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    Posted: 20 January 2017 at 7:19pm
What is the easiest way in EnRoute to bridge letters like O,P R,Q,D,A, so the centers do not fall out,when cutting with a cnc plasma?
There has to be a simple way to do this. If not this feature should be added
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    Posted: 23 January 2017 at 10:07am
Allan101, 
There is no way to do this automatically when you apply the kerf compensation tool path. What you would need to do is before you tool path the letters you would need to break them apart and then create a small separation between the lines so that the plasma does not cut all the way through. 

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    Posted: 23 January 2017 at 10:50am
Hi Aaron
Okay ,I was hoping there was a easier way, something more automatic, there is just to many clicks if the mouse the way it is now. Perhaps something for a update
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    Posted: 23 January 2017 at 11:22am
Allan101,
 Another option is finding a font that has those breaks already in them. I have seen many fonts that are specifically built for Plasma machines. I think they are commonly referred as Stencil fonts.

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    Posted: 27 January 2017 at 8:13am
I've had to do this routing a stencils for customer for spray painting. Frequently they don't want that stencil font and want their logo or branding too.
The best i can offer (and what you are probably doing and is too many clicks.)is make a rectangle the thickenss of the bridge you want and place it over the section being removed (a little wider than the section to be removed) and overlap the edges and "weld joined"

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    Posted: 31 March 2017 at 11:24pm
Yes way to many mouse clicks, I have used other software for plasma cnc where it is very easy to do. I am thinking the plasma side is not to important on features as the routing is, not as popular at the moment. Plasma cnc should be about KISS method especially working with text It is always about the money

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