In order to laser-cut characters in cardboard, wood or perspex, I need to have a font that doesn’t have any enclosed parts. I previously used the this free font for the letters in my ‘display prototype one‘ but it failed to print properly because the ‘bridge’ that holds the enclosed part wasn’t wide enough. It needed some adjustments but instead of improving a font that I don’t like that much I decided to make some slight adjustments to a font that I do like: Avenir Pro.
I did this in Adobe Illustrator using the following steps:
- – type the characters that need to be adjusted
- – Right-click to create outlines
- – Change the fill colour in transparent and add a line colour
- – Use the selection tool and double click the letter (two times)
- – Use the pen tool to add anchor points where new lines need to be drawn
- – Use the direct selection tool to select and delete the lines that need adjustment
- – Draw the new lines with the pen tool
Once my characters were finished I exported the outlines to AutoCAD, scaled them, aligned them to a grid, made a block from each character and choose an easy base point to place them in the grid. This way, I now have a full library with characters that I can easily use in any upcoming prototype.