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Installing NETWORK licenses

A guide to installing your STUDENT or PRO network license for karamba. A network license can only be installed with the McNeel Zoo License network server (only for Rhino5 64bit). Download and install Zoo from wiki.mcneel.com/zoo/home. Karamba will function with both Zoo 5.0 and Zoo 6.0. Install the latest version of grasshopper from grasshopper3d.com. Download the latest […]

AIA 2015 Award for Structural Innovation – Triaxial Pavilion

AIA 2015 Award for Structural Innovation – Triaxial Pavilion

Students Max Hu, Harry Henshaw-Hill, and Hongkai (Lex) Yuan have won the AIA 2015 (NSW Graduate & Student) Award for Structural Innovation with their project Triaxial Pavilion, developed as part of the research studio SmartStructuresLab. SmartStructuresLab is a MARC4003 postgraduate Master of Digital Architecture Research studio at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, The […]

Karamba Form Finding

Karamba Form Finding

Alphonso Peluso has created a video tutorial exploring Form Finding with Karamba.

Dawang Mountain Resort Changsha

Dawang Mountain Resort Changsha

The COOP HIMMELB(L)AU concept for the Deep Pit Snow and Ice World project engages the existing deep pit, recognizing both its cultural heritage and natural beauty. Towards the South and East the existing pit is revealed and the sculpted shell of the Snow and Ice World floats over a sunken and hanging garden creating a […]

Karamba 1.1.0

Karamba 1.1.0

Karamba 1.1.0 is now available for download and includes the following new features and bug-fixes. Karamba 1.1.0 contains these new features: Karamba now comes with second order theory analysis based on the assumption of small displacements Imperfections (member inclinations and initial curvature) may be applied as loads. The “Buckling modes”-component allows to calculate global buckling load factors and […]


karamba3d karamba is fully embedded in parametric environment of Grasshopper which is a a plug-in for the 3d modeling tool Rhinoceros. This makes it easy to combine parameterized geometric models, finite element calculation and optimization algorithms like Galapagos.

karamba provides accurate analysis of spatial trusses, frames and shells. It is easy to use for non-experts, tailored to the needs of architects, specifically, in the early design phase.

Download the latest karamba (1.1.0) release or Purchase a karamba PRO or STUDENT license. We now offer network licenses through the McNeel Zoo License server.

Installing NETWORK licenses
karamba1

A guide to installing your STUDENT or PRO network license for karamba. A network license can only be installed with the McNeel Zoo License network server (only for Rhino5 64bit). Download and install Zoo from wiki.mcneel.com/zoo/home. Karamba will function with both Zoo 5.0 and Zoo 6.0. Install the latest version of grasshopper from grasshopper3d.com. Download the latest […]

AIA 2015 Award for Structural Innovation – Triaxial Pavilion
AIA 2015 Award for Structural Innovation – Triaxial Pavilion

Students Max Hu, Harry Henshaw-Hill, and Hongkai (Lex) Yuan have won the AIA 2015 (NSW Graduate & Student) Award for Structural Innovation with their project Triaxial Pavilion, developed as part of the research studio SmartStructuresLab. SmartStructuresLab is a MARC4003 postgraduate Master of Digital Architecture Research studio at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, The […]

Karamba Form Finding
Karamba Form Finding

Alphonso Peluso has created a video tutorial exploring Form Finding with Karamba.

Dawang Mountain Resort Changsha
Dawang Mountain Resort Changsha

The COOP HIMMELB(L)AU concept for the Deep Pit Snow and Ice World project engages the existing deep pit, recognizing both its cultural heritage and natural beauty. Towards the South and East the existing pit is revealed and the sculpted shell of the Snow and Ice World floats over a sunken and hanging garden creating a […]

Karamba 1.1.0
Karamba 1.1.0

Karamba 1.1.0 is now available for download and includes the following new features and bug-fixes. Karamba 1.1.0 contains these new features: Karamba now comes with second order theory analysis based on the assumption of small displacements Imperfections (member inclinations and initial curvature) may be applied as loads. The “Buckling modes”-component allows to calculate global buckling load factors and […]

MIN-MAX structures
MIN-MAX structures

Robert Vierlinger will be teaching karamba as part of the MIN-MAX structures workshop from 7-11 March in Wrcolaw, Poland. Further information can be found below or at Shapes of Logic. Brief: Most of cases of evolutionary optimization in structural engigneering try to minimize the structure’s weight, but only about 0,03% use multi-objective algorithm. (Kicinger, 2005).  […]

Atmeture – Archilace Letchworth
Atmeture – Archilace Letchworth

Archilace is a construction technique using interwoven glass fibre reinforced plastic hoops strengthened with carbon fibre laces. The archilace structure, Atmeture was recently completed at Letchworth Garden City for the “Fire & Fright” festival in October 2014. The installation was created by the artists Loop.pH (Mathias Gmachl & Rachel Wingfield) with support from Ramboll Computational Design […]

Boathouse
Boathouse

This Boathouse designed and built by Dynck is a showcase of using local wood, handtools and new technologies. The construction (position and angle of the columns and braces) is optimized using Karamba3D and Galapagos in Grasshopper and afterwards the calculations where done by an engineer from Arup. The algorithm automatically generated ‘saw and drill’ lists, […]

Shell Buckling
Shell Buckling

A cylinder is analysed using karamba 1.1.0`s new Buckling Modes component which allows the calculation of global buckling load factors and buckling shapes. Get the grasshopper definition here: ShellBuckling.gh