Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Lightweight internal structures - Two new Grasshopper plugins


Two new Grasshopper plugins are focusing on creating lightweight internal structures. 

Computational techniques, new materials, and fabrication processes are joining forces to create strong yet light lattice structures.



Intralattice is a set of open source Grasshopper components for generating solid lattice structures within a 3D design space.


Exoskeleton is a free plugin for creating meshes. It is currently two components: Exo Wireframe and Cytoskeleton.

  • Exo Wireframe thickens lines and nodes into watertight meshes. It solves the nodes using a convex hull and stitches the hulls together with polygonal struts.
  • Cytoskeleton thickens the edge network of any existing mesh into a thickened mesh. The topology of the base mesh enables the production of a clean quad mesh whose vertices are all an even valence. 

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