Recommended Lithophane Print Settings

Remember, the colour temperature of your backlight will greatly affect how the lithophane looks.

To get the best results from our blaze style lithophanes they need to be printed in an off white PLA or similar material(non Blaze style works best with cool white plastic). The lithophanes in the photos use Colorfabb Standard White PLA/PHA . If you use normal white/cool you won’t get the same “hot” look, even with a warm backlight(which is fine if printing a normal lithophane). To check your material, shine a white torch or light through something flat that you’ve printed, it should look yellow/gold if its an off white material.

Once printed you can experiment with different backlights, for the blazing look I use a very bright warm LED lamp, the contrast can also be improved if you have a secondary white/cool LED.

How the end result looks all depends on the plastic you use and the type of backlight.

Recommended Print Settings(Cura 3.5.1 was used):
0.1mm is recommended, 0.12mm also works and is a little faster without losing too much detail.
Walls/Shells: 5 or 6 to allow mostly walls, the infill will take care of the rest.
Infill: 99%, not 100%*

Print speeds:-
Infill Speed: 45mm/s
Outer Wall Speed: 35mm/s
Inner Wall Speed: 40mm/s
Top/Bottom Speed: 20mm/s
Travel Speed: 100mm/sec
Initial layer Speed: 18mm/s
Initial Travel Speed (for the first 1-2 layers): 50mm/s

Optional settings if possible on your 3D Printer/Slicer.

Cura / Ultimaker 2+, 3+ and S5 specific settings(may also be applicable to other printers)
Acceleration: 1500mm/S2 (Default is usually 3000mm/S2)
Jerk: 12mm/s (Default is usually 20mm/s)

You may need to adjust all of the above settings to match your printer/setup, but they are a good starting point.

*1% might not seem like much, but it can really change the behaviour of your slicing engine(Cura, S3D etc). It’s really only useful when printing the lithophanes that have frames as part of the 3D model. The wall settings I recommend cover the lithophane itself and it’s rare that there’s any actual infill in those, it’s all just walls/shells. But the frames can be big and take up a lot of print time. Changing the infill to 99% can save you an hour over the length of a 17-18 hour print(not always, but quite often). This is in Cura mostly, although I’ve seen similar results on other prints with S3D.