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3D Printing the MTUC 2015 Trophy

Creating the MTUC 2015 Trophy


Introducing the 2015 trophy for the inaugural Make the Unmakeable Challenge by Fathom and SolidProfessor on GrabCAD. Our designers created this custom trophy at our headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, from sketches to CAD to production. Throughout the year our team has hosted two competitions, naming a winner for each challenge. The third and final challenge is now live on GrabCAD and were accepting entries until August 31st. When the last round closes and a third winner is named, judges will review all three winners to determine who has earned the title of Make the Unmakeable Champion. While the grand prize is a uPrint SE, each of the three winners receive one of these personalized trophies.

Everything on the trophy was made by Fathom except for a few stock components (the battery operated tealight). We could have just 3D printed a trophy, but it was important to us that we challenged ourselves to think differently—our team imagined something greater than the ordinary that combined advanced manufacturing with legacy methods. While the design integrates many technologies found in our factory of the future, it also serves as a functional planter. Most importantly, it recognizes our winners in the same spirit of the challenge. Assembly includes:

  • Multi-Material Nameplate 3D Printed in PolyJet (All in One Build Cycle)
  • Lightweight Intricate Structure Created Using 3-maticSTL Software
  • Intricate Top and Planter Cup Produced in Nylon Using SLS (Geometry is Impossible Using Traditional Methods)
  • Polished Base CNC Machined in Aluminum (Blending Legacy Technologies with Additive)

How does it stack up? The PolyJet part fits snugly into the CNC machined base and the SLS component aligns perfectly on top (the SLS cup fits inside on the very top). Each trophy also comes with instructions and a succulent from a Fathomers own backyard. Plus, an electric candle fits inside the metal base for a neat lighting effect.

Since the challenge is focused on making the unmakeable, it only seemed appropriate that we match our talented winners with the same effort and imagination they put forward to win the attention of our judges—original entries that go down in 3D printing history.

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