september 14, 2023

How to Make a 3D Crystal Photo Cube

Some memories are just meant to be displayed. That old picture of your parents on their wedding day. The photo of the first time your spouse held your baby. The snapshot of when that baby grew up and graduated high school. See, it’s widely believed that our memories are what make us. And the memories that mean the most? Well, those are what define us. And, sometimes, just looking at a picture isn’t enough. A part of us wants to live in those memories, feel them, and hold them in our hands, even display them for all the world to see. That’s where ArtPix 3D comes in– at the intersection between preserving a treasured memory and presenting a cherished keepsake made to become a family heirloom.

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We specialize in transforming life’s most meaningful moments into stunning 3D art encased within flawlessly cut, optically clear K9 crystal. One of our crowning achievements? The 3D Picture Cube. Far and away from your run-of-the-mill photo crystals of days past, our innovative Crystal Photo Cubes are the result of the genius and expertise of our first-rate designers, the state-of-the-art technology the designers use to create them, and the passion and dedication each and every one of us here at ArtPix 3D has to ensure your experience with us is the best it can possibly be. Because we know how much your memories matter. How do we do it? We’re glad you asked.

How Do You Put a 3D Picture in a Glass Cube?

Here, we’ll get into the details of how to make a 3D picture in a cube in three easy steps.

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Step 1: Select a Size and Upload a Photo

When selecting a photo for your crystal, it can be hard to know if you have the right one. Outside of the image being well-lit with a clear view of the subjects, how does it make you feel? Do you feel that warm, nostalgic feeling? Do you immediately begin to reminisce? Then you’ve got it.  A helpful tip? Portraits and half-body shots where the subject is looking into the camera tend to yield exceptionally breathtaking 3D images. And because we know not one family looks the same, the 3D Crystal Photo Cube comes in 3 sizes to fit up to 5 figures in one keepsake!

When you upload your photo to our website, our talented team of designers carefully assesses the image for any imperfections that could compromise the engraving quality, such as that blurriness or poor lighting we mentioned earlier. Once they give it their approval, our designers begin optimizing your crystal for our etching process, which features the latest in digital conversion software that transforms your 2D picture into a 3D model. The light points within the model are then precisely mapped to serve as the coordinates for the engraving. Pretty cool, right?

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Step 2: Approve Your 3D Model

We understand the significance of accuracy and realism in preserving the nostalgia, emotion, and meaning that your uploaded photo holds for you. To ensure your utmost satisfaction, we provide a complimentary 3D Preview of your model! This allows you to visualize how the final product will appear, and if you feel that the model requires any adjustments, our designers are at the ready to accommodate any requests for rework. We’re here for you every step of the way!

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Step 3: Engraving

Once we receive approval for your 3D model, your crystal is carefully loaded into one of our cutting-edge subsurface laser engraving machines. These machines meticulously trace the map of your image's light point coordinates, delicately etching intricate patterns within the crystal while leaving the exterior flawless and unblemished. The level of precision and detail achieved through this process is truly remarkable.

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Congratulations! You have successfully created your 3D Crystal Photo Cube. But the journey doesn't end there. Our dedicated design team conducts a final review to guarantee the utmost quality and attention to detail. Your crystal is then carefully packed into a luxurious gift box, safeguarded by ample bubble wrap and a sturdy shipping container ensuring safe delivery to its new home.

So what are you waiting for? Embark on the journey of preserving your cherished memories with ArtPix 3D, and unlock the magic of capturing time in crystal by creating your very own 3D Crystal Photo Cube today!