Sunday, May 29, 2011

Slingshot! GH+MySQL v0.7 Released

A new version of the Slingshot! plug-in has been released. The primary aim was to consolidate functionality for better workflow. In addition, some components have new or expanded output features which I hope will be useful.

PS I will be traveling to China tonight on business for the next three weeks. Apologies in advance if I am not able to provide support or answer questions immediately.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Extreme BIM @ USC

I have been invited to give a talk at USC's annual BIM symposium. This year, the topic is...

My lecture is titled Dataspaces and Uncertainty... in no way did I draw those words out of a hat at random. I will be discussing recent work at NBBJ, my Slingshot! project, and other observations on computation in practice.

The speaker list includes experts from around Los Angeles on the topic of parametric design and computation.

Participating firms include Perkins+Will, Morphosis, Gehry Partners, Gensler, Thornton Tomasetti, Buro Happold... and more!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

SQL Code: Create a Mesh Database

I have provided the SQL source code and a Grasshopper definition for creating a simple mesh database containing tables for vertices and faces. This is the standard database table format I have been using in my recent Slingshot! demos.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Slingshot!... to the web???

Parametric, generative, BIM.... web browsing?

This proof-of-concept video shows a Grasshopper-generated model being updated and visualized within Google Chrome. The Slingshot! plug-in updates a database when the model changes.

After each, change the web browser is refreshed to show changes to the 3D visual and the database tables.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Slingshot! Demo: Querying a Mesh

In the video demonstration below, MySQL queries are used to progressively assemble a Grasshopper mesh using information stored in database tables on a remote computer.

First, individual x,y,z coordinates are queried from a points table to create the point cloud.
Second, the index numbers for the faces are queried to produce the mesh surface
Third, gaussian curvature values are queried and used to produce the gradient color.

Get the latest release of the plug-in here....!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Slingshot! GH+MySQL v0.6 Released

A new version of the Slingshot GH+MySQL plug-in has been released. The release improves on the workflow for writing information to a MySQL table. A new Write Table component is included which allows the user to dynamically insert and update multiple columns of data.

A workflow example for creating, writing, and querying is also included in this release.