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4 Steps to 3D Printed Photography

3D Printed Photo / / How to 3D Print Lithophanes in 4 Steps

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A 3D printed photograph (or lithophane) is based on the grey scale information from an image, using varying thickness to capture fluctuations in brightness. Just about any two dimensional photograph can be transformed into a unique 3D printed black-and-white lithophane—follow the quick steps below!

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1. Import the picture into 3Dp.rocks/lithophane and convert the two dimensional image into a STL file.

2. Decide on the preferred orientation for the image.


3. Upload to your 3D printer workflow and 3D print the lithophane (there should be very little post-processing required).

4. Shine a light behind the lithophane and see the image come to life.

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