Making a 3d image from a 2d image

I have an image that I need to convert to a 3d file to carve for my unit. I have V-Carve but know I cannot use it to transform the image. Can anyone suggest a program, besides aspire, that I can use? Something free would be great.

You can give @JeremySimmons software a shot. 3D depthmap sotware

See if this meets your needs.

MeshCAM Art will allow one to assign heights/depths to different colours in a pixel image.

List of other options at: https://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/CAM#Images (the one which @MichaelColey listed should be on the commercial software page).

If you’re stuck with Easel, then convert to vectors, then play with the heights.

If you’re using vcarve, use pocket toolpaths
source vector svg file