parametric engineering

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, […]

Accoya® timber gridshell

Accoya® timber gridshell

A group of Master’s students at the Melbourne School of Design has recently completed the construction of the first Accoya post-formed gridshell in Australia. This activity took place between September 23 and October 5, at the Parkville Campus, in Melbourne, as part of the intensive subject “Issues in Technology”.    MSD’s approach to teaching and […]

Strombus Gigas sea snail in architecture

Strombus Gigas sea snail in architecture

Development of a continuous derivative structure by applying multi-objective evolutionary algorithms, implementation an algorithm for the polygonization of surfaces, and development of a biomimetic wood-composite panel. The mollusk shells are composed of calcium carbonate crystals sandwiched in a viscoelastic protein matrix. The shell of the Strombus Gigas has an internal structure composed of three laminar […]

Ongreening Pavilion

Ongreening Pavilion

Ramboll Computational Design have recently used Karamba3d during the structural design of The Ongreening Pavilion, a demountable shell first assembled at Ecobuild 2014 in London. The structural approach involved form-finding 6mm straight timber laths into bending-active ‘elastica’ curves, laced with additional elements formed along surface geodesics.     Following an initial placement of the laths, […]


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.

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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, […]

Accoya® timber gridshell
Accoya® timber gridshell

A group of Master’s students at the Melbourne School of Design has recently completed the construction of the first Accoya post-formed gridshell in Australia. This activity took place between September 23 and October 5, at the Parkville Campus, in Melbourne, as part of the intensive subject “Issues in Technology”.    MSD’s approach to teaching and […]

Strombus Gigas sea snail in architecture
Strombus Gigas sea snail in architecture

Development of a continuous derivative structure by applying multi-objective evolutionary algorithms, implementation an algorithm for the polygonization of surfaces, and development of a biomimetic wood-composite panel. The mollusk shells are composed of calcium carbonate crystals sandwiched in a viscoelastic protein matrix. The shell of the Strombus Gigas has an internal structure composed of three laminar […]

Ongreening Pavilion
Ongreening Pavilion

Ramboll Computational Design have recently used Karamba3d during the structural design of The Ongreening Pavilion, a demountable shell first assembled at Ecobuild 2014 in London. The structural approach involved form-finding 6mm straight timber laths into bending-active ‘elastica’ curves, laced with additional elements formed along surface geodesics.     Following an initial placement of the laths, […]

Smart Structures Lab @ Sydney Design Week
Smart Structures Lab @ Sydney Design Week

The work of the students from the Smart Structures Lab at the University of Sydney was recently presented at the Sydney Design Festival.

Controlmad – Master in PARAMETRIC DESIGN
Controlmad – Master in PARAMETRIC DESIGN

Moritz Heimrath will be teaching Karamba as part of the new Master in Parametric Design in Madrid. APPLY NOW: karamba – parametric structural modeling workshop – Madrid http://www.controlmad.com/formacion/parametric-design/ The workshop will be concerned with fundamentals of structural analysis and address specific topics within guided examples. Based on parametric models we will look on: setup, tricks […]

How Virtual Becomes Real
How Virtual Becomes Real

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 multipurpose centre at the PeakHurst High school, in NSW. During the first 4 weeks, the design studio will combine theoretical lectures with workshop and design sessions on parametric design, […]

Brand-X, Smart Structures Lab
Brand-X, Smart Structures Lab

The context for Smart Structures Lab is set within the Digital: through design, analysis and fabrication. We give you a platform for inventing your specific interest and focus; by analysing an aspect of your own choice, by situating your project, and by investigating the use of new materials, technologies, aesthetics, and novel spatial organizations -­‐ […]