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Beginner Lithophane

Rating:
5/5,
  • Machine Type:
    Other Machine
    Software:
    DeskProto
    Electronics:
    Other Controller
    Machine Time:
    1.5 hour
    Bit or Laser Size:
    Conical cutter (V-shape) with a 0.5 mm ball tip
    Feeds & Speeds:
    25 mm/sec, 20000 rpm
    Materials:
    Corian ® (or any other white plastic)
    Lithophanes are artworks created in thin material, that can only be seen when the material is illuminated from the back side. The trick is to machine a relief: the thinner the material, the more light will come through. The DeskProto CAM software will convert a digital image to such 3D relief, and can use that to machine a flat lithophane or a pipe lithophane.



    This tutorial video teaches you how to create a flat lithophane, using the Free Edition of DeskProto V7. We used a famous Dutch painting by Vermeer as image: "Girl with a pearl Earring". You can of course use any picture that you want. Subtitles are available and can be switched on, in English and in Dutch.

    Mauritshuis-800.jpg

    If you need more background information (or if you prefer reading over viewing) you can read lesson eight of the Tutorial book : Download manuals for the DeskProto software

    Tweeling-Relief-800.jpg Tweeling-Lithophane-800.jpg
    Mauritshuis-800.jpg Tweeling-Relief-800.jpg Tweeling-Lithophane-800.jpg

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  1. Mark Carew
    Well done @LexLen! such powerful software with so many great features, thank you for sharing:thumbsup:
    1. LexLen
      Thanks Mark, I am happy that we can use this platform to share some projects.
      LexLen, Jan 27, 2023 at 6:14 AM
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    2. Mark Carew
      Agreed! It's great place to hang out with likeminded people enjoying this awesome hobby and learning together!
      Mark Carew, Jan 27, 2023 at 9:15 AM
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  2. A.J.W.E. Klappe
    This creates new possibilities. Looks very nice.
      Mark Carew and LexLen like this.
    1. LexLen
      Indeed! A lithophane is easy to machine, with an amazing result...
      LexLen, Jan 21, 2023
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