Official Trophy
3D Design Competition


Submissions close March 31st 2018

Submit your design

Design Brief are back again with their 2nd annual 3D Printing Industry Awards 2018, in partnership with Protolabs.

Protolabs is the world’s fastest manufacturer of custom prototypes and on-demand production parts, with 3D printed parts available for next day delivery.

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

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

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

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

    Features and considerations to include in your design:

  • Lattice
  • Internal Channels
  • Incorporate multiple features that are 0.15-0.20mm in size (preferably in the same orientation)
  • Min/Max trophy size: 75x75x75mm/125x125x125mm
  • Optimise for SLA

  • 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 lucky winner will have a chance to win an awesome Wanhao Duplicator 9

    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


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      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 on May 17th 2018 in London, that truly embodies the possibilities of 3D printing, and Protolabs' state of the art manufacturing capabilities.


    Main prize

    The 1st and 2nd prize for this competition is the amazing Wanhao Duplicator 9 and for 1st place only, your creation used as the official 3DPI Award!


    10% off your Wanhao Duplicator 9

    All participants will receive an additional 10% discount on the Wanhao Duplicator 9 printer, for purchases made before the Awards ceremony.

    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. Once your design is approved, post it on twitter with the hashtags #3DPIAwards, @MyMiniFactory, @3DPrintingIndustry, @Protolabs

    • 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

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

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