The latest from FATHOM team is the announcement of Crystallon, an open source project for creating lattice structures using Rhino and Grasshopper. Developed by Industrial Designer Aaron Porterfield at FATHOM, Crystallon is an alternative to commercially available software for lattice design.
The decision to release Crystallon as open source was not only to share it with the community, but to further the development through its users. The company realized that not all users will have the same applications and needs, so we hope to receive feedback and improvements from users with unique case studies. Each tool is left as a cluster which can be opened and modified at will, in the spirit of open source and contribute through the use of Grasshopper forums and Github.
Porterfield who joined FATHOM’s design and engineering team in 2015, is a regularly featured speaker on lattice structures in FATHOM’s Design For Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) Training Program. In an official blog post, by Elizabeth Griffin, Porterfield clarified about the public release of Crystallon.
The obvious advantages of Crystallon is the ability to generate lattice structures within Rhino’s design environment without exporting to 3rd party software, but the extended advantages include the modularity and ability to combine other powerful tools available for Grasshopper.
Crystallon is new to the manufacturing industry, thus, education is the most important thing that will accelerate the adoption and maturity of these applications. At FATHOM, they are teaching a course on DFAM (design for additive manufacturing) with fairly broad overview of these concepts, not specific to any particular software or application are conducted. Read more…