Thanks for the input. Our company has Laser Tracker equipment but in this case my raw data is a .tiff file of the actual microfish loft lines.
I want to use the original existing mylar loft as it is already in existance. Just need to know how to import it into SW. The loft has WL & STA lines that I can use to scale it up to full size. It looks like I can import the .tiff file as a picture and create sketches from the loft and then save as Blocks. The blocks can be oriented and scaled as required.
Anyone else have any guidance on this process?
if you can get the data into an excel format you can import it using insert\curve\ curve through XYZ points from the pull downs
Creating Curves Through XYZ Points
To create a curve through XYZ points:
- Click Curve Through XYZ Points on the Curves toolbar, or click Insert > Curve > Curve Through XYZ Points.
- Create new sets of coordinates by double-clicking cells in the X, Y, and Z columns and entering a point coordinate in each one. (Created outside of a sketch, the X, Y, and Z coordinates are interpreted with respect to the Front plane coordinate system.) The numbers in the Point column define the order in which the points are connected.
- Click OK to display the curve. The Curve Through XYZ Points icon appears next to the curve name in the FeatureManager design tree.
Tips for Working with Curves Through XYZ PointsTips for working with this tool:
Open an existing curve file
Click Browse and navigate to a curve file to open. You can open .sldcrv files or .txt files that use the same format as .sldcrv files. You can also create 3D curves in Microsoft Excel for example, save them as .txt files, then open them in SolidWorks. Create a file containing coordinate values for curve points using a text editor or worksheet application. The file format must be a three-column, tab, or space-delimited list of only X, Y, and Z coordinates. Do not include any column headings, such as X, Y, and Z or other extraneous data.
Double-click in a cell and enter a new value. (As you enter values, notice the preview of the curve is displayed in the graphics area.)
Add a row
Double-click in a cell in the row below the last numbered row.
Insert a row
Select a number under Point, then click Insert. A new row is inserted above the selected row.
Delete a row
Select a number under Point, then press the Delete key.
Save the curve file
Click Save or Save As, navigate to the desired location, and specify the filename. If you do not specify an extension, the SolidWorks application adds the extension .sldcrv.