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Photos with CNC

Postby BubbaRay » Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:42 pm

Thinking about purchasing a CNC Router setup although I'm still researching as to which one is the simplest to set up, use, and affordable.
I would also like the ability to pull off the router, replace it with a Sharpe or some other kind of pen/ink, import a photo and draw it out using the cnc.
Is this possible?
Anyone doing this?
Suggestions on anything along any of these topics would be much appreciated.
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Re: Photos with CNC

Postby WillAdams » Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:35 pm

Actually, using a pen is the traditional test of the machine: or

and we have a bit about this here: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=346

The problem is these are intended for vector drawings, for images see: and ... for_Images
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Re: Photos with CNC

Postby chilinski » Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:17 pm

I've started doing what I describe as a CNC coloring book approach. I take an image and bring it into Inkscape and trace the image. This gives me an outline of the art and the highlights within it. I then save this as an svg file and bring it into Fusion 360. In F360 CAM, I use the trace tool and select the paths I want traced. I then rout those lines using the S03. Now I sit down and paint between the lines just as though I were coloring a page from a coloring book. Here's one I just completed ... gilant.jpg. There's no reason the router couldn't be replaced with a marker to create the coloring book lines. In theory, I guess, you could create a pocket toolpath for each colored area and use a pen in the CNC to fill the area. This is hardly any different from artists who use a projector to project an image onto a canvas and use that as a guide for painting/drawing so it's not a novel approach. (note: credit Shutterstock for eagle image).
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