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Pretty straightforward question: My friends and I have access to a laser cutter and we are making a word clock. Thus I was wondering if anyone knew of a LaTeX font compatible with laser cutting such as this

a busy cat

Or if there is any clever way to create them in TikZ using a drawing outline I would be fine with that too.

Thanks in advance for any help!

  • Nice! All letters made with a non closed curve! – Sigur Oct 28 '14 at 22:51
  • Yes, that's probably a better way of summarizing it than saying 'laser cut font'. My first try is going to try to draw a diagonal strike through each closed curve word and see if that looks okay. – MrBrightside Oct 28 '14 at 22:54
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    If Xe/LuaTeX is an option you can use any suitable opentype/truetype font. – cfr Oct 28 '14 at 23:02
  • You would be better of with a hand picked set of vector graphics converted from actual fonts. That means a WYSIWYG software would serve better rather than this. Since CAD conversion would be much easier. – percusse Oct 29 '14 at 1:22
  • I think the @percusse idea could be your best choice, or find something in opentype or truetype and use it with XeLaTeX or LuaTeX as cfr suggested. – Aradnix Oct 29 '14 at 4:06
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if you're willing to trade time and energy for more control, you can certainly design your own font, or set of letter-like vector graphics. An easier option would be to use one of the many stencil-like fonts available with friendly licenses. Here's something I did with a rather random font obtained from dafont.com. If you look harder than I did, or maybe spend a few bucks on licensing a more professional font, you'll probably be able to obtain results that are even closer to what you want.

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\documentclass{scrartcl}
\usepackage{fontspec}
\setmainfont{Overspray}
\begin{document}
ESKISTLFÜNF\\
HATEINERUND\\
GEMACHTZUWE\\
RDENDERVONB\\
UCHWOLLENUN\\
DDIESEALSON\\
AMENSCHLICH\\
TESONDERNEN
\end{document}

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