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Class: City and Technology 1st year

Software: Rhino 6

Material: Plywood

Machine: Laser cutter Raylogic AS-1290C


  • learn how to use Rhino 6;
  • create a useful item
  • size of the item should be not bigger then 10cm x 10cm;
  • learn how to make press fit models
  • learn how to use the laser cutting machine

Idea: The primary goal was to create an item, which will be used at home. At the start, the idea was to create a photo frame with lightning inside. However, some changes were made during the process. In the end, the napkin holder was created.

Preparation: Due to the lack of experience in creating items the first step was to create cardboard maquette. All details were fit, so drawing was made in the Rhino 6.

The second step was to cut designed item by using the laser cutter. Due to the miscalculation, the first problem appeared: side detail did not fit. Connector on the side detail was not deep enough to feel for the squire details. So, the redesign was needed.

Was decided to make the connectors deeper. The final side detail is shown below. The two samples were cut to test the connection.

Finally, details of the item were able to connect without glue, and the item reminded the napkin holder, moreover napkin holder is more useful then photo frame.

DXF files available here:

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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