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  • Greyscale to 3D Software Needed

    I have an idea for a project that would involve taking greyscale images and creating 3D reliefs from them (basically take a headshot of a person, turn it into a greyscale image, and then use that to try and create something that looks like a nickel). If I can find something that would create a 3d file like a .stl or a .iges file that would be terrific.

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    Cam Bam will create the g-code from a greyscale image to carve a relief.

    example:

    Last edited by Evan; 03-12-2009, 10:30 PM.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Evan
      Cam Bam will create the g-code from a greyscale image to carve a relief.
      V-Carve is another product that does the same thing:

      http://www.vectric.com/WebSite/Vectr...c_features.htm

      3D Grayscale Machining

      PhotoVCarve automatically converts a grayscale image into a 3D height map that can then be carved.
      The example below shows how the grayscale image for a 3D model can be converted to a 3D height map and machined using a Ball nose cutter.

      "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did."

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      • #4
        CamBam Standard is free.
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        • #5
          Vectric's PhotoVCarve almost gets it right but the tool paths generated are all straight line, sort of makes your images look like a fuzzy TV picture. Cambam looks interesting. I met Andy at the Austin Maker Faire year before last and really liked him. Very dedicated to his project.

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          • #6
            Something I will be working on sometime this year is a plugin for CamBam that will generate spiral heightfields of photographic content. A spiral produces a much smoother surface for many 3D shapes because it has less visibly discrete steps than a sequence of parallel lines. It also is harder to discern most types of aliasing that can be a serious problem with an orthogonal array.
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