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Print to hpgl file?

Print to hpgl file?

Print to hpgl file?


Is it possible to print a drawing to a HPGL/HPGL2 file using Catia alone?

Pardon my ignorance but I am not an engineer or versed in Catia - I work in the Information Systems department.

RE: Print to hpgl file?

My guess it should be, since hpgl and hpgl/2 are the most widely supported plotter formats in the world. Every CAD system I have used has supported HPGL.

Ben Loosli
CAD/CAM System Analyst

RE: Print to hpgl file?

Yes you can,
I am assuming your talking V4 catia.

just tried it a few days ago.
not at work now, so here is what I remember.
im not a computer sys person here, but try my best to figure this stuff out.

you will need to set up another plotter config file.
then once in catia you select this new plotter and it
will send it to the specified file.

The plotter config files are text files.

I believe that your plotter config files are in your home/catadm/adm/pltcfg.  there may be several different locations for these plotter config files due to multiple

I took our plotter config file for our normal plotter, made a new copy of this file and edited it slightly.
such lines as
*name HPGL2
*EXPORT HPGL2      (HPGL didn't work for me)

then looked at the tif plotter file configuration and copied someof that near the bottom where it outputs to a file, instead of sending it to the plotter.
changed the catout.tif to catout.hpgl2

delete or comment out the line where it would send it to the plotter. this would be a lpr line of somesort.

the info for the tif is posted in this forum.

RE: Print to hpgl file?

I will copy and paste my config file Monday, if I don't forget.

Or list your email, and I can email it to you.

RE: Print to hpgl file?

/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------
/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------
/ ------------------------------------------  10 CHARACTERS PLOTTER NAME
/ --------------------------------  45 CHARACTERS PLOTTING PANEL COMMENT
/ ------------------------------  2 TYPES : PEN_PLOTTER OR ELECTROSTATIC
/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------
/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------
*SCD 1.
*NBP 255
*NPI 400
*DIM  -1. 890
*RAN 257 512
/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------
/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------
/ --------------------------- Plotter connected on the lp0 printer queue
if [ -s $CATOUT  ]
#   qprt -P lp0 $CATOUT
    cat $CATOUT > $HOME/toprint
   echo " the file $CATOUT doesn't exist , check your traces"
/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------
/ ----------------------------------------------------------------------
export CATOUT

RE: Print to hpgl file?

Thanks rickyt that should do the trick!

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