Tech Tuesday: Emboss Texture From Image Using BobART

Posted July 16, 2019 4:36 pm   Published by    BobCAD-CAM ">

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Thank you for joining another edition of Tech Tuesday! Today we are going to walk you through how to add an embossed texture to your images using BobART. This feature is used to add machineable textures to any surface, regardless of the material being used. Whether you are adding a logo to a part or texturing your signs to make them stand out, BobART is your single solution for unique, custom textures. Follow along as we add brick-like texturing to our sample Brick House Pub & Grub sign.
The first thing you are going to want to do is to create your layout for the sign, adding border and text.
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Next, we are going to set up our stock size. You are going to want your stock bigger than your layout. These are the stock settings that I used, yours may vary.
bobart artistic cnc software
Now that our stock is set up the way we’d like it, we can start applying our embossment. There are a total of 8 embossment types, Texture from Image is just one of them.
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In my example, I used 3 regular embossments to create the border and text for my sign.
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In the first window, you can see what my setting looks like. From there, we start adding embossments.
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Now with our basic layout in 3D using embossments, we are going to kick it up a little bit! To take this design to the next level, we are going to import a picture of bricks and incorporate that into our sign’s design. Make sure to apply a boundary to the image so it adds texture only to where you want.
bobart artistic cnc software
Below is our Dialog Box where we will input our parameters. It’s important that you put Merge High under Application Type so the texture doesn’t cover over your lettering.
bobart artistic cnc software
Once you have all your parameters filled out to your satisfaction, hit OK and your embossed texture will appear like our image below. Now our new sign is ready to be machined and delivered to our happy customers over at Brick House Pub & Grub!
bobart artistic cnc software
That concludes today’s example! Follow these steps to a tee and you will be able to easily add machineable textures to any embossed model. BobART is available as an add-on module to any of the milling CAD-CAM software products. It allows you to apply creative artwork to CNC manufactured parts. Thank you very much for reading another Tech Tuesday; see you next week!

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One response to “Tech Tuesday: Emboss Texture From Image Using BobART”

  1. Sean says:

    The video was a help but would also like to see how you would generate tool paths and make the part

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