I need to add some part numbers to a series of meshes that will be eventually 3d printed. I want to add the text as a raised surface on a part of the mesh. These parts have no flat surfaces so the text will have to follow the profile of the surface of the mesh.
If these were surfaces then I could add a solid text object then use something like splop to place the text then mesh and boolean it to the surface however this tool cannot be used on meshes.
I made manual prototype where I used a single stroke font on a surface near where I wanted it on the mesh, pulled the text curves to the mesh, then, using a circular profile at the endpoint of each segment of the text, did a sweep 1, meshed it and then merged this with the mesh.
I will eventually have a large number of these parts to label so I need a solution that does not require as much user intervention. Does anyone have any better ideas/methods to do this?