3D Modelling Symposium Berlin 2008

Automotive Design 25 Feb 2008
3D Modelling Symposium Berlin 2008

On 7-8-9 April 2008 the Universität der Künste Berlin (University of Arts Berlin) will be holding the first 3D Modelling Symposium for architects, industrial designers and engineers. The event will include Master Classes on 3D modelling advanced techniques.

This 3D-Modelling Symposium, targeted to both professionals and students, will take place in the premises of the UdK Berlin and include three modules: Key Lectures, Case Studies and Master Classes.

In particular, the Master Class Level II will deal with using Rhino 4 as a design tool in the automotive design field, and will be conducted by Jorge Biosca from Sure Design, Spain – who created the Toyota 2000 SR Concept.

In the Key Lectures (45 mins in length) speakers will present multi-discipline applications, mostly, about Formfinding and Generative Design, whereas participants of the Case Studies (20 mins in length) are introduced to unique projects and product implementation.

Master Classes

Toyota 2000 SR Concept by Jorge Briosca (SURE Design)

The Master Classes deepen the 3D-modelling and geometry parameterization skills by experienced instructors in the field of digital modelling and programming.

The Classes, divided into 3 levels of complexity, will use Rhino 3D modelling software, but the topics and techniques covered can apply to different 3D modelling applications.

A minimum of one year’s experience with the software as well as a basic understanding of Rhino’s scripting capabilities are required.

The Master Classes are scheduled for the afternoons of 7 – 9 April 2008, from 1.00 pm – 6.00 pm including breaks.

3D Modelling Symposium - LogoThe number of participants is limited to 20 persons max per Master Class, on a first come first served base. Personal Computers will be provided during the sessions. The Participants can bring in their own laptops and show their project on which they may need consultation or support. Participants can register for and attend one Master Class only.

The deadline for registration: is 15 March 2008. For additional information visit www.3d-msb.de.


  • 3-day ticket Congress (Key Lectures & Case Studies): 240,- Euro (70,- Euro for students)
  • 3-day ticket Congress & Master Class: 600,- Euro

Discount for readers of Car Body Design

CarBodyDesign’s readers are eligible of a 100 Euro discount for the Master Classes (500 Euro instead of 600 Euros).

The discount can be obtained by specifying ‘carbodydesign’ in the ‘URL’ textfield of the registration page (see picture).

Tickets can be purchased online with PayPal or wire transfer.

Below we report the official program of the three Master Classes.

Master Class I: "High Quality Surfacing, Advanced Filleting And Blending"

by Jim Carruthers (Hydraulic Design, Canada)

Concept by Hydraulic Design
Source: "Form vs Shape 3" Advanced Training Course

Jim calls his workshop ‘A Concept Development in Rhino’ where he divides equally his curriculum in the above stated modules. Learn how to create models with a high level of surface quality, including tolerances and the choice of modelling approaches.

Get the best out of Rhino’s surface creation tools and learn how to handle number of typical complex filleting cases and how to approach complex blending situations typically encountered in product and transportation modelling further with an easy adoption in architecture- or conceptual marine design.

Master Class II: "3D Sketching in Rhino"

by Jorge Biosca (Sure Design, Spain)

Both Objects in Marine- and Automotive Design involve mostly complex surfaces, showing both desired and unadvertently reflections due to multilayer coating. Adding the fact that these high-reflective-surfaces are constantly exposed, mostly to a moving environment, any bad modelling or surface finishing will be displayed and noticed as an ‘artefact’.

Jorge Briosca Jorge Biosca (Sure Design) at Euromold 2007

In this course you will explore how to use Rhino 4 as a design tool with application in automotive design. Learn which commands are more appropriate for achieving intelligent and flexible interaction with your designed 2D/3D-sketched model from the very start. See the full advantages of the History Command whilst in the first stages of the design process.

Stretching to the final stage, get hands on strategic curve manipulation in order to overcome unexpected model changes. Jorge’s vital experience in commercial car modelling will reveal the unexpected potential of Rhino in creating correct surface transitions and maintaining surface overall quality at any time. Special exercises will bring the participants closer to a diverse issue, where curve degree and surface complexity need to coexist for the sake of lean and producable geometries.

Master Class III: "The mathematics of Aesthetics"

by Jess Maertterer (DE-DE, Germany, www.rhino3d.de)

Todays eye-catching, organic architectural volumes are modelling challenges that cannot be solved without the creative use of mathematics. Jess has developed custom methods and solved this tasks with Rhino mostly by using its scripting capabilities to the fullest extend. In this class, he shows the other way round.

Rhino Modelling Citroen C3 3D model
Above: Rhino scriptiong capabilities (left) – Citroen C3 model for rapid prototyping – Source: www.rhino3d.de

His objective is the exploration of parametric surface creation for design and architecture. Customizable scripting language coupled with computer-aided-modelling-techniques is used to explore the new role of computation, mathematics and material fabrication. He will introduce some remarkable examples so that the course participants can get an idea of what is all about, further begin to realize the relevance of mathematics for design.

Rather than going through a fixed curriculum, Jess expects the class to interact and participate briefly in this creative workshop both suitable for designers of any discipline.

Key Lectures

  • Special Guest, Keynote
    Mark Burry, RMIT, Melbourne
  • "Bits And Pieces – Digital Fabrication Of Complex Architecture"
    Fabian Scheurer, Arnold Walz, designtoproduction, Zurich, Stuttgart
  • "Free Form Tubular Structures – Geometry Handling And Manufacturing Process"
    Matthias Michel, Universität Karlsruhe, Fakultät für Architektur
  • "Mechanical Geometries"
    Kai-Uwe Bletzinger, Roland Wünchner, TU München, Fakultät Bauingenieurwesen
  • "Realizing Complex Geometries – Projects Nordpark Innsbruck, Mobile Art Pavilion Hong Kong"
    Thomas Vietzke , Project Architect, Zaha Hadid Architects, London
  • "Controlling Freeform Geometries With Parametric Pointclouds" – Complex Tectonic Alterations Of Organic Shapes
    Norbert Palz, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen
  • "Geometries Beyond The Blob"
    Tobias Wallisser und Chris Bosse, LAVA Stuttgart, Sydney
  • "Formfindung: Interaktion zwischen Kraft und Geometrie"
    Roman Kemmler, Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, Stuttgart
  • "Design And Implementation Of Complex Structures"
    Arne Hofmann, Bollinger Grohmann Schneider, Vienna
  • "Analogue and Digital Design Strategies in Industrial Design"
    Axel Kufus, Frank Spenling, UdK Berlin

Case Studies

Submissions for the Case Studies can be made only after you have purchased a 3-day ticket.

Suggested Keywords: 3D, 2D to Production, Digital Modeling, Design to Production, Formfinding, Form Development, Generative Design or similar. There will be an editorial committee which will decide which projects will be shown at the 3D Modelling Symposium Berlin 2008.

The applications must be received by 29 February 2008. All applicants will be notified by 10 March 2008 of the results.

About the 3D-Modelling Symposium

The 3D-Modelling Symposium is a network for model-oriented disciplines in Digital Design, Development and Visualizaztion.

It is an initiative of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christoph Gengnagel, Faculty of Design, School of Architecture – Lehrstuhl Konstruktives Entwerfen und Tragwerkslehre (Chair for Technology and Structural Design) – at the Universität der Künste Berlin and Ioannis Zonitsas, owner of Visual-Dream, authorised reseller and trainer of Rhinoceros 3D software in Germany and Greece.

For more information visit www.3d-msb.de.

(Source: 3D Modelling Sympsium Berlin)

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