Grasshopper Course

The major challenge for Parametric modeling is that expressing design intentions with parameters and explicit functions requires a different way of thinking than most designers are accustomed to. Learning to think parametrically is a hard-won skill, not acquired with ease. Although learning to design parametrically can be difficult, the logical precision can also be enjoyable for designers who like how parametric modeling forces them to explicitly state every geometric relationship.

At Parametric House we are developing a complete Learn & Design System called the “Grasshopper Course“. In this course, we are offering Designers and Architects a complete series of tutorials and Digital Fabrication techniques which will take their design skills to a whole new level!

Latest tutorials

Fabrication Technique 1

Line-Network deformation

Metaball & Cocoon

Grafting

New to Grasshopper? Start from here!

In this Grasshopper tutorial, I will teach you the grasshopper basics for beginners to advanced. First I will talk about the Grasshopper canvas and then I will teach you how you can use the grasshopper tools to produce a smooth mesh model.

Latest tutorials

In this Grasshopper Tutorial, I will teach you how to use the twist command in Rhino 6. I will explain how twist works with a simple twisting Box around a parametric Axis

In this Rhino tutorial, I will explain the Eve Explode Plugin and how you can use it to move objects based on a point in Rhino. This plugin works on Rhino 5 so be sure to download the Plugin and Rhino 5 from the link below

In this Rhino Grasshopper Tutorial, I will model the Bow Building in Calgary. First I'm going to use the plan picture to draw the curves in Rhino and then I'm going to extrude the facade surfaces and panel them using Lunchbox and Weaverbird

In this Parametric Building tutorial, I will teach you how to model a parametric facade in Grasshopper. First I will divide the surface into divisions and then convert the facade to mesh and use weaverbird to extrude the Mesh. finally, the point attractors will produce a parametric building.

In this Grasshopper tutorial, I will model the Bejing Water Cube in Grasshopper. First I will explain the steps we have to take to reach the final model and then I will explain the steps one by one. We will start with a shell box and then use Voronoi3d to produce the results.

In this Grasshopper tutorial, I will model the Camboo Pavilion in Grasshopper and teach how you can model the pipes and the Panels. First I will explain the Enneper surface and how you can use the lunchbox plugin to make it and then I will use the Isocurve technique to extract the curves

In this video tutorial, I will model the confluence park in grasshopper. First I will explain the geometrical constraints of the base polygon of the structure and then I will make it parametric. Then we will work till we finish the surface.

In this grasshopper tutorial, I will show you how you can start with a simple base curve and then scale and rotate it to produce a parametric rotating curve. First, we will scale the base curve from 1 to 0.2 and then we will move it in Z direction with a series and at the end, we will rotate it with a range of numbers.

In this Parametric Furniture tutorial, I will teach you how you can model a parametric chair in Grasshopper by defining two polylines. First, we will draw the polylines and then by modeling the base surface and by using the contour tool, we will make the curves.

In this Grasshopper tutorial, I will teach you how you can model a weave pattern in grasshopper. First, we will model a basic pattern and explain how the curves relate and then we will array the unit to produce the final pattern. Then we will use the distance between the curves to produce the results.

In this Spiral pattern grasshopper tutorial, I will show you how you can use a set of circles to produce a spiral pattern. First, we will talk about how dividing the circles will produce the base points and then by rotating the circles and connecting the points, we can produce the spirals.

In this Parametric Facade tutorial, I will show you how you can use multiple dispatches to produce a parametric facade. First, we will use a simple curved surface for the facade and then we will use the Lunchbox plugin to panel it with triangles. Then we will work on the vertices of the triangles to finish the modeling.

In this Grasshopper tutorial, I will talk about the Voronoi cell component and how you can combine it with weaverbird to produce smooth mesh. First, we will talk about the center point and the neighbors and then by defining the bounding box, you can produce the Voronoi cell.

In this rhino paneling tools tutorial, I will show you how you can use the paneling tools plugin to produce different panels on to a freeform surface. First I will talk about the Grids and how they work in paneling tools and then we will study different paneling techniques.

In this grasshopper definition tutorial, I will show you how you can produce a stair with a base polyline or curve. We will use a stair definition (by forest hell) to produce the results and then model the railings.

In this anemone grasshopper tutorial, I will show you how you can use anemone to produce a simple hexagonal fractal in grasshopper. First I will use anemone to deconstruct a hexagon into its segments and then we will use the "point on curve" tool to extract ...

Latest Parametric Design Videos

This parametric design video is about TELUS Sky, a 58-storey development in the 100 block of 7 Ave. S.W., will incorporate office space, retail stores and 341 residential rental suites.

The first experimental pavilion, realized by the department of Biobased Materials and Material Cycles in Architecture (BioMat), located at the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE)

This is a video about bridging parametric design with craft through algorithmic modularity. The digital design space, unlimited by its virtual freedom, differs from traditional craft, which is bounded by a fixed set of given materials.

The new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home to the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC soccer team starting in 2017, is a state-of-the-art facility that will feature sweeping views of the Atlanta skyline; flexible capacity of up to 83,000 seats; a retractable roof inspired by the oculus in the ancient Roman Pantheon.

ArboSkin is a Bioplastic Façade Research Project developed at ITKE (Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design) ,Institution that has many years of experience in teaching and research in the fields of computer based design, simulation, and production of cladding for buildings with complex geometries.

Diffusion Choir is a kinetic sculpture that uses 400 folding elements to reveal the movements of an invisible flock of birds. Its movements are always changing, driven by custom software running a flocking algorithm.

This parametric design video is about  generative design for fashion. This Fits Me is a system that allows people to design unique and personalised fashion through 3D body scanning and generative algorithms.

This parametric design video is about the future of architecture: 3d printed buildings. 3D printing has the potential to revolutionize the way humans manufacture and build things, from the small scale to the very large. By combining robots with 3D printing, KUKA partner Branch Technology, working with the architects at Gould Turner Group

This parametric design video is about Firefly + Arduino 3d Clay Printer, Fall 2013, California College of the Arts Architecture Advanced Options Studio

This parametric design video is about a robot-built pavilion. This shingled timber pavilion was created by masters students on ETH Zurich's Digital Fabrication course, who developed robotic fabrication techniques to minimise the waste involved in its construction.

As the name implies, Lamina is a laminated constructed staircase, chiefly using plywood. Using the inherit strength of this material, the gently curved underside of the cantilevered treads blend gracefully into the vertical balusters.

This parametric design video was created for the purposes of the postgraduate course "Smart & Bioclimatic Design" at TU Delft, based on a research by Apostolina Karapanou: "Creating a living building, An Approach to Climate Adaptive Skins".

In this parametric design video you can see that researchers at the the technical school ETH Zurich have constructed a unique lightweight concrete ceiling by mixing computational design, 3D printing and prefabrication.

This parametric design video is about Branch Technology and Thornton Tomasetti's Core Studio creating the world's largest 3D printed structure for OneCity in Nashville, TN.

This parametric design video is about Breaking Wave located in the Biogen Idec lobby. Breaking Wave is an anamorphic kinetic sculpture created for our new headquarters in Cambridge, MA by Plebian Design and Hypersonic.

This parametric design video is about LOTUS. Interactive art wall Lotus by artist Daan Roosegaarde is a living wall made out of smart foils which fold open in response to human behavior. Walking by Lotus, hundreds of aluminium foils unfold themselves in an organic way.