Adaptive Components: The Frame

This is a work flow that the Conceptual Modeling team looked at while developing the new Adaptive Component toolset.

This particular construction method was first attempted by Rahul, the brains behind much of the Adaptive Components code and one of the many hard working developers at the factory to whom I sacrifice a goat every full moon. (Look for the infinitely extended intersection line hack, this will start showing up more and more.)

Generally, this tutorial (in 2 parts) is riffing on a project that has been done in Catia/Digital Project and Inventor.
For these examples, check out the posts on DesignReform


  1. wow, that rocks!
    and it looks much easier then in catia or inventor.
    the explanation of the different point behaviour in the second video is GREAT.

    easter bunny was busy ;)

  2. Hi Zack,

    I have to say everytime I see these adaptive components I just can't help but think there's great opportunities in there for us Revit Structure users, I can just imagine 'nesting' framing and column members to these 'spaghetti frames' and changing full complicated structures on the fly. It'll be very interesting to see how they develop for RST in the future. This is a great added feature to Revit, I look forward to seeing the future development of the AC's.

  3. Thanks Zack,

    These video's highlighted to me the real potential behind the adaptive families.

  4. hi, is it only with R2011? when 2011 will be available?

  5. Hey Zack,

    Great video! Do you know if they'll bring this kind of modeling into the regular familys, or whats the best way to transfer these forms into project information, do you always have to insert it as a mass into the project and associate new geometry to it?




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