Custom lithophane service: Have any image or graphic turned into one of our high resolution lithophanes.
Your custom lithophane will be created using our process that results in an excellent high resolution 3D lithophane that really stands out from what you might have seen elsewhere.
Please note, to get the most out of this service you need to create an account with us(although it is not required). With an account you can upload your images to be processed as well as follow the order and download the 3D printable stl file once we’ve created it(members also get access to free content from time to time). You can create an account by clicking on “Login/Register” link at the top of the page, or create one during the checkout process. Again, it’s not necessary to do this, but you’ll get the best experience if you do.
We now offer advanced processing of smaller/lower resolution images that you may have thought useless for normal 2D printing or lithophane creation. Smaller images are processed using machine learning and image recognition(AI) to process the image and enlarge it. This is done by intelligently increasing detail while recognising whats actually in each image(person, child, chair, house etc) and enhancing each individual item, rather than just sharpening the whole image. This all sounds like buzzword and sales talk, but the end results can be pretty mind blowing, especially once the image is worked on further using our normal image editing processes. Sample pics will be uploaded shortly so you can see the before and after. This option is included in our custom lithophane service at no extra cost(its used only when needed), but also offered as an addition service for those that just want images/documents restored.
Available – Download version for printing at home. You will receive an email with detailed instructions and a link to the file.
Available – Physical 3D print of your custom lithophane in the requested size.
Default Size: 160mm(6.3 inches) wide, with the height being variable depending on the shape/aspect of your picture(most have a height of about 90-100mm or 3.54-3.93 inches). If you want a larger(or smaller) lithophane please contact use before placing an order and we can discuss prices etc.
What’s the difference between a high resolution lithophane and others I see on the internet? Check out the zoomed and cropped sample preview below to see(click them to enlarge).
Whats a lithophane anyway?
A lithophane is a three-dimensional image that changes according to the intensity and quality of the light striking it. The light areas are very thin, allowing more light to pass through, while the thicker areas appear darker.
Lithophanes date back to the 1800s, when they were traditionally carved from bees wax, molded in plaster and then cast and fired in porcelain. Around the same time period photography was invented as a simpler way to capture an image, but now 3D printing enables you to experience the best of both worlds.
|Note 1: All lithophanes are created using high quality co-polyesters suitable for each image type on high end machines(Raise3D Pro 2 Plus, Ultimaker 2+ Extended, 3+ and Ultimaker S5 printers).
Note 2: This is a 3D printed and hand finished item, and as such there may be tiny imperfections and visible layer lines. This is just the nature of a 3D printed object and we only print in high resolution on high end equipment to get the most detail(see list of machines in note 1 above).