Trade show Displays

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3D Trade Show & Event Displays + Technology

Welcome to our world of custom trade show displays, where creativity meets functionality to help your brand shine. At WhiteClouds, we understand that standing out in a crowded trade show environment is crucial to capturing attention and making a lasting impression. That’s why we specialize in designing and crafting tailor-made custom event displays that not only reflect your brand’s unique identity but also maximize your booth’s impact. From eye-catching 3D characters3D Props3D LogosLarge 3D Letters, and innovative structural designs to seamless integration of technology, our custom trade show displays are carefully curated to elevate your brand’s presence and create a captivating experience for your target audience. With our expertise and dedication to excellence, we are committed to helping you make a memorable statement at every trade show you attend.

Trade show success is not just dictated by how great your product is, as the show room floor is much more competitive than that.  With thousands of participants trying to gain potential customers, media mentions and the attentions of influencers within a frenzied three-day time span, unique trade show displays may help you stand out and create photo opportunities that are shared and go viral online, further increasing brand awareness during a special event.

We are experts at our craft and have made custom displays for over 5,000 customers and top brands. Take a look at some examples of our projects below.

Selected Trade Show and Events Projects Gallery

Features & Benefits of Custom Trade Show Displays

Custom trade show displays offer a wide range of features and benefits designed to enhance your brand’s presence and make a lasting impression. Here are some key features and benefits of custom trade show displays:

  • Brand Reflection: Custom trade show displays are tailored specifically to your brand, allowing you to showcase your unique identity and messaging. From the choice of colors, graphics, and branding elements, each display is crafted to accurately represent your brand image and values.

  • Eye-Catching Design: Custom trade show displays are created with a focus on visual impact. They incorporate creative design elements and innovative structural features to attract attention and stand out amidst a sea of competing booths. These captivating designs can help draw in visitors and generate higher foot traffic to your booth.

  • Seamless Integration: Custom trade show displays can be seamlessly integrated with your products, services, and marketing materials. They can include interactive elements, multimedia screens, and product displays to engage and educate your audience effectively. This integration enhances your ability to communicate your brand’s message and demonstrate your offerings.

  • Versatility and Flexibility: Custom trade show displays can be designed to be versatile and adaptable to different trade show environments. They are often modular and scalable, allowing you to adjust the size, layout, and configuration to fit various booth spaces and exhibition requirements. This flexibility enables you to make the most of different trade show opportunities without investing in multiple displays.

  • Durability and Reusability: Custom trade show displays are built to withstand the rigors of frequent use and transportation. They are constructed with high-quality materials that offer durability and longevity, ensuring your display remains in excellent condition show after show. Additionally, they can be designed to be reusable, reducing your long-term costs and environmental impact.

  • Enhanced Brand Engagement: Custom trade show displays provide an immersive brand experience that fosters engagement with your target audience. They create a visually appealing and interactive environment, encouraging visitors to spend more time at your booth, ask questions, and interact with your brand representatives. This heightened engagement increases the chances of lead generation and conversions.

  • Competitive Advantage: By investing in a custom trade show display, you gain a competitive edge over other exhibitors. A well-designed and thoughtfully executed display can help your brand outshine competitors and position you as a leader in your industry. It conveys professionalism, credibility, and a commitment to excellence, making a positive impression on potential customers and partners.

In summary, custom trade show displays offer a range of features and benefits that empower your brand to make a memorable impact in the trade show arena. From reflecting your brand’s identity to creating engaging experiences and gaining a competitive advantage, these displays are a valuable investment to elevate your trade show presence and achieve your marketing objectives.

Pricing of Custom Trade Show Displays

Cost of trade show displays is based on the volume of material (size of the display), the time it takes to create the 3D printable file and other elements of the display.  Each display is bid individually and the best way to determine cost is to email us, call us at 385-206-8700, or fill out the form below and let us bid on your project.

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Technology and Materials for Trade Show Displays

Custom props used in trade show displays often incorporate a range of technologies and materials to enhance the visual appeal and create immersive experiences. Here are some common technologies and materials used for custom props in trade show displays:


  1. 3D Printing: 3D printing allows for the creation of intricate and unique prop designs. It enables the fabrication of complex shapes and structures with precision. Custom props can be 3D printed using various materials, including plastics, resins, and metals.

  2. CNC Machining: Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining is used to create custom props with precise dimensions and intricate details. It involves cutting, shaping, and drilling materials such as wood, foam, or metal using automated machinery.

  3. Projection Mapping: Projection mapping technology projects images or videos onto three-dimensional objects, transforming them into dynamic visual displays. This technique is often used to create captivating and interactive effects on custom props.

  4. LED Lighting: LED lighting is commonly integrated into custom props to enhance their visual impact. It can be used to illuminate specific areas, create color-changing effects, or add a dynamic element to the props.

  5. Motion and Automation: Custom props may incorporate motorized or automated mechanisms to add movement or interactivity. This can include rotating parts, sliding elements, or animatronics, creating a dynamic and engaging experience.


  1. Foam: Foam materials, such as expanded polystyrene (EPS) or polyurethane foam, are commonly used for custom prop construction. They are lightweight, easy to carve or shape, and can be coated or painted to achieve desired textures and finishes.

  2. 3D printed props: Custom props can be 3D printed using various materials, including plastics, resins, and metals, depending on the use case and specific requirements and budget.

  3. Wood: Wood is a versatile material used for custom prop construction. It can be carved, cut, or shaped to create detailed and realistic props. Different types of wood, such as plywood or medium-density fiberboard (MDF), can be utilized depending on the desired strength and finish.

  4. Metal: Metal materials, including aluminum, steel, or brass, are employed for sturdy and long-lasting custom props. Metals can be welded, bent, or shaped to create props with a high level of structural integrity.

  5. Acrylic and Plexiglass: Acrylic and plexiglass materials are commonly used for creating transparent or translucent elements in custom props. They offer clarity, durability, and can be easily cut or shaped.

By combining these technologies and materials, custom props for trade show displays can be designed to captivate and engage attendees. The use of advanced techniques and innovative materials ensures that the props are visually appealing, durable, and aligned with the overall brand message and aesthetic.

3D resin printer
Custom 3D Printing project with resin printer at WhiteClouds
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CNC Machine cutting out a prop for a customer at WhiteClouds
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Projection Mapping on Foam Car display
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Giant Orca whale company mascot foam statue foam smoothing
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Detailed prep work for Sen-ti-nel Captain America [Marvel] 3D Printed Statue

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Common Questions & Answers

  • What file type is required to make a trade show display?
    We work with all architectural CAD programs including AutoCAD, Revit, Chief Architect, ArchiCAD and Sketchup, just to name a few. If you design in 3D, we will start with your 3D files. If you have 2D blueprints and elevations, or artist‘s sketches, we can build a display from these files as well.

  • Do you 3D print all trade show displays?
    No. We use a variety of technologies to make trade show experience displays. Besides 3D printing in different materials we utilize CNC machining, laser cutting, laser etching, casting, sculpting, painting, airbrushing, laminating, vinyl printing, and woodworking to produce highly engaging displays that fit your exact needs.

  • What is the material used?
    We match the correct material and fabrication process to your requirements in terms of presentation, size, and transportability. We can 3D print in uv-cured resin, plastic, rubber-like acrylic, and nylon. We also fabricate in our model shop using different types of foam, wood, metal, resins, and acrylic.

  • What is the largest trade show display you can make?
    There is no limit to the size of display. If you are using cartoon models, character models or foam sculptures, they can have a huge impact when extremely large. Transportability will be your only concern on an extremely large display.

  • What is the turnaround time for a trade show display?
    This depends on the features of the display itself. We usually ask for four to six weeks from the time we take the order to when you will receive the display. If it is a full-themed display, we will need more time. We understand that sometimes deadlines are tight and we can accommodate rush orders in as little as one week.

  • What features can a trade show display have?
    Besides the physical 3D display with the proper color and appearance, you can elect to ask for special lighting, sound, and movement. 

  • If I want a second display is it cheaper?
    Our pricing is based on the fabrication costs and the time it takes to prepare your design. The second display is less money because the design portion is complete.

Do you have a question we didn‘t answer? Don’t hesitate to contact us at 1-385-206-8700 or [email protected].

Worldwide Delivery

WhiteClouds has delivered models around the world.

History of Trade Show Displays

Many industry historians refer to The Great Exhibition held in 1851 in Central London as one of the first big trade shows. At this event, exhibitors from around the world showcased marvels such as new technologies, industrial machines and rare jewels. It was also the first event to feature modern pay-toilets and it kicked off the first America’s Cup yachting event.

Another large event often referred to is the ‘world’s fairs’ or ‘world expositions’. These events are well-known for permanent installations such as the Eiffel Tower, the Seattle Center Space Needle and the Aquarium of Genoa. While your product may not be the Eiffel Tower, it may be the Arc de Triomphe of your portfolio and is worth showing off in full 3D.

Modern 3D techniques assisted by Computer Aided Design (CAD) can create trade show displays reaching forward rather than relying on simple technologies of the past. Using new 3D technologies you not only attract booth visitors, but also show that your company strives to be innovate and takes advantage of emerging technologies.

Britain's Great Exhibition of 1851
The 1851 Great Exhibition At The Crystal Palace: A Victorian Spectacle - Credit: HistoryExtra
International CES Logo
International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) held in Las Vegas is the largest Tradeshow event in the U.S.

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