July 4, 2013 AT 10:00 am

Guide for 3D Printing Your Own Lithopane Etched Artwork #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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Guide for 3D Printing Your Own Lithopane Etched Artwork, via MakerBot Blog:

You may already be familiar with lithopanes, etched artworks that reveal an image when lit from behind. Now, we’re going to teach you how to make one.


  1. Open the Customizable Lithopane in Customizer, the Thingiverse app that lets you create unique things from a set of parameters and inputs.
  2. Upload the photo you want and let Customizer do its thing.
  3. Print on your MakerBot.


  • Make sure your image is square. Images with other dimensions will be distorted.
  • Choose a grayscale image with low contrast. A high-contrast black and white image won’t look as good.
  • Use an image that is 100×100 pixels – it will result in a cleaner lithopane.
  • Don’t forget to invert colors in Customizer!
  • Leave the Layer Height at 0.2 and the Number of Layers at 12 for the best results.
  • Print with a Layer Height of 0.2 and one shell.
  • Use a light-colored filament. Yellow, White, and Natural MakerBot PLA filament work best.

You can use a photo editing tool to prep your image to make the best
lithopane possible….

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