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    What do you use for your 3d design, for artistic signage?
    I have Aspire. I also use AutoCAD, Fusion 360, and Lightwave. I use what's easiest or fastest to get the job done

    I believe that Design and Make uses Aspire, as they are part of Vectric.

    Aspire was created specifically for doing 3D relief carvings, and has tools that make it very easy. Most people, though, don't realize that even with the best software, A LOT of artistic ability is required to create really good 3D models.
    Aspire doesn't really do "push and pull" like Fusion does. You can create a shape from a closed vector, sort of like an extrusion. It also has sculpting, where you can smooth and blend things together, or "Draw" in detail.

    With Fusion, your best bet is to use the Sculpt Environment. There you can take basic shapes, and push and pull faces to make them into just about anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ntl View Post
    I'm looking for something to take some of my AI 2d design's and turn them into 3d pieces if possible?
    Dan
    I'll chime in on that statement.
    I too have been working my skills on Fusion 360. But when I need to convert 2D to 2.5D I always go back to CamBam. They have a free 40 use demo if you want to check it out.
    Super easy to turn line art into profiles, pockets, engraves, regions, and 3D profiles. Also has a bitmap heightfield function.
    Although it is technically 2.5D you can rotate the tool paths in 3D to get a good look at what is going on.

    Lately I've found that the jobs I spent hours on in Fusion take me a fraction of the time to start cutting in CamBam.
    Sometimes I import DXF files. Often I just make it all in CamBam. The project I'm working on now was designed in F360. Used F360 to model and test the design but got tired / frustrated of trying to CAM it all in Fusion.
    So this morning I exported the sketch as a DXF. Opened in CamBam and made the fixture and all the tool paths. Had a prototype by this afternoon.
    I'm coming to the conclusion that F360 is great for modeling. But on the CAM side it definitely has all 1 million options for full blown CNC shops. I don't need all that. Not yet anyway. When you are up against that and the Mach3 G-Code works sometimes, I'm taking a pass for now so that I can get some work done. Just how it is for me.

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    Default Re: Any News from FLA on Changes?

    Thanks everyone for the info, a lot to think about..

    Dan



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    Thanks everyone for the info, a lot to think about..

    Dan
    Check out www.MOI3d.com I have been using it for years and I fI find it easy to create 3d objects quickly.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik F View Post
    Check out www.MOI3d.com I have been using it for years and I fI find it easy to create 3d objects quickly.
    Thanks for that. Looks interesting. I'll check that out.
    Watched a few videos. Comment from one video is all I need to spend some time with it.
    "Moi is a great program it s made by the original creator of Rhino 3D"
    Good enough for me.
    Loved Rhino back in the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik F View Post
    Check out MoI, 3D modeling for designers and artists I have been using it for years and I fI find it easy to create 3d objects quickly.
    Do they have a trial version? I don't want to wast money since I think ultimately I'm going to upgrade to Aspire. It's just so expensive, but if it makes 3d design as easy as V-carve pro makes creating tool paths than it's worth every penny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ntl View Post
    Do they have a trial version? I don't want to wast money since I think ultimately I'm going to upgrade to Aspire. It's just so expensive, but if it makes 3d design as easy as V-carve pro makes creating tool paths than it's worth every penny.

    Dan

    Yes, there is a 30-day trial that allows saves. There is also a trial with no expiration, but saves are not allowed. I haven't tried it, but I think I may. I have Aspire, but it's worth looking at another program.

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    Default Re: Any News from FLA on Changes?

    Not to change the subject to much, but there was discussion at one time on here for using epoxy to fix the FLA ills. Here is one persons experience > https://www.cnczone.com/forums/cnc-w...ml#post2273256

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    Default Re: Any News from FLA on Changes?

    MOI3d and Aspire are very different.
    Moi is a 3D modeler. Aspire is a Relief modeler.

    Gerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmgeorge View Post
    Not to change the subject to much, but there was discussion at one time on here for using epoxy to fix the FLA ills. Here is one persons experience > https://www.cnczone.com/forums/cnc-w...ml#post2273256

    Given the size of the beast he's building, it comes as no surprise he is having difficulty. Epoxy leveling is a tricky business at best and one a machine the size of his, it's beyond tricky. I suggested he contact the folks at West Systems for suggestions.





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