Many of the examples posted on this website make use of SpatialSlur – an open source library of geometric data structures and algorithms developed to facilitate the exploration of novel computational design methods. Find it on GitHub here.
SpatialSlur is written in C# and compiled against .NET Framework 4.5. While the core library has no dependencies outside of the .NET framework, the repository also includes separate projects for interfacing with various 3d modeling applications that support scripting in .NET such as Rhino and Unity. Each of these interface libraries has its own set of dependencies, so if you don’t have access to the corresponding software, you’ll need to unload it from the the solution before compiling.
Below is a brief outline of the core library by namespace. For further detail, take a look at the reference documentation or dive into the source files and and poke around. If you have specific questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to contact me.
SlurCore contains base geometric data types and utility methods as well as extension methods for .NET Framework types.
SlurData contains generic data structures and algorithms for statistical analysis and efficient spatial queries.
SlurDynamics contains a projection based constraint solver and various constraint types for geometry optimization and form-finding. This is an implementation of principles described in (1) and follows many of the implementation details given in (2).
SlurField contains generic data structures for discrete and continuous tensor field representations along with various algorithms for processing, sampling, and visualization.
SlurMesh contains half-edge data structures for discrete representations of networks and surfaces along with various algorithms for geometry processing, topological traversal, segmentation, and subdivision.
To get started, either download precompiled binaries from the latest release or clone/download the repo and compile locally. Note that .dll files may be blocked by default when downloaded from the web. To unblock, follow these instructions.
To use within Grasshopper, drop a C#/VB scripting component on the canvas, right click on the component icon/name, and go to “Manage Assemblies”. Add SpatialSlur.dll and SlurRhino.dll to the list of referenced assemblies and click “OK” to confirm. You should now be able to access all SpatialSlur types within this component.