I was (and always will be) a sculptor. I started in marble, wood, metal and clay and finally styrofoam and mixed media.
About 8 years ago, I had the pleasure to visit Streamline/Heavy Industries in Calgary, Canada and experience/learn about a computer program called ArtCam and some machinery called Frog3D and a CNC routing machine. If you visit their websites; you will see some amazing creations and the coolest thing is that they are all made out of styrofoam! The dinosaurs; in particular are incredible!
Basically Frog will scan little things (like toys and jewelry) in 3D and send it to Art Cam (where you can manipulate the images) and then it gets sent to the CNC Router (which will carve that image). Now the super cool things--- They can be carved ANY size!!!
A 3" toy dinosaur can turn into a 30' mega monster!
So what does this have to do with Cricut???
Well that router works just like our cricut machines;
everything it does is based on x & y points; the BIG difference(s) are the size of the machine (it has a 12' bed
(think of mat) to carve on, and it has a "z" point as well as
x & y. The z point is for depth.
That machinery is expensive; it is used commercially
and while I could play with it forever; it's not practical for most of what I do. So here I am in Michaels looking at a Cricut (saying to myself 'what the heck is this!) and seeing that it cuts using x and y points and i can't
believe it's only $400. (Keep in mind the big machine is over $40,000) So it comes home with me and the Cricut/
Gina Piazza love affair is born. (I do miss my 'z' point,
and maybe one of these years PC will make a machine that also uses a "z' point so we can carve styro and wood)