Grasshopper Level 1 Online Course

February 14th -16th , 2022
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM CET

The upcoming Grasshopper level 1 course is designed for the professionals who would like to gain a good understanding of parametric design principles and learn Grasshopper efficiently.

In the three-day course, Ping-Hsiang Chen (computational designer at Zaha Hadid Architects) will take you through a journey of parametric design and its applications, as well as the concept of computational geometry. In the next step, the use of native tools in Grasshopper and their relationship to Rhino will be covered.

To provide you a comfortable learning environment, the teaching in the class will be a step-by-step approach. Starting from a review of Rhino 3D modelling principles, and then slowly transitioning to abstract concepts such as data structure, mathematics, and algorithmic modelling in Grasshopper.

Participants will learn techniques such as creating and editing a freeform 3D model accurately, panellisation and preparing 2D drawings and instruction for fabrication. Also, some newly released features such as Grasshopper Player from Rhino7 will be discussed.

After the completion of this course, participants will have a good understanding of parametric modelling principles, understand Rhino geometries and their properties, work with basic data structures, customise a modelling workflow, and work with multiple models efficiently.

Day 1 

  • Introduction to Parametric Modelling and Computational Geometry Principle
  • Grasshopper Basics (Interface, Data Types, Display Setting, workflow with Rhino …etc)
  • Numerical Operation (Series, Range, Random, Graph Mapper…etc)
  • Transformation Methods
  • Vectors and Planes
  • Curve Properties and Parameters
  • Surface Modelling in GH

Day 2 

  • Basic Data Structure
  • Surface Panellisation Methods
  • Proximity Based Modelling
  • Number Remapping
  • Conditional Statement and Expression
  • Geometry Morphing
  • Geometry Mapping

Day 3 

  • Introduction to Digital Fabrication 
  • Data Arrangement and Re-ordering 
  • String, Tag and Formatting
  • Data Visualisation 
  • Dimension and 2D Drawings
  • Data Export to Excel
  • Extend Rhino Function with Grasshopper Player

This course is aimed at complete beginners of Grasshopper and parametric modelling. Thus, no Grasshopper experience is required, but it is preferable to have an intermediate knowledge of Rhino. People from cross-disciplinary backgrounds such as architecture, product design, jewellery design, engineering, fabrication, art and more are all welcome.

Online course fees: EUR 395,- (+VAT); full-time students and university teachers get a 50% discount (proof of status required). Please note, your seat is confirmed after payment has cleared.

Max. number of participants for each course: 25. If there is no quorum, the course will be cancelled 15 days before.

Contact McNeel to book your place today.

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