TopOpt is a Grasshopper tool and a research platform for the implementation of experimental topology optimization procedures targeted towards architectural design of structures.
Developed by the Technical University of Denmark, Israel Institute of Technology and Aarhus School of Architecture, TopOpt for Grasshopper provides a number of optimization methodologies that extends currently available methods based on the 99-line MATLAB code for basic mechanical topology optimization provided by prof. Ole Sigmund of DTU. The current alpha-release features 2d topology optimization based on the interactive optimization app developed for iOS and Android; topology optimization of continuum structures with tension and compression prioritization; and dual material topology optimization for optimization of composite structures with materials of varying properties. Interactive visualization, 3d-optimization and further methodological extensions will be included in coming updates
Download and Unzip the file.
In Grasshopper, choose File > Special Folders > Components folder - save the .gha file there.
Right-click the file > Properties > make sure that they are not 'blocked'
Restart Rhino and Grasshopper
A draft manual can be found at:
For questions and discussion please visit http://www.grasshopper3d.com/group/topopt