I’ve seen some confusion in regards to using text in Fusion 360 peppered throughout the forum and just wanted to address it broadly here. There seem to be two problems our users are having with text, either they cannot get text that appears in Fusion 360 to cut in their final product, or the cut text has undesirable drop-outs.
Let’s solve the issue of text missing entirely from your final product first. Any text you add to a sketch in Fusion 360 will default to construction lines, meaning they are imaginary lines in your sketch to help show important information and will not be cut in the final product. It treats text this way because the intended purpose of text in Fusion 360 is to take notes within your sketch. You can tell the difference between the types of lines because a construction line is hashed, and a cut line is solid. Note below that the text is outlined with hashed lines, indicating that the text is a construction and will not appear in the final product.
To remedy this, highlight the text and right click it, then select ‘Explode Text’ from the menu that appears. What this feature does is convert text lines into sketch lines that can be individually edited. Note in the images below where the ‘Explode Text’ feature is, as well as the fact that the text is no longer outlined with hashed lines after using this feature.
If you haven’t noticed yet, there is geometry in the letters ‘B’ and ‘R’ that will have an undesirable drop-out effect in my final product. Note below that you can preview this effect using the ‘Extrude’ feature.
You can solve this problem by changing your font to one that is cut friendly and will preserve the whole letter. I downloaded and installed a simple stencil font for this. It is important to mention that you will need to undo ‘Explode Text’ in order to change the font, so it is easier to be careful of your font selection before using the ‘Explode Text’ feature. Note below the preserved lettering and lack of drop-outs in my final product.
I hope this helps resolve any issues relating to using text in Fusion 360 and that everyone is enjoying their CrossFire!