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Creating Custom 3D Designs

November 12, 2017

As recent pictures have shown, we have been squirrelling away on a very exciting project for a local club. Mike is involved in the wargaming community and is a member of the Phat Katz club, the organisers of Blood and Oil in Leicester. When he told the organisers about the capabilities of our printer both sides got extremely excited about what we could do together to help bring the prize support to the next level. The initial conversations centred on creating three trophies (gold, silver and bronze) and 13 "Best in Faction" medals (which I will discuss in a separate-yet-equally-exciting blog post).



Blood and Oil has a great brand, so we had a great starting point for the trophies. The brand – and the logo specifically – nods to the name of the tournament; the heart represents the ‘blood’ and the cogs and machinery cutting through the heart represent the ‘oil’.


Therefore, what better design to use for the trophies than a 3D model of the logo. The foundation of the design was a 3D heart model created by Cicerone (available on Thingiverse). We added gears, spark plugs and other mechanical components to achieve the look we wanted, followed by a base to allow it to be free standing. The finishing touch was the ‘Blood and Oil’ wordmark. I have narrowed this work down to a few sentences, but hours of design time went into recreating the logo and making sure it had a real presence; an award worthy of the hardest fought battles!


Once we had finished the digital model we sent it to the event organisers for their approval. This is the image that we sent them:



Having had many conversations both before and during the design phase the model was met with much excitement and no changes were requested… phew! The decision was made to scale the single design into three sizes appropriate for their accolade of first, second and third place. We test-printed what we hoped would be the first-place trophy to check the size was appropriate: clutchable and mantlepiece-worthy.


We printed all three models in red PLA with support material to ensure that the extremities printed properly. Once all the support material was removed we handed them over to the amazing Stef to paint up. Here are the finished articles:


 If you are running a tournament or an event and would like some on-brand prize support, we would love to help create something for you.

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