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General Category => Suggestions for Future => Topic started by: Steve Fox on May 10, 2015, 02:04:45 PM

Title: Appliques
Post by: Steve Fox on May 10, 2015, 02:04:45 PM

I had no idea where to put this or even what to name it, but this seemed like the best fit.

Over the last couple of months, I have been building an OpenBuild s OX.  I have everythin g complete except the router.  It cuts air like a champ and is much faster than I thought it would be.  It's approxima tely 25" x 38".  I've been designing a grandfath er clock for my daughter and would like to make some wood appliques, for want of a better term.  I attached a couple of pictures of similar objects.

I have been looking all over the internet for some software that would allow me to design these or convert a 2D image to a 3D model so I can make them.  So far, I haven't come up with anything that costs less than $2000 that even comes close.

It appears to me that you are headed in this direction .  Have you considere d adding this capabilit y to Gearotic?

If not or until then, do you have any idea what I could use to do this?

Steve Fox

Title: Re: Appliques
Post by: ArtF on May 10, 2015, 03:20:26 PM
Hi Steve:

   True, software to make these extrusion s ( generally refer'd to as "3d clip art" ) isnt usually cheap. I use Vectric , which comes with
quite a few of them, but many site sell them individua lly..

   This is because there generally is no easy way to go from 2d to 3d, informati on is lacking in the data to effecient ly pull to
3d. Embossing is really what its called..b ut even that doesnt do the operation justice. Most of these are done one by one by humans,
VCarve always used to have tutorials on lofting them from 2d sketches. I may actually get close to the capabilit y.. I never really know
where my investiga tions will take me , so I never say no.
   Id check Google for "3d clip art" , youll find a lot of free ones out there as well...


Title: Re: Appliques
Post by: John T on May 10, 2015, 04:00:41 PM
I do a bunch of these as well.  I find they are often referred to as 2.5 D since they are restricte d to x,y, and z  So if your buying these things as they are very time consuming if you're doing it yourself look for 2.5 D.
There are some really good tutorials in the program I use which is Aspire (a cousin of Vectric)  As you noted programs like Aspire are in the $2000 price range.  A really good program, with good tutorials but Gearotic is coming darn close to matching lots of the features and is way better with gears, ratchets, and specialit y gears.