Salamander 3, a new structural modelling and interoperability tool developed by RCD lead Paul Jeffries, is now in open beta and available to download from Food4Rhino. The tool adds the ability to model structural elements such as beams, slabs, nodes etc. inside Rhino and for this data to be exchanged with analysis packages (at present, Autodesk Robot and Oasys GSA).
The tutorial videos below demonstrate how to install the Rhino plugin and utilise some of the basic modelling commands in the tool to develop a simple structure.
A recording of the talk I recently gave as part of the ‘Design Discourse’ series at Imperial is now available on YouTube, here:
Unfortunately many of the animated embedded .gifs in the presentation did not display properly on Imperial’s hardware (computers, eh?), so they have been included below instead – click on each one to view the animation:
SketchPad – the first graphical CAD tool – in operation.
The TRADA Pavilion project from 2012 used numerical form-finding to derive its shape. By using shape functions to apply a dynamic load at each node, a continuous funicular (compression only) shell was found.