In another move embracing the maker culture, the White House has announced their latest challenge. Design a 3D printable holiday ornament and it could be selected to be displayed at the White House.

This contest is being run through Instructibles, and is open to everyone. You don’t have to have a 3D printer, simply design a file that meets certain criteria and submit it here. The only physical limitation is that your item should fit inside a 3″x3″ volume. 8 pieces will be selected to be displayed in the East Wing of the White House during the holiday season.

After the festivities are over at the White House, your ornament will move to the political history division of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, where it will remain.



On the topic of what you should include in your design:

The model should be no larger than 3”x 3” and reflect the magic and wonder of the holidays, so think ornaments that represent winter sports, toys, activities, symbols, and anything that inspires you during the festive winter season. Want to incorporate a little twinkle to your designs as well? Design a piece that fits or clips onto a string of lights!.


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