When I lent my services to a collegue who was working on a film about 12 years ago, I was introduced to the world of cnc. I remember watching this huge machining centre milling out a slab of mdf and turning it into a fantastic set of gears. I knew that it would have taken me hours to achieve the same thing with traditional power tools. I decided then that I would invest in a cnc router for my own business Oxenham Design. At that time I could turn on a computer, but even to check email seemed like a crazy set of operations. I persevered and learned every piece of relevant software I could get my hands on. I am now fortunate enough to be using Vectric's ASPIRE software, and Techno cnc routers, which has helped us to create some amazing projects, both in part, or in full. I thought that this blog would be a great place to share "behind the scenes" adventures with the software, materials and equipment we use, as well as the projects we build.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Always moving ahead!

I quite often spend alot of time on-line searching for products and equipment that will greatly improve the quality and efficiency of our projects. On the weekend I found a neat piece of software that turns 2 photo's, taken at slightly different angles, into a 3 dimensional mesh. The software, 3D PHOTO SCULPT, has a 30 day downloadable, unrestricted, trial version. It comes with a few sample images that I was able to try it with.
The interface is quite simple and easy to understand. You just load the two images and hit the sculpt button.

The mesh came out quite dense at the preset setting, but you are able to decimate it with a mouse click. The best part is the ability to hit the TILE button and create a fully tile-able texture for use in Aspire.
I tiled this four times with the components set to merge. It looks pretty good. I did no smoothing in Aspire, this was a straight import.

Plus, you can save the displacement map, if you want to use it as an image for import as well.
Check out the link below, I think this has some very unique uses in the cnc world for sure!


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