GRAPHISOFT announced the end of the six month beta phase for the ARCHICAD Grasshopper Connection. More than a thousand architects and designers around the world tested beta and now the industry-first, bi-directional connection between Grasshopper and ARCHICAD is live. The connection allows Rhino/Grasshopper users to connect to a professional BIM software (ARCHICAD).

Why is this important? What does it even mean? The non-architect writer of this blog was extremely happy to have it explained to simply via the video clip below. Although I was hungry after I watched it, I learned a lot.

For the tech-knowledgeable out there who understand all things architectural and how seamless bi-directional geometry applies to their daily lives – I will also include the text below, from the official GRAPHISOFT press release.

Developed by GRAPHISOFT, Rhino-Grasshopper-ARCHICAD connections allow architects to leverage the strengths of the three design environments — Rhino, Grasshopper and ARCHICAD — filling a gap in the design process between early stage design and Building Information Modeling (BIM). This unique connection offers tools beyond seamless bi-directional geometry transfer, allowing basic geometrical shapes to be translated into full BIM elements while maintaining algorithmic editing functionality.

According to Robert McNeel, CEO, McNeel & Associates, “Algorithmic design represents a global trend in architecture. Using this new, real-time connection, architects can unleash their creativity and create forms and shapes that otherwise would be nearly impossible. Rhino and Grasshopper are the best tools on the market for these tasks.”

“The Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection offers a unique design workflow, helping to explore a large number of design variations, and create and fine-tune building details and structures using algorithms without exchanging files,” said Peter Temesvari, Director of Product Management, GRAPHISOFT. “This connection offers users the best of both worlds, by pairing a leading BIM tool with the industry’s leading algorithmic design tool. The result is a smooth, professional workflow.”

Get more information, here.

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