The Foreign Investment Trophy 2017

For the fifth year in a row, Flanders Investment & Trade held the prestigious Foreign Investment Trophy on February 21, 2017. The Ghelamco Arena in Ghent provided a setting fit for this thrilling investment competition – highlighting the importance of foreign investment as an economic driver in Flanders and the world.

While five multinationals competed for the trophy for Investment of the Year, two other investors were acknowledged – one with the Lifetime Achievement Trophy, the other with the title of Newcomer of the Year

And the winners are… 

Flanders_Sanofi_Award
Following a final, live voting poll, French biopharma firm Sanofi claimed the grand prize at the Foreign Investment Trophy for funneling EUR 300 million into the expansion of its biotech factory in Geel, Flanders.

Flanders_Basf_TrophyThe Lifetime Achievement Trophy goes to German Chemical Giant BASF, five decades after opening its first base at the port of Antwerp in Flanders.

Flanders_Kebony_Trophy

And last but not least, Kebony could take home the award for Newcomer of the Year.

By choosing Flanders as the location for its first production site outside of its home country, Norwegian wood producer Kebony secured this very first trophy for Newcomer of the Year at the Foreign Investment Trophy 2017.

Revenge of the nerds: The 5 biggest prizes in gaming tournaments

The gaming industry has definitely gone trough some major changes over the last few years, with competitive gaming reaching new heights of popularity.  After we made the insane looking award for King of the Kill a few weeks ago, we started to get curious.. It seems that competitive gaming has been taken out of the player’s living room and placed into the world’s biggest venues. Thousands of spectators are watching these games live, and we’re not even mentioning the ones that view these tournaments on live streams.
thumb_img_1294_1024Competitive gaming or e-sports are a million dollar industry with an extremely loyal community of gaming enthusiasts and fans. More than 20 years after the first video game tournaments, the top eSports events draw audiences that would make traditional sports events jealous. Companies like Coca cola, Nissan and Red bull are just some of the high-level sponsors that are part of this insane marketing machine. This results in prize money that trumps tournaments such as Tour de France or the Super bowl. If you want your kid to become the next top-earning athlete, then you might want to reconsider buying a PS4 of a PC instead of those of expensive private tennis lessons.

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-10-23-50-amWith numerous tournaments taking place every year there is big money to be earned in professional gaming. How to be a millionaire in a few years? 1. Say farewell to your social life 2. Learn how to play one of these games :

1. Dota 2

Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena game (or MOBA) developed by Valve. Like most other MOBAs, Dota 2 is free. The predecessor to Dota 2 is DotA, or Defense of the Ancients and it started out as a custom-built level from Warcraft III, developed by Blizzard entertainment. The biggest compitition for DOTA players is The International, one of the biggest tournaments in the gaming industry.

Fun fact: the prize pool for this tournament is completely sponsored by crowdfunding!

  • Overal Prize pool : $87,350,589.90
  • Players competing : 1651 Players
  • Number of Tournaments : 639

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-10-24-08-amPicture by Forbes 

2. League of legends 

League of legends is an all-time classic MOBA and completely free. The game is all about objective defense — a glorified capture the flag, if you will. League of legends is a direct competitor to Dota 2.

Fun fact: In 2014, for the first time, the streamed game’s broadcast attracted more viewers than the NBA Finals

  • Overal Prize pool : $30,923,548.39
  • Players competing : 4258 Players
  • Number of tournaments : 1754

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-10-24-23-amPicture by The New York Times

3.Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a first-person shooter that was released in August 2012. The game is part of the Counter-Strike series and one of the most-played shooters worldwide.

Fun Fact: Like Dota 2, The game is also developed by Valve.

  • Overal Prize pool : $21,600,192.54
  • Players competing : 5958
  • Number of tournaments : 1878

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-10-24-35-amPicture by : PCNgames

4. Starcraft II

Starcraft II is a real-time strategy computer game created by Blizzard Entertainment. Starcraft II is a sequel to (you guessed it) the already very popular Starcraft.

Fun fact: the game was sold 1,5 million times in the first 48 hours.

  • Overal Prize pool : $20,516,707.76
  • Players competing : 1584
  • Number of tournaments: 3904

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-10-24-49-am

Picture by Blizcon

5. Counter-strike 

Counter-Strike is a first-person shooter game released by Valve, in which players join either the terrorist team, the counter-terrorist team, or become spectators.

Fun fact : Recently, Counter strike was the victim of a huge gambling scandal 

  • Overal Prize pool : $10,765,812.78
  • Players Competing : 2587
  • Number of Tournaments:  572

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-10-25-06-amPicture by HLTV

The winners of these gaming tournaments are awarded with the craziest looking trophies. The bigger the better definitely implies here, and the designs are unique and often reference to the story of that game.

Storytelling trough awards and flawless designs is something that we know all to well here at 3D trophy factory. Take a look at our look book and don’t forget to keep an eye on our website for future projects!

Source : http://www.esportsearnings.com/games

Design Inspiration – Scandinavian Design

header_scandinavian

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!

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.

img_3869

Daikin award for Daikin. Multicolor print.

Stainless Steel

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

wp_20151103_036

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)

marieenergy_silver

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!

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:

dtrfg841ucs-1

trophy_wacom_inkathon_ces_award_-_3d_printed_-_wooden_box 278097 alien_hominid_trophyarticle-0-0765d7bb000005dc-295_468x301