I've gotten answers here before so I'm back at the well of knowledge with a puzzle.
I work with bent sheet metal. Our products are anodized, silk screened, and then laser etched. Samples are getting expensive and I’d like to try and print a prototype.
Since the artwork consists of 3 colors and is relatively complicated (including text and images) my understanding is that a “Color by Texture / UV Mapping” is my best choice for this Stratasys J750 printer.
I’ve created my part in solidworks and I’m using blender to wrap the image to the outside of the part and export it as a .wrl file. From what I can tell, blender does not export to the 97 format, it seems to only export to the 1.0 format. And the printer seems to only print UV maps from the 97 format.
So, are there any of you out there that are doing something similar to this? And is there another software package that could be better than what I'm doing? I've heard of Materialize Magics and Rhino. But I'm sure there are other tools out there I could use to create my final WRL file to send to the printer - one that includes my wrapped image on the model.
Love to hear you thoughts