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    letters and numbers 3d looking

    https://youtu.be/pc-uHGVW3Sc machining out large letters and numbers 7/8 thick looks like 3 d
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    What is the difference between "3d looking" and 3-D? Those letters are obviously three dimensional.

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    these are not 3 d cut, to me 3d cut is the machine going back and forth carving it out, here I cheated used a v90 bit first the a 1/4 end mill to cut it out
    Gives the letter a bolder look more robust 3D
    I could be wrong but I liked it

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    I think they look fantastic an appreciate the time you took for the video. I always enjoy watching your videos.
    Sometimes I just want to look at pretty pictures,... Thats when I go to the Turners Forum

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    I think you did a fine job and relief letters/numbers like those can be both useful and marketable.
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    thanks everyone, that was my second time to use the full length of the table

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Mann View Post
    What is the difference between "3d looking" and 3-D? Those letters are obviously three dimensional.
    Think about a statue, it is machined 360 degrees which is 3D. The letters that Stan machined are called two and a half D in the CNC world.

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    You are thinking in terms of Vcarve versus Aspire and the difference in toolpaths. I'm thinking in terms of what a customer would think. Only someone who is familiar with cutting by CNC machine would make that distinction. Just ask someone on the street whether those are 3-D letters and see what they say.

    Vcarve provides many ways to cut out letters, either individually as you have done, or as part of a solid background.

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    Those numbers are in fact 3D even though in a CAD/CAM world they would be considered to be made using 2.5D toolpathing. But they are most definitely three dimensional letters. When I chuck up a sharpie in an ER32 collet and draw some lines on a sheet of paper or cardboard, or cut some letters with the dragknife... then THAT is 2D lol
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    Here is a photo of one of the very first projects I did with my Stinger I. I used Vcarve Pro and a Vcarve toolpath. It really isn't very good. I have learned a lot about masking and painting since then. However, a lot of people have commented on how much they like our "3-D" sign.

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    Looks nice to me!!
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    Nice Job Stan, If I remember correct you have a Online Store you should link it in the video.

    I wanted to Chim in on the 3D debate, Keith is dead on with his answer.

    A good explaination by ShopBot is Below
    http://www.shopbottools.com/mProducts/3-d_work_v2.htm
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    Run time is another factor. You were cut out and done a lot faster than if you used true 3d tool paths with the small bit step overs needed for a good finish.

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    Anyone who has used a CNC router for any length of time knows the difference between 2.5-D and 3-D cutting. However, nobody else does. What is more, nobody else cares. It is obvious that you can cut out 3-D objects using a 2-D toolpath. The distinction is artificial to most people.

    If I were going to cut and sell those letters, I would advertise them as 3-D and I would not be lying.

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