The BLOCK Research Group, ETH Zurich, is happy to announce the release of RhinoVAULT v1.0. The new, freely available version comes with additional features and a much faster solver. Besides many bug-fixes, the plug-in for Rhinoceros® features new tools for a more interactive and intuitive form finding of funicular structures. This movie shows an overview of the new features implemented:
Funicular Form Finding
The Rhinoceros ® Plug-In RhinoVAULT emerged from current research on structural form finding using the Thrust-Network-Approach to intuitively create and explore compression-only structures. Using reciprocal diagrams, it provides an intuitive, fast method, adopting the same advantages of techniques such as Graphic Statics, but offering a viable extension to fully three- dimensional problems.
Our goal is to share key aspects of our research in a comprehensible and transparent setup to let one not only create beautiful shapes but also to give the user an understanding of the underlying structural principles.
The development of RhinoVAULT is currently supported by the BLOCK Research Group at ETH Zurich. It is shared freely in the hope that you will enjoy it and use it for original and creative work. It can be freely shared and used for academic and commercial purposes, but with proper attribution: http://block.arch.ethz.ch/brg/tools/rhinovault/disclaimer