algorithmic modeling for Rhino



Volvox enables you to create, edit and analyze Point Cloud data. You can download it from food4Rhino.

The plugin is developed in the frame of the DURAARK project:

DURAARK (Durable Architectural Knowledge) is a collaborative project developing methods and tools for the semantic enrichment and long-term preservation of architectural knowledge and data. It focuses on establishing working practices and links between semantically rich BIM models and unstructured Point Cloud data. It Is funded through the European Commision's FP7 Programme and is running between 02/2013 - 01/2016. (Grant Agreement no: 600908)

This plugin is developed as a part of DURAARK project at the Center for Information Technology and Architecture (CITA) by Henrik Leander Evers and Mateusz Zwierzycki.

Recommended downloads :

E57 Import for Rhino


If you use the tool and want to refer to us please to so by citing the summarizing paper of ours:

Zwierzycki, Mateusz, Evers, Henrik Leander and Tamke, Martin (2016) Parametric Architectural Design with Point-clouds – Volvox. In Herneoja, Aulikki; Toni Österlund and Piia Markkanen (eds.), Complexity & Simplicity - Proceedings of the 34th eCAADe Conference - Volume 2, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland, 22-26 August 2016, pp. 673-682

The paper is open access

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Point Set Deviation Procedure 2 Replies

Hi, I am new to using Volvox in grasshopper. I am trying to replicate the Point Set Deviation command found in Rhino. Would anyone be able to guide me on a procedure for this? I found an example of…Continue

Started by Christopher Rausch. Last reply by Parimal Vala May 14.

Large .las files 15 Replies

Hi guys. I am trying to explore Volvox for import of large pointclouds (>7gb) from 3D scan. The file is .las and is more than 7 gb of size. Is Volvox to open .E57 files only, meaning that the .las…Continue

Started by Rasmus Holst. Last reply by Parimal Vala Jul 5, 2019.

loading point clouds 6 Replies

Hello, I'm beginner for using Volvox. I have problem with initial part which is merging point clouds in grasshopper. I created e57 file using Autodesk recap and in Grasshopper I used Several…Continue

Started by mahan motamedi. Last reply by Parimal Vala Jun 17, 2019.

Volvox (Point Cloud - .e57 file error) "Object reference is not set to an instance of object"

Hello, I am new to volvox. I was trying to upload .e57 file (Point Cloud), There is a kind of error - "Object reference is not set to an instance of object" Kindly request you guys to help me.…Continue

Started by Parimal Vala May 10, 2019.

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Comment by machinehistories on September 8, 2015 at 10:48am

This sounds great. We had a recent project with 20 million points in e57 format. We ended up using cloudcompare which was a very good opensource tool. There is an e57 import plugin for rhino but it would just crash on import. Using cloudcompare I had to decimate the cloud quite a bit to bring it into rhino. Do you have any idea of what the point count limits are in rhino. Looking forward to having these capabilities in GH.

Comment by ng5 Alex on September 7, 2015 at 8:32am

oh this looks so great. 616ms !

lately i am working with point clouds coming from SfM software. i was trying to build a workflow in gh. this comes just right on time!! is there access to color data?

ok i am just gonna have to be patient for the approval.

Thanks Mateusz!

Comment by Mateusz Zwierzycki on September 7, 2015 at 8:26am

@ng5 Alex : Spoiler

Comment by ng5 Alex on September 7, 2015 at 8:20am

really cant wait to see this. !


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