Photo realistic 3D engraving with cnc engraving system High-Z

CNC 3D engraving with PhotoVCarve and CNC Router High-Z / Lithophanes

CNC Photo encarving of Lithophanes

PhotoVCarve. A software which converts your High-Z CNC milling machine into a photo engrave machine! You are immediately able to mill photo engraves as good as a profi in f.e. wood, aluminium, acrylic glass, engrave plastic a.s.o. in a very simple way, whether you use photos from a digital camera or scans. You can even convert simple designed greyscaled pictures into 3D milling data.
Here’s a download of the English test full version with a water mark.

The results are amazing. Here shown 3D relief pictures have dimensions of approx. 100x80mm. This lithophane pictures were engraved with a 0,3mm stylus in a special plastic, which we also have in stock. Time of engrave was down to approx. 45 minutes per picture.

A high resolution picture of approx. 120x80mm took about 1,5 hours. A simple colour picture served the template. Nothing has to be changed in a black and white picture. The result appears first with retral lightning.

Video about milling and engraving of lithophanes and photos in a special plastic.

The result appears first with retral lightning. Lighted from scratch it is unimposing and uncomly. Move the curser over the picture for picture change! This excerpt shows the result of milling. Portraits, landscapes, animals. Engrave your favourite motive.

Click here to access the video guide of PhotoVCarve and creating Lithophane.

That’s the direct way to a video manual of PhotoVCarve and creating of lithophanes.

That’s the direct way to a product description of the software PhotoVCarve as a PDF format.

That’s the direct way to a list including all available post processor.

Finest structures are visible on engrave pictures down to the last detail as well as on real photos. This technology was used for hundred of years for working on porcelain etc. The processes were expensive and lavish and today porcelain lithophanes are impossibly dear.

CNC engraving examples for more lithophanes

An example of a finish picture with a mount in red marble, lighted with EL foil

These pictures are a real business idea. Exclusivity, originality and last but not least the effect of lightning picture would inspire your customers too.
Pic 1: Unlighted on day.
Pic 2: Lighted on day.
Pic 3: Lighted at night.

3D Picture engraving in different materials

The material choice for engraving of photos which should not be backlit is versatile: wood, brass or engrave plastic

Pic 1: Special engrave plastics create a screen similar effect.

Pic 3: A high resolution picture of milling tracklines which only limits bright and dark.

This two portraits were milled in different wood arts. You can also achieve wonderful results in metals like brass and aluminium.

CNC encarving in acrylic glass

Engraving of photo in acrylic glass

Here shown pictures unfortunately don’t express the 3D effect and the brilliancy of the original. The original photo depicting two kids was scanned and converted in a millable file by VCarve and afterwards engraved in Röhm acrylic glass with a 0,3mm router.

Pic 4: Finished picture backlit with four LED. 6mm Acrylic glass.

A high resolution picture of milling tracklines which causes more or less reflection of put in lightning because of different absorbtions.


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