Join Chris Reilly for an in-depth discussion in this video What is Grasshopper?, part of Learning Grasshopper.
Grasshopper is a plug-in for Rhinoceros 3D modeling software. It gives us a visual interface for building algorithms that generate geometry in Rhino. Now, as powerful as Rhino's 3D modeling tools are on their own, there comes a point, especially when you're dealing with complex models, where a user might want even more flexibility. For example, the ability to quickly change fundamental attributes of a complicated model or the ability to make complex formations through repetitions of simple forms. Or maybe a user would like to use mathematical functions to control or generate shapes.
Now, some of this flexibility can be accessed from within Rhino by using the built in support for scripting languages like Rhinoscript or Python. These scripting tools offer powerful control over Rhino's modeling commands, including some that are not available through the graphic interface. Using scripting languages, though, requires a fairly in depth knowledge of computer programming techniques, which, of course, many artists, designers or other creative users don't have. Grasshopper combines the mostly graphical approach of working in Rhino with the powerful algorithmic techniques found in scripting.
The benefit of using Grasshopper is that you don't need to have a high level of scripting or programming experience to jump right in and start generating interesting models.
- What is Grasshopper?
- What's an algorithm?
- Setting input data
- Using data matching
- Looking at mathematical and logical functions
- Analyzing curves and surface data
- Working with transformations
- Manipulating the Data Tree
Skill Level Appropriate for all
2. Working in Grasshopper
3. Math and Logic Functions
4. Curves and Surfaces
6. Data Tree
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