Many moons ago, (pre-AutoCAD) draftsmen used Rapidograph Pens with lettering
guides to produce to quality ink on Mylar drawings.
I'm looking for a similar set up, using a rotary (Dremel??) drill to create
small labels and signs.
Dremel has bits small enough to handle the small lettering, but I can't seem
to locate any complete set that would mount the Dremel and then use the
guides to produce the letters.
Does anyone know of a possible manufacturer or add-on set that would allow
This would be for home use.
The lettering guide from long ago was known as a LEROY, made by K&E and it
used liquid ink. They are probably on EBAY as collectables. What a mess;
but when all went well it made nice lettering. One of these could probably
be modified to accept a small rotary cutter.
Your statement needed to start out "one type of lettering guide from long
ago" as there are a number of different types and brands, most still
available. If you think that was long ago, you must be pretty young.
I still consider my Rapidograph pens great. On the other hand,
retail stores now consider it old enough that I'm beginning to
have problems finding normal ink to refill them. They all
seem to expect me to purchase nearly the entire now-disposable
pen sans outer barrel over and over and find it acceptable. If
this is the new way, I'll stick with old while I can. :)
As for the lettering guides, you may need to actually create
a set to get just what you want to start. I believe some of the
roller-bearing sets designed to fit onto router bits for use in
the various kits for routers to follow hardboard or plastic
templates might be usable on a Dremel bit. I'm guessing here, so
don't ask for part number quotes <grin>, but that would be where
I might start investigating if I didn't find anything I liked.
Have you tried art supply stores? Around here (Seattle area), there are
numerous places that you can get Higgins and Pelican inks. As this is a
rather engineering rich area, drafting supplies in general are not to hard
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