There’s been some good .STL manipulation tips in this week.
The first one is called stl_tools, and it’s a Python library to convert images or text to 3D-printable STL files. The examples shown are quite impressive, and it even does a top notch job of taking a 2D company logo into 3D! We can see this being quite handy if you need some quick 3D text, and either don’t use CAD, or really just need a one click solution. Now if only .STLs were easier to edit afterwards…
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A page I found while trying to convert a 2d image to 3d was https://thelab.o2.com/2013/08/3d-printing-the-labs-logo/
I found it because I couldn’t quite get png23d to work for me. After reading their page I was able to get the output I was after.
Lena – November 1972 Playboy centerfold
Now we know why they printed it in 3D: http://bit.ly/1fmTZH0
Google found a better pic: http://bit.ly/GRQVnd
In case you need a good sample for your image manipulation purposes ;)
When I was doing computer vision class, I never realized who Lena was, even though her picture was used basically in every example. Now it all makes sense…
no no no this does the same crappy job as every other tool. ie artcam vectric etc etc.
Zsurf does the same job but exports 3d NURBS surfaces (.igs files) that you can easily import and tinker with in your CAD program.
I highly recommend!
I’ve been using embossify.com to convert my images to STL. Its online, its free, and its good enough for what I want.
As far as I know the best tool for doing this is http://www.selva3d.com.
It’s done only in a single step, without need to download any software and it’s free
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