# Is it possible to fillet text?

Is there a way to fillet (AutoCAD term for adding a radius) text corners? Right now when I do a straight wall inlay and the text corner radius is too sharp for the radius of my bit, I am having to manually move the nodes and guess on the radius.

so there is a trick to convert vectors (including text) into a rounded shape that is fit for inlays by rounding it all.
In the step below I am assuming an 1/8" bit, but the principle works for any size, you just need to scale the numbers

Step 1: Select and group your original vectors (text or otherwise)
Step 2: Use the â€śOffset vectorsâ€ť tool to add an outside offset vector of 1/16" (so half diameter of your bit)
Step 3: Group the result of that
Step 4: Keep this result selected and use the Offset vectors" tool to add in inside offset vector of 1/8"
Step 5: Group the result of that
Step 6: Use the â€śOffset vectorsâ€ť tool to add in outside offset vector of 1/16"
Step 7: Group the result of that
Step 8: you can now delete the groups created in steps 2 and 4â€¦ and potentially your original vector group as well if you have no more use of it

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Thank you fenrus, you just made my day and saved me a lot of time! I messed with that technique a bit and it seems to have itâ€™s limitations such as you canâ€™t use it on skinny text or small text but overall it gave me a 1/16" radius on inside and outside corners. Very much appreciated!

it will remove any geometry smaller than your bit for sureâ€¦ and in general, the smaller your bit the better it works

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Iâ€™m sure it took a lot of trial and error to discover this technique. It definitely beats moving nodes or tracing the entire wording in cad.

Iâ€™m just a little bit confusedâ€¦why are you doing the splitting in half? I have just done a 1/8" inside offset, followed immediately by a 1/8" outside offset and it works perfectly well. What am I missing?

that works for one of the corners (inside iirc).
For inlays you need both the inside and outside corners to be roundedâ€¦ an for that you need both grow and shrink

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also for 1/8" â€¦ you will kill a lot of geometry that you can cut but wonâ€™t survive the shrink with 1/8"

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Ahâ€¦makes sense. OK. Thanks. 20 Characters

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