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Picture of Engineering a 2D Printed Logo into a 3D Object
This project describes how to turn an image of a logo into a printable 3D object

Tools: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Autodesk 123D Design

No drawing required!

Instructions Courtesy of Rick Valdez

Step 1: Open Original Image in Adobe Photoshop

Picture of Open Original Image in Adobe Photoshop
Open image of logo in Adobe Photoshop
 
longwest5 months ago

Thanks! This article show me a good example. I know how to create
2d bar code
object, but now I want to create a 3d bar code object, I'll try it now.

Hi there,

I have tried over and over and over to get this to work. I have not had any luck with either the Autodesk online app part or importing the EPS Files. Is this an error on my part or did Autodesk change the types of files it will accept?

Thanks!

thoughtfix1 year ago
Do you mind if I remix this into an Instructable that doesn't use Adobe products and instead uses free/open-source products? After Adobe's security breach this past weekend, I'm not comfortable with them having my info and money.

I'm curious - did you happen to make a free/open source alternative to the Adobe part of this instructable?

R-I-H-A-M RayGroot11 months ago

I have a tutorial that does something similar using only free software, hope it helps http://www.instructables.com/id/Convert-any-2D-image-to-a-3D-object-using-OpenSCAD/

Wow brilliant! I can see loads of potential in this technique. Could you use Sketch -Up instead of 123D Design to convert the image into an STL?

I tried for DAYS to get Sketch-Up to do this; none of the plug-ins that purport to convert from 2D to 3D would work. And the only way to do it natively in Sketch-Up is to re-draw the object(s) using Sketch-Up's line and curve tools -- painful at best when you can just import into AI and use the tracing functionality there. I was able to accomplish what I needed in 30 minutes using this method, as opposed to failing for days in Sketch-Up.

psavas1 year ago

OMG! THANK YOU SO MUCH for this 'ible! I have been trying to convert 2D to 3D for printing for DAYS, and have been unable to do so, until now. Within 30 minutes of reading this tutorial, my printer is working on the object. Thank you, thank you, thank you SO MUCH!

P.S. You might want to update the AutoDesk steps, as they have changed their site a bit; I had to hunt for the online version of 123D, but it's still there. :)

mcahn1 year ago
Great Tutorial! I'm having trouble getting the EPS file to import into autodesk. It keeps crashing on me. Is there specific options on saving the EPS file to make it more compatible with autodesk? Thanks!
cpbinstructables (author)  mcahn1 year ago
Hello mcahn - strangely, the EPS import trick only works with the WEB version of 123D Design (apps.123dapp.com/design/). Not even the desktop version of the same software will import it.

Once imported into the Web version, the model can be saved in the native format and then opened in the 123d Design app.
Such an un-necessary hi-tech solution to a low-tech thing! You can do the same thing with a paper pattern, materials of thickness of choice and tools of choice! Why do it with a 3d printer?
Perhaps Whittling a bit of scrap wood with a pen knife?
lol
bbsbb1 year ago
I will call it 2.5D, not 3D. :)