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Time for a Change: Convert Paper Drawings to AutoCAD

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 @ 04:04 PM

Time for a Change: Convert Paper Drawings to AutoCAD

Organizations that use AutoCAD and that have legacy paper drawings often waste time when they need to convert the paper drawing to an AutoCAD drawing.  Knowing exactly what to do when it comes time to handle old paper archives in an AutoCAD environment is important.   

We’ve found that a two-part process works best:

Step #1 Scan the Drawing – But Make Sure It’s Accurate

Scanning engineering drawings requires an accurate large format scanner and a knowledgeable scanner operator.  Your firm may choose to purchase a scanner and train someone within your company to use the scanner; or you may decide to outsource the scanning.  

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Topics: Scan to AutoCAD, Raster to Vector Conversion

Scanning and CAD Conversion - Still Needed After All These Years!

Posted by Scott Shuppert on Fri, Apr 08, 2016 @ 02:11 PM

Scanning and CAD Conversion – Still Needed After All These Years!

It seems like I’ve been around large format scanners and CAD (Compter Aided Design) for a very long time.  Starting long before large format scanners, there were graphic digitizers and rudimentary CAD systems, but it was in the mid 1980’s when the industry really began to take off, as government agencies and private industry began to computerize.

CAD draftingstarted to be favored over hand drafting.  GIS (Geographic Information Systems) began to replace hand-drawn cartography.  Satellite imagery was able to be incorporated into maps as well as into engineering design for highways and other heavy construction. 

The race had begun to see who could design better hardware, better software, better maps and CAD drawings.  The race had also begun to see who could figure out ways to incorporate the years of paper design and paper maps into the new paradigm of design and mapping.

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Topics: CAD Conversion, Raster to Vector Conversion

Raster To Vector Conversion Is More Complicated Than You Might Think

Posted by Blog Tipster on Mon, Jun 08, 2015 @ 03:10 PM

There are various methods and programs that exist to convert raster images into usable vectors. Many of them try to assert that an instant conversion is entirely usable for any job, and that more complicated or hands on processes only waste time. It is a tempting idea, and one that many individuals fall into, who are only rewarded with sub par vectors that are not as high in quality as they could be. CAD/CAM Services Inc., meanwhile, know exactly what does into raster to vector conversion, and has prepared to handle each job expertly.

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Topics: Raster to Vector Conversion

Manual vs. Automated Raster to Vector Conversion

Posted by Dr. G V Ranjan on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 @ 02:38 PM

Manual Vs Automated Raster to Vector Conversion

Raster and Vectors are two formats of data structures used for storing engineering data. All major CAD software are developed primarily using these data structures. Based on the usage of the data the engineering drawings are stored either as raster images or vector data. Engineering drawings which are to be frequently updated or any changes to be made then it is stored in vector format. If no changes are required and the engineering data is just to be stored then the data is stored in raster format. A raster image is majorly used for viewing purpose.

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Topics: Raster to Vector Conversion

Do You Need Raster to Vector Conversion?

Posted by Diane Mitol on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 @ 03:56 PM

Do You Need Raster to Vector Conversion?

Eight Questions to Ask

Those of us who are in the business of CAD conversion regularly use terms like raster to vector conversion, or the shortened form, R2V.  But it was brought to my attention last week, that if you’re not in the CAD conversion business, you might not even know what raster to vector conversion is, or why you might need it.  So, we’ve compiled a list of eight questions that you can ask to determine if you need raster to vector conversion. 

But, before we get to the eight questions, let’s define just what raster to vector conversion is:

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Topics: Raster to Vector, Raster to Vector Conversion

Solving the Raster to Vector Conversion Dilemma

Posted by Diane Mitol on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 @ 09:45 PM

Solving the Raster to Vector Conversion Dilemma

Sooner or later, everyone who scans an engineering drawing or construction drawing will need to convert the scanned file to a CAD file – maybe AutoCAD, Revit, Solidworks, VectorWorks, or some other CAD program. Regardless of how experienced you may be in operating your CAD software, converting the scanned file to a CAD file can present a dilemma.

The reason for this dilemma is two-fold. First of all, many people don’t realize when they’re scanning the original drawing that they need to scan in a particular way if they plan to convert it to CAD later; and, even if they do scan properly, they don’t have the knowledge or experience to properly convert the drawing.

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Topics: Raster to Vector, Raster to Vector Conversion

Raster to Vector Conversion Basics

Posted by Diane Mitol on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 @ 03:09 PM

Raster to Vector Conversion Basics

Before we can talk about converting raster to vector, we need to understand what each is. Starting at the very basic level…each describes a type of drawing or image. So, what exactly is a raster image and how does it differ from a vector image? And why do we need to convert raster to vector?

First let’s look at the graphic arts. Basically, a photograph is a raster image, while a line drawing is a vector image. A raster image is made of up pixels (dots), each a different color, arranged to display an image, while a vector image is made up of paths (lines), each with magnitude (length) and direction that can be described by a mathematical formula. Rasters cannot be described by a mathematical formula but can be described by a locus, or location (xy).

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Topics: Raster to Vector, Raster to Vector Conversion

Tips for Large Format Scanning for Raster to Vector Conversion

Posted by Diane Mitol on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 @ 01:35 PM

Tips for Large Format Scanning for Raster to Vector Conversion

As a company that specializes in raster to vector conversion, we see a lot of scanned raster files…many that have not been scanned properly, which can make for difficulties when converting from raster to vector. 

Coincidentally, we also sell large format scanners, so we’re in a good position to provide tips for all you do-it-yourselfers out there who are planning to buy a large format scanner to scan your paper construction drawings, engineering or mechanical drawings, maps, or other large format information in order to convert from scanned raster files to CAD or GIS vector files. 

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Topics: Large Format Scanning, Raster to Vector Conversion

Raster to Vector Conversion for Building Renovation

Posted by Diane Mitol on Wed, Mar 06, 2013 @ 05:04 PM

Raster to Vector Conversion for Building Renovation

Old Paper Construction Drawings

I live in an older city, with many older buildings…all of them designed and built well before the “digital age. “  As the city undertakes a revitalization project, renovations to some of the older buildings will begin.   Architects, Engineers and Contractors who are hired to facilitate these renovations will likely be handed an old set of mylars, vellums or worse, blueprints to work from.   How will they get these old drawings into a digital format for use in a modern day CAD program?

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Topics: Raster to Vector, Raster to Vector Conversion

Raster to Vector Conversion for CNC Machines

Posted by Diane Mitol on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 @ 05:14 PM

Raster to Vector Conversion for CNC Machines

What are CNC Machines?

CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines are automated devices that are used to mill industrial components.  Most CNC machines are used industrially in manufacturing.  By using coded instructions and an internal computer, they enable factories to fabricate parts accurately and quickly without human intervention.   There are many different types of CNC machines, ranging from drills to plasma cutters that can be used to make a wide variety of parts.

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Topics: Raster to Vector, Raster to Vector Conversion, Raster to Vector for CNC Machines

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