Saturday, December 29, 2018

Goodbye Project Fractal, Hello Project Refinery

From the Dynamo website:

Introducing Project Refinery

November 12, 2018

We have learned a great deal from Project Fractal. Initially released in July 2016, there are over 3500 people who have tried their hand at coding their design logic in Dynamo and automating design option creation with Fractal.  Today we are announcing that Project Fractal has evolved into a new beta project called Project Refinery.  Project Refinery not only lets you create design options with many of the same methods that existed in Fractal, but it also allows you to set goals and optimize for those goals.  When you choose to maximize or minimize designated outputs, Refinery will return the best options.  Refinery also solves some of the problems we heard around not being able to run custom nodes including Python nodes.  Refinery runs locally and allows custom code to participate in design option generation.  Refinery will run in Dynamo for Revit or Dynamo Sandbox and includes a node to cache Revit data for use in option generation.   Refinery is still a beta project. There are rough edges, but if you would like to try it out and work with us to advance generative design for AEC we would be thrilled.  You can learn more here:

Project Fractal will be discontinued in January 2019. This means that we will be taking down the site and disposing of all the graphs and design option studies. Please ensure that you have all your data downloaded and saved. You can then take your results over to Project Refinery by upgrading your graph to Dynamo 2.1 and running it in Refinery.

What’s new:

From the Project Refinery website:

Project Refinery Beta

An Autodesk generative design beta for the architecture, engineering and construction industry that gives users the power to quickly explore and optimize their Dynamo designs.


Join the Refinery community today | SIGN UP FOR BETA

What you can do with the Refinery beta

Explore how architects can use generative design in Refinery to minimize the number of panels and panel areas needed in the surface designs they create in Revit.

 Play video (1:17 MIN.)

Evaluate massing options for a building in an urban site and optimize for the number of floors, floor area, and façade area.  Evaluate the optimal designs in their urban context.

Play video (1:05 MIN.)

Optimize grid designs for constructability, including the total number of panels, panel area, and size variance. Refinery produces panels that are more uniform, resulting in faster fabrication and installation.

Play video (1:31 MIN.)

There's more information available on the Dynamo website and on the Project Refinery website.

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