algorithmic modeling for Rhino



Hummingbird is a set of Grasshopper components that facilitate the creation of Revit native geometry. This process exports basic geometric properties and parameter data to CSV text files which is used to describe many aspects of the Revit BIM geometry. In Revit this data is easily imported using the Whitefeet Modelbuilder tool (included).

Translating Rhino primative geometry to Revit has been vastly simplified without the need for linking or reference objects. This allows for the downstream Revit model to be modified and adapted for the project duration.


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Exportin Data with HummingBird

Hello There,Is ti possible to export data to Revit through HummingBird.I have this panels in GH that are all taged with a color code. I need this to be exported to Revit in order to create a…Continue

Started by Claudio Jan 7, 2016.

Item ID in HummingBird CSV viewer

Hi every one,I've noticed that HmmingBird CSV files view it with the CSV viewer, sometimes shows  Item ID's and sometimes does not. Is this an bug or is something I'm doing right. I'm creating panels…Continue

Started by Claudio Jan 7, 2016.

doors import problem 2 Replies

I just can't import doors into Revit 2015. I have ~700 doors that I want to add to Revit walls. Walls imported fine, but when importing doors, it just creates nothing. I have tried latest December…Continue

Started by Atis Sedlenieks. Last reply by Atis Sedlenieks Jan 7, 2016.

Units in Rhino vs Revit Through Hummingbird 2 Replies

Hi guys,Just arrived  into Hummingbird, I'm exporting from rhino trhough GH a series of 3points adaptive components structured into a tree structure.Everything seams to work fine but, the units are…Continue

Started by Claudio. Last reply by Claudio Jan 7, 2016.

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Comment by jonah hawk on September 26, 2012 at 3:47pm

Thank you very much Tim... Helps if I read.

I'm still completely in the experimental phase. I hope to have better questions/input soon.

Everything is working in Rhino 5.

Johan, the WhiteFeet modelbuilder utility is for Revit, not Rhino. That may be your only issue.

Comment by Johan Rooijackers on September 26, 2012 at 2:12am

Not able to make it work either Rhino 4 or 5.

in R5 components cannot load whitefeet modelbuilder utility.

Can their please be made an installer for both Hummingbird and whitefeet components and add-inns? Simply following the intructions does not work.

Comment by Tim Meador on September 24, 2012 at 10:41pm
Comment by Tim Meador on September 24, 2012 at 10:39pm


The sample files link is found in the email you received.  There are two links, one for the install files and a second for the samples.  You could also just send me the file you're working on and i can take a look.


Comment by jonah hawk on September 24, 2012 at 2:45pm

EDIT: Rhino 5 works.

I would still like the sample files if possible.

@Armando: Rhino License Manager does not work on our network. It uses NetBIOS which we don't use anymore. So we manage licenses via Virtualization. We can also control who has rhino and we can update the package so that everyone gets GH and VRay for Rhino updates across five offices. It is a better way for us to manage deployment.

Comment by Armando Montejano on September 24, 2012 at 2:33pm

Cool tip,

thanks Jonah

Comment by Armando Montejano on September 21, 2012 at 10:07pm

Hello all

I finally did it, I couldn't find which is the problem communicating Rhino 4 with Excel 2010. My solution is install Rhino 5 Beta.

Starting tests now.

P.S. Johan, I am interest in know why you are using an Virtualization app

Comment by jonah hawk on September 15, 2012 at 11:06pm

Where can we find the example files referenced in the help doc?

Comment by Mario Guttman on September 13, 2012 at 11:44am

first1:  Excellent!

Comment by jonah hawk on September 13, 2012 at 11:34am

Hello all,

We have a specific situation that is likely unique among others' issues below. We run Rhino in an Application Virtualization Client; AppV for short. I could explain why we do this to anyone who is interested. But for now, I will just say that we would like to keep it this way.

All of my Hummingbird components are grey, with no errors. When I toggle the update input to true, Excel flashes in the taskbar but no data is written; similar to others below. I have unlocked and given all permissions to all files and I have admin rights on my workstation.

Nathan Miller's component set, LunchBox, has an Excel interop component that writes to an open sheet in Excel, in the same way. It works with our AppV flavor of Rhino/GH without fail.

I'm wondering how your two components vary and if there may be an optional way to hook into Excel that Nathan Miller is using.




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