Submission deadline approaching for Habitat for the Holidays, 3D-printed ornament design contest

Press release from Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity:

Only two weeks remain for creatives who are interested in entering Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore’s annual “Habitat for the Holidays: 3D Printed Ornament Contest.” In support of the ReStore, the contest is sponsored and facilitated by local 3D printing company Spectra3D Technologies and is open to the public. 3D novices are encouraged to approach it as a learning opportunity. For contest guidelines, a how-to webinar and other free resources to get started in the 3D printing world visit The contest runs until 11:59pm on November 22nd.

The winning ornament design will be printed in multiples and sold to the public at the Asheville Habitat ReStore (33 Meadow Road, Asheville) starting at 11:00AM on December 3rd, when the winner will be announced and the ornament revealed. Following will be a live 3D printing demonstration by Spectra3D Technologies. Last year, more than 60 people entered the contest and a young Jacob Whitten, then a 7th grade student at Enka Middle School, was chosen as the winner.

ReStore General Manager Scott Stetson reflected, “This contest is a fun way to get the public thinking about 3D technology and Habitat. 3D printing is becoming more popular and is being taught to young people in our schools. However, many people still have not had an opportunity to hold and touch something that’s been 3D printed, or to watch this technology in action. It’s a commodity, and we’re excited that we’re able to sell these 3D ornaments at the ReStore. The designs must incorporate Habitat for Humanity, so it brings affordable housing into focus while combining learning and discovery.”

All proceeds from sales related to this contest will benefit Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. The winning designer will have his or her choice of a $100 ReStore gift card or a 3Doodler, a 3-dimensional printing pen.

About Able Allen
Able studied political science and history at Warren Wilson College. He enjoys travel, dance, games, theater, blacksmithing and the great outdoors. Follow me @AbleLAllen

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.