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    I have researched the forum and just dont seem to be finding the answer to my question. I recently purchased the conforming vectors software. I have added text and it looks to be small. The size I have is fine and it is what I want, but my question is what is the best bit for doing small text? I have the 90 degree V which works well but is there a smaller bit out there that is better to use? I hope my question makes sense. Thanks for any help.
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    The 60 degree, V60 works great and you will have to change the what bit it requests since the V90 is the default bit. Right click and select bit is how you change what is asks for.
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    Tom is correct. You go to the bit Icon, as you have the text highlighted in designer, and change the selection to the 60 degree bit. I use this almost exclusively for Centerline text as it provides a slightly deeper cut and a smaller foot-print at the top surface of the text. I even sometimes substitute a 45 degree V-Bit in place of the selected 60 degree when I wish an even smaller top foot-print.


    For the benefit of the novice member, this original question and the replies have nothing to do with Conforming vectors. It is simply a Centerline Text question, or a bit usage question, involving the desired foot=print of the carve. Conforming Vectors, is a package that allows Vectors to be carved following the contour of a raster carve in the same area rather than at the top surface of the original uncarved board.

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    Actually the point was that with conforming vectors I didn't want to hit sides or walls of raster style carves while trying to fit a certain amount of text into a certain area. In between other raised items so to speak. I have heard of 1/8 shank v bits and didn't know if anyone recommended any in particular. I probably should have worded my original question a bit more detailed. Thanks for the inputs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unitedcases View Post
    Actually the point was that with conforming vectors I didn't want to hit sides or walls of raster style carves while trying to fit a certain amount of text into a certain area. In between other raised items so to speak. I have heard of 1/8 shank v bits and didn't know if anyone recommended any in particular. I probably should have worded my original question a bit more detailed. Thanks for the inputs.

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    Point taken!
    Our replies of assigning and using the 60 degree V-bit (or smaller) will help.

    You would need a special chuck or split collet in order to use a 1/8 shank bit.
    My 45 V-bit has a much longer slope than the 60 degree and the 22 V is only 1/4' wide.
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    I have a split collet for the rock that takes 1/8 shank bits. And I actually have a bit for it. I think I will do a test carve with some 1/4 and 1/2 text on a contoured region to see how it comes out. But what bit would I assign for that small bit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by unitedcases View Post
    I have a split collet for the rock that takes 1/8 shank bits. And I actually have a bit for it. I think I will do a test carve with some 1/4 and 1/2 text on a contoured region to see how it comes out. But what bit would I assign for that small bit?

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    I guess it will depend upon the degree of taper of your bit. My choice may be to assign one of the 1/8' bit selections. The main problem may be which font you select, as each has its own standard depth(s). You will need to assure that the aggressive Centerline carve speed of travel may snap the small diameter bit.
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    I will have to do a test carve anyway after I put the machine back together, in the middle of a 250 pm. So maybe I will just do some small text. I haven't ever used it for anything other than marking pilot holes.

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