So how would I go about creating such a structural support? I am just completely unsure where to even start? I would think maybe a lot of merging, meshes, booleans and etc. I can understand getting the form somewhat by creating cylinders but how would you get it rounded etc?
The Qatar National Convention Centre (remember to include references) was generated using topology optimisation. See for instance this publication. I believe there are several plugins available for this in Rhino/Grasshopper (maybe do a search here and on Food4Rhino).
Done today I would have taken the scan off the clay model. Then Rhino 7 Quadremesh > SubD. Then Paneling from there. Paneling had a lot to do with value engineering on that project, single curved vs doubly curved panels had to be in the right ratio to meet budget.
I am currently on the Rhino 6 Evaluation trial, I am waiting for Rhino 7 to be released and then I will pay for it. But this insight has been great, I will play around with Rhino and get this figured out. Any other tips?
I’m pretty sure SmartForm doesn’t come with a topology optimisation routine. But perhaps it can be implemented to panelise and cluster the mesh output from a topology optimisation process. But I guess that’s also the question, are you looking to actually topology optimise something, or just model this exact structure, or something that “looks” like it.