White House Ornament

Introduction: White House Ornament

A 3D printable ornament that embeds The White House, snowflakes, and some themed text within a transparent globe.

Step 1: Printing

This ornament requires a high accuracy, multi-material printer - an Objet Connex3 machine is ideal but any of the similar platforms can be used. The various stl's should be selected with appropriate clarity/color: The White House in white, the "snowflakes" in white, the text in black, and the bulb in clear. Scale stl's if desired - the stock size is about 2.5 x 2.5 x 3 inches.

Step 2: Post Processing - Sanding

Right off the printer, the clarity level will be quite low. Utilize multiple grits of sandpaper to sand away layer lines. Start with low grit and work through the higher grits - 320, 400, 600, 800, 1200. Sand until layer lines have been removed as much as possible and the surface is very smooth.

Step 3: Post Processing - Clear Coating

Add a coating of clear varnish to further improve clarity.

Step 4: Enjoy!

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    15 Discussions

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    CryptKeeper2
    CryptKeeper2

    6 years ago on Introduction

    How does this work? How do you suspend/support all of the colored pieces while the clear is printing?

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    Pascal_
    Pascal_

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    It all prints as one. This ornament requires a multi-material printer. Consumer level extrusion style printers could never print this.

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    CryptKeeper2
    CryptKeeper2

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    So is that the kind of printer that will be used by the judges if it is selected by the White House?

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    Pascal_
    Pascal_

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I wish I knew the answer to that too. I couldn't find anywhere what printers are available or how to mail in a copy I print myself.

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    Pascal_
    Pascal_

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    May I ask which model?

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    CryptKeeper2
    CryptKeeper2

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Ah, so that means that this ornament is out of the running for the challenge. Maybe if you run the challenge next year, you can state up front what printing method you will be using. This will help all the designers create ornaments that can actually be printed.

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    Danger is my middle name
    Danger is my middle name

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I agree, if we run a contest like this again, we will definitely be more clear about requirements :)

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    Pascal_
    Pascal_

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Does it....? Nowhere in the official rules is there any mention of "design an ornament for a consumer level extrusion printer." Granted, few consumers will be willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a Connex3, but that doesn't mean they don't exist and people don't have access to them.

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    Pascal_
    Pascal_

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Only VeroWhite? The Connex500 can certainly print with VeroWhite + VeroClear if you have the cartridges.

    If I have access to a Connex3 can I print my own copy and make it available..?

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    Danger is my middle name
    Danger is my middle name

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    We had initially decided to only print in one material for this challenge due to the short timeframe (winning ornaments need to be at the White House by the 20th!) so we are trying to simplify things as much as possible. If the judges absolutely must have this ornament, then we will cross that bridge when we come to it :)

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    hg00021
    hg00021

    6 years ago on Introduction

    This is amazing! It looks great and really cool. I like how you didn't just make the ornament completely on a software but also did some of your own handiwork to make it look like it does now

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    Pascal_
    Pascal_

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    The photos are just renders from a CAD package. I am set up to print and process the ornament but haven't actually gotten around to it.