Christmas Lithophanes Make Neat Decorations
By Lewin Day
Lithophanes are neat little artistic creations that use variations in the thickness of a material to reveal an image when lit from behind. 3D printing is a great way to make lithophanes, and they can make for beautiful Christmas decorations, too!
It’s easy to make lithophane decorations for your Christmas tree with the help of the ItsLitho tool. The online application takes any image you upload, and can generate lithophane geometry that you can 3D print at home. Print your custom bell or bauble, add the printed hooks, and then the final decoration can be backlit to reveal its image by inserting an LED from a string of Christmas lights.
The result is a beautiful, glowing decoration that displays a detailed image when lit up. All you need is a few images and a 3D printer to produce decorations as unique gifts for your family and friends.
We’ve seen the technique put to other uses too, such as in this convincing lamp designed after our very own Moon. Video after the break.
[Thanks to Jordin Andriessen for the tip!]
December 16, 2021 at 10:00AM
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