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 can be 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.

Introduction video


Showcase projects

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

Bulbous bow Eiffel Pavilions

Licensing and support

EvoluteTools D.LOFT is delivered as a node locked (hardware specific) or floating perpetual license. Maintenance releases, including bug fixes and stability improvements are free of charge. For Educational Institutions, an attractive Lab Kit (up to 30 seats) is available on request. Product support is available via our forum.

EvoluteTools D.LOFT - commercial node-locked single userEUR 260
EvoluteTools D.LOFT - commercial floating single userEUR 520
EvoluteTools D.LOFT - educational lab kitEUR 590
EvoluteTools D.LOFT - educational node-locked single userEUR 100

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