Welcome to Karamba3D

The official guide to using Karamba3D 2.2.0

Karamba3D is a interactive, parametric Finite Element program. It is easy to use for non-experts and has been tailored to the needs of architects and engineers in the early design phase.

Karamba3D is embedded in the parametric environment of Grasshopper which is a plug-in for the 3d modelling tool Rhinoceros. This makes it easy to combine parameterized geometric models, finite element calculations and optimization algorithms like Octopus or Galapagos.

Karamba3D can 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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