Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection for MAC Test Run

The MAC version of the Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection has been released recently, so it was high time doing a test run on this platform as well. The following is not focusing on the performance and the features, the pure intention is to give some guidance to those who also prefer MAC in general and had no access to Rhino and Grasshopper because of that.

Well, the bad news is that officially Grasshopper is still not available for MAC yet, but there is a way to test all these three applications – even if it is not a straightforward way. Let’s see the ingredients.

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Rhino – Grasshopper – ARCHICAD Live Connection – Simple Example

In this article I will be focusing on a simple example to demonstrate RH-GH-AC live connection, another wonderful OPEN BIM workflow from GRAPHISOFT. We will start with an input from a ARCHICAD (AC) file and based on that input a set of balconies will be created using Grasshopper (GH) which is running on top of Rhino (RH). There is not much use of RH but we need Rhino to run Grasshopper.

Initial Setup

Make sure all the three applications (AC, RH and GH) were installed along with live connection add-on from GRAPHISOFT running.

Refer to Grasshopper ARCHICAD Live Connection 1.5 User Guide from the following link:

Chapters to focus:

  1. Getting Started
  2. Launch the Applications
  3. Start the Connection
  4. Grasshopper Palette in ARCHICAD

Grasshopper Help

To understand this exercise there is a need for basic understanding of Grasshopper. Please refer to the following links:

Input from AC

  1. In ARCHICAD create a simple building with 10 Story + Roof. Set the Story to Story height as 3000 mm. Create a Complex Profile for the railing as well. Alternatively download the file from the link here.
  2. Use Line tool to draw a line from point P1 to P2, suggest to draw the line in 2nd Storey.
  3. Select the line just drawn using the Arrow tool.


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What is ASIABIM?

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Welcome to ASIABIM, a blog dedicated to give you practical information on real ARCHICAD-based OPEN BIM collaboration and interoperability, regardless of other softwares and disciplines.

The main intention is to show you the technology in general and in details as well, help you with everyday tips and tricks or solutions to¬†submission issues, provide info on user events, share best practices and many more. Guest bloggers will be presented every now and then and will always be welcome, what’s more encouraged to post here. Comment and let us know your ideas and experience, we also plan to share and promote great posts from other blogs. The content will mainly focus on topics that are most relevant in Singapore and South-East Asia.

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