Image courtesy of LIFT Architects.

Material Resonance Workshop

August 9, 2010
Sam Fox School campus

Rhino VB scripting: Marc Fornes, theverymany
Grasshopper: Andy Payne, LIFT Architects
MasterCAM: Kenneth Tracy, Associated Fabrication

The Material Resonance Workshop is hosted by the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and sponsored by McNeel Rhinoceros. This is a hands-on, intensive workshop in fabrication with MasterCAM, as well as in either Rhinoscripting or Grasshopper. The workshop is meant for professionals with a working knowledge in Rhinoceros; however, prior experience with Grasshopper or Rhino VB scripting is not necessary. The workshop will start from first principles and cover topics from tessellation, components, and connections to part organization, nesting, and labeling.

The platform for the first half of the workshop is either Grasshopper with Andy Payne or Rhino VB scripting with Marc Fornes. The Grasshopper and VB scripting sessions will run in separate rooms simultaneously, and participants will choose between the two sessions when they register. The second half of the workshop, led by Kenneth Tracy, will focus on the translation of parametric and scripted architectural propositions into geometry and programming for direct CNC fabrication. Fabrication sessions will be the same for all participants.

The workshop schedule is as follows; all sessions take place on the Sam Fox School campus at Washington University in St. Louis:

Day 1
Session 1: First principles VB scripting or Grasshopper
Session 2: Surface tessellation, subdivision, and patterning
Session 3: Presentation of projects by Andy and Marc

Day 2
Session 1: Components and frames
Session 2: Connections, tabs, alignment
Session 3: Fabrication equipment intro and work session

Day 3   
Session 1: Unrolling, orienting, nesting, and labeling of parts in Rhinoceros
Session 2: 2.5D MasterCAM programming and fabrication demo
Session 3: CNC fabrication and assembly work session

Day 4   
Session 1: Experimental session Introduction to Kangaroo and other plug-ins
Session 2: 3D programming with MasterCAM
Session 3: CNC and thermoforming tests

The registration fee for the workshop is $400 for professionals and $350 for students and Washington University alumni. Please register by Tuesday, July 20, by e-mailing Kenneth Tracy at