So, unusual post, here is a step-by-step guide to import your Illustrator or Affinity Designer (or any other vector image softwares) designs to sketches into Shapr3D, while keeping the intended scale.
I had myself a big recurring user case on that, and did not see myself recreating them from a JPG picture everytime while I’ve already done a precise design in my vector imaging software. Biiiig time saver, I tell you that.
Simply said, you will export your design into PDF, then make that PDF into a DXF, and then importing it into Shapr3D.
- Make your design under your vector image software, we don’t care which one as long as it can export to vectorized PDFs.
- PREPARATION : Make the intended boolean operations to get the vectors as close as you would like to find them as a sketch in Shapr3D (to merge shapes…). The lines on your vector design will be the lines in the Shapr3D sketch.
- IMPORTANT : have all your design in stroke color only (no fill).
- EXPORT as PDF.
- Download and open QCAD (https://qcad.org). It might work with other CAD softwares, and I have not tested any other.
- Go to FILE > IMPORT and find your PDF file. There, magic will happen, your design will have kept its dimensions. Click somewhere to place the design and save it as a DXF (default file format of QCAD, easy peasy).
- Open Shapr3D, open your design, and import the DXF File. If the design doesn’t show, it probably means you have skipped step 2.
P.S. for the mods of the forum: I didn’t know where to put that guide on the forum, so if you wanna move it, feel free. I mean, you’re the mods