3D technology frequently makes the headlines. Over the years, the reports of ever more amazing achievements have continued. Everything from printing a 3D copy of your pet Fido to printing body parts. It seems like magic at times. At EFX 3D trophy technology is an integral part of our production process for certain styles of trophies and awards. But, in our experience it is not a panacea. Here are a few examples which may wet your appetite!
3D trophy printing – the process
Creating a 3D trophy is split into the following stages. First we discuss a client’s design request, interpreting that as a 2D drawing, then converting the drawing into a 3D CAD drawing, before 3D printing it out as the original model. In some instances, the item is a component of an ultimate trophy and it is therefore then assembled with the other elements made at our workshop.
The joy of 3D printing is that we can achieve extremely complex designs, otherwise impossible. Take the Barclaycard trophy shown here, which features three partially visible, interlocking orbs with a void around them. The interlocking trophy component, shown in cream and cocooned by the supporting nickel plated aluminium frame, is 3D printed. The inner elements amazingly all move. This would be a hugely complex challenge to create using traditional methods, such as those deployed to carve this antique, white jade treasure. The only way to achieve such delicate complexity prior to 3D printing was to start with a solid block and painstakingly chip away to reveal the seven balls within balls, in decreasing sizes. Few artisans could ever hope to be that skilled and I’ve never seen such a sculpture where the inner elements can move. The more you study it, the more incredible it is!
3D trophy finishes
3D printing does have its limitations as the cost is related to the cubic size and sometimes it is too expensive for volume production runs. In these cases we produce the 3D master and then produce moulds to cast in weighted bronze or silver resin, to great effect.
These stunning corporate gifts celebrate the extension of a shopping centre in Italy and were produced in silver resin from a 3D printed model, created from the original architectural CAD drawings.
If you have an impossible or complex idea for a trophy design, do pick up the telephone and talk to us– 3D technology may be the answer.