ArtEmboss from Delcam plc. in the UK, provides the same functionality
as the Shade Analysis module in Cimagrafi. ArtEmboss automatically
creates a 3D relief model from greyscale image. The relief model can
then be exported as a triangulated STL file (to a user definable
tolerance), toolpaths calculated for manufacture or combined with other
3D model data as a texture or integral design element.
ArtEmboss is being used for,
Design and manufacture of jewellery / medals / coins
Manufacturing scale models of mountain ranges
Mapping satellite information (grid / photos) into relief
Creating complex free-form textures on ceramic tiles
Manufacturing embossing dies for greetings cards
Both products require additional software modules to actually
manufacture anything, the Delcam solution is the lowest price.
Note of caution!
This technology is very primitive and has no intelligence. As a result
the quality of the final product depends upon the quality of the
greyscale image. For example, if a photograph of a person contains
shadow or highlights the 3D relief model will NOT be what you
expect! The brain is very good at resolving these 'grey areas'
I hope this helps.
Tony McKenzie firstname.lastname@example.org
ArtCAM Product Manager
Small Heath Business Park
Birmingham, B10 0HJ Tel +44 (0)121 766 5544
United Kingdom Fax +44 (0)121 766 5511
Web Site http://www.delcam.com
For more information about the rp-ml, see http://ltk.hut.fi/rp-ml/
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