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Roll a patterned surface or solid?

Question asked by Len Hodder on Mar 4, 2010
Latest reply on Mar 4, 2010 by Alin Vargatu

I'm not sure of the best way to approach this, but here's what I'm trying to create:  I want to create a model of a steel mesh rolled or bent into a zig-zag pattern, kind of like a staircase, but with radius corners instead of sharp bends.  See the attached jpg for the idea.  The finished physical part is a steel perforated mesh material that I'm going to bend it into a zig-zag pattern.

 

I see a few possible ways to start, but not sure how to get to the end result.  I could create a flat surface or solid with the mesh pattern, and then try to roll it to the right shape using a sketch to define the "roll pattern".  I don't see how to get there, though.

 

I could create a simple surface, without any perforations, in the correct zig-zag shape, and then try to extrude the pattern through it, but that doesn't create the pattern around the rolled corners of the zig-zag.  (This is what I've done in the attached jpg.)

 

Does anyone have any idea how to make this work?

 

Thanks in advance for the help!

 

Len

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