DraftSight and Embroidery

CAD… Of all the images those 3 letters conjure up, I’ll bet embroidery doesn’t feature anywhere! Surprisingly though, DraftSight and Embroidery work very well together.

Recently, we had the chance to visit the new 3DEXPERIENCE FabLab based in the Boston Waltham Campus  building. Next to the sewing machines, we saw some amazing embroidered patches with the the Dassault Systèmes logo and the SolidWorks cube.

That got us thinking. Could we design and produce a DraftSight logo patch? If so, could we do this using DraftSight itself to create the embroidery design and then produce the patches using the sewing machine? We set our best people on this task!

The first challenge that they faced was the fact that the embroidery machines generally don’t support directly .dwg and .dxf format. However, the manufacturer design application does allow import of image file formats such as .jpg and .png and as you know, DraftSight can easily produce those file formats.

So, the first step was to come up with a design for the DraftSight patch,  We chose to start with a circular patch.

Once we had the design finalised in DrafSight, we exported it to a .jpg file.  To do this, click on DraftSight logo on the top left of your screen, then select Export, then Export again and finally select .jpg from the drop down list, give your file a name and click Save.

After the file was exported, we opened it in the manufacturers design application, i our case that’s PE-Design Plus.

Once in PE-Plus, we were able to tweak our design further, so we imported the DraftSight logo.

After some minor editing and a cleanup, we arrived at our final patch layout.

We then sent it to the machine for for embroidering…

And we ended up with our final DraftSight patch.

The idea behind this project was to show that DraftSight is not just for Architecture, Engineering or Construction work, it can be used anywhere and by anyone to create all kinds of designs.

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MJ Smyth
The first time I used CAD, it was on a DOS PC with an 8088 processor, 640K of memory and a Hercules Mono Graphics Card... That, well that was a long long time ago. I switched to DraftSight the day it was released and haven't looked back!