DigitalFUTURES Coding Award 2021 – PanelingTools software

This award is given to a digital tool that revolutionizes architectural research, practice or education by offering advanced thinking paradigm and working flow. The tool could be recognized as a piece of code, a plug-in, a fully developed software, etc.

PanelingTools software by Robert McNeel & Associates is widely used to rationalize freeform surfaces and create paneling solutions from concept to fabrication. The development of PanelingTools started in 2008 as a plugin to Rhino NURBS modeling. Two goals were in mind: The first was to support quick mock-up of paneling ideas. The second to prototype and fabricate final paneling solutions into physical reality, making a smooth transition from design to production. The further development of PanelingTools inside the Grasshopper parametric environment allowed powerful control over paneling and pattern variations.

PanelingTools’ intuitive and parametric capabilities made it popular across many sectors of the design industry, such as jewelry, consumer products, film, and the building industry. Its versatility and seamless integration with leading 3D modeling and parametric design tools made it popular worldwide in academia and practice

Development and Presentation by: Rajaa Issa at Robert McNeel & Associates, is the architect and developer of PanelingTools for Rhino and Grasshopper.


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