Cutting and Editing Text in Fusion 360

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.

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I hope this helps resolve any issues relating to using text in Fusion 360 and that everyone is enjoying their CrossFire!

-Aksel

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Side note- if you’d like to get a standard font to cut properly instead of downloading and installing one, all you have to do is add bridges to any potential drop-outs. Once you’ve used ‘Explode Text’ your letters are made of editable cut lines. Note below how I use two new lines to create the bridge in the desired location.

Next, use the ‘Trim’ feature to delete the original lines and create the bridge.

Repeat this process for any potential drop-outs, then preview with ‘Extrude’ to make sure you will be happy with the final product.

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Wow!! This is a great write up! Thank you for sharing

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This Is exactly what I Have been struggling with and was looking for answers. Thank you for taking the time to explain this!!

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I’m glad my guide was able to help! Let me know if you need anything else.

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I know this post is old, I am doing everything coved in this post, when I get to upload to mach 3 the g code loads fine but the display box only show parts of the word (1st cut in the word) then nothing. not sure what I am missing. thanks for the help

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Are you still using the demo version of Mach 3?

Yes I am, what is the difference btwn the versions

The trial version has a line limit.That is why your missing details.

Thank you…

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Yes exactly. Fonts especially have a lot of line of code. Buy the full version and you should be good to go

Can someone please point me to a good place to download a stencil font(s) and explain exactly how to get it uploaded into a windows machine so it is selectable by Fusion 360??

Dafont.com has thousands of downloadable fonts. 1001fonts.com is another website with downloadable fonts.

The fonts will download to your machine (usually in the Downloads folder). They’ll be either a TTF file type or a Zip file with the TTF file. If it’s a Zip file, double-click and chose the Extract option in the window that comes up. Once you have the TTF file, just double-click it and it will pop up a window showing the font as well as an “install font” button. Click on that.

Next time you start Fusion the font will be available for use.

You can also use stencil font art (https://www.designshop.com/stencil-font-stock-art.html) where you assemble the text you want manually. This is a good one for cutting as it doesn’t have some of the fine detail lines/cuts that may not survive plasma kerfs. It is a more time consuming process to assemble the text you want. However, if you use this as a guide you should be able to find similar Windows fonts in one of the links I had above.

Another font that works easily is Stencilla, on dafont:

https://www.dafont.com/stencilla.font

Jameshatch’s instructions should get you where you need to go. Once it’s installed it’ll be available in Fusion 360, just look for it in your fonts.

For the inkscape users if you find that you cant use the fonts after you install them its because windows 10 has changed where they are installed and inskape doesn’t look there.The work around is you have to have two users assigned to the computer and install the font for all users.I dont know why this works but it does for me.You have to download and unzip the files then right click and select install for all users.

heath,
Make sure you select “Install for all users” when you install the fonts (right click on the font). If you are using Windows 10. If you do this you will not have to copy the font into the inkscape folder. To get the “Install for all users” option you have to unzip the font file (if your file came down zipped…sites very there download styles).

windows 10 already has a stencil font in it, if thats what you have