Solid Edge: Etch text on sheet metal
Design Fusion's John Pearson spells out how to engrave text on sheet metal designs.
Engraving or scribing with a laser machine can be achieved with the Solid Edge Etch command. The Etch command is supported in both the Ordered and Synchronous sheet metal modes. It is available in both the folded model and in the Flat pattern.
A Sketch must exist in the model for the command to be active. Remember text can be entered into a sketch with the Text Profile command. (See a previous entry, on our blog at http://blog.designfusion.com/.)
Creating an Etch
Note: With the single option selected, multiple sketches may be selected with a fence selection, if they are part of the same merged sketch.
Note: Etches can be created in the folded model state or in the flat pattern state. If the etch is created in the folded state it will transform position with the Flat pattern. Etches created in the flat pattern only exist in the Flat Pattern node and do not exist in the folded model.
When you click on the edit handle the Feature Origin appears. This allows you to move or rotate the etch using the steering wheel. The Edit Profile handle also appears allowing you to edit the etch profile.
Note: PMI (3D dimensions) can be placed to the Etch feature, or to the Etch feature origin, to drive or lock the features position.
Note: Etches cannot span across bends or multiple layer faces.
The Etch features in Draft are treated as a construction object and are listed in the Construction section of the Drawing View properties.
Exporting to DXF
Options have been added to the Save as Flat command allowing you to export the etch feature to a .dxf file and also to control how it is exported to a .dxf file.
John Pearson is a Senior Technical Trainer and Application Specialist at Designfusion. He has over 24 years’ experience in the CAD/CAM industry, is a Certified Adult Trainer and has taught evening CAD courses at colleges in Ontario. He is also a major contributor of articles on the Design Fusion blog.