Does anyone know if there is a way to make a sign in which the letters are the main part of the sign in lieu of the letters being cut out on the sheet metal part. The words being the main part of the sign not being cutout of the sign.
You may want to make a template with the letters cut out to line them up during installation or assembly to a backer. If they are cut out of a sheet and you can arrange them like they would be on the sign, then you can use the sheet "skeleton" for this purpose. Making them in SW isn't a big deal. Just extrude using the Sketch - Text feature much like you would on a face of a solid. It just creates a multi-body part. If you're converting graphics to letters, you may need to get the customers' original artwork. If it's a font, then you can install the font and use it in SolidWorks. If it's in another program like Adobe Illustrator, the author should be able to export a DXF for you.
I was messing around with text annd sheet metal. If the letters or not cursive, all one part, you need to make them all one part or model them as individual parts and put them into an assembly. If you are simmply after the dxf pattern for a laser, you can create it similar to my example and edit the flat dxf file for each letter/shape. Hope this example helps.
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