1 Reply Latest reply on May 24, 2014 10:40 PM by Kelef Man

    Making a sketch from an image

    Ram R.

      I have a rectangular metal plate (in real life) that I want to turn into a Solidworks object. It has holes of different sizes and locations in it and I want to make a faithful recreation of them in SW.

       

      I initially tried to measure it with a caliper and make a sketch accordingly, but then realized it would be much more precise to simply scan the plate with my 600 dpi scanner and somehow get that into SW. I scanned the plate successfully and got a high-quality high-resolution JPEG image.

       

      Now my question is: How do I make that image into a Solidworks sketch that defines the rectangular plate and round holes in it? I expect to be required to make the sketch myself with the picture as backdrop, but how?

       

       

      Thanks,

      Ram.

        • Re: Making a sketch from an image
          Kelef Man

          hei'ya Ram R, select your plane, open a sketch,

          and insert "sketch picture"-

           

          sketch picture.jpg

           

          you will need to scale and orientate as best you can/need,

          close the sketch and rename the feature as required-

          toggle the feature hide/show

          if you use a black/white picture-

          you might be able to use Autotrace-

          or simpley trace over yourself

          hope this helps- have a good'n kelef