FabTools
(by Florian Frank)
Description:

FabTools is a set of Clusters, that enhances the ability of Grasshopper. The Tools are for fabrication purposes in Grasshopper and
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Description:

FabTools is a set of Clusters, that enhances the ability of Grasshopper. The Tools are for fabrication purposes in Grasshopper and improve your workflow and accelerate your scripting tasks.

  • Bake objects with different attributes.
  • Create: 3D text, text dots, engrave text, point clouds, aligned dimension, angular dimension, diameter dimension, dimensional chains, leader, hatches.
  • Reference: All types of geometries and read their attributes. Read the Rhino groups to a datatree structure in Grasshopper, or load counted geometry to a datatree structure as well.
  • UserData: Read / Write custom user data to all sorts of geometries. This is great for semantics and building information modelling (BIM).
  • Unroll surfaces and breps
  • Create, Delete, Move layouts.
  • Preview geometries in Grasshopper with advanced settings.
  • Capture Rhino viewports to different image file formats.
  • Lots of other useful tools.
Release Notes:

This version is a major update of all components. Lot’s of bugs were fixed and this version of FabTools is much more stable. Lot's of Rhino crashes caused by some code has been fixed.
New 0.96 components:

  • Leader
  • Arc between 2 points
  • Create Point Cloud
  • Create or Modify Block
  • Insert Block Instance
  • Add Layout From Template
  • Add New Layout
  • Change Detail View Object
  • Delete Layout
  • Advanced Geometry Pipeline
  • Get Object Attributes
  • Get Rhino Count
  • Get Rhino Groups
  • Deconstruct Dot
  • Deconstruct Text 3D
  • Add User Data
  • Get User Data
  • Advanced Group
  • Advanced Ungroup
  • Advanced Custom Preview
  • Arrange Geometries
  • Capture View
  • View Plane
  • Write to CSV File
  • Branch at Index

Updated components:
All other FabTools components were reworked from scratch and all known bugs fixed. Please keep reporting and thank you for all the feedback!

Requirements:
  • McNeel Rhinoceros 5x64 SR12 or higher.
  • Grasshopper 0.9.0076 or higher.
Installation:
  1. Download the "FabTools.zip".
  2. Check your internet connectivity and disable your firewall on rhino.exe for the next step (if necessary)
  3. Extract the downloaded .zip file and drag and drop the containing "FabTools.gha" file onto Grasshopper Window.

RhinoCount and LayoutManager Plugin will be installed automatically with Fabtools.

Note: Even if FabTools is a set of User Objects (.ghuser) files, you can install it via the FabTools.gha. Once installed the .gha will take care of the .ghuser files and constantly look for updates. Once an update is available you will get prompted on the start of Grasshopper. By clicking on "Accept" the update will be finished after some seconds, thats it. No need to replace .ghuser files manually anymore ;-)

Uninstall:

To completely uninstall FabTools, you have to delete both the FabTools Folder (subfolder of blickfeld7) in Special Folders - Components Folder and Special Folders - User Object Folder

Examples & Tutorials for 0.96 coming soon...