Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Precise Circular Text Pattern

                Do you need a Precise Circular Text Pattern?

                I needed this the other day and I was a bit intrigued about the best workflow for this.



                I needed this the other day and I was a bit intrigued about the best workflow for this.

                My first thought was to do it with iFeatures. Create a prompted text iFeature and a pattern of sketch points and place this iFeature as many times as you need changing the text every time. 

                Whell... that didn’t work and I slowly realized that it will be very difficult to edit, not to mention the large number of features in the browser.

                Then I thought of doing it by creating them as separate features and wrap them to the part. This seemed complicated as well so I had a better idea.

                Create a text and emboss it to the face, except there is a trick here. In order to get exact spacing between first and last, you need to use “Exact Spacing” in the text editor.

                This way I can control the text size and yet still get precise placement.

                As always Inventor threw a spanner in the works because the exact spacing field text has only 2 (two) decimal settings and you can’t use parameter for an automatic update when you change drum diameter.

                This was still way better than any other solutions proving fast and simple.

                The original screencast can be seen here (includes commands and dialog boxes if the video bellow is not clear enough).




Later,

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