We have revently switched from ProE to Solidworks. Our model
shop has previously been ProE datum curve features as a tooling
path for machining part numbers into our parts. This was apparently
done by inserting a single line font of the part number ito a
sketch and converting it to a datum curve. The cam software could
read the datum curve feature and use it a a tool path for machining
the part number into the metal.
Now we are using Solidworks with the same cam software (Pro
Maufacture). While I have found a single line font, the Solidworks
models have to be imported into the ProE based cam software and
sketches don't translate. Creating composite curves also doesn't
work easily either.
I can use a double line font and extrude a text driven cut directly
into the model. The problem with that is that it generates more
machine time than following a single line tool path. Also, some
double line fonts are not parallel with rounded corners and also
generate alot of unnecessary machining time.
For the moment we are looking at putting this in on the cam end.