Noelanders Trophy 2017: The battle of the Bonsais.

Last weekend The Noelanders Trophy 2017 took place in Genk, Belgium. This is a 3-day event that is all about the Ancient Japanese tradition of growing and cultivating bonsais.
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The Japanese tradition dates back over a thousand years. The cultivation of Bonsais can be extremely difficult, and this competition awards those who have the best know-how to grow the most beautiful and unique-looking Bonsais.

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Photo by Bonsai Empire

The event was hold in the Limburghal in Genk with a staggering 4000M² competition floor and a 4000M² vender and professionals area. Live demo’s were held in the Auditorium that can welcome up to 650 guests.

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All the activities were organized by the Bonsai Association Belgium for the 18th year in a row, and features a magnificent bonsai exhibition with the support of all their international bonsai friends.

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The mission of the association is to raise the class and knowledge of the bonsai in Belgium and beyond the borders of our country. Under the mastery of Marc Noelanders, the event offers a network of contacts and knowledge at an international level.

3D trophy factory had the exclusive honor to design and produce these beautiful and natured inspired trophies.

With over 100 Bonsai trees on display, selecting the winners was a tough job for the judges. Go to this website to see the winning trees of the Noelanders Trophy 2016.

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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Design Inspiration – Scandinavian Design

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In our series on on what inspires us, we take a look at Scandinavian design.

A minimalist, contemporary and elegant style that keeps clean lines but plays around with different textures and materials to give the design more depth and interest.

Scandinavian design is characterized by the use of cool and light colors, the implementation of geometric patterns and the combination of natural materials with new high-tech resources.

The geometric theme is not only very popular in interior design but also jewelers get inspired by this style. Traditional materials such as wood and precious metals are used to create modern and sleek designs. Triangles, oak and light pastel colors make for a contemporary and elegant look.jewelry

We love this style so much because it allows us to play around with the latest techniques and materials such as 3D printing which allows us to create intricate geometric designs. In combination with more traditional materials like wood our awards and trophies get a warm look and feel!scandinavian_inspirationThe Scandinavian design was the primary inspiration for our most popular award design, the 3D text totem. The 3D printed text and oak foot form an harmonious award that can be fully customized to refer to the winner who will receive it.deloitte-3d-text-totemIf you like our text totems and you are looking for a unique award, you can create these text totems yourself in our webshop. Please click here… think_big

As you can see there are many possiblities within this design style and we hope you got inspired as well.

Do you have an important event coming? Do you need a unique design for your award or trophy? Please contact our designers and they’ll get sketching!

A company totem for Greatist

Greatist is company committed to helping you find the best way to a healthy and happy life.

For their offices they wanted a totem that represented their positive spirit and outlook on life and that would serve as a reminder to everyone to hold on to that healthy attitude and have fun while doing so.

The 3D Factory Designers created a totem that was based on the Greatist’s 5 icons.  A Thumbs Up, a leaf, a doughnut, a cattle bell and an avocado. greatist_trophy_iconsFrom the input above our designers created a really cool and whimsical totem that incorporated all elements.greatist_design
The final result is a 3D printed totem that was spray painted gold (for that glamorous look) and is perched on an oak foot that was laser engraved with the Greatist logo.
This was a really fun collaboration and it looks like friends at Greatist are really happy with their new company totem as well.

Are you looking for an inspirational 3D totem that represents your company vision and philosophy? Contact our 3D Trophy Factory designers and we’ll create a unique design for you!

Or have a look at our portfolio here!

The 10 most beautiful 3D award designs

Here’s a list of fully 3D printed awards that inspire us.

1. Design Management Europe Awards

Design Management Europe Awards, designed and produced by Cardiff product design and research centre, PDR.design_management_europe_awards

2. Reboot Develop 2015 Awards

Reboot Develop 2015, the “Biggest game developers and industry professionals conference in south east Europe”, which took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Design by Zagreb-based MOGLO.reboot_develop_2015_awards3. Johny Walker Keep Walking Award

Designed by theMakerBot Studio design team for the annual TechCrunch Disrupt.johny_walker_keep_walking_award4. Formula One and Moto GP Trophy

Design by Antonio Pio Saracino for Eni. formula_one_and_moto_gp_trophy5. Flanders Classsic Cycling Race Gent-Wevelgem

Award for Flanders classic cycling race Gent-Wevelgem, designed by Nick Ervinck.gent_wevelgem6. The Oscars

3D printed Oscars, produced by Polich Tallix fine art foundry. Original design by MGM art director Cedric Gibbons.

7. International Prize For Emerging Artists In Digital Art

3D printed award for “International Prize For Emerging Artists In Digital Art”, the prestigious French Prix Cube 2013 awards designed by Hugo Arcier.

Photo by: Christophe Luxereauprix_cube_016408. Architizer A+Awards Trophy

Designed by Snarkitecture. architizer9. Essenscia Award

This is the Essenscia Innovation Award 2012. Twikit (3D Trophy Factory) designed this custom trophy for Essenscia. The body is 3D printed in polyamide, sandblasted and sprayed in satin white. The base is polished plexi.innovation_award10. Designer of the year award (I.Materialise)

3D printed award designed by 3D Trophy Factory.design-award-2013_001For more award designs please check out our portfolio here.

Meet the star of the 3D Trophy Factory family

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Hi,

I am the 3D text totem! I am the all-time classic of the 3D trophy factory and was their first creation.

I am very popular as a give-away award for big international events and conferences.3d_text_totem_02

Why?

I am fully 3D, so people are really surprised when they get me 🙂

I am fully customizable from top to bottom – your message appears in 3D and I can be engraved with logo’s on my base.3d_text_totem_01

I can be created with a 3D trophy factory configurator, in an amount from 1 to 5000.tedx_text_totem

I am small, so I fit in the suitcase of your speakers, attendees or members.
They will never forget me in their hotel room.

Curious? You can create me here or contact my father for special version.

I hope to hear from you soon!

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!