Lithophane Floor Lamp Shades

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Nicely almost…I know they’re not perfect there are some printing problems with every single of the lithophanes but in general I’m delighted with how they turned out. I imagine a lot of the issues are from the slicer options I had established prior to I printed them but only on the truly modest aspects or the thin portions of the lithophanes. Over-all although I am genuinely joyful with how they turned out and I only employed just one and a fifty percent rolls of PLA plastic for the complete established. I printed the components on two distinct printers and now I have 3 rolls with a 50 percent of a spool remaining on just about every, but it is the principal of the detail.

I used TinkerCAD on line to layout the base of the lithophanes. TinkerCAD is a wonderful totally free rookie software program package deal that you can obtain on the net with a totally free account. It is a terrific introduction to 3D modeling and I nevertheless use it a ton for a lot easier swift projects that do not involve a ton of revolves or nearly anything exclusive. When I set up the base of the lithophanes I intended them off the stock lamp shade and utilized it for measurement. A single of the shades I manufactured taller due to the fact the lamp is in the corner of the room and I desired the light-weight to project better to the ceiling in comparison with the other two. I also printed this shade about a thirty day period back and utilised the old approach of unique photos positioned alongside one another with strong boarder lines. Whilst it is effective wonderful and Simplify3D can stitch these collectively earning the transitions in GIMP 2.8 and then changing to a lithophane with is a a great deal cleaner qualified glimpse. The new suggested by a commenter worked out seriously well.

I printed all the parts for this construct on the Creality CR-10 3d printers I have in the workshop, I could not print any of the components on my Anet A8 mainly because the construct diameter of the smallest lamp shade ended up getting much too substantial for the 220 mm x 220 mm develop plate on the Anet. I will have yet another video with the Anet A8 submitting before long in which I consider some thing a small bit diverse, so stay tuned for that.

I sliced all the documents with Simplify3D but any slicer would perform Ideamaker and Cura are common alternatives, be positive to test out my Ideamaker vs Simplify3D video clip for a comparison of the two. Settings were pretty straight ahead for the no identify PLA I employed for the make all the things was sliced at .2 mm layer peak and I experienced a print speed of 50 mm/s for the prints, retraction was on a 35 mm/s and 5.8 mm retraction distance. I believe I experienced Z hop enabled at .20 mm.

I employed GIMP 2.8 to style and design the ultimate picture that would afterwards be turned into a round lithophane. GIMP is a no cost photoshop choice that gives numerous of the similar options as Adobe Photoshop. There are some extra professional features that are hard to entry and/or include via plugins that photoshop has stock or is established up quickly. The vital to planning the lithophane in GIMP is to set the proportions of your starting canvas to the proportions of the concluded lithophane, to do this you figure out the diameter you want for your last lithophane and then decide the circumference. You can do this by employing math, but if you are like me you will use Google…because…yeah…it’s there and it’s a large amount a lot less complex. Use the height you want for the lithophane as the peak of your canvas in GIMP and then use the circumference you have calculated as the width of your photo in GIMP and you are good to go. You now have a canvas that you can make into anything at all you want, a thing with contrasting colors allows but it doesn’t essentially need to be a image!

I utilized (URL) free of charge on line lithophane converter to change the exported PNG file of GIMP into a printable STL file. This absolutely free on-line converter is wonderful and the configurations are pretty straight ahead to abide by. I used 3 mm as the thickness of my lithophane (this is the default) then I switched the “exposure” to “Positive Image” which is commonly picked as negative picture. This can make mild places thinner and darker regions thicker. I also transformed the design settings to 360 in the “Curve” possibilities. You then have to established the Optimum Dimension option to whatever you established the circumference to, so if you are circumference was 730 mm you need to set it to about 724 mm to make up for the 3 mm on either side that will be the potential lithophane. The maximum distance of the diameter will be to the outside edge of the thickest component of the lithophane, you can examination your model right before printing by hunting at the proportions in your slicer. If those people dimensions are way too small or too massive reform the lithophane in right up until it suits your venture.

If you come to a decision to do a job like this be sure to write-up it to Instagram or Thingiverse or Twitter and enable me know, I would get a kick out of looking at it! You can obtain me below the title 16by80…yeah I’m steady.

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