parametric engineering

Karamba 1.0.5

Karamba 1.0.5

Karamba 1.0.5 is now available for download and includes the following new features and bug-fixes. Karamba 1.0.5 contains these new features: A simplified installation procedure. Iso- and stream-lines with user supplied values and vectors at mesh-vertices (unlimited mesh-size also in the FREE-version of Karamba). Benchmark examples with known results from literature for the evaluation of calculation […]

Beakerhead Pavilion

Beakerhead Pavilion

This intensive 4 day design/fabricate/build workshop explored digital form-finding techniques to produce a series of scaled architectural prototypes for freestanding pavilion structures. Two student teams each developed a proposal through dynamic meshrelaxation processes to simulate the formation of a tensioned membrane structure. A series of mesh panelization protocols were used to test various structural patterns which were materialized as […]

CIAB Pavillon

CIAB Pavillon

Candela Revisited  The pavilion was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects London for the China International Architectural Biennal. It reinterprets Felix Candela’s works with complementary hypar shells, which are both highly structural and sculptural. As a concept contrasting the originals, the optimal structural logic was partially broken by linking the three parts in the middles of […]

How Virtual Becomes Real in Gridshell Design

How Virtual Becomes Real in Gridshell Design

Master of Architecture students of the University of Melbourne have completed a 12-week studio that involves using Rhino, Grasshopper and Karamba to produce grid-shell structures for a pavillion at the Northcote Aquatic Center. During the first 6 weeks, through the development of individual projects and group design exercises, the students are expected to: [1] generate […]

Surface Active Structures IAAC

Surface Active Structures IAAC

Students at the IAAC implemented karamba within their research in a seminar titled, Surface Action Structures, taught by Manja van de Worp. Below are some examples of the students work and short description of the course.     This seminar explores play as a method for design of geometric structures. In order to play, we […]


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 and frames, and is easy to use for non-experts, tailored to the needs of architects, specifically, in the early design phase.

Download the latest karamba (1.0.5) release or Purchase a karamba PRO or STUDENT license. We now offer network licenses through the McNeel Zoo License server.

Karamba 1.0.5
Karamba 1.0.5

Karamba 1.0.5 is now available for download and includes the following new features and bug-fixes. Karamba 1.0.5 contains these new features: A simplified installation procedure. Iso- and stream-lines with user supplied values and vectors at mesh-vertices (unlimited mesh-size also in the FREE-version of Karamba). Benchmark examples with known results from literature for the evaluation of calculation […]

Beakerhead Pavilion
Beakerhead Pavilion

This intensive 4 day design/fabricate/build workshop explored digital form-finding techniques to produce a series of scaled architectural prototypes for freestanding pavilion structures. Two student teams each developed a proposal through dynamic meshrelaxation processes to simulate the formation of a tensioned membrane structure. A series of mesh panelization protocols were used to test various structural patterns which were materialized as […]

CIAB Pavillon
CIAB Pavillon

Candela Revisited  The pavilion was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects London for the China International Architectural Biennal. It reinterprets Felix Candela’s works with complementary hypar shells, which are both highly structural and sculptural. As a concept contrasting the originals, the optimal structural logic was partially broken by linking the three parts in the middles of […]

How Virtual Becomes Real in Gridshell Design
How Virtual Becomes Real in Gridshell Design

Master of Architecture students of the University of Melbourne have completed a 12-week studio that involves using Rhino, Grasshopper and Karamba to produce grid-shell structures for a pavillion at the Northcote Aquatic Center. During the first 6 weeks, through the development of individual projects and group design exercises, the students are expected to: [1] generate […]

Surface Active Structures IAAC
Surface Active Structures IAAC

Students at the IAAC implemented karamba within their research in a seminar titled, Surface Action Structures, taught by Manja van de Worp. Below are some examples of the students work and short description of the course.     This seminar explores play as a method for design of geometric structures. In order to play, we […]

Small Wooden Building | Pavillon in Alberschwende
Small Wooden Building | Pavillon in Alberschwende

The “Pavilion for one Summer” was designed by Manuel Fabian Hartmann and his team attending the subject “design and construction” at the university of Innsbruck in the summer term 2013. The aim was to build a temporary lightweight pavilion made of wood - for just one summer – which costs less than 1500 Euros. It was also important to realize […]

4th Parametric Design Workshop Leipzig
4th Parametric Design Workshop Leipzig

Clemens Preisinger will be presenting karamba3d at the 4th Parametric Design Workshop in Leipzig from 5-9 December 2013. The workshop will be concerned with the development and optimisation of a building using Rhino3D and Grasshopper based tools, such as Karamba and iterative and or evolutionary methods are to be used for system optimisation. Limited rapid […]

Force Based Design
Force Based Design

Karamba was recently taught and utilized by Christian Heidenreich, Alexander Stahr and participants at the Bauhaus Summer School Workshop ‘Force Based Design’. This two-week interdisciplinary course aimed to lay the foundations of a „force based design“ through theoretical input lectures and presentations. Varying examples showed that the efficiency of structures depends largely on the flow […]

karamba 1.0.4
karamba 1.0.4

karamba 1.0.4 contains these new features and bug-fixes. For a complete list of features click here. Download the latest version of karamba here. Karamba can now handle SI and Imperial Units. The “MeshBreps”-component meshes multiple, connected Breps for shell analysis. A network license option based on the Zoo5.0 license server has been added. The algorithm […]