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Re: Please Test My Stick Fonts and Let Me Know If They Work For You
« Reply #45 on: May 28, 2011, 12:17:38 pm »
Hi, thought I`d join the great stick font debate. Have tried the stick fonts and find that the down strokes as in n,m ,etc don`t come down as far as the round letters o,u etc. Have converted to polylines and removed overlaps but to no avail. Does anyone know of stick fonts that work? It seems such a basic requirement that seems to be causing so many problems. I`m using size 8 which is quite small.
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Re: Please Test My Stick Fonts and Let Me Know If They Work For You
« Reply #46 on: May 28, 2011, 12:23:12 pm »
QUOTE: "I've tried everything to get the tool path to just make a single line (stick font), didn't realize it would be this hard.  Any pointers ?"   

Hi there, can you please explain what you are trying to do and what is happening?
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Re: Please Test My Stick Fonts and Let Me Know If They Work For You
« Reply #47 on: June 12, 2011, 06:18:05 am »
Hi George,
 I was referring to the stick font style letters, I ended up getting the hang of it.  I had to play with the tool path a little and would have been really easy if it would have just followed the stick I tried to import.  I had to use three mops set to inside, first was inner, 1 with a slightly reduced tool path and to finish it up the letter "N" and "K" had a little left at the intersections.  Thanks for the response though ! :)

Here's what I ended up with

 

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Re: Please Test My Stick Fonts and Let Me Know If They Work For You
« Reply #48 on: June 17, 2011, 17:28:13 pm »
George,
Thanks so much for the stick fonts.

Just engraved a couple very small dog tags for my dogs.
Each tag has the dogs name, my phone #, My Vets name, My Vets phone # and the Vet Id number for each dog
All the information above fit onto on a tiny .75" x .71" tag.

I Reduced stick font#9 down to .1" tall text
I used a V shaped engraving bit
Material was .0625" thick 6061 aluminum sheet.
I engraved the text at .005" deep
I wish I had some metal dye on hand. I used a sharpie to color the text and then rubbed the surface with some steel wool.

The tiny tags came out nice and the fonts look great!
They looked better before I used some sand paper on them and scratched them.  :-\

The two tags below were test runs
I am doing two more that are a bit taller with a .125" hole so I can mount the tag onto their collars.
Also, I sanded the surface, which scratched it and you can see the scratches.
I will just use steel wool on the new tags after I fill the letters with a sharpie pen

I have shots of the finished tags later
« Last Edit: June 18, 2011, 09:56:41 am by EL34 »
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Re: Please Test My Stick Fonts and Let Me Know If They Work For You
« Reply #49 on: June 17, 2011, 17:35:38 pm »
We would love to see pictures of your success!   :)
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Re: Please Test My Stick Fonts and Let Me Know If They Work For You
« Reply #50 on: June 17, 2011, 17:42:18 pm »
ok, I uploaded a pic on my post above

I deleted out part of my phone number

The two tags above were test runs
I am doing two more that are a bit taller with a .125" hole so I can mount the tag onto their collars.
Also, I sanded the surface, which scratched it
I will just use steel wool on the new tags.

I have shots of the finished tags later
« Last Edit: June 17, 2011, 18:31:24 pm by EL34 »
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Re: Please Test My Stick Fonts and Let Me Know If They Work For You
« Reply #51 on: June 18, 2011, 00:17:47 am »
To clean up a surface on aluminum I use Green Scotch Pads, they really do a very nice job of finishing off a piece of material.
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Re: Please Test My Stick Fonts and Let Me Know If They Work For You
« Reply #52 on: June 18, 2011, 09:54:42 am »
yeah, I forgot about the ole scotch brite trick, they work great.

I saw In one of the post above that @ was missing from one of the font sets

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The included ASCII Characters are all of the alphabet, upper and lower case plus ! $ & ( ) + ; : " ' ( ) . ,
The missing are:  @ # ^ * _
CamBam Font 9 does include the missing ones above.

I guess that means that font sets 1 through 8 are all missing the characters shown above?
font set 9 is the only set that has the extra 5 characters
Is that correct?

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Yes, the "Error setting new poly start" is the error I get with all the stick fonts after building the G-Code

I get this error also but the G-code cuts fine

One thing I did notice:
I use AutoDesk Quick CAD to draw my dog tags and used stick font 9 in those CAD drawings
I saved the CAD as DXF so I could import into CamBam as I always do.
In the drawing tree there was an extra text entry below every line of real text
When I click on this extra text line, nothing is highlighted on the screen
So I deleted all 24 of these extra text entries.

Not sure exactly what these extra items are?
See my screen shot
There is a real line of text and then the next line is an unknown item
See the screen shot below


I cut four more dog tags this morning
This time I made them tall enough to have a .125" hole for mounting on a ring
I actually glued two back to back so they are double thick and have text on both sides.
I think I had the bit depth set better in my first test, but these will be just fine.
Here's a shot of the double thick, double sided tags - see the image below
The one on the left is a better cut depth
The 6061 is kind of soft. I prefer harder Alu, but that's what I had on hand
« Last Edit: June 18, 2011, 16:21:38 pm by EL34 »
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Re: Please Test My Stick Fonts and Let Me Know If They Work For You
« Reply #53 on: June 18, 2011, 15:29:38 pm »
"I wish I had some metal dye on hand. I used a sharpie to color the text and then rubbed the surface with some steel wool."

I use industrial crayons, just finish the plate any way you want to and rub the crayons in to the letter groves. Wipe of with cloth and you have nice looking tag. This method was often used in the tool room to mark fixture stamped clamping info, jig hole location, etc... Hope this helps.


 http://www.stadiumcrayons.co.uk/industrial-crayons/
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Re: Please Test My Stick Fonts and Let Me Know If They Work For You
« Reply #54 on: June 18, 2011, 17:14:35 pm »
Interesting about the extra line being added to the MOP from your CAD system.  I have not seen that before and have no idea what is the cause.  I will try to recreate what you did, from AutoCAD to DXF to CamBam, and see it I get the same results.

Yes those 5 symbols are missing from fonts 1 thru 8.  But, you can use the insert the missing ones, using font 9 and unless you are doing really big lettering they will look just great.

A comment on your dog tags.  The final cut really looks rough and I wonder if it is the kind of tool you are using.  I have not had good luck with "V" type tools for engraving, except in plastic materials, and there they work just great.

I use a very small ball end tool, I think I currently am using a .01 diameter ball end, to do my airplane ID tag engraving.  Take a look at my web site for an example.

http://www.mrrace.com/mykitairplane/dataplate.htm

Click on any of the three in a row at the bottom of the page for a close up look.  They are all done in 6061 T6 aluminum.  The first Cessna is a good example of the smoothness of the engraving.

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Re: Please Test My Stick Fonts and Let Me Know If They Work For You
« Reply #55 on: June 18, 2011, 17:54:00 pm »
I think the ball end would be better, but the smallest I have here are 1/32" ball ends.
I tried a 1/32" but the letters on the tags are too tiny for a 1/32" ball.

The 1/32" ball looks great with .25" high letters.
I did a test with .25" high text and it was very clean.

My cuts were too deep on the final tags with the V cutter
The first cuts on the test tags were less deep and came out better.

Oh well, they are just dogs tags.

If I did a ton of tiny engraving, I would spring for a tiny ball bit.

Anywho, thanks again for the great fonts.
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Re: Please Test My Stick Fonts and Let Me Know If They Work For You
« Reply #56 on: June 19, 2011, 09:19:38 am »
I use a very small ball end tool, I think I currently am using a .01 diameter ball end, to do my airplane ID tag engraving.

I am now engraving my dials and then filling the engraving with epoxy paint which is then sanded off to make a perfectly flat surface.  I am very satisfied with the engraving bits I got from Dixi.  They are 60°Vs with a spherical point.  Just what the doctor ordered IMHO.  I used a 0.2mm for the indexes and 0.1 for the text.  As I wanted a specific font I just milled the letters out as a pocket and didn't use engraving.  It worked perfectly.
The first image is a trial with some red paint for the contrast.





Note that although I didn't mill this case in titanium myself, I did mill an identical piece in brass which along with the the movement and part milling was all done with CB.

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Re: Please Test My Stick Fonts and Let Me Know If They Work For You
« Reply #57 on: October 06, 2011, 11:45:48 am »
I have just finished up converting another font to (almost) a single line Stick Font.  I say almost because the individual letters are true type with only about a thousands separation of the inside and outside outlines.

This font set ONLY contains UPPER CASE, lower case, and numbers 12345467890

I converted it for use on plastic engraving materials for name tags, etc...  It has a very nice looking face and can probably be used for other applications as well.

I have named it 1CamBam_Stick_0 so when you install it in your font file, it will be the first font up for selection in the font box.  If you have already downloaded and installed my other group of files, you already have CamBam fonts 1 thru 9.

PLEASE NOTE:   I attached the file as a .doc file.  After you download the file to your desktop, change the .doc extension to .ttf    You can then drop it in your font folder, under the C:\Windows directory and you are ready to go.

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Re: Please Test My Stick Fonts and Let Me Know If They Work For You
« Reply #58 on: October 06, 2011, 13:04:59 pm »
Hello George

Thanks for this nice fonts  ;)

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Re: Please Test My Stick Fonts and Let Me Know If They Work For You
« Reply #59 on: October 06, 2011, 15:30:19 pm »
Hi George,
may I try to add Cyrillic letters to your font and share it back?