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Wondering if there is a way to make letters into polyline solids so that I can attach them to another solid to make an embossed look?

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Can't do it in Chief. I suggest Sketchup, which will create any font installed on your system as 3D text:

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With a little work you can do embossing, then import it into Chief:

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If I need 3D letters like that, Here what I do:

  1. Use Sketchup to create the letters
  2. Import those into Chief as a symbol
  3. Create a CAD Detail From View to get the extrusion shapes
  4. Cut/paste those into plan
  5. Convert them into polyline solids
  6. Convert to solids if necessary
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Thanks guys. Very good. Looks like eventually I am going to have to quit avoiding learning a bit about sketchup.;)

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For whatever its worth, this one thing (3D lettering) is almost the only thing I personally use Sketchup for anymore.

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From what I can see, the free sketchup will not do lettering and I don't think I am in the mood to pay for it so I will have to find a way to work around this.

Thanks!

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11 minutes ago, MN_JohnH said:

From what I can see, the free sketchup will not do lettering and I don't think I am in the mood to pay for it so I will have to find a way to work around this. 

Thanks!

 

It's in there.  Go to Tools>3D Text

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Here is a link to a thread where @yusuf-333 demonstrates a method of sending to PDF and converting to DWG that works for text and dimensions.

 

 

Not all Chief but it very easily could be in the next version or two.;)

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