White House 3D Printing Challenge: Design a Holiday Ornament


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!.


0 thoughts on “White House 3D Printing Challenge: Design a Holiday Ornament

  1. notexactly says:

    >This contest […] is open to everyone.

    Not true. It is open to US residents only.

    (Most Instructables contests are open to residents of several other countries as well as US residents.)

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  2. Larry James says:

    awesome except for fine print on instructable site for contest entry… in particular use without attribution or compensation… but hey, you get a T shirt if you win!

    “8. OWNERSHIP AND LICENSE. Ownership in any Submission shall remain the property of the entrant, but entry into this challenge constitutes entrant’s irrevocable and perpetual permission and consent, without compensation, with or without attribution, that the Sponsor may use, reproduce, print, publish, transmit, distribute, sell, perform, adapt, enhance, display, and make available to the public for downloading, editing, adaptation and modification, such Submission, and the entrant’s name and/or likeness, for any purpose, including any and all media now in existence or hereinafter created, throughout the world, for the duration of the copyright in the Submission, and with regard to Autodesk, Inc. including without limitation the provisions of the Instructables Terms of Service. For those Submissions offered the opportunity to be accessioned into the Smithsonian Institution collections, the entrants will be required to transfer all right, title, and interest, including all copyright, in those Submissions and in the resulting 3D print to the Smithsonian Institution. “

  3. Me says:

    3″ x 3″? Volume? Obviously someone at the Whitehouse or Instructables needs to review their elementary math.
    I assume this should be 3″ x 3″ x 3″, in order to specify a volume.

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