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!

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!

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.