I’m pretty new to this specific topic, but I think this a common problem for architects here.
What is the best way to flatten “panels” on a “double curved” surface?
I could imagine several ways to achieve this but I’m looking for a proven way. I think of something like a physical simulation or some sort of trial and error optimisation. Or is it better to modify the underlying surface in a way, that this is likely to happen? What is your experience with that?
And one more question, I have seen that the Lunchbox plugin provides some sort of flatness-deviation-analysis. How should I determine at which point the tolerance is acceptable?
Yes. paneling optimization in architecture is the most important problem related to the facade construction cost, so many people are looking for solutions.
I have been using the Kangaroo method provided by Daniel Piker for GH mentioned @bumaye above. However, it applies to relatively simple surfaces and is not always successful on very complex surfaces.
Ideally, flat paneling is the best, but in practice, it is aimed to minimize the type of panel through optimization. We know that programs such as Catia, Digital Project and Evolute Tool provide related functions.