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elucero
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How to print 2d sketch?

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11-29-2003 06:57 PM
I need to print an initial 2d sketch (without any 3d work done on it).

Printing this in sketch mode seems to output a screen capture, i.e. some lines appear wriggly and not as precise as an ordinary plot of an idw or dwg file.

A sketch w/o any 3d work will not be accepted as an idw file, thus I am not able to use all the formatting (tblocks, fonts, dimstyles, etc.) options available to idw files.

Is there a way of printing a 2d sketch (w/o any 3d work) as an idw file?

Thanks for any help.
*Wolfe
Message 2 of 17 (472 Views)

Re: How to print 2d sketch?

11-29-2003 09:43 PM in reply to: elucero
Not sure what your problem is.

Been doing the following:

1) Tools/Application Option/Color Change the background color 1
Color,

    mat have to utilize Color Scheme: Presentation.

2) File/Print Setup, Set up your printer to desired paper size and
orientation.

3) File/Print Review, check it out.

4) File/Print or Ctrl+P.

 

Let me know if you have any other problems

Wolfe



style="PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; BORDER-LEFT: #000000 2px solid; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">I
need to print an initial 2d sketch (without any 3d work done on it).

Printing this in sketch mode seems to output a screen capture, i.e. some
lines appear wriggly and not as precise as an ordinary plot of an idw or dwg
file.

A sketch w/o any 3d work will not be accepted as an idw file, thus I am not
able to use all the formatting (tblocks, fonts, dimstyles, etc.) options
available to idw files.

Is there a way of printing a 2d sketch (w/o any 3d work) as an idw file?

Thanks for any help.

*Harvey, Roger
Message 3 of 17 (472 Views)

Re: How to print 2d sketch?

11-29-2003 11:34 PM in reply to: elucero
1) Make your sketch
2) Return out of sketch mode
3) Right click on sketch name and selct 'Copy'
4) Open a blank drawing
5) Go to sketch mode
6) Right click in drawing area
7) Paste
8) Return out of sketch mode

The drawing will be down in the left corner but you can drag it to a new
location. Also, the dimensions will be gone but you can add then as in a
regular drawing.

This method is also useful to get a very clean 2D drawing into CAM programs.
If you don't move the drawing the center will come in at 0,0 in CAM.
*Harvey, Roger
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11-29-2003 11:46 PM in reply to: elucero
I just found a way to get the dimensions too. Right click on the drawing
and choose Retrieve Dimensions. Pick the ones you want and Apply.
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elucero
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Message 5 of 17 (472 Views)

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11-30-2003 04:07 PM in reply to: elucero
Thanks a lot for the replies Wolfe and Roger.

Wolfe, when you print the ipt file this way, does your plot turn out with the same quality as a plot from an idw or dwg file?

Mine turns out with soft (not crisp) lines, especially on those geometries which are apparently computed by the program, like circles, ellipses, polygons, etc.

I am printing with an HP laser printer and it has always printed all idw or dwg files clearly.

I was hoping that I can do my 2d plotting on IV altogether, without having to go back to Acad/idw for printing. But I can't get IV to print well directly from an ipt file.

Is this a limitation of the program? its settings? HP printer?

Would appreciate any help.
*Rui
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11-30-2003 04:12 PM in reply to: elucero
I've never printed from sketch geometry.

All I've done in the past is made an extrusion (1mm, 2mm, whatever) and the
placed the solid in the drawing.

That way all is fine when printing. Your problem is probably because sketch
geometry is not a solid line as IV sees it. (Solid as in belonging to a
solid feature).

--
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Rui
www.cadmais.pt


"elucero" wrote in message
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> Thanks a lot for the replies Wolfe and Roger.
> Wolfe, when you print the ipt file this way, does your plot turn out with
the same quality as a plot from an idw or dwg file?
>
> Mine turns out with soft (not crisp) lines, especially on those geometries
which are apparently computed by the program, like circles, ellipses,
polygons, etc.
>
> I am printing with an HP laser printer and it has always printed all idw
or dwg files clearly.
>
> I was hoping that I can do my 2d plotting on IV altogether, without having
to go back to Acad/idw for printing. But I can't get IV to print well
directly from an ipt file.
>
> Is this a limitation of the program? its settings? HP printer?
>
> Would appreciate any help.
>
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elucero
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Registered: ‎12-11-2003
Message 7 of 17 (473 Views)

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11-30-2003 05:49 PM in reply to: elucero
Hello Rui,

I also think this is the case. So it seems to get a clear/crisp print of a sketch, you do have to pass it through idw as a solid first.

Thanks again.
*Wolfe
Message 8 of 17 (475 Views)

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11-30-2003 08:58 PM in reply to: elucero
My plotter is HP Laserjet 5100, the dimension may be not very clear

depending on the plot size.

You may have to experiment with the background colors

to get a good plot.

Have no problems here otherwise.

 

Hoping this will help.

 

Wolfe



style="PADDING-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; BORDER-LEFT: #000000 2px solid; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px">Thanks
a lot for the replies Wolfe and Roger.

Wolfe, when you print the ipt file this way, does your plot turn out with
the same quality as a plot from an idw or dwg file?

Mine turns out with soft (not crisp) lines, especially on those geometries
which are apparently computed by the program, like circles, ellipses,
polygons, etc.

I am printing with an HP laser printer and it has always printed all idw or
dwg files clearly.

I was hoping that I can do my 2d plotting on IV altogether, without having
to go back to Acad/idw for printing. But I can't get IV to print well directly
from an ipt file.

Is this a limitation of the program? its settings? HP printer?

Would appreciate any help.

*Harvey, Roger
Message 9 of 17 (475 Views)

Re:

11-30-2003 09:19 PM in reply to: elucero
A print of a thin solid and the sketch are not always the same. The sketch
method (see my other posts in this thread) will be better at times. It will
depend on what sketch details are important. Both methods will give the
same print quality. The top image in the attachment shows the sketch copied
and pasted to an .idw and the bottom image is of a thin extrusion.
Contributor
elucero
Posts: 13
Registered: ‎12-11-2003
Message 10 of 17 (475 Views)

Re:

12-02-2003 09:25 AM in reply to: elucero
Hi Roger,
Your method produces the clear prints I need. Too bad, you have to go through this roundabout way.

Thnx for the tip.
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