Is there a way to pattern consecutive number text 1 thru 100 along a curve?
No problem with features not sure how with text.
no pattern just type text and use a arc or spline to control. but sorry nothing automatic like excel in numbering.
Sketch text on any set of continuous curves or edges (including circles or profiles made up of lines, arcs, or splines on the face of a part) and extrude or cut the text.
If the curve is a sketch entity, or a set of sketch entities, and the sketch text is in the same sketch as the curve, convert the sketch entities to construction geometry.
Since Lenny mentioned excel it gave me an idea. You can create the list of numbers easily in excel then save as a csv. Open the csv file in Word or notepad and replace each comma with a space (or two or three...). Then copy the text and paste into the sketch text field in SW. You can use your curve to guide the text as Lenny showed.
Sorry I needed to be more specific.
The curve is a 3D HELIX. My part is a cue stick with lettering running along the stick wrapping around it.
Still having trouble...
Maybe you can create the text as we described on a plane tangent to the stick and on a line that is angled up, and then use the wrap feature to put it onto the stick.
Thanks for the suggestion! Last minute item customer wants...I'm pulling my hair out trying to do this.
is the text going to be engrave into the stick or extruded out of the stick.
One trick I have used in the past is to make a sheet metal part, unfold it, cut the text thru it and fold it back up, the fill the inside and now you have the text as pockets.
otherwise you have a lot of work on your hands, using wrap or individual extrudes on a multitude of panes, yuck
Thanks...I tried using wrap not much luck. I like the sheet metal Idea. Thanks again. I'll let you know how it goes.
Hmm, apparently the wrap doesn't work properly on a conical surface, it won't go more than 180 degrees around. On a cylinder it will keep wrapping around.
I'm curious if you've made any progress with the sheet metal idea. One challenge is wrapping text around more than 360 degrees because you can't unfold the sheet metal like that.
I've been playing around with one method that I think theoretically should work. Make the conical cue stick shape like this: SolidWorks Sheet Metal Cone Tutorial - YouTube
Then roll back to after the Flatten-Bends and before the Process-Bends. With the part flat like this insert it into an assembly, and then either insert a bunch of instances and mate them or do a circular pattern to put a bunch of them side-by-side as if you were extending the first piece. Now in the assembly you can sketch your text across all of the parts you inserted and cut extrude it through all of them, and check the box to propagate feature to parts. Since they are all the same part the cuts on all of the instances will go onto your one part. If you go back to the part file you'll see all the cuts there and then you can roll forward past the Process-Bends.
I am trying it with the string of text from 1 to 100 as you mentioned in the original post. I don't know if that's actually what you want or if that was just an example. But the trouble I'm having with it is that it is only cutting the numbers up to 49 for some reason even though they area all in the same sketch. The cuts go to the part as I hoped but then it won't process the bends because I end up with multiple bodies because of the floating sections in 4, 6, 8, 9, and 0.
I'm still trying to think of a workaround for those problems.
I just realized the stoppage at 49 was because the feature scope only had some of the instances selected. Changing the scope to all components should fix it but this is really bogging down my pc so its slow for me to make changes.
it just doesn't like the sheet metal tapered tube, I have done this on straight tubes with no problems.
I even tried to use flex to roll back up. no go.
Retrieving data ...