Links Used

December 12, 2008

Scripting Sites








How to Import from Rhino to Revit

December 10, 2008



Great Success (for real this time)

December 5, 2008

Since our method of placing a family in Revit was unsuccessful the first time, we decided to start from scratch in Rhino again.  Instead of cutting multiple voids out of a solid rectangle, we only used one void.  This would simplify the process down so we could figure out why Revit was not cooperating.  We followed the same steps as before, and were successful in importing this object as a family in a Revit Project file.

Finished mass in Rhino

Finished mass in Rhino

Once this family was loaded into a Project file, we modified the mass into an actual wall.  It only needed one face of the object to do this, so we could further simplify our process by only importing a Face from Rhino to Revit.  We decided to use our previous scripting pattern again, but now only using it with a face instead of a solid object.


The scripting pattern, which was now applied to a face, successfully loaded into revit and we proceeded to change it’s properties to an actual wall, that connects with other walls and has voids that reflect the scripting pattern we created in Rhino.

Scripted pattern successfully changed into a wall that functions with other walls.

Scripted pattern successfully changed into a wall that functions with other walls.


Scripting Experiments

November 18, 2008

We experimented today with scripting on rhino. Using the morphodynamic script we created a wall similar to one we referenced. There were failed attempts to import it into Revit.  We believe this is because of the mesh objects that Rhino creates and Revit has trouble reading. We are exploring different options in Rhino such as creating the mesh into a polygon or looking for other tutorials/case studies for Revit.

This is the script we used it takes objects selected and makes them smaller where there are nodes created.

This is the script we used it takes objects selected and makes them smaller where there are nodes created.

a rendered version of the wall created on Rhino

a rendered version of the wall created on Rhino




November 11, 2008

We experimented with Hok’s tutorial with importing from Rhino To Revit.  The most complex form that we have experimented with to date is an ellipse. Complex curved planar surfaces can not be read by Revit to transform into walls and windows. Here were our steps in successfully uploading an editable object into Revit.

Created an ellipsoid in Rhino 4.0

Saved as a .sat file

uploaded it as a Revit family under massing model

saved the massing model and uploaded it as a family into a project file

Under massing selected “place mass”. make sure place on work plane is selected in the options bar

click the screen!

We changed our ellipsoid into a curtain wall!





November 3, 2008

MOMA Exhibition : Design and the Elastic Mind

Video Intro on TED by the curator (Paola Antonelli) for the Exhibition

May 20008

Algorithms were used to derive these forms

Neri Oxman
study of natural structures
where weight is carried by an objects skin instead of an internal structure

Woven Rope. 2005

Benjamin Aranda (American, b. 1973) and Chris Lasch (American, b. 1972) of Aranda/Lasch (USA, est. 2003)

“These sketches use a parametric equation to organize a series of sine and cosine curves in space,” explain designers Benjamin Aranda and Chris Lasch. “The weave is a crossing pattern, a ‘soft’ structure of loops and knots wherein the shape of the construction is determined less by the properties of the materials themselves than by the pattern through which two sets of materials interact.”

Biowall. Prototype. 2006

Rachel Wingfield (British, b. 1978) and Mathias Gmachl (Austrian, b. 1974)
Loop, pH (UK, est. 2003)

Biowall is a woven scaffold that becomes a partition wall when colonized by living plants. In their attempt to create a modular building system based on structures found in nature, the designers looked at several geometries, such as Penrose tiles (pairs of shapes that tile the plane only aperiodically) and Synetic structures (airy, lacelike basketries of thin arcs patterned in curvilinear triangulation). They finally opted for a dodecahedron weave of twelve small circles made of one-millimeter fiberglass rods around which plants would grow and creep. The designers explain that “the construction is based on the principle of self-similarity, translating a biological construction from the nanoscale to the macro scale. It can be seen in our natural environment in the formation of bubbles, living cells, and water molecules.”

FS Bowl. 2005

Amanda Levete (British, b. 1959)

Amanda Levete used rapid manufacturing, also called rapid prototyping or 3-D printing, for the design of the FS Bowl. With 3-D printing, digital images materialize into objects by being transferred seamlessly to machines that use lasers to solidify resins, in powder or liquid forms, layer by layer.

Macedonia fruit bowl. 2007

Janne Kyttänen (Finnish, b. 1974)
Freedom Of Creation (The Netherlands, est. 2000)

In Italian and Spanish, macedonia means fruit salad. Kyttänen fabricated this fruit bowl, inspired by the formation and structures of soap bubbles, from resin mixed with sand, proving that even when employing the most advanced technique and an innovative form, a conventional material can restore a balance between novelty and tradition.


Case Study: Water Cube

November 3, 2008

Information taken from the article Creating a “Water Cube” from RevitCommunity.com

The project had two stages: competition and design. During the competition stage, a large portion of the design was created, but the main task was to develop a method that would enable Arup to produce a 3D model and drawings in the shortest time possible prior to the presentation. During the second stage, Arup incorporated the final features, calculations, and design that would complete the project.

Using Bentley Structural and MicroStationTriForma, Arup generated a 3D array of the cell, rotated it about two axes, and then sculpted the building. The cut surface planes of the remaining elements form the flanges of the composite structure, while the internal elements form the webs.”

“The ability to use the VBA scripts to create our geometry, which gave us the link from the engineering and analysis model to our working 3D CAD model, was very important,” Bull said. With more than 22,000 beams and 12,000 nodes in the structure, the automation by the VBA routine saved Arup months of manual 3D modeling.
Successes from using BIM:

“Bentley Structural’s capabilities, such as automatic drawing extraction, dramatically reduced the time needed to produce 2D documentation. Since we didn’t have to worry about that part of our workload, we could focus on the 3D model,” he said. “And using a MicroStation VBA routine to automatically model the structure saved us quite a bit of time.

“Also, being able to save files in other formats let us quickly issue drawings to clients and consultants in the formats they needed. Yet we didn’t have to give up the enhanced capabilities that Bentley solutions offer us,” Bull said. “That was quite important. If we had been using any other software package, it’s unlikely we could have produced such complicated geometry and documentation, and integrate with structural analysis, especially in the time frame available.”