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Issue 11 of Mechanical Tips & Tricks

Welcome to this month's Graitec Mechanical ‘Tips and Tricks’ newsletter. We have produced this with you our Clients, in mind. Our aim is to regularly pass on helpful Tips and Tricks on Autodesk Mechanical Software products. We will try and keep this document full of useful and relevant information for you but if you want to make some suggestions on the content, drop us a line and we will do our best to include your requests. Please take the time to look at the contents of this Newsletter, you never know, the answer to something that is puzzling you today may be right here.

This Months Tips & Tricks Focus Is On:

Text Following the Profile of a Circular Edge

How do you create text to follow the profile of a circular edge in Inventor?

Solution: A quick and easy way to create arced text is to use the Arc text express tool in AutoCAD or AutoCAD Mechanical.

Start up AutoCAD and create two layers for text and construction. Create an arc in the size and position you require on the construction layer. Change to text layer and select the arc text tool (Express>Text, Arc-Aligned Text.) Select the arc and set the appropriate settings you require for your text, type in your text and select ok. You now need to explode the text, we do this as arc aligned text can sometimes move around, once exploded copy the arc and text. Paste into sketch and use the move tool from the panel bar to position the text as required (in the example we are positioning to the centre of a hub, which is ideal to align to when using the centre of the arc as a base point, more construction geometry may be required if you are not locating to a centre point.) Finish sketch and select the Emboss tool from the panel bar, select the text, specify the depth, select required emboss method, change colour and select ok.

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