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Pufferfish

The Pufferfish is one of few animals which is capable of changing its shape.

This plugin is a set of 188 components which focuses on Tweens, Blends, Morphs, Averages, Scales, & Interpolations - essentially Shape Changing. These components are accompanied by support components which are useful methods for the preparation of tween/blend operations such as making polylines compatible and matching surface structures. In addition, there are extra components which simplify some common grasshopper operations such as testing for equality within a tolerance and rounding to nearest numbers. Please email me if you find any bugs to help make this toolset better for the GH community. Works with Grasshopper for Rhino 5, Rhino 6, and Rhino Mac. 

Download:www.food4rhino.com/app/pufferfish

Website: http://www.food4rhino.com/app/pufferfish
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Pufferfish Info

General notes

  1. Grasshoppers native "Interpolate Data" component can "Tween" simple data types such as numbers, colors, vectors and points already. Pufferfish's Tweens of these types differ in 2 ways. The first being that Pufferfish has 3 types of tweens for each: Tween Two, Tween Consecutive, and Tween Through which perform the tweens in different ways with the input lists. The second difference is that Pufferfish uses interpolation types which match nurbs interpolation for simple data types. Those types are Linear, Chord, Square Root, and Uniform. Grasshopper's "Interpolate Data" component uses  Block, Linear, Cubic, and Catmull. Pufferfish also adds the ability to tween Planes, Surfaces, Meshes, and Twisted Boxes as well as average them.
  2. Grasshopper already has a native "Tween Curve" component however, it gets odd results sometimes, specifically when tweening polylines. Pufferfish corrects this with automatic internal polyline and curve compatibilization so that the results are similar to Rhino's tweens. Pufferfish tween curve components also have different interpolation types as well as optional refit and sample point methods.
  3. Meshes must have the same topology to tween. Unlike surfaces, meshes which come from two different sources with different topologies are almost always impossible to rebuild (automatically) to have the same topology and point order for a meaningful looking tween. Please do not ask for this feature unless you can provide some information / documentation about how to do so. As recommended by Autodesk Maya for blending meshes "A common blend shape technique is to create duplicates of a base, deform the duplicates, then use them as targets. For example, you might make several copies of a face, and then alter the copies to create a smiling face, frowning face, a crying face, and so on."
  4. A few minor components may exist in some form elseware in other plugins (it's impossible to check them all). If they are in Pufferfish it is because I felt they are necessary to the workflow and I cannot ensure the user has other plugins installed. For example, Pufferfish has a type of "Rebuild Surface" which varies slightly from but exists also in Lunchbox and Peacock.

 

Pufferfish Changelog

Apr 16, 2018 - Pufferfish V2.0

  • Update to add 16 new components. Most notably components for Tweening Curves Along Curves, A custom Curve Graph Mapper which accepts any and multiple curves as inputs to graph with, Unsplit Surface components for making polysurface like surfaces which read as one untrimmed surface, Twisted Box components like Sweep, Deform, Thicken, and Subdivide. Additional features and options added to previous components. General optimizations and fixes all around. Some component rearrangements in the tabs. Some components require at least Rhino 5 SR14. After installing the pufferfish2-0.gha, please close Rhino completely one time to avoid potential assembly reference errors with the "Twisted Box" components.

Apr 27, 2018 - Pufferfish V1.9

  • Re-uploaded Pufferfish V1.9 examples to add new examples.

Apr 15, 2018 - Pufferfish V1.9

  • Re-uploaded Pufferfish V1.9 to add a K (Keep) input on the Mirror Cut components dealing with geometry which gives the option of keeping the input geometry and mirroring them regularly if it is mirror cut into non-existence, or to output them as null/empty in that case. Re-uploaded the V1.9 example files as well. 

Apr 13, 2018 - Pufferfish V1.9

  • Update to add 26 new components. Most notably Mirror Cut components for all geometry types, Scale To Length, Twisted Box Curve Variable, and Twisted Box Pipe Variable, Parameter Mesh Surface, Trim components and others. Additional features, options, and outputs added to previous components. General optimizations and fixes all around. Some component rearrangements in the tabs and renamed. Some components require at least Rhino 5 SR14. After installing the pufferfish1-9.gha, please close Rhino completely one time to avoid potential assembly reference errors with the "Twisted Box" components.

Mar 02, 2018 - Pufferfish V1.8

  • Re-uploaded Pufferfish V1.8 to add edges and faces outputs to the Deconstruct Twisted Box. Also added an Evaluate Twisted Box component and a Twisted Box Centers component. Re-uploaded the V1.8 example files as well. 

Feb 16, 2018 - Pufferfish V1.8

  • Update to add 13 new components. All Tween Curve and Tween Curve on Surface components have been completely re-written and include interpolation options. New components added, most notably Scale to Area and Scale to Volume components. Many other additions, options, and outputs added to previous components. General optimizations and fixes all around. Some component rearrangements in the tabs. Some components require at least Rhino 5 SR12. After installing the pufferfish1-8.gha, please close Rhino completely one time to avoid potential assembly reference errors with the "Twisted Box" components.

Jan 03, 2018 - Pufferfish V1.7

  • Update to add 7 new components. Components from the Discrete Vectors plug-in (http://www.food4rhino.com/app/discrete-vectors) have been updated and are now a part of Pufferfish. Other minor updates and fixes. Some components require at least Rhino 5 SR12. After installing the pufferfish1-7.gha, please close Rhino completely one time to avoid potential assembly reference errors with the "Twisted Box" components.

Dec 29, 2017 - Pufferfish V1.6

  • Re-uploaded Pufferfish V1.6 to fix a bug in the corner orders of Twisted Box components that use surfaces.

Dec 22, 2017 - Pufferfish V1.6

  • Re-uploaded Pufferfish V1.6 to fix a bug with the Point Divide Curve Target component.

Dec 20, 2017 - Pufferfish V1.6

  • Update to add 6 new components like Twisted Box Through Surfaces and Twisted Box Through Meshes with interpolation options. Tween Mesh and Tween Surface components now have interpolation options. Some component name changes, icon changes, updates. Some components require at least Rhino 5 SR12. After installing the pufferfish1-6 gha, please close Rhino completely one time to avoid potential assembly reference errors with the "Twisted Box" components.

Dec 04, 2017 - Pufferfish V1.5

  • Re-uploaded Pufferfish V1.5 to fix a bug with the Move2Pt component not moving certain geometry types.

Nov 29, 2017 - Pufferfish V1.5

  • Re-uploaded Pufferfish V1.5 and its examples to include 3 forgotten Twisted Box components. Twisted Box Array, Construct Twisted Box, and Deconstruct Twisted Box.

Nov 28, 2017 - Pufferfish V1.5

  • Update to add 41 new components. The new components are primarily focused on a new tab for "Twisted Box" components. Additional various components added to the other tabs. Some updates to existing components. Some new components require at least Rhino 5 SR12. After installing the pufferfish1-5.gha, please close Rhino completely one time to avoid potential assembly reference errors with the new "Twisted Box" components.

Nov 08, 2017 - Pufferfish V1.4

  • Update to improve algorithm for all "On Curve" components and all components with an "Interpolation Type" input.

Nov 01, 2017 - Pufferfish V1.3

  • Update to fix a minor bug in all tween plane components with Quaternion rotation that would result in null planes when input planes X axis's aligned. Added many new examples.

Oct 28, 2017 - Pufferfish V1.2

  • Update to add 9 new components. 3 for tweening planes on curves with Quaternion rotation, 3 for tweening planes on surfaces with Quaternion rotation, 3 for tweening points on curves (like Grasshopper's evaluate curve component except you can interpolate between user defined points on the curve rather than interpolating the entire curve) . Added tolerance input to "Is Arc/Circle/Ellipse" component.

Oct 22, 2017 - Pufferfish V1.1

  • Minor update to add Quaternion rotation option to the Tween Planes components for smoother tween rotations and prevention of Gimbal lock. Suggested by Andrew Heumann, based on a grasshopper definition by Daniel Piker. 

Oct 17, 2017 - Pufferfish V1.0

  • First release

Pufferfish Component List - 188 components 

01_Number

  • Tween Consecutive Numbers
  • Tween Through Numbers
  • Tween Two Numbers
  • Curve Graph Mapper
  • Last Index Range
  • List Length Range
  • Reparameterized Range
  • Scale To Area
  • Scale To Length
  • Scale To Volume
  • Equality Within Tolerance
  • Highest & Lowest Numbers
  • Last Index
  • Mirror Combine Numbers
  • Mirror Cut Numbers
  • Reparameterize Numbers
  • Partition Number
  • Round To Nearest
  • Default Angle Tolerance
  • Document Angle Tolerance
  • Document Distance Tolerance
  • Zero Distance Tolerance

02_Color

  • Tween Consecutive Colors
  • Tween Through Colors
  • Tween Two Colors
  • Invert Color
  • Mirror Combine Colors
  • Mirror Cut Colors

03_Vector

  • Tween Consecutive Vectors
  • Tween Through Vectors
  • Tween Two Vectors
  • Closest Vector
  • Mirror Combine Vectors
  • Mirror Cut Vectors
  • Vector Star
  • Vector World

04_Point

  • Tween Consecutive Points
  • Tween Through Points
  • Tween Two Points
  • Curve Edit Points
  • Point Divide Curve Segments
  • Point Divide Curve Target
  • Tween Consecutive Points On Curve
  • Tween Through Points On Curve
  • Tween Two Points On Curve
  • Map Point To Surface
  • Parameter Point Divide Surface
  • Tween Consecutive Points On Surface
  • Tween Through Points On Surface
  • Tween Two Points On Surface
  • Mirror Cut Points
  • Move 2Pt
  • Pinch'n'Spread
  • Trim Points With Plane
  • Are Points Collinear
  • Are Points Coplanar
  • Point Plane Side
  • Point Surface Side

05_Plane

  • Average Plane
  • Weighted Average Plane
  • Tween Consecutive Planes
  • Tween Through Planes
  • Tween Two Planes
  • Tween Consecutive Planes On Curve
  • Tween Through Planes On Curve
  • Tween Two Planes On Curve
  • Parameter Plane Divide Surface
  • Tween Consecutive Planes On Surface
  • Tween Through Planes On Surface
  • Tween Two Planes On Surface
  • Flip Plane
  • Mirror Cut Planes
  • Offset Plane
  • Trim Planes With Plane

06_Curve

  • Average Curve
  • Weighted Average Curve
  • Tween Consecutive Curves
  • Tween Through Curves
  • Tween Two Curves
  • Slide Curve Along Curve
  • Tween Consecutive Curves Along Curve
  • Tween Through Curves Along Curve
  • Tween Two Curves Along Curve
  • Net On Surface
  • Parameter Curve Divide Surface
  • Parameter Grid On Surface
  • Tween Consecutive Curves On Surface
  • Tween Through Curves On Surface
  • Tween Two Curves On Surface
  • Arc/Circle/Ellipse
  • Constrained Area Rectangle
  • Discrete Polyline
  • Parameter Rectangular Grid
  • Align Curve Seams
  • Close Curve
  • Compatibilize Polylines
  • Mirror Cut Curves
  • Offset Curve
  • Open Curve
  • Prude Curve
  • Rebuild Curve
  • Superimpose Curve
  • Trim Curve With Plane
  • Trim Curve With Points
  • Curve Degree
  • Curve Length At
  • Curve Length Between
  • Curve Spans
  • Is Arc/Circle/Ellipse
  • Is Curve Kinky
  • Is Curve Linear
  • Is Curve Segmented

07_Surface

  • Average Surface
  • Weighted Average Surface
  • Tween Consecutive Surfaces
  • Tween Through Surfaces
  • Tween Two Surfaces
  • Automatic Edge Surface
  • Automatic Network Surface
  • Edge Unsplit Surface
  • Extrude Unsplit Surface
  • Loft Unsplit Surface
  • Revolve Unsplit Surface
  • Split Kinky Surface
  • Sweep Unsplit Surface
  • Fit Surface
  • Mirror Cut Surface
  • Offset Surface
  • Parameter Subdivide Surface
  • Rebuild Surface
  • Shrink Trimmed Surface
  • Superimpose Surface
  • Swap Surface Directions
  • Trim Surface With Plane
  • Constrained Volume Box
  • Is Polysurface Closed
  • Mesh To Polysurface
  • Mirror Cut Polysurface
  • Shell Polysurface
  • Is Surface Closed
  • Is Surface Singular
  • Is Surface Trimmed
  • Surface Degree

08_Mesh

  • Average Mesh
  • Weighted Average Mesh
  • Tween Consecutive Meshes
  • Tween Through Meshes
  • Tween Two Meshes
  • Mirror Cut Mesh
  • Offset Mesh
  • Parameter Surface Mesh
  • Rebuild Mesh
  • Reduce Mesh By Faces
  • Trim Mesh With Plane
  • Is Mesh Closed

09_Twisted Box

  • Average Twisted Box
  • Weighted Average Twisted Box
  • Tween Consecutive Twisted Boxes
  • Tween Through Twisted Boxes
  • Tween Two Twisted Boxes
  • Twisted Box Mesh
  • Twisted Box Surface
  • Twisted Box Two Meshes
  • Twisted Box Two Surfaces
  • Twisted Box Through Meshes
  • Twisted Box Through Surfaces
  • Twisted Box Array
  • Twisted Box Curve
  • Twisted Box Curve Variable
  • Twisted Box Extrude
  • Twisted Box Loft
  • Twisted Box Pipe
  • Twisted Box Pipe Variable
  • Twisted Box Sweep
  • 2Pt Twisted Box
  • Center Twisted Box
  • Domain Twisted Box
  • Reference Twisted Box
  • Construct Twisted Box
  • Deconstruct Twisted Box
  • Deform Twisted Box
  • Subdivide Twisted Box
  • Thicken Twisted Box
  • Transform Twisted Box
  • Evaluate Twisted Box
  • Twisted Box Centers
  • Twisted Box Corners
  • Twisted Box Volume

Discussion Forum

Twisted Box Array 10 Replies

Hey there,I'm curious if there is a way to create a twisted box array inside of a defined design space,(Inside a brep or something)I tired using the curves of my design space to pinch an array to fit…Continue

Started by Cody Thurston. Last reply by Cody Thurston Jun 1.

How to use the PUFFERFISH (by ekimroyrp) tool 1 Reply

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Tags: ekimroyrp), (by, PUFFERFISH, grasshopper

Started by ZENGFQ. Last reply by Michael Pryor Apr 28.

twisted box through surfaces 3 Replies

i am trying to morph the geometry to the twisted box through surfaces. although I am not getting any error from grasshopper, it is not giving me the result i want. Continue

Started by MOHAMMED ALSUBAIE . Last reply by MOHAMMED ALSUBAIE Feb 19.

tutorials 1 Reply

can get a tutorial for this toolset? It would be super helpful for people who are just starting out. I have some experience with GH and Maya but I am not able to get the results that are uploaded on…Continue

Started by Akarsh Sabhaney. Last reply by Michael Pryor Jan 12.

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Comment by Fatima on June 4, 2018 at 1:29pm
Comment by Michael Pryor on June 4, 2018 at 12:07pm

@Fatima not really possible to tell where you are going wrong without the file and geometry.

Comment by Fatima on June 4, 2018 at 10:46am

Hi!

First I want to thank you for such a great plug in, it is great and very fun to explore.

Im an architecture student, currently doing my graduation project (Vertical City), and I have been exploring closest vector guide curves to create a skin for my building.
Im so new to grasshopper, so I just have couple questions if you have the time:)!
(Im using your example files btw) with Rhino 6 + Puffer fish 2.0
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This is rough sketchs of what I want it to look like.

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here Im trying to get the vectors to start from around the building by using populate geometry instead of plane but it still starts from underneath the building instead of around it. How may I fix this ?

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As for here, I have changed the resolution of vector star and it still looks rough and has unorganized lines around, can this be fixed ?

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Thank you :)

Comment by Michael Pryor on May 15, 2018 at 11:50pm

Pufferfish V2.0: Update - adds 16 new components. Most notably components for Tweening Curves Along Curves, A custom Curve Graph Mapper which accepts any and multiple curves as inputs to graph with, Unsplit Surface components for making polysurface like surfaces which read as one untrimmed surface, Twisted Box components like Sweep, Deform, Thicken, and Subdivide. Additional features and options added to previous components. General optimizations and fixes all around. Some component rearrangements in the tabs. Some components require at least Rhino 5 SR14. After installing the pufferfish2-0.gha, please close Rhino completely one time to avoid potential assembly reference errors with the "Twisted Box" components.

Comment by Michael Pryor on April 15, 2018 at 8:45pm

Pufferfish V1.9: Update - Re-uploaded Pufferfish V1.9 to add a K (Keep) input on the Mirror Cut components dealing with geometry which gives the option of keeping the input geometry and mirroring them regularly if it is mirror cut into non-existence, or to output them as null/empty in that case. Re-uploaded the V1.9 example files as well. 

Comment by Michael Pryor on April 13, 2018 at 3:48am

Pufferfish V1.9: Update - adds 26 new components. Most notably Mirror Cut components for all geometry types, Scale To Length, Twisted Box Curve Variable, and Twisted Box Pipe Variable, Parameter Mesh Surface, Trim components and others. Additional features, options, and outputs added to previous components. General optimizations and fixes all around. Some component rearrangements in the tabs and renamed. Some components require at least Rhino 5 SR14. After installing the pufferfish1-9.gha, please close Rhino completely one time to avoid potential assembly reference errors with the "Twisted Box" components.

Comment by Michael Pryor on April 9, 2018 at 6:41pm

@Garikundesu ah yes - Rhino6>Plug-ins>Grasshopper>Components is where the files that make up native grasshopper go. Libraries is for Grasshopper Plug ins. 

Comment by Garikundesu on April 9, 2018 at 6:06pm

Hi Michael,

I could finally install it with success. I found the problem.
After downloading the component file, i pasted it in Rhino6>Plug-ins>Grasshopper>Components, while the software could load everything except the twisted box Tab.
Now i removed it from there and i went to paste it in Users>AppData>Roaming>Grasshopper>Libraries, and every Tab of Pufferfish is now working.

Thank you so much for the swift answers regardless of the time difference.

Cheers,  

Comment by Michael Pryor on April 9, 2018 at 11:06am

@Garikundesu Do you have other native Xform components like boxmorph or surfacebox? Trying to see if maybe you are missing that part of Grasshopper somehow. 

Comment by Garikundesu on April 9, 2018 at 2:26am

@Michael Pryor

Thanks a lot for your swift answer. 
Well, nice you brought it up. I do actually have Rhino 5 installed on my machine.

Actually the main purpose for installing rhino 6 was because i was getting exactly the same errors in Rhino 5 and that i wanted to use the hole pufferfish components.

Anyway, if you cross by this problem another time and could give me some feedback, i would be really grateful.

 

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