3D text Thank You for Wired Insider

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3D text Thank You for Wired Insider by madsci1016 Aug 1, 2011

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I was lucky enough to win my first TOM from a contest held by Wired Insider. http://wiredinsider.tumblr.com/ The contest was to find the 'Wired Maker' and it was co-judged by adafruit. See http://wiredinsider.tumblr.com/post/6496464550/announcing-the-wired-maker

I then proceed to give myself a crash course in 3D design using AutoDesk Inventor (free for students). This guy's video tutorial series is great: http://www.youtube.com/user/robcohee

Anyway so this is a Thank You to them for being awesome and hosting such a great contest. I encourage people to give their blog a check out. I am certainly a loyal reader!

I'm a little stumped by Inventor as it doesn't let you extrude text directly. I had to 'reverse emboss' it onto an existing 3D object, then 'cut extrude' another background 3D object to remove the one I had to create to emboss text. Kinda backwards it seems to me. Does anyone have a better solution for 3D text in Inventor?

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Not sure what version of inventor you are using, but you can extrude text in Inventor 2010 and later (possibly also in older versions, I don't have one to verify with). When you go into sketch mode use the "Text" tool to write whatever you want, then exit sketch mode, select "Extrude" and click on your text and it will extrude it out for you.

That looks great! I can't help you with inventor, but did you use 1 extra shell when you printed this? I bet if you set extra shells to 0, then all the text would get filled in completely.

You are right, extra shells was set to 1. I guess this is the bug I keep reading about in the mailing list archives?

Yeah it's a bug with thin wall sections like the text in there.

Hmm, with zero shells, the letters are now filled in, but the inside of the 'D' and 'R' in WIRED are hollow now. Any idea why?