Project Shapeshifter is a free Autodesk technology preview providing an easy way to create complex 3D printable models in your web browser - Project Shapeshifter Facebook Page
After playing around with Project Shapeshifter, I have to say I am quite impressed. Extremely complex geometrical forms can be created, which would take a considerable amount of time to replicate in Revit's massing environment, as well as through visual programming in Dynamo. I wondered how one could utilize these Project Shapeshifter forms in Revit and started defining a workflow.
The first images below will demonstrate the various forms one can create in Project Shapeshifter, based on the pre-existing templates.
The Cube template will be active by default. There is a filmstrip to the bottom of the web browser which allows you to choose from 38 patterns, and apply those patterns to the object.
Below are the different patterns which can be applied, and their effects:
The various forms one can choose from, takes place from the templates tab to the top of the web browser. There are 12 forms to choose from.
A snake form was chosen. One can now start to modify basic settings applicable to this form, or even move to more advanced settings. One can even decide what the form geometry will look like: Based on a circle, half circle, triangle, etc.
The best feature for me would be the Randomize function. You will get a random form with a random pattern and random template applied. This shapeshifter model can then be downloaded in either a *.obj file format, or *.stl file format. With a quick file format conversion in 3ds Max to ACIS Sat, the concept is useable in Revit.
Walls and Curtain Systems were applied to the form faces, to generate quite an interesting structure: