3D Print this Holiday Gift: Lithophane Light Box
A stocking stuffer for your digital inventory. 3D print this lithophane light box with your own choice of images — it makes a great gift with a personal touch!
Happy holidays! As 2022 nears its close, we have something to say: we’re grateful for another year of reinventing manufacturing together.
As a small token of our appreciation, here is a gift from us to you: a stocking stuffer for your digital inventory. Austin Vojta, Print Systems Engineer at Markforged, designed this decorative lithophane light box.
A lithophane is a type of 3D image that renders shapes and details through different levels of thickness, which allow varying amounts of light to shine through when placed in front of a source of light.
With access to a composite 3D printer, this lithophane light box can make a thoughtful holiday gift for family and friends.
What you need
- Onyx filament
- Nylon White filament, or Precise PLA (white)
- ~5 feet LED strip tape
- 4x magnets (6x3mm)
- A USB cable you're willing to snip the end off of
- Tiny bit of solder
- Super glue
- Wire stripper
Printing the light box components
- Light box frame
- 1x base, 1x lid printed in Onyx
- Lithophanes (lithophane image panels can be made here from custom pictures)
- 4x panels printed in Precise PLA or Nylon White
- Panels should be printed with solid infill. Do not select tri-fill or gyroid.
- See below configurations:
- Gather 3D printed base and lid
- Gather four white lithophane panels
- Cut the end off a USB cable
- Solder the red+black (power) lines to the 5V LED strip.
- Watch this video for detailed instruction on this step.
- Wrap the adhesive LED strip around the cylinder in the base
- Glue magnets into the base and lid
- Slide lithophane images into base and snap lid on top
- Plug into any USB port to power
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