In this Point Attractor tutorial, we will use a point to deform a star shape. First, we will use a base surface, divide it into rectangular panels and then study the basics behind the star pattern. We will use the point attractor to move the star points in their lines and change their shapes.
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Parametric Stars

Deployable Programmable Surface
In This video by LGG EPFL you can see the development of novel deployable structures that can approximate a large class of doublycurved surfaces and are easily actuated from a flat initial state via inflation or gravitational loading.
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Reconfigurable Materials
Harvard researchers have developed a general framework to design reconfigurable metamaterials. The design strategy is scale independent, meaning it can be applied to everything from meterscale architectures to reconfigurable nanoscale systems such as photonic crystals, waveguides and metamaterials to guide heat.
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Rhynamo
Rhynamo is an open source plugin for connecting Rhino to Dynamo and Revit. Rhynamo uses OpenNURBS to help designers translate geometry and data for use in a BIM workflow.
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StarShade Origami Spacecraft
NASA is using origami to build a giant star blocker, in hopes of imaging distant worlds. “Origami, the Japanese tradition of paperfolding, has inspired a number of unique spacecraft designs. It’s little wonder that it fascinates NASA engineers: origami can seem deceptively simple, hiding complex math within its creases.”
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Octahedron 3D Fretwork
Octahedron by Alex Fox an amazing woodworking 3D Fretwork, a scroll saw project. In this video you can see the making (Cutting, finishing and assembling) of a geometric plywood sculpture.
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Art Deco Shadow Box
Making of scroll saw fretwork ornament “Art Deco Shadow Box” of painted MDF 3 mm by Alex Fox
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Kangaroo Curve Collide
In this Grasshopper Kangaroo tutorial we will study how we can collide a series of particles with a curve. First we will produce a series of random points and define them as spheres for collision and then we will use curve collide to detect the collison.
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Pufferfish Twisted Box
In this Rhino Grasshopper pufferfish plugin tutorial we will use the twisted box pipe variable component to make a parametric model. First we will define the inputs and how it works and then we will use the thickness component to extract the center.
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Wavy Pattern
In this Rhino Grasshopper tutorial we will model a wavy pattern on a freeform surface. First we will model the base NURB surface and then we will make a planar surface which it's dimension is related to the surface. We will use Isotrim to make strips on the ground and start modeling the pattern. At [...] More → 
Parametric Stairs
In this Rhino Grasshopper stair tutorial we will use a simple loft surface to model a series of parametric stairs. First we will model the base curves in Rhino and use the loft command in Grasshopper to make the surface. Then we will use the “Contour” command to make the stairs curves and use an offset component combined with etrusion to finish the model.
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Origami Structures and Examples
In recent decades origami structures and forms has been of increasing interest to mathematicians and engineers. Mathematicians are more interested in the geometrical aspects of origami objects such as foldability of origami patterns, especially foldability of developable surfaces.
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Voronoi Pattern Sunflower
In this Grasshopper tutorial, we produce a Voronoi Pattern based on Sunflower seed distribution. The technique we will use is the Maelstrom component to twist a series of straight lines so we’ll not use the actual Fibonacci sequence to produce the Voronoi cells but it’s a quick trick you can use to produce a pattern similar to it.
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Pyramid Point Attractor
In this attractor point grasshopper tutorial, we will model a series of pyramids which deform based on attractor point. First, we will model the base grid and then we will use a point to attract the tip of the pyramids towards the attractor.
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Smooth Weave Pattern
In this Rhino Grasshopper tutorial, we will use Mesh+ and Weaverbird to model a weaving pattern on a Nurbs surface. First, we will model a Surface in Rhino using Sweep1 and then we will use Mesh+ to model the pattern. Finally, we will use weaverbird to smooth the results and make the weaving pattern.
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Voronoi Curve Attractor
In this Grasshopper Voronoi tutorial, we will use curve attractors to control the Voronoi cells. First, we will use a boundary to make the base Voronoi cells and then we will define a curve and populate random points in it. In the end, we will use dispatch to split the cells into two groups.
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Wave Machine Sculpture
The FiberLab Symphony Orchestra, consisting of 1 perforated hardboard, 2 craft rings, 12 wooden trims, 288 wooden balls, 720 metal findings, and about 1500 feet of nylon string – all accompanied by the ravishingly beautiful String Quartet No. 2 by Alexander Borodin.
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HypoSurface
The Hyposurface is comprised by a matrix of actuators, which are given positional information via a highly efficient bus system as well as an array of electronic sensors used to trigger a variety of mathematical deployment programs.
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ShapeShift
ShapeShift is a compact, highresolution (7 mm pitch), mobile tabletop shape display. We explore potential interaction techniques in both passive and active mobile scenarios. In the passive case, the user is able to freely move and spin the display as it renders elements.
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Cupra Kinetic Wall
Design and development of Cupra Kinetic Wall, created by Leva, TODO and Blackboard Berlin for the Cupra stand at 88° Geneva International Motor Show.
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Make A Ripple
Make A Ripple (2017) is a custom kinetic sculpture. It consists of 60 moving elements that are interconnected with springs. The elements are counterbalanced rods with disks on the ends which can pivot freely on a kind of universal joint.
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Transforming Toys
Chuck Hoberman is an artist, engineer, architect, and inventor of folding toys and structures, most notably the Hoberman sphere. In addition to toys such as the Hoberman sphere, Hoberman created the BrainTwist, a hard plastic tetrahedron that folds, stellates, and becomes selfdual while having a component that rotates similarly to a Rubik’s Cube.
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Self Assembling Robot Cubes
Designed by MIT researchers and Known as MBlocks, these self assembling robots are cubes with no external moving parts. Nonetheless, they’re able to climb over and around one another, leap through the air, roll across the ground, and even move while suspended upside down from metallic surfaces.
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Hyperbola From Sticks
This film was made by Ashok Rupner TATA Trust: Make a wonderful HYPERBOLA from straight sticks! This work was supported by IUCAA and Tata Trust. In geometry, a hyperboloid of revolution, sometimes called circular hyperboloid, is a surface that may be generated by rotating a hyperbola around one of its principal axes.
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3D Printed Optimized Bridge
This bridge was produced using 3D concrete printing technology by Ghent University in collaboration with Vertico. The design and production of a topologyoptimized prestressed concrete bridge is presented. Topology optimization (TO) is a mathematical method that optimizes material layout within a given design space
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Buckling Induced Kirigami
This is a video by Ahmad Rafsanjani showing bucklingInduced Kirigami Physical Review. Kirigami is a variation of origami that includes cutting of the paper, rather than solely folding the paper as is the case with origami, but typically does not use glue.Typically, kirigami starts with a folded base,
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Mysteries of Minimal Surfaces
This is a video by Hojoo Lee showing complex analysis meets minimal surfaces. In mathematics, a minimal surface is a surface that locally minimizes its area. This is equivalent to having zero mean curvature.The term “minimal surface” is used because these surfaces originally arose as surfaces that minimized total surface area subject to some constraint.
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Moses Mabhida Stadium
The Moses Mabhida Stadium by GMP Architekten is located in a sporting precinct in Durban on the shore of the Indian ocean and features a 105metre arch that rises over the circular stadium. The arch is connected by cable system to the external edges of the roof, carrying the weight of the roof’s inner membrane.
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ETH Robot Built Pavilion
This shingled timber pavilion was created by masters students on ETH Zurich’s Digital Fabrication course, who developed robotic fabrication techniques to minimise the waste involved in its construction.
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Milan’s Vanke Pavilion
Yama Karim, Principal at Studio Libeskind, talks to BuiltWorlds about the challenges and the design process for the Vanke Pavilion in Milan, Italy. The pavilion was created for Chinese real estate developer Vanke for the 2015 Milan Expo.
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