I've been on the hunt for this stuff for a couple of days. I've come back from bunnings and a few other hardware stores empty handed today, and my internet search only came up with factories and warehouses who sell it in bulk. All I need is a sheet about 1x1meter.
This is the stuff im looking for:
Does anyone have any connections? or know people that may have some?
Preferably around the Sydney area.
Well, you could go to a steel/aluminium supplier and get expanded aluminium grille, which is similar to the stuff that they make cat walks out of, or in lighter gauges its like the stuff they put on heavy duty screen doors.
Alternately if you want a flat pattern i'm not precisely sure where you'd go, but I reckon an Architect could point you in the right direction.
Drew is right on the money. I don't know for sure what you are looking for, but it is probably what is called "expanded aluminum mesh". This stuff is sold in sheets at any auto hop-up store, but especially the stores that cater to the guys who hop-up their little Hondas or any small foreign cars. You will have seen it installed either in the grill or under the grill or anywhere on the front of these cars, sometimes to hide lighting which is sitting behind the mesh. If strength is not a factor then be sure to go with the aluminum mesh, it will bend easier, will not corrode and will be super light and yet fairly strong and should maintain its appearance for a very long time. There may be a few different sizes of mesh available so enquire before you buy. Would not use the steel if at all possible, (plus it will require painting) and it has all of the opposite properties of the aluuminum.
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