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    Metal Grate

    Any suggestions on creating an adjustable metal grate family. I successfully made one using arrayed extrusions, but it is too memory intensive. Something like curtain grids or profiles...

    #2
    What kind of grate are we talking about? Honeycomb or something else?
    Developer at Anguleris BIMsmith Marketplace.
    Previously at Sumex Design for ARCAT.com

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      #3
      Metal bar grate as shown.
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        #4
        What is the grate being used for?
        Julie Kidder
        Architect + BIM Director
        Hartman + Majewski Design Group

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          #5
          Personally I don't model grates unless it's specifically shown in a rendering view. For documentation purposes I just do a transparent floor with a surface model pattern to show the grate and then vertical lines for the cut pattern.

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            #6
            Originally posted by cvestal View Post
            Metal bar grate as shown.
            IMO, simplest way is with a curtain wall or curtain system (for vertical or horizontal grates). Like this
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              #7
              Model pattern and/or Material, even if it's being rendered. That's even more *fine* than louvers (which I model as custom families).
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                #8
                Originally posted by Twiceroadsfool View Post
                Model pattern and/or Material, even if it's being rendered. That's even more *fine* than louvers (which I model as custom families).
                out of curiosity, what would you apply the model pattern or material to? It would have to be something transparent so one could see through the grating. Sorry if this is a stupid question, I don't work with model patterns or materials applied to faces at all but I can see possibilities for this process in some of the things that I do
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                  #9
                  Dave, generally the grate would be modeled as just a simple box extrusion within a frame. The box, functioning as the grate pattern, would have a crosshatch line model pattern applied to it with the dimensions of the grate design. The material would be transparent in shaded view, but use a material cutout for rendering purposes so one could 'see through it'. Think chainlink fencing or mesh screening.
                  Last edited by Andrew K; December 29, 2016, 06:55 PM.
                  Developer at Anguleris BIMsmith Marketplace.
                  Previously at Sumex Design for ARCAT.com

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Andrew K View Post
                    Dave, generally the grate would be modeled as just a simple box extrusion within a frame. The box, functioning as the grate pattern, would have a crosshatch line model pattern applied to it with the dimensions of the grate design. The material would be transparent in shaded view, but use a material cutout for rendering purposes so one could 'see through it'. Think chainlink fencing or mesh screening.
                    Thanks Andrew. What is "material cutout"? While I do no rendering at all I need this grate to look correct in 3D views. This is what I get using a GM box with a cross hatch model pattern applied to the face (on the right). The grate on the left is a curtain system with 1/2" x 1" bars set with Max Spacing in both directions. That's the look that I need to end up with.
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