All About CAD Conversion

7 Tips for R2V Image Conversion

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 06:03 PM

7 Tips for R2V Image Conversion

Most of the time, the raster images that customers send us for conversion are images that they’ve scanned from original mylar or paper drawings.   When we get an image like this, the first thing we look at is the quality of the raster image.  That’s because if we start with a good quality scanned image, the process of doing the conversion goes much more smoothly.  Even when we have poor quality images, we’re usually able to do an accurate conversion, it just takes a lot more redrawing and can become more expensive. 

If you’re attempting an r2v conversionyourself, it’s good to keep in mind the quality of the raster image you start with.  Good results with the raster to vector conversion process are much more likely, whether use automatic vectorization software yourself, or you outsource to a service like ours when you start with a good image. 

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Why Raster to Vector Conversion is Important

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 @ 04:49 PM

There are going to be times when you need multiple formats. Raster to vector conversion is not standardized, and it is not always possible to convert blueprints, photographs, and various other things into a vector format. However, there are going to be times when you need one format over another. It is always going to depend upon what specifically you need in a vector format.

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R2V – The Nuts and Bolts of Converting to CAD

Posted by Diane Mitol on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 @ 03:16 PM

R2V – The Nuts and Bolts of Converting to CAD

What do you do when you have a JPEG, BMP, TIFF, IMG, GEM, CIT, or GIF file that you need to bring into AutoCAD or some other CAD file?  The above referenced files are “raster” type files, while all CAD programs work with “Vector” files.  Vector files come in various formats, with some of the most common file extensions being EPS, PDF (which can contain raster and vector) and DXF.

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R2V – Defining a Process

Posted by Diane Mitol on Tue, Sep 18, 2012 @ 01:42 PM

R2V – Defining a Process

What is R2V?

R2V is an acronym for Raster to Vector.  Raster to vector is a process by which scanned engineering, construction, or technical drawings are converted to CAD files.   The R2V process can also be used for converting maps and other types of artwork that have been scanned.    

Who Uses R2V?

In effect, anyone who has a scanned drawing of any type is a candidate for R2V.  This may include architects, engineers, contractors, graphic artists, cartographers or any number of other categories who have rasterized files that need to be vectorized. 

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Raster to Vector – What You Need to Know

Posted by Diane Mitol on Tue, Aug 21, 2012 @ 05:08 PM

Raster to Vector – What You Need to Know

Raster and vector are terms that you may have heard before, but may not know exactly what they mean.  These two terms are important to anyone who works with graphic images, whether your images are of the artistic variety (like logos and other graphic or commercial advertising images), or architectural and manufacturing designs. 

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Raster to Vector Conversion for Mechanical Engineering Drawings

Posted by Diane Mitol on Mon, Jul 02, 2012 @ 04:54 PM

Raster to Vector Conversion for Mechanical Engineering Drawings

About Mechanical Engineering Drawings

Mechanical engineers use engineering drawings to explore the mechanical principles and to depict the mechanical systems that they design. While mechanical engineering has been automated via CAD programs for many years, there are still a large number of legacy hand-drawn mechanical engineering drawings stored in flat files in many engineering companies and departments. These legacy drawings  trace a company’s engineering advances over the years. Most firms want to preserve these legacy engineering drawings.

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Check List for R2V Conversion

Posted by Diane Mitol on Mon, Apr 30, 2012 @ 04:59 PM

Check List for R2V Conversion

Good Housekeeping During Scanning

Most of the problems that people have when trying to convert raster to vector images can be solved with a few good housekeeping tips applied prior to beginning the R2V conversion process. 

Some of these very basic issues can be taken care of at the time that the drawing is scanned.  A good-quality scanner with good scanning software enables image controls and adjustments such as:

  • Rotating, Aligning and Deskewing the image
  • Sharpening,  Smoothing and Despeckling the image
  • Adjusting the black/white levels and RGB levels to make sure that the drawing lines are solid
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R2V Services for GIS and CAD Help Keep Miners Safe

Posted by Diane Mitol on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 @ 12:02 PM

R2V Services for GIS and CAD Help Keep Miners Safe

In the mining industry, it’s necessary for geologists to map coal beds in order to provide mining companies with accurate information.  This includes accurate mapping of old mines that may be located under or close to an active mine site. Knowing exactly where these old mines are located is important to miner safety. Old mines can be full of gas and water. It can be disastrous for an active mining project to inadvertently tap into one of these old mines. The new mine can rapidly become full of noxious gas or rapidly flooded with water causing injuries and loss of life.

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What You Should Know About Raster to Vector Conversion

Posted by Diane Mitol on Mon, Oct 24, 2011 @ 04:30 PM

Raster to Vector (or R2V) is used extensively in commercial and industrial applications to convert technical drawings, maps and other paper graphics from scanned raster files to vector formats.     

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Customer Win – Accurate Raster to Vector Conversion

Posted by Diane Mitol on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 @ 04:52 PM

When paper or mylar drawings (blueprints, etc.) are scanned the digital files that are created are raster files, usually in a tif format.  Those raster files must then be  vectorized  in order to be written as CAD files and accessible to an organization’s CAD system.   This process is called raster to vector conversion.  One organization that recently needed raster to vector conversion was Tinker Air Force Base. 

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