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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

PT-GH New Release of July 10, 2012 7 Replies

Hi all,Just posted a new release of PT-GH and PanelingTools Plugin for Rhino.Please note the following:1- Make sure to download the latest …Continue

Tags: add-on, PanelingTools

Started by Rajaa Issa. Last reply by Rajaa Issa yesterday.

Issue: Curve attraction in grass hopper

hey guys!i have a problem when i'm using curve attraction i need to use several timeas long as i use two curve attraction, it affects the hole surfaces of a boxbut starting using the third one or…Continue

Tags: grasshopper, attraction, Curve, Tool, Panelling

Started by Moutaz TAZ Jun 24.

Multiple attractors for one grid 2 Replies

Hi,I'd like to know whether there is a simple way to have multiple attractors (points or curves or both) operating on one grid in a way in which each can have its own magnitude.Thanks in…Continue

Started by Sturley Kraklite. Last reply by Sturley Kraklite Jun 13.

Deviation of a diamond grid from double curved surface 2 Replies

Hi,I've created a grid with domain length from a double curved surface. The idea is to apply diamond flat panels. Due to the double curved surface the grid gets "adjusted" to fit the curvature. Is it…Continue

Tags: diamond, deviation, relative

Started by Magnus. Last reply by Magnus Apr 22.

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Comment by Nuru Karim on May 29, 2014 at 1:56am

Hello Rajaa, have attached an image file of what was successfully achieved in Rhino Panelling Tools. Largely there are 4 nos panels that proliferate based on an attractor curve definition ( albeit without deforming the panels ) . Wanted to achieve the same using the Panelling GHX plugin. Thnks

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

Comment by Rajaa Issa on March 23, 2014 at 8:34am
Check this discussion about how to populate a hex pattern on a rectangular grid.

If you need further help, please post a sample.
Comment by Iain Blampied on March 23, 2014 at 5:36am

Hi Rajaa,

Does PT GH support hexagon grids. I'm attempting to form a hex grid on a sphere but am having issues with the seam of the sphere and was hoping PT would help but can't seem to find any signs of hexagon grids as of yet.  Thanks for any help 

Comment by Kaz on February 13, 2014 at 6:52am

that was helpful , thank you Rajaa !

Comment by Rajaa Issa on February 12, 2014 at 11:15am

Hi Mark,

There is no trimming support yet in the PT-GH, but there is one for the PT-Rhino. I will add to the list the ability to support trimming in PT-GH.

In the attached, I baked the component and the grid, then used ptPanelGridCustom with base surface, and PullCurves=Yes.  I hope that helps for now.

Comment by Kaz on February 12, 2014 at 9:38am

Hello Raja

is there any way to fit the pattern to the surface edges ...the surface i am trying to pannel is irregular so i used trim grid component , but the results are not satisfying , thanks for your help 




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