Trophy Store Makes use of 3D Printing to Design and Manufacture Customized Trophies


Congratulations to Mekah Design Studios, our July 2015 Hacker of the Month! Mekah Design Studios has implemeted 3D printing into a part of their craft. Printing for a couple of yr, the Mekah staff has been bettering the pace and high quality of their work with the usage of their SeeMeCNC Orion. Lower than a yr in the past, the staff had a request for 20 trophies that they selected to meet with the assistance of 3D printing.


“As soon as we heard about 3D printing and what it may do, we thought we’d give it a attempt,” mentioned Alejandro Candelo, proprietor of Mekah Design Studios.

Having no earlier information of 3D printers, the Mekah staff took a pair weeks to mess around with their Orion doing quite a few take a look at prints. Shortly after they discovered how one can turn into Orion consultants, a venture got here to them that they immediately knew may very well be created not solely extra effectively, however at a extra fast tempo when 3D printed.  

Sayer Danforth, Artistic Director at Mekah, was approached to make a number of trophies for BouncherCon 2014 in Lengthy Seaside, CA. Danforth has been making trophies for years, nevertheless, he would do it manually both by carving wooden or sculpting clay. For the reason that order referred to as for 20 trophies, the Mekah staff determined to attempt utilizing the 3D printing expertise that that they had just lately invested in.

Danforth created the chicken on the trophy with Cinema 4D. He then transformed it into an STL file, threw it into MatterControl, and printed the piece with help in MatterHackers Normal White PLA.


As soon as the print was completed, the piece was sanded and painted by Danforth and Artist/Manufacturing Supervisor, Erick Sauer. As soon as the end on the chicken was good and dry, the staff mounted the plastic onto a wood base. 

That is simply to point out that you are able to do a bit of submit manufacturing to 3D prints and have excellent outcomes,” mentioned Candelo. 


Since this venture, Candelo says that they’ve been utilizing the printer increasingly more. Not solely are they in a position to make use of it for trophies, however for prototype components and varied sculptures as effectively. 

“The expertise is wonderful as a result of it permits us to be extra correct with the element we wish to produce at a fraction of the fee and time,” acknowledged Candelo. 

For extra on Mekah Design Studios go to www.mekahdesign.wordpress.com

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