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Jan 08, 2013, 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by jcpatrick
Sorry to disappoint you, but autotrace almost never works for CAD. Every line it produces will have to be tweaked, and you will end up spending far more time using autotracing than manual drawing. If you doubt me, search and look it up in this forum; all the experienced drafters and cadsmen will tell you the same. Your best bet is to trace with polylines as outlined in the above comments.

My only other contribution to this (having done a lot of these conversions) is that it works better zoomed out. Most people, including me when I started, zoom in too close to the bitmap they are tracing.
Thanks for the tips. I tried a couple of the formers a while back with DeltaCad and it was not too bad but I may go for that DevCad. It has a lot more options and will probably make the tracing turn out a lot better.
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Jan 09, 2013, 07:19 AM
Laser Cutter Guy
Yup, Autotrace sucks. My wife is a graphic designer/photographer so between all my CAD/CAM programs and her graphics programs I have come up with a process that get's things really close. There will always be a bit of cleanup but I try and keep it to a minimum. My grandfather always used to say "work smarter not harder"
Jan 09, 2013, 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by jcpatrick
. Most people, including me when I started, zoom in too close to the bitmap they are tracing.
+1 on this... I too foolishly zoomed in for the exact pixel to place my dot.....zoomed out is MUCH better (to a point, don't make it a postage stamp ) and close enough for our purposes.
Jan 09, 2013, 01:06 PM
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I'm tracing my first 3 view (Cap 232) and I made that mistake, zooming in too closely. Quickly realized that it was pointless. Life is much improved now.
Jan 09, 2013, 02:24 PM
Laser Cutter Guy
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I'm tracing my first 3 view (Cap 232) and I made that mistake, zooming in too closely. Quickly realized that it was pointless. Life is much improved now.
What size Cap you gonna build?
Jan 09, 2013, 09:04 PM
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What size Cap you gonna build?
41" electric right now. After I get this one under my belt I may go bigger. It's a shame you can't find many Caps around anymore.
Jan 10, 2013, 07:05 AM
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Originally Posted by enahs
41" electric right now. After I get this one under my belt I may go bigger. It's a shame you can't find many Caps around anymore.
Cool,
I have plans and make laser cut short kits for a 50cc Cap 232 Midwing and several others if your ever interested.


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