Need More than Automatic R2V for AutoCAD?
Designing and coordinating in CAD applications usually requires that you print and share information in analog form. But, paper documents can be disruptive to your digital workflow, often requiring you to redraw the technical plans to accommodate late design changes or changes made on-site. Scanning the marked-up paper originals makes it easier to integrate your project into CAD, letting you save a significant amount of time by not having to redraw.
If you’re an AutoCAD® user, AutoCAD® Raster Design lets you convert raster images into DWG™ objects using powerful vectorization tools. When you have just a few drawings to convert, you can easily edit, enhance, and maintain scanned drawings and plans in a familiar AutoCAD environment. This lets you make the most of raster images, maps, aerial photos, satellite imagery, and digital elevation models.
The AutoCAD® website lists the following features in Raster Design:
Timesaving image display features – Use a wide range of image data with raster-to-vector conversion software. Embed images, insert and export images, and display image subsets with a polygonal mask boundary.
- Image editing and cleanup – Despeckle, bias, mirror, and touch up your images.
- Raster Entity Manipulation (REM) – Use standard AutoCAD commands on raster regions and primitives. Easily erase raster images, lines, arcs, and circles.
- Vectorization tools – Create lines and polylines from raster images, and convert raster files into vector drawings.
- Image transformation functionality – Display and analyze geo-referenced images when AutoCAD Raster Design is used with AutoCAD Civil 3D civil engineering design software and AutoCAD Map 3D mapping software.
What If you Have Many Drawings or Very Complex Drawings?
Regardless of how good an automatic raster converter is, most CAD engineers are not going to want to spend valuable design time scanning and converting many drawings at once. Also, very complex, dirty, or noisy drawings may not convert well using even the best automatic raster to vector converter.
In these instances, it may be better to hire a raster to vector conversion service in order to keep your engineers focused on the task at hand. In fact, you may even want to consider outsourcing the actual scanning of paper drawings as well as the raster to vector conversion.
With 80% of AEC construction being rework, many companies have drawers and drawers of marked up “as-built” paper drawings and/or CDs full of scanned raster images. Either way, bringing those drawings into a digital vector environment for use in CAD is essential in order to avoid the cost and time involved in redrawing.
Unlock the Value of your Archived Drawing Assets
Original plans and drawings can be of great value but often hard to utilize. Using a wide format scanner or hiring a scanning service enables you to integrate the printed material into your digital workflow. Scan plans and drawings from archives, external partners or “as-builts” created on-site.
Scanning bridges the gap from printed originals into valuable digital content required for your workflow.
For instance, you can scan analog originals into AutoCAD to:
- Use in new projects where you need to work with existing analog originals along with new designs.
- Scan “as-builts” into AutoCAD and enhance, vectorize, redraw, change scale, clean up, etc.
- Scan analog archives into a digital file for future integration into Autodesk designs.
- Free up valuable office space by reducing drawing files
- Improve your productivity
Contex offers two scanning solutions designed for AutoCAD users
With the SD3690 you can digitize wide format documents for use in AutoCAD workflows, documentation or for input to new designs.
You will save time and money by handling oversize documents in-house and you will benefit from the unmatched ease of use, consistent high quality —all at an affordable price.
The compact and lightweight design enable you to move the scanner around in the office, close to archiving equipment or printers. The SD3690 fits into small spaces and is very easy to transport.
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The IQ Quattro scanner is networked enabled allowing anyone to digitize wide format documents for use in AutoCAD workflows, documentation or for input to new designs. The unmatched quality of the IQ Quattro means no detail is too small to miss and you will benefit from the best scanner in its class.
Let the Cloud make your day easier
IQ Quattro scanner is Cloud-enabled. The IQ Quattro connects directly to all your preferred Cloud platforms and enables you to send printed plan right where you need them now or save them for later use.
Share the scanner in the hallway or place it right in your office. The IQ Quattro will fit the way you work.
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