Gaming Boards and Exhibits
Corporate events are filled with suits and speakers on a stage. Occasionally, you may spot a few banners or cutouts. But… How often will you spot a Plinko board on a corporate stage? Modern corporate events include engaging presentations such as a speed painter or an entertaining game of Plinko. Smash Design offers to design and create game design boards for any corporate events, and more!
Gaming and trade show displays can be created from many materials, including ABS plastic or aluminum. A recent Smash Design project for a client conference was created using aluminum material. We printed designs directly on sheets of aluminum then assembled the pieces. The end result? Two fun games of Cliff Hangers and Plinko!
If you are a fun loving, adventure-seeking individual, you may have taken note of elaborate, larger than life gaming displays like these on your last trip to a casino, trade show, theme park, or expo. However, if you were a homebody, it wouldn’t take much for you to catch a glimpse of one of these large game boards:
Wheel of Fortune. The Price is Right. Jeopardy. Family Feud. Let’s Make a Deal.
These classic televised game shows have many things in common. Most include some kind of wacky, cartoonish game board display or props that are used during the game. Wheel of Fortune features a colorful, massive, 2D spinning wheel while The Price Is Right features a 3D version. The Price is Right also features many games, such as Plinko, Punch a Bunch, or Cliff Hangers, that contestants play in order to win X amount of money or prizes.
Gaming boards offer excitement and a fun element to any event or occasion. Why not let Smash Design work to create your perfect gaming board or exhibit display?
Trade shows and conferences are not anything out of the norm here in Houston. In fact, there are various wedding and special event trade shows, baby expos, gun expos, boat expos, car trade shows and conferences such as the Offshore Technology Conference every year, year-round. In many of these events, you may find that there are several booths to promote a company, product, or get-away destination.
Some booths are much more attractive than others, based on the design style of the booth display. These booths, of course, draw in more crowds since audiences and event-goers fall for the eye-candy design work. Pest control booths may display interested 3D models of bugs crawling throughout. Wedding chariot booths may display a life-size 3D Cinderella pumpkin carriage. Or perhaps a fish expedition booth displays a 3D model of a real-size, 450-pound Marlin jumping out of water…? Depending on the event, perhaps a booth displays a 3D sign of a company’s corporate brand or logo.
With Smash Design’s skill in design, 3D models, prototypes, and signage are all products of the services provided. Call us for a quote. Your event will truly stand out with our help. Your job is to simply dream up a design (or let us do that too), then we will certainly build it for you!
3D CAMP Houston
As we have mentioned before through various blog posts, 3D technology is now used in all aspects of life. 3D print and design work have been featured in the medical field, fashion world, toy manufacturing, and much more. What better way to see the different applications of 3D technology than through a gathering of professionals, sharing their industry or company’s precious path to success? That’s where 3DCAMP Houston come in. 3D CAMP Houston is an organization that supports all things 3D. It acknowledges and highlights all the ways in which 3D technology has evolved.
The 3D CAMP organization is also hosting an art show, which shows off a wide array of 3D technology, with some works for sale. Highlights from last year’s art show include amazing 3D prints and renderings created using ZBrush, Maya, and Photoshop. This year is sure to exhibit more phenomenal artwork.
But on to the more fun stuff.
On the conference’s agenda are multiple sessions with industry leaders. Through various workshops and presentations, attendees can see first hand how 3D technology is applied in the world today. Some sessions are geared at students looking to improve their 3D renderings, while others are designed to inform how 3D is changing the world. Gaming enthusiasts will also be thrilled to know that software and gamer professionals will be at the conference as guest speakers as well.
So… when is this wonderful conference?
The conference is this Saturday, October 5th and will be hosted at the University of Houston’s College of Architecture. Smash Design’s Steven Ramirez will be at the conference as a guest speaker who specializes in “3D Set Design.” Look through Smash Design’s portfolio, and you too can see how 3D set design only scratches the surface of all the capabilities 3D technologies have.
Fun Themes and Props
There are many hotels that portray beautiful finishes and displays. In yesterday’s blog we discussed the elegance of various designs available at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. There are also other creative hotels such as the LEGOLAND California Resort. Our spotlight today shines on features that are similar to those in the very kid-friendly and kid-centered LEGOLAND Hotel.
When you arrive, a smoke breathing dragon, made out of LEGO pieces, greets you. There are LEGO walls and over 3,500 LEGO models. Murals and LEGO props are provided for guests to visually enjoy. Both serve as eye candy to enhance the experience of the thousands of visitors who walk in the lobby doors each year. (This, of course, is something Smash Design can happily do for any business.)
Another neat feature is a wall in the lobby covered with thousands of LEGO miniature models. A bicycle contraption moves left to right on the wall. The bike’s wheels are magnifying glasses, so visitors can see the many miniature models as the bicycle moves from side to side. (Can Smash create something like this? Yes!)
One main thing that draws our attention is the hotel room design. The hotel has over 250 hotel rooms and the resort offers rooms decked out in three separate themes: Pirate, Adventure, or Kingdom-themed rooms. If staying in the pirate themed room, the wooden floors are made to look like planks, with swords, gold coins, and starfish drawings scattered throughout. Walls have pirate-themed trims, pictures, props, or LEGO pieces hanging throughout. The rooms are all kid and adult friendly.
Does any of this sound like something you would like your business to look like? Themed rooms, props, murals, and sculptures are all things we are live and breathe here at Smash Design. It doesn’t need to be fancy and elegant like the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, though it can be. If your business is begging for some fun, innovative new designs, call us! We can transform your business.
Las Vegas Hotel Designs
Las Vegas: Sin City and the gambling capital of the world. Las Vegas: The entertainment capital of the world. And… ah yes, Las Vegas: the marriage capital of the world. Oftentimes, first time visitors tend to be awe-struck in the beginning by the architecture and design of the city. There are bright lights at night and beautiful hotels such as the Bellagio or Caesar’s Palace, which both offer visitors a luxurious and unique living experience.
How do Las Vegas hotels achieve such amazing design? Villas portray beautiful stucco walls and matchless trims. Rooms show off textured walls and faux finishes that could fool any expert. And then, there are the one-of-a-kind features of each hotel. Take for instance the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and it’s replicas of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Paris Opera House, and the hallway at Versailles.
The accuracy of the Paris Las Vegas Hotel’s “Paris Experience” grants their visitors a distinctive and unparalleled encounter (That is, unless the visitors make it out to the real Paris locations!) Is this a benefit for the hotel to have such realistic displays? Of course it is. Many visitors, international or local, are drawn to the artistry of the hotel features.
So, if you had the opportunity to deliver the same unique experience to your consumers, would you? Smash Design has the experience and talent to replicate dazzling and radiant designs such as those you may see at the Las Vegas strip. If your company is considering incorporating designs you would see in Las Vegas, whether they be murals, faux finishes, sculptures, or more, we encourage you to seek out Smash Design for your project. We are the team that can make your dreams a reality! Give us a call today and let us make your dream hotel or business come to life.
Products Made Just for You
You dream it. We build it. That’s our motto here at Smash Design. The word “impossible” does not exist around here.
Foam items are needed here at Smash on a daily basis. Whether we are working on themed environments, architectural shapes, set designs, monuments, sculptures, 3D prints, or faux rocks, we use foam to meet the needs of each project.
Architectural shapes, such as crown molding, arches, columns, and bases are all part of what we create for clients. Set designs alone may require the need for this or any other foam displays as well. Custom creations can include props such as stars, bases, geometrical shapes, hearts, snowflakes, guitars, mascots, your family or company name, and more. Not only are these great props for stage or set design, they are also ideal for ballroom dances, special events, and for use in a special photography session.
These foam products can be hard coated as hardshell or basecoat with mesh.
Along with foam projects, we also offer conventional stucco services and EIFS, as we discussed in yesterday’s blog. If you need any of these, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call us!
- Vise Adhesive (Portland required)
- Dry Bond Adhesive
- Styrofoam Adhesive
- Styrobond Adhesive
- EPS Adhesive
- Standard Mesh
- Starter Mesh
- Detail Mesh
- Detail Mesh w/Adhesive
- Heavy Duty Mesh
- Accent Sand
- Course Sand
- Heavy Duty Sealer
- 3/4″ x 24″ x 48″ EPS board
- 1″ x 24″ x 48″ EPS board
- 1 1/2″ x 24″ x 48″ EPS board
- 2″ x 24″ x 48″ EPS board
- 3″ x 24″ x 48″ EPS board
- Miscellaneous Material
- Portland Cement
- Masonry Cement
- #3 Sand
- Torpedo Sand
- Available in 4′ and 8′ sections
- Available in different styles and shapes.
EIFS and EPS Foam Molding
Is your company or home in need of luxurious and beautiful trims, columns, brick, or stone moldings? Consider the use of EIFS or EPS foam moldings for your needs.
Exterior insulation and finishing system (EIFS) is commonly used on the exterior walls of a building. It provides waterproof surfaces and will also insulate the surfaces. Some may refer to it as “synthetic stucco” molding, though it is not actually a stucco material. EIFS is airy, has foam plastic padding, and thin synthetic coatings. It has been applied to the exteriors of various commercial buildings, rendering a gorgeous and clean, sophisticated finish.
Are you questioning whether you have seen this exterior finish before? Next time you pull into a Krispy Kreme or Cheesecake Factory, take a look at their polished front entrance. Or, perhaps drive down the million dollar neighborhoods and take a glimpse at the exterior of homes there. Ever notice how smooth and perfect their outdoor walls seem? Amazing, we know.
EPS foam is a different material that produces beautiful work as well. EPS foam can be cut into any shape, which makes it the perfect material to use when designing custom frames or trims. It is also extremely lightweight. Once it has been hard-coated and painted, the EPS foam renders a beautiful finished product.
Note: Not only can these elegant items be created with EPS foam. A 3D CNC can easily cut out any designs. The router produces pieces that, when put together, create any shape needed- elephants, lions, cars, baseball bats, or trees- the possibilities are endless with EPS foam.
So, if you are a business owner looking for the kind of remodeling that will take your customers’ eyes off of your competitor…or if you are one of those classy neighbors in the gorgeous million dollar homes, looking for a way to complete your dream home… Then call us. We can do anything and everything.
3D Printing- Great for Business!
3D printing for small business is a great investment. In previous posts, we have mentioned that 3D printing gives businesses the chance to print prototypes and save money doing so. Flaws and mistakes can be corrected with the use of prototyping, allowing companies to have more flexibility with budgeting.
Another fantastic use of 3D printing technology is in small-scale production. For example, the medical industry can use 3D printing to print custom medical devices, casts, and corrective equipment. This is less expensive than the traditional method of getting casts made, which could take three to four days.
A third reason why 3D printing is good for business is because 3D prints add price points. New parents are familiar with 3D and 4D ultrasound photos, but are they familiar with 3D prints of their babies? Perhaps not. High-end 3D prints of babies are making a debut in China, where researchers from the Hangzhou University of Electronic Science and Technology infuse hydrogel with cells to create a fetus print. This is an innovative way to create a memento for new parents.
Product development is the fourth reason why businesses can benefit from 3D printing. Entrepreneurs across the globe have several ideas that never make it past paper due to high cost in production. However, 3D printers can be used to print first draft versions of products such as phone cases and baby plastic ware.
Another reason we love 3D printing- experimentation and innovative designs. Inventors and businesses with ideas bursting form paper to print can benefit by printing their experiments first before investing in mass production. Why not print a sample?
We talk a lot about 3D prints here at Smash Design, and how could we not? With so much potential and so many advantages in using 3D printing, it is no wonder that we love talking about it!
3D Printed Rifle
In our last blog, we discussed the possibilities of 3D printing, such as for medicinal or space mission purposes. In this blog we’ll discuss a new purpose found in 3D printing… a purpose which could very well cause debate from both sides of the gun spectrum: A 3D printed rifle.
About a week ago, there was a video posted to YouTube of a 3D printed rifle created by a Canadian man who goes by the name “Matthew.” In the video description, Matthew writes, “This is a fully 3D printed rifle I designed. I call it The Grizzly after the Canadian built Sherman Tanks of World War II. It is a single shot .22LR incorporating the coiled mainsprings of the Liberator by Defense Distributed. Like the Liberator, the only metal is a 1″ roofing nail.” As the video plays, viewers watch as Matthew uses a string to fire the single-shot rifle before damage occurs.The barrel split along both sides and the receiver split along the top.
The Grizzly is made of ABS plastic and printed on a Stratasys Dimension 1200ES industrial 3D printer. He has access to the $35,000+ printer through his day job as a toolmaker in the construction industry.
Just over the weekend, Matthew posted a new video of an updated 3D printed Grizzly rifle, the Grizzly 2.0, in which Matthew is shown holding the rifle in hand, and firing several shots. The new design doesn’t cause damage to the gun when firing until about 14 fired shots, as opposed to the single shot from the original Grizzly. After each shot was fired, Matthew removed the barrel and shoved the shell casings out with a long stick. Damage to the rifle was done as he fired the final shot, when the barrel cracked.
Matthew intends to post blueprints of his 3D printed rifle online sometime this summer. What are your thoughts on this?
CAD Design and 3D Prototyping
The need for engineers or designers to create final draft drawings by hand is virtually over. Instead of design courses requiring compasses and protractors to create perfection, students now use computer-aided drafting software, or CAD for short. A designer’s productivity is enhanced because CAD allows a user to create and modify designs quicker and more efficiently on computer. Efficiency is achieved through documentation of important elements such as dimensions.
CAD can be used to create both 2D and 3D designs. Designers have their work on screen and can choose to print it as a prototype. This is where the art of rapid prototyping comes into the picture. 3D printing or routing machines use amazing technologies, which enable rapid prototyping.
Artists can produce their design blueprints easily and quickly using such technology. Although CAD offers the chance to enhance the design experience, nothing will allow the artist or client to get the full experience of the product or design until a prototype is made. 3D models and prototypes serve as another way to bring sample work to clients. Instead of limiting yourself to drawings or designs, you can print the design for the client to get a better picture of what the end result will be.
When you can hold, touch, and feel the creation, you can ultimately point out what is or isn’t great, what needs to change, make suggestions on color choices, and more. When the object is printed, it’s functionality, design integrity, and quality can also be tested. Flaws or changing preferences in any of these areas allows designers to go back to the modern-day design board, and tweak things around until both artist and client are happy.
Overall CAD speeds up and enhances the design process, and 3D prototyping improves development time and quality, and increases innovation.