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FreeCAD: How to create character string shape solids?

Update:October 2, 2018
FreeCAD 0.17
  1. First, we prepare the font file. TTF, PFD and OTF format font file can be used.

    If your platform is Windows, you can check installed fonts from [Control Panel]-[Fonts] in start menu. In this example, we use [Times New Roman] that is installed on windows.

    TextString_font

    Copy following 4 files to your working folder.

    • Times New Roman (times.ttf)
    • Times New Roman Italic (timesi.ttf)
    • Times New Roman Bold (timesbd.ttf)
    • Times New Roman Bold Italic (timesbi.ttf)
  2. Click [File]-[New] in menu to create new document. Move to Draft workbenchDraft workbench.

  3. Select "Shape String"Draft_ShapeString to start creating shape string.

  4. First, set string position. Enter a numeric value and move to next input box by TAB key. You can also change them later. After entering Global X, Global Y and Global Z, move to next setting parameters by Enter key.

    TextString1

    Note: You can also set these parameters by picking 3D view with mouse.

  5. Enter the character string to create a shape. You can also change them later. Move to next setting parameters by Enter key.

    TextString2
  6. Enter a font size (height). You can also change them later. Move to next setting parameters by Enter key.

    TextString3
  7. Enter a space size between characters. You can also change them later. Move to next setting parameters by Enter key.

    TextString4
  8. Specify a font type to be used. Specify the prepared font file of Times New Roman "times.ttf".

    TextString5

    Now a shape string will be displayed on the 3D view.

    TextString6
  9. At propery (Data tab) of shape string, you can change string, string position, space size between characters, font file and others.

    TextString-data
  10. Next, we will extrude the created shape string to create a solid. Switch workbench to Part workbenchPart workbench.

  11. Select the shape string on model tree and extrudePart_Extrude it to create a solid.

    TextString8

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