This is my first time printing 3D. I did this logo/crest for work and have wanted to do this since I did the art. I only had 1/4 inch Draftboard but I think the results are freaking awesome. I can’t wait to get hold of some thicker blanks to burn on.
Thanks for your advice. I actually left the spots that you see on purpose. The shield has an arc that you can’t see. Part of this was an experiment to see just what I could do and accomplish and what would fail. This was done in a single pass. I have been reading that doing multiple passes actually renders better / cleaner results. Once I get some solid wood I’ll give that approach a shot.
I’m off to bed, but will give you a quick bit of info. We have an amazing community here and I’m sure you’l get better help when everyone wakes up
No, there’s no interface command to align artwork. (There should be though!) If you are talking about a file that has both rastor and vector pieces, you can try saving the aligned file as a PDF and importing int the GUI. The GUI can not process clippaths yet and personally I find PDFs a bit iffy in the GUI sometimes. It is certainly worth trying a PDF first though as you can import the file straight into the interface without having to manually align it.
My typical work flow is to make a master file in my program (Corel). When I’m ready to print it, I save the rastor portions as a PNG with transparency and the cut/score vector pieces as a SVG. I’ve gotten good at alignment and have a few trick I use, so it’s not a real issue for me. Another thing I do when saving my final rastor parts is to combine everything that’s going to be engraved into one last bitmap instead of smaller individual files.
YES! In short, the GUI uses colors to designate different operation in the GUI. If you are familiar with graphics programs, they typically use “layers” to group things together. The GF doesn’t use layers, instead it groups things by colors.
This explains it well.
and here too
You should start by spending time in the “Matrix” tutorial section. It has everything you need to get you started.
kittski Thanks for all the info!! Your a rockstar! I am a Corel user from way back. I started using it when it first came out in 89. I used it for years and years I did patent and journal art along with lots of illustrations and 3D animations for Navy’s Naval Architecture community. I just picked up a Surface Book 2. I’ll have to pick up a copy of Draw and start to reacquaint myself, Illustrator in my opinion is a poor mans Draw. I died a little when they stopped supporting the Mac. Sorry for the lament.
You have produced some killer stuff, I was admiring some of your work in another thread. I will be talking about how you created your fractal inlays I want to do a similar thing with the globe grid in the background of this piece when I do it in actual wood. Thanks again for the information look forward to getting to know you!