Which is better to represent plating? For offset, how do you eliminate the gap in between? I am working with a complex shape.
Is this on a drawing or in the 3d mode?
3D model. It's a turbine blade that gets a .0014" thick coating on just the airfoil and platform.
I would use offset
Any particular reason for offset over thicken? Offset causes the mass to double which I assume what J. Mather was eluding to.
Why not just a out of scale detail or mock up and then for a visual you could add some surface details etc...?
If your line width is .007" in your drawing and the actual offset is what you say then there would be no way of noticing a difference except possibly a thicker line.
If you need this for mass properties-then I would derive surface body and thicken
offset and thicken (as new solid) and then push out the individual solids to parts if needed.
I would copy the body and then shell outward.
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