Introduction: 3D Print a Stencil
In this Instructable, You'll learn how to take Inkscape, with any Stencil Font, take to Freecad, and make a 3D printed Stencil.
Step 1: Write the Blurb
You just write the words...
Step 2: Make It a Path
Select Object to Path
Step 3: Break Apart
Then, break it
Step 4: Back to Object, Ungroup
Out of the Menu Part, back to the Menu Object, ungroup, for good measure...
Step 5: Save That As SVG
Just save your text as a SVG file, and out to FreeCad, next!
Step 6: Import to FreeCad
Take that SVG, and import it as Geometry
Step 7: Here It Is
Now, the letters should be a bunch of Paths...
Step 8: Draft Menu
Go to the Draft Men
Step 9: Select Each Part
Start to select each separate part...
Step 10: Draft Menu, and Upgrade It
Go top the Draft Menu, and upgrade the parts
Step 11: Select and Extrude
On the Part Menu, extrude the selected part
Step 12: It Goes Up!
The part is extruded, exaggerated height, just for demo
Step 13: It Goes On...
You get this, MOST of the time...
Step 14: These That Won't Upgrade...
But some parts might NOT Upgrade... Stinkers.
Just go and Downgrade!
Step 15: It Goes Down!
Step 16: Move It
Just move the thing now, to align to the others...
Step 17: All Extruded, and Moved, If Need
Will look like this
Step 18: Make the Back
Make a Cube, and sized it at need, DON'T make that on Inkscape, it will be a pain to extrude.
Step 19: Align All
Align all parts, ready for the cutting...
Step 20: Select and Cut
Chose first the back, then the part, and select Cut
Step 21: It Should End Up This Way...
Yes, it SHOULD, but if one part won't cut...
Step 22: Exaggerate
If some won't cut, make the part very higher than the back, so it goes out of it, up and down,and it will cut!
Step 23: Select the Finish Stencil, and Export As Stl
Now, export it, and take it to your Printer
Step 24: There You Have It!
Frankly, print it larger, but hey, it's this that you'll get!