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 Topic: What File format for Shapeways 2d to 3d tool? Vector Grphics?
What File format for Shapeways 2d to 3d tool? Vector Grphics? [message #147209] Fri, 27 May 2016 04:39 UTC
avatar Starganderfish  is currently offline Starganderfish
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First time doing my own 3D models. I've created 2D art in Illustrator as vector based graphics. I can't seem to get Shapewayws 2d to 3d conversioon tool to work with any vector based files - SVG, EPS, AI, PDF.
If I convert to raster based and upload as a PNG or BMP etc it works fine. However I lose the smooth edges and corners of my vestor image.

Does the conversion tool work with Vector based graphics and if so, what file formats?
If not, what file formats does it work best with and what is the best format to use to maintain sharp details and edges?

[Updated on: Fri, 27 May 2016 04:39 UTC]

Re: What File format for Shapeways 2d to 3d tool? Vector Grphics? [message #147231 is a reply to message #147209 ] Fri, 27 May 2016 06:49 UTC
avatar AmLachDesigns  is currently offline AmLachDesigns
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I cannot help you with this, but you can import svg files directly to Blender (a free 3D modelling package) and manipulate them there.

For example, you can import an image, perform a simple convert to mesh, and then extrude it to be 3D. (There is a lot of online support for this).

Hope this might be helpful, good luck...
Re: What File format for Shapeways 2d to 3d tool? Vector Grphics? [message #147240 is a reply to message #147209 ] Fri, 27 May 2016 07:43 UTC
avatar MrNibbles  is currently offline MrNibbles
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Vector images may not really be necessary if you maximize the number of pixels in an uploaded raster image. It appears that most of the creator tools will accept images up to 2000 pixels in the longest dimension, and one of the tools recommends using at least 400 pixels. So if you are able to convert your vector image directly into a very high resolution raster image you probably won't see any significant stepping in the 3D prints.

As far as what formats work there is usually a question mark symbol you can click on near the input button which will tell you what is allowed. Generally its jpg, png, gif, and bmp formats.

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