Design Schematic


Your Design

Box Settings

Frame Dimension (mm):

Overhang Angle (deg):

Light Bulb Diameter (mm):

Light Bulb Length (mm):

Socket Outer Diameter (mm):

Top Lithophane Z Shift (mm):

Clearance Between Top Lithophane & Box (mm):

Lithophane Light Box Maker

Watch the video to learn how to design the lithophane light box. Change settings and see how it affects "Your Design" (shown to the right). This tool turns four photos into a lithophane light box stl.

Lithophane Settings

Upload top image
Upload front image
Upload left image
Upload right image
Lithophane Resolution (mm/pixel):

Depth (mm):

Width (mm):

Height (mm):

Max Thickness (mm):

Min Thickness (mm):

Picture Cropping

Top Picture

Top Picture X (0-1):

Top Picture Y (0-1):

Front Picture

Front Picture X (0-1):

Front Picture Y (0-1):

Right Picture

Right Picture X (0-1):

Right Picture Y (0-1):

Left Picture

Left Picture X (0-1):

Left Picture Y (0-1):

Est. Run Time (s):

Est. File Size (MB):

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There are two main sections of this tool. The first section is on the upper half of the webpage (when viewed from a computer). This section deals with the physical dimensions of your lithophane light box and includes input parameters as well as a drawing under "Your Design".
The drawing's top view shows what the light box looks like from above. The side cross section shows a cutaway view of the lithophane light box if the light box were cut in half by a vertical plan that is at the center of the light box's width.
This section also lets you select the light box's outer dimensions that include depth (distance from the front to the back of the lithophane light box), width (side to side dimension when viewed from the front), height (the distance from the bottom to the top of the lithophane light box). The max thickness and min thickness control the thickness of the lithophane surface to affect its contract and brightness. The lithophane resolution specifies the distance between unique thickness points on your lithophane surfaces. Top lithophane Z shift can be used to move the top lithophane up and down to prevent that lithophane from poking through one of the side lithophanes. This could otherwise occur if your frame dimension is large, your minimum thickness is small, and/or your overhang angle is small. The frame dimension is the thickness of your box's base, back, and the distance from the front of your box to the back of the front lithophane (and affects the sides in an analogous way). The overhang angle defines the overhang angle between the lithophane and the frame. The light bulb diameter needs to be a diameter that keeps the bulb from coming out of your light box (not so small that the bulb won't fit, but not so large that the bulb can slide out). The socket outer diameter is the outer diameter of whatever light bulb socket you're using. I use the light bulb socket that can be found here. The light bulb socket needs to be able to slide into the section whose diameter is the set with this parameter. The light bulb length is the distance between the bulb's metal, threaded electrode and the tip of the bulb. The lithophane generator will elongate or contract the light socket tunnel so that the axial center of the bulb is exactly in the middle of the light box. In order for the bulb to fit, you need the light bulb length to be smaller than the depth minus two times the frame dimension.
The second section is where your crop your pictures, and it is on the lower half of the webpage. You must upload four pictures to use this tool. Because you have selected all of the light box's dimensions without being limited to the aspect ratio of your pictures, you will need to crop your images to the aspect ratio that is required. Change the values of the Front, Top, Left, and Right X or Y parameters to move the cropping rectangle to where you want it for each of your pictures. After you have completed this, you are ready to make your lithophane. Check out the 3D model in a 3D view, see if you like it, then slice it and 3D print!

I hope you enjoy this tool. If you have any questions or suggestions, please ask the Lithophane Maker User's group on Facebook, and if you don't get an answer there then email me at [email protected]. Enjoy!

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