Best way to carve or engrave small letters

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Best way to carve or engrave small letters

Postby CyberBiker » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:43 pm

Would like to add a small area on projects that gives origin & date of the project. Have tried V-Carving 1/8-5/32" letters in Arial & others with lousy results.
Suggestions about how to do something like a "made by me" engraving that is small but readable would be appreciated

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Re: Best way to carve or engrave small letters

Postby Kayvon » Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:22 am

What type of V-bit are you using? I'd expect fuzzier results with a 90-degree bit, but I'll bet a 60- or even 30-degree bit gives you sharper results. You might even use the line fonts if you use the 30-degree V bit.
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Re: Best way to carve or engrave small letters

Postby CyberBiker » Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:12 am

I have tried both 60° & 90°bits. don't currently have access to 30 degree bits. What and where do I find line fonts?

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Re: Best way to carve or engrave small letters

Postby Kayvon » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:48 am

When you're selecting the font in VCarve/Aspire, there's an option (a pull-down? I'm going from memory here) to toggle between full-vectored fonts and simple line fonts. The line fonts are typically used when engraving with a drag bit, but they'd be a good option here since you're doing something similar by attempting to just scratch the surface.
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Re: Best way to carve or engrave small letters

Postby CyberBiker » Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:30 am

Thanks, will give line fonts a try.

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Re: Best way to carve or engrave small letters

Postby TAW » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:54 am

I use a 11 degree liner bit- looks like a sharpened pencil end. works good.
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Re: Best way to carve or engrave small letters

Postby CyberBiker » Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:57 am

Sorry, but I am really new at this. Probably missing a step in the software somewhere.

Tried the line fonts, but when I went to create a tool path, software reported hundreds of incomplete vectors that it ignored, resulting in no text being printed in the 3D render using VCarve Pro 9.0.

Any idea what I am not doing correctly?

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Re: Best way to carve or engrave small letters

Postby Kayvon » Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:49 am

It's probably your toolpath creation. When you create a toolpath for line engravings, you want it to trace on the line, not around it. Make sure you're not using a pocket path, then change the radio button from "outside" to "on" and try again.

The lines don't form a closed vector, so VCarve gets confused when you're telling it to trace around or inside the lines.
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Re: Best way to carve or engrave small letters

Postby Greggsworkshop » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:36 pm

I'm new at this but what I am using for small fonts is a tapered ball nose bit 4.8 deg and it comes out great.
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Re: Best way to carve or engrave small letters

Postby Barry Anderson » Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:04 pm

CyberBiker wrote:Sorry, but I am really new at this. Probably missing a step in the software somewhere.

Tried the line fonts, but when I went to create a tool path, software reported hundreds of incomplete vectors that it ignored, resulting in no text being printed in the 3D render using VCarve Pro 9.0.

Any idea what I am not doing correctly?

Thanks

When I do similar carvings, I often use the line fonts. I do not use vcarve for the tool path. I create a profile tool path and set the depth of cut I desire. Works great.
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