Robotic Programming Plugins for Grasshopper

From the standpoint of programming robots within Grasshopper, there are two plugins that are widely used.  Kuka PRC, developed by the association for robots in architecture, and HAL 5, which was created by Thibault Schwartz.  Both of these perform similar function however, at different levels of complexity and performance.

Both of these are being used to develop tooling programs within my independent study however, after trying both, I have found I focus much more energy on HAL due to it’s greater performance capabilities.  From an analytical sense it’s like comparing Sketchup to Rhino.  One is faster but much less robust.  At any rate, this is my limited opinion of the two plugins.

Kuka PRC, focusing on only one brand of robot, has a much more streamlined interface which results in a faster and easier programming experience at the cost of the more robust features.

Kuka PRC, focusing on only one brand of robot, has a much more streamlined interface which results in a faster and easier programming experience at the cost of the more robust features.

HAL on a general level requires much more involved scripting and definition however, provides far more robust features for control and programming.

HAL on a general level requires much more involved scripting and definition however, provides far more robust features for control and programming.

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