making text into stl files for milling

Asked by Ed Hart on 2017-12-03

Hello, I'm a novice user of inkscape. Last year I used inkscape to create text to be carved on a sign. Today I wish to do the same but in Greek language. I learned how to create the greek alphabet but I would like the letters to be carved out of the board rather than have the board carved out around the letters leaving the letters raised above the surface. Know what I mean? I'd like to carve the letter into the board. Is there some way to invert the letter on inkscape or will I have to go to a Cad program to do this? Thanks for any help anyone can give.

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Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #1

I think you might have asked this question on the forums already.

There, it was explained to you to use Hershey text for this. And I think you also found the option.

If the Hershey letters are too thin for you, then you need to fill out the letters by putting (continuous) paths inside them, and removing their outline afterwards. You could use the grids created by the eggbot extension (need to install it), or the various fill options the G-Code extension offers.

Ed Hart (upnaptishim) said : #2

Thank you Hachmann for your quick response. No, this is my first question on the forum, but thank you for the suggestions. I'll do some research on what you proposed and if I have trouble I'll ask for more help....if this solves my problem, I'll post it on the forum.

Ed Hart

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Hachmann proposed the following answer:
I think you might have asked this question on the forums already.

There, it was explained to you to use Hershey text for this. And I think
you also found the option.

If the Hershey letters are too thin for you, then you need to fill out
the letters by putting (continuous) paths inside them, and removing
their outline afterwards. You could use the grids created by the eggbot
extension (need to install it), or the various fill options the G-Code
extension offers.

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Hello, I'm a novice user of inkscape. Last year I used inkscape to create text to be carved on a sign. Today I wish to do the same but in Greek language. I learned how to create the greek alphabet but I would like the letters to be carved out of the board rather than have the board carved out around the letters leaving the letters raised above the surface. Know what I mean? I'd like to carve the letter into the board. Is there some way to invert the letter on inkscape or will I have ...

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Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #3

Here's the forum topic, sorry for confusing you with the other person!!!

http://www.inkscapeforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=33125

Ed Hart (upnaptishim) said : #4

Hi Hachmann,

I figured out how to do it. I had to do some experimenting but I found an interesting way to take a jpeg of text, invert it in inkscape, use path2openscad, and then convert the file to a stl in openscad. I had to get an older version of inkscape (91.) in 32 bit for an older computer I have that uses Win XP as an OS. The reason is, the "path2openscad" pluggin for inkscape saves the files to "Documents and Settings" and that file is locked and unusable on my Win7 machine. All in all it was a fun learning experience. I used Google translate to translate my text into the greek alphabet - I took a screen shot of the translation off of the webpage and saved it as a jpeg. I then opened the jpeg in inkscape and saved it as a svg and went from there. I never tried the Hersey text because the alphabet was different from the ancient greek text that I was looking for. Anyway - thanks for your help and thanks for following up also. This is the first time I have posted anything (question or answer) on a group or a blog etc. Thanks again for helping

Ed Hart

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Your question #661367 on Inkscape changed:
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Question #661367 : Questions : Inkscape<https://answers.launchpad.net/inkscape/+question/661367>
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Hello, I'm a novice user of inkscape. Last year I used inkscape to create text to be carved on a sign. Today I wish to do the same but in Greek language. I learned how to create the greek alphabet but I would like the letters to be carved out of the board rather than have the board carved out around the letters leaving the letters raised above the surface. Know what I mean? I'd like to carve the letter into the board. Is there some way to invert the letter on inkscape or will I have ...

    Status: Answered => Open

You are still having a problem:
Thank you Hachmann for your quick response. No, this is my first
question on the forum, but thank you for the suggestions. I'll do some
research on what you proposed and if I have trouble I'll ask for more
help....if this solves my problem, I'll post it on the forum.

Ed Hart

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From: <email address hidden> <email address hidden> on behalf of Hachmann <email address hidden>
Sent: Sunday, December 3, 2017 12:37 PM
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Subject: Re: [Question #661367]: making text into stl files for milling

Your question #661367 on Inkscape changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/inkscape/+question/661367

Question #661367 : Questions : Inkscape<https://answers.launchpad.net/inkscape/+question/661367>
answers.launchpad.net
Hello, I'm a novice user of inkscape. Last year I used inkscape to create text to be carved on a sign. Today I wish to do the same but in Greek language. I learned how to create the greek alphabet but I would like the letters to be carved out of the board rather than have the board carved out around the letters leaving the letters raised above the surface. Know what I mean? I'd like to carve the letter into the board. Is there some way to invert the letter on inkscape or will I have ...

    Status: Open => Answered

Hachmann proposed the following answer:
I think you might have asked this question on the forums already.

There, it was explained to you to use Hershey text for this. And I think
you also found the option.

If the Hershey letters are too thin for you, then you need to fill out
the letters by putting (continuous) paths inside them, and removing
their outline afterwards. You could use the grids created by the eggbot
extension (need to install it), or the various fill options the G-Code
extension offers.

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Hello, I'm a novice user of inkscape. Last year I used inkscape to create text to be carved on a sign. Today I wish to do the same but in Greek language. I learned how to create the greek alphabet but I would like the letters to be carved out of the board rather than have the board carved out around the letters leaving the letters raised above the surface. Know what I mean? I'd like to carve the letter into the board. Is there some way to invert the letter on inkscape or will I have ...

Question #661367 : Questions : Inkscape<https://answers.launchpad.net/inkscape/+question/661367>

Question #661367 : Questions : Inkscape<https://answers.launchpad.net/inkscape/+question/661367>
answers.launchpad.net
Hello, I'm a novice user of inkscape. Last year I used inkscape to create text to be carved on a sign. Today I wish to do the same but in Greek language. I learned how to create the greek alphabet but I would like the letters to be carved out of the board rather than have the board carved out around the letters leaving the letters raised above the surface. Know what I mean? I'd like to carve the letter into the board. Is there some way to invert the letter on inkscape or will I have ...

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Hello, I'm a novice user of inkscape. Last year I used inkscape to create text to be carved on a sign. Today I wish to do the same but in Greek language. I learned how to create the greek alphabet but I would like the letters to be carved out of the board rather than have the board carved out around the letters leaving the letters raised above the surface. Know what I mean? I'd like to carve the letter into the board. Is there some way to invert the letter on inkscape or will I have ...

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Ed Hart (upnaptishim) said : #5

Hi Hachmann,

Here is a picture of a test file I ran on my cnc just to make sure the process worked. It's a quote from Hippocrates, it says "Let thy medicine be food" at least its supposed to say that. I'm not Greek so I'll have to check it out with the customer to make sure google translated it correctly. Now all I have to do is adjust the size and shape and choose the right cutter bit.

Thanks again for your help.

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https://answers.launchpad.net/inkscape/+question/661367

Question #661367 : Questions : Inkscape<https://answers.launchpad.net/inkscape/+question/661367>
answers.launchpad.net
Hello, I'm a novice user of inkscape. Last year I used inkscape to create text to be carved on a sign. Today I wish to do the same but in Greek language. I learned how to create the greek alphabet but I would like the letters to be carved out of the board rather than have the board carved out around the letters leaving the letters raised above the surface. Know what I mean? I'd like to carve the letter into the board. Is there some way to invert the letter on inkscape or will I have ...

    Status: Answered => Open

You are still having a problem:
Thank you Hachmann for your quick response. No, this is my first
question on the forum, but thank you for the suggestions. I'll do some
research on what you proposed and if I have trouble I'll ask for more
help....if this solves my problem, I'll post it on the forum.

Ed Hart

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From: <email address hidden> <email address hidden> on behalf of Hachmann <email address hidden>
Sent: Sunday, December 3, 2017 12:37 PM
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Subject: Re: [Question #661367]: making text into stl files for milling

Your question #661367 on Inkscape changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/inkscape/+question/661367

Question #661367 : Questions : Inkscape<https://answers.launchpad.net/inkscape/+question/661367>
answers.launchpad.net
Hello, I'm a novice user of inkscape. Last year I used inkscape to create text to be carved on a sign. Today I wish to do the same but in Greek language. I learned how to create the greek alphabet but I would like the letters to be carved out of the board rather than have the board carved out around the letters leaving the letters raised above the surface. Know what I mean? I'd like to carve the letter into the board. Is there some way to invert the letter on inkscape or will I have ...

    Status: Open => Answered

Hachmann proposed the following answer:
I think you might have asked this question on the forums already.

There, it was explained to you to use Hershey text for this. And I think
you also found the option.

If the Hershey letters are too thin for you, then you need to fill out
the letters by putting (continuous) paths inside them, and removing
their outline afterwards. You could use the grids created by the eggbot
extension (need to install it), or the various fill options the G-Code
extension offers.

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answers.launchpad.net
Hello, I'm a novice user of inkscape. Last year I used inkscape to create text to be carved on a sign. Today I wish to do the same but in Greek language. I learned how to create the greek alphabet but I would like the letters to be carved out of the board rather than have the board carved out around the letters leaving the letters raised above the surface. Know what I mean? I'd like to carve the letter into the board. Is there some way to invert the letter on inkscape or will I have ...

Question #661367 : Questions : Inkscape<https://answers.launchpad.net/inkscape/+question/661367>

Question #661367 : Questions : Inkscape<https://answers.launchpad.net/inkscape/+question/661367>
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Hello, I'm a novice user of inkscape. Last year I used inkscape to create text to be carved on a sign. Today I wish to do the same but in Greek language. I learned how to create the greek alphabet but I would like the letters to be carved out of the board rather than have the board carved out around the letters leaving the letters raised above the surface. Know what I mean? I'd like to carve the letter into the board. Is there some way to invert the letter on inkscape or will I have ...

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Hello, I'm a novice user of inkscape. Last year I used inkscape to create text to be carved on a sign. Today I wish to do the same but in Greek language. I learned how to create the greek alphabet but I would like the letters to be carved out of the board rather than have the board carved out around the letters leaving the letters raised above the surface. Know what I mean? I'd like to carve the letter into the board. Is there some way to invert the letter on inkscape or will I have ...

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Hachmann (marenhachmann) said : #6

I'd really have liked to see the picture, but attachments do not work here in the launchpad answers section.

Anyway, glad you found a solution to your issue!

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