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Decoding Craftsmanship II (A Two Day Workshop)

September 21, 2017
09:30 - 17:00

Co Cork Riverstick, Ireland

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Member cost: €350
Non-member cost: €

Photo Courtesy of Joseph Walsh Studio

Decoding Craftsmanship II

Continuing a series of conversations that the IDI and Joseph Walsh Studio began early in 2017 exploring how emerging technologies can enable a new form of maker culture.

Advances in CAD/CAM technology has democratised production and allowed designers to create increasingly complex forms at an exponentially accelerated rate. But it has also resulted in a physical rift between the maker and the made object.  The second event in the workshop series will consist of a:


This two-day intermediate level Rhino workshop, exclusively developed by Simply Rhino Limited UK for Decoding Craftsmanship II, is geared toward design and engineering professionals of all disciplines who have a basic understanding of Rhino but wish to improve their overall knowledge and become more confident and productive.


The course contains intermediate level material and begins with explaining NURBS topology in more detail before moving on to practical examples demonstrating efficient modelling techniques, modelling strategy and avoiding common modelling problems.

This course is the ideal step-up for professionals working in the following industries:

  • Product Design
  • Furniture Design
  • Jewellery Design
  • Artists and Sculptors
  • Film and TV
  • POS and Structural Packaging
  • Automotive Industries
  • Architecture and Engineering
  • Interior Design


This understanding is then applied to a number of exercises detailing the creation of clean, optimised geometry and controlled free form shapes. Modelling strategy is covered and examples of where each surface type in Rhino is best suited is demonstrated. Strategies to manage large models are examined along with tips for exporting and importing data. The creation of 2D drawing information is also explained along with a special section on creating STL files for rapid prototypes and 3D printing. Various presentation and processes are also covered.


Trainees should already be using Rhino and have a good basic understanding of the Rhino interface and command structure.


Phil Cook is an experienced product designer who has worked with Simply Rhino for over ten years and is responsible for advanced Rhino training. He has overseen hundreds of designs from concept to production and has trained designers in many leading creative and engineering businesses.

Sean Cowell’s background in CAD goes back over twenty years.  His main experience is in Architecture plus M&E Services Industry and he has been a certified Rhino instructor since 2006.  He delivers the simple Rhino introductory classes, introductory model making classes and on-site training.

Vanessa Steeg is a product designer passionate about digital manufacturing.  She has been working for McNeel the developers of Rhino for the past twelve years as techie and trainer. Vanessa currently runs the Melting Shop where she focusses on creating digitally manufactured products.

About Joseph Walsh

Joseph Walsh is an internationally renowned designer maker.  His work reflects an understanding and sympathetic use of material, an intimate relationship between finding forms and creating structures and a continuity and resolve from concept to making. Based in Co Cork, Ireland, his studio employs an eclectic and skilled team.  They continuously challenge existing practice to realise his challenging concepts and ambitious pieces in an innovative environment.

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