This Instructable will detail how to print out an ornamental decoration for the holiday season!
Step 1: Model the Ornament in 3D
To begin printing your own ornament you need to first have a 3D model of the design that you like. For this step you can either create a custom design of your own (for my design I used Solidworks) or you can simply download the design that is attached to this Instructable.
Step 2: Import the .STL File Into a Slicer
The next step is to place the .STL file of your design into a slicer of your choosing. If you downloaded a design then you can simply import the file directly. If you created your own design then you will need to first open your preferred CAD software and click FILE > SAVE AS then save your design as a .STL extension.
If you are unsure of what a slicer is or what slicing software you should be using I suggest any of the following:
- MakerBot Desktop (I am using this, but it is specifically geared towards MakerBot replicators) https://www.makerbot.com/desktop
- Repetier Host http://www.repetier.com/
- Slic3r http://slic3r.org/
Step 3: Export Your Design From the Slicer to a 3D Printer Friendly File
Once your settings are to your liking you can export your file from your slicer software into a file that will eventually be interpreted by your 3D printer and printed into the physical world.
Step 4: Print!
Now that your file is compatible with your 3D printer, you can print it! Watch your ideas and concepts come to life!
Note: Always watch the first layers print to make sure that nothing goes wrong, but after that it should be fine if left alone.