A new cutting-edge technology is about to take over the world: 3D printing. Pretty soon, if one of the buttons on your remote control goes missing, you'll be able to just print a new one. With 3D design software, anyone can create a plan for an object and send it to a printer, which uses plastic filament to build up the object in fine layers. Watch how it works below.

To celebrate the arrival of the future, we're partnering with MakerBot, a company that makes 3D printers, to give you a new Extra Credit project: a holiday ornament challenge. Winners of the challenge will have the chance to join Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen and MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis on stage at our live event at The Greene Space in New York City on December 17. Everyone's invited! We'll have live music by Javelin, free drinks, and 3D printing demos. Get your tickets here.

UPDATE 12/17:
Our winner is Paul Draghicescu, a computer programmer from Seattle, who submitted his Snowflake Icosahedron.

See the 10 finalist designs submitted via Thingiverse
See all the finalist designs and watch performances by Javelin at our Greene Space event

Thank you to everyone who participated in our challenge!

MakerBotEntry Option 1: Design in 3D.

Create a three-dimensional design for a holiday ornament or decoration and submit it to You can find all the details about the challenge and prizes there.

UPDATE: The submission deadline has passed. See all the entries here.

MakerBotEntry Option 2: Send us a photo of your decoration.

Send us a picture of a holiday ornament or decoration. We'll pick the three best entries to be scanned by MakerBot's Digitizer at our live event in New York on December 17.

UPDATE: The submission deadline has passed. See all the entries here.

Video: Watch a 3D printer in action --- with MakerBot's Bre Pettis

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