I thought it would be nice to have a specific place for people to post any 3D carves that they have done. Lets see what crazy 3D stuff people are up to.
@SamAlaimo has a pretty great one here:
To kick the posting off, I'll share my fist complex 3D carve as well.
Using scrap wood (kindling/off cuts), I first repurposed them by cutting them to 1" by 11" strips and then laminating them to create a block that I could mill out. Next I machined the top and bottom to make them parallel and level.
Next I downloaded data from BlueMarble (NASA satellite data) and combined it into an image that I could use to create a 3D extruded model of New Zealand and it's surrounding ocean bathymetry.
I loaded this 3D model into MeshCam Pro and set up the tool paths, clamped down the new block of wood, loaded the g-code into UGS and started to carve.
In the images you can see a few holes... this is due to one of the Y belts breaking and letting the Y-axis slop a bit during the carve. It broke because I must not have tightened the GT2 pulley set screws tight enough and it traveled sideways on the shaft of the stepper motor. This in turn caused the belt to wear out quickly without me noticing. On top of that, having pretty thin walls on the 3D model didn't help the situation much either.
Here are some pics of the project:
From Scrap to workable piece.
Putting my new clamps to good use:
Carving in progress.
Close-up of the roughing phase of the carve.
The final piece.
Pretty good detain came across from the 3D model that I made.
Really thin walls.