​3D Print Your Own Ornaments to Match the White House’s Tree

Matt Shaw Matt Shaw

Like all good magic, open-source digital fabrication is a little more magical around the holidays. This year, the White House has gotten in on the fun, combining this technological wonder with their holiday festivities. Five winners will have their digitally designed and produced ornaments displayed on the White House tree. It’s like that time Jimmy Carter put solar panels on the roof of the presidential estate… but for millennials.

Star of Bliss by elroyo. Images via designboom

The contest was sponsored by the Smithsonian in partnership with Instructables, and winning designs are on display in the East Wing of the White House, and will also go into the collection of the political history division of the National Museum of American History. In the Christmas spirit of giving, the designs are available online at Instructables, and can be produced by anyone with a 3D printer. Submissions are no larger than 3 x 3 inches and include everything from DC-themed architecture to winter sports, toys, and activities.

Linear Winter Wonderland of Innovation by bbadami

It is not the first time that the White House has supported emerging design technologies. They hosted a Maker Faire on their lawn, which featured a host of new projects on display. The Smithsonian, too, has been a huge supporter, especially at the newly re-opened Cooper-Hewitt. You can even download a 3D model of the museum, which was at one point the home of Andrew Carnegie.

Library of Congress Ornament by vickyTGAW

Winter Snowflakes by gilrdesign

Presidents of Christmas Past & Present by CS3D