New Method – complicated but yields almost perfect results
These instructions are also applicable for general 2D face export from Autodesk Inventor format into PDF for CorelDraw for other laser cutter software.
- Autodesk Inventor 2016
- Autodesk DWG TrueView 2016 (installed with AutoCAD 2016)
- CorelDraw X6 32Bit
- LaserCAD plugin for CorelDraw
- In Autodesk Inventor 2016 – emboss / extrude text 1mm (depth not important)
- Create sketch on top layer(if you don’t already have one) – draw any line art in this sketch –
- Use “Project Cut Edges” tool to include all previously extruded geometry from top layer > finish sketch
- Right click on sketch in browser > Export Sketch As > Choose .dwg filetype – use the default settings 2013 version > Save
- In Autodesk DWG TrueView 2016 (found in autodesk start menu folder) – Open > The exported DWG
- Plot > Select “Adobe PDF” as the printer
- Uncheck “Fit to paper”
- Set Scale to 1:1 mm
- Clock OK and save as PDF (If part of the PDF is off the page increase paper size or choose “Center the plot”)
- In CorelDRAW X6 32Bit > Open the PDF file > Check the Import Text As “Curves” box
- Hit the export to laserCAD button (assuming you have the proper laserCAD plugin installed)
Old Method – does not export the center of text characters but is much simpler (less programs required!)
In order to export text from a sketch/face you must first extrude or emboss the text.
The end use is to import this .dxf file into LaserCAD to be cut on the laser cutter.
- if you export as the default 2013 DXF format the text will be broken up with parts of the letters missing.
- Instead go into options and change it to R12 – then all the text curves will be imported into LaserCAD – this may be a failing of Lasercads import function.