What is Autotrace and what is used for?

This is a tutorial for autotrace, you can found it in any SolidWorks versions

  1. Step 1:

    Well, we start with this picture found on internet

  2. Step 2:

    Then we activate the add-in, we click "tools - add-ins" and select "autotrace"

  3. Step 3:

    Then we open a new sketch and insert the picture using "tools - sketch tools - sketch picture"

  4. Step 4:

    When we insert the image, in the options panel, appears some arrows to follow autotrace steps

  5. Step 5:

    When we click next, we have some tools for image treatment, like area selection, show a preview, show trace geometry, adjust luminosity, image contrast, color tolerance and recognition tolerance, this are useful to filter the lines we want for our sketch

  6. Step 6:

    Then select the area to begin the new trace

  7. Step 7:

    Finally we see that the trace are automatically generated

  8. Step 8:

    Just click accept to have the new sketch geometry

  9. Step 9:

    Even is a automatic tool is not perfect, this depends on picture quality, contrast, size, and other factors