I have a model for an upcoming sculpture. The pieces will all be waterjet-cut from aluminum plate. What I now need to do is to create a pattern .DWG that I can send to the waterjet guys.
In the linked image, 99% of the ~160 surface panels are planar, although a handful will need to be hand-warped ever so slightly during construction. (This will not be a problem, but might affect the main question of this topic.) If necessary, I can manually transform the warped panels.
What I’d like to be able to do is to use Grasshopper to take each of the surface panels, orient them to the World Top CPlane, so that the “outside” surface points up, and spread them out so that they’re not all overlapping.
Two final considerations—1) Each surface panel is actually a group that contains the surface panel as well as 3-8 short lines that will also get waterjet cut into the panel. And 2) I’ve written a total of two, very simple, Grasshopper scripts!
Thanks, in advance, for any help/suggestions you can offer.