Sunday, 16 May 2010

Mesh Inflation in Grasshopper (ETFE)

Here's the first effort at a solver to inflate meshes (controlled by pressure) in Grasshopper.

More examples and improvements to come (note the double sided pillow is not enabled yet).

Grasshopper definition : inflateMesh

And a second definition to demonstrate applying restraints and inflating solids or polysurfaces:

Grasshopper definition: boxInflation

Sunday, 2 May 2010

2010 SEI Student Structural Design Competition

Congratulations to Ben Sitler on being awarded 2nd place in the 2010 SEI Student Structural Design Competition.

Ben entered the competition on his own, against teams from around the US.  He found the efficient work flow gained from using the Geometry Gym Rhino plug-ins gave him an advantage against teams.

Ben has been kind enough to permit me to show his Gridshell design for Jadwin Hall.  These images are taken from his Thesis, Sitler, Ben. “Integrated Digital Design to Construction Workflow: from a structural engineer’s perspective.” Thesis, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2010. Print.