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How do you make Lithophane?

By: Javier CarvajalUpdated: January 24, 2021


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Method 2: Create a Model Using an Online Tool
  1. Head on over to 3DP Rocks.
  2. Click on the Images tab and then upload your image.
  3. Once you return to the Model tab, you'll notice your lithophane is almost ready.
  4. Tweak the settings until you're satisfied with the result.
  5. Finally, click “Download” in the Model tab.

Also question is, how does a Lithophane work?

A lithophane is a 3D model in which an engraved or embossed image appears clearly when backlit. Traditional lithophanes were etched or molded out of thin porcelain. The thickness of each area of a lithophane determines the amount of light that can pass through.

Subsequently, question is, how thick should a Lithophane be?

For a lithophane to work you'll want to use the “Darker is higher” selection, so that less light will pass through the darker parts of your image. The minimum unsupported wall thickness for Shapeways Strong and Flexible Nylon is 0.7mm, so we set the minimum to 0.8mm in this example.

How do you make a Lithophane in Photoshop?

To install the action, open Photoshop and open the Actions window by opening Window > Actions. Open the actions menu by clicking on the top right corner of the window, highlighted in red below: Click on Load Actions and navigate to the file, “Make Lithophane.

What does Lithophane mean?

A lithophane (French: lithophanie) is an etched or molded artwork in very thin translucent porcelain that can be seen clearly only when back lit with a light source. It is a design or scene in intaglio that appears "en grisaille" (in gray) tones.


Can you 3d print yourself?

You can 3D print almost anything. The technology is making it so you can print out your house, your food and even a toy of yourself.

How long does it take to print a Lithophane?

Ideally, a standard-sized lithophane could take up to 6 hours to print with the above settings.

Can you 3d print a photo?

To do so, the best way for you is to use photogrammetry. First, you snap a series of photos of the object from every angle that you can, once you have those photos you upload them into a photogrammetry software and you can generate a file to 3D print it.

Do Lithophanes have to be white?

The look of your lithophane is also greatly affected by the filament that you use and the light source that you use. Not all "white" filaments are actually the same color of white. They all have a unique tint to them which will affect the look of your lithophane.

Can you 3d print on paper?

Most 3D-printers use plastic, ceramic or metal as a material, and can print only using that material. However, MCOR printers (which Staples will use for their print services) use paper as a medium. They cut, colour and bind the paper to create full-colour 3D-prints.

How do you make a Lithophane sphere?

Step-by-step valentine lithophane guide
  1. Step 1: Upload your image. We start by uploading the image.
  2. Step 2: Edit your image(s) Next we move on to the edit your image tab.
  3. Step 3: Create your sphere lithophane. When we are happy about our image we can start creating our model.
  4. Step 4: Download your STL and print it!