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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by curious aardvark View Post
    first off - for 3d printing you'll have to start thinking in millimetres.
    I'll need links to the designs you want to use.
    No links in any of your posts. So while you keep mentioning the punisher - no actual pictures or links to the part you want printed.
    Still trying to work out how you can keep design after covering it in resin and turning the surface detail off.
    When I cover it in a clear resin the detail will be inside there resin and protected. I just want the detail to be 3D but not touchable or textured. When I lathe and sand down the resin it should be close enough to the 3D design so that people can actually see it come out a little. It will be small but noticeable. It's a pen. so when someone picks it up they will be close enough to see it.
    Ok to give you a much better idea of what I'm trying to do......Lets try the easier Phoenix one first then.

    As far as dimensions and thicknesses:
    Pen Mechanics.JPG
    Example Casting Resin
    Phoenix Picture For 3D Purpose Pen

  2. #12
    Super Moderator curious aardvark's Avatar
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    Right here is where we hit the problems.

    What you have there is a flat 2 dimensional picture.
    You could print it out on glossy photo paper, glue that to a barrel, and cover that with your resin before turning. That would look pretty good.

    What you do not have is a 3d printable model.
    Also the vast majority of 3d prints are monochrome - bicolor at best.

    Turning a full color 2d photo into a printable monochrome model is ridiculously complicated and requires someone with a lot more artistic talent than I have.
    Have a look through thingiverse:
    Those are all 3d printable models.

  3. #13
    The old Zcorp software [now 3DSystems] allowed you to wrap a colour image around a part and print in full colour [in gypsum]
    Several software packages have the feature to create a 3D relief from a 2D image. You can then wrap that mesh around a fixed diameter.


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    Super Moderator curious aardvark's Avatar
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    but to create the 3d relief from a full colour 2d photo, needs special software and you do it by hand. You can automatically create a 3d relieaf based on depth fields applied to different colours, but it's not easy or automatic.

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