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Beginner Lithophane

  • Machine Type:
    Other Machine
    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
    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.


    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. 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
  2. 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
      Mark Carew likes this.
    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
      LexLen likes this.
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