I want to create a Grasshopper solution to making multiple (parametrically configured) annotated projected solid angle / steridian diagrams for research papers and books on radiometry related topics. You can just search Google Images for “projected solid angle” to see various examples. Here is one by Pat Hanrahan, which he said he did in Illustrator.
I first started with the cone primitive, and attempted to transform it into position and then rotate, but with the rotate point being at the base of the cone, I got confused and also wonder if that’s the best starting point. So then I set about creating a cone from a circle, line, and points, and have the cone exactly where I want it… but I’m so horrible at Grasshopper, I can’t figure out how to wrap that stuff into a surface.
Because I’m a Rhino/Grasshopper n00b, I always make things more complicated than they should be. I’ve spent half a day on this already, and I’m sure you awesome people on these forums can do what I’m trying to accomplish in 5 minutes or less Here is my Grasshopper attempt. It has a hemisphere and solid angle cone stubbed out and programmable, but the cone is incomplete.
Can someone help me complete the cone surface in this setup?
And/or suggest/present a better solution to doing this?