Monday, January 19, 2015

RhinoVAULT 1.3 released

RhinoVAULT V1.3 new features from BLOCK Research Group on Vimeo.

Intuitive form finding for funicular structures

The BLOCK Research Group, ETH Zurich, announced the release of RhinoVAULT 1.3. The latest, freely available version comes with some neat, new features. Besides many bug fixes, the plugin for Rhino features the following new tools for a more advanced form finding of funicular structures:
  • Include tension elements to create new, exciting funicular structures
  • Set bounds on force magnitudes to more easily control local force distributions
  • Use the new API to hack into RhinoVAULT for your project-specific application
  • Generate triangulated form diagrams for any given boundary conditions
This movie, RhinoVAULT V1.3 New Features on Vimeo, shows an overview of the new features implemented.

tutorials have been added to the tutorial web site.

The plugin emerged from current research on structural form finding using the Thrust Network Approach to intuitively create and explore funicular structures. BLOCK Research Group are constantly working on new techniques and methods, which eventually will be implemented in future releases of this digital design tool.

For more information, and to download RhinoVAULT, please visit the BLOCK Research Group RhinoVAULT website.

The plugin has been downloaded by more than 10,000 people and in 2014 RhinoVAULT won an award in the category Structure / Physics Formation at ALGODeQ, an international competition for algorithmic design programs. 

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