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Get to know Pangolin

Introducing Pangolin, the new ConSteel integration with Grasshopper

In quick summary

  • What is it? - Pangolin is a plugin to integrate structural modelling and analysis into your parametric Grasshopper definitions
  • When? - Pangolin has been released together with ConSteel 14 but it's in continuous development
  • Where? - Download Pangolin from food4rhino.com or the Yak package manager of Rhino

What to know about Pangolin?

Pangolin is a Consteel plugin to integrate structural modelling and analysis into your parametric Grasshopper definitions. Using Pangolin you can create complex steel structural model definitions that include details such as beam haunches, highly configurable cold-formed sections with stiffeners, surface loads with load transfer surfaces distributing them onto beams, load combinations made up of loads in load cases, and so on. The created model then can be saved out as a file for later usage or sent directly over to Consteel by the connection component, for analysis with Consteel’s unique calculations.

How to work with Pangolin?

  1. Create your parametric model with Grasshopper
  2. Transform the geometry to structural elements, assign supports and loads with Pangolin
  3. Send to Consteel 14 and run the analysis

Basic workflow


1. Create your Grasshopper definition of the structure’s geometry

2. Define the complete structural model based on the geometry with Pangolin’s component

3. Preview the generated structural model real-time right in Rhino

4. Send the generated structural model to ConSteel

5. Analyse the model utilizing the full power of ConSteel’s unique analysis and design calculations

6. Change the Grasshopper model’s input parameters as needed, go to step 4. and check the parametric model again in a matter of seconds.

Main modelling features provided by Pangolin

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