Posts Tagged ‘rhino’

Mijail Pikmann and Pablo Goldin

3d printers are a tool that allow to create objects with millimeter precision that can be used as tools or finished products. The only required element to use them is a 3d model that can be create in numerous softwares and must be saved as a “stl.”

For this exercise we designed some simple moduar geometries that can be interlocked in order to understand the possibilities of the machine and have some elements to make abstract models.

Rhino model

In order to use the 3d model it is necessary to transform the solids into meshes.

Mesh creation

And save it as a stl. file

Every 3d printer machine has a different software to transform the stl. file into a gcode that can processed by the machine and also uses different materials that allow specific physical achievements therefore it is recommended to choose the machine before even designing.

In a class with Nadia Kutyreva a 3d printing professional she provided us some material to help us to make the proper choose of the material and the machines according to our design. We provide the contact in case our readers want to explore more on this technique and two diagrams she gave us. instagram

Useful links:

Knowledge base from
Design rules:
FDM and Supports:
Design to print without supports:
Printing process Trouble shooting:
Cleaning the model:

In the laboratory, the machine we chose to use is the Ultimaker 2 Go

The software the machine uses is cura It can be downloaded from the company website

Rhino classes


Equipment | software

Rhino, Grasshopper Plugins – Ladybug, kangaroo, etc.  

Classes goal 

We started to explore the possibilities of Rhino software and Grasshopper in order to create more optimized solutions – perform calculations of shadows, shapes for a particular place. The Evolutionary Computing term is widely known, more related to the programmers tool. The applications out there that apply evolutionary logic are either aimed at solving specific problems, or they are generic libraries that allow other programmers to piggyback along. The final goal was to optimize the Self-sufficient block design model.     The various exercises were during the training period: Solar analysis: A large portion of a building’s performance has to do with how it behaves in relation to its environment, and one of the most important aspects of this environment is the sun. Thus, the way in which a building interacts with the sun, and what this interaction means for how the building performs and the way in which the building is experienced is often of primary concern for the architect, particularly in the early stages of massing and conceptual design. Thus, There are shadow study, which evaluates the extent to which a new building casts shadow on its surrounding area insolation analysis, which evaluates the degree to which a building’s surfaces (for example its facade) absorb the incoming thermal energy of the sun Both of these analyses are very useful in the schematic design process because they can have a big influence on the way the building’s form develops. Likewise, we can use these same metrics within the generative design process to automatically ‘evolve’ building forms that perform better in relation to the sun. Luckily, both of these analyses can also be quite easily done in Grasshopper. Let’s see how we can compute these measures by using a simple example of a building with a variable form and an adjacent park. Galapagos: Galapagos will provide a generic platform for the application of Evolutionary Algorithms to be used on a wide variety of problems by non-programmers. Galapagos is available in the current Grasshopper build. For more information on the concept behind Galapagos, please go the Evolutionary Principles applied to Problem Solving article. Responsive Environmental Facade with Ladybug and SkinDesigner: Final model optimization (attempts): Final model optimization (steps of form making): Personal Rhino modeling:
But the first steps in Rhino were `funny`:

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