Rhino, Ansys…..Grasshopper.

31 05 2010

This little demo shows the ability to interact dynamically with the plug in in real time allowing for a more intuitive form finding process. Using the c# module in grasshopper I was able to transfer my plug in to make something a bit more playful and interactive. WIP version will be available soon.

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Tarp Release

7 05 2010

WF’s Erik Thorson has been fortunate enough to participate  in this years issue of tarp.  Release party tomorrow night, in the borough of Brooklyn.

This year’s issue focuses on the engagement of digital processes which are currently at the forefront of architectural discourse and practice. Various computational methodologies, such as parametric systems, generative processes, and scripting, all pose questions on organizational strategies, formal qualities, and branding, just to name a few. The work presented in this issue speculates on the significance of these techniques through a critical, if at times tentative lens of theoretical inquiry and practical application.

Essays written by:
Manuel DeLanda, Erik Ghenoiu, Leopold Lambert, Peter Macapia, Hannibal Newsom, Sarah Ruel-Bergeron, David Ruy, suckerPUNCH, Kazys Varnelis, James Williams

Projects featured from:
Annie Boccella, Bureau V, Tania Branquinho, Freeland Buck, maxi spina Architects, Mitchell Joachim, kokkugia, Scott Savage, SOFTlab, Erik Thorson, Eleftheria Xanthouli


Alpna Gupta, Sarah Le Clerc, Marinelle Luna, Hannibal Newsom, Sarah Ruel-Bergeron, James Williams

1432 Atlantic Avenue (btwn New York and Brooklyn Avenues)
Bedstuy, Brooklyn
A/C to Nostrand stop; walk south on Nostrand; east on Atlantic
Friday May, 7th 7-10pm

FEA analysis – plugin. Ansys + Rhino

28 03 2010

Using c# with rhino and FORTRAN with Ansys I was able to create a FEA testing environment within Rhino. This enables the designer to get feedback on the proposed structural system allowing him to make changes during the conceptual phase of a design. This process does is not intended to replace the structural engineer by any means but rather provide information to better the design before ever approaching the engineer. The current plug-in evaluates stress and displacement for lattice structures using tube elements. Surface and solid interfaces are nearly completed and will be posed soon.

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Ansys to Rhino

21 03 2010

This is a screen-shot of a rhinoscript I wrote while attending IaaC. This is a bi-product of the  structural evolution project in my previous post. It allows one to view the results of an FEA test done in Ansys in Rhino. It also lets allows you to 3d print the results in color.

This was the first project I completed using Ansys and Rhino to create an evolutionary structure. I completed this in IaaC last year with Luis Fraguada of LaN

Structural Evolution: Ansys and Rhino

2 07 2009

While I was at IaaC i chose for my thesis to create an evolutionary algorithm which transforms a simple rectangular shaped bridge into a muscular form. The algorithm was implemented using Rhinoscript  and Ansys to create a looping program that would iteratively transform a surface based on its localized stress values.  The script would import the stress data from Ansys via text files and either thicken or thin the form at each of its nodes.


The result of 19 iterations is the form which is seen below alongside of images of the original and final forms.


In the end the resultant form used less material and displayed a much higher and more evenly distributed factor of safety.