Re: Photoshop artwork to 2D cad format

From: martin koch (
Date: Thu Jan 23 2003 - 19:29:14 EET

Hello Kevin:

What we have done is to use a photoshop plugin called streamline (about
$125.) that generates dxf traces from photoshop images with some degree
of control.

>From the dxf we take it into autocad and create the hpgl code.

Normally we use R14 Autocad and a hp 7475 plotter driver.

We have written a quick basic (it came free with dos) program that would
convert the hpgl to gcodes with controls for z axis settings. Another
version of our conversion program writes it out to the Asymtec control
codes (the original controller in the FDMs).

Re: Auotcad Plotter drivers;
With release 2000 Autodesk changed the plotter drivers and screwed up
the generic hpgl outputs. With 2000i they added 2 generic drivers that
can be used but are more difficult then the R14 7475 version. For
example, with the R14 version you could specify a paper size that the
plotter could not physically do. With the newer version the system
would not allow you to go beyond the A & B sizes.

anyways, have fun


Kevin Fortin wrote:
> Hello list,
> I was wondering if any of you know of a way to take some linework in
> Photoshop and get it into a format I can use for my CNC mills.
> (.dwg,.dxf,.igs )
> Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
> Kevin Fortin
> Prototypes, Etc
> 303-375-0350

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