A lot of the work we do with thin paneled surfaces starts simple with flattening a model, after a lot of work goes into creating prototypes and the necessary details to assemble the piece and potentially give it various material textures or additional assemblies. Automating these details with grasshopper is a lot like producing a drawing with construction lines. The final tooling is created with the original panel shape as the base. Below are two examples of how we have approached these assembly details.
Panel with tabs: Panel_Tabs.zip Click on image to enlarge
X Panel with eyelets:X-panel.zip Click on image to enlarge.