I’ve got a project in Solidworks that requires a custon name to be on an angle, so the horizontal edges of each letter are on an angle, but the verticals of each letter remain vertical. The word starts at about 8 o’clock and ends at 2 o’clock.
I’ve managed to get around it by using the italic of a font and playing with angles so the verticals are vertical, but it won’t work with longer words (steeper angle) and every fonts italic is at a slightly different angle.
Is there a way to do this with any font? Can you adjust the ‘lean’ of an italic? I’m thinking in Illustrator or similar, but I have no idea.
Create Text/ Graphic in Illustrator
Open the ai or pdf in Rhino-
Multiple commands could do what you want- Cage Edits, Shear etc: ( the curve conversions are much cleaner in Rhino)
Export as iges or Rhino3 .3dm which can be imported directly into
Solidworks/Illustrator Only Workflow.
Shear in Illustrator
Save as a dwg
In Solidworks: Tools>Block>Insert Block- which can use the dwg as a block. To scale visually click on the sketch in the history tree (when you are out of the sketcher) and move/scale visually with the dragger
Cheers, that works, but I’m doing something wrong in Illustrator as the text is coming through massive and I have to scale it down a lot. Shear text in SolidWorks would be great to have.
Also, I saved some text as an .AI file in Illustrator CS3 on a friends computer, but my SolidWorks wouldn’t touch it- you need the right version of Illustrator installed on the same computer your SolidWorks is on.
Not unconnected segments, but a series of straight lines to make up a curve. Illustrator has no capacity to convert Bézier curves to Arcs/Lines. If someone could write a plugin for that, they’d make a fortune.