A Year of Grasshopper Experiments with DS10

It has almost been already a year that Toby and I started tutoring DS10 at Westminster. One of our main ambitions was to link physical and digital experiments so that one feeds the other.

Physical reality is much more than surfaces on a screen therefore students created complex parametric models working as systems linked to many forces (gravity, environment, structure…etc…) and not just finished objects. These very precise digital models allow students to implement what they learn from their physical models, to simulate even more design options and further understand the rules behind them.

To do so, they used Grasshopper and its numerous plugins provided by generous developers. Grasshopper is a graphical algorithm editor integrated with Rhinoceros 3D modelling tool and a 18,000 strong community exchanging ideas and helping each other on the Grasshopper3d.com forum.

Below are most of the printscreens that I used to help the students with their journey into parametric modelling which is based on help that I also received previously. I hope that this will help others to design amazing things! If you have any questions on one of the images, please do not hesitate to ask.

Below is my favourite image: packing balloons on a surface using Kangaroo (with Emma Whitehead)

4 comments
  1. rob-zoe said:

    At first glance I thought you were using Unity, because I saw that little snake chart interface thingy, but sadly not, I am looking for an application that can easily animate Zbrush models, unity is a bit complex, any suggestions? @ WeWantToLearn

  2. Are any of the grasshopper files available for these forms? I am trying to make a parametrically controlled kite arch to save the world from an energy crisis. It’d be nice if I could use them or if you could advise, participate…

  3. Hi Roderick, we would love to help you save the world. Which file do you need?

  4. Abe said:

    Hi, I am working on a project for the homeless, for which I am incorporating inflatable ergonomics. I have been looking for a concept similar to Emma’s packing balloons on a surface to achieve my design, would it be possible for me to check that grasshopper file? I would greatly appreciate it.

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