generative modeling for Rhino
Packrat 0.5.5 (evaluation) is now available!
PackRat is a component for Grasshopper that facilitates the arrangement of rectangular items within rectangular containers with the aim of improving efficient use of space. In other words, it attempts to approximate optimal solutions to the 3D bin-packing problem.
Packrat accepts a list of containers and a list of items to be packed. Only rectangular items are recognized, so if the input consists of arbitrarily shaped BReps, their bounding boxes will be considered. It outputs a GH_Structure of items per container, and a supplementary list of items that did not fit in any container.
There is an option to choose whether sorting of elements and containers should be performed before packing. While sorting usually yields better results, disabling allows the user to perform their own sorting before inputing the elements to PackRat.
In addition, starting with version 0.5.5, there is an input for obstacles within the volume, as well as an option to select whether the objects to be packed may be rotated or not.
Starting from Packrat 0.5.5, and in order to support development, PackRat comes in two flavors:
- A limited Evaluation version, available at non cost.
- A full-functioning version, available for a small fee (soon to be made available).
In addition to those two, version 0.4 of Packrat will remain available for free (non-commercial) use.
The evaluation version has the following limitations:
Maximum number of elements to be packed cannot exceed 30.
Maximum number of containers cannot exceed 3.
The component will notify if any of the two limitations is in effect.
PackRat 0.4 has been found to work with Grasshopper v0.8. PackRat 0.5.5 has been found to work with Grasshopper v0.9.
Latest Activity: on Monday
Hi Yannis,How about including a Transformation - Output? Just noticed PackRat apparently redraws the boxes and doesn´t keep the order within the containers even with sort set to false, so it is a lot…Continue
Started by phillip. Last reply by Yannis Chatzikonstantinou Apr 30.
Hi Yannis, and thank you for a very good plugin.I've used Packrat for simple nesting of curve profiles for laser cutting. Due to the shape of the objects, the boundingbox approach for the nesting has…Continue
Started by Toni Österlund. Last reply by Yannis Chatzikonstantinou Oct 20, 2012.