Recommended procedure to create reptile skin for 3d printing

Could anyone recommend the best process to generate reptile skin for exporting as stl for 3d printing? Is this possible in grasshopper or are special plugins required?

I came across this youtube link in which the Phyllomachine plugin is used. Should I be concerned that plugins are used in that they may no longer be supported in the future etc?


This could a way without plugin. (13.5 KB)


wow… thanks for this!! Really appreciated. My plan is to edit this so that I import a list of coordinate points which defines the loci of the snake instead of the helix curve