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Need software to convert STL -> Height map image

Posted by Kurt 
Need software to convert STL -> Height map image
December 23, 2017 04:37PM
I am looking for software that will take an STL model and render it into a depth map (slash height map slash greyscale 3D) image. I see plenty that will go the other way. Preferably something that is open source or that won't break the bank.

Meshlab has a depth map render mode, but it's not a real depth map. It's a vaguely depth-mappy shading mode that smothers detail.

Any suggestions?
Re: Need software to convert STL -> Height map image
December 23, 2017 09:03PM
In case anyone else is ever searching for a solution, I found the answer after two days of searching. Blender is capable of this. There is a great template that makes it easier at [www.blendswap.com]

There is also an accompanying video which makes the process relatively painless.
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