Fusion 360 CAM — Engraving Letters Text & Art — #LarsLive 86

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149 comments

  1. hello i try to trace my design but cant do it because its all deferent lines
    can u help me

  2. The most important detail to me: the orientation of the tool.. which is funny since it was in that “let met setup real quick” part, being on screen about one second… 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for your help, Lars! I was trying for a long time to use “engrave” to set up CAM, but Fusion 360 just kept saying “Toolpath is not supported for the given tool and settings”, but then when I followed your advice to use trace, it worked like a charm! I cannot thank you enough 😄

  4. the resolution is bad! Please zoom in on things. This can be done with any decent video editing. Thanks.

    1. Looks like I recorded this 3 years ago at 720. If it looks worse on your screen, make sure you click the little gear icon on the lower right corner on YouTube

  5. This is making me crazy. This is exactly what I want to learn to do, but you are a Spline God and I am not worthy. Your spline control handles just show up. If I create a spline, I can only add more points in sketch mode – so I “finish sketch” and then only the spline shows. I have to right click every point to “activate curvature handle” and “activate tangent handle”. Your controls seem to be visible immediately. That’s problem A. Is this some sort of preference setting?

    Then there’s actually getting the spline to do what I want and even with plenty of experimentation I am failing miserably. Do you have a “drawing with splines” tutorial?

  6. Hi Lars I am very new to fusion and am trying to use the single line text to engrave some numbers and letters on a .875 round stock 604 stainless but I cant get the ,shx text to select or extrude can you give me some help on what I need to do please.

  7. Invariably the first few minutes are wasted in your videos. Can you cut out the filler and focus on the message? Your videos are otherwise excellent.

  8. when I use the Engrave too, and I simulate it, It doesn’t engrave, it just Traces it out.. how do I fix this

  9. Thanks Lars! Informative as always.
    I’m wondering about your final discussion regarding engraving on a curved surface. You say you would need a 5-axis CNC. I wonder if it is possible to approximate the effect with a regular CNC. Is it possible to define a curved surface and then do a recess of the letters from that surface? You would get a consistent depth for the letters, although they would be a distorted because the bit would be moving in the Z axis only, not normal to the curved surface. If the curve was fairly shallow it might still come close to what the 5-axis would give you. Any thoughts?

    1. @s j Thank you! But I’m more interested of machining the text from curved surface with standart 3-axis CNC. I hope there is an option to do that

  10. I am new to using the Fusion 360 as a cad/cam… Everything is completely simple to understand if you have a foundational understanding of what info a cad/cam needs from you to complete the project.

    The issue is with most software (including Fusion 360) is that the designer of the software injects their bias into it. Basically all the stuff they have worked with is what they see as a priority so those features are very well cultivated..

    I have the latest Fusion 360 installed and I challenge anyone to find a V-Bit!

    You could pick a bit and create your gcode no problem, but if you want to cut a precise part you need to know what bit you are using. There is no point in sending this Gcode to your machine until you have that Bit dialed in to you cad/cam.

    No tutuorial is complete without a very detailed explination of how to create your own bits..

  11. Hello, i have dmg mori nlx turn/mill postprocessor, can i make text engravings less long and not only x and y axis? Now it goes like kilometer long program and only other option is to define the font ”single line” . Others use I J K or something like that ?

  12. IF YO WANT TO ENGRAVE …. BUY A ROUTER AND A DREMEL WORKSTATION. He is showing you howto drive from Florida through California from Ohio. Carving is becoming a lost art. I can charge 120X more for a carving than Fusion 360 will get you.

  13. HEY SORRY IM LATE ,BUT GREAT VIDEO . ID LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU CAN DO A VIDEO ON RAISED LETTERS ON AN ARC ?

  14. The “engrave” feature lacks multi depths, i.e. telling the machine to dig only 0,1mm each run. If you want to engrave 3mm it goes the full 3mm and the drill bit brakes.

  15. When I extrude my rectangle around the text, my text disappears. What gives? (I’m totally new and just got a CNC router/mill)

    1. Joel Roche I know this comment is old, but I’ll provide an answer anyways. Every time you use a sketch to extrude, fusion automatically hides the sketch. If you go to the drop down menus on the left and click the lightbulb (recently updated to an eye) next to the sketch you want to see, it will toggle between hidden/visible.

  16. Hai Lars, i was trying with fancy fonts from internet i downloaded and installed it but can’t extrude it. but using windows default fonts such as Arial it can extrude. So any other fonts besides windows fonts (default) can’t do extrude? or any solution? thank you

  17. We need wrap toolpath for the engrave feature. Any tips? I use 2d chamfer, but it do not adjust the height as engrave does.

  18. He Lars,
    I would like to engrave a brass plate.
    The problem is, the writing should be done on a circle.
    is this possible with fusion 360?

  19. So can you tell me a font that i can use with Fusion, that doesnt produce these odd segments inside each letter? i’m REALLY trying to draft any font to have 10deg draft (for pattern making/sand casting purposes) – thanks Lars 🙂
    OK i’ve watched further into the video now… Can you export the ‘simulation’ as a body? that would totally work for me. then I could engrave a flat part and finally export the ‘engraved’ resulting body for 3d printing (as a pattern).

  20. Good Video, Question so what if i wanted to engrave a cylinder? would that multi axis do that? I am needing to put a SN in a suppressor.

    1. You could possibly use the wrap milling feature or trace should do it too, I believe. I need more coffee, I think

  21. Still doesn’t work like in the 23:00 mark. When you drop down the Engrave from the 2D menu, it clearly says Machines along contours with V shaped contour walls. Have tried everything and still cannot get a centered tool path like you did in the video.

    1. Figured it out! Set the Bottom Height to Top Height minus the max amount you want the cutter to go down. Also make sure the tip diameter of the cutter isn’t set to 0, mine is like 0.001 now and toolpath ends up perfectly!

  22. I have followed this word for word and cannot get the toolpath to be in the center of the text like in the 22:30 part of the video. I have changed fonts, sizes, bits and Press pull depths. Trace and engrave all follow the outline of the letter only! Any ideas of what I am doing wrong?

    1. @Juxtaposed1Nmotion Figured it out! Set the Bottom Height to Top Height minus the max amount you want the cutter to go down. Also make sure the tip diameter of the cutter isn’t set to 0, mine is like 0.001 now and toolpath ends up perfectly!

  23. Windows TrueType fonts are stored in a vector format naively; it’s why you can create a 500 pt block of text and not have pixelation in programs like Word. If Fusion is converting your text to a raster format that’s just silly.

    1. @Ryan MacEwen as a developer, I can tell you, in a normal windows desktop application, it’s in vector format the entire life of the text (even after you blit it, because it can still be scaled and transformed cleanly in GDI, as long as you’re not blitting it to a rasterized destination). The part that rasterizes it, and converts it to pixels is like one of the last steps in the pipeline, and you generally have no interaction or business lurking around there…

    2. My thoughts exactly.. True Type fonts work as PostScript. I’m confused by this mention of ‘windows fonts’. Great video otherwise. I use TT fonts in Corel Draw always. They scale as vector, and can be converted to vector art easily as well. I’ve only seen rastering on a Windows screen, which isn’t from the font itself.

  24. Just getting into this field with BOXZY and absolutely love your channel. Make more videos on engraving please.

  25. Lars,, How can you add constraints to vectored images??? For example, I have a circle plate I want to engrave but I want the font/logo to sit perfectly central. Can you do this? Thanks

  26. Actually Windows TrueType fonts are vectors, not bitmap fonts. That was the case with Win3.11 🙂 The lines you are seeing are the different points at witch lines meet, like when you use your splines.

    1. Lars Christensen on the other hand I dearly miss the option of aligning texts like SketchUp or any Vector Program like Inkscap or Corel Draw handels it. Could you throw your weight around a little to make this happen?

  27. Hello Lars,,, working heavily to get this stuff, i am slowly understand more and more, but i still NEW, and even with yours vids its still quite heavy stuff… soon i get a Snapmaker 1 there can carve up to 5 mm,,, it is possibly you can make a video how to setup and use Fusion and SM1 ala this video you did here, perhaps a demo where one make a new tool, make a simple text engraving in a specific dept 1.5mm with a endmill, and a advance carving at multiple high, ie in a W60xL60xH20 wooden block…

    1. HE, iam sure thet not gonna do that 🙂 but i found they release TOOL file and a file for POST, i install it and it works, now i just have to find out of how much data is transfer to SM software, ie, speed, clearing high, amount of deep in each carve aso,, since the Snapmaker is a 3D-printer, carve,laser, NOT a mill,,, 🙂 but thx for you work, its great for os noobs.

    2. Hi tommyharbofriis Thank you for watching!
      Can you get them to send me one? Then I would be happy to make that video :-). I am not familiar with the Snapmaker

      Hope you have a great day!

      Best,
      Lars

  28. At about the 26 minute mark in the video there is an object with a curved top. Kind of shaped like a large aspirin tablet. You mention that to carve on top of that a 5 axis mill would be used keeping the cutting tool perpendicular to the surface of the work as it cuts. Makes since since the action of the cutting tool and the cut would change if the tools only moved along a Z axis. I will not likely ever have the funds for a 5 axis mill. So if my surface has only a slightly curved top, and I use a small cutter, would I be able to use a 3 axis mill? I would of course have to deal with some distortion in the cut which could hopefully be minimized by using a small tool. Example, engrave the letters “COLT” on Colt SAA revolver grips or 1911 pistols grips.

    Your videos on Fusion 360 have been very helpful.

    1. Hi Smokey Walker Thank you for watching!
      Yes, you could for sure use a 3 Axis mill and maybe something like a parallel or scallop toolpath

  29. Lars for the five axis tool path that you did at the end of the show which was a contour, can you use the engraving tool with 5-axis? Specifically I’m asking about the curved surface and Engraving on that but not a contour. Thanks keep up the good work.

    1. Hi Riley Porter Thank you for watching!
      That would be cool if you could get the engravings clear corners also working with 5 axis. Pretty sure that is not going to happen today, but we have some smart developers….I’ll buy a few beers for someone to figure that one out.

  30. Really appreciate the filter by operation tip for tools. Was stuck trying to engrave something earlier, and this sorted me out. Great info as usual.

  31. Hi Lars. I am a very beginner and I found all your tutorials about F 360 very interesting and easy to understand and follow. Thanks

  32. Hi Lars Christensen what if I will use a V Shape 10 Degree Tool bit for engraving? How is it done or do you have any video regarding this? Thank You and God Bless

    And one more thing do you have any video on engraving an INLAYS? Thank You again

    1. Hi Jay-R Deleon Thank you for watching!
      You can modify the angular dimension on the cutter to whatever you want, so you should be fine using whatever bit you want.

      Best,
      Lars

  33. Great video as usual! Any chance that you could demonstrate how to post this as a “C axis” for lathe? Also, how do you go about requesting a Mill/turn processor for Centroid lathe. Fusion 360 only has a mill process for Centroid. Thanks as always!

  34. Or you can pick a random pic on Google and then convert it on web, many websites allow you to convert from normal image to vector image

  35. Is there a plan for Fusion 360 to generate vector paths from TruType fonts? I have this in Vector and use it a lot – would love to have it in Fusion 360!

    1. Hi Allan Madsen Thank you for watching!
      You should be able to take a standard chamfer tool in Fusion and modify it.

      Have an awesome day1

  36. Lars, will the fusion team ever make a post processor for the Vision Engravers software? I have to use there really clunky VisionPro cam software at work now but I would love to start using F360 cam instead! Could you put in a good word?

  37. Hi do you ever use auto cad? I’m a welder fabricator and am looking to get in to this cad stuff . But most people I’ve spoke to say learn auto cad instead . But this programme seams more intuitive . Most of the people doing auto cad tutorials just go way to quick for me

    1. Hi J C Thank you for watching!
      I have not used Autocad in a long time. Many fabricators like Autocad because it is 2D. My Autocad guru is Lynn Allen, she rocks!

  38. Thanks Lars , I was able to figure a lot out on my own But this helped fill in the gaps,love the streams keep it up .

  39. Although I don’t use CAM, I still watch because I still learn something. This time it was all about the SVG and DXF, wich is a great help. Thank you Lars.

  40. Hi Lars, you didn’t touch on text on curve or circle. its the one thing that you can’t do in Fusion which is super annoying. also fusion has a lot of issues with SVG files its just doesnt work.

    1. +elilco & +Lars
      You can use CAM->3D-> Project to Trace on a Curved surface. SVG has improved a lot with the recent flip options. Here’s a cool tip. If you create something in Adobe Illustrator and you want the size to remain perfect use: 1.333167 as your scaling option. Maybe Fusion could build that in somehow.

      +Lars
      What I’d love is if 3D Project had an Engrave option. This is really helpful if you need to change the engraved text from part to part. Having to offset the face of the body (and create a new body for each text variation) is a real pain. So – engraving serial numbers on a curved surface is currently really tough (unless I don’t know the trick). Thank Lars for all the great help!

    2. Hi elilco Thank you for watching!
      I was focused on CAM. Maybe we need to do the modeling part of this video.

  41. I am a Maya user and you understand my confusion when I started to use Fusion360
    But after watching your beginner tutorials in 3 parts all is much clearer now.
    Thank you

  42. setting the view to wireframe when doing engraving sim it removes the flat from the view at the bottom of the letter

  43. Thanks Lars!
    Converted a lot of art and logos to CNC cut paths for lasers in the past for commercial signage. Nationsbank is one that is still around. Hard to find art that has good smooth path lines to cut. All the transitions had to be tweaked for flame polishing the acrylic push through glass with the laser as you cut it. One jagged cut ruins it. The same CNC paths I created were also used for routers and vinyl cutters. DXF rules for machine variability.

    Glad to see I’m not the only only that gets the inverted view on creating a sketch. That and zooming off the screen to somewhere else… crazy reaction from the software. Show me whats in the view not some random upside down point of view from where I’m working. lol

    1. Lars I used the font in fusion then i exploded the text and i got a line to machine did I do something wrong or is that acceptable Thanks Love the live stream

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