Countdown to Christmas Ornament

Introduction: Countdown to Christmas Ornament

Countdown the last 25 days before Christmas with this ornament. Turn Santa's sleigh to spin the planetary gear system, in turn spinning the snowflakes.

This ornament is meant to be printed on a high end FDM printer with soluble support or an SLS printer. Our prototype was printed with a Stratasys Dimension SST 768.


Sponsored by the Virginia Tech D.R.E.A.M.S. (Design, Research, and Education of Additive Manufacturing Systems) Lab

Step 1: STL

Countdown to Christmas Ornament

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6 Discussions

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kevin.christley
kevin.christley

6 years ago on Step 1

Failed to print on DaVinci 1.0. Pretty much all layers stuck together. Suggest breaking it down to component parts.

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edwardbcVT
edwardbcVT

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

I should've written this in the description. This ornament is meant to be printed on a high end FDM printer with soluble support or an SLS printer. We used a Stratasys Dimension printer. It needs to be printed as one piece to work

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kevin.christley
kevin.christley

Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

Not a problem. :) I was very impressed at the level of detail and it looks very cool! That's what I get for thinking it'd print on a $450 printer. A guy can dream. lol

Thanks for the reply!

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allie.fauer
allie.fauer

6 years ago on Introduction

Wow, this is such a beautifully executed ornament in both its design and mechanics! I love the choice to have the snowfalkes overlap each other as well as the numbers counting down for Christmas!

So I was curious. What program(s) you used to model and animate your ornament?

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edwardbcVT
edwardbcVT

Reply 6 years ago

Thanks! We used Solidworks.

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peppypickle
peppypickle

6 years ago on Introduction

whoa, this might be my favorite ornament I've ever seen! Love this!! thanks so much for sharing!