Text with Blender for 3d Engraving

  • This tutorial will show you how to make text that looks good when engraved inside crystal.
    This tutorial will show you how to make text that looks good when engraved inside crystal. 
  • 1 Press SHIFT A to bring up the ADD menu
    1 Press SHIFT A to bring up the ADD menu 
  • 2 Select TEXT from the menu
    2 Select TEXT from the menu 
  • 3 Click F (Object Data) >> EXTRUDE. Enter .01 as the distance for extrusion.
    3 Click F (Object Data) >> EXTRUDE. Enter .01 as the distance for extrusion. 
  • 4 This is what you will see once the text has been extruded.
    4 This is what you will see once the text has been extruded. 
  • 5 From the PROPERTIES viewport click on OBJECT MODIFIERS >> ADD MODIFIER >> ARRAY.
    5 From the PROPERTIES viewport click on OBJECT MODIFIERS >> ADD MODIFIER >> ARRAY. 
  • 6 This is what you will see after step 5.
    6 This is what you will see after step 5. 
  • 7 Change the array settings so that COUNT = 4, X = 0, and Z= 1.
    7 Change the array settings so that COUNT = 4, X = 0, and Z= 1. 
  • 8 Prepare the text for export to a 3d laser by converting it into a mesh. Press ALT C and convert to MESH. Doing this will mean you can't edit the text anymore. So leave it to last, duplicate the text beforehand, or make a backup.
    8 Prepare the text for export to a 3d laser by converting it into a mesh. Press ALT C and convert to MESH. Doing this will mean you can't edit the text anymore. So leave it to last, duplicate the text beforehand, or make a backup. 
  • 9 Press TAB and you will see that the text is now a mesh made of layers.
    9 Press TAB and you will see that the text is now a mesh made of layers. 

This tutorial will show you how to make text that looks good when engraved inside crystal. Extruded text is made up of a front and a back face. Two layers of points. This engraves opaque. If you want strong, bright text, you will need more layers.

Follow the slides above to see how.

This method uses the array modifier. With it you can continue editing the text, you can copy the text, you can put the text on a curve, and it will still be made up of multiple layers.

Summary: 

  1. ⇧ Shift A
  2. Select Text Text
  3. In the Properties viewport Properties, click onObject Data>> Extrude by .01
  4. ...
  5. Then click on Modifier>> Add Modifer >> Array Array Modifier
  6. ...
  7. Change the array settings so that Count = 4, X = 0, and Z = 1
  8. Once you're finished modelling, convert it into a mesh for engraving into a crystal
    Alt C >> Mesh Mesh

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