Today I followed some tutorials on Grasshopper basics for when/if I get to doing structural analysis of my designs. I have never used Grasshopper before, but I think I understand the basics now.
I also checked on the example file from Karamba3d, the Grasshopper plugin for structural analysis. I had had trouble with the file earlier since all of the components appeared blank, but today I figured out that I just needed to zoom in farther. I was able to select different beam materials and adjust the load with a preview.