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Then as well as our amazing line-up of presenters don't miss the chance to grab a conversation with these STF friends who will also be with us:

Applications are open for the third edition of Ecole des Ponts ParisTech Design by Data Advanced Master® in Computational Design, Digital Manufacturing and Building Technologies opening in September 2018 in Paris. Design by Data is aimed at architects, engineers and designers and it provides attendees with a cross-disciplinary culture of computational design and a comprehensive knowledge of cutting-edge technologies in the fields of parametric architecture, robotics, digital manufacturing and 3D printing for the construction industry. Apply online:

Mirrakoi Ltd. provides ‘augmented CAD’, a technology to simplify organic modeling by enabling augmented access to the 3D digital object. It provides direct and decoupled control of tangents, curvatures and high-order smoothness parameters as well as interpolating control points that lie directly on the surface of an object. Augmented CAD is shipped with ‘Xirus for Rhino’, a novel CAD kernel distributed by Mirrakoi. Xirus for Rhino further includes subdivision, local refinement, the creation of watertight junctions with G0, G1, G2 smoothness control, full forward and backward NURBS compatibility as well as intuitive control and handling of corners, kinks, edges with smoothness and many other features. 
Xirus for Rhino is currently freely available as a WIP (work-in-progress package) and can be downloaded at . New features are included in Xirus on a monthly basis. Examples, video tutorials, and 3D models are available on our website as well as on Mirrakoi’s youtube channel. An online forum for direct and quick user support is also provided.

Working with the community and McNeel, the Grasshopper – ARCHICAD Live Connection was developed to create and manipulate a BIM model in full, or in part, through Grasshopper’s visual scripting interface. Designers and Architects whose work is based on either Rhino/Grasshopper or ARCHICAD get a live, associative and bi-directional connection. Users can build versatile workflows and use the connection in multiple scenarios — on both Apple Mac OS or Microsoft Windows. 

In projects where the design is primarily determined by using the Rhino-Grasshopper toolset, the GH-AC Connection is used to convert the design into a full BIM model while retaining some of the algorithmic editing capabilities. Alternatively, Rhino/Grasshopper (or other Rhino plug-in) can complement an existing BIM project with algorithmic functions at any stage of the design process. This allows the framework or reference geometry for the part designed in Grasshopper to be taken directly from ARCHICAD itself.

VisualARQ is an architectural design software which enhances Rhino by adding Flexible BIM tools such as powerful architectural object styling and dynamic documentation tools which adapt to fit your workflow.

Crystallon is an open source project for creating lattice structures using Rhino and Grasshopper3D. It was developed at FATHOM ( by Aaron Porterfield as an alternative to commercially available software for lattice design. The obvious advantage is the ability to generate lattice structures within Rhino’s design environment without exporting to 3rd party software, but the extended advantages include the modularity and ability to combine other powerful tools available for Grasshopper3D. The decision to release it as open source was not only to share it with the community, but to further the development through its users. We realise not all users will have the same applications and needs, so we hope to receive feedback and improvements from users with unique case studies. Each tool is left as a cluster which can be opened and modified at will, in the spirit of open source. We hope the community will continue to develop and contribute through the use of the Grasshopper forums and Github. (

LICENS3D: Blockchain protection of 3D FilesLICENS3D provides a proprietary content management and file sharing platform based on Blockchain, that hinders unauthorized distribution, proves ownership and protects unrestricted reproduction of any digital assets. The company mainly focuses selling directly to Mid to Large Manufacturing companies offering our proprietary technology as a yearly license.

ShapeDiver is an online platform for hosting and sharing parametric models created in Grasshopper3D. When a Grasshopper model is uploaded to the ShapeDiver platform, it is turned into a web interface including the 3D model along with a simple interface containing the model parameters.

The generated online models can be shared with collaborators, embedded into external websites and connected to custom interfaces for creating completely unique web applications. Uploaded models are safely stored on secure servers and never exposed to users, who only access the interface generated from the models. Registration and use of all basic features is entirely free.

While multiple applications are possible, the main goal of ShapeDiver is to allow designers to easily create configurators for customizable products. Using the ShapeDiver plugin for Grasshopper and the web API, it is easy to connect the models with eCommerce products and to export production data ready to be manufactured.

Register online, download the ShapeDiver plugin or send questions and requests on the forum at

Front is a design consultancy with backgrounds in structural, mechanical, environmental engineering, architectural design and fabrication, with offices in New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and London. Front is a collective of creative individuals who bring specialist expertise to architects, project owners, consultants, and constructors. Established in 2002, Front has since completed more than two hundred built works and participated in the design of over five hundred projects. This includes design at all scales and complexities from high-rise commercial buildings and corporate headquarters to educational and cultural institutions; from single-family residences to condominium and hotel towers; and from historically sensitive additions to the digital fabrication of art installations. In addition to the portfolio of design consultancy work, Front is the developer of the popular Elefront Grasshopper plug-in.

Build your own digital experience! ( revolutionizes your sales, design and production efficiency through a next generation online software-as-a-service platform that facilitates digital processes for everything from sales, design, product configuration, personalisation and customisation, creation and curation of Digital Twins, AR, VR to digital engineering and manufacturing based on modular parametric design technology. The company behind, White Lioness technologies, closely supports organisations from start-ups to market leaders with our extensive experience in developing and exploiting advanced digital customer experience concepts for online, in-store or omnichannel retail or industrial applications, or novel and industry-changing business propositions. reads Grasshopper models, enhances them with a configurable user experience and scales so that they can be used for online use or other scenarios where scalability is required, such as optimisation and machine learning, repetitive data processing (sensors and IoT) and Building Information Modelling.

If you would like to know more about, contact Maarten Mathot ( to meet him at Shape to Fabrication. Or contact us through our website


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