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Packrat 0.6 Commercial, Educational and Evaluation is now available!
PackRat is a component for Grasshopper that facilitates the arrangement of rectangular items within rectangular containers with the aim of improving efficient use of space. In other words, it attempts to approximate optimal solutions to the 3D bin-packing problem.
Packrat accepts a list of containers and a list of items to be packed. Only rectangular items are recognized, so if the input consists of arbitrarily shaped BReps, their bounding boxes will be considered. It outputs a GH_Structure of items per container, and a supplementary list of items that did not fit in any container.
There is an option to choose whether sorting of elements and containers should be performed before packing. While sorting usually yields better results, disabling allows the user to perform their own sorting before inputing the elements to PackRat.
In addition, starting with version 0.5.5, there is an input for obstacles within the volume, as well as an option to select whether the objects to be packed may be rotated or not.
PackRat comes in two flavors:
- A limited Evaluation version, available at non cost.
- A full-functioning version, available for a small fee (soon to be made available).
In addition to those two, version 0.4 of Packrat will remain available for free (non-commercial) use.
The evaluation version has the following limitations:
Maximum number of elements to be packed cannot exceed 30.
Maximum number of containers cannot exceed 3.
The component will notify if any of the two limitations is in effect.
PackRat has been found to work with Grasshopper v0.9.
The evaluation and education version of Packrat is NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USAGE! Please consider purchasing a commercial license.
Latest Activity: Oct 26, 2017
A new update to Packrat is available, version 0.6.
Packrat has not been updated for quite some time, but the latest update brings some significant updates. First, packing time performance is improves, with improvements sometime ranging up to 300%. That means that you can pack the same amount of elements in one third time!
In addition, a new mode is added where you can specify a single container and Packrat will duplicate it as needed to fit all elements. This has been a longstanding request from the community which I finally got around to implementing.
The new update is of course available to registered users at no cost.
Happy packing! :D
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