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PanelingTools Plug-in for Rhino

Summary: Rhino Plug-in for Paneling NURBS Surfaces and Polysurfaces. This is work in progress (WIP).



Background

The PanelingTools (PT) plug-in helps generate 2D and 3D cellular patterns and populate them over rectangular grids.

The PT plug-in supports intuitive design of paneling concepts as well as rationalizes complex geometry into a format suitable for analysis and fabrication. The plug-in is closely integrated with Rhino 5 and is widely used for architectural and other building designers.

Download

For Rhino 6 for Windows 64 only (December 2018)

  • Download and double-click PanelingTools for Rhino 6 to install. When opening a new session of Rhino, the installed version will be loaded (no need for any further action such as drag&drop or use PluginManager to load). Toolbars are also installed, but for the first use you need to load using Tools/Toolbar Layout…
  • Runs with Rhino 6 SR11 (6.11) or later. Download here...

For Rhino 5 SR12 for Windows 64 only (October 2016)

  • Download and double-click PanelingTools for Rhino 5 Win 64 to install. When opening a new session of Rhino, the installed version will be loaded (no need for any further action such as drag&drop or use PluginManager to load). Toolbars are also installed, but for the first use you need to load using Tools/Toolbar Layout…
  • Runs with Rhino 5 latest service release. Download here...

For Rhino for Mac 6

  • PanelingTools plug-in is part of the released Rhino 6 for Mac. Please note that there is no PanelingTools menu and all the commands are only available through the command line. Type pt to see all the PanelingTools commands in the AutoComplete list.

For Grasshopper

  • In Windows 6: PanelingTools plug-in extends Grasshopper and is installed by the installer (in Windows, you should see the PanelingTools tab in Grasshopper without any additional installation). Link to PT-GH group for discussions and examples...
  • In Mac 6: You will need to download, unzip and manually place the following file inside “/Users/~/Library/Application Support/McNeel/Rhinoceros/6.0/Plug-ins/Grasshopper (b45a29b1-4343-4035-989e-044e8580d9cf)/Libraries” folder: Download PT-GH-Components_Mac6...
  • In Mac 5: follow the instructions posted here...

Installation error?

Download and run RhiFix.exe If the fix does not work, please send the following to support@mcneel.com:

  • A screenshot of the error
  • Repair Utility log (all the text below RECOMMENDED ACTION)
  • The RHI installer log. Here is where you find it in V5, V6 or V7:
    • Rhino 5: `%appdata%\mcneel\rhinoceros\5.0\logs`
    • Rhino 6: `%appdata%\mcneel\rhinoceros\6.0\logs`
    • Rhino 7: `%appdata%\mcneel\rhinoceros\7.0\logs`

Online class (On-demand)

Join the developer for a free comprehensive online class (~12 hour). Click for details...

Documentation

For documentation and examples, please check:

  • PanelingTools Manual for detailed description of commands and options.
  • PanelingTools for Grasshopper Manual includes tutorials and description of PT-GH components.
  • Paneling Scripting page has a listing of paneling methods for RhinoScript.
  • Paneling Tutorials page has links to video tutorials.
  • Paneling Short Clips page has short video tutorials that covers the core functionality of PanelingTools.
  • Paneling Gallery page has users' PanelTools projects.
  • Single stroke font (optional). As a bonus feature, add this font to your Windows font directory. For example, in Windows 7, drag the RhSS.ttf file into Control Panel>Appearance and Personalization>Fonts. The font will then be accessible from Rhino. This type of font is used mainly to tag parts for laser cutting.


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Feedback

Please tell us what you think and how you are using PanelingTools to help shape future development.

Join the PanelingTools Forum to post questions and share your projects.

For questions and feedback, contact the developer.

labs/panelingtools.txt · Last modified: 2019/09/30 by rajaa