I wanted to develop an object with a lot of curvature and my project began with this linework.
After using the loft command this is the surface that was produced.
Using the Paneling Tools menu, I created a grid by using "Surface Domain" and then used "Offset Points" to offset the grid.
I then created panels with different configurations in order to produce geometry with variation. Using the "Panel Custom 3D Variable" command, I selected the grids and panels, and then setup Attractor Points.
This is the panel geometry that was produced.
In order to get a useful surface for laser cutting I had to explode the solids and choose 1 side of the panels to preserve.
Once I unrolled the surface using "Unroll Faces", I had to manipulate the output to be sure that it would properly be cut on the laser cutter. First, I had to separate the overlapping pieces and then change the colors - Red for a full cut and Black for an etching (surface cut which will allow the chipboard to flex).