The Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) is offering several online workshops, including a one-week Grasshopper workshop July 19-23, Illustrating Mathematics with Grasshopper, a Visual Scripting Platform for Rhino 3D, taught by Dave Bachman.
As a predominant CAD tool in architecture, Rhino lets you build models using precise construction tools and scripting with several programming languages. It’s become popular among mathematicians for creating mathematical models. Grasshopper, a tool within Rhino, allows one to build objects by an easy-to-use visual scripting language.
Grasshopper code has several advantages over traditional scripting. Most notably, you can isolate a specific element of the model and dynamically interact modify it in a large variety of ways.
Participants in this workshop will learn the basics of model building with Grasshopper. Depending on time and interest, they may explore more advanced topics such as popular plugins to enhance the functionality of Grasshopper (e.g., Anemone for looping, Kangaroo for physics simulation), interfacing with external scripts, and optimizing code for parallel processing.
The first meeting will be held jointly with the Blender Workshop so participants can understand the differences between these computer graphics packages.
The application deadline is April 5, 2021.