I rarely use text in a sketch, or the rotate command, but to get what you want I think you will need to place a construction line in your sketch first, then place the text on this line. Or at least I believe that's one way to do it. Someone else may, and probably will, have a better idea, but it's worth a shot.
Thank Glen, I will give that a go. I have not seen that option anywhere mentioned yet.
Someone told me to use blocks, this how it ended up:
I created one text, made it into a block, rotated and located the text block and rotate pattern it around. Brilliant, all I have to do now is edit the text in each block. Well, that was another frustration, now all text changed instead of being able to have individual text in each block.
So, another half hour of trial and error down the drain.
Did you know to do this in KeyCreator all takes just one minute . . . simply enter text, center and locate, copy around and edit the text. Then extrude-cut. That all. No contrains, sketch modes, etc. Just doing the job.
But I will keep trying, thanks for your efforts - Gerard (very frustrated now with bloody SW)
Glen's solution above did work, but it is a long way to get to this. Thank you so much Glenn.
First, set the correct font details and size under tools, options, doc. propoeties, annotations, font . . .,
then we start with the first sketch to create the non patterned text U, V, W and Y, rotating/positioning each individually, then cut-extrude to engrave,
then we create a second sketch, drawing one construction line as base for 'U1', then rotating all lines, then having to add text to each line, finaly a second cut-extrude.
If people know of better (less steps) to do this, please let me know.