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The Bird

Postby boltz » Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:46 pm

Cut in scrap 1 x 12. Half inch 2 flute ballnose HSS, badly resharpened. Still, not bad.

Loving the latest build. Dreaming of vertical arc-fitting. Dipping down into the deeper valleys things slow a little as all those little segments get processed.

-Jim Hart

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Re: The Bird

Postby Randy » Wed Dec 22, 2010 7:17 am

That's a nice bird, Jim. Heron? Is it from an STL or bitmap?

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Re: The Bird

Postby boltz » Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:59 pm

It's a Celtic bird, of some kind. My father scanned it out of a book, and then I brought it into the GIMP and ran a bunch of blurs on it, then I brought it into Blender and used the displacement modifier to create an STL.

I'm trying to develop a style which looks good when cut at higher speeds with bigger bits.

-Jim Hart

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Re: The Bird

Postby Randy » Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:25 pm

Ah, the dark knot fooled me. To me it looked like an eye, and the bird had his beak down on his chest and a heron-y topknot.

Once you've blurred your bitmap, MeshCAM (even the non-Art version) can work with it directly without you needing to create an STL externally. There's a description under Help / Quickstarts in MC's Help pulldown. But I've never used Blender, so maybe it gives more control than MC has directly.

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Re: The Bird

Postby boltz » Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:31 pm

Yeah, I originally started doing it that way, but was looking for more control.

Blender is the most wicked-awesome piece of totally free software that I've ever used, but the learning curve is daunting. The free form 3d modeling tools are amazing.

-Jim Hart
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