So I have been contemplating doing another tutorial series for Think Parametric. I have a few ideas, but I would really appreciate if you all could chime in and vote on them so I can pick the most relevant one. I am willing to either do a course using just Out of the Box (OOTB) nodes or like I did in my previous tutorial develop a series of custom nodes and workflows that would be published with the course as a plug-in for Dynamo (package). Eventually those custom nodes will be added to Archi-lab package and open sourced but for now I like the idea of giving my friends over at Think Parametric an exclusive access. Anyways here are some ideas. Please vote for what you think would be the most relevant. If you don’t like any of them, please leave a comment below with an idea for a course, a single workflow that should be included in any of the proposed workflows and we can go from there.
What Dynamo tutorial series should I do next?
- Bumblebee (30%, 41 Votes)
- Views (20%, 27 Votes)
- Sheets (17%, 23 Votes)
- Selection (14%, 19 Votes)
- Mantis Shrimp (13%, 18 Votes)
- View Visibility part2 (6%, 8 Votes)
Total Voters: 99
- Mantis Shrimp – since Mantis Shrimp is an alternative to plug-ins like Flux or Rhynamo, and it has a little bit of possible use cases, I can see a good reason to do a tutorial series on that. I would consider not, just showing how to transfer data or geometry between Rhino/Grasshopper into Dynamo but also some tricks and tips about what to do with it once inside of Dynamo. I usually see people using it for creating Adaptive Components (ACs), but in my opinion a lot of times people would be better served taking advantage of Generic Models. I could showcase some modeling techniques in Revit that could vastly speed up placement of families from Dynamo environment. Also, when it comes to data, we could look at scheduling and or visualizing data coming from Grasshopper.
- Bumblebee – Excel seems to be everyone’s bread and butter of a tool. We tend to use it for a variety of tasks like managing drawing lists, room data sheets, structural column locations, topographical information, data visualizations and even generic notes. If you have some data, you probably store and distribute it in Excel format. In this course we could look at techniques for reading and writing data between Dynamo and Excel, but also do some interesting stuff with it, once in Dynamo.
- Views – I have been seeing a lot of attention being given to ability to create multitude of views in Revit via Dynamo. We could explore creating elevations views, floor plans, call-outs. We could look at creating new views, as well as duplicating existing ones and things like applying scope boxes, custom crop regions, or even placing them on sheets and adjusting viewports. There is a lot of things that can be done with Views using Dynamo and that would make for an interesting tutorial series.
- Sheets – oh I love me some sheet management with Dynamo. In this series we could explore dealing with Revisions, creating view sets, plotting sheets, creating drawing lists, placeholder and real sheets and maybe even throwing some views on our sheets or simply figuring out what views are on sheets and making some use of that knowledge. I can see a handful of people having some use for this series.
- Selection – there isn’t a Dynamo definition when we don’t have to “select” things in Revit. It usually means that we need to create custom selection filters. In this series we could look at creating bunch of different selection techniques like: by parameter value, by level and category, by level and view, by design option, by workset etc. We could talk about more advanced filtering techniques like grouping lists by keys and functions so that we generate a list of elements that we are interested in and can further work with in Dynamo.
- View Visibility part 2 – I have covered a few examples of what can be done with visibility in Revit using Dynamo in the previous tutorial. We could go on and employ the things that we have learned to do some more advanced workflows or simply add more things to our repertoire. I am thinking of exposing things like Phases, temporary view overrides, hiding and unhiding of elements in views etc. There are quite a few things that were not really addressed in the previous tutorial and sure there are a few more things that we could do with View Filters and View Templates.
It seems to me that as much as I wanted to get everyone’s opinion on what to do next, it might have been for nothing. :-( I know, its sad. Anyways, it seems like folks over at Think Parametric already had an idea about what they wanted next, so I will be working on that instead of Bumblebee. Still, I appreciate everyone’s participation and as soon as I get to choose a topic for a course I will heavily consider doing one on Bumblebee. Peace!