Stormcloud: Interactive evolutionary exploration for GrasshopperTool, 2014 - 2015
Based on the framework developed for structureFIT, Stormcloud is a new component for Grasshopper and Rhino that allows any parametric model to be explored using an interactive evolutionary framework, combining quantitative performance analysis with qualitative designer input. Unlike structureFIT, Stormcloud can work with any model and geometry type that can be represented and analyzed in Grasshopper. The quantitative analysis is also flexible: it can use structural weight, like structureFIT, but users are also free to input their own objective functions computed using other plugins or user-defined expressions. This tool is in the final stages of development and will be freely available for download and use by the end of August 2015.
Sampling tool for GrasshopperTool, 2014
This tool enables systematic sampling, or the generation of design alternatives, within parametric design spaces developed in Grasshopper, which is an important functionality for exploring a broad range of options in conceptual design. Three sampling schemes are included: random uniform, grid, and Latin hypercube. The samples can be used for design space exploration, multi-objective optimization and/or determining Pareto fronts, approximation algorithm construction, and in general the facilitation of many research endeavors of the Digital Structures group and beyond. The tool will be freely available for general use by the end of August 2015.