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Expanded metal is a type of sheet metal that has been cut and stretched to form a regular pattern to look like a mesh. It is commonly used for fences, walkways, grates, and as metallic lath to support plaster or stucco. While the part itself is nothing more than a plate with holes in it and is not much to sketch and pattern - this geometry in CAD is a monster!
New SOLIDWORKS users may be wondering what files should be used, when those files should be used, and when should they be doing what. In this article, we'll go over some SOLIDWORKS basics - let's start with terminology.