Future Representation Week 5- Rhino, Grasshopper

In this session we learned how to use grasshopper, which is a plug in for Rhino. It allows you to create parametric curves and 3D shapes by creating a circuit diagram for each of the commands.

To open grasshopper you open up Rhino and type Grasshopper into the command line, this will then open up the programme where you can begin to work.

You place points in Rhino and assign them to a PT in grasshopper. This is how you begin to build your ‘circuits’

Setting points starting the circuit.
Setting points starting the circuit.

We built some complex surfaces very quickly and easily using grasshopper.  Once you have the points you pull out the different commands connecting each circuit to each command. You can also add sliders which allows you to change the numbers up and down to suit how you want to divide your surface.

Modifying the circuits for to edit the surface.
Modifying the circuits for to edit the surface.

Much like Rhino i could see how Grasshopper would be useful but i don’t think i would gain any benefit in using it as i do not really find parametric architecture very useful or interesting.

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