There’s a first for everything: take a look at our Trump hair award!

A few months ago we received a very unusual request: “Could you please make us an award in the shape of Trump-hair that is wobbling around on a moving spiral?”

I’m guessing that at this point everybody must have heard about Donald Trump. Without getting too political, let’s just say he’s famous because he’s the president-elect of the united states. What else is he famous for: his all natural(?) weaves; canary-blond and full of secrets. It’s safe to say that our design team was pretty exited when we read the e-mail.

This was definitely one of the most fun challenges for the team. After some sketching and research we finally had our model ready. Then there awaited us another challenge: finding the spiral that would fit the 3D printed hair without moving too much so the award would break or bend over.

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When we finally puzzled everything together and we were super proud of the result! What do you think?

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We’ve made the award for Belgian TV show M/V van het jaar (translation: Man/Woman of the year). This quiz featured Belgium’s biggest names in entertainment and television. The winner was Belgian director and presenter Erik Van Looy. Well done and good luck with your fabulous award!

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The Pokémon revival: it ain’t till it’s over.

Who ever said that the Pokemon revival hit it’s peak this summer with Pokemon Go has no idea what they’re talking about. The hype is still going strong, with a number of new and old disciplines where the famous characters gain an enthusiastic following of fans.

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It’s safe to say that the madness isn’t stopping with Pokemon Go. Card games, merchandising, movies, toys, videogames, even Pokemon donuts are a thing now apparently.

3D trophy factory is also not planning to give up on Pokemon just yet. Apart from catching the occasional Spearow in our office, we’ve also made the awards for the first International Pokemon Championship that took place in London this december.

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The final in london.

Players from around the world gathered at the ExCel Centre in London for the first International Championship of the season Play! Pokémon 2017 . Players are challenged both to the Pokémon Trading Card Game and video game Pokémon Sun and Moon where they are competing for three days to find out who would win the tournament.

The event is the first of its kind, as well as three of the International Championship tournaments scheduled in the Rating Zone Oceania, North America, South America and other important upcoming tournaments across Europe.

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The European champions, along with other successful participants from around the world have increased their Points Championship with the aim of securing a place at the 2017 World Championships. Well done to all players!

Why your employees need to be awarded too.

The trophy-making business can be very awarding (pun intended). We make things everybody loves to get.

And we’ve made them for tons of different occasions; business events, gaming tournaments, marketing awards, golf tournaments and many more.

We saw that our clients are keen to make sure their winners have an memorable experience. We’re asked to design the most crazy and original trophies that are handed out in top-notch award shows. When we see the end-result and pictures of the happy winners, we always feel very proud to be part of such happy moments.

Yet in every company, there are hidden winners that also deserve recognition. People that give their best everyday to deliver the best service or product possible. It’s important to remember that a company’s internal audience is as important as their external audience. Employees need to be recognized for their work, this is essential for every exceptional work place.

Awards are a perfect way to express recognition, for the simple reason that prizes are designed to produce more effort, to give people something to strive towards. This is of great importance in every company, because appreciation is a fundamental human need.

Agreed, there are performance evaluations, year-end reviews and touch-points. These are all moments where an employer has the opportunity to praise an employee for their good work, but nothing says ‘thank you’ more clearly then a beautiful, shiny (3D printed) award.

So if you need some inspiration in how to start your own internal awards program, we are happy to present some of our past projects and collaborations :

1. A company’s anniversary.

The Belgian company Twikit recently celebrated their 4th anniversary, and because companies have birthdays too, the team organized a surprise party. Complete with decorations, balloons, pizza and a 3D printed award with a real candle, the birthday bash was one to remember.

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2.  Reaching a sales target.

Reaching a sales target is often seen a milestone. Keeping your staff motivated to do even better next term is therefore critical. With that in mind, we’ve created this simple yet elegant text totem. Feeling inspired? In our webshop there are numerous examples of easy-to-create text totems and awards.

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3. The annual company party.

The annual company party is thé opportunity to recognize hard-working employees. Think further than the obligatory casino night or black&white party, and organize an award show for your employees.

Take the Viacom velocity awards ; they hosted their own internal awards show, showcasing their work into several categories and a grand prix winner. The event is a yearly celebration that combines a fun evening between co-workers with an exiting award show.

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4. And pretty much everything else.

There are endless occasions and events to present awards in your company, we just named a few. A co-worker that is retired? Employee of the month? Or award that one colleague that is infamous for their bad jokes? Everything is possible. For a custom award or inspiration, don’t hesitate to contact one our designers. Or discover more in our look-book.

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We’ve made 22 trophies for the first ever Dutch Search awards!

 

The Dutch Search awards is the first edition in The Netherlands, where excellence and efforts in Dutch search marketing are put in the spotlight. This award show is thé opportunity for search agencies and professionals to show their best cases and solutions to a professional jury.

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During the evening gala last night in Amsterdam, the 22 trophies were awarded within 4 different categories. Winners included prominent dutch agencies such as Blue Mango, Wehkamp en IProspect. Congratulations to all agencies that could take one of our designs back home!

Bigger, biggest, best. Our design for the Viacom Velocity Awards

We’ve designed one of our biggest awards to date:  The Viacom Velocity Award. Viacom Velocity is a full-service marketing and creative content team within the Viacom Marketing and Video Partner Solutions group. You might have heard about Viacom, the world’s sixth largest broadcasting and cable company that hold television networks such as MTV, Comedy central, Nickelodeon and many more.

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The Viacom Velocity Awards hosts its own internal awards show, showcasing their work into several categories and a grand prix winner. The award itself is a combination of two different materials and techniques. The foot is carved out of solid oak and personalized with laser-cutting technology. The top part is fully 3D printed and finished in the Viacom house style colour. This is the biggest award we have designed to date and the team is very proud of this one. Congratulations to the winners that could take these beasts back home!

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Revenge of the nerds: The 5 biggest prizes in gaming tournaments

The gaming industry has definitely gone trough some major changes over the last few years, with competitive gaming reaching new heights of popularity.  After we made the insane looking award for King of the Kill a few weeks ago, we started to get curious.. It seems that competitive gaming has been taken out of the player’s living room and placed into the world’s biggest venues. Thousands of spectators are watching these games live, and we’re not even mentioning the ones that view these tournaments on live streams.
thumb_img_1294_1024Competitive gaming or e-sports are a million dollar industry with an extremely loyal community of gaming enthusiasts and fans. More than 20 years after the first video game tournaments, the top eSports events draw audiences that would make traditional sports events jealous. Companies like Coca cola, Nissan and Red bull are just some of the high-level sponsors that are part of this insane marketing machine. This results in prize money that trumps tournaments such as Tour de France or the Super bowl. If you want your kid to become the next top-earning athlete, then you might want to reconsider buying a PS4 of a PC instead of those of expensive private tennis lessons.

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-10-23-50-amWith numerous tournaments taking place every year there is big money to be earned in professional gaming. How to be a millionaire in a few years? 1. Say farewell to your social life 2. Learn how to play one of these games :

1. Dota 2

Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena game (or MOBA) developed by Valve. Like most other MOBAs, Dota 2 is free. The predecessor to Dota 2 is DotA, or Defense of the Ancients and it started out as a custom-built level from Warcraft III, developed by Blizzard entertainment. The biggest compitition for DOTA players is The International, one of the biggest tournaments in the gaming industry.

Fun fact: the prize pool for this tournament is completely sponsored by crowdfunding!

  • Overal Prize pool : $87,350,589.90
  • Players competing : 1651 Players
  • Number of Tournaments : 639

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2. League of legends 

League of legends is an all-time classic MOBA and completely free. The game is all about objective defense — a glorified capture the flag, if you will. League of legends is a direct competitor to Dota 2.

Fun fact: In 2014, for the first time, the streamed game’s broadcast attracted more viewers than the NBA Finals

  • Overal Prize pool : $30,923,548.39
  • Players competing : 4258 Players
  • Number of tournaments : 1754

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3.Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a first-person shooter that was released in August 2012. The game is part of the Counter-Strike series and one of the most-played shooters worldwide.

Fun Fact: Like Dota 2, The game is also developed by Valve.

  • Overal Prize pool : $21,600,192.54
  • Players competing : 5958
  • Number of tournaments : 1878

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4. Starcraft II

Starcraft II is a real-time strategy computer game created by Blizzard Entertainment. Starcraft II is a sequel to (you guessed it) the already very popular Starcraft.

Fun fact: the game was sold 1,5 million times in the first 48 hours.

  • Overal Prize pool : $20,516,707.76
  • Players competing : 1584
  • Number of tournaments: 3904

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5. Counter-strike 

Counter-Strike is a first-person shooter game released by Valve, in which players join either the terrorist team, the counter-terrorist team, or become spectators.

Fun fact : Recently, Counter strike was the victim of a huge gambling scandal 

  • Overal Prize pool : $10,765,812.78
  • Players Competing : 2587
  • Number of Tournaments:  572

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The winners of these gaming tournaments are awarded with the craziest looking trophies. The bigger the better definitely implies here, and the designs are unique and often reference to the story of that game.

Storytelling trough awards and flawless designs is something that we know all to well here at 3D trophy factory. Take a look at our look book and don’t forget to keep an eye on our website for future projects!

Source : http://www.esportsearnings.com/games

For the 4th consecutive year, IAB Mixx awards is counting on 3D Trophy factory!

Last night, the 9th edition of the IAB Mixx awards were held in Tour & Taxis in Brussels.

The “ Marketing and Interactive Excellence Awards “ rewards the best digital campaigns of the year. This means that every aspect of the campaign is important depending on the category: strategy, creativity, results, innovation engagement, etc…img_5841-1

Only the best digital campaigns receive a recognition. Awards can be won in 8 different categories and are be judged by 4 different expert juries.

Several contestants were lucky enough to take home an award last night, but the biggest winner was definitely DDB brussels, who received the prestigious title “Agency of the Year”.

In total the jury evaluated 104 cases and more than 500 specialists from the media and marketing industry were present at the ceremony. For the 4th year in a row, 3D Trophy Factory was able to create and make the awards for this prestigious ceremony.  Well done to all winners, and see you next year ;)! 35326b5b88cc56e8acc5

Catawiki won this year’s Deloitte Technology Fast 50 (3D printed!) award.

Last night, the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 ceremony took place in Amsterdam. The winner of this year’s edition was the Dutch company Catawiki that won 1st price for the second year in a row! With an amazing 3600% growth, the Dutch company is Europe’s fastest growing online auction house. The 2nd place was taken by hardware company Zens, while New York Media Group was awarded with 3rd place. Congratulations to all winners! deloite-1

The Deloitte Fast 50 is one of the foremost technology award programs, celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship. It is a ranking of The Netherland’s 50 fastest growing technology companies, driven by leading intellectual property and based on revenue growth over the last four years.

The program encourages and promotes entrepreneurial, fast-growing technology companies by celebrating their achievements, giving them access to Fast 50’s unique network of highly successful entrepreneurs, and opening doors to new opportunities, collaborations and partnerships.

For the 3rd year in a row, 3D Trophy factory is very proud to have been able to collaborate with Deloitte Netherlands for this prestigious award show. The design of the award is inspired by the Deloitte fast 50 branding and had a beautiful multicolor finishing.

3D Trophy Factory teams up with EY Netherlands for prestigious business award

Last night, Ernst&Young Netherlands handed out the first EY Family Business Legacy Award. This award recognizes the qualities of the exceptional entrepreneurial families in the Netherlands. ey-1

The recognition is part of The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) program that is considered one of the world’s most prestigious business awards. The program is held in more than 140 cities, across 60 countries worldwide, covering 94% of the global economy.

The stylish 3D printed award was modeled in black and yellow after the famous EY colors. Congratulations to supermarket chain Jumbo that had the honour to take this beautiful award home!

Gaming tournament King of the Kill hands outs our scary 3D trophies

And the award for scariest trophy goes to..

In collobaration with daybreak games, 3D trophy factory has made it’s scariest, coolest looking trophy to date : The King of the Kill trophy.

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Inspiration for this cool trophy is the video game “King of the Kill” : a highly competitive,  fast-paced, fight-to-the-death shooter. On October 2nd , the award was handed out during the H1Z1 invitational. The H1Z1 invitational is a frenzied kill-or-be-killed spectacle, in which every player has one goal in mind: be the last one standing. thumb_img_1294_1024

The winners of the competition were able to take home these awesome trophies. We do advise the lucky winners to showcase the trophy in a non-scary, happy place and keep away from small children. Congratulations to all winners!