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How to Add Text Along a Contour: Hurco CNC Programming

How do I add text along a contour?

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How to program text along a contour

In this video, I explain how add text to along a contour, as well as how to create the contour:


  1. Go to the "PART PROGRAMMING" screen.
  2. Select the "MILLING" option.
  3. Select the "MORE" option.
  4. Select the "LETTERING" option.
  5. Select the "STICK LETTERING ALONG CONTOUR" option.
  6. Select your preferred width method. In this example, we chose "USE CONTOUR."
  7. Input your desired text height.
  8. Input your desired character spacing.
  9. Type in your text.
  10. Input your desired Z start and Z bottom.
  11. Select your tool.
  12. Select the "EDIT ALONG CONTOUR" option.
  13. Select your preferred font side of contour (left or right).
  14. Input your desired text offset.
  15. Input your desired X start and Y start.
  16. Select the "NEXT SEGMENT" option.
  17. Select the "ARC" option.
  18. Select your preferred direction.
  19. Input your desired X end, Y end, X center, Y center, radius, and sweep angle.
  20. Draw your part. You will notice that the text spans the entire width of the contour.
  21. If you want to change this and make your contour a specific width, you will need to select the "EDIT LETTERING PARAMETERS" option.
  22. Select "WIDTH METHOD" and choose the "SPECIFY WIDTH" option.
  23. Input your desired text width.
  24. Draw your part. This time, you will see the text is within the dimensions you input.

You can take what you just learned and apply this to any contour that fits your program, and then use these parameters to adjust how the text is placed on the contour, the spacing of characters, width, etc...


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