Converting 2D images to 3D STL files

Back about May when I unboxed my Nomad, I spent the first couple weekends working on converting 2D images to STL files and developed a quite lengthy/convoluted process that included multiple programs.

Tonight I found this little gem.

Have fun!


Out of curiosity, If your end goal is to machine the image, what is the difference between that and doing the image to gcode workflow through meshcam?


Yes, exactly, and after you’ve imported and sized a bitmap in MeshCAM, there is a Save as 3D button and you can export directly as an STL for re-loading later. The “Faster but larger” option saves the STL pixel-for-pixel from the image, “Slower but smaller” does a smoothing approximation based on a tolerance value you input.