In which materials can you print 3D awards?

The designers at 3D Trophy Factory have many materials and production techniques to choose from when creating a design for a new award, trophy or business gift. One of the most used production techniques to bring our award designs to live is 3D printing.

There are many materials to choose from when it comes to 3D printing. Generally speaking the purpose of the printed product often dictates the print material but in the case of 3D printed awards and trophies almost anything goes!

The most commonly used materials are plastics and metals (which are actually first printed in wax and then cast in the right metal). The print material you choose, goes hand in hand with the production method used.

SLA vs SLS

The most commonly used production methods for 3D printing at this time are SLA and SLS.

Briefly, stereolithography (SLA) is a printing method where material is added in layers.

Laser sintering (SLS) is a printing method where the model is built up from a powder batch.

A list of the our most commonly used materials for 3D printing awards and trophies.

Polyamide (nylon)

Strong and flexible plastic. Made from powder.

img_1655for B2G. White polyamide on oak cube.

Resin

Delicate plastic. Made from liquid photopolymer cured with UV light

Multicolor

Rigid type, made from powder. Available in rainbow style.

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Daikin award for Daikin. Multicolor print.

Stainless Steel

Very strong material. Built up from a powdered metal. Many shades are possible.

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Bocuse d’Or for Bocuse d’Or Belgium. 3D printed spoon in stainless steel on wooden cube with acrylic details.

Gold & Silver (and Brass)

Strong precious materials. First printed in wax, then cast in the preferred material. The finish of course can also be chosen (coated or high gloss for example)

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Customizable jewelry by Anne Zellien. Printed in 18k gold and sterling silver. 

Interested in creating your own 3D printed award, trophy of business gift? Please contact 3D Trophy Factory at info@3dtrophyfactory.com.

For more design ideas and inspiration check out the 3D Trophy Factory Pinterest page!

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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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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Trophies and awards: the bold and the beautiful

We all know the classic trophies. The cups, big and shiny in gold, silver or bronze. The sports trophies, celebrating big victories. Of course there are more ceremonies on which you can receive a trophy. A singing contest for example. How about an award for most ugly dog of the year.

Companies can give a trophy to their best employee or a deal gift to their best clients. Actually, there can be a trophy for every occasion.

At 3D trophy factory we wish to achieve stylish designs, with a huge WOW factor. In the next images you can see an overview of the most diverse trophies, awards and deal gifts. Whether they are bold or beautiful is up to you, they sure have some kind of WOW factor to me! Here are some of them:

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