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Customizable Lithopane

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Customizable Lithopane by MakerBot Apr 16, 2013

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Description

Click "Open in Customizer" to turn the image of your choice into a Lithopane! We used the Mona Lisa, but you could use any photo you want. The Lithopane tool generates a 3D model that looks like a rough terrain map.

Download the file, print it on your MakerBot Desktop 3D Printer, and you've got a picture perfect pane to hang on your window.

Three cheers for the lithopane pioneers on Thingiverse, such as cymon and pp3dpNL! For more information on this old art form, check out the Wikipedia article here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithophane

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hi all how can i make it work offline can any one help me on that i tried that

Customizer dose not work for me why not?

Worked well thanks.

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Instructions

Upload an image, check the invert colors checkbox and create a Lithopane. For best results, upload a square image and print using a light colored plastic at 0.2 mm layer height and 1 shell.

Once printed, hang your picture in a window.

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ankitrambo on Apr 14, 2014 said:

hi all how can i make it work offline can any one help me on that i tried that

Funpuppy on Apr 2, 2014 said:

Customizer dose not work for me why not?

dennisma on Mar 11, 2014 said:

Worked well thanks.

tahirh3D on Feb 6, 2014 said:

HOW to you make the pictures to appear darker. I have tried a few pics and they are all coming up pretty light. Any suggestions?

AntonioNav on Feb 18, 2014 said:

I normally use 'the gimp' to increase the brightness of the background and lower the contrast, so stay 'lighter' and the foreground stay 'darker'. I think that you can increase the number of layers or the layer height to make the result darker.

StudioDTW on Nov 9, 2013 said:

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cperez8891 on Oct 31, 2013 said:

this worked great and was easy enough to do...thank you! i was a little unsure of how to at first but once i realized i needed to log in and goto your page and then click on "Open in Customizer" then go to my pic file......it became a piece of cake :) very cool!

Framingr on Aug 17, 2013 said:

#<errno::enoent: -="" directory="" file="" getcwd="" no="" or="" such="">

Every time I try generate a new litho I get this error. Whats going on</errno::enoent:>

Sultan87 on Aug 13, 2013 said:

Hello, Can You make is ajustable in terms of size and proportions?

MichaelAtOz on Aug 10, 2013 said:

Works for me. Is your .dat file in the same directory (but I would expect an error msg). Try a # in front of surface()??

drxenocide on Aug 10, 2013 said:

A little bit more banging my head at it made me realize that I was not effectively changing the file extension. I have windows 7, which hides extensions, so my file was really named "image-surface.dat.txt" Once I scrubbed the extension it worked. Thanks for helping a n00b though.

mouserunner on Jul 21, 2013 said:

This is a great thing to print, I have made a lamp to show them off if any one is interested it at http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

big_red_frog on Jul 10, 2013 said:

Sorry if I missed it, but having scanned the docs I have a question, is this application looking at the full range of pixels in the image and normalizing across the available range of 0 to 1? For example, if an image only has greys from black to mid point, will it still get a full range of 0 to 1, or only 0 to 0.5

"The Z axis will be between 0 and 1 based on a 256 color grayscale range"

Looking to understand if it is worth pre-processing images for a full range of grey before submitting to the app.

Thanks.

zogphish on Jul 7, 2013 said:

Couldn't do it. From Firefox, entered "customize", uploaded a .bmp image of me mom, checked "email me when done". Never got an email. Never saw any response that anything was happening. What'd I do wrong?

LiquidBeef on Jun 9, 2013 said:

Automatically posting everybody's Lithophane as a new "Thing" makes it extremely difficult to see if anyone's actually made a revised, actually new Thing based off this design. It's so difficult to navigate Thingiverse as it is, I think you guys are really opening the floodgates here.

Yes, you can disable Publishing as a new Thing, but it's set to Publish by default and I suspect the majority of folks don't notice or think about it. I'd like to see that feature disabled by default.

Cross_ on May 28, 2013 said:

Very nice !

LiquidBeef on May 25, 2013 said:

If you don't want that hole at the top, setting it to 0 still leaves a ball. Set the hole size to -5 (negative 5) and it'll remove the loop as well.

cain666 on May 19, 2013 said:

the "choose file" button wont work with opera!!

frozensoda on May 15, 2013 said:

I made one in four parts and glued it together so It could be big, but I used the other one with no border/hanger

r1one82 on May 2, 2013 said:

That is the GAYEST thing I have ever seen, I guess when I meet you it will be matched :P

mikedeklerk on Apr 30, 2013 said:

I doubt whether 0.02mm layer thicnkess will do the job.

mouserunner on May 20, 2013 said:

I made all mine at 0.2 and all come out good

MichaelAtOz on Apr 30, 2013 said:

Checkout all the photos in the remix and Made. Worked for me.

fernandogarzaw on Apr 27, 2013 said:

I was just thinking last week on doing this, thanks for uploading it!

rpressley on Apr 26, 2013 said:

I have to admit, I was skeptical about this print but it is truly fantastic. I printed the Mona Lisa and it did not look impressive until I put it in the window. WOW, Very Nice Job.

jayeye on Apr 23, 2013 said:

That's lithophane, not lithopane.

pkafin on Apr 25, 2013 said:

I like it s "pane". reminds me of window pane.

JeppeHMikkelsen on Apr 20, 2013 said:

could you make one without the frame, I would like to make one broken into multiple pieces and then assembled, like a 1:1 Mona Lisa :)

MichaelAtOz on Apr 23, 2013 said:

See http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... options to get rid of hanger and border.

BRdog on Apr 20, 2013 said:

I built a cnc router with the intent of making lithophanes. I still haven't had much luck with it for that purpose but this is great. 3D Printing rocks. Thanks guys.

cyclone on Apr 20, 2013 said:

A point of UI. Shouldn't the default action be for the SCAD file to treat the dat in reverse so that dark is dark. I shouldn't have to check invert the colors to get them to come out correct.

BookaDooka on Apr 19, 2013 said:

this would be a cool way to make a quick 3D logo on something. i'm gonna try this

rhmorrison on Apr 18, 2013 said:

It would be great if the loop on top was optional.
You can set the hole size to 0 but there is still a tiny bump.
It would be easiest to totally remove the tab when hole size = 0.

LiquidBeef on May 25, 2013 said:

You can set the hole size to -5 (negative 5) and it'll remove the loop as well!

rhmorrison on Apr 18, 2013 said:

It would be great if the loop on top was optional.
You can set the hole size to 0 but there is still a tiny bump.
It would be easiest to totally remove the tab when hole size = 0.

LiquidBeef on May 25, 2013 said:

You can set the hole size to -5 (negative 5) and it'll remove the loop as well!

andrewupandabout on Apr 17, 2013 said:

Fantastic. Prints printed into puzzles are my next prints! Andrew (3dhacker.com)

TurnRock on Apr 17, 2013 said:

"Choose file" is not working for me with Safari on osX 10.6.8

Benjamin on Apr 18, 2013 said:

Same thing here, Safari 5.1.9, os 10.6.8.
I got to use Firefox.

jasonwebb on Apr 17, 2013 said:

I'd love to use this new image uploading feature in a customized Thing of my own, but I can't get the SCAD file to work on my desktop. When I download the attached SCAD file and update the image_file variable to point to a local image, I get nothing. Sometimes I get an odd fragment in the center of the lithoplane. When I upload that same image to through the customizer app online, it works.

Any tips on getting the surface function to work with images offline (i.e. on the desktop)?

tbuser on Apr 18, 2013 said:

I've added a tool to help generate .dat file contents so you can test your script with some image data offline: http://customizer.makerbot.com... Also see the new docs at: http://customizer.makerbot.com...

cyclone on Apr 17, 2013 said:

Doing my own digging I've found the answer. You'll need to instal GIMP and then use this plugin: http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...
Load a pic into GIMP, desaturate, export as .DAT file. Remember keep the image's dimensions small or openSCAD will collapse like a wet taco.

cyclone on Apr 17, 2013 said:

Doing my own digging I've found the answer. You'll need to instal GIMP and then use this plugin: http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...
Load a pic into GIMP, desaturate, export as .DAT file. Remember keep the image's dimensions small or openSCAD will collapse like a wet taco.

tbuser on Apr 17, 2013 said:

I'm working on some documentation today... basically it is using the surface function in openscad, which means you need a .dat file, not an image file. Creating the .dat from an image is not something openscad can do on it's own. I'll be making a page in the customizer docs that you'll be able to use to build a .dat so you can test scripts offline.

cymon on Apr 17, 2013 said:

In the description Lithopane s/b lithopHane.

Thanks for the shout out. I'm excited the customizer can take external files now. Opens up some real possibilities.

cyclone on Apr 17, 2013 said:

What is the system behind "image_surface"?
Is there a way to use the openSCAD offline? Say, at a Faire or a Con?

cymon on Apr 17, 2013 said:

Yes. It's called "OpenSCAD." It was a program before it was a web app.

pp3dpNL on Apr 17, 2013 said:

I made a lithophane lamp by combining 4 lithophanes and connecting them in Sketchup, I just uploaded it:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

RichRap on Apr 17, 2013 said:

Been trying to get various other packages to work well for ages, thanks for doing this, must give is a try later :) Very nice work Makerbot!

Gyrobot on Apr 17, 2013 said:

Tip/suggestion : Isn't it the normal thing to print these vertically maybe requiring a brim feature on the thin base to take better advantage of the XY resolution instead of the Z layer height?

cymon on Apr 17, 2013 said:

Instead of repeating myself I'll just link to my blog: http://joesmakerbot.blogspot.c...

tbuser on Apr 17, 2013 said:

Sometimes printing vertically works well, sometimes not. Definitely worth testing more.

pp3dpNL on Apr 17, 2013 said:

That's what I always do. Vertical printing is a challenge but the pictures look much better.

pp3dpNL on Apr 17, 2013 said:

And lithophanes look even more amazing from a DLP printer (mine can print even at 0.0125 mm layers, amazing details) or when milled. Only milling takes a lot longer than a 3D printer.

pp3dpNL on Apr 17, 2013 said:

Three cheers for me :-) I've never been called a pioneer, I like it. But aren't we all pioneers around here with our 3D printers?

But even people that are used to 3D printers are amazed by these lithophanes when they hold them in the light.

Makka on Apr 17, 2013 said:

3d printer prints a image.. who needs a paper printer anymore ;)

dutchmogul on Apr 16, 2013 said:

Love that you guys rolled this out! Awesome, insanely useful customizer! Time to start playing with it....

laird on Apr 16, 2013 said:

This is awesome. I love that you added the ability to upload an image as a surface file to Customizer.

To save people time, here's the code:

// Load a 100x100 pixel image.(images will be stretched to fit) Simple photos work best. Don't forget to click the Invert Colors checkbox!

image_file = "image-surface.dat"; // [image_surface:100x100]

It loads as a surface file, allowing you to use the Surface function in OpenSCAD to take a matrix of values and generate a surface with those heights. Perfect for lithopanes!

tbuser on Apr 18, 2013 said:

fyi, docs are updated at http://customizer.makerbot.com...

Bonus: Also made an image_array widget.

And online tool to generate .dat file contents for testing: http://customizer.makerbot.com...

laird on Apr 16, 2013 said:

This is awesome. I love that you added the ability to upload an image as a surface file to Customizer.

To save people time, here's the code:

// Load a 100x100 pixel image.(images will be stretched to fit) Simple photos work best. Don't forget to click the Invert Colors checkbox!

image_file = "image-surface.dat"; // [image_surface:100x100]

It loads as a surface file, allowing you to use the Surface function in OpenSCAD to take a matrix of values and generate a surface with those heights. Perfect for lithopanes!

tbuser on Apr 18, 2013 said:

fyi, docs are updated at http://customizer.makerbot.com...

Bonus: Also made an image_array widget.

And online tool to generate .dat file contents for testing: http://customizer.makerbot.com...

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