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Appendix – Multiple Plates artcampro

To use Multiple Plates an Excel file must be generated and saved as a .csv file.

House Numbers Example

 

  • Create a new model of size X900 and Y1200, with a thickness of 10mm.
  • Create a rectangle of width 400, Height 150, Corner Radii of 50 at X0 Y0.
  • Create centered justified style text of Font Arial, Size 30mm with the text {{house number}} {{street}} as shown.

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The text {{housenumber}} will be replaced by the number in the .csv file, as will the text {{streetname}}

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  • Select both vectors and select Create multiplates.

The multiplate page appears. This has two pages. The geometry that has been selected needs to be stored as the master template, by pressing set emplate.

  • Press Set Template.
  • Press Load Data.
  • Select the file house-names.csv form D:\users\training\ArtCAM Data and press Open.

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A preview of the file is displayed. To identify the correct columns to use, the correct filter must be chosen.

  • Select Comma, Start at Row 2 and tick First row is column headers.
  • Select OK.

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The sheet layout has worked out that from the size of the sheet, and the number of columns from the file, that it needs 2 sheets.

  • On the plate layout, enter a Plate gap X as 25, Plate gap Y as 25, X boundary as 10 and Y boundary as 10.
  • Press the forward arrow.

 

By entering the offset values, the sheet number has increased to 3, as shown by pulling down the matrix preview for the sheet.

  • On the matrix preview sheet select plate 1.

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In the variables section, the named areas are defined by selecting either a number or a column from the .csv file.

A preview of the plate is shown in the Plate Values, to check before creating the plates. You can also edit the data at this stage as well. However it will not update the .csv file.

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  • For House Number, select House Number.
  • For Street Name, Select Streetname.

Plate No. 1 should display 32 Church Street on the page.

  • Select Create Plates.

The first sheet on layer 1 is displayed. The other sheets are on other layers.

However as the text size is fixed, the position of the number is altered and some signs do not look central.

 

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  • Select Close on the page.
  • Select Undo (Ctrl + Z). Switch on Layer 0 to display the original vectors.
  • Right Mouse click on the vector text and select Edit Text block (e).

In the text form there is a constraints option, which will fit text into a specified boxed area.

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  • Select Constraints as Centre justified, Method as Limit by Box,
  • Select Width as 375, Height as 125.
  • Move the text to the correct location and press Done.

You could select the outer vector and choose centre in vector.

  • Select both vectors and select Create multiplates.

The multiplate page appears. This has two pages. The geometry that has been selected needs to be stored as the master template.

  • Press Set Template.
  • Press Load Data.
  • Select the file housenames.csv form Examples-I and press Open.
  • Select Comma, Start at Row 2 and tick First row is column headers.
  • Select OK.

 

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  • On the plate layout, enter a Plate gap X as 25, Plate gap Y as 25, X boundary as 10 and Y boundary as 10.
  • Press the forward arrow.
  • On the matrix preview sheet select plate 1.
  • For House Number, select House Number.
  • For Street Name, select Streetname.
  • Select Create Plates.

By selecting Text constraints then the text is better spaced out in each sign or plate.

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  • Select Close on the page.
  • Select Undo (Ctrl + Z). Switch on Layer 0 to display the original vectors.
  • Select the vector text only.
  • Create an Area Clearance toolpath with a end mill tool 2mm toa depth of 5mm.
  • Select the rectangle vector only.
  • Create a profile toolpath using a 12mm end mill tool down to a depth of 10mm.

As the toolpaths are linked to the vectors, you do not need to store as a template.

  • Select all vectors and toolpaths and select Create multiplates.

Note: select toolpaths by clicking on them so they go blue (selected).

  • Press Load Data.
  • Select the file house-names.csv form Examples-I and press Open.
  • Select Comma, Start at Row 2 and tick First row is column headers.
  • Select OK.
  • On the plate layout, enter a Plate gap X as 5, Plate gap Y as 5, X boundary as 2 and Y boundary as 2.
  • Press the forward arrow.
  • For House Number, select House Number.
  • For Street Name, Select Streetname.
  • Select Create Plates.
  • Select Create Toolpaths.

Each sheet has it’s own set of toolpaths so Areaclearance 1 and Profile 1 belong to sheet 1 as shown here.

  • Select Close on the page.

Exercise

 

  • Using the file bcard.eps and businesscards.csv, create a set of business cards similar to as shown.

 

 

 

 

 

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