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

Editors:

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

SUPERFRONT Gallery
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





Catmull-Clark Mesh Smoothing For Rhino

13 07 2009

I have written a free C++ plugin for Rhino that allows for Catmull-Clark style mesh smoothing. I always loved the type of tessellation that was possible to create using Maya or Max so I made the same algorithm available to Rhino.

In the link below there are 2 plug-ins one is called “catsmooth” and the other is called “fixmesh”.  Catsmooth is the smoothing plug-in, it is a work in progress so for now it will only work on closed meshes. The other one “fixmesh” will rebuild a mesh to have the minimum number of vertices, this is necessary because some of the mesh primitives in Rhino have extra vertices for some reason. Before running the plug-in check that the number of verticies don’t far outweigh the number of faces, if they do run “fixmesh” first. Once you have run the command unify the mesh normals using “UnifyMeshNormals”.  Enjoy.

download here

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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.

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

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

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WF_094_ workshops factory in Manhattan

19 06 2009

Upcoming scripting seminar will take place in New York City , from  July 22nd to August  12th 2009 – classes will take place every Wednesday  evening  plus consultation online. The seminar will be hosted by Studios GO .

If you have any questions or you would like to sign up for the course please write to Monika and Erik at workshopsfactory@gmail.com with the subject of  “scripting NYC”.





A new member of Workshops Factory

10 06 2009

Workshops Factory has expanded by adding a new member .

Erik Thorson has graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has received a Master of Architecture with an emphasis in digital tectonics from IaaC. Erik is currently enrolled in Pratt Institute and works as a designer in New York City. His emphasis is on the integration of computer science and architectural design.