How to easily make cylindrical lithophanes? Early lithophanes were made by specialized craftsmen beginning as an image carved in warm wax on a glass plate. Currently with 3D printers lithophane creation can be easily realized by any hobbyists.
Jamie at 3DPrinterGear made a few very nice cylindrical lithophanes using Photo to Mesh V3 and an UP! 3D printer. Photo To Mesh is a Windows application which creates 3D meshes from photographs and other images, and the meshes can then be saved as DXF or STL files for 3D printing.
(Image credit: Photo to Mesh)
These prints are printed at 0.15mm layer height in natual ABS plastic material. The cylinder has a diameter of 80mm and height 100mm. The one below "has 3 photos printed on the outside. Done by stitching 3 photos together then importing it as one new photo."
Below is a print I made without any smoothing. I had falsely thought the printer wasn't capable of resolving the full detail, but I was stunned at just how good it could look.
(Images credit: 3DPrinterGear)
What makes a lithophane unique? It is cherished memories and important events in our lives. Thanks to the new 3D printing technology that our memories can be uniquely displayed at an affordable price.
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