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

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Freeform tensegrity 3 Replies

Seeing the great work of Kosuke Nagata and Piotr Kluszczyński with tensegrity…Continue

Started by Daniel Piker. Last reply by Piotr Kluszczyński on Tuesday.

question regarding new components - finite elements and units 1 Reply

Daniel,   First off the new tools are remarkable and as always are so empowering to use. I never thought I would be able to calculate and consider projects to this degree without much engineering know how. Thanks for that. Now I do have some…Continue

Started by machinehistories. Last reply by Simon Lullin on Tuesday.

Changing forces and particles during simulation 10 Replies

Hello Kangaroo users,I'm currently working on some fairly major changes to Kangaroo, and as part of this am looking again at ways of letting users add/remove forces and particles during simulation, (and alter which particles forces act on) without…Continue

Started by Daniel Piker. Last reply by Ralph Zoontjens Nov 19.

Reset Simulation Override - galapagos etc. 6 Replies

Hey Daniel,have you ever thought of a feature for kangaroo that enables it to be used within an e.g. galapagos evaluation network? Basic funtionality is there by setting the internal iterations to a sufficiently high number so the final result is…Continue

Started by Robert Vier. Last reply by Daniel Piker Nov 18.

Relaxation of points / meshes constrained to a surface (circle packing) 4 Replies

In response to some requests, here are a couple of simple examples of distributing points on a surface.…Continue

Started by Daniel Piker. Last reply by guillermo gago doreste Nov 18.

C.F.D like point flow. (Lattice Boltzmann Method )

Is there any way C.F.D like point flow can be generated not just vortex distribution.I am totally blank Any clues will be appreciated...Continue

Started by Shridhar Mamidalaa Nov 16.

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 […]


      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 andres obregon on November 4, 2014 at 3:07pm

Question about Kangaroo. It is possible to simulate a balloon filled with water in air, on a horizontal plane , self-weight forces? Thanks ...

Comment by Michael Makris on October 30, 2014 at 2:29pm

Quick question about the "new" Zombie component. How is Zombie Kangaroo different from just using a Sequence component to control Kangaroo Reset?

Comment by Youngjae chung on October 23, 2014 at 6:55pm

having fun with the pull to mesh and equalize components. I think kangaroo is probably one of the most fun plug ins in grasshopper. 

Comment by S.Sifakis on May 20, 2014 at 1:11pm

Hello Daniel,

I am trying to inflate 4 balloons within a box which itself also inflates. I would like to constraint the balloons inside the box but it is not working. The external surface of the inflatable object collide with the exterior surface of other objects but not the exterior with the interior. Is there something wrong with my definition or there is another way to do it?

Any help on this matter would be really appreciated since it is part of my thesis project!!

Thanks!!!! :)

Comment by Luis García Lara on April 17, 2014 at 9:05am

Hi Daniel,

i'm having an error using KingKong plug-in, this error come from the kangaroo cluster, I think it's for the change of the hinge component in the last update of kangaroo, i'm wondering if someone can share the password for update the cluster?¿ or update the cluster and share again for continue using this nice plug-in?¿


Comment by S.Sifakis on April 17, 2014 at 5:32am


I am trying to create constaint on  an inflattable mesh by using a curve as a spring. I used the mesh collide  component in order to deform the mesh following the curve as a constraint but the mesh doesn't seem to recognize it. I am working on the file that originated from this discussion.
Any help would be appreciated




Comment by Aurea Botelho on April 17, 2014 at 5:23am

I have uploaded Kangaroo and it's not working at all :/

Comment by chaz on February 12, 2014 at 11:56am

hey guys im having a severe problem. I cant find kangaroo anchor points while im using the kangaroo plugin! please help 

Comment by ALI ESLAMI on February 12, 2014 at 4:29am
Comment by andres obregon on January 9, 2014 at 2:07pm


thank you , it is working now.


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