White House Ornament





Introduction: White House Ornament

An ornament for the White House 3D printed ornament contest. Using some basic shapes and texturing, you could have a 3D printed ornament of the Commander in Chief watching over you on your tree, and hopefully in his tree as well!

Step 1: Basic Shapes.

I used KeyCreator to make my basic shapes, but you could use almost any software. The main components are a sphere for the bulb, and a torus for the loop at the top so you can add an ornament hook. Now you have all you need to make your ornament. I did a few extra steps to mine. Like cut the ball in half, shelled it to 3mm, added a small hole to the front, and added a security camera in the back.

Step 2: Texture

Now you just need to texture your bulb. You can do this with many different software, but I used Blender. You can use complex texturing techniques, but when it's on the tree you can only see one half the bulb, so I'll tell you how to texture half of it. So open your file in Blender. Right click the bulb and switch to edit mode. View the bulb from the front (not necessarily front view, which ever view shows your bulb from what you see as the front). Type U and click Project from view (bounds). Switch your view to UV Image editor. You'll see a wireframe circle of your bulb. Click Image>Open Image. Select the image you want for your bulb. Switch back to 3D view, and switch back to object mode. Now export your bulb and loop as an x3D file. Zip your x3D file, and the texture file together. Upload your file to a 3D printing service like Shapeways, and you'll be ready to print your full color bulb in Full Color Sandstone, or any other full color material!

Step 3: Order Mine!

If you'd like to order my ornament today, here's the link http://shpws.me/wEU5



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Questions & Answers


A 3D printer will not be able to put the image on the sphere.

If you go to the last step, I tell you where you can print it. Zcorp makes full color printers. I believe eos does, and hp should have there's available in the next few years.

No, color 3D printers will only print solid geometry in color. For example, you can print different pieces of an assembly in different colors. It will NOT print a photograph on the surface of an object.

For most printers, you are correct. There is full color plastic by EOS https://www.shapeways.com/materials/full-color-plastic Full color sandstone by zcorp https://www.shapeways.com/materials/full-color-sandstone, and soon to be another full color plastic by HP https://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/18541-shapeways-is-an-early-customer-of-the-new-hp-3d-printer.html. As they are printing they use ink jet heads to color the material. I have several of these full color pieces myself. Like this piece I created as a tribute for a fallen soldier https://www.shapeways.com/blog/archives/2567-a-3d-printed-tribute-to-one-soldiers-bravery.html

Sorry, but the rules of the 3D Printed Ornament Design Challenge specifically state that the entry must include the .stl file to create the ornament. While you have included two different .stl files, neither one of them includes the graphic, as graphics are simply not supported by this file type. Your x3D file might produce the desired results, but it is not within the scope of the challenge, and therefore needs to be withdrawn or disqualified. What you are making is effectively a photo ornament, which are available through Walmart.

You are wrong about STL file format not being able to support graphics. See this post of mine in a forum where I explain it and provide proof in the form of an actual color STL, which can be downloaded and observed in Meshlab or other software that can import color STL file format.


Look into the history of the first color 3D printers and the file formats that were being used for that.

Did you not download my color STL file and take a look at it? :) The Wiki entery needs to be corrected.

Not only did I download it, but I tried opening it up in Catia, Pro/ENGINEER, Creo, Solidworks and Preform. They ALL said that it was an invalid file, and would not open. Thanks for wasting everyone's time.

Sorry for your lost time, but I did provide instructions on how to view the file. :)