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Any Way to Have Embossed Text on 3d Printed Object?
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* May 24, 2019, 11:03:22 PM
I'm using TC 2018, Deluxe.  I'm making some jigs for use with my lathe, and it would be great if I could include some numbers/directions/etc. on the 3d printed surface.  I'm looking to have the text look like it was routed into the surface (I think that's what "embossed" is) to keep it from impacting how the jigs fit.

So far I've been able to explode some text two times (to polylines) and simple extrude into the 3d object.  However, if I do a boolean subtract it appears that there is no response.  Doesn't look like anything was accomplished on my drawing and no text prints out.

Any way to do this?  Or, am i stuck with a magic marker?

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* May 25, 2019, 04:06:31 AM
#1
What you did should probably have worked, unless the text extruded as a 'sheet' (an unclosed polyline).

Here is a slightly different way.  Type in the text.  In properties (Selection palette or right click - properties), change the text mode to flexible.  This allows for the 3D availability in the properties.  in Properties 3D, give the text a thickness.  Position the text so that at least some of it protrudes above the surface of the main object.  Subtract the text from the object.

The above assumes the text is to be subtracted from a flat surface. 

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May 25, 2019, 04:40:04 AM
#2
If it is recessed into the surface, then it is "debossed".  Embossed is when it comes out of the surface.

You should be able to Format / Explode text into Polylines (make sure the Selection Info palette is open when you are doing this so you don't go too far, or not far enough).

Once done, you should be able to use Quick Pull to adjust the height as needed.  Pay attention to letters such as 'a', 'A', etc. that have interior islands that will have to be included in the pulls.


Jeff

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May 25, 2019, 05:23:24 AM
#3

Embossing, if that is what is actually required, means reducing/subtracting the background surrounding the text. 
So, the background should be below the original surface, not necessarily the letters.

Regards Tim

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* May 25, 2019, 08:40:00 AM
#4
I'm using TC 2018, Deluxe.  I'm making some jigs for use with my lathe, and it would be great if I could include some numbers/directions/etc. on the 3d printed surface.  I'm looking to have the text look like it was routed into the surface (I think that's what "embossed" is) to keep it from impacting how the jigs fit.

So far I've been able to explode some text two times (to polylines) and simple extrude into the 3d object.  However, if I do a boolean subtract it appears that there is no response.  Doesn't look like anything was accomplished on my drawing and no text prints out.

Any way to do this?  Or, am i stuck with a magic marker?

As Andy sez, that should have worked. Please post the .tcw if problems continue.

Henry H

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* May 25, 2019, 03:02:13 PM
#5
Wasn't getting a response so tried starting clean with a new drawing.  Bingo, worked just like it was supposed to.

Since the object I was trying to engrave on my original drawing was just a simple extruded polyline, I deleted it and made a new one.  Then followed the procedures that worked on the previous test.  It worked perfectly.  Guess I locked something into my previous version that TC didn't like.

One thing I noticed that was a bit deceptive was the need to erase/remove the poly version of the text - it blocked the indented text and made it look like there was nothing there.

Now to see how it prints out.

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May 25, 2019, 03:14:42 PM
#6
One thing I noticed that was a bit deceptive was the need to erase/remove the poly version of the text - it blocked the indented text and made it look like there was nothing there.

Most likely, the Polylines (being closed) had a Fill setting that blocked the view behind them.  If you turned that off (in Properties), you would most likely avoid the aggravation.


Jeff

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* May 25, 2019, 10:22:27 PM
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The print was a mixed bag.  The actual angle gauge came out great.  The numbers were there, but not real clear.  I'd include a photo, but my camera doesn't have enough resolution to pick up the details of the numbers.

Probably my error for not thinking about what I was doing.  I blew the extrusions all the way through the piece, thinking they'd show up better.  However, the text I had was numbers:  29.5 and 60.  I didn't think about Cura or my printer trying to bridge between the segments of the numbers (like the middle of the "0") to keep them in the print.  Oh well.  Get it next time now that I know how to do it.

Thanks, guys.

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* May 27, 2019, 09:09:42 AM
#8
Your methodology seems correct.

The font needs to be large enough so every portion of the letters still remains after slicing.  There can be open polylines that need to be found and closed.  It usually takes me several iterations of visually inspecting the slicer results and going back to TC to fix the missing letters.

Steve


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* May 27, 2019, 09:35:53 AM
#9
Do you have a screenshot of what you're trying to do?

Take a look at what was done with extruded text (homemade); A "Tool Vise" in TurboCAD Deluxe 2018. The "Subtract/Intersect" was done on copies so that the text face would be curved like the gauge band.

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* May 27, 2019, 04:13:40 PM
#10
I redid the piece to fix up a few things function wise.  Also re-did the text - this time only extruded it 1mm into the 2mm surface and increased the size from 5mm to 10mm.  Worked great.  I tried to attach a photo but the site crashes every time I try and send a msg. with an attachment (photo).

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May 28, 2019, 05:11:21 AM
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I redid the piece to fix up a few things function wise.  Also re-did the text - this time only extruded it 1mm into the 2mm surface and increased the size from 5mm to 10mm.  Worked great.  I tried to attach a photo but the site crashes every time I try and send a msg. with an attachment (photo).

What is the file size of the image that you are trying to attach?


Jeff

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* May 28, 2019, 08:00:44 AM
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4.96 MB.  Ahh.  Maybe that's the issue.  I switched to a higher resolution camera to capture the engraved text.  Maybe put me over the limit for an attachment.

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* May 28, 2019, 12:40:52 PM
#13
Cropped the photo and cut the size down to 1.45 MB.  FWIW, here it is:

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* May 31, 2019, 08:17:45 AM
#14
Looks good.

I played around with Deluxe 2018 and came up with 3 different text situations, of which 2 should be 3D printable, as they're simple add/subtract (green/yellow). I doubt if the blue text could be done, as that's an Intersect; the text is level with the face. I think the rounded edges would also be a no-no.

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June 01, 2019, 04:17:47 AM
#15
I played around with Deluxe 2018 and came up with 3 different text situations

... I think the rounded edges would also be a no-no.

How did you place the text in a circular curve?  The built-in function in Platinum is terrible.  I did something with similar results, but I had to offset the local origin of each letter above or below, then rotate each letter into position to have something that I could send for approval, then be able to modify as needed.


Jeff

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* June 01, 2019, 11:09:34 AM
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Since this was done in Deluxe 2018, I did it similar to your method; placing and rotating the individual letters, then Simple Extrude and 3D Add to make a complete word.

In Platinum, I would create the 3D text normally, then use the Bend tool to curve the text object. I usually have a circle to use as a guide, as I may need to adjust the Neutral Depth.

Hope this helps.

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* June 01, 2019, 11:58:26 AM
#17
Platinum also offers the Bend to Path tool.

Henry H

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