The Red Bull Soapbox Race: insane trophies, crazy vehicles & lunatic drivers.

On Saturday, august 19th, the Dutch city of Valkenburg was taken over by the Red Bull Soap Box Race. Tensions were running high as everybody competed for the much wanted trophy.  Continue reading “The Red Bull Soapbox Race: insane trophies, crazy vehicles & lunatic drivers.”

An explosive award for an explosive event: StreetGasm 2000. 

Over the years the StreetGasm 2000 event has become one of Europe’s leading, and definitely most epic, road going adventures. StreetGasm 2000 offers its participants a unique experience… Continue reading “An explosive award for an explosive event: StreetGasm 2000. “

Introducing: The Form 2 Printer Stand!

Office furniture is constantly evolving towards more customization and better design. As a company that works with 3D printing technology, we saw one major opportunity in the furniture industry that was not yet explored: the custom 3D printer table stand.  Continue reading “Introducing: The Form 2 Printer Stand!”

Straight from the horse’s mouth: The Knokke Hippique Awards!

Knokke-Hippique is a 5-star event, which means as much as the highest level of world sport, the Champions League for horses. The participants of the competition are equally famous with family names such Jobs, Gates and Bloomberg entering this year’s edition.

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The first part of this event took place from 6 to 9 July. The next event which is called “The Summer Circuit” takes place from 12 to 23 July.

The making of.

The 3D trophy factory team is now in it’s 3rd year as exclusive award partner for Knokke Hippique. The award itself is inspired by a classic sea-side and beach theme, in true style of our Belgian Coast. The 2 main colors blue and white are in line with the event’s house style, resulting in a simple yet elegant design.

The trophies in detail

Also this year, we’ve created multiple designs for the entire course of the event. For the Knokke Hippique Jumping previous weekend, we’ve made the awards with a 3D printed lighthouse on top. The foot is oak and hand finished with white paint in our design studio.

The making of – the 3D printed light houses

For the Summer’s Circuit we have a variety of different sizes, with a 3D printed beach chair as the centre piece. The foot is also in oak and hand painted by our talented team.

The making of – painting the oak foot

To accommodate all those international top-class horses and riders, there is an area of over 30 hectares with two huge competition fields in Knokke , where competitions will take place during the day and in the evening. Next to the event there will also be lifestyle shows, live performances and restaurants present.

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Taylor Alexander and her well deserved trophy. Source: http://knokkehippique.com/nl/news/detail/Super-Cup-Wins-for-Van-Dijck-and-Alexander

Knokke Hippique is a summer’s highlight for the equestrian world but also for our team; the awards remain to be one of our personal favorite designs.

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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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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