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Flatworm by jakobl is a GHPython implementation of the pure-python module RFQM.py for generating 'rigidly foldable quadrilateral meshes' (RFQM) in Grasshopper. Flatworm provides basic means of generating Miura Ori fold pattern as well.

The research described in this paper by Sean Ahlquist et al. embeds properties of both elastic textile and bending-resistant composites within a single material structure. This is accomplished through a composite forming process.

Chimpanzee by matous111 is a Grasshopper plug-in for Rhino 6 written in Python which focuses on fractal math and chaos theory. Chimpanzee contains currently 71 components.

This paper by Achim Menges et al. examines the framework of computational design methodologies incorporating material, structure, fabrication and morphogenetic principles for design and digital fabrication of lightweight fiber composite components.

In this paper by integrating specialized expertise across disciplines of architecture, engineering, and material science, authors propose an algorithmic toolset to generate PolyBrick geometries that can be applied to various architectural typologies.

TPS by C.Robeller is a Grasshopper Plugin for the design of freeform Timber Plate Structures. It is meant for discrete structures, built from separate pieces which are connected with joints. The resulting meshes are not necessarily flat-foldable as in Origami.

This paper by Hanaa Dahy, Piotr Baszyński and Jan Petrš presents a process of realizing an experimental structure made from biocomposites which were synthesized from lignocellulosic flexible core reinforced by 3D-veneer layers.

This paper by Ionuţ Anton and Daniela Tănase will discuss the implications of parametric modeling and energy analysis in architectural design and will present the authors research in developing architectural forms using computational design tools.

This research by Hong-Cing Tung and Pei-Hsien Hsu is to compile an algorithm for creating origami forms with developability and flat-foldability on the target surface by generating a Miura-ori tessellation from the geometric of the target surface.

In this article by Kenneth Tracy et al. a design framework is presented for creating self-supporting membrane tensegrity shell structures with spatial openings, enabled by novel reciprocally tessellated strut configurations.

This paper presents a novel generative model that can create functional and expressive geometries by evolving volumetric gradient patterns. Using three case studies, authors demonstrate the key advantages of their approach.

Intralattice by dnkrtz, is a plug-in for Grasshopper used to generate solid lattice structures within a design space. It was developed as an extensible, open-source alternative to current commercial solutions, such as Within.

Although initially intended for academic purposes, this paper by Roberto Narváez-Rodríguez and José Antonio Barrera-Vera was finally led towards the development of hollow lightweight conical components to materialise rotational parabolic domes.

Cocoon by David Stasiuk is an add-on to McNeel’s Grasshopper visual scripting interface for Rhinoceros. Cocoon is a fairly straightforward implementation of the Marching Cubes algorithm for turning iso-surfaces into polygonal meshes.

This paper by Achim Menges, Jan Knippers et. al. pursues the development and construction of a robotically fabricated, lightweight timber plate system through a biologically informed, integrative computational design method.

Curved-line folding is the act of folding a flat sheet of material along a curved crease pattern in order to create a three-dimensional shape. The pavilion presented in this paper by Stijn Brancart et al. integrates this principle in a kit-of-parts system.

Mesh NGon Methods for Grasshopper and Rhino 6 by petras_vestartas: NGon Create, Vertex, Edge, Face Adjacency queries, Subdivide, Planarize, Transform, Utilities. Essentially it is a plug-in for polygonal meshes.

This paper by Gernot Riether and Knox Jolly is about the fabrication process of the DesCours pavilion. The construction process will be used to show how parametric software, such as Grasshopper can inform fabrication and material systems.

Making use of Grasshopper uto developed an interface named GECO, which offers a direct link between Rhino/Grasshopper models and Ecotect. The Plugin allows you to export complex geometries very quickly and evaluate your design in Ecotect.

The first part of this paper by Achim Menges focuses on the explanation of the theoretical framework of ICD’s approach to design computation, which finds its conceptual roots in the integrative processes of biological becoming.

This research by David Stephen Panya, Taehoon Kim and Seungyeon Choo aims to analyze the motion aspect of interactive facades design and simplify the conceptual and performance design process through parametric strategies.

Crystallon by aporterfield is an open source project for creating lattice structures using Rhino and Grasshopper3D. Each tool is left as a cluster which can be opened and modified at will, in the spirit of open source.

This paper by Jane Scott describes the framework behind the development of a series of knitted prototypes inspired by the biomimetic model of the hygromorph. Three moisture responsive pieces are described which use properties of wood veneer.

This paper by Pamela Dychengbeng Chua and Lee Fu Hui presents an innovative approach to the design and fabrication of three-dimensional objects from single-piece flat sheets, inspired by the origami technique of twist-closing.

This article by Ryan Luke Johns and Nicholas Foley, illustrates a materially efficient technique for designing and fabricating freeform surfaces within the constraints of irregular wood flitches. The process utilizes a robotically operated bandsaw.

Fox by petras_vestartas includes series of algorithms for Graphs, Aggregations, Iso-surfaces. It was developed for Aggregation and Graph-Based Modelling Workshop at Vilnius Academy of Arts (VAA).

This paper by Jorge Christie introduces a novel approach for generating self-forming textile hybrid structures based on the actuation of pre-stressed textiles with in-space robotic 3D printing.

This paper by Ying Wang and and Florian Heinzelmann demonstrates the work on a kinetic mirror façade, which is able to reflect the daylight via mirrors in order to convey messages.

The focus of this project by Evelina Kourteva and Dermott Mc Meel is to investigate ‘digital design’ through the juxtaposition of a human driven and digitally supported creative process.

Panther by Panther Technologies combines the most versatile Jewelry Builders with an Interactive Gallery bringing premeditated parts to go into construction of a complete final piece.

This paper by Andrew Payne proposes the use of a new set of software tools, called Firefly, paired with a low-cost five-axis robotic motion controller.  This serves as a new means for customized tool path creation and realtime evaluation of parametric designs.

4D Noise component by giulio@mcneel.com creates Perlin and Simplex noise. This add-on forms smooth 4D Perlin noise and Simlex noise, two very well-known smooth noise functions investigated by Ken Perlin.

This paper by Roberto Naboni and Luca Breseghello presents a computationally based methodology arising from the application of weaving techniques for the design and construction of an experimental architectural system, Weaving Enclosure.

This article by Simon Schleicher, Andrew Rastetter, Riccardo La Magna, Andreas Schönbrunner, Nicola Haberbosch and Jan Knippers, investigates the form-finding and design potentials of bending-active plate structures.

The aim of this study by Jolanta Dzwierzynska and Aleksandra Prokopska is to develop an original, methodical and practical approach to the early stages of parametric design of roof shells formed by repetitive modules of Catalan surfaces.

Parakeet by Esmaeil is a collection of components focusing in Algorithmic Pattern Generation; it offers a Unique and easy-to-use approach that Generates Geometrical and Natural Patterns/Networks.

This paper by Jan-Ruben Fischer describes which adjustments to the original design were required to take the step from “digital physicality” to “physical digitality” to realize a constructive and economically successful implementation.

This paper by Christian Lange and Donn Holohan attempts to revitalize the material system of the brick special through the development of an intelligent 3d printing method that works in conjunction with a layman assembly procedure for self-supporting brick structures.

Wallacei (which includes Wallacei Analytics and Wallacei X) is an evolutionary multi-objective optimization engine that allows users to run evolutionary simulations in Grasshopper 3D.

Performance Software Approaches for Kinetic Architecture: Programmable Matter Based Simulations by Nelson Montás Laracuente is an investigation concerning kinetic architecture design software support that will be used to simulate behavior of shape memory materials.

Pufferfish by ekimroyrp is a set of 305 components which focuses on Tweens, Blends, Morphs, Averages, Transformations, & Interpolations. Pufferfish mainly uses parameters and factors for inputs for more custom control over operations like tweens.

The purpose of this paper by Giulia Curletto is to provide a guideline to design Origami structures using parametric methodology and to describe drawing and structural analysis steps applied to two specific cases: Waterbomb and Yoshimura Origami.

Dendro by ryein is a volumetric modeling plug-in for Grasshopper built on top of the OpenVDB library. It provides multiple ways to wrap points, curves, and meshes as a volumetric data type.

This paper by Sina Mostafavi, Henriette Bier, Serban Bodea and Maria Anton discusses the development of an informed Design-to-Robotic-Production (D2RP) system for additive manufacturing.

In this article by Asli Agirbas which presents a particular course, it was intended that all stages should be experienced, from the modeling in the virtual environment to the digital fabrication.

This paper by Dr Thomas Scelo describes the collaborative approach to develop a single algorithm for both acoustic and architectural form generation.

This research by Francisco Gonzalez-Quintial and Andres Martin-Pastor is mainly focused on the development of a system that would be able to offer the potentiality of constructing free-form surfaces by using developable surfaces.

In this paper by Johannes Braumann and Sigrid Brell-Cokcan, authors will discuss existing methods of programming industrial robots, published architectural results (Gramazio and Kohler) and the design of a new user interface.

This paper by Lenka Kormaníková, Eva Kormaníková and Dušan Katunský describes adaptive materials and structures used in architecture. An adaptive shape is designed and analyzed using algorithmic plug-in Grasshopper.

This article by Marcin Giedrowicz will talk about the Bridge Pavilion in Zaragoza, 30 St Mary Axe in London,  Al Bahar Towers in Abu Dhabi,  City of Culture of Galicia in Santago De Compostela, Free Railway International Competition in Posen.

This paper by the group of Gramazio Kohler Research at ETH Zurich, presents a novel approach to non-standard timber assembly – Robotic Timber Construction (RTC) – where robotic fabrication is used to expand additive digital fabrication techniques towards industrial full scale dimensions.

This research by Scott Macri creates a useful primer for designing rigid-thick origami structures by simplifying and organizing existing knowledge on rigid-thick origami into a more accessible format for designers and architects.

This research presents a solution for evaluation of kinetic facades system performance via experiences and lessons learnt from experiments. Authors bridge between architects and engineers to address limitations associated with incorporating performance criteria in the design of kinetic facades.

The paper by Roberto Naboni and Lorenzo Mirante investigates the potential of auxetics in architectural applications by means of computational design and additive manufacturing. This class of metamaterials expresses interesting behaviour related to the unusual characteristics of a negative Poisson’s ratio.

This paper by Mohammad Kouchaki, Mohammadjavad Mahdavinejad, Parastoo Zali and Shahab Ahmadi, investigates innovative implementation of bricks in kinetic architecture.

This thesis by Mahzad Tashakori describes the development of a computer controlled sun-tracking device model that aims at improving the environmental performance of a building facade system. During the process, advanced computational modeling and simulation tools, such as Grasshopper and Ecotect, were utilized.

In this article Heike Matcha and Ante Ljubas employ the possibilities of parametric modeling software and customized mass production machinery to develop a design for adaptable multifunctional temporary medium size buildings made from recyclable lightweight materials and build a prototype from cardboard.

This thesis by Xiangru Chen is to design a mix-use pavilion, which detects occupancy and lighting/temperature conditions, and then transforms its structure in shape and scale to satisfy the spatial demands for the use.

Researchers at Hasso Plattner Institute demonstrate metamaterial objects that perform a mechanical function. Such metamaterial mechanisms consist of a single block of material the cells of which play together in a well-defined way in order to achieve macroscopic movement.

This paper by Wissam Wahbeh will discuss the recent use of parametric design tools as Grasshopper and DynamoBIM within BIM process. Furthermore, how the geometrical solutions could be arranged to optimize the interactivity of the final models.