I’ve found PVC to be one of best materials to work with for doing

diycnc-discuss
gplus
(George Allen) #1

I’ve found PVC to be one of best materials to work with for doing signage. It cuts like soap.

(Kyle Kerr) #2

Is that too say you have made custom soap gifts? :stuck_out_tongue:

(George Allen) #3

@Kyle_Kerr Nah. Although that’s a thought! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

(Paul Frederick) #4

Have you tried any single line engraving? You need special font files for that. What you’re showing here is an engraved outline font. That’s what most computer fonts are. Single line fonts are much rarer but give a different effect when you engrave them. An engraved single line font comes out more like how you’d imagine someone would carve letters.

(George Allen) #5

I haven’t tried that yet. I’ll have to find the fonts. Thanks!

(Paul Frederick) #6

@George_Allen yeah I discovered single line fonts kind of by chance. Well, I wanted a carved letter look and you just can’t get that with an outlined font. Outlines are not strokes. So some digging into the matter lead me to single stroke fonts. Which are the rare Pepes of the digital font world. I think I’ve only ever managed to find a half a dozen of them or so. Because single line fonts don’t render too attractively on screens. That’s what most folks want to use digital fonts for. CNC is kind of an oddball activity. So it is catered to a lot less.

(George Allen) #7

@Paul_Frederick I’m still trying to figure out how to use Fusion to properly route signs. I think I’m going to have to breakdown and purchase V-carve. If I want to do any 3D relief work, I’ll have to get Aspire too.

(Mike Thornbury) #8

@George_Allen but… isn’t it hard to paint, glue and such? What kind of pvc is that?

(George Allen) #9

@Mike_Thornbury It may be. I don’t know yet. I bought it at Home Depot. I saw on Pinterest, someone painting it to look like wood.

(Mike Thornbury) #10

As to stroke-based fonts, this little app creates a svg file from stroke-based fonts. Give it a go: https://martenjacobs.github.io/LineFont/linefont.html

(Mike Thornbury) #11

And: https://youtu.be/U2U1E0iAZFM

(Paul Frederick) #12

@George_Allen for just basic sign work or patterns I use this http://www.scorchworks.com/Fengrave/fengrave.html F-Engrave is a really fun toy to play with. Plus the price is right.

(Paul Frederick) #13

@Mike_Thornbury a program that can handle fonts should be able to just use a stroke based font. Though it will look a bit odd on a screen compared to how it will engrave. I think my simulator shows it up right though? As long as I set it up with the right tool. That’s once it is turned into G-Code of course. Some experimentation and imagination helps too.