Introduction: CNC Carved Water Surface
The process of creating water surfaces in clear acrylic.
Step 1: Deploy Drone to Location and Collect Images
Deploy a drone running ArduPilot software to a fixed location to hover 30 meters above the water. Orient the attached camera to point downward and capture still images of the water’s surface. For the series the drone was deployed to the same location on different days and in different weather conditions.
Step 2: Convert Images to Bump Map
Using crazybump convert the still image of the water surface into displacement height map.
Step 3: Import Height Map Into Blender
Step 4: CNC Toolpath
Create CNC toolpath from the STL file using ARTCAM.
Step 5: CNC Machining
The 3D models are CNC carved into a series of clear acrylic cylinders.
Step 6: Finished
This process captured the dynamic movements of the waves and ripples from a specific time and location and suspended the ever-changing water patterns into a static transparent form. More information can be found at www.dwbowen.com