The mountain panorama is created from real world elevation data.
The door sign is then created using a CNC mill
Step 1: Tools and materials
- A CNC milling machine (I've built this one)
- Mountain elevation data (I used a segment of the east alps where I live: the "Wettersteingebirge")
- Material to mill the sign in
If your CNC milling machine is not strong enough (as mine):
- some sort of dense foam
- some mold making material (I used natural rubber)
- some pouring mass (I used the ceramics-like pouring mass "ARTIDEE Artestone" )
Step 2: Creating the 3D-Model
In a first step I created a 3D-Model of the elevation data of the mountains I had, so I can work with it in blender.
I used elevation the data from http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org/dem3.html
First open the hgt file with 3dem, then file->save Terragen file.
Open the resulting terragen file TerraConv (might take some time), then export and save.
voila, you've a heightmap:-)
(There might be a simpler, more direct way, but I didn't find any tools for that.)
Now the height map can be imported into blender, by following the steps in this tutorial:
Now choose a view for your panorama, the screenshot in the images shows the panorama I chose (that's basically the panorama you see, from where I live +800 height meters).
I exported the view as another heightmap (from which one can easily create gcode for the cnc mill) by following this tutorial:
(basically it's a shader less rendering, where only the z-axis is used as input)
The result is the last image you see above. It's a height map of the panorama