Tuesday, August 30, 2016

RhinoVAULT 1.4 released

Intuitive form finding for funicular structures
The BLOCK Research Group, at ETH Zurich, recently announced the release of RhinoVAULT 1.4. The latest, freely available version comes with some neat, new features. Besides many bug fixes, this plug-in for Rhino features the following new tools:
  • Enhanced and easy-to-use form diagram generation
  • Define guide curves to more easily control the form and force diagram
  • Improved API to hack into RhinoVAULT for your project-specific application
  • RhinoVAULT can also be used to design pretensioned cable net structures

If you want to know more about geometric approaches to form finding and fabrication of funicular structures in general, please check out Matthias Rippmann's recently published PhD thesis: Funicular Shell Design - Geometric Approaches to Form F.

The plug-in emerged from current research on structural form finding using the Thrust Network Approach to intuitively create and explore funicular structures.
We are happy that the tool could be useful for students and professionals around the world to realize some amazing projects. K
nowing about your work is very helpful for the development of the software and in general amazingly motivating. So, please get in touch if you have exciting projects made with RhinoVAULT you want to share or if you are interested in collaborative work and workshops (rippmann@arch.ethz.ch).

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