Our work with Lithobox, our software and DIY workflow for 3D printing lithophanes, has been published in Leonardo (Volume 5, Issue 3)!
We developed Lithobox a while back, inspired by the traditional lithophane technique whereby designs are molded in porcelain and visible only when backlit. We created a software system, physical kit and workflow for creating illuminated 3D-printed lithophanes. We explored Lithobox as a creative tool in workshops with artists. We also presented the finished 3D-printed lithophanes and software tool as part of an international art exhibition.
Our Leonardo paper, titled “Lithobox: Exploring Hybrid Crafting Practices through a Collaboration across Digital Fabrication and Fine Arts” reflects on our collaborations with artists and creative interactions as mediated by Lithobox. The paper details how the amalgamation of material, technology and productive constraints can influence current art practices.
Our software and workflow is also publicly available on Instructables!