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number carving

Postby ger.wat » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:50 pm

Using VC ver 8.5. I'm carving numbers in aluminum channel using "Helvetica 1L". The number 6 is being cut in 3 parts for no apparent good reason, the back, the bottom loop, the top hook, not always in the same order, sometimes the spindle raises and lowers in the same spot. :? It does the 3 in a similar manner and probably the 9 though I haven't checked that.

It takes extra time, I want it to stop doing that, how do I make it cut a 6 in 1 fluid motion?

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Re: number carving

Postby IslaWW » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:52 pm

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Re: number carving

Postby adze_cnc » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:32 pm

ger.wat wrote:The number 6 is being cut in 3 parts for no apparent good reason, the back, the bottom loop, the top hook...


The number "6" cuts in three parts for a very good reason. The "6" has three vectors---one for each of the pieces you mentioned.

ger.wat wrote:It takes extra time, I want it to stop doing that, how do I make it cut a 6 in 1 fluid motion?


Easy. Make the "6" into one vector instead of three.

Read up on:
- convert text to curves
- join multiple vectors into one
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Re: number carving

Postby ger.wat » Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:56 pm

I would LIKE to make the 6's and 3's one vector. They already seems to be grouped but don't respond to ungroup button. On the first bar I've tried ungrouping, regrouping, converting to curves, doesn't seems to make a difference.


AH! Figured out a way, convert to curves, then close vectors. Geez, is there and easier way?
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Re: number carving

Postby Adrian » Mon Jun 25, 2018 4:19 pm

They aren't grouped. They are text. Select, right click, convert to curves. Use whichever of the join tools you want to join the vectors.

There isn't an "easier" way. Hard to see how there could be to be honest other than the font being one vector in the first place.
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Re: number carving

Postby adze_cnc » Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:25 pm

ger.wat wrote:convert to curves, then close vectors. Geez, is there and easier way?


Why bother closing the vectors? They work just fine as open ones.
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Re: number carving

Postby Adrian » Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:30 pm

adze_cnc wrote:
ger.wat wrote:convert to curves, then close vectors. Geez, is there and easier way?


Why bother closing the vectors? They work just fine as open ones.

He doesn't like the extra time it takes for the bit moving for each open vector when there is more than one number.
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