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!

Erik Van Looy

 

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!

A company totem for Greatist

Greatist is company committed to helping you find the best way to a healthy and happy life.

For their offices they wanted a totem that represented their positive spirit and outlook on life and that would serve as a reminder to everyone to hold on to that healthy attitude and have fun while doing so.

The 3D Factory Designers created a totem that was based on the Greatist’s 5 icons.  A Thumbs Up, a leaf, a doughnut, a cattle bell and an avocado. greatist_trophy_iconsFrom the input above our designers created a really cool and whimsical totem that incorporated all elements.greatist_design
The final result is a 3D printed totem that was spray painted gold (for that glamorous look) and is perched on an oak foot that was laser engraved with the Greatist logo.
This was a really fun collaboration and it looks like friends at Greatist are really happy with their new company totem as well.

Are you looking for an inspirational 3D totem that represents your company vision and philosophy? Contact our 3D Trophy Factory designers and we’ll create a unique design for you!

Or have a look at our portfolio here!

The 10 most beautiful 3D award designs

Here’s a list of fully 3D printed awards that inspire us.

1. Design Management Europe Awards

Design Management Europe Awards, designed and produced by Cardiff product design and research centre, PDR.design_management_europe_awards

2. Reboot Develop 2015 Awards

Reboot Develop 2015, the “Biggest game developers and industry professionals conference in south east Europe”, which took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Design by Zagreb-based MOGLO.reboot_develop_2015_awards3. Johny Walker Keep Walking Award

Designed by theMakerBot Studio design team for the annual TechCrunch Disrupt.johny_walker_keep_walking_award4. Formula One and Moto GP Trophy

Design by Antonio Pio Saracino for Eni. formula_one_and_moto_gp_trophy5. Flanders Classsic Cycling Race Gent-Wevelgem

Award for Flanders classic cycling race Gent-Wevelgem, designed by Nick Ervinck.gent_wevelgem6. The Oscars

3D printed Oscars, produced by Polich Tallix fine art foundry. Original design by MGM art director Cedric Gibbons.

7. International Prize For Emerging Artists In Digital Art

3D printed award for “International Prize For Emerging Artists In Digital Art”, the prestigious French Prix Cube 2013 awards designed by Hugo Arcier.

Photo by: Christophe Luxereauprix_cube_016408. Architizer A+Awards Trophy

Designed by Snarkitecture. architizer9. Essenscia Award

This is the Essenscia Innovation Award 2012. Twikit (3D Trophy Factory) designed this custom trophy for Essenscia. The body is 3D printed in polyamide, sandblasted and sprayed in satin white. The base is polished plexi.innovation_award10. Designer of the year award (I.Materialise)

3D printed award designed by 3D Trophy Factory.design-award-2013_001For more award designs please check out our portfolio here.

Meet the star of the 3D Trophy Factory family

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Hi,

I am the 3D text totem! I am the all-time classic of the 3D trophy factory and was their first creation.

I am very popular as a give-away award for big international events and conferences.3d_text_totem_02

Why?

I am fully 3D, so people are really surprised when they get me 🙂

I am fully customizable from top to bottom – your message appears in 3D and I can be engraved with logo’s on my base.3d_text_totem_01

I can be created with a 3D trophy factory configurator, in an amount from 1 to 5000.tedx_text_totem

I am small, so I fit in the suitcase of your speakers, attendees or members.
They will never forget me in their hotel room.

Curious? You can create me here or contact my father for special version.

I hope to hear from you soon!

Mark your partnerships with 3D tombstones

In November 2015, Buysse & Partners and Twikit joined forces to embark on a global 3D journey . Buysse & Partners is an investment firm with a global vision. Twikit is an enabler of online 3D customization.

With the motto ‘Walk the talk’, the 3D Trophy Factory team created a unique deal gift to mark the collaboration between Twikit and Buysse & Partners.

The space travel theme of the tombstone refers to the ambition of the partnership. Together with Buysse and Partners, we aim for the 3D customization sky and believe in infinite possibilities our collaboration will bring.dealgift2

To create a differentiating look for this unique 3D deal gift the custom elements were 3D printed and were combined with glass and a laser engraved oak foot.

Meanwhile this unique creation has found its place in the headquarters of Buysse&Partners.buysse_partners_collaboration

What is your journey? Do you have a special business occassion or deal you want to commemorate? Contact us for more information of a cool design! We look forward to hearing from you!

Diversity Trophy VRT

For the fourth time in a row the Belgian public television VRT awarded their Diversiteitstrofee VRT. This award recognizes people and programs that approach diversity and colleagues in a creative and conscious way. Have a look at the winners here.

The original design idea for the award was a 2D design by graphic designer Gudrun Makelberge which 3D Trophy Factory translated in to a 3D printed trophy.

We made some initial sketches based on Gudrun’s design and in time all parties agreed on a final 3D rendering of the original idea.

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First draft sketch for the Diversiteitstrofee VRT

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3D Render for the Diversiteitstrofee VRT

The purple 3D prints are placed on an oak foot which has been laser engraved with playful designs to show the different categories. We kept the award very minimal, so the finer laser engravings on the oak foot jump out really nicely.

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The final 3D printed award for the Diversiteitstrofee VRT

Do you feel inspired by this design? Are you looking for a unique 3D award or business gift?

Please contact us at info@3dtrophyfactory.com

Want to create a custom-made award yourself? Visit our webshop!

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!

Check out our new logo and website!

We have been busy lately and we gave the 3D Trophy Factory website a complete make-over.

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We adorned it with a brand new logo and spruced up the entire look and feel of the website.
Please go and have a look at our ‘limited edition’ section and see how our design process works.

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And don’t forget to scroll through our lookbook to see our best creations!