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Intermediate Scan & Sculpt

  • Machine Type:
    Other Machine
    Other Controller
    Machine Time:
    2.5 hours
    Bit or Laser Size:
    6 mm ballnose (D) for roughing, 2 mm ballnose for finishing
    Feeds & Speeds:
    1500 mm/min, 20000 rpm
    Wood (in the video American Maple)
    Scan someone's head in 3D with an iPhone and then CNC machine a wooden sculpture with the DeskProto 3D CAM software.

    In order to CNC machine a sculpture of a living person you need to first obtain a 3D scan of that person. So far that has not been easy, as not many people have a 3D scanner. We found that this is no longer true: all recent iPhones are equipped with a 3D scanner: its Face ID feature.

    This video shows how to scan a head, using the EM3D app from the Apple App Store. Next it shows how to create toolpaths for a 4-axis CNC milling machine, using the DeskProto 3D CAM software. Next the milling process is shown: rotary toolpaths in maple wood, and finally the resulting bust sculpture.

    Rotation axis machining is possible only in the Multi-Axis edition of DeskProto.
    Subtitles are available and can be switched on, in English and in Dutch.


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  1. Mark Carew
    One of my favorites! Thanks Lex :thumbsup:
    1. LexLen
      One of mine too :)
      LexLen, Jan 27, 2023
      Mark Carew likes this.
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