Evolute Tools for Rhino provide access to powerful paneling and planarisation tools for freeform surfaces with a user friendly interface. There are two plug-ins for Rhino available: the free EvoluteTools LITE and the fully featured EvoluteTools PRO.
EvoluteTools LITE is a free Rhino plugin allowing intuitive design of panelisations using multi-resolution mesh modeling and mesh optimisation.
Meshes can be optimized for closeness to a reference surface, fairness (smoothness) of its polylines and several other goals. No strings attached: unlimited mesh size, no cost and no patents.
Proven rationalization tools for complex geometries in buildings and beyond.
EvoluteTools PRO is an advanced Rhino plug in providing access to powerful paneling and planarisation tools for freeform surfaces with a user friendly interface. Established computational tools from Evolute's core software library as well as ground breaking technology from our cutting edge research results provide you with functionality not offered by any other system.
Designing Panel Layouts
EvoluteTools PRO enables intuitive modeling of panelisations using multi-resolution mesh modeling and mesh optimisations. The tool allows you to use any reference geometry and build upon it a panel layout according to your specific constraints within minutes.
Fitting Mesh Vertices to Planes & Curves
EvoluteTools PRO allows optimising a panel layout towards requirements often occurring in practice. Sets of mesh vertices (usually those in a polyline) can be fit to planes, for example to align them with the floor levels of a building. Additionally, vertices can also be fit to user-defined curves.
Optimising for Planar Panels
When it comes to realizing a freeform surface, the cost of the panels themselves is usually one of the most important cost factors. Regardless if the material is glass, concrete, or metal: curved panels are generally much more expensive to produce and present all sorts of challenges.
EvoluteTools PRO for Rhino lets you optimise a panel layout globally for the planarity of its panels - while keeping all your other requirements in place.
The EvoluteTools PRO Scripting Interface is an effort to make as much as possible of the core functionality accessible for automation using RhinoScript. As many of EvoluteTools' features involve handling individual vertices, edges and faces of a mesh or groups of such elements, there is an apparent need for an efficient way of identifying, accessing and navigating between those elements. This functionality facilitates the export of mesh data for custom analysis or processing and enables flexible generation of structure layouts upon an optimized mesh.
Evolute Tools have an excellent Learning Center with many User Guides and Tutorial Vidoes.
Contents of the User Guide include:
Introduction : The EvoluteTools Primer
Evolute Tools PRO and Evolute Tools LITE are plug-ins for Rhino3d, we would suggest looking at the standard hardware advice for Rhino 5:
There are also some sample build Windows Workstations for Rhino3d Workstations here: