Q8 business gifts

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To celebrate the opening of their new Antwerp plant, Q8 Oils wanted to offer their guests a commemorative gift.

The brief was simple, the design had to be based on the Q8 logo and the actual logo had to be freestanding from the rest of the design. After the approval of one of the design sketches, we created a 3D rendering for a better idea of what the final gifts would look like.

q8_design_processThe design process

In the end the client decided on two different executions of the same design. The first design has a black acrylic background covered with a laser engraved metal foil and the 3D printed logo mounted on the front. The second design was executed in a laser cut and laser engraved transparent acrylic.

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The final results

In total 270 guest received one of these beautiful gifts to remember the Q8 plant opening.
Do you have a special company event or a business deal that you want to remember? Contact us for a unique and exclusive design which reflects your special occassion or event.

Mark your partnerships with 3D tombstones

In November 2015, Buysse & Partners and Twikit joined forces to embark on a global 3D journey . Buysse & Partners is an investment firm with a global vision. Twikit is an enabler of online 3D customization.

With the motto ‘Walk the talk’, the 3D Trophy Factory team created a unique deal gift to mark the collaboration between Twikit and Buysse & Partners.

The space travel theme of the tombstone refers to the ambition of the partnership. Together with Buysse and Partners, we aim for the 3D customization sky and believe in infinite possibilities our collaboration will bring.dealgift2

To create a differentiating look for this unique 3D deal gift the custom elements were 3D printed and were combined with glass and a laser engraved oak foot.

Meanwhile this unique creation has found its place in the headquarters of Buysse&Partners.buysse_partners_collaboration

What is your journey? Do you have a special business occassion or deal you want to commemorate? Contact us for more information of a cool design! We look forward to hearing from you!

Design Inspiration – Thousand and One Nights

At 3D Trophy Factory we find inspiration in all kinds of places and things. For this design exercise we turned our gaze towards the Middle East and created this beautifully luxurious Thousand-and-One-Nights style.deluxe_relief_full1

The designs have been kept clean and minimal but the materials used are high quality and give the awards an opulent and exclusive look.delux_texttotem

We translated our classic text totem into a golden text totem with arabic letters.

The lantern style domes that you see a lot in the arabic architecture were an inspirational element for several of the designs. deluxe_shape_composite

The materials for these designs should be luxurious and high grade: 3D printed metals, engraved crystal and marble. These will give the awards, business gifts and trophies an elegant and exclusive look and feel.cristal_metal_sheet

We absolutely love this new style and hope you are as enthusiastic as we are!

Do you think this style is perfect for an award or trophy you are thinking of?

Contact the 3D Trophy Factory design team and they will translate your idea into a unique award!

Diversity Trophy VRT

For the fourth time in a row the Belgian public television VRT awarded their Diversiteitstrofee VRT. This award recognizes people and programs that approach diversity and colleagues in a creative and conscious way. Have a look at the winners here.

The original design idea for the award was a 2D design by graphic designer Gudrun Makelberge which 3D Trophy Factory translated in to a 3D printed trophy.

We made some initial sketches based on Gudrun’s design and in time all parties agreed on a final 3D rendering of the original idea.

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First draft sketch for the Diversiteitstrofee VRT

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3D Render for the Diversiteitstrofee VRT

The purple 3D prints are placed on an oak foot which has been laser engraved with playful designs to show the different categories. We kept the award very minimal, so the finer laser engravings on the oak foot jump out really nicely.

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The final 3D printed award for the Diversiteitstrofee VRT

Do you feel inspired by this design? Are you looking for a unique 3D award or business gift?

Please contact us at info@3dtrophyfactory.com

Want to create a custom-made award yourself? Visit our webshop!

How to create a customized 3D award

Are you tired of handing out the same type of awards every year? Are you looking for a customized 3D award or business gift but don’t know where to start? 

Look no further! 3D Trophy Factory can help you out!

3D Trophy Factory can offer you 2 options for creating a customized 3D trophy: you can either do it yourself in our webshop or you can call in our design troops for a fully customized 3D design.

Feeling creative and want to do it yourself in our webshop?

Surf to 3dtrophyfactory.com where you can modify one of the many existing designs, tweak it according to your preferences and order your 3D award right away.3dtrophyfactory

No need to have any knowledge of complicated editing software, just use our user-friendly 3D award configurator.

Have a look at the video below to see how easy it really is!

Get in touch with us and together we create a 3D award or business gift from scratch!


how_we_workWe start with a short briefing

Creativity starts with constraints. We need to know precisely what you are looking for, what materials you’re eyeballing, which elements you want to feature, in which context the trophy will be given,… Expect us to listen, ask questions and show plenty of examples at this stage.

Next stage is sketching

You’ll probably already see our designers doodle and sketch during the first meeting. You wouldn’t believe the amount of pencils and notebooks we go through in a month. But it’s crucial to have plenty of drafts and ideas to cover different takes and angles on the subject, and spark the creativity. It’s just as fun as it sounds. (And, yes, we take budget constraints into account as well).

Off to the machines! From pencil sketches we go to 3D models and rendered images on our computer screen. They almost look real (even though they are in fact 2D illusions). Here, we craft and shape and rethink every detail of the design to ultimately end up with precisely the trophy you wanted.

Happy with the design? Then let’s do some printing! Actually, it’s a bit more technical than that! The production files need to be prepared, printing techniques have to be selected and finishes have to be decided upon. But those skills are embedded in our DNA (and they’ve actually already played a part in the design stage too).

When we offer you the end product, we know you’re not the actual recipient of the trophy. You’re going to give it away to someone else. And that’s probably the real beauty of designing a trophy: there’s always a winner at the end of it!

In which materials can you print 3D awards?

The designers at 3D Trophy Factory have many materials and production techniques to choose from when creating a design for a new award, trophy or business gift. One of the most used production techniques to bring our award designs to live is 3D printing.

There are many materials to choose from when it comes to 3D printing. Generally speaking the purpose of the printed product often dictates the print material but in the case of 3D printed awards and trophies almost anything goes!

The most commonly used materials are plastics and metals (which are actually first printed in wax and then cast in the right metal). The print material you choose, goes hand in hand with the production method used.

SLA vs SLS

The most commonly used production methods for 3D printing at this time are SLA and SLS.

Briefly, stereolithography (SLA) is a printing method where material is added in layers.

Laser sintering (SLS) is a printing method where the model is built up from a powder batch.

A list of the our most commonly used materials for 3D printing awards and trophies.

Polyamide (nylon)

Strong and flexible plastic. Made from powder.

img_1655for B2G. White polyamide on oak cube.

Resin

Delicate plastic. Made from liquid photopolymer cured with UV light

Multicolor

Rigid type, made from powder. Available in rainbow style.

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Daikin award for Daikin. Multicolor print.

Stainless Steel

Very strong material. Built up from a powdered metal. Many shades are possible.

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Bocuse d’Or for Bocuse d’Or Belgium. 3D printed spoon in stainless steel on wooden cube with acrylic details.

Gold & Silver (and Brass)

Strong precious materials. First printed in wax, then cast in the preferred material. The finish of course can also be chosen (coated or high gloss for example)

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Customizable jewelry by Anne Zellien. Printed in 18k gold and sterling silver. 

Interested in creating your own 3D printed award, trophy of business gift? Please contact 3D Trophy Factory at info@3dtrophyfactory.com.

For more design ideas and inspiration check out the 3D Trophy Factory Pinterest page!

Is 3D printing expensive?

We often get the question whether 3D printing is expensive. And as is so often the case, the answer is more complicated than just simply a yes or no.

Many variables and different scenarios apply. It depends on the materials that are used, the size of the object, number of copies you need and the printer you are planning to use. In many cases a post-production finish (polish, varnish…) is also needed and will need to be included in the overall cost.

In general, you could say that 3D printing small objects is cheap and 3D printing large objects is expensive. Prices go up exponentially as the object size increases.

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Philips – 3D shaver with customizable 3D printed handle

The cost of 3D printing doesn’t have any correlation with the complexity of your product’s design but it has everything to do with the cost of the material and the amount of resource material that is used. Material prices can go from €50/kg (ABS powder plastics) upto €500/kg (titanium powder), depending on what you need.

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3D Trophy Factory – Design your own 3D printed award

And although precious metals are even more expensive, jewelry production is very suitable for 3D printing. It allows designers to quickly make one-off creations and customized designs without the need to create and recreate molds until the design is exactly how they want it.

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Anne Zelien – Customizable Text Jewel

3D printing is also an excellent manufacturing method when you are creating prototypes, limited editions or customized products whereas traditional manufacturing techniques (such as injection molding, rotational molding,…) make a lot more sense when you are thinking about mass production both with regards to scalability and costs.

However, as the 3D printing technologies advance, the competition increases and raw 3D printing materials become less expensive, the future is looking brighter and brighter for 3D printing. 3D printing will become cheaper and faster and we’ll see more and more products being manufactured by 3D printers.

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Heart to Get – Signature Necklace

The biggest advantage of 3D printing is the short time it takes to get from concept to actual product and the possibilities it offers for increasingly intricate designs.

Have a look at this very beautiful Kinematic Petals dress (commissioned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) by Nervous System! Now just a beautiful prototype and very much still in an experimental phase but maybe one day in the future a 3D printed garment might hang in your closet!

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Nervous System – Kinematic Petal dress

In short, you might conclude that depending on the size of your object, the chosen material and number of copies you need, 3D printing is definitely the way to go!

Especially if you are considering giving your customers the option to customize your products themselves or if you are thinking of limited editions and unique pieces.

If you are looking to mass produce products, it’s probably not the best option yet.

Whatever the case may be, 3D printing is definitely worth considering for your special projects.
The design possibilities and applications are endless!

8 reasons why your event needs a 3D printed award

Because…

  • … you want to sent the winners home with something they will remember.

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  • … you want to stand out from the crowd.
  • … you’re bored of giving that same old check or shiny plastic trophy.

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  • … a 3D printed award stands for new technological development and innovation.

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  • … 3D printing opens a whole new world to unknown design possibilities.  With our help, you can create a great award matched exactly to the house style or theme of your event.
  • … you can personalize each award with custom text or images, creating a unique item for each winner.

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  • …it attracts the extra publicity that your event needs.
  • … it just looks beautiful!.

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Interested? Then contact our designers or take a look on our webshop!