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.

<p>Very cool design and nice resolution print out of the Makerbot! Did you use a Makerbot 5th gen or the 2X?</p>
<p>Thank you very much! I actually used a Replicator 2 to print this design.</p>
<p>That's amazing print quality! Which printer did you use?</p>
<p>Thanks! I used a MakerBot Replicator 2.</p>
<p>It's so detailed, it's awesome! I love how it looks when it's lit up!</p>

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Bio: I am a member of the class of 2018 at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering studying robotics engineering.
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