Chimpanzee 0.1. initial release

Grasshopper plug-in for Rhino 6 written in ghPython includes components which focus on fractals, chaotic maps, strange attractors, iterated function systems, …

Chimpanzee 0.1. is available for download here Chimpanzee | Food4Rhino

About further plug-in development


I would appreciate any feedback or reports of bugs.

Chimpanzee 0.2

Further development may include Mandelbulb, Quaternion Julia set, hyperchaotic attractors, …

Matouš Stieber


Chimpanzee 0.2 available now

Grasshopper plug-in for Rhino 6 written in Python includes currently 71 components which focus on fractals, maps, strange attractors, hyperchaotic systems, iterated function systems.


Chimpanzee changelog

Aug 31, 2019 – Chimpanzee 0.2

  • Update to add 38 new components including hyperchaotic systems, maps and strange attractors. Additional features and options added including exponent input to Mandelbrot Set and Burning Ship.

Nov 11, 2018 – Chimpanzee 0.1 initial release


I use grasshopper 1.0.0007 and I still can’t install this.
I’ve unblocked the files too.

@koko please include a screenshot of the bug report with more information.

Chimpanzee 0.3 released

Grasshopper plug-in for Rhino 6 written in Python includes currently 84 components which focus on fractals, maps, strange attractors, hyperchaotic systems, iterated function systems.



Chimpanzee 0.4 WIP released


Chimpanzee 0.4 is rewritten in C# (much faster) and works with Rhino 6, Rhino 7. The major new feature is the escape-time algorithm (Mandelbrot set, Julia set, Burning Ship fractal) which enables even deeper zoom (10^-14) beyond Rhino threshold and coloring of the fractals based on the iterations.

Chimpanzee 0.4 includes new fractals Mandelbar, Celtic and Perpendicular Mandelbrot as a Mandelbrot set option. (12)

The exponent enables using negative and complex numbers

Chimpanzee 0.4 includes the Burning Ship fractal from the Mandelbrot set and Julia Set (13)


In what format do these images appear?

There are in gif format. If you have trouble to display them, you can find them on the blog.

No, I mean in Rhino. :grinning:

Why don’t you download the example files? :sweat_smile:

The components (using escape time method) output points and iterations. You can use Cloud Display or Symbol Display to render the fractal. You can save the image via ViewCaptureToFile as jpg, png, etc.

So to clarify… when you create those amazing fractal images that you have posted above, do you create a fractal of coloured points but with a very high resolution and then use ViewCaptureToFile?

And one more question… Do you have an example file for this please…?

I tried to recreate this but couldn’t figure out which component or which settings.

I guess no one reads my blog :pensive::roll_eyes::see_no_evil::sweat_smile: it’s a Mira map component.


I will check out your blog AGAIN to see if I can find more example files and to read more about the Mira Map component.

Ooo, look…

I recall trying this component but not being able to find the right parameters to recreate that pattern as it is in the photo but having now read your blog properly I can see the parameters clearly displayed alongside the image.

I think straying from the tried and tested plugin developer launch protocol of including examples on Food4Rhino that do everything for us and, instead, making us read a blog has been my downfall :smiley:

And one more question… How do you modify the maps with the formulae provided?

The intriguing part of the plug-in is to discover fractal patterns no one has ever seen before.

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What do you mean by that?


I can enter the parameters a,b,x and y but what do I do with the f(x)?

Did you plug the result from the Map component into an expression f(x) = ax – 2(1-a)x2/(1 + x2)?

No, it’s a part of the equations.

OK, so I can’t do this…

with the Chimpanzee plugin?

You can create this image also with the unmodified Mira map for a=-0.48, b=0.9924


Just looking at a reference from your blog… Visions of Chaos… have you used this? It looks really interesting. I’m your biggest blog fan now