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Saving and then reloading a .dxf file


I just downloaded Solid Edge this morning and it looks like a great program
that I hope will perform a simple task for us.
I am going into text mode and type in 1 or more letters, using Bookman, Courier
or some other font. Letter height is 5 inches. I went thru Help and am
trying to follow the instructions in " Saving Solid Edge Docs to Other
Formats", saving to Autocad/.dxf.
It appears to save but when I reopen the file the font appears to revert back
to a Solid Edge font, a block letter.
What we need to be able to do is to create an individual alphabetic letter or
create a small sign with multiple words in it and save to a particular font.
We then would like to be able to use it on our plasma cutter by converting the
..dxf file to .cnc, which the plasma software can do.
My question is, how do I save to .dxf with a particular font ??? When I
reopen the file to edit or just to look at it, it is somewhat disconcerting
to see a different font.
I will not be able to test the .dxf files I have created on the plasma cutter
until tomorrow, ( Wed. AM ) so I don't know if the .dxf files that have been
created will actually convert to .cnc. Using Notepad, they do look like other
..dxf files we have created.
Thanks in advance for any help.
John Spencer
P.S. sorry if this is wordy and disjointed. My regular job is blacksmithing.
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Re: Saving and then reloading a .dxf file

John,
When you save to DXF, there is a font conversion table that is used to
convert the natively used font to a font used in the DXF file (found in the
translation wizard). Likewise, there is also another table on import that
does the same in reverse. You need to check both to make sure the font is
not being changed in this process.
--
Ken
http://grundey.blogspot.com
"John Spencer" wrote in message
news:456322c8$1@bbsnotes.ugs.com...
>
> I just downloaded Solid Edge this morning and it looks like a great
> program
> that I hope will perform a simple task for us.
>
> I am going into text mode and type in 1 or more letters, using Bookman,
> Courier
> or some other font. Letter height is 5 inches. I went thru Help and am
> trying to follow the instructions in " Saving Solid Edge Docs to Other
> Formats", saving to Autocad/.dxf.
>
> It appears to save but when I reopen the file the font appears to revert
> back
> to a Solid Edge font, a block letter.
>
> What we need to be able to do is to create an individual alphabetic letter
> or
> create a small sign with multiple words in it and save to a particular
> font.
> We then would like to be able to use it on our plasma cutter by converting
> the
> .dxf file to .cnc, which the plasma software can do.
>
> My question is, how do I save to .dxf with a particular font ??? When I
> reopen the file to edit or just to look at it, it is somewhat
> disconcerting
> to see a different font.
>
> I will not be able to test the .dxf files I have created on the plasma
> cutter
> until tomorrow, ( Wed. AM ) so I don't know if the .dxf files that have
> been
> created will actually convert to .cnc. Using Notepad, they do look like
> other
> .dxf files we have created.
>
> Thanks in advance for any help.
>
> John Spencer
> P.S. sorry if this is wordy and disjointed. My regular job is
> blacksmithing.


Re: Saving and then reloading a .dxf file


Ken; Thanks for the reply. I saw the font conversion table but am not sure I am
using it right. Is there a way to just save the outline of a letter, in
say the Bookman font ??? All we want to do is cut out the pattern.
Thanks. John
"PellaKen" wrote:
>John,
> When you save to DXF, there is a font conversion table that is used to
>
>convert the natively used font to a font used in the DXF file (found in the
>
>translation wizard). Likewise, there is also another table on import that
>
>does the same in reverse. You need to check both to make sure the font is
>
>not being changed in this process.
>
>--
>Ken
>http://grundey.blogspot.com
>"John Spencer" wrote in message
>news:456322c8$1@bbsnotes.ugs.com...
>>
>> I just downloaded Solid Edge this morning and it looks like a great
>> program
>> that I hope will perform a simple task for us.
>>
>> I am going into text mode and type in 1 or more letters, using Bookman,

>
>> Courier
>> or some other font. Letter height is 5 inches. I went thru Help and am
>> trying to follow the instructions in " Saving Solid Edge Docs to Other
>> Formats", saving to Autocad/.dxf.
>>
>> It appears to save but when I reopen the file the font appears to revert

>
>> back
>> to a Solid Edge font, a block letter.
>>
>> What we need to be able to do is to create an individual alphabetic letter

>
>> or
>> create a small sign with multiple words in it and save to a particular
>> font.
>> We then would like to be able to use it on our plasma cutter by converting

>
>> the
>> .dxf file to .cnc, which the plasma software can do.
>>
>> My question is, how do I save to .dxf with a particular font ??? When I
>> reopen the file to edit or just to look at it, it is somewhat
>> disconcerting
>> to see a different font.
>>
>> I will not be able to test the .dxf files I have created on the plasma
>> cutter
>> until tomorrow, ( Wed. AM ) so I don't know if the .dxf files that have

>
>> been
>> created will actually convert to .cnc. Using Notepad, they do look like

>
>> other
>> .dxf files we have created.
>>
>> Thanks in advance for any help.
>>
>> John Spencer
>> P.S. sorry if this is wordy and disjointed. My regular job is
>> blacksmithing.

>
>

Re: Saving and then reloading a .dxf file

In that case, you will want to look under the Insert menu and select Text
Profile which will allow you to use virtually any TrueType font and create
2D geometry from it. SE also delivers a Stencil font if keeping the inside
of letters is important.
--
Ken
http://grundey.blogspot.com
"john spencer" wrote in message
news:45637eb8$1@bbsnotes.ugs.com...
>
> Ken; Thanks for the reply. I saw the font conversion table but am not
> sure I am
> using it right. Is there a way to just save the outline of a letter, in
> say the Bookman font ??? All we want to do is cut out the pattern.
>
> Thanks. John
>
> "PellaKen" wrote:
>>John,
>> When you save to DXF, there is a font conversion table that is used to
>>
>>convert the natively used font to a font used in the DXF file (found in
>>the
>>
>>translation wizard). Likewise, there is also another table on import that
>>
>>does the same in reverse. You need to check both to make sure the font is
>>
>>not being changed in this process.
>>
>>--
>>Ken
>>http://grundey.blogspot.com
>>"John Spencer" wrote in message
>>news:456322c8$1@bbsnotes.ugs.com...
>>>
>>> I just downloaded Solid Edge this morning and it looks like a great
>>> program
>>> that I hope will perform a simple task for us.
>>>
>>> I am going into text mode and type in 1 or more letters, using Bookman,

>>
>>> Courier
>>> or some other font. Letter height is 5 inches. I went thru Help and am
>>> trying to follow the instructions in " Saving Solid Edge Docs to Other
>>> Formats", saving to Autocad/.dxf.
>>>
>>> It appears to save but when I reopen the file the font appears to revert

>>
>>> back
>>> to a Solid Edge font, a block letter.
>>>
>>> What we need to be able to do is to create an individual alphabetic
>>> letter

>>
>>> or
>>> create a small sign with multiple words in it and save to a particular
>>> font.
>>> We then would like to be able to use it on our plasma cutter by
>>> converting

>>
>>> the
>>> .dxf file to .cnc, which the plasma software can do.
>>>
>>> My question is, how do I save to .dxf with a particular font ??? When I
>>> reopen the file to edit or just to look at it, it is somewhat
>>> disconcerting
>>> to see a different font.
>>>
>>> I will not be able to test the .dxf files I have created on the plasma
>>> cutter
>>> until tomorrow, ( Wed. AM ) so I don't know if the .dxf files that have

>>
>>> been
>>> created will actually convert to .cnc. Using Notepad, they do look like

>>
>>> other
>>> .dxf files we have created.
>>>
>>> Thanks in advance for any help.
>>>
>>> John Spencer
>>> P.S. sorry if this is wordy and disjointed. My regular job is
>>> blacksmithing.

>>
>>
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