Interface 2014 is part of Installation 2014



SOFiSTiK Rhinoceros Interface

Rhinoceros (Rhino) by Robert McNeel & Associates is a 3D, NURBS-based geometric modeler especially designed for the creation of complex freeform shapes. It will be used in many application fields like architectural or industrial design for designing models with complex geometry. The increasing success of Rhino is, amongst others, based on its intuitive handling, its diversity, its ability to import and export over 30 file formats and its relatively low costs.

The SOFiSTiK Rhinoceros Interface extends the functionality of Rhino by the possibility to define and generate a finite element model for a structural analysis with SOFiSTiK. Geometric objects in Rhino like Points, Curves or Surfaces can be extended by structural information, like cross-section or material properties. The generation of the finite element mesh, consisting of beam and shell elements, can then be carried out from within the program.

A number of additional utilities, which will be combined in a SOFiSTiK toolbox, offer the possibility to visualize cross-sections (e.g. for renderings), to show structural properties as annotations or to select objects by specific attributes.

With the installation of the SOFiSTiK Rhinoceros Interface, Rhino will be integrated into the SOFiSTiK calculation environment (SOFiSTiK Structural Desktop), providing a seamless change between modeling, meshing and further calculation steps without having to manually convert data between different programs.

Similar as with nearly all other data in Rhino, also the structural information can be further edited and changed using RhinoScript or user defined program extensions. This allows to extend the functionality of the SOFiSTiK Rhinoceros Interface and customize it to company or project specific needs.

Fransman Bridge, Courtesy of NEY+PARTNERS, Brussels
Gridshell model