ronnierozier2 wrote:Thanks guys for the information, im going to try it in a few minutes and see what happens.
Your standing proud carving is absolutely beautiful. I would love to do one like that. I'm donating a basic 2d wooden sign for a friend of mine for his church, I would like to also do something like that for him.
MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND !!!!
"Standing proud" is pretty easy to do, but does take more machining time, as obviously it planes more surface that just the model.
You do them by selecting the entire work area, model and all. If your work area is, say, 10x8", you'd import your model into that ,,, But your actual work piece must be larger, for hold down purposes. I like to give 1" or so all the way around, so I'd need a workpiece of 11x9" to do a 10x8". [I do work with smaller margins, sometimes right up the the screws holding the piece down, but precision placement like this is an art form in itself, so best to allow yourself a little slack].
You then play around with the objects properties, adjusting its height and base height to your satisfaction, or you can just go with default. Run tool paths on the whole thing, check the preview, and you should end up with an object carved right out of the workpiece.
You can then either draw a box around the design and do a cutout profile with an endmill, or better yet, just cut off the waste with a table saw.