I need some guidance in recreating a parametric stepped design (Image attached)

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#1

Hello. I’d like to believe that I’m relatively fast with SketchUp, but I haven’t worked on parametric designs a lot, but I know how to make a basic parametric surface.
Would anyone help me out as how to make something like the the attached image?
i.e, Stepped parametric design


#2

you could get the end result by using soap/skin/bubble to generate the tin, then set up the diamond shapes on a flat plane above, then use drop.rb to get that appearance, it wouldn’t be parametric in any case, but if you just want that look, it would be a quick way to get there…


#3

I had a go to see if I wasn’t talking out of my A^,

it’s not great, but only took 5 mins

I found that using a point made into a component and spaced on a grid to cover the soap skin worked best when it came to dropping them onto it… as the geometry gets stuck against each other else, then after the drop, I edited the point component into the square or diamond…

(works for trees well too when you want to drop them onto a terrain)


#4

Wow. This is exactly that I needed!
Thanks a lot for the quick response. I’ll try it out ASAP and see how it goes.


#5

Uploading…
I did it!
Thanks a lot. You’ve been a tremendous help! :slight_smile:


#6

excellent stuff, glad to have been helpful :o)


#7

Another attempt with the voxelize plugin…


#8

Another one with the Skatter ($) plugin:
(grid distribution)