Announcing Customized Photo Panes On Thingiverse!
A lithopane is an etched artwork that shows grayscale relief when you shine a light behind it.
Now you can make your own, totally customized, on Thingiverse!
We think this is one of the coolest new tools in a while. It also couldn’t be easier to use.
- Find the Customizable Lithopane generator, and open it in MakerBot Customizer.
- Upload the photo of your choice, preferably square, and let the tool do the work.
- 3D Print it on your MakerBot in about an hour.
A few of our engineers did the math: making your own custom lithopane on a MakerBot is roughly a million times cooler than everything else. It’s like the 3D-printed version of Instagram. Giving a custom lithopane to someone as a gift may be the coolest thing you do in 2013. Remember, Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Here’s a lithopane using a picture of Thingiverse hero tbuser.
If you’re keeping score, the Lithopane tool is the first MakerBot Customizer design to make use of an exciting new input capability: photo surface height mapping. You input a photo and the Customizer lithopane tool detects the height variations to generate a printable pane.
Lithopanes have been around for a long time, and they’ve been on Thingiverse for a while, too! We were inspired by Thingiverse users like cymon and pp3dpNL to take this type of object and make it easy and fun to use for everyone. Enjoy!