"I Love You" Box

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"I Love You" Box by MakeALot Feb 11, 2015

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A circular trinket/present box with the words "I LOVE YOU" embossed in the style of Morris/Goudy around the outside. There is a plain lid, or if you prefer, a lid with space for an insert of your loved one's initial printed separately and pressed in.

As an alternative to the lettered lid insert, a customised message can be made from any image/drawing maybe a child's drawing or personal message.

To make your own lid insert:
Make sure your image is square (the more pixels the better)
Drop it on http://3dp.rocks/lithophane
Set Max Size (MM) = 60, Thickness (MM) = 4, Border (MM) = 1.6, Thinnest layer (MM) = 0.6, Vectors per Pixel = 5, Base/Stand depth = 0, Form = "Flat, mirror Neg.". Then click on the image to download a customised STL insert for your lid.


The Base, Lid and Letter in the photo were all printed in at my lowest quality setting i.e. 100mm/s 0.32mm layer height, so anything you produce will look better :)

I painted the one photographed with 2 coats of wood glue mixed with half a teaspoon of Brass Powder from eBay and then burnished it once it was dry. As described by Dizingof.



There is some debate as whether this is in the style of William Morris or is in-fact Goudy Initials by Frederic Goudy. I personally think it is closer to Goudy Initials. This work is based on images from the public domain. Either way, this font is still as lovely today as it was 100 years ago.

It prints with no support. I'm sure it will print well in bronze fill, wood fill, etc. as well.

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What infill % did you use for these?

My mom gave me an entry level printer for Christmas, and for my first print ever (after oohing and ahhing at a test cylinder!) I returned the favor by printing her this wonderful I Love You box. It came out great, even if it was in starter kit white!

That's great, thanks for letting me know. You should post a picture of it using the "I Made One" button.

Totally fabulous!
Printed great!
How did you do first pic where red is visible around and within the gold letter and vines?
The letters I printed were totally not se through...I'm guessing you stopped print and did color change once the first few layers were done...but I'm asking.

Thanks, This is printed at 0.2mm layer height and paused at 1mm (start of layer 5) Pause at ZPos if you have it. Then the filament was changed to Faberdashery Bling Bling Gold.

Just a note for people (like me) who can only print in ABS (I have a Up! Mini) - if you print the box upside down, the reduced surface of the base allows it to print without warping. The interior bottom isn't as perfect, but it still prints well.

For the lid, no matter what I did (pre heat print bed for an hour, level bed, etc) it would always warp and curl, so I cut out the middle in TinkerCAD (where the letter goes), but left a little lip to support the insert and now it works great. The reduced surface area is enough to prevent any warping at all.

I can give you my file, but anyone with enough skills to design this beautiful box should be able to make that quick change.

Thanks again for the AWESOME design. I've been using a lithograph as an insert with wedding photos as gifts to friends!

hi can any one help witch slicing it. When im trying to do it in slic3r its coming witch round box witch wavy structure

This looks great! Question - I am looking to print the Letter lid insert in multiple colors (one color for the base of the letter, one color for the fleur embellishment, and another for the actual letter). It looks like if I stop the print mid way thru the print and swap filaments, this would be possible due to the different heights, but I the file is too big to bring into TinkerCAD so that I can figure out what height to pause the print at.

Does anyone know offhand what the height of the top of the surrounding "flowers" are? That way I can pause the print at that height, swap out filament, and then the letter will be a different color and stand out.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

The top surface of the letter is at 3.15mm there are some features higher than this though, the border and the part of the foliage that passes over the letter.

is there a way i can get the base without it preset with "I LOVE YOU"

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I am looking to mass produce a french macaron pastry. It needs to be assembled and painted for pms color matching. I don't own a 3D printer. Can you make a prototype? Is mass production feasible - 40,000+ pieces?

Have you had any problem printing the letter "S"? We have tried several times to print it, and every time it gets to about 22 minutes print time, we get a filament jam. We printed another letter, as well as the box top and bottom and had no problem.

What design program do you use? There is such intricate detail on that box, that it seems very unlikely you are using just Google Sketch-Up

I used this http://3dp.rocks/lithophane to create the surface and OpenSCAD to convert it into a box.

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Beautiful Goudy initials! I just turned a 'G' and a 'B' into jewelry!

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Wonderful project. First project with Simplify3D, came out great. The wife usually doesn't care about the stuff I print, but she liked this one. Can you tell us how you were able to wrap the letters around the base. Thanks

Select '360 solid shell' under 'Form:'

Great design! About that powder coating you do, that look's pretty useful and fairly cheap to do. Any recommendations on the best type's of powder to use?

Thanks, I've used these ones:

Someone also recommended Gilding Wax, I think that's what Dawid Niegowski used:
Look at the second picture, great :)

"I Love You" Box
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Yeah David's looks amazing. I was wondering how he did that. I'm gonna be picking up some of that stuff for sure!

I'm new to 3d printing, but I'm really amazed how helpful and creative the community is. Thanks for sharing this wonderful design. I can tell you put a lot of work into this and it really shows! I currently have a blocked extruder, but as soon as I get it cleared I'll be making this.

Thanks, you might want to try this if you can get some nylon filament http://bukobot.com/nozzle-cleaning

Great job, congratulations.
Already on my list of nice things

Very nice design! Now you just need a heart-shaped version. ;)

Thanks, I have one, but it won't be ready in time for printing by Feb 14th, I'll have to save it for Mother's Day ;)

Very nicely done, and the detail! You are wonderfully talented!

Thank you, that's very kind.

I built 1 for my Husband & it turned out great! Nice detail. Ty!

Great, I'd love to see a picture of it if you have a chance to post one under "I made one".

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Congrats on the feature! You should design one of these for Christmas:-)

Thanks, yes indeed...

This is really a beautiful model and print. Great work!

what are you using to convert the images to height maps?

Hi Perry, I wrote this:
Use it as you wish :)
Let me know if you have any troubles :(

I Played a bit with the litho generator, and it is a really nice little tool! I really like the curved options.

I do like the the illuminated capitals (I love Morris). Did you draw them yourself?

Me too, I think they're timeless. They are based on B/W images I have, enhanced to add the depth in the right places and made 3D printable either vertically or laying flat.