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Jeff_Birt
12-19-2006, 01:54 PM
Goz posted some 3d greyscale height mapped images the other day and suggested a few admittingly high-end ($$$) 3d modeling software pacakges that would produce such images. I have been poking around and found the following opensource 3d graphics package.

http://blender.org/cms/Home.2.0.html

A good tutorial on how to produce the greyscale heightmaps is here:
http://mediawiki.blender.org/index.php/Tutorials/Creating_a_Heightmap_from_a_Plane

I was able to produce the following image using an image of a monkey included with the software.

http://web.umr.edu/~birtj/images/monkey.jpg

At this point I know next-to-nothing about this type of software. But it seems like this package can produce the types of images we need and the price is right.

hopuspocus444
07-17-2011, 10:25 PM
hello,
i am interested in carving 3d carvings. im trying to figure out how to do this by importing a picture and transferring it to 3d if this is possible.