Introduction: Ornamental Pattern 2D to 3D Form

This exploration is based on starter code and process for the first week's assignment of MAT's Computational Design and Fabrication class.

Using the starter python script, 2 points generate a grid and lines to form a 2D pattern. By offsetting the lines into a surface and extruding it along the z-axis, a 3D form is created. Instead of directly extruding the surface, I wanted to generate a more interesting 3D form by warping the surface using a black and white image and then offsetting that surface to create a 3D form.


Rhino and Grasshopper and Pufferfish.

Step 1: 2D Pattern

Python script generates a 2D patterns from a point grid and distance thresholded lines. Offset the lines to generate a surface.

Step 2: 3D Form

I decided to displace the surface using an image and accomplished this through an image plane and mesh vertex offsetting. The final surface was then put through a surface offset to generate the 3D form. I had trouble making a form that would successfully union in rhino as a solid object, and perhaps not a simple object to actually print.