(by BouwenmetStaal)
Grasshopper plug-in for exporting a steel joint created in Karamba3d to IDEA Statica Connection.
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KarambaIDEA is an open-source Grasshopper plug-in that links Karamba3D with IDEA Statica connection. One of the joints from the modeled steel structure in Karamba3D can be imported into IDEA Statica Connection for further analysis, on a detail level.

The plug-in KarambaIDEA is developed as part of the research project SMARTconnection. More information about the research project can be found at: https://www.bouwenmetstaal.nl/themas/parametrisch-ontwerpen/smartconnection/

Software needed to run:

  • IDEA Statica Connection 10.0 (version 10.0.39)
  • Rhino 6
  • Karamba3D (version 1.3.2)

Installation manual

KarambaIDEA makes use of the DLL's of Rhino 6 and IDEA Statica connection. Therefore, IDEA should be installed in folder C:\Program Files\IDEAStatiCa\StatiCa10 and Rhino 6 should be installed in folder C:\Program Files\Rhino 6 .

KarambaIDEA can be installed by dragging the GHA-file into the Grasshopper Canvas.

If the plug-in does not work, a GHA-file can be created by building the original source-code in Visual Studio. For more information, please read  https://github.com/BouwenmetStaal/KarambaIDEA/wiki/Installation-&-Usage or watch the installation procedure video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOJFbWMFe7k&t=113s.


KarambaIDEA is not official software of either Karamba3D or IDEA Statica Connection.

Although being tested KarambaIDEA contains errors – therefore no guarantee can be given that KarambaIDEA computes correct results. Use of KarambaIDEA is entirely at your own risk. Please read the license agreement that comes with KarambaIDEA in case of further questions. KarambaIDEA is licensed under the Apache License 2.0

Link to sourcecode:

Want to help improve KarambaIDEA? The link to the source-code of the plug-in can be found below:

Questions and issues:

Questions regarding the plug-in KarambaIDEA can be posted on the following link:

Questions and issues regarding the source-code of KarambaIDEA can be posted on the following link:

Versions history:

  • Beta version
    • I-sections
    • Hollow-sections
    • Inclusion of both ended and continuous members
  • Version 1.0
    • LCS rotations included
    • Updated to Karamba3D version 1.3.2
    • Updated to IDEA Statica Connection 10.0
  • Version 1.1
    • Improved Karamba3D data export
    • Joint types visualization