Thursday, 14 May 2020

Utilizing Pangolin in a "Consteel first workflow"

Pangolin not only creates Consteel models for you but can also read and utilize your existing Consteel models. This is what we will look into more detail in this post.

Let's say you already have a model built in Consteel:

You can either save this model as a .smadsteel file from Consteel, and load it in Grasshopper, or as in this case, use Pangolin’s live connection to read it while both programs run:

The imported objects can be used in the further Grasshopper definition just like any other object created with Pangolin’s components.

For example when you get a huge spreadsheet with a list of all the loads and their positions on a floor from a partner, or there is just a particular load distribution that is easier to define algorithmically than placing them all manually:

Then you can just send over the newly added objects to the same Consteel model:

Of course, this was a really simple example.

Now let's take a more complex Consteel model:

Even in such more complex cases, you can use the various features of Pangolin to extend the model. In this example, we defined a new layer for the members to have this load (denoted by the green layer style in the above picture).

In Grasshopper, you can ask for all the layers, pick the one you wish to filter, and select the beams that belong to that layer using the default functionalities of Grasshopper, thanks to Pangolin's integration with implicit data conversions:




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