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Tardis Door Sign

Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2014 2:40 am
by pixelthecat
I did the letters for this Tardis door sign on the M2 using black PLA. The rest is plexiglass, wood frame and Dioder light from Ikea inside.
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Re: Tardis Door Sign

Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2014 5:36 am
by Capt. John
Nice, font change makes it look very realistic.

Re: Tardis Door Sign

Posted: Thu Dec 25, 2014 6:22 am
by jsc
Nice, very close! What fonts did you use? Are you on tardisbuilders?

Re: Tardis Door Sign

Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:09 am
by Dale Reed
pixelthecat,

Very nice! I've had a project in mind that would require 3D printed text. I haven't even thought about where to start. What software did you use for creating the STLs, and what steps did you follow? (Just trying to steal ---- I mean LEVERAGE! Yeah, LEVERAGE!! ---- your knowledge!)

The thing I want to make is like the old triangular-prism shaped desk nameplate thing --- but with different text on each of the three faces.

Dale

Re: Tardis Door Sign

Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 5:09 am
by pixelthecat
Fonts I used:
Times New Roman (the bits with serif)
then GillSans for the advice-to-calls... bit
and then VAGRounded-Light for 'PULL TO OPEN'

I did find a PDF on TardisBuilders or equivalent site that had the text and fonts. I first tried importing the PDF into Inkscape to trace, then tried PDF->PNG->InkScape but the tracing was taking too long. So, I used SketchUp 8 (haven't upgraded yet..) with the 3D text tool to do the text. Seemed to print best on the BuildTak surface without a brim. I ended up printing the letters upside down to get a better surface on the top part of the letters. I still had problems with the serifs on the smaller letters.