Fab Tab Triangular Tiles

This component triangulates a mesh and lays out each face as a set of tiles on a two dimensional plane adding annotated tabs. Developed for paper cut model fabrication, vertex normals are offset on the original mesh to define tabs which are shared between faces. Each placed tile is indexed according to its original mesh topology order and each tab is labeled with the index of the face it connects to, allowing for ease of re-assembly. The tile’s placement can be limited in height, allowing for sequential rows of limited height columns, aiding in the layout for fabrication. Tabs depth and edge beveling are variable and tabs can be removed from naked edge conditions. Mesh colors are inherited and transferred when applied to the input mesh.