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DeskProto tutorial Videos on various CNC subjects

Tutorial videos on various subjects; so far the following videos are available:

1. Silicon Valley relief (DP V7)

CNC machine a 3D relief model of Silicon Valley.   (DP V7.1, 21.5 min)


View this DeskProto tutorial in which we explain step by step how you can create this great relief model of Silicon Valley (California, USA):
- download the CAD data (a bitmap file)
- convert this bitmap to a 3D relief
- calculate CNC toolpaths
- machine the model in wood
- engrave a text on the model
- view the detailed result.

The Silicon Valley bitmap is a free download, on the Free models page of this website. You can machine it on any size. For other areas you can create your own bitmap data, as explained in the Geographic reliefs video.

This video applies to the Expert edition and Multi-Axis edition of DeskProto, as some of the settings that are shown are not present in the Free edition and the Entry edition.
The video is in HD quality (1280x720 pixels).
Subtitles are available and can be switched on, in English and in Dutch.


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2. Orthotic insoles (DP V7)

DeskProto is very well suited to machine custom orthotic insoles   (DP V7.0, 2 min)


Why many podiatrists use DeskProto to CNC machine their custom insoles:
- DeskProto can be combined with any orthotics design program
- it can generate toolpaths for any CNC milling machine (very quickly)
- it can do so fully automated
- it can easily be integrated in the CAD program, by adding a DeskProto button.

Thanks to Koks Podolab in Gemert (NL) for all podiatry video shots.
Cartoon image by Toonaday.

This video applies to the Expert edition and Multi-Axis edition of DeskProto, as some of the settings that are shown are not present in the Free edition and the Entry edition.
The video is in HD quality (1280x720 pixels).
Subtitles are available and can be switched on, in English and in Dutch.


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3. Five-axis machining (DP V6)

Scale model of an Austin Healey 'frogeye' classic sportscar being machined in wood: DeskProto five-axis machining in action ! Video created by Robert Zeinecker (Germany)   (DP V6, 2:47 min)


The Austin Healey video shows you how DeskProto can be used for five-axis machining. More information on this project can be found on the Gallery page Austin Healey car model.
The video applies only to the DeskProto Multi-Axis edition.



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4. Geographic reliefs (DP V6)

Creating a geographic relief model. The complete process is shown, including data download, for this San Francisco relief model   (DP V6, 14 min)


The San Francisco relief model video shows you how you can create geographic relief models with DeskProto. All steps in the process are shown:
- obtain free digital elevation data
- convert that to a standard bitmap file
- create a relief by converting grey values to Z-heights
- machine a relief model using DeskProto.
The nice thing is that you can do this for any part of the USA.
More information, including download links for software and for other parts of the world, on the Gallery page San Fancisco relief model.

This video applies to all edition of DeskProto. However: it has been recorded using DeskProto V6, and since DP V7 the bitmap settings have been relocated from the Operation parameters to the Part parameters. The newer video about the Silicon Valley relief shows this in DeskProto V7.1


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5. Avatar milling (DP V5)

Machine a real model of your avatar: the creation of this great ORC model shows you how. Video created by Bruno Lagrange (Omni-Moulage, France)   (DP V5, 10 min)


The Orc milling tutorial video teaches you how to machine an action figure from two sides. For the video a purchased geometry file has been used: you are of course free to use your own avatar's geometry.
This video does apply to both DeskProto Expert and Multi-Axis. In the Entry edition and the Free edition not all required settings are available.