Exploring parametric design is easier with our free Rhino Grasshopper tutorials and scripts. They’re great for beginners to grasp foundational concepts.

For a more comprehensive learning experience, consider Paracourse. It offers over 250 lessons, 1300 example files, and tutorials explaining how each component works.

## Rhino Grasshopper Tutorials & Scripts

#### Metaball Course

In this Grasshopper course, you will learn how to use the Metaball component in seven different design situations.

#### Cloth Simulation

In this Grasshopper Kangaroo tutorial, you can learn how to collide a mesh with a solid and the ground to model a cloth simulation.

#### Field Basics

In this grasshopper tutorial for beginners we are going to take a look at Fields and how to use it to generate a series of parametric curves.

#### Kangaroo Mesh

In this Rhino Grasshopper tutorial for beginners, you can learn how to model a relaxed mesh by defining two curves.

#### Contour Techniques

In this Grasshopper contour tutorial, we will learn how to extract a series of solids from a part of a mesh by defining the direction and length with a single line.

#### Parametric Pattern

In this Grasshopper tutorial, you can design a parametric facade with a 2D pattern that changes relative to a point attractor.

#### Diagonalize tower

In this Grasshopper Kangaroo tutorial, we will learn how to model a parametric tower by defining two curves and then diagonalizing the mesh.

#### MERO Joint

In this Grasshopper tutorial, you can develop a parametric MERO joint with details for conic connections, sleeve parts, and pipes. Finally, we will project it for documentation purposes

#### Shifted Floors

In this Grasshopper Architecture tutorial, we will model a parametric building by defining a deformed rectangular plan and combining the floors and roofs of each level.

#### Kangaroo Tensile

In this Grasshopper Kangaroo tutorial, we will use the EdgeLengths component to design a simple tensile structure.

#### Grasshopper Anemone

In this Grasshopper Anemone tutorial, we will use a series of circles to design a parametric Radial Diamond pattern in the XY plane.

#### Parametric Wall

In this short Grasshopper tutorial, we will examine an algorithm with which you can generate parametric wall sections by defining point attractors.

#### Ellipse Bridge

In this Grasshopper tutorial, we will model a parametric bridge with a series of ellipses and extract the deck curve for further visualization.

In this Grasshopper tutorial for beginners, we are going to model a parametric dome from a hemisphere by defining cutting curves.

#### 2D Aggregation

In this Rhino Grasshopper Parakeet tutorial, we are going to use the 2D Aggregation component to design a parametric building.

#### Planar Ngon

In this Rhino Grasshopper Kangaroo tutorial, we are going to planarize a series of ngon meshes using the CoPlanar component in the Kangaroo plugin.

#### Kangaroo Voronoi

In this Grasshopper tutorial for beginners you will learn how to make a series of Voronoi cells inside a rectangle by relaxing the cells with the Kangraoo plugin.

#### Parametric Cup

In this Rhino Grasshopper tutorial you will learn how to model a parametric cup by using the Dendro and Pufferfish Plugins.

#### Dispatch & Patch

In this Rhino Grasshopper Tutorial we will learn how to model a parametric surface with Graph Mapper & Patch , split the surface with contour curves and then divide the result in two different layers of sub-surfaces.

#### Hemisphere Trim

In this Rhino Grasshopper tutorial, we're going to explore how to trim a hemisphere with a parametric boundary and divide them into two sets of polysurfaces.

#### Truss From Surface

In this Rhino Grasshopper tutorial for beginners, we are going to learn how to model a parametric truss from a nurbs surface.

#### Tower By Sections

In this Rhino Grasshopper tutorial for beginners you can learn how to use the pufferfish plugin to deisgn a parametric tower.

#### Anemone Polyline

In this Grasshopper tutorial we will take a look at how we can design a parametric shelf with controllable lengths and heights.

#### Curve Strips

In this Rhino Grasshopper Tutorial you can learn how to use the construct plane to convert a curve into a series of perpendicular strips.

#### Pipe variable

In this Rhino Grasshopper Tutorial You can learn how to convert a pipe Variable surface to a triangular mesh.

#### Nurbs Strips

In this Rhino Grasshopper Tutorial You can learn how to convert a Nurbs surface into a series of strips and connect them with pins.

#### Kangaroo Shelves

In this Rhino Grasshopper Kangaroo Tutorial You can learn how to divide a rectangle by using the grab component in Kangaroo.

#### Rectangular Dash

In this Grasshopper tutorial you can learn how to convert a curve into a series rectangles with a dash pattern.

#### Parametric Structure

In this Rhino Grasshopper tutorial you can learn how to make a parametric structure between two set of lines and control some of the details for the connection.

#### Mesh Grouping

In this Rhino Grasshopper Mesh tutorial you will learn how to divide the faces of a mesh into a series of groups and color them differently.

#### Polygon Fold

In this Grasshopper Anemone tutorial you will learn how to parametrically unfold a polygon by simply defining a number slider.

#### Parametric Frame

In this Grasshopper tutorial we will design a parametric frame from scratch by only defining a simple line.

#### Tapering Tower

In this grasshopper tutorial you can model a parametric tower using the "Taper" component and by defining the height of the different modules.

#### Data visualization

In this Grasshopper Kangaroo tutorial you can visualize a parametric freeform number slider and use it to twist a tower.

#### Random Spheres

In this grasshopper Anemone tutorial you can generate random spheres on a curve by creating a loop and using the random component.

#### Curves to Truss

In this grasshopper Tutorial, you can learn how to design a parametric truss using two curves and the number of divisions.

#### Bending Rod

In this grasshopper kangaroo tutorial, we will learn how to bend a rod easily by defining the start and the end points and vectors.

#### Collide Lines

In this grasshopper kangaroo tutorial you can learn how to make a parametric pattern using the sphere collide and length(Line) component.

#### Planthopper Gears

In this grasshopper example file, you can use the Planthopper plugin to design a series of parametric gears.

#### Circular Joint

In this grasshopper tutorial, we will learn how to convert a triangular mesh to a series of panels and circular joint connections.

#### Voxelized Mesh

In this grasshopper tutorial, we will learn how to convert a mesh into a series of voxelized boxes.

#### Counting Curves

In this Grasshopper Tutorial, we learn how to find and count the different types of curves used in a series of curves and visualize them.

#### Text on Surface

In this Grasshopper Tutorial, we will take a look at an example file in which you can learn how to model a parametric text on a surface by using the Ngon plugin and the Splop component.

#### Galapagos Form Generator

In this Grasshopper Galapagos Tutorial, you can learn how to design a parametric form engine by recording the different shapes generated by Galapagos.

#### Mesh+ Box Component

In this Grasshopper Mesh+ Tutorial, you can learn how to use the Box component combined with the Catmull Clark component from the Mesh+ plugin.

#### Path Optimization

In this rhino grasshopper tutorial, you will learn how to use the Galapagos component to optimize the length of a path between two points.

#### Sine Wave Surface

In this rhino grasshopper tutorial, you will learn how to generate a sine wave pattern on a NURBS surface using an amplitude and a frequency parameter.

#### Random Rotated Boxes

In this Rhino Grasshopper tutorial, you will learn how to generate parametric Random boxes with their top faces rotated in two directions.

## Mastering 3D Design: Explore Rhino Grasshopper Tutorials

Introduction: Revolutionize Your Design Process with Rhino Grasshopper

Rhino Grasshopper is a game-changer in 3D modeling and design. This visual programming tool reshapes how designers approach parametric and algorithmic design. By setting rules and parameters, Grasshopper automates adjustments, freeing designers from manual tasks.

Key Features of Rhino Grasshopper:

1. User-Friendly Interface: Ideal for those without deep coding knowledge, Grasshopper’s interface lets designers script 3D models visually, with immediate updates for every parameter change.
2. Parametric and Algorithmic Design: Simplify complex design workflows. Grasshopper is essential for creating intricate structures and forms, impossible to achieve manually.
3. Bridging Software and Hardware: Directly transfer parametric designs to production machinery, seamlessly linking computational design with digital fabrication.

• Architecture and Engineering: Grasshopper is pivotal for designing optimized buildings, dynamic facades, and responsive structures.
• Industrial Design: From jewelry to furniture and packaging, Grasshopper aids in creating functional yet aesthetically appealing designs.
• Art: Artists employ Grasshopper to create unique sculptures, paintings, and animations, pushing the boundaries of traditional art forms.

Why Choose Grasshopper 3D?

• Visual Programming: Drag-and-drop components to design complex structures effortlessly.
• Parametric Design Experimentation: Explore a multitude of design possibilities and optimize effortlessly.
• Interactive Visualization: Instantly see the impact of your design changes, enabling swift iterations.

Grasshopper 3D is more than a tool for architects; it’s a comprehensive platform for designers, artists, and hobbyists to innovate and interact with the digital design world.

Rhino Grasshopper’s capabilities

Rhino Grasshopper offers a range of capabilities that make it a powerful tool for architects, designers, and engineers. Here are some of its key features:

1. Algorithmic Modeling: Grasshopper allows users to create complex models by defining a series of algorithmic steps, enabling a level of precision and control that is difficult to achieve with traditional modeling techniques.
2. Parametric Design: One of the most powerful aspects of Grasshopper is its ability to facilitate parametric design. This means that you can define certain parameters (like dimensions, angles, and distances) and Grasshopper will automatically adjust the model when these parameters change.
3. Customizable Components: Grasshopper offers a wide range of pre-built components for tasks like creating geometries, modifying shapes, and controlling data. Users can also create their custom components.
4. Interactive and Dynamic Modeling: Models in Grasshopper are interactive and update in real time as you change parameters, providing immediate visual feedback.
5. Integration with Rhino: Grasshopper is tightly integrated with Rhino, meaning that models created in Grasshopper can be easily used and manipulated in Rhino.
6. Data Visualization and Analysis: Grasshopper can be used for data visualization and analysis, which is particularly useful in fields like environmental analysis and structural optimization.
7. Extensibility through Plugins: There are numerous plugins available for Grasshopper, expanding its functionality to include things like environmental analysis, structural analysis, and advanced geometry operations.
8. Collaboration and Sharing: Grasshopper’s file format allows for easy sharing of scripts, making collaboration easier among team members or in educational settings.
9. User Community and Resources: There is a strong community of Grasshopper users who share tutorials, scripts, and advice, making it easier for newcomers to learn and for professionals to expand their skills.

These capabilities make Grasshopper a versatile tool for anyone working in 3D modeling, design, and engineering, providing a platform for creating complex, parametrically controlled models and designs.

Rhino Grasshopper components and canvas

Rhino Grasshopper’s user interface mainly revolves around the canvas and its components, which are crucial for creating and manipulating algorithmic designs.

Canvas

The Grasshopper canvas is the primary workspace where you create and edit your algorithmic models. It’s a visual programming environment where you drag and drop components and connect them with wires to define relationships and flows of data.

• Intuitive Layout: The canvas is designed to be intuitive, allowing users to visually map out their designs and logic.
• Zoom and Pan: You can easily zoom in and out or pan across the canvas, which is helpful when working with complex models.
• Wire Connections: The wires show data flow between components. These connections are what drive the parametric relationships in your design.

Components

Components are the building blocks of Grasshopper scripts. Each component performs a specific function, from creating basic geometry to complex mathematical operations.

• Categories: Components are organized into various categories like ‘Params’, ‘Math’, ‘Sets’, ‘Vector’, ‘Curve’, etc., each serving different functions.
• Input and Output: Components have inputs (on the left) and outputs (on the right). You connect the output of one component to the input of another to create a flow of data.
• Color-Coded: Components are color-coded based on their category, making it easier to navigate and understand your script.
• Customizable: You can adjust the parameters within each component to change how they behave.

Typical Workflow on the Canvas

1. Adding Components: You start by dragging components from the toolbar onto the canvas.
2. Connecting Components: By drawing wires between components, you define the flow of data and relationships between different parts of your model.
3. Adjusting Parameters: Double-clicking on a component allows you to adjust its parameters, thereby altering its behavior and the outcome of the connected components.
4. Previewing Results: As you build and connect components, the results are dynamically updated and previewed in the Rhino viewport.
5. Organizing the Canvas: For complex scripts, you can group components and label them for better organization and readability.

Tips for Using Grasshopper Canvas

• Understand the Data Tree Structure: Grasshopper handles data in a tree structure, which can be complex but offers powerful ways to manage and manipulate data.