Welcome to Karamba3D

The official guide to using Karamba3D 2.2.0

Karamba3D is an interactive, parametric engineering tool that allows you to perform quick and accurate Finite Element Analysis (FEA). It has been specially tailored to the needs of design professionals in the early design phases.

Karamba3D is embedded in the parametric environment of Grasshopper in the 3d modelling program Rhino3D. This makes it easy to combine parameterized geometric models, Finite Element calculations and optimization algorithms like Galapagos, Octopus, Wallacei and many more.

Karamba3D can also be used as a standalone .NET library for integrating Finite Element functionality into your scripts.

Navigate through the following chapters below or in the menu on the left.

This 2.2.0 manual is currently available in English. The Chinese manual is available for version 1.3.3. The Japanese manual (1.0.5) can be downloaded from our website.

Citing Karamba3D

In case you use Karamba3D for your scientific work, please cite the following paper:

Preisinger, C. (2013), Linking Structure and Parametric Geometry. Architectural Design, 83: 110-113 DOI: 10.1002/ad.1564.


Although being tested thoroughly Karamba3D probably contains errors – therefore no guarantee can be given that Karamba3D computes correct results. Use of Karamba3D is entirely at your own risk. Please read the license agreement that comes with Karamba3D in case of further questions.

This manual is written by Clemens Preisinger. Editing by Georg Lobe & Matthew Tam. Chinese translation by Lei Feng.

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