algorithmic modeling for Rhino

PanelingTools GH Add-On


PanelingTools GH Add-On

Parametric tools to create and manipulate rectangular grids, attractors and support creative morphing of parametric patterns.

This is a BETA version and works only with the latest Rhino 5.0 BETA on Windows 32 & 64 Bit.

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Downloads and Installation (Last update: October 15, 2012):

Each time you update, please do the following:

1- Download the latest service release of Rhinoceros 5 and the latest Grasshopper.

2- Download the latest PanelingTools for Rhino 5.0 and Grasshopper. Make sure to double click on the installer to install.
3- Open Rhino, you should see PanelingTools menu in Rhino. Open Grasshopper, you should see the PanelingTools tab in Grasshopper. 

Where to start:


The PanelingTools for Grasshopper Primer (PDF) has many tutorials and detailed description of all components with examples. You can use as a start point to learn about the plugin.

Download The Primer Examples and Tutorials. This includes all components example and tutorials as Grasshopper definitions.

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Join the developer for a comprehensive online class (10 hour). Click for details...

First step is to create a rectangular grid using one of the tools in "Grid" tab.  Some of these components take a list of points, which you can generate using GH standard components, or divide a curve using one of the tools under "Curve" tab of PanelingTools.

Once a grid is created, you can shuffle it using one of the attraction methods under "Grid Attractors" tab.  One output is the shuffled grid, another output is the normalized weights based on the attraction method that can be used for variable offset or variable paneling for example.

"Grid Utility" tab helps you do things like extracting points from the grid, replace points, extract center grid, expand grids, create surface from grid, etc.

"Panel Utility" tab has components to pull panel edges to a surface using pull, iso curves or shortest path.

"Panel2D" tab has many ways to panel the rectangular grid and populate 2D components.

"Panel3D" contain components to populate 3D patterns between 2 bounding grids.

If you used PanelingTools plugin for Rhino, then the Parameters tab is for you.  You can use PanelingTools for Rhino to create your grid, then input into GH as a tree structure using "Select" component.  The "Bake" components is to bake a grid in a format that can be used by PanelingTools plugin for Rhino. If you only work with GH, then you can safely ignore this tab.

Note: All input/output of PanelingTools Add-on to GH use standard geometry and you can use standard GH components to manipulate them. Grids for example are nothing but simple tree structures (no nesting). You can think of it as a list of rows or paths that contain certain number of leafs or elements.
It is important to try to avoid FLATTENING a grid. If you have to flatten a grid, there is a utility to recompose it if you knew the number of rows, but seriously, stay away from flattening!

Please feel free to post bugs, questions and suggestions to improve the tools. Please use the discussion of this group to post question when possible.

Discussion Forum

Question: Apply Custom Pattern 8 Replies

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…Continue

Started by FrankS. Last reply by Hannah Stevens Apr 15.

PT-GH for the RhinoWIP for the Mac... 16 Replies

Hi all,You probably already know that you can access PanelingTools in the Mac RhinoWIP (all commands auto-complete when you type "pt"). RhinoWIP for Mac also lets you access Grasshopper when you run…Continue

Started by Rajaa Issa. Last reply by Rajaa Issa Sep 30, 2019.

How do I use a positive and negative point attractor in the same grid? 1 Reply

Individually very simple operation but I want to incorporate both a positive and negative (magnitude) point attractor to create a grid.  I've attached file.  How do I incorporate the negative…Continue

Tags: attraction, point

Started by Carlos Fernandez. Last reply by Rajaa Issa Nov 1, 2018.

project curve to mesh faces / 2D panel mesh 3 Replies

Hi,How do I map/project a non regular curve on to mesh faces?I would like to have something similar to paneling tools 2D morph only to the mesh faces,center of the curve to be at the center of the…Continue

Started by adimeyero. Last reply by adimeyero May 21, 2018.


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Comment by John Stack Ross on January 13, 2015 at 6:54pm

Cfeldman, I posted a Grasshopper screen capture to a similar question a couple of months ago. You can create a paneling grid from a mesh in Grasshopper. Deconstruct the mesh, then use PT - compose grid number from the mesh vertices (specify a number of rows that match your mesh). 

Comment by Cfeldman on January 13, 2015 at 3:10pm


Yes, i am trying to do an speciaal 3D model print,since an old 3d file,
with these old maquette-architecture.
(  my idea was first an paneling tools, and after that, one 3D module in each panel.
But i cant find the way to panel the mesh (...... or is that one multi-surface ?).
The 3D files is imported from my computer too, but from 3D Sketchup, or 3D Studio Max.
Exported to Rhino, for panelings tools.
Yes, i have some sketchs, what i am searching for.
Here there are some sketchs.
Can a mesh receive a paneling tools ? in wich way ?
Comment by Cfeldman on January 13, 2015 at 3:07pm

Why would you like to panel the mesh ?

Because that is the result that the person seach for his designs !!!.

(the skin for the mesh,etc).

Can apply the paneling tools over one mesh ?

Sorry, but in wich way-manier ?

Thanks you


Comment by Cfeldman on January 13, 2015 at 3:01pm

Hellow Rajaa !

Please...."Hello Rajaa, is it possible to panel mesh surfaces in grasshopper panelling tools  OR NOT?

Yes ? how ???.........Thanks

Sí, yo estoy tratando de hacer un IMPRIMIR3D speciaal, (desde un viejo archivo 3d),
con estos viejos maqueta-arquitectura.
(Mi idea era primero una herramientas de paneles, y después de eso, un módulo de 3D en cada panel.
Pero no puedo encontrar la manera de panel de la malla (...... o es que uno multi-superficie?).
Los archivos 3D se importa de mi equipo también, pero a partir de 3D Sketchup o 3D Studio Max.
Exportados a Rhino, por sus paredes paneladas de herramientas.
Sí, tengo algunos sketchs, lo que estoy buscando.
Aquí hay algunos sketchs.
Comment by Rajaa Issa on January 13, 2015 at 9:31am

Why would you like to panel the mesh? Do you have a sketch of the desired outcome?

Comment by Luke Orford on January 13, 2015 at 8:49am


I was just wondering if its possible to panel a mesh model of a car.


The image ive attached above i wish to turn into paneled type model.

Is this doable. sorry for the vague post im not quite sure how to approach this model.

Kind Regards


Comment by Nuru Karim on November 4, 2014 at 11:53pm

Thank-you. here's the attached screen shot for your reference.

I would also like to influence the u,v span numbers if possible.

Comment by Rajaa Issa on November 4, 2014 at 10:06am

And you can certainly use mesh objects directly. The following examples uses ptMorph3d  to morph a mesh box.

Let me know if you have a specific example you would like to do.

Comment by John Stack Ross on November 4, 2014 at 9:25am

Hi Nuru, Rajaa, 

One approach is to deconstruct the mesh, then use PT - compose grid number from the mesh vertices (specify a number of rows that match your mesh). 


Comment by Nuru Karim on November 4, 2014 at 3:22am

Hello Rajaa, is it possible to panel mesh surfaces in grasshopper panelling tools ? many thanks


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