I made ribs that can be made thinner/thicker. The number of ribs and spacing between the ribs can be increased or decreased. I didn’t animate sliders because the files are REALLY heavy, and just changing the # freezes the computer for awhile. Sorry!
Here’s a detail of the ribs in each direction. One is along the center curve so the slices are perpendicular to the curve and the other is just slices cut straight
And here’s a screen-shot of the grasshopper work page.
Shapeways (www.shapeways.com) in Long Island City has amazing 3d printing. I visited on a class trip for my patterns class, and recommend checking their website out. You can print in tons of materials, and it’s pretty affordable. If you register with a .edu email, you get a discount!
My worlds collided when I read this months issue of One Story, ReMem. The short story, science fiction imagines a future where our memories are uploaded to a public cloud. In the story the structure of the memories is referred to as trees. It’s a good short read and another way to visualize data trees.