For a long time, designers have experimented with simulated structural behavior and its geometric implications through “Form Finding”.
Methods such as dynamic relaxation and force density have been employed for analyzing and optimizing structural forms.
These methods have led to a number of tools for refining structural forms, but very few design tools exist for exploring and creating new structural forms.
Axel Killian and John Ochsenforf developed a three dimensional design and analysis tool which finds funicular structural forms in real time through the use of particle-spring systems.
This can be accomplished directly through computational methods providing powerful fast ways to generate and manipulate digital cable net models.