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Getting in the Holiday Spirit With 3D Printing

Posted on: November 20th, 2014 by The Technology House

We recently took part in the “3D Printed Ornament Design Challenge” that was presented by Instructables.  Instructables is a website specializing in user-created and uploaded do-it-yourself projects.

There were over 300 entry’s into this contest, and the people ranged from individuals new to 3D printing to seasoned professionals. All the designs and models were very creative, and each had their own unique look and flare that reflected the magic of the holiday season. The winners will have their ornament printed, and displayed on the White House Christmas tree.

We designed, printed, and finished and dyed snowflake ornaments either clear, blue, or green, and then frosted.  The snow flakes were printed in the SLA process using the 7870 material.

3D printed snowflake ornaments

The entire process from design to finish took us less than a week, which goes to show how quickly 3D printing can produce parts.

3D printed snowflake ornaments

Although we did not win, we applaud those who did, and thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the entries.

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