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AxisMC
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Cutting Text

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06-08-2006 11:16 PM
I need to have text, laser cut out of a sheet metal part. How can I introduce text onto a sketch that IV11 can recognize as a consumable for cutting on the part without having to redraw each letter myself ?
*MarcoA
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Re: Cutting Text

06-09-2006 03:36 AM in reply to: AxisMC
il giorno 09/06/2006 8.16 AxisMC ha scritto:
> I need to have text, laser cut out of a sheet metal part. How can
> I introduce text onto a sketch that IV11 can recognize as a consumable
> for cutting on the part without having to redraw each letter myself ?

You can download the addin "3DText" from
http://www.cbliss.com/inventor/iCode/index.htm. It lets you create a
sketck from a text, to be used for extruding or cutting.

M.
*Troy Grose
Message 3 of 27 (1,034 Views)

Re: Cutting Text

06-09-2006 04:34 AM in reply to: AxisMC
But of course it will not keep the middle of the ABDOPQR, so you will
have to add tabs for these letters

MarcoA wrote:
> il giorno 09/06/2006 8.16 AxisMC ha scritto:
>> I need to have text, laser cut out of a sheet metal part. How can
>> I introduce text onto a sketch that IV11 can recognize as a consumable
>> for cutting on the part without having to redraw each letter myself ?
>
> You can download the addin "3DText" from
> http://www.cbliss.com/inventor/iCode/index.htm. It lets you create a
> sketck from a text, to be used for extruding or cutting.
>
> M.
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stee
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Registered: ‎01-02-2006
Message 4 of 27 (1,034 Views)

Re: Cutting Text

06-09-2006 04:39 AM in reply to: AxisMC
unless you wanted just the letters, in which case you would have to add tabs to the lowercase i and j
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pcunningham1
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Registered: ‎10-07-2003
Message 5 of 27 (1,034 Views)

Re: Cutting Text

06-09-2006 06:47 AM in reply to: AxisMC
In IV10 you can simply add text to the sketch and extrude it. Can you not do this in 11?

-Paul Cunningham
Paul Cunningham
IV2008
*Troy Grose
Message 6 of 27 (1,034 Views)

Re: Cutting Text

06-09-2006 06:49 AM in reply to: AxisMC
If it was only that easy...once you extrude that text it usually has
splines in it which cannot be used for laser cutting (at least not for
ours) This means you end up redrawing it anyways.

pcunningham1 wrote:
> In IV10 you can simply add text to the sketch and extrude it. Can you not do this in 11?
>
> -Paul Cunningham
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pcunningham1
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Message 7 of 27 (1,034 Views)

Re: Cutting Text

06-09-2006 06:57 AM in reply to: AxisMC
Just to test, I extrude-cut a script font. It seems to break the curves down into straight line segments - see attached. (Does IV even know what a spline is?)
Paul Cunningham
IV2008
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SemiCatS
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Message 8 of 27 (1,034 Views)

Re: Cutting Text

06-09-2006 07:15 AM in reply to: AxisMC
FYI... ALL my round/circular sections of both normal parts and sheet-metal parts have straight segments like that. I always thought it was the graphics board that didn't do its job? I really DO miss a "regen"-command-type-thing in Inventor - just like we do in AutoCAD.
It's really annoying when you zoom into a detail to see if it looks alright, and if there's enough clearance... and all you see is a couple of straight line segments where it's supposed to be a smooth curved line/surface.

Stig M. Thu
*Troy Grose
Message 9 of 27 (1,034 Views)

Re: Cutting Text

06-09-2006 07:38 AM in reply to: AxisMC
Try saving as a dwg.

Plus even if they were lines, all those extra lines you put into a part
when you laser is money out of your pocket as the laser will stop at
each point for a split second, the more lines, the more split seconds.
When you can make 30 lines into 1 arc, it can make the cutting process
much shorter.

pcunningham1 wrote:
> Just to test, I extrude-cut a script font. It seems to break the curves down into straight line segments - see attached. (Does IV even know what a spline is?)
>
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
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pcunningham1
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Registered: ‎10-07-2003
Message 10 of 27 (1,034 Views)

Re: Cutting Text

06-09-2006 09:02 AM in reply to: AxisMC
In this case, each apparently straight element is in fact a line segment, as evidenced by the highlighting of the edge in my previous attachment.
Paul Cunningham
IV2008
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