Or you could get plans and make a copy carver. There are free plans and pay plans out there. These look like they are 3d to me, and I've seen a lot smaller.
Ah. I think that is one reason sandpaper was invented. I have an iggle above the door of my corporate headquarters. It is flat, mainly because I wanted it flat. But I would have no problem with shaping it with sandpaper, and whatever else I needed to shape it. If I screwed it up, I'd just make another, and start over. Then I could say that "I" did it.Sorry I am not doing a good job of explaining this. I don't want to copy an existing item. I want to start with a picture and turn that into a carved "half piece".
I only need one side shaped and the other side flat so I can attach it to a box.
I have used my scroll saw and cut out shapes for boxes. The shape has 3 dimensions but I can't change those dimensions across the piece.
What I have done, for example, is find a side view picture of a bird on the internet, print the picture, transfer that to a piece of wood, and cut it out with my scroll saw but The bird shape will be the same thickness across the entire piece of wood.
I want to be able to have his belly or bill etc. be thinner or thicker than the rest of the shape. I want to produce what Theo has in his last picture of the eagle but not copied from another piece.
Thanks I will do that.Charlie - look up some Intarsia patterns for your scroll saw. You cut out the component pieces and shape them individually before recombining as you glue them to a substrate. They are not as hard to do as you might think, and can be very effective.
You can check on Facebook Marketplace, and Craig's List to see if any used ones are for sale in your local area. There are a few around here right now and I'm sure there are other ones available elsewhere.As CNC becomes more and more popular people will upgrade and maybe I will slide a used unit in the shop when Mama is not looking.
I think you are right. I am afraid I have spent too much time watching Youtube sales videos that make CNC look easy. I need to get out to the shop and work on what I do know how to do.The most important thing, which few people realize, is that going from your picture to a 3D object is not easy, even with a $2000 software package.
It takes a lot of skill and artistic talent to create good 3D models for carving. Not to mention a lot of time.
The vast majority of quality carvings you see are likely models that were purchased, rather than created by the user.
Very nice work..Charlie, hopefully not completely dissuaded. I find the process of doing CNC patterns and integrating them into my projects a ton of fun. But it will depend on what your expectations are and the willingness to spend time on the software and hardware. A hobby machine is a hobby machine. I have a ~2K hobby machine made mostly of plastic. I do not expect it to run like a 10K or 5K machine but at the end of the day it provides me with the 3d (2.5d actually) carved piece that I programmed into the machine. Early on I used other peoples patterns but now I make all my patterns from scratch.
It taken me about 6 years to get at this stage of pattern making and I will call myself an advanced beginner. It is not easy making 3d objects from 2d images most times (sometimes you do get lucky).
I use Blender 3d (free) and Zbrush (not free) to make my 3d models and then export as STL to my cnc software to create the patterns. I also use grey scale depth map images sometimes for different reasons. Not all 3d models make good cnc patterns. The learning curve is steep but not insurmountable since I am an example a monkey can learn with enough time.
Nice work, Oscar!!I find the process of doing CNC patterns and integrating them into my projects a ton of fun.