Surface Panel Fabrication

This MEL script has been developed over a number of years in the studio. It started as a research/independent study project @ GSAPP. It analyses a triangulated surface for agencies and the angle between panels.  It creates the toolpathing for the panels along with the corresponding labels. The main effort here is to produce a surface without a frame but with joints or connections that are articulated in a way to register the angles between panels. The script creates these clips and labels them as well. These source files contain a sample clip/connector and the MEL script:

Here are a handful of projects we used this for here in the studio: