Stand out from the crowd with our exclusive Cufflinks Collection!

In a world where grey, blue and black suits are dominant, standing out from the crowd isn’t always that easy. Agreed, men can switch it up by wearing a “special” tie. Or maybe a pocket square can set yourself apart from others. Unfortunately these two suggestions have a high chance of making you look very silly. Some can pull it off, but many have failed.

A far more subtle way to spice up your suit game is the Cufflink. An underrated suit accessory that’s is finally finding it’s way out of the dusty men’s apparel shop and into mainstream fashion.

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Our cufflinks are unique because they are made with 3D printing technology. All of them can be customized with your initials or text and anyone can choose between different shapes and sizes.

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You can choose between Natural Gloss Silver or Goldplated Brass. These are also available in different sizes and like hexagons, rectangular cufflinks and even star shapes!

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Our Cufflinks are also perfect for a truly personalized gift. So what are you waiting for?

Wearing a suit doesn’t mean you have to blend in with the crowd. Be the star of every party with our personalized cufflinks.

 

 

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”

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!

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

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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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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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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 Shopping Awards recognizes outstanding e-commerce talent in The Netherlands!

On March 9th and March 23rd, the annual Shopping awards took place. The wait is finally over, and we now know the best web shops and omnichannel retailers of 2017 in The Netherlands! Continue reading “The Shopping Awards recognizes outstanding e-commerce talent in The Netherlands!”

Finding Dory wins the very first Belgian Big Screen Award.

The very first “Belgian Big Screen Award”, an annual price for the most popular movie in Belgian theatres, was awarded this week by the Flemish prime minister Kris Peeters to the computer animated movie “Finding Dory” from The Walt Disney Company.

Finding Dory is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Finding Dory focuses on the fish Dory, who journeys to be reunited with her parents.

Prime Minister Kris Peeters, Minister of work, economy, consumer business and foreign trade adds : “The audiovisual sector provides about 5000 jobs in Belgium alone, not to forget that this is and will also stay a growing industry. Between 2008 and 2014 the amount of companies in the audiovisual industry in Flanders increased with a staggering 50%. This has everything to do with the many creative and entrepreneurial talents in our country, that follow their passion. The federal government remains to support this important industry with the Tax Shelter, that provides an amount of 55 million euros to be used for movie productions. “

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Serge Van Eyck, Deputy manager The Walt Disney Company : “Our Belgian team has about 50 very motivated employees, that make sure that the Belgian audience, big and small, can see Disney movies in Belgian theaters. Therefore this Belgian Big Screen Award for Finding Dory is a great recognition for my colleagues and myself. “

37 Visit.Brussels ambassadors are awarded for representing our capital!

At an exclusive gala dinner, visit.brussels presented 37 Ambassador awards to the partners who, over the past three years, have contributed exponentially to propagating and supporting Brussels as an international MICE destination.

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MICE is an acronym for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions, in which large groups, usually planned well in advance, are brought together for a particular purpose. MICE tourism is also referred to as the “meetings industry”

In front of an audience of academics, doctors, European Commissioners, deans of universities, chairmen and board members of international associations based in Brussels, scientists, hospital directors and other destination partners, the 37 new ambassadors were praised for their efforts and help in bringing major international events to Brussels and reinforcing its image as ideal MICE destination.

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130 people participated in this first edition of the Brussels Ambassadors Night. visit.brussels will use this event to launch a new network that can be activated to allow new international events to take place in Brussels. This will enhance the Belgian capital’s international appeal and promote its local expertise and strengths.

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For many years, the Brussels-Capital Region has successfully concentrated on drawing international events. With its 657 gatherings in 2016, for example, it ranks as Europe’s number one convention destination, and second worldwide.

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!