thanks very much for the reply here. i really appreciate it. so i would LOVE any insight you can bring to the topic. i’ve been trying to organize things to reply coherently here.
it seems like the last time i dipped into this stuff i had a couple of voronoi commands and then developed some half finished scripts that were not so satisfying and that i did not develop any further.
so basically i have some old scripts i plan to have someone to help me finish. but it would be good to see if there are better alternatives out there. and also it would be GREAT to know what else is possible “off the shelf” these days!
terms i have run across in trying to research this recently are pointset reconstruction (pretty much the only term i had initially…), particle simulation, organic spaceframe, parametric joinery, and evolutionary FEA.
the goal initially is to A. basically “translate” a linear grid for a motorcycle headlight protector (it is plastic and screws on) into something more organic and sexy. so no real input data except an existing horizontal and vertical grid with some spacing for each. i’d like to make this more organic and basically cool. B. to do this for a box (to carry things in) but do run it through some kind of FEA so it is actually determining a kind of least volume of material for maximum structural support.
i include imagery from a “BONE JOINT” script i developed with someone that was to accommodate curved or straight “pipes” based on a set of lines. it was not so satisfactory for reasons we never finalized. then there is sort of what i guess would be called a “PARTICLE SIMULATION” also generated based upon input curves. also not so satisfactory. additionally an image from a sort of well known “magic chair” by GRCIC. i’d like to be able to run some input curves through a script that would do this.
ALSO, a brief survey of GH plugins so far yielded “Dendro” which i will look into here shortly.