I get to work with a plasma cutter, and I get asked to cut
pictures out on the plasma cutter so that signs can be made and
decorations for bbq pits, fences, ect. Start a new part start a
sketch on the front plane, insert sketch picture, click over to the
auto trace, and pick a color or out line the area wanted for the
sketch. Then get the wonderful error solidworks can not accuire
memory please try to free up memory.
I have 4 gigs of mem, and set the virtual hard drive memory way
past the recomended size and still get this error. I have even
tried having the picture size come in smaller and end up with the
same error. The only work around that seems to work when a job
needs to get done is to leave the picture on that plane in that
sketch and then manualy trace it with poly lines.
When the sketch piture does work usually when there is a good back
drop and the mimage to be cut is simple and sharp enough, there is
still a lot of clean up that needs to be done. To do this I will
take segments of the original sketch and convert those to the new
sketch, break the relations and drag, delete, and redraw those
lines closer to the edge of the picture.
Once I have the model ane everything looking great, I will make a
drawing of the part. I will make the sheet size of the drawing the
size of the finshed plate that I will be cutting the part on and
then scale the drawing view to the appropiate size. Save as a dxf
file converting all splines to polly lines and then I am able to
bring that into the program I use to make the G Code to load into
the cnc plasma cutter.
It gets kind of dificult to do when the auto trace does not even
allow you to get something to start with. Would anyone have any
solutions to make the process go any better?
this has always been a pain in any cad system!!! I finally
got Correl Draw to do this. vetorizes the pics and save out as
either a DWG or DXF. i use this all the time to put 2D logo into SW
parts and for Surfcam at the CNC.