How to trace a picture or image in catia and converting it into surface or solid



  1. Step 1:

    Open the Catia from the Catia icon

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    Now Go to Start-> Infrastructure -> Real Time Rendering

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    The Real Time Rendering Workbench looks like this

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    Go to -> Insert -> Part

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    Select The Product on the Left Top Corner of the Workbench to insert the part into it

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    The required part is created in the Product as below

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    Expand the Part on the Left Top Corner and Double click on the part to enter into part design workbench

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    Then Go to Start -> Shape -> Generative Shape Design

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    Then select a Plane required to you and click on the sketch tool to enter into the sketch of the required plane

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    Draw a line or curve according to your requirement in the sketcher

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    Exit from the Workbench to enter into the Part design workbench

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    Now click on the extrude tool to extrude the given curve or line to become a surface

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    There opens a window of extrude, then select the profile and give required the dimensions

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    Extend it to your requirement for your image or picture as below

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    After extending it select the plane so as to get the correct orientation.

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    The required surface looks like this.

    And the change the ViewMode to Shading with Material

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    Now Double Click on the Product on the left top corner to enter into the Real Time Rendering Workbench

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    After double clicking on it. It appears like below

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    Now click on the Apply Sticker on the Apply material Tab as below

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    Sticker window appears as below

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    Now click on the browse button which is in four colors on the Image line horizontally on the sticker window and select the picture to which you want to trace and click on open

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    Now click on the Selection on the Sticker window and click on the surface on to which the image has to be projected as below

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    The image is projected on the surface and set the image to required scaling and required position for your convienence

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    Click on Ok on Sticker window

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    The Picture or image looks like below

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    Now double click on the Part in the Product tree to enter into a part design workbench

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    After entering into the surface with sticker looks like this

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    Now click on the sketch tool

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    Now select the plane on to which the sketch has to be drawn

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    After entering into the sketcher, it looks like this

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    Now zoom it to your required for tracing the picture or image

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    Select the spline from the Profile tool Bar and draw the splines on the outline of the picture. And make sure that the continuous single spline cannot make the full required outline sketch. So use more than one spline

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    Now the trim the unnecessary splines to get the required outline. If required use the fillets and chamfers on the sketch

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    Now exit from the workbench by clicking on Exit Workbench tool

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    Hide the surface if you want to hide it by right clicking on it and selecting Hide/show

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    Looks like this if the surface is hidden

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    Now hide the sticker so as to see only your profile. To hide the sticker, right click on the sticker which is in the tree

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    Now if you want to make the traced profile to be a surface make it fill, it you want it to a solid, go to partdesign workbench and then pad it

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    By clicking on the pad in part design workbench and select the profile which you have traced and give the length upto which you wanted

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    The required Part is created according to your requirement

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    Click It worked if you love the tutorial and helpful for you.