Aluvision nv wins Belgian Maker Award!

The announcement of the winner of the Belgian Maker Award took place yesterday, June 22th. This trophy was awarded to the SME in Flanders who produces the most consciously. There were different criteria such as attention for men and environment, being innovative in product and proces and creating employment in Belgium.

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Belgian Maker Award 2017

The five finalist were Aluvision nv, Brouwerij Huyghe, HTMS, La Fille d’O and Slabbinck nv. Yesterday UNIZO announced that Aluvision nv can call itself the proud winner of the Belgian Maker Award.

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source: Twitteraccount @BartVermaercke

Aluvision nv builds exhibition stands with a unique look. The company uses an innovative approach for building these exhibition stands and displays. Durability, flexibility, reusability and modularity are their key features. We’d like to congratulate Alivision nv for winning this amazing award! For more cool awards, don’t forget to check out our website!

Get Smart for Belgium – Our design for the Belfius Smart Awards

In 2016, Belfius launched “Smart Belgium”, a call for local governments, companies, citizens, healthcare and eduction to work together for a more sustainable and “Smart” Belgium. A unique forum where smart ideas and solutions for social challenges could meet. Continue reading “Get Smart for Belgium – Our design for the Belfius Smart Awards”

Simplicity rules: have a look at our 3D printed sports trophies.

Trophies and sport competitions have always been connected to one another. The ancient Romans started this long tradition by handing out chalices (footed cups intended to hold a drink) to winners of sport competitions. These would often be filled with delicious wine or other (alcoholic) beverages. Sounds like a pretty good tradition, so it stuck around.

These Chalices already looked quite alike to the classic Cup Trophy that we all know today. Cup trophies are the most typical kind of trophies and come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Think about the champion’s league, maybe one of the most classic trophy designs out there. Thanks to the shape of the handles, the trophy has earned it the nickname of “big ears” in multiple languages. The award itself is made out of pure silver and weighs more than 11 KG!

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Champion’s League Trophy

But now for something completely different. That’s why they created our own take on the classic Cup Trophy in 3D print. What do you think? A bit smaller, light weight and far less bling bling. Simplicity rules in all of our designs here at 3D trophy factory.

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Cup Trophy

Not only Cup Trophies are perfect for sport competitions. Our Football Trophy takes the sport quite literarily. A nice change from the classic trophies isn’t it? Same goes for our Baseball trophy and Sneaker Trophy. Of course all prints have multiple colour options and anyone can upload their own artwork to be displayed on the wooden foot. Buying custom made trophies has never been easier and quicker. Curious to see what else we have in stock? Visit our webshop and find out.

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Baseball trophy

 

We’ve created the biggest 3D printed trophy EVER for Gaming giant Konami!

Konami is one of the most well known and well respected video game developers worldwide.  The multinational contacted us earlier this year for a project of a size we’ve never seen for before.

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The company needed our help for an award that celebrated the winner of the PES league. For all you non-gamers out there: PES is an abbreviation for the critically acclaimed Pro Evolution Soccer.

The football video game is now in its 16th installment and continues to draw legions of devoted fans. For those seeking an even greater challenge Konami organizes the PES League World Finals, held this year in Cardiff. The best players in each country go through to a regional final in Barcelona or Liverpool. The winners there go on to the final and on June 4th only one can be crowned World PES Champion. Not coincidently, the final is played in the same weekend as the Champion’s league final.

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The team made a 75 CM by 20 CM award customized to Konami’s design, making it the world’s largest 3D printed award to date.

Rather than order directly through the website as many of 3D Trophy Factory’s customers do this required a bespoke approach by the team.

This time care had to be taken to design this special trophy so it would print perfectly the first time. The trophy was first 3D printed and then had to be post processed by hand. Support structures had to be removed and the trophy was then hand painted.

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The 3D print itself is made from a light curing resin called a photopolymer. Stereolithography works through lasers moving through a vat of this resin hardening it one layer at a time. The award has a smooth finishing, with a transparent resin on top of the massive 3d printed trophy. The logo is also 3D printed and the stickers are attached manually. With an award of this size, manual labour is a defining factor to reach this level of finishing.

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Hopefully yesterday’s winner has a enough shelve space to store away this giant. We surely wish him a well deserved congratulations and hopes he enjoys his one-of-a-kind design!

Chrome is in the house!

We currently launched a new and awesome type of finishing, introducing: Chrome!

Rakketjes-3Before the launch of this new line, the white polyamide prints would be sprayed or dyed into different colors such as red, blue, yellow, orange and green. We wanted to offer our clients a more premium product and that’s why we came up with the idea of creating this awesome shiny finishing!  the colors are currently available in silver, gold, bronze and metallic black.

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It’s also possible to 3D-print metal, but this is not yet optimized and is also very expensive. The chromefinishing offers the perfect alternative. What do you think of our chrome rackets and the chrome sculpture of our product designer, Gilles? We totally love this look!

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chrome sculpture

The Chrome Finishing is now available for our custom awards and very soon in our shop!

Yellowleaf wins Voka Award 2017!

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Left: Vincent Scheltjens, Right: Jeroen Audenaert

Jeroen Audenaert and Vincent Scheltjens won the Voka Award 2017, the price for the most promising student-enterprise. This is the second year in a row that 3D trophy factory made this award. And this time, we got the unique opportunity to interview Jeroen Audenaert, one of the co-founders of Yellowleaf.

  1. Hey Jeroen, let’s start with telling a little bit more about yourself.

I’m co-founder of Yellowleaf and currently studying Commercial Sciences. I’m very passionate about the digital and business world. My passion for the digital world started when I was following the course CS50X at HarvardX. The following summers I spent at Harvard University for a Summer School Program, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business for the Summer Business Scholar Program and I’ve spent four months at the Lappeenranta University of Technology. In my spare time you can find me on a surfboard or a sailing boat.

2.  What does Yellowleaf do? 

The mission of Yellowleaf is to make organizations grow digitally. Yellowleaf offers organizations a total package for all their digital communications. Our activities are build around three points: webdevelopment and design, e-commerce and online marketing and digital strategy.

3. What distinguishes Yellowleaf from its competitors?

The unique aspect about Yellowleaf is that we think together with your organization. As young student-entrepreneurs we can easily adapt ourselves to the mindset of your organization. We are digital natives with fresh ideas and possess all the capacities needed to build your online identity and digitalization processes or to blow new life into it.

4. Why did you give your company the name Yellowleaf?

Yellowleaf comes from the Flemish word ‘geel blad’. The yellow leaves represent autumn. When you’re walking in the woods during this season, you get to see magnificent sceneries. This is exactly what we want to do: create magnificent websites, designs and solutions for our clients. In our logo the leaf actually has the color blue, with this we want to emphasize the digital aspect and our out-of-the-box thinking.

5. How do you combine this with your studies?

It’s important to have a good planning, so you won’t run out of time for your studies. We try to plan our appointments in a way that we can go to our classes. For us, it’s an interesting way to combine the theoretical side of university with the practical side of doing business.

6. Do you have any tips for students that want to become an entrepreneur?

My first tip is to use all the resources that are available. Universities help students a lot, for example TakeOff in Antwerp and LCIE in Leuven. There are also many other initiatives such as Bryo from Voka. It’s also very important to talk with the right experts so they can give you input and validate your ideas. An important step in this process is to pitch your idea as much as possible to other people. That way, you hear many other opinions and you can adjust your idea.

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TESTicle and Yellowleaf: TESTicle winning post promising student-idea and Yellowleaf most promising student-enterprise

7. How do you see the future of your organization? 

We want to become a player that knows all the different aspects of the digital world. We’re currently building strategic partnerships with important players in the e-commerce and design world. At the moment, we have 2 part-time employees, but over time we would like to change this to full-time employees.

8. Does the award have a nice place in your office?

Yes of course, we are extremely proud about the award! We were very surprised for winning it, but it would have never been possible without the advice and support of Melanie Nolens, Sven de Vocht en Nathalie De Schepper from Bryo Antwerpen and we would like to thank them once again!

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Hack my ride: improving Brussels’ public transportation

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MIVB, the public transportation society of Brussels, organized a hackathon, called ‘Hack my ride’. The goal of this hackathon was to improve the use of public transportation in Brussels. In total, 41 developers participated to the hackaton.

The developers had to create apps that would have an added value to the public transportation in Brussels. This task consisted out of 4 challenges:  the integration of public transportation in the daily digital life, an easier use of public transportation for people with limited mobility, a chatbox for better travelinformation and apps that combine health and public transportation, by for example promoting a combination of walking and public transportation.

Hack my ride took place in a comfortable workingarea, complete with a smoothiebar, gamezone, pooltable… The developers could even get massages. The entire hackathon was equipped to make the developers feel as comfortable as possible.

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award hack my ride 2017

The ultimate winner of Hack my ride was the 27-year old Eloi Strée with his team ‘Antartica LTD’. It was our honor to create an award for this hackathon!

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source: twitteraccount @STIBMIVB

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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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.