Friday, September 30, 2011

SOFiSTiK Rhinoceros Interface

The SOFiSTiK Rhinoceros Interface extends the functionality of Rhino by defining and generating a finite element model for a structural analysis with SOFiSTiK. Geometric objects in Rhino like Points, Curves or Surfaces can be extended by structural information, like cross-section or material properties. The generation of the finite element mesh, consisting of beam and shell elements, can then be carried out from within the program.

Several additional utilities, which will be combined in a SOFiSTiK toolbox, offer the possibility to visualize cross-sections (e.g. for renderings), to show structural properties as annotations or to select objects by specific attributes.

With the installation of the SOFiSTiK Rhinoceros Interface, Rhino will be integrated into the SOFiSTiK calculation environment (SOFiSTiK Structural Desktop), providing a seamless change between modeling, meshing and further calculation steps without having to manually convert data between different programs.

Similar as with nearly all other data in Rhino, also the structural information can be further edited and changed using RhinoScript or user defined program extensions. This allows to extend the functionality of the SOFiSTiK Rhinoceros Interface and customize it to company or project specific needs.

See this new plugin at the Design Modelling Symposium Berlin.

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