The company where I work at, we have a series of projects which involve creating custom metal frames out of aluminum angle. We have the design aspect of the frame down pretty well. The frames are built from three different sizes of aluminum angle and each piece if Blocked with the block title being a part number. When each frame has been completed, I can use Block Manager in Rhino to give me a quick count of each part, however I still need to go through and manually measure each part and manually enter it into the spread sheet along side the part number and quantity. This is a huge opportunity for user error. Being as all the parts are lengths of Angle, we only need the length, no depth or height or anything else.
What I want to figure out is a script, most likely using Grasshopper, which will allow me to quickly generate a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet which will list the part number, quantity, and length. I saw another topic on the forums dealing with a similar situation. There was a gentleman who wanted to generate cut list for pieces of wood. He has to deal with widths, lengths, thickness, as well as grain direction. Someone here posted a solution for that, but there isn’t enough detail in there posted screen shots for me to replicate the process. Hopefully someone here can point me in the right direction. My objective is simpler, I just need length & part number. I think the solution will involve the Grasshopper plugin Horster. Please message / email me for details. email@example.com