TechSoft supply a large range of materials suitable for V-Carving but you could create your own. Providing the material is accurately flat, you can experiment by painting or
laminating over most standard workshop material.
Engraving laminates have a base material covered with
a thin layer of a contrasting colour. As the material is engraved, the base
colour is revealed, and the photographic image appears.
This is a special manufactured wooden board which has a
different coloured top surface (like an engraving laminate). Just like
engraving laminates this material is ideal for PhotoVCarving.
Photos can be V-Carved into wood quickly and easily.
However, to make the image stand out, either the surface needs to be
painted/stained prior to engraving, or the engraved areas need to be
infilled with colour and then the top surface sanded to remove any
Once engraved an etching chemical such as ‘Blacking
Fluid’, black paint or enamel is applied to the surface. Wipe the
surface clean and polish to finish the process.
Lithophanes are 3D photographs that when back lit
transform into stunning 3D pictures with depth and detail that cannot be
seen in a flat 2D photograph.
PhotoVCarve automatically converts a greyscale image
into a 3D height map that can then be machined.
A classroom licence allows the software to be installed on up to 40 computers in one single classroom plus one teacher’s laptop which may be used outside of the classroom. It must not be installed on students individual or personal laptops.
Minimum Hardware Requirements
Windows XP (SP3) / 2003 / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10.
1366 x 768 minimum graphics display.
Microsoft recommended minimum hardware specification advised.
When ordering a classroom licence the full name and address of the educational establishment must be given along with an email address belonging to the school, college or university. For single licences an email address must be provided in order to receive the software activation code.