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Expanded Metal

Jon_SchlemmerJon_Schlemmer Member Posts: 3 PRO
Is there a good way to show expanded metal?


  • Jake_RosenfeldJake_Rosenfeld Moderator, Onshape Employees, Developers Posts: 1,639

    I'm not sure I understand your question, could you go into more detail?
    Here is a webinar from last year about our sheet metal features:
    Jake Rosenfeld - Modeling Team
  • michael3424michael3424 Member Posts: 584 ✭✭✭
    edited February 2019
    He's probably talking about something like this:

  • kent_hendersonkent_henderson Member Posts: 60 PRO
    Exactly! Jon left for the day but this is what we're trying to represent. Is there a way to accomplish this? We use expanded metal in several of our products and it's difficult to represent accurately. We use both flattened and standard expanded metals.
  • Marc_MillerMarc_Miller Member Posts: 86 ✭✭✭
    I know this post is a bit old now, but I just ran into wanting to do the same and have a section of expanded metal in a project.
     @kent_henderson or @Jon_Schlemmer did you come up with a solution?
  • john_mcclaryjohn_mcclary Member, Developers Posts: 3,275 PRO
    I typically just draw it as flattend (or just a transparent square)
    then make it as thick as the maximum thickness

    but if you really need the accuracy it will come at a performance cost.
    I would draw the top of one of the diamonds in 3d the pattern it in two directions.
    Then draw your cut out pattern and extrude/intersect thru to get your final result.
  • Marc_MillerMarc_Miller Member Posts: 86 ✭✭✭
    Thank you @john_mcclary Your suggestion of making it transparent gave me the idea to bring in a jpg image of the expanded metal and put that in position.  Cheers.
  • BenTaylorBenTaylor Member Posts: 22 PRO
    This FeatureScript creates a visual approximation of a wire mesh that could be used as well.  
    Ben Taylor
    Biomechanical Engineer - Healing Innovations
  • Marc_MillerMarc_Miller Member Posts: 86 ✭✭✭
    @BenTaylor  Cool I had not run across that one, thank you.
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