This is a reasonably complicated technical request to explain, so I will try and keep it simple!
When using D.TOOLS to create faceted surfaces from a compound curved surface, it is obvious that volume will be lost if the curves used for the develop-able strip are not ‘larger’ or partially outside the target volume.
This is explained to some extent in the demo about making develop-able strips for hulls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNdA4AH4f4A
In the demo, it is explained that the rough mesh must be enlarged somewhat to compensate for the loss in volume. As the flat planes will end up intersecting the inside of the curved target surfaces.
With this in mind, I think it would be great to have two tools to help with this …
- An analytical tool that compares the surface area of the original target surface with the developed surface
- An automated option, that could work out how much to move the mesh edges used for the develop-able surface in order to end up with the same surface area as the target surface.
I don’t think that is very well explained, but I hope it makes sense!?