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Kangaroo

Kangaroo is a Live Physics engine for interactive simulation, optimization and form-finding directly within Grasshopper.

Read about the new release here

The Discussion Forum below is the best place to ask any questions about using Kangaroo.

(Please avoid posting questions on the Comment Wall, as it does not allow organization of replies)

Website: http://kangaroo3d.com
Members: 2336
Latest Activity: 14 hours ago

You can read an introduction to the ideas behind Kangaroo here:

http://spacesymmetrystructure.wordpress.com/2010/01/21/kangaroo/

Kangaroo2 is now available for testing (see full announcement here). Please bear in mind this is still a work-in-progress, and features are still subject to change.

You can download it from here:

http://www.food4rhino.com/project/kangaroo

The 2.0 download includes a first draft of the manual and a collection of example files.

This thread contains some troubleshooting tips if you have problems getting it installed and working:

http://www.grasshopper3d.com/group/kangaroo/forum/topics/kangaroo-2

Some further example files for version 2.0 can be found here:

http://www.grasshopper3d.com/group/kangaroo/page/kangaroo2-additional-examples

with more to follow - if there is some particular feature you would like more examples of information on please ask there.

The Kangaroo2 solver library is now separate from the Grasshopper components, and can also be referenced and used in scripts, either in the GH VB/C#/Python components, or in RhinoScript/PythonScript in Rhino. Questions about these can also be posted on:

http://discourse.mcneel.com/c/scripting

Kangaroo2 is a complete rewrite, and the main solver/goal/force components are not cross-compatible with the previous version. However, you can keep both versions installed together allowing older definitions to be opened, and for now this is recommended, as there are also several utility and mesh processing functions relevant to both versions.

While v2 introduces many new features and improvements, not all the features from the old version currently have equivalents in the new version, but the plan is to add them all over time.

The links below are for the old version. More documentation and videos for the new version to appear soon.

example files(for version 0.099):

http://www.grasshopper3d.com/group/kangaroo/page/example-files

manual(for version 0.099):

http://docs.google.com/View?id=ddpv

getting started video:

http://vimeo.com/20308963

demo videos:

http://vimeo.com/album/199263

Some more tutorial videos from EXLAB:

http://vimeo.com/exlab/videos

Discussion Forum

Kangaroo 2 68 Replies

Hello Daniel i have downloaded and installed Kangaroo 2 but i cant interact with the rhino viewport, i have installed rhino 5 64 sr11, both files are unlocked, do you have any idea why this happens?Continue

Started by dvdrbls. Last reply by Stepan Drunks 14 hours ago.

Woolly path with kangaroo 2? 5 Replies

Dear all,just tried to put a woolly path or threads definition together in kangaroo 2 without a pleasing result. Does maybe anybody tweaked something out int hat direction. I'm missing a attraction/repulsion goal. Is there another goal that can…Continue

Started by Christian Schmidts. Last reply by Petras Vestartas 17 hours ago.

Images of projects using Kangaroo 9 Replies

Dear Kangaroo users, I'm giving a presentation soon as part of Shape To Fabricationwhere I'll be talking about Kangaroo. I'd love to show images of the things you the community have…Continue

Started by Daniel Piker. Last reply by Timothy Tai on Saturday.

Origami 100% foldability 4 Replies

Hi Daniel, I have tried the Origami example file you shared.I noticed, that the folding process is depending on the rest angle which is useful to avoid the penetration when the folding factor up to 1(while 0 develop into a flat paper...). There are…Continue

Started by Jon. Last reply by Jon Nov 23.

Mesh Color and Opacity 2 Replies

Hi All,I'm working in Kangaroo and the mesh is hard to see to work with.  Is there a way I can change the mesh color and opacity?Thanks!Continue

Started by Chelsey Koenig. Last reply by Chelsey Koenig Nov 22.

News and Updates

Force polygons of equilibrium structures

I have recently been exploring some reciprocal force diagrams using Kangaroo. From the 1869 paper by James Clerk Maxwell On reciprocal figures, frames and diagrams of forces : …to construct the Polygon of Forces, by drawing in succession lines parallel and proportional to the different forces, each line beginning at the extremity of the last. If the forces acting at the […]

Minimal surface puzzle

The top row shows three different minimal surfaces from the same boundary curves. The bottom row shows the same 3 surfaces rotated and in a different order. Which number corresponds to which letter?

Orthogonal Clustering

I’ve always aimed to make Kangaroo a specifically architectural physics engine. While it shares many characteristics with similar engines used for other purposes, such as games and animation, it has some features that are uniquely suited to designing buildings. Form-finding and physics-based-modelling often result in curved shapes, with an elegant and natural appearance which is something […]

Variation from Uniformity

All of these triangles are identical and equilateral: In architectural geometry over the last few decades, a common topic of research has been how to build and clad doubly curved surfaces in an efficient way. While computer aided manufacturing has made it possible to make buildings where every panel has slightly different dimensions, there are […]

MeshMash!

      As regular readers of this blog will know, I’m passionate about the use of relaxation and force-based methods for optimizing geometry in a very interactive way. There is a great variety of form-finding that can be done by assigning physical forces as interactions between sets of particles. However, in my investigations so […]

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Comment by Canox on Wednesday

i have a new examples with kangaroo 2 ( soapfil , anchor and tangential smooth ) and laplacian .

in kangaroo 2 is easy to control a mesh tension but is more difficult to have anchorpoints control in the naked edges .

this is the example with kangaroo 2 

this is a example with laplacian .

For produce a differents solutions than "Minimal surface" with kangaroo 2 or  solutions with "Springs" from kangaroo we need to find a specific force that push the Mesh vertex points  to the fix anchor points in the naked edges .

thanks 

13-julio-16.3dm

1-12-16.CORRECTO%202%20_springs.gh

Comment by Canox on November 27, 2016 at 4:55pm

i leave here the definition , and rhino file .

( of course i used Meshmachine settings

28-11-16.3dm

13-julio-16.3.gh )

Comment by Canox on November 27, 2016 at 4:43pm

I am working in a nodes project for 3d printed  structures and its difficult find a smooth transition between the branch and the joint with springs force .

I am trying to improve the tangency between  the the final mesh at the anchorpoints  and each branch direcction rest lenght in springs force.

At the same time avoid the mesh to go in a convex direcction and have a smooth transition.

How we can find a definition  , where the are diffents settings from  rest lenght and stiffness to find a correct mesh  ? i tried to apply unary force in some points to the mesh in every anchorpoint without success

this is de example that i work with 

this is what i get normally , with rest lenght and stiffness settings  

this is my goal , where there are a smooth transition in every branch direccion 

thanks !!!!

Comment by Jon on November 25, 2016 at 2:22am

Hi Riccardo,

you shouldm install weavebird.

Comment by riccardo foschi on November 24, 2016 at 12:30pm

I have tried to download some definitions in the example page you linked, but when I open them I always miss some nodes because I have a newer version of GH and Kangaroo and the definition won't work (I have both kangaroo physics and kangaroo 2 but it won't work anyway).
For example when I open this one I will see this algorithm, what's missing??
Can anyone with an older version of GH can link me a screenshot of the correct algorithm?

Origami_example.gh

Comment by Will Pearson on November 2, 2016 at 5:47am

Manuel, look for the "Show" component.

Comment by Manuel on October 26, 2016 at 12:56pm

in kangaroo 2 anyone know how to recreate "geometry in" and "geometry out" from older kangaroo solver?. Its possible?

example: when remove duplicates lines/points its use for goals, but then you need to reconstruct original geometry.

Comment by Moonbeast on October 20, 2016 at 8:00pm

Does anyone have any ideas for how to create a vortex force in Kangaroo2 similar to the component in K1?

Comment by Arturo De La Fuente on October 7, 2016 at 7:24am
Comment by Noah Orr on October 5, 2016 at 7:44pm

Hi everyone,

I am currently working with Kangaroo simulating fabric relaxation through surface springs derived from mesh edges.

I am wanting to add additional springs to the surface through drawing curves onto the surface. These springs will have different rest lengths etc. to the mesh edge springs, therefore causing the fabric to relax non-uniformly. (similar to edge cables, but they run through the fabric rather than around the perimeter)

I am having a lot of trouble adding these springs and my deadline has really crept up.

Fabric%20Relaxation.gh

Below is an attempt to illustrate... Blue lines= Springs to add to mesh (Red).

I have attached the GH file if you can, please please help.

Thanks

 
 
 

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