When you’ve got a big house to decorate for the holidays, advanced planning is wise. So naturally, the White House is already thinking about this year’s holiday decor, and we're going to help them deck their halls. Instructables is excited to partner with the Smithsonian and the White House in this 3D Printed Ornament Challenge. Some of the winners of this challenge will have their work printed and hung in the East Wing of the White House during the holiday season. Additionally, those selected to be displayed at the White House will be featured on the Smithsonian’s state of the art 3D data platform, 3d.si.edu and will join a small collection of White House ornaments in the political history division of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
You don’t need to have a 3D printer to participate — design an ornament with any 3D modeling software and up to 8 winning designs will be 3D printed and shipped to the White House for you. New to 3D modeling? No sweat! Head over to Tinkercad and play around with making 3-dimensional shapes. It’s really fun, and you’ll learn an awesome new skill, to boot. This is your chance to make White House history and have your art featured in their first-ever maker challenge.
The model should be no larger than 3”x 3” and reflect the magic and wonder of the holidays, so think ornaments that represent winter sports, toys, activities, symbols, and anything that inspires you during the festive winter season. Want to incorporate a little twinkle to your designs as well? Design a piece that fits or clips onto a string of lights!
To qualify, you must be a U.S. resident and create an Instructable for your ornament — and be sure to include the .stl file! Click HERE for more info.
So far, 4 of our most prolific users have created video of their process with 123D Creature to share. Each artist has a different process, and it's kind of fascinating to see how they approach each of their creations. Also, all the Creature Feedrs get a 3D print from our friends at Sculpteo!
Adam Beamish starts deceptively simply, choosing to manipulate the wireframe into a generic bust before baking. From there, it's all tweaking and surface manipulation to create his amazing characters.
iMaterialise have just launched a new contest with our very own Meshmixer! Remix or create an original monster and you might snag a 3D print and a Premium Membership with 123D. Check out the rules from iMaterialise's blog:
For this challenge we’d like you to create your own crossbreed or hybrid using Autodesk Meshmixer software and i.materialise’s 3D printing service.
We will select 3 winning creations. Winners will receive a 3D print of their figurine and an Autodesk 123D Premium Membership. All participants will get 10% discount when printing their design.
Note that the jury selects upon the 3D renders you put online, so make sure to make a very clear, visible render.
WHO CAN ENTER
This challenge is open to all designers, professional and amateur, regardless of sex, age or nationality.
Submissions will be accepted up to 23:59 Central European Time, October 29, 2014.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
There is no limit on the number of entries per contestant. To enter,upload your creation(s) below and provide a short description of your monster or crossbreed animal in the ‘description’ box. Be sure to use a screenshot from your creation in Meshmixer as your uploaded image. Entries without this screenshot are automatically disqualified. (Preferred size: 845x450 pixels)
123D Creature has a really prolific community. Every day there are so many new and awesome models from our users that are so impressive, we wanted to see their working process! We asked some Creature users to record their iPad modeling sessions in two parts - sculpting and painting - so that you can see their processes in a new Tumblr called Creature Feedr.
The results are pretty great, and you get to see how your favorite artists go from a stick figure to awesomeness in just a few minutes
What's cooler is that every model is going to be printed by our rad friends at Sculpteo! The first model is Dr. Toxic by Adam Beamish - we asked him to create a new character for the DC Universe, like a new Batman villain. Here's the backstory:
Dr Toxic was a scientist working at Axis chemical plant. While developing a new virus his sample became unstable and contaminated him. The accident left his mutated body into the current grotesque form.
What's really cool is that you can submit your own Creatures to the Feedr, or make requests for other modelers. We're also posting cool models every day, so check back often!