Introduction: The Christmas State of Mind Ornament

Every year, The President of the United states delivers a Christmas message. In the spirit of the holiday season, The Christmas State of Mind Ornament pays homage to American History by celebrating Presidential Christmas Quotes shared throughout time.

For The White House 3D-Printed Ornament Challenge we have selected a special quote from former President Ronald Reagen during his 1981 Christmas Speech.

"Christmas is a state of mind. It is found throughout the year whenever faith overcomes doubt, hope conquers despair, and love triumphs over hate."

— Ronald Reagan

Step 1: Select Your Message, Design and Trace

Once your message is selected a typographic design is created then outlined utilizing Adobe Illustrator.

After the design is generated the outlines are exported from Adobe Suite and then imported into your preferred 3d software.

Step 2: Extrude Your Message

Utilizing 3d software the letters are imported then extruded to create printable solids. For this design we are using Rhino 3D and the Grasshopper parametric plugin.

Step 3: Wrap Your Object

The letters are extruded then applied to the ornament based on our set parameters.

The final geometry is an ornament, articulated via typographic characters. The message wraps around the ornament creating a complex and interesting sculptural form.

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

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3D Printed Ornament Design Challenge

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