D.LOFT - Developable lofting

"For many years we've been creating developable surfaces ourselves, just because there was no plug-in available which fulfilled our needs. After trying EvoluteTools D.LOFT we were happily surprised. With EvoluteTools D.LOFT it's possible to easily create developable surfaces within controlled tolerances. This is the first developable surface plug-in which does what it promises."
Jan-Marten Rottiné, owner Waterline-Design & Marlon Weijers, owner Triple-Marine.

"I slept better at night knowing that all of the plate surfaces I had lofted with D.LOFT fit like a glove. Before D.LOFT, it was hit or miss as to how accurate my surface unfolding was and some parts fit and some didn’t. Thank you for making my job much easier and opening the door to the potential projects that we can now provide as a direct result to D.LOFT."
Mark Hubrich, Engineering Manager, IT, BIM Waukegan Steel, LLC .

Single curved surfaces, also known as developable surfaces, are extremely important to modelling in various fields like marine design, architecture, product design, and art works. They help reduce manufacturing costs and tooling, yet no other software allowed designers to use them in a straightforward way with a high degree of precision and control. Things changed! EvoluteTools D.LOFT enables users to create developable surfaces between arbitrary 3d curves with a push of a button, hassle free. An add-on for grasshopper is included.

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Typical input and output

Any pair of 3d curves or any quad mesh can be used as an input. The output is a developable NURBS surface or mesh strip. Example results and a comparison to Rhino's built-in developable loft can be seen in the downloadable file on the right.  
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Showcase projects

Details on the projects making use of this optimization technology can be found following the links below.

Bulbous bow Eiffel Pavilions Chaoyang Park Plaza


Licensing and support

EvoluteTools D.LOFT is delivered as a node locked (one workstation) or floating perpetual license. Maintenance releases, including bug fixes and stability improvements are free of charge. An attractive Lab Kit with up to 30 seats is available for Educational Institutions on request, as well as educational single-user licenses. Product support is available via our forum. In order to purchase a lab pack or an educational single user license, please contact us with your proof of credentials and we will send out a customized purchase link to our webshop.

EvoluteTools D.LOFT - commercial node-locked Secure Online Payments and Credit Card Processing by BlueSnap EUR 260*
EvoluteTools D.LOFT - commercial floating Secure Online Payments and Credit Card Processing by BlueSnap EUR 520*
EvoluteTools D.LOFT - educational lab kit, 30 seats, Contact us EUR 590*
EvoluteTools D.LOFT - educational single-user (valid until graduation), Contact us EUR 100*

*price not including any tax that might apply, e.g. VAT or sales tax

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