NFire Labs provide 3D printed awards for Rank Foundation

"Organised by Kardomah94 owner Malcolm Scott and supported by the Rank Foundation, the Gongs celebrated a wealth of film talent from Hull and the surrounding area, in a number of fields including documentary, music and education. For the final celebration evening, award-winners came together to watch the best of the numerous submissions (about 80 across eight categories). Sponsored by The Rank Foundation, Malcolm Scott is hoping to inspire a new generation of film makers in the City.  If the first awards are anything to go by, then the future is looking very bright."

Being supported by a charity meant that there wasn't a huge pot of funds available to organise the whole event, however no awards ceremony is complete without awards to hand out to the deserving winners.

The final award design that was completely 3D printed and polished up by NFire Labs, in an intriguingly delicious-looking caramel colour...

The final award design that was completely 3D printed and polished up by NFire Labs, in an intriguingly delicious-looking caramel colour...

The Rank Foundation first came to Alex to 3D print a prototype for the 2016 awards, receiving a mock-up that they were really impressed with. They took the model to another company to get a series of them made in metal, what seemed like a necessity for worthy prizewinners.

They received the awards a couple of days before the big event, however they really didn't like the final result as It looked nothing like the prototype. Being too late to do anything about it, the ceremony went ahead as planned, handing out ping-pong paddle shaped awards to their winners.

Fast-forward to 2017 and the Rank Foundation were still keen to get their initial ideas realised to the extent of the prototype. Given how happy they were with Alex's prototype, they asked if he could provide a line of fully 3D printed awards for the 2017 ceremony.

Alex happily obliged and got to work printing and polishing a bunch of awards, that were proudly presented to local film talent at the 2017 Gong Awards.

Being able to utilise 3D printing technology allowed the charity to present incredibly detailed prizes to the winners at a fraction of the cost for traditional metalwork, a trend that we are seeing more of with the rise in popularity of 3D printing.

This was incredibly valuable for the Rank Foundation, meaning they were able to invest more money into making the ceremony an unforgettable night for local filmmakers.

Get in touch with Alex if you have something that can benefit from a bit of 3D printing!