4:00 pm (CEST)

This webinar aims to provide an overview of how Rhino is integrated into Saitec’s workflow during the design process of a floating offshore wind platform. The presentation will showcase the parametric script developed in-house using RhinoScript module, and introduce the detailed 3D model that represents the "as-built" status of DemoSATH. Saitec will also give some feedback on the advantages of using this software against others and its capabilities.

Saitec Offshore Technologies, founded in 2016 as a spin-off of Saitec Engineering, is an engineering company specialized in floating offshore wind related services. It has developed SATH technology (Swinging Around Twin Hull), a competitive and cost-efficient concrete floating solution. In 2023 Saitec achieved a major milestone by putting into operation DemoSATH, the first floating offshore wind turbine connected to the grid in Spain.

About the speakers:

  • Oriol de Quintana holds an MSc in Civil Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), specializing in Maritime and Offshore structures. He joined Saitec in 2023, and he has been involved in the platform design.

  • Mikel Baliño is a BIM modeler with extensive experience in large-scale projects in the industry and energy sectors. He has honed his skills in 3D modeling through completion of an Autodesk BIM master's program.

food4Rhino webinar: Qubu Ultralight for Daylight analysis (30 May 2024 at 5 PM CEST)

food4Rhino webinar: Qubu Ultralight for Daylight analysis
30 May 2024 at 5 PM CEST

We want to introduce the newest release of Qubu Ultralight, the first of Qubu's Grasshopper plugins.

Qubu Ultralight is high-speed, and easy-to-use software, designed for the Direct Sunlight and indirect Daylight Factor evaluation of buildings and urban zones. It can seamlessly integrate into the regular design processes of sustainable and compliant buildings.

During the webinar, we will discuss how and why to use Ultralight in Grasshopper to achieve accurate and faster daylighting analysis, aligning with Qubu's mission to help architects and real estate developers create better, faster, and more sustainable residential buildings.

Within one hour, we will set up a proper scene for simple, fast, and accurate daylight analysis with Ultralight for Designers. We will measure Direct sunlight and Daylight factor in multiple apartments, evaluate and interpret the results, and discuss advanced measurements and evaluations that can be performed with Ultralight for Specialist.


Ján Pernecký is the co-founder and CTO at Qubu. He is an architect, dedicated computational designer, and educator. Before Qubu, he co-authored the discrete assembly toolkit for Grasshopper, Monoceros, and the swarm simulation tool Boid. In 2014 he founded one of the first online resources for Grasshopper tutorials, the research Grasshopper Sessions.

Grasshopper UK User Group Meeting | 12 June 2024 by SimplyRhino UK


Join Simply Rhino at Thornton Tomasetti, London, for the latest Grasshopper UK Community User Meeting, with presentations from our hosts, TT, and invited guests, Populous and VisualARQ.

We’ll have our presentations at the meeting, followed by an audience Q&A with all our presenters. Attendees are then invited to stay on for conversation and networking opportunities with the UK Grasshopper community as we gather and drink together.

Date: Wednesday 12 June 2024
Time: 18:30-20:30
Location: Thornton Tomasetti, 2nd floor, 12-16 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5PQ
Booking: The meeting is free to attend, but you need to book your place to join us

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Rhino 8 – Sun and Sky Render by SimplyRhino UK

This beginner-level video, created by Phil Cook from Simply Rhino UK, demonstrates how to create an interior architectural visual in Rhino 8 using the built-in Sun and Sky system and Rhino’s Raytrace render engine.

The video begins by introducing a method of setting up the interior perspective view by controlling Rhino’s camera widget before applying library and custom materials to scene elements.

Phil then looks at setting up the Sun as a direct illumination source and replacing the default environment with the Physical Sky model to connect the sun and sky.

The final rendering is created with the Raytrace render engine. Phil outlines how to use post effects to improve the exposure and how to export a transparent background so that the color-ramp sky can be easily replaced with a photographic image in subsequent editing.

Industrial Design Rhino & Grasshopper Training by Cademy XYZ

Cademy LIVE workshops are great resources for industrial designers and students who want to learn industry practices for creating parametric textures and designs for manufacturing 3D models. Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, and texture workflows are essential parts of an industrial design professional's toolkit. On the other hand, computational design strategies for lattice 3D printing, machine learning, and data-driven design are skills required by design studios. These workshops will provide a structured learning path to understand such complex tools.

Dates: (12 hrs of LIVE class: 6 hrs per day with a 1-hr break)

Ad Parametric Texture:

May, Sat 18-Sun 19
June, Sat 29-Sun 30
July, Sat 27-Sun 28

Computational Design Workshop:

May, Sat 25-Sun 26
July, Sat 6-Sun 7

Grasshopper Masterclass:

June, Sat 22-Sun 23
July, Sat 13-Sun 14

Rhinoceros Masterclass:

June, Sat 15-Sun 16
July, Sat 20-Sun 21

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Free "How to Rhino" Workshop for Architects | May 27 to June 6, 2024

Free "How to Rhino" Workshop for Architects
May 27 to June 6, 2024

If you’re an architect or designer and you’ve always wanted to learn Rhino, Grasshopper, or Rhino.Inside.Revit from scratch in a systematic step-by-step way, How to Rhino is hosting a free workshop for architects from May 27 to June 6.

The workshop will be hosted by Dusan and Lazar, Servian architects and founders of the How to Rhino platform, which helps architects learn how to use Rhino and Grasshopper for architecture. How to Rhino is an authorized Rhino Training Center and all of the workshop participants will receive a certificate of attendance at the end.

Topics that will be covered and answered during the workshop:

  • I don't know where to start?
  • The interface looks so scary and confusing!?
  • There are no specific Rhino tutorials just for architects that are exactly to the point
  • I need a professional next to me to ask questions
  • I want to start making organic designs that you can't achieve with other programs

  • What's the logic behind Grasshopper?
  • Grasshopper interface is way too complex
  • Beginner-friendly step-by-step approach
  • Creating Grasshopper scripts from scratch
  • I've never used Grasshopper, I don't know how to start?
  • How to use parametric modeling for architecture with Grasshopper

  • What is Rhino.Inside.Revit?
  • Connection between Grasshopper and Revit
  • How to do parametric designs in Revit
  • Dynamo vs. Grasshopper
  • Full BIM workflow from Rhino and Grasshopper

During these ten days (May 27 to June 6), there will be four in-depth lectures, four live events, and some surprise guests. The sessions will be recorded if you can’t attend live events, but the content won’t be available after June 6th.

The event is entirely free, but there are limited seats available, so make sure to register and secure your spot as soon as possible.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Drakon - new jewelry plugin

From the ashes of Panther rises Drakon

Drakon builds upon Panther's legacy, offering an enhanced user experience, an expanded toolset, and a range of new features that will take your jewelry design to the next level. From precise gem settings to streamlined modeling processes, Drakon is designed to exceed your expectations.

Take advantage of the Release Promotion with a 35% discount valid during the beta period.

Monday, May 13, 2024

Grasshopper Level 2, 17-19 June 2024 (McNeel Europe)


Grasshopper Level 2
Online Workshop
17-19 June 2024
Hosted on Zoom by McNeel Europe

Ping-Hsiang Chen, a former computational designer at Zaha Hadid Architects, leads a three-day Grasshopper Level 2 online course. This hands-on experience explores computational geometry and parametric design principles. After the completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

1. Have an in-depth understanding of data structure
2. Work between different geometry types such as NURBS, Mesh, and SubDs
3. Understand use cases of mesh geometry
4. Optimize workflow using blocks and caches
5. Work with layers, material, and views in your Rhino document

Day 1
  • Review Computational Geometry and Complex Geometry
  • Advanced Data Structure (Branch and Path Manipulation)
  • Data Grouping, Partition, Classification and Culling
  • Data Sorting, Sets
  • Conditional Statements
  • Custom Patterns and Domain
Day 2
  • Mesh Modelling Introduction
  • Mesh Subdivision and Topology Reconstruction
  • Mesh Optimization with ShrinkWrap
  • Introduction to Blocks
  • Create Block Attributes
  • Reference External Blocks
Day 3
  • Point Cloud Data Type
  • Introduction to Content Cache
  • Query Information from Rhino Document
  • Model Layer and Object Introduction
  • Model View Introduction
Course requirements: This course is for Grasshopper users with an intermediate level in Rhino. We welcome people from cross-disciplinary backgrounds in architecture, product design, jewelry design, engineering, fabrication, art, and more.

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 15 days before.

Course language: English

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

Friday, May 10, 2024

Rhino3Dzine May 2024 issue


Our May issue is filled with captivating content that will fully engage you.
Rhino3Dzine has launched a new community. Join us and share your updates!

An innovative hexagonal structure that demonstrates architectural progress.

A master's dissertation exploring the field of 3D printing.

This engineering innovation takes inspiration from the sinuous form of a snake.

Improve your skills in Grasshopper and discover helpful tips.

Gateway to mastering new skills! New script editor in Rhino 8.

ShapeDiver and Rhino Tdyn Wind Tunnel.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

International Rhino User Meeting Wroclaw (7 June 2024) - Early Bird tickets until May 15th

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

International Rhino User Meeting Wroclaw
7 June 2024

A full day of talks by expert designers (product, footwear, jewelry, marine, computation...), architects, engineers, educators, and the 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.


Fab Foundation Poland is also organizing a professionally oriented series of masterclasses in parametric design

Masterclasses will be held every second weekend at the Fab Institute (Łokietka 12c, 50-243 Wroclaw, Poland). They will start with the basics, proceed through modeling with Anemone (iteratively) and Kangaroo (simulation), and end with advanced scripting classes in Python and C#. Please check the whole schedule.

Friday, May 3, 2024

EDD: Envisioning Design Day 2024, Milan (Italy) - Save the Date!


Curious to discover the new frontiers of design? Attend Envisioning Design Day (EDD) on June 15, 2024, at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan. This is an opportunity to meet industry professionals, make meaningful connections, and enhance your skills. The day will be filled with masterclasses taught by leading experts and sponsored miniclasses, ideal for enriching one's experience and knowledge. EDD is an event that promises inspiration, learning, and new opportunities in the design field. 

This year, the EDD celebrates its fourth edition. To learn more about the past editions, please visit this website.

Most masterclasses will be held in Italian.

Early bird tickets are now available.

More information...

ShapeDiver's App Builder: Build web applications entirely from Grasshopper

Build web applications entirely from Grasshopper

Grasshopper users can now design and build parametric web applications with the new App Builder in ShapeDiver.

Have you ever used Human UI, UI+, or any of the wonderful interface plugins to build custom interfaces for presentations and sharing with non-technical colleagues? While those tools are great, they remain limited in some contexts:
  • How do you share the user-friendly interface with users who do not own a Rhino license?
  • How do you give access to the application without sharing the Grasshopper definition?
  • How do you make the application accessible through all types of devices, including mobiles?
The new App Builder components solve all these issues at once. They allow the skeleton of a web application to be specified directly inside Grasshopper. After uploading the file to ShapeDiver, you can open and interact with the web application where the interface is parametrically controlled through the logic you defined in Grasshopper!

The App Builder already allows defining all traditional form inputs (sliders, value lists, toggles, file inputs, etc.), as well as formatted text outputs driven by the parametric algorithm and even image widgets. Of course, the online 3D viewer is at the center of it all.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

RhinoLands: BIM for Landscape Design

We're thrilled to announce the release of RhinoLands 6, the latest upgrade to the landscape design solution built on Rhino (8 and 7). 

RhinoLands includes the power of Rhino and all landscaping tools and BIM features of Lands Design with an easy installation and a unique interface.

RhinoLands is used in landscape architecture, green infrastructure, forestry, urban planning, CG art...

  • Maximize Your Project with BIM/LIM
  • Dynamic Terrain and Grading Tools
  • Extensive Plant Database in 3D/2D
  • Dynamic 2D Documentation
  • Enhance Your Design Workflow with Parametric Design
  • Bring Your Project to Life
  • Improved Interoperability

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Foro Fachadas Internacional 2024 ** En Español**

Watch architects Arturo De La Fuente and Donatella Araujo Lefosse showcase contemporary architecture in this captivating video from the International Facades Forum.  

Explore buildings designed by visionary architects who blend art, technology, and functionality. Rhino's digital simulation technology helps architects and designers bring their designs to life, creating stunning structures with innovative materials and techniques. Each facade tells a unique story, transforming urban landscapes.

Digital fabrication is changing the way we design buildings. It allows us to create complex shapes using digital technology and data-driven designs. This video shows how architecture affects the environment and encourages us to appreciate its importance. Watch to gain an inspiring insight into modern architecture!