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

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Ph.D. positions at ICD, Uni Stuttgart

Ph.D. positions at ICD, Uni Stuttgart

The chair for Computing in Architecture, led by Tenure-Track Prof. Thomas Wortmann at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) at University of Stuttgart, invites applications for two open positions.

The positions are associated with the Cluster of Excellence Integrative Computational Design and Construction for Architecture (IntCDC) and offer the opportunity for a (publication-based) Ph.D.

Grasshopper skills are a must, skills with C# and/or the Grasshopper – Archicad Live Connection preferred.

Find out more here!

Work with VisualARQ Grasshopper styles in Revit with Rhino.Inside

Work with VisualARQ Grasshopper styles in Revit with Rhino.Inside

This video (tutorial) shows how to work with the VisualARQ Grasshopper styles (VisualARQ objects driven by Grasshopper definitions) in Revit running VisualARQ inside Revit.

This connection lets you work with the VisualARQ parametric objects directly in Revit, which are generated as Revit’s Furniture object types.

This workflow is possible with the VisualARQ Grasshopper components, which let you retrieve the geometry and data of VisualARQ objects and connect them with the Revit components, (available in Grasshopper with the Rhino.Inside tool), and thus regenerate all geometry and data live in Revit, as native Revit Furniture object types.

The “Obsidian Rain” pavilion at the Biennale in Venice | 17th International Architecture Exhibition

The “Obsidian Rain” pavilion at the Biennale in Venice | 17th International Architecture Exhibition


The “Obsidian Rain” pavilion is one of the main attractions of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition, which was opened to the public on May 22nd.
In this opportunity, the exhibition deals with the theme “How will we live together?”, which brings many interesting and multidisciplinary collaborations. 

The “Obsidian Rain” pavilion is a non-standard project designed by Cave_Bureau, using a combination of technologies: FEM structural analysis, Parametric Design, and Augmented Reality. The result is simply amazing and it´s located at the entrance of Biennale Gardens. 

Inside the installation, the ceiling of the cave is created by 1686 Obsidian stones hung on steel ropes with different lengths. The scope is to recreate the entrance of the cave that was laser scanned.

Grasshopper was one of the main tools needed to make this project happen:

“The interoperability between the structural analysis software (RFEM) and the algorithmic modeling software (Rhino + Grasshopper) was crucial. This synergy allowed the efficient management of a large amount of data through an algorithm that updated the FEM model during the various modifications and made it possible to extract the lengths (all different) of the 1686 cables sorted by rows”.

2D Technical Drafting with Rhino 7, new course! (English)

2D Technical Drafting with Rhino 7, new course! (English)

We are celebrating 1 year of www.Rhino3D.Education bringing good education to many Rhino3D users.

As a gift, we have generated 250 coupon codes to use for this new course, “2D Technical Drafting with Rhino” by Andres Gonzalez. The retail price is 29.95 US$, but if you enroll now and use the code: 
2DDRAFTING you will get access to it for free.

Upon completion, you will obtain a certificate of attendance. This course is now available for both, students and commercial users.

Stay tuned, the Spanish version will be ready soon.

We highly recommend enrolling as soon as you can, since the previous free course that we published got more than 3,500 users in less than a week. So, HURRY UP before the 250 coupons are redeemed. 

Just visit the link below and use the following coupon code:
Coupon code: 2DDRAFTING

Please, share this information with your friends if you think they will benefit from this course.

The coupon is available for the first 250 users or expires on July 1st, 2021 (whichever comes first). 

If you do not get a chance to redeem the coupon on time, enjoy 50% off until September 30th, 2021 with this coupon: 2DDRAFTING_50_OFF

Hope you enjoy this free course!

Check out Rhino3D.Education for the latest courses on Rhino, Grasshopper, and more!

Karamba3D online workshop for intermediate and advanced users, July 19–21 (McNeel Europe)

Karamba3D online workshop for intermediate and advanced users, July 19–21 (McNeel Europe)

Karamba3D online workshop for intermediate and advanced users
Host: McNeel Europe (Barcelona)
July 19–21, 10 am – 5 pm CEST

This three day workshop is intended for intermediate to advanced users of Karamba3D. Clemens and Matthew will explore with you more advanced techniques of working with complex parametric structural models through to scripting using the Karamba3D API. You will also learn how to integrate Karamba3D into your BIM workflow while harnessing the power of third party plugins such as Rhino.Inside.Revit as well as GeometryGym.

Day 1 – Refresher

  • Introduction
  • Presentation of building projects
  • Definition of a structural model with shells and beams
  • Results retrieval and display for beams
  • Form finding and structural optimization 

Day 2 – Complex workflows

  • Debugging and Optimizing Definitions
  • Advanced Workflows with Grasshopper and Karamba3D
  • Analyzing models in Revit with Rhino.Iniside
  • Interoperability with IFC using GeometryGym

Day 3 – Scripting 

  • Introduction of the Karamba3D scripting API
  • The ‘Hello Karamba3D’ script
  • How to query model properties
  • Retrieving element results

Course requirements: A prior knowledge of Grasshopper and Karamba3D is strongly recommended as Revit & Rhino.Inside is only recommended but not mandatory. A Karamba3D 1-year licenses for non-commercial use will be provided to the participants free of charge. Rhino 7 and GeometryGym licenses will be provided for the time of the workshop.

Online course fees: EUR 395,- (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers get a 50% discount (proof of status required). Please note, your seat is confirmed only after payment has cleared.

Max. number of participants for each course: 25. If there is no quorum, the course will be cancelled 15 days before. Participants will need to attend the course at the same time as the course runs. 

Course language: English

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

Rhino UK User Group Meeting (May 20, 2021) | Recorded session

Rhino UK User Group Meeting (May 20, 2021) | Recorded session


AURA image ©Astheimer Design

Have you participated in the latest Simply Rhino Webinar and you would like to review it?.
If you didn´t have the chance to participate, you can now see the recorded session!.

On this Webinar, you can see some great presentations:

– Presentation #1 – Astheimer Design – Delivering Mobility Solutions for a Sustainable Future by Carsten Astheimer with Russell Gillott

– Presentation #2 – McNeel – Rhino 7, Design Possibilities by Scott Davidson and Kyle Houchens

The world´s largest 3D printed concrete bridge

The world´s largest 3D printed concrete bridge

The Bridge Project is an initiative of Rijkswaterstaat and the Studio Michiel Van Der Kley in collaboration with the Technical University Eindhoven.

The world’s longest 3D printed pedestrian concrete bridge is being assembled and placed in the Netherlands.
This innovative and disruptive project shows the existing potential between the world of construction and 3D printing.

This bridge of 29 meters long, is entirely built with the aid of Rhino and Grasshopper.

The mix of techniques used for this project makes it possible to create a design with complex shapes, that would be almost impossible to do with traditional construction methods.

“Most concrete constructions are being made with the aid of molds. Molds are not only expensive, but they are also partly responsible for a bigger uniformity. When you 3D print, you do not use a mold.

Apart from these advantages, we use very powerful and unique software that gives us the ability to not just make this one model but a series of models. Models that belong to the same family but are distinctly different at the same time”.