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8 Lesser-Known 3D Modelling Tools for Architects

Hello Folks! Welcome to the 25th issue of TGIC. Visual programming languages enable architects to
8 Lesser-Known 3D Modelling Tools for Architects
By Vignesh Kaushik • Issue #25 • View online
Hello Folks!
Welcome to the 25th issue of TGIC.
Visual programming languages enable architects to create algorithms by manipulating graphical elements rather than by entering textual code. When visual programming is applied to design, it results in a modelling approach that we refer to as Visual Dataflow Modelling (VDM). Recently, VDM is becoming increasingly popular within the design community, as it can accelerate the iterative design process, thereby allowing larger numbers of design possibilities to be explored. Modelling in a VDM environment is a bit different compared to explicit modelling. VDM consists of creating dataflow networks using nodes and links. Each node can be thought of as a function performing an action and a link is used to connect the output of one function to the input of another function.
A number of CAD systems now provide VDM interfaces, allowing designers to define form generating procedures without having to resort to scripting or programming. Some of the more popular tools include Grasshopper for Rhino, Dynamo for Revit and my all-time favorite SideFX Houdini.
In this issue, let’s take a look at a few lesser-known VDM environments that architects can use for accelerated form exploration and data manipulation.
Until next week,
Vignesh Kaushik, Computational BIM Specialist
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Standalone VDM Tools
IOGRAM: Sketch To Revit - YouTube
IOGRAM: Sketch To Revit - YouTube
SPONSORED LINK
SPONSORED LINK
VDM on the Browser
The geometry you see in the image is generated using only 4 nodes!
The geometry you see in the image is generated using only 4 nodes!
VDM Plugins
Vectorworks Marionette - Random Cube - YouTube
Vectorworks Marionette - Random Cube - YouTube
Parametric terrain generation
Parametric terrain generation
3ds max 2016 - My First MCG Tool - YouTube
3ds max 2016 - My First MCG Tool - YouTube
Sverchok blender addon - YouTube
Sverchok blender addon - YouTube
Desert Spaceport in Archimatix on Vimeo
Desert Spaceport in Archimatix on Vimeo
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