So you're feeling crafty and want to add a little custom decor to your house? Or perhaps wanting to make a special custom gift for someone afraid of the dark? Well you are reading the right instructable!
What you'll need:
- 3d printer
- White filament
- Glue or epoxy
- A cheap night light https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IXWYR42/ref=...
- Fusion 360
- Slicer software for print
- A special picture or image in jpeg format
Step 1: Getting to the Website
Jump on your preferred browser and type in http://3dp.rocks/lithophane/ This will bring you to the main interface for the image processing software, its super easy to use and best of all FREE!
Step 2: Uploading Your Picture
Click on uploads and select your photo, for mine I chose a waving bear.
Step 3: Model Settings
Now with the model created theres one critical setting to change, moving it from a negative to a positive image.
- Select "Settings"
- Now select "image settings"
- Drag the slider bar right to left, changing the selection from negative to positive
Step 4: Opening in Slicer, Changing Size, and Exporting to Fusion 360
My slicing software of choice is Cura. Use whichever you like, the point being you want to adjust the size to your application. I wanted it to be a little bit bigger than what the original model size was so I scaled it to 125%. Save it as a STL and start up Fusion 360
Step 5: Fusion 360: Sketching the Base
With Fusion open:
- Click the "insert" icon on the task bar, follow the drop down menu and select "insert mesh"
- Start to build your base plate by striking a 3 point arc across the bottom face of the mesh
- Take lots of measurements of the night light, it helps to write them down on paper.
- Begin to put in the measurements and the base will begin to take shape.
- Use the "Extrude" function to create a thick body out of the sketch.
- Add the final feature such as the little thick tab that locks the light into the housing.
Step 6: Export to Slicer and Prepare to Print
- Select the "Make" button on the task bar of Fusion and click on the base.
- With it open in Cura, tune your settings and export it to your 3d printer for the final phase
- Repeat this with the picture file you made earlier.
Step 7: Print, Print, Print!
Export the STL files from Cura to the printer and start slinging some sweet plastic!
Step 8: Putting the Pieces Together
- Time to mix the epoxy that will be binding the two pieces together, it can be friction welded, clear glued, epoxied or even if you have the skill in fusion 360 print it in one piece.
- I only had jb weld on hand so thats what I used. Its a two part system, mix the base with the activator and apply a thin layer to the bottom of the picture
- Stick it to the base and let dry overnight.
Step 9: Thats All Folks!
Clip the base onto the light, plug it in and revel in your mastery of the material world! Thank you for reading my instructable!