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importing a "picture" to a model...

importing a "picture" to a model...

Is there any way to import a "picture" file into a sketch in a model in
order to quickly create geometry? Say you have a typical installation
drawing for some product that, as usual, only shows some of the
dimensions. Is there a way to import that into a model in order to use
it to create features? The "picture" would be typical type; jpeg, tiff,
pdf... Alternatively, are there other program that could take a
"picture" file and convert it into something Wildfire would accept as an
import?

Thanks...

Paul Korenkiewicz
FEV, Inc.
4554 Glenmeade
Auburn Hills, MI., 48326

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importing a "picture" to a model...


I'd be interested to know if anyone uses a decent raster to vector to
DXF program. This would be in line with Pauls second alternative.

importing a "picture" to a model...

For Wayne's Question:

I have used Aide PDF to DXF with a little successs (not great but it helped).



Paul,



I typically will take an image and crop it lines that represent the extents of the image. If a view illustrates, let's just say a box with dimensions 5 X 2 I crop it to that size. Save the image cropped. Next I build a flat surface in Pro/E (5 X 2) and apply the image as a decal with transparency turned on.



Hope that helps,



Tim McLellan
Mobius Innovation and Development, Inc.

importing a "picture" to a model...

Two ways:

1 - If you have ISDX, you can use the 'trace sketch' functionality.
Create a style feature and then use style -> trace sketch (I think, I'm
going from memory). In there, you can attach a jpeg to any datum plane,
scaling and rotating appropriately.

2 - Create a flat surface (edit -> fill) and place a decal on the
surface using the color and appearance editor. If you make the surface
the size that you want the image, it's easy to scale it appropriately.
I'm not as familiar with this method, but I think that you'll need to
create a new color and then find the options at the bottom of the dialog
for adding a decal.

Either way, you need to make sure that the JPEG stays in the directory
with the model or Pro|E may not be able to find it.

Hope that helps,

Doug Schaefer
--
Doug Schaefer | Engineering Manager
Crow Works

RE: importing a "picture" to a model...

Re: "Either way, you need to make sure that the JPEG stays in the directory with the model or Pro|E may not be able to find it."

I believe the config option "save_texture_with_model" set to "Yes" addresses that problem. The default value for this option is "No".

Ron

RE: importing a "picture" to a model...

If you can get your picture changed to a decent black and white line drawing,

i.e. open in photoshop or gimpand change to black and white, run the "Find Edges" on it.

Print to a pdf and then upload to http://www.pdftodxf.com/

Then you can just open the dxf as a part and start extruding or sketching on it.

In Reply to Paul Korenkiewicz:

Is there any way to import a "picture" file into a sketch in a model in
order to quickly create geometry? Say you have a typical installation
drawing for some product that, as usual, only shows some of the
dimensions. Is there a way to import that into a model in order to use
it to create features? The "picture" would be typical type; jpeg, tiff,
pdf... Alternatively, are there other program that could take a
"picture" file and convert it into something Wildfire would accept as an
import?

Thanks...

Paul Korenkiewicz
FEV, Inc.
4554 Glenmeade
Auburn Hills, MI., 48326



Michael R. Jenkins P.E.
Design Engineer
Direct: 816-801-2332
Fax: 816-891-9432

Commercial Vehicle Systems
Haldex Brake Products Corporation
10930 North Pomona Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64153-1215

RE: importing a "picture" to a model...

Hi,

there's also a neat little tool with the name IMG2CAD, see http://www.img2cad.com/

With a bit of parameter tweaking, you can convert ordinary bitmaps to usable dxf's.

Regards,

Jaap

importing a "picture" to a model...

Sorry for the LONG delay - I just read the stuff from July.



We use "Cutting Shop" from Arbor Image Corp - www.arborimage.com

We researched this tool years ago and it seemed to be one of the best.



One of it's strong suits is in generating arcs and circles - much easier to use downstream than point data.





Don Taulbee

Thumb Tool and Engineering

(p) 989 269 9731


importing a "picture" to a model...

I just checked out an add-in for Rhino3D called Photo2Rhino. It will take a photograph and import it as a 3D model. It may be of interest to you. I still use Rhino as my cad Swiss Army Knife.


PDF shaded image was required to be scaled down during export, a lower dpi setting may avoid this.

Does anyone have any information or comments on this message during PDF export (CE/P - WF5.0)?

"PDF shaded image was required to be scaled down during export, a lower dpi setting may avoid this."



I can lower the DPI in the settings but the view quality is not acceptable.



Thanks,

Tim McLellan
Mobius Innovation and Development, Inc.