Picture of Litho Lamp
I'm getting married in a few months and like most wedding couples we want a way to display our personalities and save a few bux.  Our rehearsal dinner is going to take place in a park from 6-10pm.  This presented the problem of poor lighting.   Having seen MakerBot's awesome lithograph customizer, I had an idea for a lamp.  Well....about a dozen lamps.  

We also live in Indiana and are getting married in Colorado.  Needing ten to twelve lamps also means that shipping completed 106mmlamps would be cost prohibitive.  I need these lamp to be flat-packable and capable of being rapidly assembled.  I also need the light to last for 4-5 hours.  The LED will draw ~200mA, so two AAA batteries will power it @3V for about 5 hours.  I had originally wanted to use coin cell batteries, but they wouldn't last long with this powerful diode.  Once I knew what parts I would be using, it was time to design.  
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Parts, Tools & Files

Picture of Parts, Tools & Files

Bright LED
AAA battery holder
3-d printed parts  ----   I printed these, but they could be sent to ShapeWays or other service.  


Hot Glue gun
solder iron or conductive glue

FILES & LINKS:  Derivative of Makerbots Lithopane that I've used.  No border or hole.   TinkerCad File.  Delete my picture and insert your own. Web based image editor used to crop and reverse pictures.  Use whatever image program you like.  

btoliver4 months ago
How is 3D printing so expensive? Is there no cheaper way to make something like this. There is no way one picture should cost 40 bucks. Am I doing something wrong?
Fun! I love when 3D Printing and photography is mixed!
Grissini (author)  Penolopy Bulnick9 months ago
Hey, thanks. I liked that I could design something unique enough and cheap enough to help with our wedding. This project really helped justify some of the cost of the printer. The rehearsal dinner that these are for are tonight and I hope to be able to post a picture of all 10 lamps in action before too long.
Purple is my favorite color and this lamp just looks awesome :). Thank you for sharing your awesomeness :).
Grissini (author) 10 months ago
I forgot to include..... Our wedding color is purple. Hence the purple and the further customization of the wedding.

Get More Out of Instructables

Already have an Account?


PDF Downloads
As a Pro member, you will gain access to download any Instructable in the PDF format. You also have the ability to customize your PDF download.

Upgrade to Pro today!