Learning “Rhino / Grasshopper” is hard! Well, it’s a programming language! But don’t panic! We have more than 7  Years of experience in teaching Grasshopper to Architectural students. Want to get started and know more about Rhino Grasshopper? Check out our free tutorials and start learning today!

Latest Free Tutorials

In this Rhino Grasshopper tutorial, we will model a parametric facade based on the Kieran Timberlake's "crystalline cube" for the US Embassy in London. First, we will model a series of base polylines for the modules and then we will define three different sections and loft them together.

In this definition, you can use the Weaverbird's Dodecahedron component and smooth it with Catmull-Clark Subdivision. We will also use the Picture Frame component to change the faces offset distance.

The Splop component Wraps geometry onto a surface. Basically, you can distribute a geometry on a surface by using the Splop component. The Geometry will not be deformed as it is transformed if You activate the Rigid option.

In this Rhino Grasshopper tutorial, we will model a series of triangular panels and change their thickness as their height increases. First, we will define the base pattern by connecting the centroid to the corner of the triangles and then we will use their center's Z component to define the offset pattern.

In this grasshopper example we will use the Parakeet's Quadrilateral Tiling component. This component Generates a Tiling (Grid) based on any irregular/regular Quadrilateral Curve (any Closed Polyline with 4 points and 4 edges).

In this Rhino Grasshopper tutorial, we will model a parametric pattern based on squares. First, we will scale & rotate the square and connect the center to the mid-edges.

Do you want to learn Grasshopper step by step and from the beginning? We have made a series of lessons and techniques which will help you to develop your algorithmic thinking faster! We also add advanced lessons to this section so if you wan’t to be a pro computational designer enroll in our course!

Latest Lessons

In this Paracourse Lesson, we are going to model a series of hexagons which scale based on point attractors. We are also going to study how to fix the cells on the closed Nurbs surface seam.

In this Paracourse lesson, we will model a series of rotating panels which extrude until they reach their neighboring surface. We will use three different techniques

In this Paracourse Lesson, we will use the Kangaroo plugin to show you how to planarize a series of panels. First, we will use Lunchbox to model the panels and then we will use Kangaroo's goals to planarize.

In this Paracourse lesson, we will model a parametric table in Grasshopper. First, we will make a parametric surface and then start to model the walls and ribs of the table. Finally, we will extract the boundaries of the walls.

In this Grasshopper Lesson, I will explain a complete technique about producing parametric Louvers on freeform NURBS surfaces. First, we will study the basics and how we can twist a series of surfaces and then we will use Point attractors to complete the tutorial.

In this Paracourse lesson, we will use the Paneling Tools plugin to cover a Nurbs surface with a series of modules. We will use point attractors to distribute the modules and at the end, we will count each module and export them in different layers.

We also have a library of Books/Articles/Thesis and Universities which are related to Parametric Design

Latest Resources

In this article the authors, Sebastien J.P.Callens and Amir A.Zadpoor review recent origami and kirigami techniques that can be used for this purpose, discuss their underlying mechanisms, and create physical models to demonstrate and compare their feasibility.

The Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) is dedicated to the teaching and research of computational design and computer-aided manufacturing processes in architecture.

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) is a centre for research, education, production and outreach, with the mission of envisioning the future habitat of our society and building it in the present. IAAC follows the digital revolution at all scales (from bits to geography, from micro-controllers to cities, from materials to the territory) to expand the boundaries of architecture and design and meet the challenges

The Computational Design program takes a computer science view of design, applying both the science and art of computing to design problems, in relation to creation, presentation, analysis, evaluation, interaction or aesthetic expression; in real and imagined applications, both perceived and conceived.

The Design and Computation Group inquires into the varied nature and practice of computation in architectural design, and the ways in which design meaning, intentions, and knowledge are constructed through computational thinking, representing, sensing, and making.

In the world today, actual concerns for human experience and climate change obligate professional disciplines related to the building industry to explore more innovative design solutions.

Do you want to know more about Parametric Design? Check out these posts for more info.

Latest Posts

In this video by Boss Laser you can see how to make a rigid material flexible using your laser cutter. There is a way to use laser cutting to create 3D objects from flat materials, and it uses a clever design element called a Lattice or Living Hinge.

Ahmad Rafsanjani and Damiano Pasini of McGill University in Montreal, set out to create a new class of futuristic materials that grow when stretched and get their abilities from the geometries of ancient Islamic art. They could be useful in medical devices and satellites.

A completely new geometric shape has been discovered by a group of researchers looking into the dynamics of cells that contribute toward the embryonic development and lead to the formation of human organs. Lehigh University professor, Javier Buceta, helped discover this geometric shape— the scutoid. 

A team of MIT researchers has designed a breathable workout suit with ventilating flaps that open and close in response to an athlete’s body heat and sweat. These flaps, which range from thumbnail- to finger-sized, are lined with live microbial cells that shrink and expand in response to changes in humidity.

1:1 prototypes (Spring 2012) conducted by Jelle Feringa at the Hyperbody research group of the Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft, Netherlands, invited Matthias Rippmann to teach about designing funicular shells with RhinoVAULT. rV was used for the design of the exciting cut-foam pavilion resulting from the 2 week design-build digital fabrication workshop.

This is a 4D printing video by Pranavee M of 4D printing in action. 5 videos put together showing tests from MIT Self assembly laboratory demonstrating the functionality of shape transformation. Flat-printed structures that, once placed in hot water, slowly folds themselves into another structure.