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djb
post May 31 2007, 11:43 PM
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Can I use the allow 3D tool path engraving function with imported text imported from from a program like Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw to have full control over fonts and layout for creating things like signs and plaques?

I want to create the project to be engraved in one of these programes, import the text or curves in sprut and create my g-code

Is this possible? If so, any pointers on this?

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post Jun 1 2007, 05:47 AM
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Hi David, I have used CorelDraw in the past to create text for machining by exporting the text in dxf format.
I just tried it using CorelDraw 9 which I haven't used for years, and it doesn't appear to work like it used to sad.gif. The Corel help files say that it will export text as curve outlines, but when I open this in Rhino or Kompas-3D it is still normal text.
Because SprutCAM doesn't import text it doesn't work.
I'm not sure about Adobe Illustrator.

If you haven't used dxf files in SprutCAM before, you will most probably need to 'Join' the curves together before you can use them.

You can also create text for machining directly in SprutCAM. This can be True Type Font or Stroke Font text. The text produced can also be edited and remachined very quickly (if required).

Another user of this forum, Chris Booth recently sent me a nice SprutCAM 2007 project that he had worked on which tested several of the different methods of using the engraving operation in SprutCAM. I will make this project available for download once SprutCAM 2007 has been released.......

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post Jun 1 2007, 04:33 PM
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Thanks Dave... One of the challenges I had with Spruts text tools is that I wasnt able to adjust the spacing between the letters using TT fonts.(the space was too large for my liking) It may be my lack of understanding of the tools.

Is "joining curves" something I do in sprut? If so, any tips for this?

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post Jun 1 2007, 05:05 PM
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You can adjust the spacing between the letters on the 'Style' tab of the Text dialogue.
You can define this as the Step (between the letters) or the Length (overall).
What it doesn't have is kerning which gives a more pleasing aesthetic appearance to the letters especially when mixing upper and lower case letters.
You can also move the letters individually once they have been created.

If you watch this dxf tutorial, this shows how to join curves.

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post Jun 2 2007, 04:08 AM
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Thanks Dave! I'll try that...

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post Nov 30 2007, 06:07 PM
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Another user of this forum, Chris Booth recently sent me a nice SprutCAM 2007 project that he had worked on which tested several of the different methods of using the engraving operation in SprutCAM. I will make this project available for download once SprutCAM 2007 has been released.......


Dave, I just ordered the Sprut 2007 upgrade. Would you happen to have the projects mentioned above available?

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post Nov 30 2007, 06:37 PM
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An FYI for those with Corel 12. I was able to save txt using DXF as curves as Dave suggested above. In order for it to take in Sprut 4, I had to save the DXF as version 10 I think. It imported fine.

I am able to get the tool to trace the txt outline, now I need to see if I can get it to carve the center out of the outlined txt.

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post Dec 1 2007, 05:58 PM
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David, here is Chris Booth's SC 2007 Engraving project: Engraving

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