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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How to create a customized 3D award

Are you tired of handing out the same type of awards every year? Are you looking for a customized 3D award or business gift but don’t know where to start? 

Look no further! 3D Trophy Factory can help you out!

3D Trophy Factory can offer you 2 options for creating a customized 3D trophy: you can either do it yourself in our webshop or you can call in our design troops for a fully customized 3D design.

Feeling creative and want to do it yourself in our webshop?

Surf to 3dtrophyfactory.com where you can modify one of the many existing designs, tweak it according to your preferences and order your 3D award right away.3dtrophyfactory

No need to have any knowledge of complicated editing software, just use our user-friendly 3D award configurator.

Have a look at the video below to see how easy it really is!

Get in touch with us and together we create a 3D award or business gift from scratch!


how_we_workWe start with a short briefing

Creativity starts with constraints. We need to know precisely what you are looking for, what materials you’re eyeballing, which elements you want to feature, in which context the trophy will be given,… Expect us to listen, ask questions and show plenty of examples at this stage.

Next stage is sketching

You’ll probably already see our designers doodle and sketch during the first meeting. You wouldn’t believe the amount of pencils and notebooks we go through in a month. But it’s crucial to have plenty of drafts and ideas to cover different takes and angles on the subject, and spark the creativity. It’s just as fun as it sounds. (And, yes, we take budget constraints into account as well).

Off to the machines! From pencil sketches we go to 3D models and rendered images on our computer screen. They almost look real (even though they are in fact 2D illusions). Here, we craft and shape and rethink every detail of the design to ultimately end up with precisely the trophy you wanted.

Happy with the design? Then let’s do some printing! Actually, it’s a bit more technical than that! The production files need to be prepared, printing techniques have to be selected and finishes have to be decided upon. But those skills are embedded in our DNA (and they’ve actually already played a part in the design stage too).

When we offer you the end product, we know you’re not the actual recipient of the trophy. You’re going to give it away to someone else. And that’s probably the real beauty of designing a trophy: there’s always a winner at the end of it!

Is 3D printing expensive?

We often get the question whether 3D printing is expensive. And as is so often the case, the answer is more complicated than just simply a yes or no.

Many variables and different scenarios apply. It depends on the materials that are used, the size of the object, number of copies you need and the printer you are planning to use. In many cases a post-production finish (polish, varnish…) is also needed and will need to be included in the overall cost.

In general, you could say that 3D printing small objects is cheap and 3D printing large objects is expensive. Prices go up exponentially as the object size increases.

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Philips – 3D shaver with customizable 3D printed handle

The cost of 3D printing doesn’t have any correlation with the complexity of your product’s design but it has everything to do with the cost of the material and the amount of resource material that is used. Material prices can go from €50/kg (ABS powder plastics) upto €500/kg (titanium powder), depending on what you need.

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3D Trophy Factory – Design your own 3D printed award

And although precious metals are even more expensive, jewelry production is very suitable for 3D printing. It allows designers to quickly make one-off creations and customized designs without the need to create and recreate molds until the design is exactly how they want it.

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Anne Zelien – Customizable Text Jewel

3D printing is also an excellent manufacturing method when you are creating prototypes, limited editions or customized products whereas traditional manufacturing techniques (such as injection molding, rotational molding,…) make a lot more sense when you are thinking about mass production both with regards to scalability and costs.

However, as the 3D printing technologies advance, the competition increases and raw 3D printing materials become less expensive, the future is looking brighter and brighter for 3D printing. 3D printing will become cheaper and faster and we’ll see more and more products being manufactured by 3D printers.

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Heart to Get – Signature Necklace

The biggest advantage of 3D printing is the short time it takes to get from concept to actual product and the possibilities it offers for increasingly intricate designs.

Have a look at this very beautiful Kinematic Petals dress (commissioned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) by Nervous System! Now just a beautiful prototype and very much still in an experimental phase but maybe one day in the future a 3D printed garment might hang in your closet!

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Nervous System – Kinematic Petal dress

In short, you might conclude that depending on the size of your object, the chosen material and number of copies you need, 3D printing is definitely the way to go!

Especially if you are considering giving your customers the option to customize your products themselves or if you are thinking of limited editions and unique pieces.

If you are looking to mass produce products, it’s probably not the best option yet.

Whatever the case may be, 3D printing is definitely worth considering for your special projects.
The design possibilities and applications are endless!

8 reasons why your event needs a 3D printed award

Because…

  • … you want to sent the winners home with something they will remember
  • … you want to stand out from the crowd
  • … you’re bored of giving that same old check or shiny plastic trophy
  • … a 3D printed award stands for new technological development and innovation
  • … 3D printing opens a whole new world to unknown design possibilities. Making it possible                  to create a great award fitted exactly to the house style or theme of your event
  • … you can personalize each award with custom text or images, creating a unique item for each              winner
  • …it attracts the extra publicity that your event needs
  • … it just looks beautiful!

A special achievement deserves a special award!

Our highly creative designers at 3D Trophy Factory get inspired by a great many things and as we are an Antwerp-based company they also find inspiration in the port of Antwerp and its maritime industry.

Check out these cool 3D concepts our designers came up with for recognizing special achievements and business excellence in the maritime sector. We just love the mesh design!

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Intricate designs like these can only be realized with 3D printing and luckily this is a 3D Trophy Factory specialty! So if you like these designs or if they have inspired you for a custom-made design of your own..? Contact 3D Trophy Factory and we’ll get sketching for your unique award!

You can find more of our amazing designs in our online look book.

Mia’s – Music Industry Awards 2014

For the 2014 famous Belgian Music Industry Awards we created the speaker in a multi colored 3D print. This print is attached to a base laquered in satin. This year the MIA’s payed a special tribute to deceased Luc De Vos, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. A golden edition of the MIA’s was designed to honour this famous Belgian artist.

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FAST 50 awards – Deloitte

The Deloitte Fast 50 chooses 50 Belgium-based fast growing technology companies. The winners of the Fast 50 are chosen on the percentage of their growth in turnover during the last five years.

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The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Belgium is an annual election, in cooperation with Deloitte’s partners Fortino, ING, Euronext and De Standaard. The inspiration for the award comes from the Fast 50 atom structure. A 3D print in blue or green coloured polyamide, placed on an oak foot. Check out the Fast50 website for more info.

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Wacom Inkathon awards 2016 – CES

We had  the opportunity to design the awards for Wacom’s yearly event, Inkathon! The finalists & winners received their awards at the CES in Las Vegas.

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The event stands for creativity and lots of colour. That’s why we chose the design of the award being a fully 3D printed Wacom pen causing an ink explosion using the vivid Wacom colours.

If you look closely you can see the name of the event between the organic ink explosion lines.

Because every award has been spray-painted by hand, every award has it’s unique look!

The colourful assembly is placed on an oak foot with laser engravings, which has been treated with a special oil to create the exclusive look the Wacom Inkathon award deserves.

Congratulations to the finalists and winners!

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Seal the deal with a 3D deal toy or Tombstone

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Deal toys and Tombstones are a great way to seal the deal. 

We know the excitement of closing a deals and setting up a partnership really way.

No matter if it concerns an investment, real estate or a partnership collaboration – it’s important to make the deal physical in some way.

This is where deal toys and financial tombstones come into picture. What struck us is the fact that so many of these look so ugl – well – uh – classic 🙂 

This triggered our design team to have a different look at them, something which they love to do.

As you know, the team at 3D trophy factory uses 3D printing (and other cool technologies) to make awesome 3D awards.

For us, it all starts with a good idea though – we want to create concepts with a fresh look that totally fit the occasion.

Below you find some concepts which came from our drawing board and are based on a rocket launch, for us a great symbol of starting up a deal.

The first ones are already 3D printed and shipped to New York and San Francisco. Obviously these concepts can be fully tweaked and customized, as with any of our products.

Anyway, we hope your partnership has the same traction as these rockets flying into space!

Team 3D trophy factory

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