There is a person who created a text tool for this purpose. Alex Frank and his program works with Xpress too.
The part Iím designing must have a company logo with curved text engraved. Can I use Alibre Express to design a part with engraved text?
Can you recommend other software to add text engraving?
You need to have a sketch or design plane selected in Alibre Design before you try to import text. Sometimes it's not clear what's actually selected in Alibre Design, so check out this post on my Alibre Design API Applications support forum for details:
Lots of people have used this application to successfully engrave text with Alibre Design.
Just to see why dont you create a plane (try adding a plane .001 from the surface of your part). Select that plane a try it.
It should create a new sketch.
There is a known issue with Alibre Design when importing some comples b-splines. There is a very simple work-around, though.
Please see this post on my Alibre API App support forum for details: http://plans.thefrankes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=19
First check that there are not errors in the text path. This is typical of windows fonts to have geometry errors. There are usually overlaps, gaps, and just screwed up edges including duplicates.
Use the sketch checking tools available.
Edit the sketch then go to menu Sketch>Analyze.
However this really seems like you have an issue where you are cutting out and leaving floating material or completely removing a surface. Try to extrude solid first before doing a cut and see if it works. Then try to cut just art way into the part. Remember this is a solid single part and not free floating pieces.