• grasshopper data mining & cnc milling

JUN 5 – 10   

  • evening & weekend hours

Tools are extensions of our brains. The technology that drives sensors has become amazingly cheap thus we’re able to collect massive data in unprecedented ways. This data contains valuable information that will drive insights, innovations, and discoveries. Using data visualization, we’re pairing science and design to simplify the complexity and drive a deeper understanding of the context in which we operate. Devices enable us to capture more invisible data and render it visible to analyze and process further. Self-monitoring triggers self knowledge and self awareness. This new and enormous potential about acquiring data provides potential in  our design explorations and ability for customized solutions.

2 PART WORKSHOP – choose 1 or both parts  

weekday sessions: 6-10pm / weekend sessions: 6 hrs/day tba


$499. full workshop  (register by 5.27 for $399)

$599. full workshop + LaN sponsored Rhinoceros edu license + 1 hour virtual Rhino assistance (register by 5.27 for $499)  *current proof of academic status required for Rhino license

$250.  grasshopper or cnc milling 


current registration options:




Part 1 will focus on the nature of information processing and how it can be used to manipulate data, stream inputs from various sources and use datafeeds to inform geometry or data structures from the very simple up to more complex ones. The aim is to give an understanding of information and data articultion as already a spatial and architectural operation. Results may range from pure data communication protocols, dataviz or data-driven geometries.  

// key topics
basis of grasshopper parametric plug-in for rhinoceros; tracking personal health with mobile apps / sensors; understanding the inherent craft of data-collection; data flow – exportability of sensor data for use in modeling environments; understanding of data management through grasshopper

// session 1
workshop lecture

grasshopper introduction   interfaces, canvas, navigation
components    structures, colors, menu, wires
data flow basics   geometry types, data types
geometry creation    points, planes and vectors, curves, surfaces
data flow intermediate   lists management :   domain, interval, range, series; pre-rationalization:  constraints, range definition, domain mapping, modulation

// session 2

data flow intermediate   conditional operations, data visualization and control (text tags, panel)
data flow advanced   data tree & pathmapping; geometry instantiation (component to proliferation environment);  attractor logics (one and multiple points, curves); informing geometries: colors & tagging
example & case studies

// session 3

gHowl: introduction to plug-in;  data from spreadsheet; data from web;
Pachube:  realtime data
GPS data: import & visualization
Firefly (gh plug-in):  some hints about audio & video data

// session 4

design studio day


PART 02 : 12 HOURS – 2 sessions – 6 hours each

  • DATA MILLING via cnc milling – 
    • Hands-on time-constrained collaborative prototyping will reinforce the notion that we are no longer seeking nor believing in only one viable solution but rather crafting our data to drive iterative outcomes within material & production constraints. Fabrication will exercise collaborative potential + issues while highlighting the creative resolve for time & economy of machining.
    • // key topics
    • Rhinoceros modeling -for- fabrication output
    • smart designing via production parameters
    • generating G code to run CNC milling files via Rhinoceros plug-in RhinoCam
    • basics of CNC Milling fabrication
    • rhinocam / rhinoceros / cnc 3 axis router


Club Workshop Denver’s first open access workshop club, featuring equipment, facilities and training for a wide variety of personal projects and interests; from automotive to electronics, inventing to prototyping, woodworking to metalworking, we are your workshop. Our 16,000 square foot facility contains all the equipment you’ll need for your projects such as: A well equipped machine shop, CNC Router, Rapid prototyping machine, Laser engraver and cutter, Large format printing & vinyl cutting, Auto bays, Tools, Project storage, Woodwork shop, Metal shop including welding equipment, Computer lab complete with CAD Programs & Resource library.We like to say you join Club Workshop in much the same way as you join a gym.. ] special thanks to Stephen Garran

[ Hangar 41 is an architecture and design firm with a broad focus of expertise in creating places to gather, dwell, learn, work and play. Our staff is made up of architects, developers, landscape architects, master planners, and interior designers. We are opportunists and inventors, redefining how to practice architecture more creatively and more efficiently. Hangar represents an organization for today’s market built upon the new principles of sustainable practice, integrated project delivery, and building information modeling. ] special thanks to Ryan Gruver