Have you ever wondered how buildings with complex architectural designs are modeled in Tekla Structures? It’s achieved by algorithmic modeling for Tekla Structures using Rhino/Grasshopper. The Grasshopper - Tekla live link is a set of Grasshopper components that can create and interact with objects live in Tekla Structures. To make it work, it requires Rhino with Grasshopper installed.
Check out this double-curved roof being modeled in Tekla Structures with the live link to Grasshopper.
How to get it working
A free Tekla Structures extension called Grasshopper-Tekla Live Link CAMPUS edition was recently released for our Tekla Campus Edu users. Please note that this version of the Tekla-Grasshopper live link will work only with the Educational configuration of Tekla Structures. It can be downloaded here.
- Grasshopper is included in the Rhino 6 install. When using Rhino 5, Grasshopper needs to be installed separately (download).
- You can try out the full version of Rhino free for 90 days. The Grasshopper add-on is free of charge.
How to check if the Grasshopper-Tekla Link has been installed successfully
1. Be sure the Tekla plugin is loaded by going to Help > About in Grasshopper:
2. Check Rhino's Command history (type "CommandHistory" into the command line) immediately after you've launched Grasshopper. Check for any error messages.
3. Do a search for the file "GrasshopperTeklaLink.gha" and "GrasshopperTeklaLinkEducational.gha" in C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Grasshopper\ and make sure there's only one copy.
4. Type "GrasshopperDeveloperSettings" into Rhino's command line and check whether COFF loading has a checkmark. If not, check it and restart Rhino/GH. If it already is checked, you could also try to uncheck it, check again, and restart.