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Rhinoceros is a Modeling Tools for Designers and Architects

Since its first release in 1998, Rhinoceros®, or Rhino®, has become one of the standard 3D modeling tools for designers and architects.

Start with a sketch, drawing, physical model, scan data, or only an idea—Rhino provides the tools to accurately model and document your designs ready for rendering, animation, drafting, engineering, analysis, and manufacturing or construction.

Rhino can create, edit, analyze, document, render, animate, and translate NURBS curves, surfaces, and solids with no limits on complexity, degree, or size. Rhino also supports polygon meshes and point clouds. Its accuracy and flexibility makes it possible to students to explore and build their ideas without having to spend much time learning “CAD”.

Also, any geometry created in Rhino can be manufactured using laser cutters, milling machines or 3D printers, and this is really what makes Rhino different from general 3D modelling tools based in polygons, where you can create great images, but without manufacturing precision.

Rhino’s open architecture allows using also Rhino as a development platform: a C++ SDK and a series of scripting methods (RhinoScript) allow programmers of any level of expertise customize and automate Rhino and extend its capabilities. Today, there are dozens of commercial plug-ins for Rhino for nesting, terrain creation, parametric architecture, rendering, animation, CAM, subdivision modelling, jewelry, mold design, etc.

With more than 300,000 commercial users and more than 10,000 schools, Rhinoceros allows to quickly develop your designs and accurately communicate them to everyone in the product research, development, marketing, and manufacturing or construction process.

A free Evaluation version can be downloaded at www.rhino3d.com/eval.htm

Latest news on Rhino

Crystallon Workshop – May 15-17 at McNeel Europe (Barcelona)

Crystallon Workshop : May 15-17, 2019
10 AM– 6 PM
McNeel Europe S.L.
Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos
08018 Barcelona (Spain)
We invite you to join us for the next special training session at our European office in Barcelona. Aaron Porterfield, industrial designer and founder of F=F, will lead a three-day Crystallon Workshop.
This intensive 3 day course will focus on understanding and generating functional lattice structures using Rhino, Grasshopper and the Crystallon plug-in. The course will cover the fundamental understanding of lattice structures and their real-world applications, generating the necessary geometry using Crystallon, simulation and optimization using FEA and evolutionary tools, and meshing/optimization for 3d printing and production. The outcome of the class will be not only the understanding of the tools, but how to incorporate them into your workflow and create functional models that are ready for production.

Day 1 : Fundamentals

  • What is a lattice structure? A brief history of crystallography and inspiration from nature.
  • Why use a lattice structure? Applications and industry case studies.
  • Understanding the different types of lattice structures and their applications.
  • Anatomy of a lattice structure and introduction to the Crystallon tools.

Day 2: The Crystallon tool set

  • Voxelization – Generating uniform and conformal cells using BREPs, meshes, surfaces or curves
  • Populate – Populating cells with a lattice and using data to morph between structures
  • Clean up – Trimming a lattice and removing unnecessary beams
  • Modify – Creating a skin and connecting the lattice to the skin
  • Thicken – Use FEA/Optimization data to assign thickness to beams and shells
  • Meshing – Various tools for preparing an STL file ready for 3D printing

Day 3: Application Demos

  • Uniform beam lattice demo (Structural light-weighting – for mechanical parts)
  • Conformal beam lattice demo (Energy absorption – 3D printed footwear)
  • Conformal shell demo – (Structural FDM – 3D printed chair)
  • Conformal shell demo – (Heat transfer – Conformal cooling channels for injection molding)
Course Fee: EUR 795 (+VAT); full-time students, university teachers (proof of status required) and remote attendees will get a 50% discount. Please note your seat is only confirmed once payment has been cleared.
Max. Number of Participants: 10 (If there is no quorum, the course will be canceled 15 days before.)
Language: English

Educational seats are limited. Sign up now by contacting McNeel Europe here!

Online Level 2 Rhino in November

Image credit: Kyle Houchens, The Outside

Ready to take your Rhino skills to the next level? Join us for an online Level 2 course. Our detailed course outline is available here

Our online courses are taught “live” and are interactive sessions. All sessions are also recorded and will be posted to a private class album for your study and review. Videos will be available for streaming up to three months following the class.

Join Proving Ground at ACADIA!

Proving Ground is presenting new research at ACADIA.

Nate Miller’s and Dave Stasiuk’s paper, A Novel Mesh-based Workflow for Complex Geometry in BIM,  is research built upon “recent work in utilizing meshes as an often overlooked interoperability data-structure relative to constructive solid modeling in BIM software.”

ACADIA will be in Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 2-4. Register for ACADIA.

Arq.A 2017 Conference in Colombia

The CPNAA Voxel C&T SAS are hosting ARQ.A 2017 in Medellín, Colombia. At this conference you will be able to appreciate the new design technologies that are being used worldwide like Rhinoceros, GrasshopperVisualARQ2.0, and  V-Ray 3.

Join Leonardo A. Velasco P., Director of Innovation at Voxel S.A.S, who will offer a conference about digital design processes for architecture, from BIM to Generative Design. Leonardo Velasco has experience in production processes and product development in the plastics, architectural design, furniture and graphics sectors. 

Open to the public, free of charge! Please register here!


October 19, 2017    


5:15 pm


Ruta N: Cl. 67 #5220,
Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

For more information, please contact Sebastian Figueroa.

What is a RhinoFabStudio? RhinoFabStudio (fabrication studio) is a small-scale digital workshop, certified by McNeel, with an array of Rhino and Rhino compatible software and computer controlled tools and training. These tools cover the various leading-edge industrial methods and materials needed to design, analyze, and fabricate almost anything.

C# Scripting and Plugin Development for Grasshopper Workshop – Nov 28-30, McNeel Europe (Barcelona)

Advanced Course 
C# Scripting and Plugin Development for Grasshopper by Long Nguyen (ICD Stuttgart)

Nov 28-30, 2017
10.00h – 18.00h
McNeel Europe S.L.
Roger de Flor, 32-34 bajos
08018 Barcelona (Spain)

McNeel is pleased to welcome Long Nguyen, research associate at ICD Stuttgart, for a 3-day Advanced Workshop for Developers at McNeel Europe in Barcelona. 

Building on the introductory course, the 3-day advanced course will focus on advanced aspects of C# scripting and plugin programming for Grasshopper. In addition to going in-depth with Rhino geometries, custom graphics display and Rhino-Grasshopper interaction, we will learn different techniques to vastly improve code performance and significantly speed up execution time (including using multithread parallel computing). The participants will also have the opportunity to kick start the development of their own personal projects under the instructor’s guidance.

Day 1:
ScriptSync: Using Visual Studio as a replacement C# Code Editor in Grasshopper.
Custom graphics display (custom colors, materials, styles, etc…)
Rhino geometries (Curves, Surfaces, Meshes).
String editing: useful for generating robot/machine control codes.

Day 2:
Programmatically interacting with Rhino modelling environment from Grasshopper (including geometry baking)
C# Delegates
Computational complexity: understanding code performance and scalability
Spatial Data Structure: using RhinoCommon R-Trees to accelerate 3D searches, proximity checking, collision detection…
Parallel computation with the .NET Task Parallel Library

Day 3:
Personal project development
(Optionally discuss topics requested by the participants)

    Course Fee:
    EUR 795 (+VAT); full time students and university teachers will get a 50% discount (proof of status required).  Bookings will be formalised once payment is cleared. 

    Max. Number of Participants: 10. If there is no quorum, course will be cancelled 15 days before.
    Language: English

    Educational seats are limited. Sign up now by contacting McNeel Europe here!

    VisualARQ 2 – flexible BIM

    Say hello to VisualARQ 2!

    Asuni, makers of VisualARQ and Lands Design plugins for Rhino, are pleased to announce the release of VisualARQ 2, the architectural modeling software which adds BIM features to Rhino. This release is not only about introducing new features and fixes, it is about entirely redefining industry paradigms by enabling new tools to develop powerful workflows with Flexible BIMTM.

    Some new features include:

    Owners of VisualARQ 1 can have a free upgrade to VisualARQ 2. Tech support and training are available on the VisualARQ support website.

    Exploring Glass with Grasshopper

    One of the finished pieces, a vase.

    McNeel & Associates take a field trip! One of our staff, Brian Gillespie, explored the world of Pilchuck Glass. Tara Broyhill and Brian joined the Pilchuck Glass School as artists in residence for two weeks. Neither person had worked in glass before. They were invited to come to the school to explore how generative design and digital fabrication can be used for art glass. In the process, they studied the texture and optics of hand-blown glass, along with the mathematics of a Voronoi diagram as computed in Grasshopper.

    Initially, Brian and Tara set out to explore four-part molds as a way to make unique versions of optic and pineapple molds. They ended up making a couple variations of roll plates to add texture to their glass.

    The Pilchuck Glass School is a woodland retreat, so the equipment they provided needed to be portable. They chose a Handibot as their CNC tool for their fabrication work. The Handibot was used to mill a roll plate to apply the texture to the glass.