Tuesday, January 24, 2012


For those who aren't all over it yet, grasshopper is a plugin for Rhino that allows you to build 3d models parametrically. You can choose to model the normal way and just let grasshopper calculate the surfaces, or draw every component from scratch in grasshopper. By using number sliders for certain dimensions, you can create fully adjustable 3d models that you can easily change and optimize after finishing the model.

In my experience this type of modelling is normally used to make things like this:

But that said, I know people use tools like Catia and Generative Components in all sorts of industrial and product design fields. So parametric models are probably being used to make boats. In fact, I'd say that if you are trying to design a boat and not using a generative 3d model, then you're doing it tough.

Here's a screen vid of one of first forays into moth design using grasshopper - the parametric wing: Apologies for the daggy commentary and vigorous cursor gestures!

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