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    My first 3D carving on the CNC

    This weekend turned out to be pretty fun...

    I've been testing some software a guy's writing to work with height maps and generates g-code to carve out 3D stuff... Yesterday was the first time I got to try it (and my first 3D cutting ever!)

    Check it out:

    Jason Beam
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    I'm really looking forward to doing some 3d stuff on mine. Need to figure out a good software for drawing my own. Does the phlatscript plugin do 3d contour exports?
    Darren

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    Not that i've seen - tho, i kinda gave up on phlatscript a long time ago and it may have been updated.

    This was just a photoshop file, turned to grayscale and tweaked a little to get a height map out of it then run through this "pre alpha" software to test. He'll be releasing it fairly cheaply (like around $50 or so) - and will be looking for beta testers
    Jason Beam
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    Now that's cool. Can you share the image you used? Just thought it would be interesting to help understand some of the issues you had.
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    Wouldn't mind giving it a try if he is at some point.

    I came across a program called AccuTrans 3D that looks to do a pretty good job of converting files to various formats. Can export the Collada (*.dae) files from Sketchup, open them with AccuTrans 3D and export to other types. Currently I'm testing it with CamBam. Other than having to re-scale the objects to the original size and change the X axis 90 degrees in CamBam, seems to work well for creating 3d profiles.

    The AccuTrans 3D has a 30 day trial, but seems to be "honor ware", but is only $20 to get rid of the nag screen.
    Darren

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    Brent - i sure can ...

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    It's a slightly simplified version of my logo i designed like 15 years ago ...
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    Jason Beam
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    The curves are impressively smooth on the finish cut, I was expecting to see a lot more side-side roughness. I really don't need to watch these they make me want a CnC machine

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    That helps a lot. I can definitely see what you were talking about in a couple of areas.

    Thanks!

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