(by AxisVM)
AxisVM parametric design tool. Export finite element structures into AxisVM from Grasshopper with this add-on, define load, support etc.
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This add-on is for sending nodes, line elements, surfaces, domains, load panels, supports, loads etc. to an AxisVM Model via COM server connection. 

Latest version of the GrasshopperToAxisVM add-on includes 82 AxisVM components. Line elements (beam end release, eccentricity release, eccentricity...), surfaces, domains (variable thickness, variable eccentricity, surface element type, normal, ribbed, composite rib, hollow core, XLAM, trapezoid, custom stiffness matrix), load panels, supports, diaphragms, rigid elements, edge hinges, loads (concentrated load on node, domain, load panel; distributed loads on lines, surfaces, domains, load panels, polyline load on domains and load panels, self-weigth, thermal load). Cross-section: select from library, add from text input, draw thick cross-section. Material: selected from library, add from text input.


  • Install Rhinoceros 6 or 7 and AxisVM X6 R2. (Some functionality is available from AxisVM X5R4 version on, but for full functionality user needs AxisVM X6R2.) AxisVM COM server has to be registered within the operating system. Registration makes AxisVM COM objects available for other programs. COM server is registered after installation of AxisVM. Older versions of AxisVM must be unregistered first. See details in the AxisVM COM Server Reference Guide.
  • Download the GrasshopperToAxisVM_V5p0.gha file from the latest release. Drag-and-drop this file into the Grasshopper canvas. Alternatively, place the gha file in the Grasshopper Components folder. You can find this folder through the Grasshopper menu: File --> Special Folders --> Components Folder.
  • Copy the Interop.AxisVM.FW4.dll file from the local installation folder of AxisVM (that user wants to use together with Grasshopper) to the Grasshopper Components folder, as well.
  • Restart Rhino and open Grasshopper. There is a new tab in Grasshopper named AxisVM.
  • In case you don't see the tab, go to Grasshopper Components folder, right-click on GrasshopperToAxisVM_V5p0.gha, select properties and click on Unblock.

Note: the example files are prepared using AxisVM in English. To use the scripts with other AxisVM language settings the AxisVM Cross-Section components may be replaced by new components (in order to load the cross-section table with other language settings).


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