Subdivision Modeling

Using Grasshopper and Weaverbird


  • What are Meshes and Subdivisions? What are they made of and How are they different from Surfaces?
  • How can I use a Mesh Object as a component to distribute onto a surface? Now how do I Perforate it or make it Smooth?
  • Meshes seem too dense with Points to edit easily? How can I manipulate a Mesh with a few control points but still have a Smooth Result?
  • I tried to Subdivide and Smooth my Mesh but it looks funky! How do I ensure that I end up with clean Geometry?
  • Using Weaverbird is fun and my Mesh is cool! How do I prepare it for 3d Printing?

Prerequisites + Preparation:

  • This course is suitable for all Creative Professionals: Artists, Architects, Designers, Engineers, Programmers, Students.
  • All experience levels are welcome; however, we recommend that you are familiar with the Basics of Grasshopper. See our online courses for more information.
  • You will need to have Rhino 4SR9 or Rhino5 for Windows, Grasshopper 0.9.0014, and Weaverbird 0.5.99 installed prior to the start of the course.

About the Instructors:

Ronnie Parsons + Gil Akos are founding partners of Mode Collective. With over 15 years of combined experience designing, making, and teaching, Ronnie and Gil aim to provide workshop participants with a fun, interactive, and productive workshop experience.

About this Online Course:

Subdivision modeling offers us a fluid way to create and control complex, continuous forms from simple shapes. Beginning with a presentation on the main principles of working with Meshes and Subdivisions, this webinar will incrementally unpack a diverse set of Tessellation techniques through a series of “live” exercises with Grasshopper and Weaverbird. Additional topics covered will include: how to ensure clean meshes, applying additional detail to meshes through perforation and thickening, and preparing your mesh for output to a 3d Printer.

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