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Creating a support mesh (filling empty space)

Question asked by Asko Kauppi on Dec 7, 2017
Latest reply on Dec 9, 2017 by J. Mather

I'm designing the below part, and would like to strengthen its inside by adding a honey comb structure. Did not find in SolidWorks 2018 how this should be done.

What I aimed at: make the pattern (below) as sketch, then lift it up as a surface (yes, cutting with itself), then thicken, then cut away the areas within the part I don't want. That workflow does not work.

 

Since this is such a common need, I'm sure SolidWorks has it covered.

 

- How would you do this?

- Should I look into the plastics section, but then again metals could also have such structures?

 

inner mesh.PNG

 

Thanks for any help. This must be a trivial question but with a small search I found nothing that helped. Part of the problem is that "mesh" is an overused term, but I don't know what else to call that? It's not exactly "honeycomb" either, since those are squares.

 

- Asko

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