As part of our work for the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) we were commissioned to design and produce a 3D printed trophy for the Grand Challenge Student Awards. We had already designed a brand identity for the event and promotional literature. For the design solution we looked at how we could combine the CEUD logo marque and the new look and feel for the awards.
Working closely with Hackett’s on Baggot Street we explored the technical possibilities and decided to proceed with their powder based CMYK 3D printer. There are not many 3D printers that can print in full colour at this point so it was an opportunity to flex the technologies capacity! Although colour matching could not be guaranteed we found that the CMYK print was a reasonable match for the brand identity colours so we could keep the brand managers happy.
The trophy was printed in two sections and optimises the physical size within an agreed budget. The trophy itself was printed so that the direction of the material would maximise on the strength of the trophy, particularly with the tall columns that are part of the design.
The final trophy was well received and congratulations to Christopher Wallace who scooped both awards on the night for his innovative watch design.