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Re: Best way to make & route text.
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2009, 09:21:23 PM »
When using the text explode in AutoCAD, idealy, afetr it's exploded, you'll want to trim out the extra lines it adds inside the letters. A better way might be to use a program like OutlineArt to create the .dxf. http://www.dwgtool.com/outline.htm
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Re: Best way to make & route text.
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2009, 09:50:04 PM »
I opened the dxf in CAD, exploded the lines in the letter "A", deleted the lines in green, save the Dxf.

1. Import dxf into LC
2. Select Mill Module
3. Clean and turn off rapids,
4.You can select the same lines in " A" and delete them in LC ( probably quicker in CAD ) to clean up the text.
5. Open LAYER menu, pick or create a tool ( sen to all layers ) , then define Cut parameters ( send to layer )
6. Post code to Mach3 Mill

    The picture on the bottom shows the file in Mach3. Note the extra rapids in letters like P, R,Q and the extra lines are actually cutting paths. So if you want to cut the just the outlines of the Text, suggest you clean them up.
    Basicaly all in the manual.   :)

PS:  took longer to type this than from LC to Mach3  ;)

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« Last Edit: July 29, 2009, 09:55:18 PM by RICH »
Re: Best way to make & route text.
« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2009, 10:10:02 PM »
I'm even having a tough time replying on here, maybe I should just give up for tonight.
Anyway here is what I get while following your procedure. I did the clean up in AutoCAD.
or I get just the last word "EQUIPMENT" and part of the word above.
Very strange.
« Last Edit: July 29, 2009, 10:14:31 PM by Drools »

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Re: Best way to make & route text.
« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2009, 10:17:12 PM »
I imported your drawing, and just exploded the right half of the A, and then deleted the two lines.
Looks like you deleted parts of all the letters in CAD.

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Re: Best way to make & route text.
« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2009, 10:28:41 PM »
GERRY,
Looks like a nice suplemental program to Acad for the price.
Have you used much?

RICH
Re: Best way to make & route text.
« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2009, 10:33:22 PM »
That is the thing, no I did not delete something I was not supposed to delete. The text looks fine in LC but for some reason when LC is generating the gcode it gets messed up?
Well this is strange, I just went and opened Mach3 again to do another screen shot and I loaded the same file that I took the first screen shot and it looks fine in Mach3? I think it is Mach3 that is not working correctly maybe...
Re: Best way to make & route text.
« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2009, 08:33:42 AM »
I'm downloading the REV E manual now, I'm persistant I will get it working. I notice that the ET- "Explode Text" does not explode completely. To clean up the text I have been selecting individual letters and using a normal explode to get to the segments that need deleting.

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Re: Best way to make & route text.
« Reply #17 on: July 30, 2009, 09:02:28 AM »
DROLL,
Off for some R&R. Back in a few days, till then

Have fun,

RICH
Re: Best way to make & route text.
« Reply #18 on: July 30, 2009, 09:06:51 AM »
I tested the program Outline Art and with its one line demo limitation it worked fine.

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Re: Best way to make & route text.
« Reply #19 on: July 30, 2009, 09:07:47 AM »
I'm downloading the REV E manual now, I'm persistant I will get it working. I notice that the ET- "Explode Text" does not explode completely. To clean up the text I have been selecting individual letters and using a normal explode to get to the segments that need deleting.

Sometimes you may get duplicate lines. Be sure to remove them.
Gerry

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