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drawing pressure gauge numbers



Okay - without rendering, I'm trying to figure out how to get the numbers of a pressure gauge (bourdon tube type) to wrap around, in sequence with the increment lines.

I've found that it's easy enough to do by placing a rendered picture of a gauge on top of the model using decals, but I'm trying to figure out how to do it without going through the rendering process (which happens to be the easy way out).
You can draw datum curve(s) on the gauge face. You could even use the decal you already placed as a template. Then you could create offset flat surfaces to fill in the closed loop curves. Just add color to these individual surfaces to mimic the gauge face. Its a lot of work so I would recommend your easy way out.