algorithmic modeling for Rhino



BEAVER 0.2.0

Out now.

The BEAVER closes the gap between parametric modeling and automated panel fabrication.

The BEAVER is a BVX interface that enables you to direct manufacture panels on Hundeggers CNC Panelling machines PBA, SPM2 and SIP.

Technische Universität München
Faculty of Architecture
Chair for Architectural Informatics
Prof. Dr. Frank Petzold

Stefan Kaufmann, Dipl.-Ing.
Thomas Oberbichler, BSc.

Chair for Architectural Informatics

Information on machines and units:

Hans Hundegger Maschinenbau

The Component Enables you to define Panels with:

- mitered outline contours

- inline contours

- material thickness

- grain direction

- drill operations

- slit operations

- pocket operations

- textprinting

We also provide a first "system" that does direct manufacturing planing of a triangular tesselation of surfaces.

The recent version:

We did a first test with a 550-parts project. And had no problems. Even so, this is a Betaversion!

The Betaversion is limited to the export of 10 parts per session as we are still not 100% sure about the stability of the component.

Download Beaver 0.2.0

Please contact us, if you need support for more complex projects:

Location: Technische Universität München
Members: 54
Latest Activity: Dec 3, 2016

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Comment by Affonso Orciuoli on October 8, 2015 at 5:07am

Hello, please, where to find more information about this plug-in?


Affonso Orciuoli - RBFD - Brasil

Comment by A. Cheng on January 31, 2015 at 5:02pm

Sorry, thanks for re-explaining it for me.  I've run into the following error, though, and I'm not sure how to fix it: 

"an error occurred in the display pipeline @ X:XX:XX(XXXms)"

Comment by Stefan Kaufmann on January 22, 2015 at 2:19am


BVX-Files are feature based description files for building parts. They don´t relate to specific machine properties. The beaver doesn´t check the machining limits of the machine you probably use. We´ve been using it on a SPM2. If you collect experience with different machines please post it here.

Comment by A. Cheng on January 21, 2015 at 12:30pm
Hi there!

Could Beaver make bvx files for Hundegger ROBOT-Drive machines as well? Is Beaver able to identify cuts that are too extreme for a machine's capabilities?

Thanks for you help!
Comment by Erick on December 9, 2014 at 4:33am


I wonder if the bvx files that comes out of beaver can be read by a hundegger SC3.

Thanks in advance!

Comment by Stefan Kaufmann on May 1, 2014 at 1:22am

BVX is a feature based description language for timber construction elements. It does define a building part for production purpose on HUNDEGGER machines and not  kinematic control operations like G-Code (RhinoCAM). What could be used for further processing in RhinoCAM is just the geometric representation that is produced by the BVX-Preview component.

Comment by MARIO VERGARA on April 30, 2014 at 1:25pm


i just downloaded beaver

i was wondering if bvx files can be read by rhinocam

sorry for the basic question

Comment by noel hernandez on January 17, 2013 at 3:20pm
What version of grasshopper is this for? i experienced loading errors for most of the components usingVersion 0.9.0006 
Comment by tvett on January 17, 2013 at 12:45am

this is the error in Rhino 5:

Comment by tvett on January 17, 2013 at 12:43am

Thanks for the response.  I tried it with Rhino 4.0 and got it to work easily, but I cannot get it to work with Rhino 5.0 and the latest version of Grasshopper.  I tried putting the .dll along with the .gha in both C:\Users\User\AppData\Roaming\Grasshopper\Libraries, and C:\Program Files (x86)\Grasshopper for Rhino 5\Components\.  


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