Submission closes 30th of September 2020 10th of October 2020

Design Brief

3D Printing Industry is back again with their 4th annual 3D Printing Industry Awards for 2020. Once again the design competition for the 3D Printing Industry Awards trophy is in partnership with Protolabs.

Protolabs is the world's fastest digital manufacturing source for custom prototypes and on demand production parts. The technology-enabled company uses advanced 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding technologies to produce parts within days.

  • FREE Design for Manufacturability, with interactive analysis of your design models within hours
  • Dedicated applications engineers to discuss material choice, tolerances and development
  • Complete total solution from prototyping 3D printed parts through to low volume production

  • Once again, Protolabs will be manufacturing the Awards, to be distributed to industry leaders across the globe. This is where you come in...

    The winning design will have access to the full capabilities of Protolabs, state of the art, additive manufacturing services.

    With this in mind, we want you to design a trophy that will celebrate the unique capabilities of 3D printing.

    Features and considerations to include in your design:

  • Lattice Structure
  • Must be designed to be made in two different materials, one part SLA and one part MJF or SLS
  • Use of internal channels
  • Incorporate multiple features that are minimum 0.15-0.20mm in size (preferably in the same orientation) for SLA parts.
  • Minimum feature size for MJF or SLS parts is 0.75 mm
  • Min/Max trophy size: 75x75x75mm/125x125x125mm
  • Optimised for SLA and MJF or SLS

  • Top Tip:

    Protolabs can print in translucent/clear material, so think about how you can play with aesthetics, by adding internal cavities and features that will be visible from the outside. Make sure to add a render to your submission to demonstrate your design's internal features.


    The winner will receive a Craftbot Flow IDEX XL

    In addition, the winning designer will be catapulted to 3D printing stardom, and immortalised through their winning trophy design for the official 3D Printing Industry Awards, in partnership with Protolabs.

    Good luck!

    Submit your Design


    • Design a Trophy for the 3D Printing Industry Awards!

      The theme of this 3D design challenge is designing a trophy for the 3D Printing Industry Awards, taking place in November 2020, that truly embodies the possibilities of 3D printing, and Protolabs' state of the art manufacturing capabilities.


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    The first prize is the highly impressive, large-format Craftbot Flow IDEX XL. This FDM 3D printer features independent extruders so you can print dual-color objects or even print two objects simultaneously using parallel or mirror mode.

    This CraftBot 3D printer is designed for professional users with features including mesh bed leveling, BL touch, a purpose-built printing bed, web interface, IoT and it has a huge build volume - making it probably the largest plug & play IDEX printer in the world

    You can read more in this detailed review of the Craftbot FLOW IDEX XL here.

    In addition, your design will be used as the official 2020 3D Printing Industry Awards trophy. Also, you will receive your design made using Protolabs advanced manufacturing technology and state of the art 3D printers.

    Top Tips

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

    1. Think about your design(s) in relation to the brief and how best you might best optimise it for 3D printing.

    2. Make sure you read all the design constraints and download all designer resources so as to ensure you are on the right track.

    3. This year, the company is also looking for unique designs that incorporate both SLA and MJF or SLS 3D printing techniques

    4. Once your design is approved, post it on twitter with the tags #3DPIAwards, @MyMiniFactory, @3DPrintIndustry, @CraftBot3D

    • 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.

    Design Resources

    Struggling to understand some of the terminology? Fear not, we have provided some basic examples below.

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    Here you'll find more information about the technologies that will be used to create the trophies:

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