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Saving a part file as a 3d grayscale image for laser etching

Question asked by John Ellis on Apr 13, 2015
Latest reply on Apr 14, 2015 by John Ellis

I've been searching for this to no avail. I'm really surprised it isn't a common topic since laser etching is pretty popular. I have a few models I've created and would like to save the parts as grayscale images so our laser can cut the dark colors deeper and the light colors shallower. We have enroute but do not have the add-ons to do this. I was hoping, rather than buying the add-on, that Solidworks was capable of saving a part or assembly as a grayscale image so I can achieve depths of cut. I can edit the image in Photoshop, Illustrator or CorelDraw if needed. Any help would be sweet!