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    Hello,

    I was wondering where Open Builds CAM gets the list of fonts that it displays in the Text Tool? I assumed it would be populated from the Windows\Fonts folder on my pc. The reason I ask is that I would like to test out some single line fonts for engraving but I can't make them appear in the drop down list.

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    Peter Van Der Walt OpenBuilds Team
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    It pulls it from Google Fonts.

    We need special vector fonts so cannot use TTFs off the PC

    Also, OB CAM needs "closed vectors" which single line fonts would not be
     
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    the 'single line' fonts I know of are TTF's with closed vectors that are just very close together or on top of one another.
    when I use them in Sketchup I explode the character and then zoom to remove any extra lines.
    I found them with a google search, cannot recall the font names, oh, a font search on this pc shows fonts like 'cambam_Stick_5_regular' so must be related to CamBam (-:
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    Thanks David.

    The CamBam fonts where the ones that I was hoping to be able to get Open Builds CAM to pick up but as it uses Google Fonts it is a nonstarter unless anyone more technical than me (not very difficult I will be the first to admit!) knows how to fool it. Here's the link for anyone wanting to look at them

    CamBam Stick Fonts

    Cheers

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    If you insist, find a font you want from Google Fonts and I'll add it to the list (but yes, will still be closed vectors, not proper engraving font)
     
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    Thank you it is very kind of you to offer and I'm sure you have much better things to do but I'm just messing around as I have virtually zero CNC or CAM experience.

    I don't have any real need to engrave as I just was exploring what I could do with Open Builds CAM - so far my efforts have resulted in a lot of scrap mdf circles, rectangles (not the fault of OB CAM I hasten to add) and insulting relief text carvings for my friends!

    Thanks again

    Adam
     
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    If you like the round-a-bout way you can use any font you like. Type it into photo editing software and crop around your text, save as a bitmap, open in Fengrave, size it as large as you want, save the gcode, and use whatever GRBL controller you want to carve it. It is actually easier than it sounds.

    I do this to add text to humerous (to me) plaques I make people when they do something stupid. And by stupid, I mean something I (and other coworkers) probably have done too, and just got lucky and nothing bad happened. This was the primary reason I built my CNC. :):thumbsup:
     
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    For real though (; if theres any fonts on there you really really want, anytime, just ask (and paste link to the font)
     
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