Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Lightweight internal structures - Two new Grasshopper plug-ins


Two new Grasshopper plug-ins 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 plug-in 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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