What is a Lithophane?
Lithophanes have become easier to make with the development of new methods of manufacture. In the 1900s, the advent of CNC machining made possible the production of lithophanes by carving the lithophanes from translucent, nonporous materials. This greatly decreased the risks associated with producing a lithophane. Today, the most common way to create a lithophane is by 3D printing them from plastic or resin. The 3D printing process is always quite tricky, but can result in exquisite lithophanes for significantly less labor and material cost than either casting or CNC machining. 3D printed lithophanes can easily include an interface to a backlight, so that their image is visible.
Ideas for your print!
Revive old photographs
Your cartoon character in your apartment
Giving away memories
A partner or vacation photo as a gift for someone very special!