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Bob La Londe  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, November 02, 2016 9:47:42 AM(UTC)
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Bob La Londe

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I watched Tim's video on textures, but it appears its just an optical affect for appearance. I'd like to know if there is an easy way to do a general over texture that actually changes the shape of the solid model.

Brick pattern, cobblestones, scales, etc. Something I can actually cut when I take it from CAD to CAM. In most cases I would be applying this to fairly complex "organic" shapes.

I know some "tricks" like mapping lines to surfaces and engraving them to get some simulated affects, but I'd like to get the actual shape instead. Another is to create a pattern of lines, do offsets, and create closed shapes which can be over or under machined. Again its a trick to sort of get there, but not quite. Its also quite tedious.

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Tim Olson  
#2 Posted : Wednesday, November 02, 2016 10:13:46 AM(UTC)
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>>Brick pattern,

Have you seen this video?

https://youtu.be/EiRIkJT0zjI

I've got some guys using this tool to create stamps as well from black/white images.

>>I would be applying this to fairly complex "organic"
You can close or extrude the shape, but I do not have a wrap or map. That would be pretty cool.

Tim

Edited by user Wednesday, November 02, 2016 10:16:48 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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Bob La Londe  
#3 Posted : Thursday, November 03, 2016 10:19:34 AM(UTC)
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That is an option. CamBam has an image to height map tool as well. It's useful for generation of polylines (silhouette or edge detect) I can project onto a surface or create boundary shapes for some of the other tricks I use, but it still doesn't allow for a real textured polymorphic or organic surface either.

It is a good video. I might use it if my wife ever wants me to make textured wall panels for the doll houses she builds.

I can't use it on my main design computer as the PowerPack I bought for it doesn't include it. I haven't checked the other PowerPack directly from you on the other computer yet.



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