algorithmic modeling for Rhino

Hi Rajaa, hi everyone,

I am new to Paneling Tools.

I am trying to get my head around how to apply custom shapes using the "Morph 2D" component. Specifically, i try to apply a hexagon pattern and here it starts to get tricky.

In non-GH-Panelling Tools:

I see in rajaa's turorial ( starting from 13:20) how it's done in non-GH-Panelling Tools. It seems it uses a different concept that involves a unit grid. By that means it seems easier to match a non-stictly-row-and-colum-based pattern (like hex) to the grid.

In GH:

Using "Morph 2D" my shape will always be squeezing into a grid cell.

I have a problem seeing how to apply a seamless hex-grid this way. (since there is always "empty space" in an square cell with a hexagon in it and no cells can overlap)

Could someone give me a hint on how to proceed? Much appreciated.

cheers, frank

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I came this far editing Rajaas "Apply Staggered Pattern" definition:

getting closer, i now know it must be about shifting and changed grid density but i still don't see it through...

Yes, there is a way to do a connecting pattern like in PT for Rhino. You can even generate those in the Rhino side, save pattern to a file, then use the strings from there.  Just make sure to place each connection is a separate string input in the PT-GH component.

Here is an example.   Please get hold of the build of today (October 16).  There was a small bug that I fixed:

Hi Rajaa,

thanks a lot for your reply.

I will have to think this over. So, you do not need "Morph 2D" to apply a hex pattern to a grid? I got all stuck trying to make "Morph 2D" work.


Hi Frank,

That is right, you do not need to use morph2d, but you sure can.

Usually Morph2d is a good option to use if you have a repeatable rectangular pattern.  In the case of hexagons, you might do it as in this image:

Hi Rajaa,

Thanks again for your help. Everything worked out fine.

best, frank 

I'm trying to do this same thing, but with ptMPanel3d. I'm using a triangular cell, and need to to extract the mesh cell to use the Morph battery.  

I can get it to work if I use PT3D Cell, but then the cells are always square.

Any thoughts?

Hello Raja,

since i am also a brad new user of Grasshopper, it is really find out the right thing to do paneling. As you see in the attached file i also created a hexagon shape but there are a lot of points to use for input Pn. Despite the efforts for extracting each point, i gave a try to replicate your idea but it did not work. Could you please help me to panel these hexagon


I faced this problem too. I tried using Morph2d, and it worked. I also read the information on this site and it helped me. It describes the theory of mathematics with examples, and everything is quite clear. Students mainly use it, but there are many answers. You can use it too. I hope you can finish your work.






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