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« on: February 04, 2011, 00:00:02 am »

I have been working of converting a group of fonts to Open TTF Stick fonts.
Attached is a .CB file that has samples of all the 8 Stick Fonts I have been working on.
By turning on and off the MOP,s you can generate the G-Code and see the results.
The very first MOP contains samples of ALL the Stick Fonts and will generate a G-Code file that is over 7000 line long.  That is why I added the individual MOP's so you can test the results of each Stick Font a little quicker and easier.

Before you can run the .CB file in CamBam you need to load the Stick Fonts into your font directory.
You need to download the attached Stick Fonts and install them first.  Your fonts directory is located at:
C:\WINDOWS\Fonts  Just cut and paste the 8 font files into that directory and they will install automatically.  They are in a folder in the .rar format.

You will note that they all start with 1CamBam so they will appear at the very top of your Fonts list after the install.

I find they do work faster than the more conventional TTF fonts as they don't need to be cut both inside and outside.

After you select a font in the CamBam Text routine and start typing, you may find them to be quite faint in the background.  Also you may see some solid objects as, for example, an "O" is totally filled in.  Just one of the quirky things that are happening with the conversion that I am using.

I am not sure how helpful this font set will be, but I sure do like it for the things that I am doing on this end.  Using them I have cut my engraving time by more than half.

Making the G-Code usually throws some kind of an error as well, but it does not seem to bother the final engraving results.

Please give them a try and let me know if you think they can be usable for your engraving needs.

George

* Single Line Engraving Test.cb (17.16 KB - downloaded 1005 times.)
* CamBam Stick Fonts.rar (71.69 KB - downloaded 1622 times.)
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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2011, 03:45:26 am »

Hello george,

Very, very nice fonts.
it makes you take a long time to do this  Shocked

I think they will be very useful for me for engrave tiny text on wood .... thank you  Cheesy

just a little reproach Wink, they are no accent ( ....) .... useful in french

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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2011, 01:07:16 am »

This are the fonts I downloaded from www.sawmillcreek.org (psfonts.zip) that were not working with my cad program. They only worked in with inkscape.

However your repaired packet now works on all my programs.

Thank you, I can now remove other line fonts and don't have to waste my time using inkscape only to create dxf with text.

Dejan


Maybe you can add this font to this collection

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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2011, 12:51:19 pm »

Hello Dejan:
I am glad that you can use the fonts.  
I will try to convert the one you attached and add it to the previous post if I can get it working.

Thanks,
George

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It converted just great and is a nice looking font.
I have added it to the .rar file and it is attached below.
George
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* CamBam Stick Fonts.rar (93.98 KB - downloaded 741 times.)
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2011, 22:59:19 pm »

"Please Test My Stick Fonts and Let Me Know If They Work For You"

Thanks for the fonts I'm going to try them tonight.

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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2011, 00:05:34 am »

Great Bret, let me know how they work out
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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2011, 23:11:11 pm »

Very slick George!  I appreciate the hard work you put into these fonts.  I can't wait to try them.

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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2011, 14:46:02 pm »

Hello George.

Thanks for going thru the trouble to make things easier for everybody. Is there any way you or another member could make these fonts available in Zip format for those of us who can't work with the Rar format.
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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2011, 15:51:30 pm »

Hello Steve,

The fonts in .zip

thank you again George  Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2011, 16:29:00 pm »

The fonts in .zip

Thanks David!!
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« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2011, 01:22:04 am »

"Is there any way you or another member could make these fonts available in Zip format for those of us who can't work with the Rar format."

Hi there, I use free program called 7-Zip it will unzip all formats. You can download it here: http://www.freeze.com/download/Utilities/File-Compression/7-Zip?f=XZNBLo4CS&a=6591&adid=5044774520
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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2011, 16:21:00 pm »

George

Apologies if I'm not understanding something but I get errors "Error setting new poly start" using your fonts with the attached file but not with the existing non-stick fonts. Is this the sort of "G-code error" you refer to?

best regards

Peter

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« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2011, 12:58:58 pm »

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

I wonder if there is something about the fonts not being a closed poly-line that causes the error.  It does not seem to cause any problem with the engraving/milling, but is an agitation to see every time you build the code.
Maybe Andy can weigh in and let us know what may be causing the problem, and what to do to correct it, if anything.

I did a simulated run in Mach3 and it does everything just fine.  You do have a difference in the diameter of the cutting tool between engraving and milling and that is also giving an error that the tools don't match.  You are probably already aware of that.

I did make one small change in your CamBam file.  Under the "Drawing" tab I selected "Machining" and then changed theFastPlungeHeight to .1    That will save a lot of time waiting for the Z axis to come back to cutting height after each move to the next cutting position.  In your case, it will cut the machining time to about a quarter of what it was.

I like your compass rose, very nice looking work.  If you don't mind I will probably "steal" your design for some future use.
George
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« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2011, 13:38:56 pm »

George

Thanks for the reply. I hadn't got as far as debugging the program ready for cutting but you have saved me the effort :-)

I've just started using 9.8 and need to get all my templates and tools set up - job for a rainy afternoon

Best regards

Peter
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« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2011, 16:06:08 pm »

Has anyone found that these fonts will go over the same line twice (try to close)? They are awesome and usefull regardless.
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