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How to Add Text Along a Contour | Your Questions Answered

How do I add text along a contour? We often get asked through our social media channels questions that can't be easily answered with a simple response. At Hurco, it is our goal to always provide quality customer service to our users. We don't want any machinist to be left behind when it comes to a proper understanding of our powerful WinMax CNC control.

This is why we have started the brand new "Your Questions Answered" series, where we sit down to answer the questions you have submitted to us through our social media channels. By doing this, not only are we answering individual questions of customers, but we are providing a resource for others who may have a similar question but can't find a resolution to their issue.

In this video Mike Cope will be answering the question "How do I add text to along a contour? And how do I create that contour?"

  1. Go to the PART PROGRAMMING screen
  2. Select the MILLING
  3. Select the MORE
  4. Select the LETTERING
  6. Select your preferred WIDTH METHOD (in this example we use 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 & Z BOTTOM
  11. Select your TOOL
  13. Select your preferred FONT SIDE OF CONTOUR
  14. Input your desired TEXT OFFSET
  15. Input your desired X START & Y START
  16. Select NEXT SEGMENT
  17. Select ARC
  18. Select your preferred DIRECTION
  19. Input your desired X END, Y END, X CENTER, Y CENTER, RADIUS & 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 EDIT LETTERING PARAMETERS
  22. Select WIDTH METHOD and choose SPECIFY WIDTH
  23. Input your desired TEXT WIDTH
  24. Draw your part, this time you will see the text is within the dimensions your 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...