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    I have a ring about 1" in dia and 1/4 wide. The ring is flat for that 1/4". I want to extrude or whatever some raised letters along the surface. What is the best way to do this?
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    after you have extruded your circle or ring
    offset a work plane any distance up to 50mm
    start a new sketch on that work plane
    draw a circle (but make sure it's approx right for when you place your text on top of that circle)
    then go to text... then geometry text.... click the circle
    type your text to appropriate size (make sure the direction ect is correct in the edit text box..which is text on top of cicrle)
    then finish sketch
    emboss text to extruded circle ..there are plenty of options for you to work on
    that should be it

    well thats how i would do it ...please note i am no expert... but i am quite sure most of the basics to do this is in my explanation
    hope this helps
    Steve

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    This is for inventor 2010...i have noticed on your tag it says "inventor not??" :S
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    Hi Guys,

    You don't actually need to offset a plane at all. The two attached examples were created by sketching directly on top of the "puck" and by sketching on a tangential plane to the arc.

    You can dimensional drive your text, or use constraints, to locate it. If you wish to place text, say with centre justification, right click on it and turn off the "text box." You will then be able to see the justification point of your text and use this for positioning.

    On the right hand part the emboss has been wrapped to the surface. One of the options that Steve mentions in his post. Another you may not notice at first is that you can select a different colour to the base part for your emboss, if you wish.

    There is one caveat with text - you will not be able to emboss all of them. Certain fonts will generate intersection errors. You will have to use trial and error to select a successful one.

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    Nice one Hopnic !!
    I'll remember that you don't need to use the emboss feature for flat surfaces and only for curved surfaces when you want to wrap text
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    Hi Steve,

    Actually, that not what I said. I said you don't need to have an offset plane to sketch on. You can sketch directly onto a flat surface and then emboss. You were making one unnecessary extra step in your process.

    Emboss is very similar to extrude, but has some advantages, like the ability to wrap to a face so the emboss is always tangential to the surface and being able to simultaneously apply a chosen colour to the embossed face.

    On a flat surface you can of course just extrude/cut text, and not use emboss, as you rightly say.

    Emboss is not tied to just text and can be used for example to apply a depressed indentation, or raised island, on a surface for a label or decal. It's a function I find most useful in many ways. It does have it's shortcomings though, it will not wrap to an oval surface, planar,cylindrical, conical yes, ovoidal no.

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    right got it now ..sorry for the miss understanding there....
    still learning
    and trying...lol
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    Hi Steve,

    Please don't run away with the idea that I come close to knowing it all, nothing could be further from the truth. Using any CAD system is a constant learning process. Heck! - I was still learning new things about I-Deas, and I had been using it for over 20 years.

    I bet there are certain functions within Inventor that you have had more experience with than I - the sping animation for instance. It is not something I have had a requirement for in my work, up to press.

    You don't need to apologise for learning/trying, only people that refuse to learn/or try should apologise

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    Thank you for the very nice reply
    I value your experience Hopnic.. so putting me right is all good to me....
    You don't come across like you are showing of in your knowledge of inventor ....
    i respect your input!!
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    Emboss_Sketch.jpgEmboss_Cut.jpgThe Emboss Tool is a great tool and don't forget it's not just about text, you can emboss sketch geometry too which makes it a great tool for creating wrapped cuts e.g. very simple cam path.

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    It will also let you cut and join in one operation including Draft at the same time! So the above smaller circular flat feature can be created in one feature rather than a cut then share sketch and then join and then add face draft.
    A massive time saver.

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