How to Use Solid Works for Engraving

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SolidWorks is an extremely well known and popular computer-aided design (CAD) program being used by consumers worldwide. This program is very user friendly, and almost anyone with basic computer understanding and familiarity with standard keys and commands can avail it to their benefit. Once a solid, 3-D object is available, SolidWorks provides easily accessible options to engrave text on parts, curved surfaces and circular patterns, with a wide range of fonts and sizes to choose from according to your preference.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Create a surface or solid as per your requirement for engraving the text. To design a part of a solid, go to the "New" icon under the "File" menu. Next, go to "Parts" and select "OK." Go to the "Tools" menu, and select the "Options" icon. Here, click on the "Document Properties" tab. Click on the "Units" option, and under the "Unit System" choice, select "IPS" (inch, pound, second) and then press "OK." Select "Top Plane" and go to the lower left menu to set it to "Normal To." Click "Sketch" and the upper right corner sketch icon will indicate that you can now create a surface of your choice. You can adjust and apply the exact size to your liking.

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    Define your sketch by adding dimensions to it. Click on the "Smart Dimensions" icon. Select the vertical line, and set its dimensions to 2.00 inches and then go to the horizontal line and set its dimensions to 2.00 inches. In order to build a feature from the sketch, click on the icon "Features" and effectively activate the Features menu. Click on the "Extruded Boss/Base" icon and set Direction 1 to 0.50 inches and then click "OK." Select the front top face of the object, and set it to "Normal To."

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    Go to the "Tools" menu, then to "Sketch Entities" and click on "Text." Input the required text in the text box that appears on the screen. To change the size and font of the text, uncheck the option "Use Document Font." Click on the "Font..." option and select "Height," "Font," "Font Style" and "Effects" to your liking. Once finished, click the part face so that the text is centralised.

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    Click the "Features" icon and go to "Extruded Cut." In the option "Direction 1 Blind," set direction 1 to 0.01 inches and then click "OK." From the lower left view menu, click "Isometric." Press "OK" and your text will now be engraved on the solid you created.

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