Extrude from TTF Font does not make caps

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 From:  mike (MIOHN)
4591.1 
Hi,

still pretty new to MOI.

When I try to make an extrude from a ttf font path (which was projected on
a round surface) I don't get caps although I activated the caps option.
Not to mention to get proper fillets

Is there a way or a command to optimize paths from TTF Fonts?
What else can I do?

Font is "Anke Calligraphic FG"

thanks
Mike
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 From:  Michael T. (MICTU_UTCIM)
4591.2 In reply to 4591.1 
Hi Mike,

I downloaded and installed the font you have in question to the font library on my PC and it appears to do caps.

Also, if you are extruding from curves on a curved surface, you will probably not get a closed solid volume. You could try a straight extrusion, then merge or subtract the curved surface or solid to create countoured text.

Hope some of this helps.

Michael T.


Michael Tuttle a.k.a. mictu http://www.coroflot.com/DesignsByTuttle
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 From:  mike (MIOHN)
4591.3 In reply to 4591.2 
Thanks Michael,

seams, that extrusions from projected (not planar) curves are causing
problems with caps and fillets.

Will try your way!

thanks
Michael
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 From:  Michael Gibson
4591.4 In reply to 4591.3 
Hi Michael,

> seams, that extrusions from projected (not planar) curves are causing
> problems with caps and fillets.

In order for caps to be created automatically, the curves you are extruding need to be both closed and also planar.

MoI does not know how to automatically create a surface for the cap if the curve is not planar. In a case like that you'll have to create a surface some other way (like with a sweep or something) and then slice it with the extrusion to form a solid. If you have several surfaces intersecting each other with the inside core forming a solid you can use the Boolean Merge command to automatically trim all the pieces with each other and extract the solid inner piece.

But also if your shape is nearly planar you may want to use "Flat" snap to flatten it down to a plane so that it is truely planar and will then get the automatic cap behavior - to do that go to one of the side views and use the edit frame corner handle - drag it down slightly until you see the "flat" snap appear like so:
http://moi3d.com/forum/index.php?webtag=MOI&msg=3378.4

- Michael
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 From:  Michael Gibson
4591.5 In reply to 4591.1 
Hi Mike, also:

> Is there a way or a command to optimize paths from TTF Fonts?

There is a Rebuild command which can be used to reconstruct a path, it can sometimes help to simplify font outlines:
http://moi3d.com/2.0/docs/moi_command_reference10.htm#rebuild

- Michael
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 From:  mike (MIOHN)
4591.6 
Hi Michael,

very thanks for your detailed explanations!

As a total beginner with MOI ( and used to do polygon-modelling) I know, that there are a lot
of things I have to consider and to learn. But right now I don't have time to study manuals.

So these tips and explanations are very helpful!

thanks
Michael
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