Machine: Shapeoko Pro XXL
Software: Carbide Create, and simple Art Programs on Laptop.
I hope this thread finds you all doing well.
OK. I have a rudimentary understanding of the Modeling feature in our CC program (laying in shapes and applying the supplied features) but now I’d like to move forward to more complicated work such as animals and other overlapping geometries that go beyond making a single concaved/convexed shape. I tried to find a thread solely dedicated to the information I’m looking for (see thread title) and couldn’t find it, and so I created one
The Thread Topic says it all…
I am looking to push my CNC Skillset to the next level. Been trying to learn the 3D side of Carbide Create but don’t know where to start.
** I can’t seem to find any vids with comprehensive instructions for the 3D side of Carbide Create and how to efficiently use it.
** I’d like to source “Greyscale 3D Height-maps” and learn how to port them into Carbide.
** I’d also like to learn how to “Create my own” Greyscale BMP height-maps but can’t seem to find any instruction Vids on the topic.
Any direction/incite on the above regarding program software
&/or recourses is highly appreciated
I thank in advance all those who will respond.
Be blessed and stay safe.
Interesting. I see that you used two different terms. Grayscale & Height map. I thought they were one in the same thing.
Would you mind sharing what the differences between the two are?
Are there any classes that I may take to learn more about them?
Thank you so much for the info and the thread links Will.
And that’s just it. What little I could find on the subject were threads with ppl asking about a specific project they were doing at that particular time (great if I’d like to know about making a ramp, or a tray). Id have to visit multiple different threads and fish through the conversation hoping to get an Idea of something. But I found no thread centered exclusively on the topic of 3D work itself explaining “The How” on using Carbide on your CNC for 3D work.
Also, I’ve seen those vids, but they move too fast, and nothing is explained in simple terms. where I can follow along and learn
I guess what I’m looking for is a comprehensive with explanation as to why I am doing what I am doing while I follow along step-by-step.
Since modeling is the primary feature that makes folks pay for CC…why not spend the few days it would take to document the features? The spreadsheet I started (referenced early in the thread) is not a positive thing…it was the result of frustration and confusion. To my knowledge, there is still no where that describes exactly what the parameters do and how they interact - and that my thread is still being referenced is not really a great sign.
Seems that there is still confusion out there. “If one command doesn’t work, try another” is actually a little maddening. Certainly someone who knows the math behind the parameters could describe them in a way that is understandable - and support it (in the same place) with examples of how they interact to create different results and give them the foundation to understand the YouTube videos of more complex techniques…rather than ask a paying customer to trial-and-error to get things done.
So is Photoshop. Still, Adobe puts out standard manuals and online step-by-step tutorials - with full explanation of each feature - to get users started in a consistent manner - fully understanding that the learning process continues afterwards and that people will use other books, references, youtube videos, etc. to master their craft.
I draw a lot of parallels with Photoshop - creatives use it, as do engineers. There are lots of levels of users and TONS of resources for learning. Plus, the price is about the same for an annual renewal (PS is actually a little less).
My goal is to help…not hurt. I think it would not take long for someone who fully understands the math behind the parameters to document them in a way that the average user could utilize. That’s not a lot of work…25 hours, not 25 years. Then, maybe more people would invest in the pro version?