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PanelingTools GH Add-On


PanelingTools GH Add-On

Parametric tools to create and manipulate rectangular grids, attractors and support creative morphing of parametric patterns.

This is a BETA version and works only with the latest Rhino 5.0 BETA on Windows 32 & 64 Bit.

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Downloads and Installation (Last update: October 15, 2012):

Each time you update, please do the following:

1- Download the latest service release of Rhinoceros 5 and the latest Grasshopper.

2- Download the latest PanelingTools for Rhino 5.0 and Grasshopper. Make sure to double click on the installer to install.
3- Open Rhino, you should see PanelingTools menu in Rhino. Open Grasshopper, you should see the PanelingTools tab in Grasshopper. 

Where to start:


The PanelingTools for Grasshopper Primer (PDF) has many tutorials and detailed description of all components with examples. You can use as a start point to learn about the plugin.

Download The Primer Examples and Tutorials. This includes all components example and tutorials as Grasshopper definitions.

First step is to create a rectangular grid using one of the tools in "Grid" tab.  Some of these components take a list of points, which you can generate using GH standard components, or divide a curve using one of the tools under "Curve" tab of PanelingTools.

Once a grid is created, you can shuffle it using one of the attraction methods under "Grid Attractors" tab.  One output is the shuffled grid, another output is the normalized weights based on the attraction method that can be used for variable offset or variable paneling for example.

"Grid Utility" tab helps you do things like extracting points from the grid, replace points, extract center grid, expand grids, create surface from grid, etc.

"Panel Utility" tab has components to pull panel edges to a surface using pull, iso curves or shortest path.

"Panel2D" tab has many ways to panel the rectangular grid and populate 2D components.

"Panel3D" contain components to populate 3D patterns between 2 bounding grids.

If you used PanelingTools plugin for Rhino, then the Parameters tab is for you.  You can use PanelingTools for Rhino to create your grid, then input into GH as a tree structure using "Select" component.  The "Bake" components is to bake a grid in a format that can be used by PanelingTools plugin for Rhino. If you only work with GH, then you can safely ignore this tab.

Note: All input/output of PanelingTools Add-on to GH use standard geometry and you can use standard GH components to manipulate them. Grids for example are nothing but simple tree structures (no nesting). You can think of it as a list of rows or paths that contain certain number of leafs or elements.
It is important to try to avoid FLATTENING a grid. If you have to flatten a grid, there is a utility to recompose it if you knew the number of rows, but seriously, stay away from flattening!

Please feel free to post bugs, questions and suggestions to improve the tools. Please use the discussion of this group to post question when possible.

Discussion Forum

New Release of PanelingTools for Rhino 5 and Grasshopper 2 Replies

Hi all,The new release of PanelingTools for Rhino 5 and Grasshopper is now available for download from here...…Continue

Tags: Grasshopper, Architecture, Release, PanelingTools

Started by Rajaa Issa. Last reply by Rajaa Issa on Thursday.

Generate Borders Error - Paneling Tools 4 Replies

Hello,I am attempting to use generate.borders component after creating grid from surface domain by length. When I define the panel shape input to be based on ISO I get some inaccurate results. Please…Continue

Started by Ron Shvartsman. Last reply by Ron Shvartsman on Tuesday.

Public webinar - Introduction to PanelingTools - Nov 18, 2014 4 Replies

Will be great if you could join. For details check the following…Continue

Tags: training, Tutorial, Webinar, PanelingTools

Started by Rajaa Issa. Last reply by Rajaa Issa Dec 2.

Comment Wall


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Comment by Nuru Karim on November 4, 2014 at 11:53pm

Thank-you. here's the attached screen shot for your reference.

I would also like to influence the u,v span numbers if possible.

Comment by Rajaa Issa on November 4, 2014 at 10:06am

And you can certainly use mesh objects directly. The following examples uses ptMorph3d  to morph a mesh box.

Let me know if you have a specific example you would like to do.

Comment by John Stack Ross on November 4, 2014 at 9:25am

Hi Nuru, Rajaa, 

One approach is to deconstruct the mesh, then use PT - compose grid number from the mesh vertices (specify a number of rows that match your mesh). 


Comment by Nuru Karim on November 4, 2014 at 3:22am

Hello Rajaa, is it possible to panel mesh surfaces in grasshopper panelling tools ? many thanks

Comment by Rajaa Issa on August 8, 2014 at 12:30pm

Hi Montx. Please email me the GH file and the Rhino file. Images do not help me experiment with a solution to your problem.

Comment by Montx on August 5, 2014 at 4:52pm


Im coming across a problem, Im making a brick facade and i want to extrude a set of planes(bricks) according to distance from a surface. 

iv made a grasshopper def that is theoretically correct but it isn't executing...

on extrusion it only extrudes some of the brick planes but not all.
If i put a panel to check the output from D (distance between point and closest point on surf) of srf cp, many items come out as null!!

btw if i graft the d on srf cp it selects a whole new area

please help asap! i have a submission and im freaking out!!

Tags: architecturebrick extrusionextrusionhelpsrf cp

here is the gh file 

here are the pics from rhino

this is the surface i used in srf cp

these are the planes i want to b extruded according to distance from surface

these are all the extruded rectangles i get!!

Ps- the problem is not with the surface being too low, it is not. and i have tried it with different surface with more hieght too.

Comment by Rajaa Issa on May 28, 2014 at 9:47am

Hi Khaleefa, the following image shows how you can achieve your pattern...


Comment by Rajaa Issa on May 28, 2014 at 9:32am

Hi Kuru, Can you please share the model?

Comment by Nuru Karim on May 28, 2014 at 1:20am

Hello Rajaa,
I am having an issue with assigning a number of panels to the Planar grid component ( morph 2D list ). There is  a loss in geometry. Is it be-cos of the complexity of the pattern ?

Comment by khaleefa Al hemli on April 15, 2014 at 6:28pm

hi all can you please help me I am try to panel a surface with this patter but I dont know how to create it with paneling tools

I really need to know how to make asp help any one one


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