Making of the Dutch Design Awards 2016 Awards Show - Addfab

October 28 2016

What would be Awards Show without the awards? To properly honour the best of the best during the Dutch Design Awards 2016 Awards Show Glamcult Studio designed the awards while Addfab, a 3D printing factory for the production of industrial metal parts, made their sketches into tangible awards. While we are impatiently waiting for the Awards Show 2016, which will take place October 29, 2016, in Effenaar, we talked with Glamcult Studio and Rob van Loon from AddFab about the making of the awards process.


The Dutch Design Awards show, traditionally a highlight to close the exhibition and celebrate the winners of this year’s Dutch Design Awards. To do this in style and the style of this year’s concept, Contemporary Design Show, we chose an enormous diamond; a rock instead of the classical goblet. Addfab provided Glamcult Studio with the possibility to print the prize in one piece and add the used pattern of this year’s identity at once, combining all parts in one desirable object.


For Dutch Design Awards 2016, you provide the awards for this year’s winners. Can you tell us something about the used technique in creating them?

The awards are produced with the so-called Additive Manufacturing technique, but more specific with Powder Bed Fusion. This technique uses a building plate on which a small layer of metal powder is placed (usually between 30 and 50µm thick). After placement of the powder, a laser beam melts some of the powder to create a solid surface. Upon completion of the laser process, the building plate lowers (equal to the layer thickness) and the process of placing a layer and lasering the powder continues. This repeated step of layering the powder and lasering some areas to a solid surface continues until the entire component is created. After this process, the products are removed from the machine. Of course, we still need some conventional techniques, like milling to complete the award. And it is that combination, or better-called cooperation of techniques, that enable us to create interesting and useful products.

What makes the chosen material for the awards so special?

The printing process requires the use of metallic powder. This metallic powder has a cross section between 20 and 60µm, which gives the possibility to print with a small layer thickness. It is possible to print with most of the metal materials if they are available in powder form. The materials we use for the printing of the awards is titanium and stainless steel. These materials are suitable for biomedical applications, but also in other applications where a combination of high strength, low weight, good corrosion resistance and high toughness is required. It can, therefore, be considered as a truly high-tech material.

What was the biggest challenge in printing the awards for Dutch Design Awards 2016?

The biggest challenge during the project was to get everyone on the same page with the possibilities and also the restrictions of the printing process. 3D printing opens up a lot of new design possibilities, that should be used to ensure you use the full potential of the production technique. However, just like any other production technique, there are also some restrictions. It is a key for the entire development team of a product to understand these restrictions, so they can come up with clever and creative solutions to tackle these restrictions and thus create some great products!