Is there a way I can use the emboss feature in an assembly?
We typically laser mark during final assembly and would like to show that as a step in the assembly instructions.
I typically create a sketch with the text and extrude(cut) in the assembly.
It works fine for flat surfaces, but cannot do it for other surfaces.
The one way I can think of doing it would be creating ipart with text and using it in the assembly.
I would rather not do it this way. Is there any other way to accomplish this with out altering the components (.ipt)?
I create a sketch in the flat pattern (I'm assuming sheetmetal) that I use for the actual laser programming, and in the drawing I use the retrieve model sketches command to show the etched lines.
Although the emboss command is not available in the assembly features you can create a sketch in the assembly and place text in the sketch. Then you can extrude the text with a cut option. Not as many options as the emboss command but it will do what you want possibility.
I hadn't thought of using the Cut command on text, but I just tried it and it worked perfectly! You obviously can't get raised letters with Cut, but it engraves just as well as the Emboss command does.