Being new to 3d printing I thought I’d share this neat little feature of owning a 3d printer. Lithophanes.
My friend needed a going away present for work so off I went on an adventure with my 3d printer looking for that thing. Stumbling onto lithophanes I decided to take his best pose and make a nightlight out of it. So you take a photo turn it into a square (for ease of scale manipulation but not required), then turn it to black and white and throw it into one of many programs that will algorithm a lithophane. Here’s image to lithophane to get you started.
The reason this is a good beginner quest is that you have to manipulate almost all your print settings, build the famous tower problem and use multiple programs with an end focus of your personal 3d printer. I learned how to use blender to make a simple stl file of a four sided box that four lithophanes where placed into. I used my iPhone to change grey scales and learned more than I’ll ever need to know about lithophanes and photo editing from watching videos like this watch
Great little project for your printer hobby that lets you get into your settings, new programs and sets you up to let your geek go free. I’m not sure if it’s legal but I keep looking at that center brake light in the car and how cool geek that bumper sticker would be.
Some programs mentioned in my post and links cost money, there are lots on the web that don’t.