Type of font

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Type of font

Postby aaron1869 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:22 pm

I need help with which font to use. I want the letter size about .3 inches and raised .125 inches high. I have a 1 mm end mil and also a 1/16 inch end mill. I'm trying to carve "Product of Aaron's Woodshed". I've been able to get the letters to work by using a 1/64 inch bit in the tool path. However, I don't have that size bit. Right now I'm using Arial Block for the font. Any ideas?

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Re: Type of font

Postby Mike-S » Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:40 am

It sounds like you're trying to pocket cut with too large a bit.
If you put a boundary vector around the text you can V-carve using just about any font. Set flat depth to .125".
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Re: Type of font

Postby Rcnewcomb » Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:20 am

I agree, a V-Carve toolpath will provide better results. The nice thing about the preview is you can play around with different bits to see which ones will work best for you.

I'd suggest starting with a 60° bit and see how that looks.
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Re: Type of font

Postby martin54 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:06 pm

The problem with any font at that size is going to be the centres, especially if you want to use sentence case. Even using all caps the centres of letters will be very small which as you have discovered means using an extremely small bit for it to fit.
I wouldn't have thought about Mike's solution of Vcarving it but will remember it from now on :lol: :lol:

As Randall has memtioned using the preview screen will allow you to play about & see what looks best, the preview screen has become one of my best friends, saves you a lot of time & wasted material :lol:
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Re: Type of font

Postby aaron1869 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:02 pm

Not sure what I'm doing wrong. I have never been able to v-carve outside the letters correctly. I've attached a test file. I've cut a lot out to get it down below 2 meg. I want to letters .125 above the base.
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Re: Type of font

Postby highpockets » Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:32 am

Is this what you are looking for?
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Re: Type of font

Postby aaron1869 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:38 am

That is close. I put the vector around the letters so it would clear everything up to the letters. The example you sent still has a raised area. How can I get the letters flush with what is outside the vector?
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Re: Type of font

Postby highpockets » Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:48 am

Like this?

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Re: Type of font

Postby aaron1869 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:54 am

That is it. How did you do it?
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Re: Type of font

Postby highpockets » Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:03 am

OK, let me work on getting the file down with out loosing the info you need.
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Re: Type of font

Postby dwilli9013 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:50 am

highpockets wrote:OK, let me work on getting the file down with out loosing the info you need.


You dah man John. I was thinking of posting on this but we seem to always stomp on each others post.
(hows those edgelits coming?) :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Type of font

Postby highpockets » Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:12 am

Small text is fun to work with and can cause issues. That being said here's the basics for your problem.

First I played with the text spacing until I could get a 1/16" bit around each letter. Once I was satisfied I converted the text to curves. I then node edited the "e" to get a bit to cut the bottom of the "e" correctly.

Instead of a 1/16" end mill I used a 1/16" ball end, seemed to work better.
Instead of a 60° V-bit I used a 30° V-bit, this reduced the angle of the sides a bit.

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See attached file.

Hope this all makes since and helps some.

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Re: Type of font

Postby highpockets » Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:15 am

Hey Dwayne,

Your input is always welcome, you know I don't always get it right :D :D :D

If I ever quit traveling I'm hoping to get to some edgelit stuff.... I have several projects ready to go....
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Re: Type of font

Postby dwilli9013 » Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:41 am

Get on it brother always a pleasure to see your work. Been cranking em out here. But Im not traveling so that is a plus. Damn shame I still have to work the day job though.
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Re: Type of font

Postby highpockets » Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:48 am

Retirement is the best job I've ever had :D :D :D highly recommend it.
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