Working in parametric design with a particular focus on blender’s parametric features, and the possibilities to exchanging information from/to other softwares I started to develop this new add-on.
During last workshop adaptABILITY in Bratilsava, Andrea Graziano and me introduced participants to some strategies for connecting blender to grasshopper through informations stored in vertex colors that can be exported as .ply file without need of scripting.
In blender there are quite interesting tools for working with vertex colors and vertex groups (vertex weight) but there is no an easy way for create a connection between these two layers of information stored inside the vertices of the mesh.
The add-on that I prepared is called Colors/Groups Exchanger and it allows to use two different commands: Vertex Colors to Vertex Groups and Vertex Group to Vertex Colors.
Vertex Colors to Vertex Groups
Sometimes can be useful to use informations of vertex colors in order to control some modifiers, physics or the behaviour of shape-keys.
Using this command it is possible to store one or more colors channels inside vertex groups (gray, red, blue, green, inverted).
For instance vertex colors are pretty useful for creating a grayscale map containing informations about mesh curvature. This tool is called Dirty Vertex Colors:
Or maybe you prefer to use light shading for parametrically control some particular effect on the surface of your geometry:
Or simply use some colors information incoming from external softwares for interact with your geometry.
Vertex Group to Vertex Colors
The second command that I’m going to explain is Vertex Group to Vertex Colors. It allows to move information from vertex-weight groups to colors, maybe because you want to export these informations to external softwares or simply because you want to render vertex groups.
One of the coolest way to work with vertex weight is to use some dedicated modifiers, like for instance Vertex Weight Proximity:
We are waiting to do a new workshop about Blender and Grasshopper in order to going deeper in this interesting topic. Check Co-de-iT website for updates, or tell us if you would like that we organize one in your city.