Get Flat: Scale Translation Surface in Vasari


Scale Trans-What?

Ya, scale translation surface, ask for it by name.  It’s sure to provide you with nice planar panels and lots of flexibility in form making. 

I’m getting over my Autodesk University post partum depression by filling in a couple of the blanks I left in my presentations with my fabulous fabulous co-presenters William Lopez-Campo, Robert Manna, and Matt Jezyk (check here, here, and here).  This installment in particular pertains to AB4700: You want to model a What?

Scale Translation Surface in Vasari

More to come.  If you are impatient for more information on this kind of geometry, check out this paper by Jim Glymph, Dennis Shelden, Cristiano Ceccato, Judith Mussel, and Hans Shober.


  1. Hi Zach, can you do a follow up on this same post but then for panels and mullions that follow the curvature? You've started a similar post sometime ago too.

  2. thanks Zach for this simple lesson. the next question is: how would I schedule and document those flat panels so that a machine/a man can cut them? and how would I get "instructions for use" on site? sounds interesting, isn't it?

  3. Really useful for fabricating panels... beats doing it in Rhino, I would still need to do some additional research to be confident I can schedule the panels, but that's my lack of knowledge not a software issue! :)


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