VisualARQ railings in Grasshopper tutorial

In this tutorial, you will learn how to work with VisualARQ railings in Grasshopper, how its components work, you will get to know some useful tips, and how to implement the railing with a single click on a given example. The video also covers how to create your own custom railing style in Grasshopper and how to parametrically control it.

This video has been created by How to Rhino, a YouTube channel specialized in tutorials for architects using Rhino, Grasshopper and other related plug-ins.

VisualARQ for Marine design

Even though VisualARQ adds BIM features to Rhino aimed at architectural projects, some of its features can be useful for the marine and ship design industry. These are some of the features that we would like to highlight:

Free-form parametric objects

The option to work with parametric objects, can be useful for some ship and yacht design models, where you can usually need to create curved beams, railings or walls that need to be trimmed or extended to Rhino polysurfaces.

The Grasshopper styles

The Grasshopper styles are those VisualARQ objects driven by Grasshopper definitions. This feature lets you create custom parametric elements. Watch in the video below an example of how a single Grasshopper definition is used to create a parametric seat through a Furniture object style, that can get multiple variations of dimensions in the model.

Quantity take-offs

Since it is possible to create custom parameters and assign it to any piece of geometry, any data stored in a marine design project can be reported in VisualARQ tables. And the parameters of objects driven by Grasshopper definitions can also be listed.

Section tools

With the VisualARQ section attributes, line-weights, hatch patterns, and fill colors can be assigned to any kind of geometry in Rhino when the model is shown in section. And this applies also to ship and yacht design models. In addition, the VisualARQ Section Manager and Level Manager helps you to show the model in plan or section view, and using the Hidden display mode, get the model ready to be printed to vector output and generate the project 2D drawings.

VisualARQ 2.8 available

VisualARQ 2.8 is now available for download.

This new service release includes some new features and fixes most of the issues reported by users:

  • Cloud Zoo support
  • Overhead attributes. (Watch video tutorial)
  • Plan cut elevation to show objects above or below cut plane
  • Bottom control arrow to extend walls and curtain walls

See the complete list in What’s new.

Overhead attributes for objects above the cut plane in plan views

Download it!

This is a free service release for all VisualARQ users and works on Rhino 5 and Rhino 6.

VisualARQ webinar on May 19th

  • VisualARQ online webinar
  • 19 May 2020
  • 10.30h GMT+2

Cadesign base, main VisualARQ resellers in Denmark, organizes this webinar within the 3D Days Online event, where you will see an overview of the “Flexible BIM” features VisualARQ adds to Rhino.
You will see how to work with architectural objects in Rhino, how to produce 2D drawings and quantity takeoffs, how to exchange Rhino models with other BIM applications through IFC, and how everything can be automated in Grasshopper.

The webinar is free but registration is required.

To register, fill the form “Sign up for 3D Days Online right here” and choose the VisualARQ webinar option.

VisualARQ to Parametricos

VisualARQ to Parametricos

We at VisualARQ are glad to empower our users with a new collaboration with Parametricos. Visualize and collaborate with your 3D BIM IFC projects on the web using the Studio | Cloud BIM + GIS by Parametricos.

Watch here how it works:

Parametricos offer for VisualARQ users:

If you own a VisualARQ license, claim your 100€ discount now on the annual subscription to Parametricos by sending an email to and You can register and start uploading your VisualARQ IFC projects at