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Turbo Talk => General Discussion => Topic started by: dphens on July 24, 2009, 07:05:34 AM

Title: Importing/Converting art in TC
Post by: dphens on July 24, 2009, 07:05:34 AM
I am very new to TC and would like to know the best method of bringing graphics into TC and then converting that into something I can machine.

For example, how should I convert a clip art image into something I can with with my CNC projects? Is there a format I could save in Photoshop that would import well into TC?

I've played around with the trace tool, but the results are not the best. Are there any other methods?


Thanks!

Dave
Title: Re: Importing/Converting art in TC
Post by: Henry Hubich on July 24, 2009, 07:58:46 PM
Be aware there's no automatic, semiautomatic, or fast way to do what you want -- but it can be done.

The various available Trace tools I've tried are not accurate or reliable enough for your application. Best approach is to import the .jpg or .bmp image (using Insert|Picture|From file) and then trace it manually, using Polylines and/or Splines as appropriate. You'll then have to apply one or more of TCad's various 3D tools to make TCad 3D models which a CAM program will recognize. (Simple example: Trace a circle, then extrude it, and the result is a TCad Cylinder.)

Henry H
Title: Re: Importing/Converting art in TC
Post by: dphens on July 25, 2009, 04:20:08 AM
I was afraid of that.  :(

Oh well, just a little more manual than I had hoped, but still doable.

Thanks Henry!