Tradition + Technology

Trade show model at CES 2019

3D printing technologies have been popular for printing prototypes for tradeshows, marketing and branding purposes for years.  Now the same technology can be used to print affordable, brilliant 3D tradeshow display elements.  Displays can be multi-colored, reusable, durable and simple to move and setup.  Flat 2D images and displays cannot provide the 360-degree experience you may be looking to create for your tradeshow booth.

Printers can quickly produce replications of your logos, products or other design elements to your exact design specifications using files from any type of 3D design tool including AutoCAD.  In fact, you do not even have to be a designer to order a design using 3D printing services.  Printers can print 750,000 colors utilizing different print materials and hand-crafted elements can be contracted if needed.

Tradeshow success is not just dictated by how great your product is, you know the show room floor is much more competitive than that.  With thousands of participants trying to gain potential customers, media mentions and influencers attention within a frenzied three-day time span, new technology such as 3D printing may help you stand out.

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Features and Benefits

Trade Show Display of a dinosaur head
  • Realistic.  A 3D tradeshow display provides a visual perspective that is impossible to replicate using 2D technology.
  • Reactive.  Your potential customers and clients can walk around your 3D printed designs providing interactivity.
  • Choice.  Models can be printed with full detail, with a few colors or monochrome.  Using 3D printing you can easily print realistic color designs or simple prototypes.
  • Affordability.  Using 3D printing you can order display elements for a reasonable price depending on material used and the level of design assistance needed.
  • Testability. 3D prints are an excellent way to test new branding and marketing ideas.
  • Consistency.  Using new 3D printing technologies, you can easily duplicate tradeshow design elements for use in numerous marketing endeavors simultaneously.
  • Size.  No project is too large or too small, from a single statue/prop to a full-booth theming. If you can design it, we can create a physical model of it.  If you can't design it, we have a team of design professionals who can.  We can work with preparing 3D displays and large product replicas from scans, drawings, photos, and even napkins.
  • Capacity.  Did we mention, we have 60,000 square feet of production facilities in Utah, including the largest capacity of full-color 3D printing in the world.

Client Reviews

3D Printed Client Tradeshow Model

“The quality and finish exceed our expectations! Well done! Your team clearly put a lot of effort into this project, and we really appreciate the attention to detail and workmanship.  Over the past 10 years we have purchased about 15 scale models from another company, and the quality of your models far exceeds that of any other 3D printed model built for us.  Really impressive!”

Don Bergin
Blast Deflector

“They are lovely!!!! Thanks guys and have a great holiday!” “Amazing turn around guys – much appreciated!”

Freeman Co.

Technology and Materials

  • With 3D printing technology, you aren‘t limited to straight lines and boxes. A 3D printer can easily detailed, complex shapes.
  • We can 3D print models in different materials including sandstone-like, digital plastic, and UV-cured resin. The type of model determines which material will produce the best results. We can help you choose the material that is best for your project.
  • 3D printed trade show displays show incredible detail. The resolution of our printers is finer than a human hair.
  • Trade show displays can be 3D printed in full-color (over 750,000 variations of color) for awe-inspiring presentations and displays. No painting required!
  • With foam fabrication technologies such as CNC Cutting, Hot Wires, Laser Cutting, Hot Knifing, and Sculpting, we can create some very immersive and experiential displays.


Trade show model of a Robot used as CES

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 contact us and let us bid your project.

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Common Questions

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 full-color sandstone, 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. Assembly and take-down options can also be requested prior to quoting.

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.

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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 tradeshows.  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 it is worth showing off in full 3D.

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