algorithmic modeling for Rhino

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Plugin not found 2 Replies

im trying to download by the link you added in the description.But the plugin was not there in food4rhino.comContinue

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Started by BVR. Last reply by BVR Nov 2, 2018.

AST for Rhino6 & Gh 1.0 1 Reply

Hello,is an update scheduled for Rhino 6?thank you very much.Continue

Started by Christophe. Last reply by Tom Jankowski Jul 26, 2018.

how to make fillet with ASTools? 2 Replies

Hallo,how can I get corner fillets of my BRep objects. I test the ASTools but it is not so easy to understand the workflow with trimmed or untrimmed surfaces. I need help from professionals ...…Continue

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Started by Tobias Hackbeil. Last reply by Tom Jankowski May 30, 2017.

AST 4 Mac? 1 Reply

Hello, a moment ago I was overwhelmed with joy, seeing this possibility to create fillets with GH. But when I'm trying to use the component, my RH/GH crashes instantly (blip!).I'm guessing that the…Continue

Started by vincent. Last reply by Tom Jankowski Mar 28, 2017.

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Comment by Tom Jankowski on August 23, 2016 at 11:50pm

Hello, can you explain more about this error? Have you installed it in your Component Folder. Did it appear on the first start or did it occur after a while?

Comment by wang wei on August 23, 2016 at 2:06am

astools version702

Comment by Tom Jankowski on July 19, 2016 at 1:18am

that would be definitely a good thing. Any help is appreciated.

I just like to point out, that I'm inspired by ICEM Surf, because I'm using this in all day work. A lot of people I meet in the automotive industry are complaining the lack of automatism in freeform surface design. Autodesk and Dassault are trying hard to allow automatism in surface modelling but they failed until now. I'm just a hobby programmer so don't expect wonders from me. Most people I meet so far think that grasshopper+rh are good tools with high potential, but they unsatisfied with the surface quality. I think this is due to the fact that rhino is not made for high-end quality surface modelling. I think Rhinos advantage is more the universal use, the ease of use and the ability to automate things. The loft components are very good too and unmatched by others. What I want to say is that professional companies like McNeel,Autodesk or Dessault own people with 20 years of experience and sufficient mathematical background to create tools like they do. And if they didn't manage to automate a relying  universal filleting function, than I doubt this is done easily by us.

I think first of all we need a relying surface library. And my plugin is far from reliable.

Comment by Tom Jankowski on July 18, 2016 at 11:40pm

rightclick onto scriptcomponent and press on manage assemblies. then read in the ast.dll, the ast_gh.gha is only for gh interaction

Comment by Tom Jankowski on July 18, 2016 at 11:35pm

yes, you can reference the AST.dll and call the public methods. However publishing something with this .dll needs my permission. 

Comment by Tom Jankowski on July 18, 2016 at 1:02pm

i haven't planed to publish a corner blend. This plugin has a different concept. Its not about to automate the filleting process. It should only enhance the basic surface functionality.Without this you cannot even achieve anything like this. If you model you have to do exactly the same thing. Even Rhino does not provide real cornerblends. This is because there are different types of  this and its impossible to automate the whole process for any cases. See this plugin only as a toolset. 

Comment by Tom Jankowski on July 18, 2016 at 1:37am
Comment by Tom Jankowski on July 18, 2016 at 1:03am

I will create an example, later. But filleting in general is not an easy work (if you do it right).It is actually one of the most difficult parts in surface modelling. Currently there is no cad-program out there, which allows you to do high quality multicornerblends automaticly. The most parametric is Catia, but it has bad quality and only tangency matching. The rhinofunction is also quite okay, but it creates triangle patches and fails when more then 3 fillets run in.Alias and Icem Surf provide also a good functionality but without parametric but higher surface quality. 

I wanted to provide a basic functionality, but there won't be an automatism in it for its. As I said, I will do the cube and post it here asap...

Comment by Tom Jankowski on July 18, 2016 at 12:49am

you can download this to see a good example. This however was not created with the current public version of ASTools, but you can have a look at the patchlayout

Comment by Tom Jankowski on July 18, 2016 at 12:43am

Hey Marcus, first of all I will announce a huge update in the mid of August, where I completely overwork the fillets.I will also provide better examples. Right now, its still a bit unsatisfying. however, the way you do corner blends is not a matter of my filleting function, it is rather a thing of layouting

see this sketch:


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