I came up with this project idea while planning out Christmas gifts for my friends and family. I needed something unique and customizable that I could easily make multiple of. When I came across lithophanes on Google images, I knew they would make perfect gifts.
Here’s The Video: https://youtu.be/bvdeBdbDvRg
Make Your Own Lithophanes! – https://lithophanemaker.com/
Thingiverse File: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4103988
This project is has an instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Decorative-Lithophane-Light-Boxes/
WS2812b LEDs ~ $1 for 6 LEDs
Arduino Nano ~ $5
PLA ~ $0.50 for 25 g
Mini USB Cable ~ $1.50
Plus about $0.10 of solder and wire
This brings the total project cost to about $8, which made this project even better for mass production. If you’re looking for a cheap gift idea then this is perfect.
I was able to make multiple boxes in less than a day. Each lithophane took about three hours to print and each box took an hour and a half for a total print time of 4 and a half hours.
Once the parts were printed it took between 15 and 25 minutes to cut, strip, and solder the wires for the circuit to work and then glue the lithophane to the box.
In total each box took less than five hours
Used in this project:
Arduino Nano – https://amzn.to/2QXzoSd
WS2812b LED Strip – https://amzn.to/36VAJOS
3D Printer – https://amzn.to/35R76N5
PLA – https://amzn.to/36XkKQf
Soldering Iron – https://amzn.to/2NsUyoR
Solder – https://amzn.to/2sqpBul
Wire – https://amzn.to/2FS5Sa0
Wire stripper – https://amzn.to/35NtfvW
Hot Glue Gun – https://amzn.to/3864pcc
Hot Glue – https://amzn.to/3acrVWX