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gpal
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Newbee question

Post by gpal » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:45 am

Hello,
I am familiar with the 4 axis mills used in the jewelry business and interested in the Shapeoko CNC router for wood. My question is can the Shapeoko cut out a bas relief of my drawing of the dog head posted? I would like to do wall ornaments of animals I draw.
Thanks in advance, George
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Re: Newbee question

Post by WillAdams » Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:15 pm

Yes, given a suitable 3D model converted to G-Code, that sort of thing can be cut, so long as there are no undercuts (or if one sources a suitable endmill for undercuts and a CAM tool which can model them and G-Code which allows them).

You'd need to convert the drawing into a grayscale height/depth map and use a tool such as the Carbide 3D texture feature, or model it in 3D.
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gpal
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Re: Newbee question

Post by gpal » Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:47 pm

What programs are suggested for creating the G Code for this and what program reads the the G Code for Shapeco machines? All of my drawings are from a sculpting program called ZBrush.
Thanks again in advance ,George

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Re: Newbee question

Post by rowiac » Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:22 pm

A free solution would be to use Fusion 360 to create the gcode. ZBrush can export a file format that Fusion can read (.STL or .STEP for example) and the Manufacture tab in Fusion would be used to create the 3D toolpaths. There is a bit of a learning curve though, but there are lots of tutorials available on line.

A paid (expensive) solution would be to use Aspire or Carveco. Again there would some learning curve involved.

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