Customisable Lithophane with More

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Customisable Lithophane with More by MichaelAtOz Apr 23, 2013
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PLEASE Give your Thing a REAL name NOT My Customized...boring, dumb, name
PLEASE un-check the publish box Unless you are sure others will really like it
(nobody is interested in your family/pet images, really. So un-check it so I don't get SPAMed all the time)

I liked the original and saw some comments about removing the hanging hole and going borderless. So here it is.
If you don't want the hole, set the two hole options to zero, ditto for the border. You can change both border sizes too.
The first STL is is Buzz Aldrin with a flag on the Moon, the second a moon crater image, both courtesy of NASA. Both with border and hanging-hole.
image-surface.dat is the Moon crater data in case anyone wants it, ditto the Buzz...dat file.


See the original for instructions, but use 100% infill.
If you get a spurious edge when using this on your PC, add a blank line to the end of your .dat file, bug in SCAD (at least in Windows).

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Hi MichaelAtOz,

This is a really cool project! I have a few questions I was wondering if you could answer:

-Does the resolution of the pic be 100x100? Can the picture just have the same ratio such as (400x400)?
-How can I adjust the thickness of the lithophane?
-What is the dimension of the lithophane and is there a way I can I adjust the size of it?

I am very new to 3D Printing and 3d modeling so sorry in advance if it takes me longer to understand everything!

If you Learn OpenSCAD, you could program it for other sizes/resolutions. But, it is processing/memory intense, large sizes could take forever or crash.

Picture has to be the size the program is designed for, so 100x100 for this.
The thickness is by the number of layers and layer thickness, ie multiplied. You choose layer thickness to suit your printer.

See http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:376679 for one that is 150x150.

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Very cool. Does it require a certain kind of filament to achieve the transparency?

Not anything special. I've only used natural ABS so far, from others 'Made' examples, particularly if you look at the Made list of the Derived From Thing, lighter colours look better.

And you called it "Lithophane". You're the man. Unless you're a woman... no, you're a man, the man.

how does one convert and image into the required .dat file?

First if you just want the STL you can use Customizer, click the 'Open in Customizer' button above, then load your 100x100 file.

If you want to use OpenSCAD locally you can convert your file using the tool linked to here http://customizer.makerbot.com/docs#image_surfacehttp://customizer.makerbot.com....
Click 'online tool' load your file, Copy the data, paste into a .dat file, save, change the filename in the scad file.

Note that I haven't printed a borderless one yet.