White House Christmas Ornament

For the 3-D Printed Ornament Design Challenge, I created an ornament with the hopes that it can go on display in the White House. Keeping with this goal, I created a snowman design inspired by the Seal of the President of the United States. The snowman, like the eagle, clutches a cluster of arrows in one hand, and an olive branch in the other. This design was also my first try at using TinkerCAD, and learning new things is always fun.

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Step 1: Creating the Model

I created this model using TinkerCAD, an in-browser CAD program. The program is a bit limited, but is definitely impressive for free, online resource. I struggled a bit at first with some of the grid snapping, but once I got the hang of it it was fairly intuitive. I designed my ornament on its back, rather than standing up, so that it could be printed without any support structure. Overall, I was fairly happy with how my model turned out, but I wish I could have figured out an E. Pluribus Unum scarf. Oh well, things to try next time.

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    4 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice ornament! And super clever, with the Presidential Seal-inspired touches. Well done!