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HuntleyBill

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06-07-2017 09:10 PM

I have recently built my CNC router and have had several people ask me if i could use a picture of their pet and carve it onto a piece of wood. Below is an example of what I would like to do. The left image is a picture and the right is the CNC carving.

What I am trying to figure out is what software (or softwares) I need to do this. Has anyone tried this? Are there tutorials for this? I am using the trial version of PhotoVcarve but that only engraves images.

Your suggestions would be very helpful.
Thank you
Bill

-- If you think you can, or think you can't...your right!


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ArtMann

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#1 posted 06-08-2017 01:36 AM

You are going to have to be very talented indeed to recreate an image like that in 3-D no matter what software you are using. The only way I would be able to do it is to use a 3-D scanner.

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HuntleyBill

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#2 posted 06-08-2017 02:43 AM

Thank you Art. Autodesk Artcam can do this if you can afford $360 a year. The tutorial to complete that exact dog took 20 min. Problem is, I’m not a professional shop. I do this as a hobby for friends and family. $369 is kinda steep for us hobbyists.

So, I was hoping there was an alternative.

-- If you think you can, or think you can't...your right!

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#3 posted 06-08-2017 02:54 AM

Shows $180/yr for me but that is no doubt a sale price. You’d just have to charge a nominal fee to cover the cost of the software. You’ll also have wear and tear on your router, router bits. And I bet, once your friends show people you’ll be swamped in requests.

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HuntleyBill

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#4 posted 06-08-2017 04:27 AM

that is correct Rick $180 for the fist year and $360 after that.
So…are there no other alternatives? No other software can do what I am looking to do?

-- If you think you can, or think you can't...your right!

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oldnovice

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#5 posted 06-08-2017 06:02 AM

It might take some steep learning but I understand that Fusion 360, free from Autodesk, could do this!
I watched one of the tutorials where the did a relief of California.

Google ”3D carving with Fusion 360” and you will see many examples!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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HuntleyBill

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#6 posted 06-08-2017 02:20 PM

Thank you old novice. I have Fusion 360. You are right that it can 3d carve. A lot of software does. The part I am having a challenge with is finding software that converts a 2d photograph into a file that can be imported into Fusion and carved out on my CNC without having to spend a fortune.

So far, I have not been able to find anything.

-- If you think you can, or think you can't...your right!

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Desert_Woodworker

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#7 posted 06-08-2017 06:35 PM

You may want to post this inquiry on the “Vetric” forum.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#8 posted 06-08-2017 08:36 PM

I think that Vectric Aspire may do what you want.

-- Grant Wilkinson, Ottawa ON

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HuntleyBill

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#9 posted 06-08-2017 08:53 PM

Yes, Vetric Aspire might do it but as I stated previously. Aspire is a $2000 program.
Not exactly feasible for the hobbyist.
I don’t mind having to pay for software but that is a little over the top for me.

What I was hoping to learn here was if there are less expensive alternatives. If anyone else has done what I want to do and what software they use.

-- If you think you can, or think you can't...your right!

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Desert_Woodworker

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#10 posted 06-08-2017 09:20 PM

GW- Aspire will do what he wants. Aspire is not a “point and shoot” as what I see that he wants. Aside from the cost there is a steep learning curve in making a 3-d model.
Again I suggest that this question go to the Vetric forum for the advice that he seeks.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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Rick_M

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#11 posted 06-08-2017 10:22 PM

This looks to be fairly sophisticated programming, I doubt you are going to find a cheap or free version.

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oldnovice

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#12 posted 06-09-2017 12:03 AM

HuntleyBill, I understand now!
Yes, there is a web site that can take photos and convert them to STL files!
Google photo to STL file and you will find a number of resources including resolution, online and/or a downloaded application.
I have only used one (don’t remember which one) for a low resolution carving.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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HuntleyBill

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#13 posted 06-09-2017 01:35 AM

Thank you oldnovice. I will check this out. This sounds like a good alternative.

-- If you think you can, or think you can't...your right!

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Desert_Woodworker

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#14 posted 06-09-2017 01:39 AM

I did the Google search- from what I gathered- Yes but the mesh files created are for 3d Prtinters. I have yet to see how this works for a CNC model. Please expand more-
Respectfully,
Another option is go to “Turbo Squid” and for a fee purchase an individual model- there are many dog models and they even have “Pres Trump” models- just an aside.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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HuntleyBill

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#15 posted 06-09-2017 01:46 AM

Thank you Desert. The idea is to convert a picture on MY dog or YOUR dog. Getting a downloaded dog/cat/bird/goat/whatever is not personalized. People want THEIR dog, not a downloaded clip art version of the breed.

Does this make better sense?

-- If you think you can, or think you can't...your right!

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