Visual Programming in Rhino3D with Grasshopper
Extend Your 3D Modeling Capabilities With Parametric Design, Data Management, and Generative Algorithms
By Luis E. Fraguada
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2016
Run time: 6 hours 3 minutes

Grasshopper, the computational design extension of Rhino 3D, puts power and flexibility in the hands of architects and designers working with highly complex shapes and surfaces. Use the easy-to-grasp visual programming tools in Grasshopper to create 3D models by creating some user-defined rules and parameters.

These models can be updated by simply changing the parameters. Authorized Rhino trainer Luis Fraguada introduces the Rhino user to the algorithmic modeling capabilities of Grasshopper in this overview of its core functionality, interface, data types, data collections, and custom components.

  • See how Grasshopper makes Rhino 3D modeling workflow more powerful and flexible
  • Master Grasshopper's interface, preferences, shortcuts, and quick operations
  • Understand what a Grasshopper component is and how to make and break connections
  • Master the ability to pass information between Rhino and Grasshopper
  • Learn about data types, component sets, lists, data trees, conditions, and parameter space
  • Gain experience using Grasshopper with on-going exercises throughout the course
Luis E. Fraguada is the Research Director for Built by Associative Data, an international design and architectural practice based in Barcelona, Spain, and an instructor at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. He is also a developer of Rhino functionality for McNeel Europe, is an authorized Rhinoceros trainer, and has designed a custom 3D food printer. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado, and a Masters degree in Architecture and Urbanism from the Architectural Association in London, UK.
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Excellent Tutorial Series

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    Comments about oreilly Visual Programming in Rhino3D with Grasshopper:

    Started by watching the entire set of videos.
    Then went back and did the exercises.
    The just started making stuff.
    Even though I'd fooled around a little with GH in the past I never really learned it well enough to actually use it my work, but with this series I was able to get far enough in about 2 weeks, just a few hours a day. to feel confident enough tackle projects I have wanted to explore for a long time. I'd really like to see Mr. Fraguada do a more advanced series.

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