I am trying to convert this into a sketch, can someone lead me in the right direction or do it for me? I would really like it in a .dxf format.
Thanks for sharing, glad we could help!
Take a look at Autotrace: https://forum.solidworks.com/message/51694#51694 , doesn't look too promising though. I usually just import the image and trace over it.
if you have (or have a friend/coworker who has) the big version of photoshop, it is supposed to be able to save such things in a vector format (.dxf/.dwg)
I was thinking the same thing, inserting it and then sketching over it.
Can I have a couple of days to play with it?
While it looks complicated, I really don't think it is that hard.
What is your ultimate goal? To make a part file out of it?
Side note, are you a Christian?
I am trying to make a part file so I can create a .dxf and burn this out on a flat laser for my co-workers church. Take as much time as you would like. He is wanting it to be 46" tall
Understood. I will give it my best shot.
Always glad to do God's service.
I just wanted to give you a heads up that I am making progress.
I made the image you sent transparent and am currently in the process of tracing it in a
I will continue to keep you posted on progress.
Scott McFadden wrote: Philip,I just wanted to give you a heads up that I am making progress.I made the image you sent transparent and am currently in the process of tracing it in aSolidworks sketch.I will continue to keep you posted on progress.
Scott McFadden wrote:
Just to clarify, are you using Tools>Sketch Tools>Sketch Picture command to drop the image into the sketch? You can change the transparency of the image at this step.
No I took the image and changed the background in Paint Shop Pro.
Then went to Insert>Object>Browse
Thanks for the suggestion. Never did it that way before.
I think they added this functionality in 2008 or so, not exactly sure when though. Give it a shot- much better as it gives you complete control in one command. Here are brief instructions:
In SolidWorks, start a new sketch. Use the Tools>Sketch Tools>Sketch Picture command to drop the image into the sketch. Next, insert the image directly into the sketch, drag to position and resize as needed (you can accurately size the sketch to construction lines drawn within SW). On the Property Manager, go to Transparency>Full Image and slide the bar to the right for desired transparency. I like to exit the sketch and start a new sketch for tracing so I don't inadvertently move the inserted image.
I never used 2008. Jumped right from 2007 to 2009 breifly then on to 2010.
What I am doing sounds very close to what you said you like to do.
I have broken this file into 2 sketches so I will try ther method you are suggesting for the second one.
I just wanted to let you know I haven't done that much with importing images into sketcher
to trace, but ironically I just had to do another one. I used your suggestion and imported
the image transparent, and it worked great. Thanks for the tip.
Here is what I got so far. I was working on it, but Mark had done a tad bit more then what I had
so I took his file and went further.
I have broken this up into 2 sketch files to start. The outside boundary and the inside gutts.
Here is the outside border as a part file.
I will start the inside now.
Here's my SW 2010 sketch. What I didn't sketch, you should be able to mirror and finish. Hopefully this helps.
I am about 60% done with the inside.
Do you still need this? Didn't know if based on what you have received in this posting if you hadn't finished it yourself.
Let me know please.
I am sorry, this is as far as I can go. Time has not allowed me to go any further.
This is the inside of the cross. There is enough there for you to finish it.
Did we give you anything useful?
Thank you to all that helped. I will post the final part when I have completed it.
big problem is that the pic has very ruff edges/pixel that doen't lend itself to a very clean trace. here is one i did in corel draw to me 10 min and this is the finest detail i could get because of the pixels.
Here is the final part, Thanks for all of your help.
glad it worked out for you.
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