Hi All. I have successfully used Windows pseudo single line fonts for CNC in the past BUT they do require some panelbeating to be usefull.

  1. Chosen text is set to designated single line windows font.
  2. Explode the text into lines.
  3. Explode again into line fragments.
  4. Clear selection and then use SelDup and Press Delete - remove the windows ‘closing’ lines which end up being duplicates
  5. Select all the leftover bits and JOIN.
    This normally works ok, but it’s also a good idea to run the SelBadObjects command on this text.
    If there are some bad lines then just explode and join again to fix.
    Michael VS

(Lowell Walmsley) #9

Can you help me understand what you’re trying to get to with all that?

Is there a reason TextObject doesn’t work for you and Text is better, even with all that added effort? Are you trying to use fonts that are shaped differently than the single stroke ones you can find?

We do have a single stroke font here that we could distribute, but when I’ve asked about it, I haven’t yet gotten an answer.

Here’s a single stroke font, in case its at all helpful -

SingleStrokeFont.zip (6.1 KB)


Thanks @lowell for posting the font. Not something I can use but for those that are interested prior to installing this is what the font looks like on my machine windows 7.


@sochin, not sure why you cannot use this font. I hope it’s not because of the closed curves that are shown in your picture. If you use TextObject with the allow single line fonts option ticked, you will get something like this:


thanks @wim, the photo above is using Rhinogold`s text on curve function and selecting the font. Works as you said with TextObject and flow.

More & more I use plain old rhino than plugins. Thanks for the heads up and thanks to @lowell for another single line font.

(Luis Fraguada) #13

FeatureCam used to give away a set of single stroke fonts called 'Machine Tool…" they had Sans Serif, Gothic, and a few others. I have these on some hard drive, but they used to be available right off their site. Seems they changed things around and now they are called ‘Delcam’ and there is a little Autodesk logo on the webpage. Anyways, it would be great to add all of the liked to fonts to a wiki page for easy reference: http://wiki.mcneel.com/rhino/engravingfonts. I’m uploading the only one I have installed which is Machine Tool Sans Serif Regular. Again, must be used through the _TextObject command.
machtssr-gm.zip (10.2 KB)


Yep, Delcam bought FeatureCam (quite awhile back) and then Autodesk bought Delcam (quite recently)…



I want to say that this is very, very important topic for me.
Hi Rhino team, isn’t it difficult to make Rhino support an old, but still popular usual Windows plotter font format “.FON”? It is the only format from which I can get letter symbols that are necessary for me…

(Lowell Walmsley) #16

I think .FON files are bitmap fonts, aren’t they?

What is it about .FON that makes it important to you? The shapes of a particular font?
What do you want to use the fonts for in Rhino?

It would be pretty complicated to support .FON for general text in Rhino, and I don’t remember ever hearing any other requests for it.
Maybe there’s another way.



They actually aren’t bitmap only. To be more exact, .FON file is capable of containing bitmap glyphs, but also can contain single-line plotter glyphs suitable for engraving.

Here is a screenshot of the .FON I need in Rhino:


P. S.: you also would google some information about multilingual Orach Technic font.


Hi Oleg,

maybe an (online) font converter could be of help:


(Lowell Walmsley) #19

Hi Oleg,

Thanks for the info.
I don’t think its likely that we will support .FON files, at least for general text use, in Rhino.

I’m still interested in what it is that you really want to do and what the workflow is that makes what you’ve described seem like the only way.

Do you need that specific font face because of the shape of the letters?
Would some other font be ok if it had Cyrillic characters?
What is the process you use to plot or engrave from Rhino?
Are .FON files important for some part of the process outside Rhino?
Do you want to use the font for Text, or do you want to end up with Curves?



Hi Lowell,

thank you for your attention and understanding me correctly. Let me answer you…

  1. I need that font face in Rhinoceros because its shape comply with ГОСТ, and maybe because it is the only cyrillic single-sroke font that I could find during about four hours of Google search;
  2. Of coarse, any ISO, DIN, ANSI single-line multilingual fonts would also be a pretty good solution; maybe some day I’ll need a serif single-line font, but not just now;
  3. The process is mostly 2D CNC metal shield work or wood&stone engraving, maybe madCAM can manage it;
  4. For me, .FON files are just a still useful part of some 80’s computer junk that I have lived among for a decade of years - and maybe only such programs still actually need .FON files support in Windows 7, while others do not;
  5. I want to use a single-line font in Rhino basically as Curves, but it would also be nice for me to see it available in an editable condition - as it is made with the “Text Block”, the way like .shx fonts are still used in AutoCAD.

(Lowell Walmsley) #21

Thank you for answering clearly. I think I understand much better now.

I think that you said if you had a good cyrillic single stroke font that would work with TextObject you would be able to get your work done? Correct?


\I’m sorry for the manner I replied you last time, Lowell… It was my inconsideration of the Discourse interface.\

Yes, an option to make TextObject from a good cyrillic single-stroke font would greatly help me, and not me only, in further. There are no actual text-engraving tasks for me just now, but it is very likely that they will come at any time.

Thanks a lot,


Hm. It seems to me that the “reply” function is failing now O_o.
Maybe it is a reason for creating a separate “meta” topic…


Via a Ponoko blog post, I discovered an online font store called One Line Fonts. There is a sample font for download. Included are four different font files. Following the included FAQ, I installed OLFTestFontOC-Regular.ttf for use with Rhino:


Check out this just posted item by David Rutten… --Mitch


I have used George Race’s fonts for CamBam.

They appear to be single line fonts, but some letters are doubled over to emulate a TTF font.

Once inserted, explode the text, SelDup and delete, and re-join.



Regarding the font RhSS.ttf you provided:
Is it allowed to give it to customers?

Thank you