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you would need to do that in your cad software. only issue is that a printer can only print lettering so fine. your signature you need to be fairly large. lettering can be tough.
What would be the easiest software to use for this purpose? I probably don't want to place the letters one by one via TinkerCard. Maybe I would create the signature in a picture and then combine the picture and the print via SVG export and then .STL convert?
Here's a quick demo I just did using the Paths to OpenSCAD plugin for Inkscape, and OpenSCAD:w22 wrote:What would be the easiest software to use for this purpose? [...] Maybe I would create the signature in a picture and then combine the picture and the print via SVG export and then .STL convert?
Scan my signature: Open and trace it in Inkscape: Tweak settings to your liking Export using the "Paths to OpenSCAD" extension: Tweak in OpenSCAD: From this point, I could load the STL of the model I want to sign and use OpenSCAD "union()" to merge the "signature" with it. It would take a bit of fiddling with scaling/rotating/translating but I've used this process on a bunch of prints to add logos and such.
Nice tutorial Hugs!
What if you put a thin stencil of your signature on the build plate and printed the part on top of it?
Perhaps laser-cut Kapton tape?ZachC wrote:a thin stencil
The difference between good adhesion and a bird's nest tangle is about ±0.1 mm = 4 mil, the extruded thread must have excellent adhesion to both the platform and the stencil, and the edges of the letters wouldn't be particularly crisp. I don't know if you could make out half-layer-thick letters against the usual 3D printed infill pattern.
I'd print a test piece over a few strips of tape and complexicate from that…