LaN 2010 Boston workshop sponsored by

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JAN 6 – 9 2010 @ Microsoft New England Research & Development Center Microsoft New England Research & Development Center
The Microsoft New England Research & Development Center is a research and software innovation campus located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts. This campus is home to Microsoft Research New England, Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V), Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs and other product teams from across Microsoft.

FEE $495 professionals; $395 students

LaN is sponsoring Academic workshop participants who would like to purchase a Rhinoceros Educational License. Rhino Academic Licenses are normally  $195; LaN is sponsoring partial cost of the license and offering *workshop participants only* access to a license for only $50 (in addition to workshop fee).

If interest please email with academic verification (see guidelines). Once accepted you will be emailed a paypal invoice to finalize your registration.

LaN invites professionals and students alike to attend a 4 day workshop. CNC PROTOCOL will instruct on the use of RHINO as it pertains to digital fabrication (ie: rationalizing complex surfaces, preparing 3d surfaces for various 2d fabrication methods, creating solid models in Rhino for use with 3d printing technology, among others). Valuable  plug-ins (i.e. RhinoCAM, RhinoNEST, RhinoTERRAIN & Grasshopper) will also be introduced and explored. Workshop features daily lectures pertaining to a range of digital fabrication aspects– machining processes, CNC equipment, precedents, parametric thinking, parametric modeling, advanced geometry & collaborative design platforms.

Wed January 06 1-7pm
Learn the 3d modeling environment of Rhinoceros through a fabrication focus. Emphasizing commands and strategies relevant to machining complex geometries… let us frame your modeling thinking back to design, materiality, and advanced geometry.  Learn what is meant by iterative design, top-down versus bottom-up design processes. ‘Parametric’ vs ‘Generative’. This session finishes with a peek into the week.

DIGITAL is NO LESS PHYSICAL We may not be CNC milling in-house…but you will hardly notice the difference.
Thur January 07 1-7pm
RhinoCAM leads us on an exploration of CNC milling–3axis, 5 axis, 7 and on.  LaN walks participants through machinery & processes, technical aspects of  Rhinocam & of course the design to production feedback loop–machining aspects that drive your design from initial phases. Output is no longer an afterthought.  Rhinocam exercises include 2, 2.5, & 3D surfacing operations. Simulations via RhinoCAM in Rhinoceros simulate machining operations as if we are beside the equipment itself.

Working between 3D geometry and 2D fabrication, session continues with use of Rhino plug-in RhinoNEST.  Also instructed will be the use of scripts for the non-scripter. You may not generate scripts yet on your own, but there’s no reason not to make use of the vast opensource platform that Rhino has become. Learn how to engage with the community and make the tools work for you.

MICRO-to-MACRO FABRICATION From the intriguing aspects of 3d printing to wider scale implications & practices of parametric processes
Fri January 08 1-7pm
Need to 3d print? LaN explores when 3d printing is instrumental. Are you ready to 3d print? The workshop is sponsored by Sweet Onion Creations.  Participants will be privileged to learn of valuable tips straight from 3d printing industry professional & Sweet Onion Founder, Jake Cook. Participants will further have the opportunity to 3d print their workshop trial file.

Think 3d printing concepts apply to modeling realms only?  You will be amazed by current developments on the building scale. Session continues to explore how such tools & technology are driving design process changes. Continuing in increasing scales, exercises utilizing RhinoTERRAIN will have us working on the landscape scale in Rhino.

PLUG-IN Power of being ‘Parametric’
Sat January 09 1-7pm
Grasshopper is a parametric modeling plug-in for Rhino. While Grasshopper is considered a graphical algorithm editor, it requires no knowledge of programming or scripting, but enables designers to generate and control complex forms. This session will explore more in-depth the nuances between generative and parametric platforms (with comparisons to TopSolid). Learn basic functionality of this vast interface and exercises rationalizing complex surfaces through use of non-standard components and panelization techniques.

7-8pm FABulous farewell
Closing session for questions & discussion amidst a final fireworks show of projects of relevance to digital design and fabrication. In hoping participants continue their development LaN will further point all in the direction of our favorite online resources, publications, plug-ins, etc…


This workshop is intended to suit a range of levels– those with no Rhino experience will gain a working understanding of the program and a vast overview of its compatibility and potential to design in parallel with CNC technologies. Those with prior RHINO experience will be able to take their understanding far beyond basics of modeling to precision modeling, integration with CAM, parametric realms, real world examples, & output to 3dprinting / CNC milling.  All will realize how to instrumentally drive design intentions via congruence with machining processes.

*PLEASE NOTE all software programs and plug-ins to be utilized throughout workshop are available for free as evaluation versions.

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