Thank you for posting the details.
One way to achieve the result you are after is to use 2D pattern, then "extrude". For example, you can split the surface first with the 2D pattern you created (Use Split+Join, or…"
May i ask if there is any options to allow the pattern created by paneling tools release from the steel mold (i mean deformation for part release from mold)? i am going to make a pattern on cylinder or sphere and that pattern should be able to release from the steel mold, and it is polystyrene (hard plastic) .See More