Turn Digital Images into 3-D Models with CAD/CAM

VX Corporation, the pioneering developer of advanced, integrated CAD/CAM solutions for engineers and industrial designers, announces a powerful new function that lets product designers import and use digital images for defining 3-D models.

VX Corporation, the pioneering developer of advanced, integrated CAD/CAM solutions for engineers and industrial designers, announces a powerful new function that lets product designers import and use digital images for defining 3-D models. Digital images, which can be any of the popular bitmap image file types (jpg, bmp, gif, png, etc), are converted instantly upon import into editable CAD geometry. Digital images are “raster” data, that is to say it only describes a picture in terms of pixels (dots of color). A CAD system on the other hand requires “vector” data (lines and arcs, etc.). VX can import an image and translate it into a 2-D vector drawing in one operation. It’s fast and done in seconds. The imported geometry goes into a VX sketch and from there can be expanded into 3-D by extruding, revolving or sweeping. What is extremely impressive is that the sketch is not required to be parametised in any way. Users do not have to add any dimensions or geometric constraints. Also, the data does not have to be separated into multiple sketches. Users can produce multiple 3-D shapes using just the one sketch object—it couldn’t be easier.