Official Trophy
3D Design Competition


Submissions close 28th April

Sponsored by:Virtual Foundry

Design Brief

The 3D Printing Industry Awards are fast approaching, May 20th is the date set but the trophies are yet to be designed!

Here's where you come in, we want you to design an (FDM) 3D printable trophy for the awards, which will be printed professionally by The Virtual Foundry in their bronze Filamet™ and polished up to a high standard. What better way to get your work in to the hands of some of the biggest names in 3D Printing?

Your trophy should be artistic and celebrate the capabilities of 3D printing. Make sure to check out the link to our inspiration board here and at the bottom of the page for an idea of what 3DPI are after.

The winning design will be used as the official trophy for the awards and will be given to 20 of the biggest names in 3D printing as well as a trophy of their own.

The winner will also receive a Startt 3D printer

Dont forget to vote for your favourite community platform in the awards here ;)

Good luck and happy printing!

Submit your Design


  • 1st

    A Startt 3D printer and your design used as the official 3DPI award.

  • 1st-5th

    Receive a finshed, bronze print of your design.

  • All approved submissions

    Every designer will recived a 200g spool of bronze Filamet™, subject to their submission being approved.

Top Tips

So you want to win a design competition?
Here are some top tips to help you climb up the leader board

1. Make sure you download the plinth base to reference your design against.

2. Think about your design in context of the awards.

3. Consider the finishing process. Prints will be fired in a kiln and then polished. Be careful of thin extremities in your design. Features with less than a 3mm thickness may not survive the post production process.

4. Once your design is aporved, post it on twitter with the #3DPIAwards. Make sure to tag @MyMiniFactory @VirtualFoundry @3dprintindustry.

  • Read and understand the design brief.
  • Thinkabout how you can best deliver a solution.
  • Use the tips and resources provided
  • Explain the concept behind your design.
  • Presentprint, and photograph your design with care.

Designer Resources

    • Trophy plinth

      Download the trophy base STL to ensure your design dimensions are correct.

    • Inspiration

      Check out 3DPI's inspiration board for ideas of what they are looking for.

    • The Virtual Foundry Prints

      Check out The Virtual Foundry's MyMiniFactory profile for examples of FDM bronze Filamet™ prints.