Optical illusions and 3D-printed trophies

Admit it, we have all tortured our eyes with optical illusions and we all love to do it. The fact that we see things that are different than reality intrigues us. We all know ‘the dress’, where you see the dress as gold and white, but your friend is certain that it has the colors black and blue. Or the famous picture where one sees an old woman and someone else a young lady. How is this possible? Why do our eyes see things so differently?

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‘the dress’

 

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old women – young lady

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optical illusion, also called visual illusion, is caused by the visual system and characterized by visually perceived images that differ from reality. There are three different types of illusions: literal optical illusions, physiological illusions and cognitive illusions. The first one are images that are created by smaller images, that aren’t related to the overall image. In the example of the elephant, the artist drew an elephant with only legs and no feet, and then he also drew feet without the legs. This resulted in the illusion that the elephant has more than four legs.

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literal optical illusion

Physiological illusions are the effects of excessive stimulation of brightness, position, color, size, movement… They are the ones that hurt the eyes the most and make you dizzy when you look too long at it. Just have a look at the picture below, you’ll understand what I mean immediately.

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physiological illusion

The thirth and last type of optical illusion are the cognitive illusions. They are the result of unconscious inferences. These illusions rely on our stored knowledge about the world and are under some degree of conscious control. So, cognitive illusions arise from an interaction of perceived reality with assumptions about the world, leading to “unconscious inferences”.

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cognitive illusion

3D Trophy Factory can make awards that have this optical illusion. We made a polyhedron award that appears to be round, but is actually flat. Have a look at this cool award below:

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Polyhedron award: Thüringer Forschungspreis 2017

For more cool awards, don’t forget to check out our website!

Meet our product designer, Gilles!

 

Have you ever wondered who makes all these beautiful trophies? Read this blog to find out more about one of our creative product designers, Gilles Borremans!

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Picture: Gilles Borremans

Hey Gilles, let’s start by asking what you studied in College?

I studied Product Development at the University of Antwerp. I completed my Bachelor and Masters degree there.

How did you get in contact with 3D Trophy Factory?

About 2 years ago Martijn talked about Twikit and 3D trophy factory at Antwerp Management School, where my girlfriend was studying. She told me that it seemed like a really cool company to work for. It was March and I had just finished my Masters, but I was leaving in May for an internship in Argentina. So I contacted them whether they needed someone for a month, they replied and I could start working there during the month April. After my internship they contacted me whether I was interested in working full time for them. I’m working here for 1 year and 8 months now.

What is your function in the company?

I develop the customizable trophies in this process. I have to make sure that the configurators work as custom-friendly as possible and also add new products to the website. Briefly said, I’m especially focused on developing products for the webshop but I also develop the fully customizable trophies.

How does a typical working day look like for you?

First of all, before I start my day, I have a really strong coffee. Then, I look whether there are some things that have to happen immediately, and restructure my planning according to this. I try to do the running orders in the morning, this are the fully customizable specials trophies. In the afternoon, if there is some time left, I have a look on how we can improve the webshop. But actually, I don’t really have a standard working day.

What was the first trophy you developed?

That’s a good question. I actually don’t know that anymore. But one of the first big ones was for Q8.  The award was for the celebration of the oil plant in Antwerp. They send me pictures of there building with big cillo’s and they asked me to use this as a basis. The trophy was almost entirely out of plexi, only the blue text was 3D-printed. Creating this award was very interesting, because since then, I have done three more projects for this company. When you do something good for a big company, most of the times they will come back to you.

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Q8 Oils Trophy

What was the coolest trophy you have ever made?

Definitely the one for Wacom. Wacom sells drawing tablets that you can connect to your computer and in that way you can draw digitally. The briefing from the company about the trophy was just a scratch with a pen. That was all. The award was called the Wacom Inkathon Award. They wanted the award to be an Inc Splash, but entirely in the Wacom style. The end result was a kind of ink explosion structure with the colors of Wacom. It was fun to do because it was a challenging design, because the award had to be strong enough, but at the same time appear very light.

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Wacom Inkathon trophy

If you could choose, for who or for what would you like to develop a trophy?

For Kendrick Lamar. He’s a real Hip Hop poet and I have a lot of respect for him. It would be nice to thank him for his music with an award.

The Oscars returns to its original version thanks to 3D printing

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source: http://www.geekster.be/films/oscars-2016-geekster-verslag/

Since 1928 The Oscars promises every year an evening of total glamour and prestige where stars show up in the most beautiful and magnificent outfits. Such a night, calls for an equally impressive award. For 33 years the statuettes have been manufactured at a Chicago trophy company. But over time, little changes have crept in the award. The foundry decided they wanted the Oscars to look again like the original one in 1928. The Academy Polich Tallix in New York offered the solution: it could scan the orignal award and then make a 3D-printed modern version out of the scan.

First of all, the process starts by scanning a classic Oscar from 1928 and a modern one of 2015. These two are then blended to make a new design that resembles closer to the original award.

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source: http://www.polichtallix.com/2016/02/16/oscar-returns-to-bronze-at-polich-tallix/

This new design is then 3D-printed in wax and dipped in ceramic shell slurry. After this, the award gets fired in an oven and bronze is poured into the shell. It has to cool overnight, before the final step can occur: the bronze castings are broken out of the shell the next day and the award is covered with 24 karat gold.

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source: http://www.polichtallix.com/2016/02/16/oscar-returns-to-bronze-at-polich-tallix/
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source: http://www.polichtallix.com/2016/02/16/oscar-returns-to-bronze-at-polich-tallix/

3D Trophy Factory is specialized in making beautiful trophies and awards. We also made our own modern version of the Oscars, what do you think of it? And don’t forget to check out our website for more cool trophies!

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the Proxsys Cup stands for fun and spectacle!

Fun, excitement and spectacle. That’s what the Proxsys Cup is all about. This two-weeks lasting event organizes indoor soccer matches for people of all ages: seniors, ladies, youth under 17, youth under 13 and G-soccer are all welcome.

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The Proxsys Cup took place in Gorinchem, a small city in the Netherlands where many sports are practised and many sports associations are based. As all the participating teams and clubs were very excited about the event, it can be said that the Cup was a great success.

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We’d like to congratulate Mohamed Boukrouche for winning the Proxsys Cup 2016! He was sportsman of the year in 2013 in Gorinchem and it’s in this city that he lives his best sportsmoments. According to him it’s sports that brings people together in the city Gorinchem. It was our honour to print the 3D trophies for such a warm and fun event.