How to Convert 2D Images into 3D STL Files

14 0 Beginner
There are several ways to create 3D models from BMP images. This tutorial explains how to do this by converting a BMP file to an STL file. The following content was taken from Stratasys' Resources Center

How to convert 2D BMP images to 3D STLs?

1 0 Intermediate
The basic principle is to take a regular 2D image (in BMP format) and translate the image’s gray shades into a 3D height map (Figures 1 and 2). The two-dimensional array (i.e. color) of each element is interpreted as a height value in order to store information on the height of each point. For example; the white points are flat, the gray points are higher and the black points are the highest. The following steps in this procedure were accomplished using Microsoft® Paint image viewing software and Materialise® Magics STL editing software, and make reference to the menu options in those applications. Other similar software programs may be used to accomplish this procedure.

Tutorial: how to easily produce a picture to upload with your model

0 0 Beginner
Most of the CAD systems provide a command to save as an image the current view. Usually, this command is available in the "save as" menu or in the option menu