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Why 3D-printed models are the new business cards

Ashley Sparling has used this 3D printed design to attract the attention of prospective new clients

Ashley Sparling has used this 3D printed design to attract the attention of prospective new clients

As 3D printing technology continues to evolve, designers are harnessing its power to get themselves noticed in new ways.

Earlier this year, Cartridgesave (opens in new tab) launched its annual 3D Print Cup contest, in which every entrant received a model of their design - and some of the designers involved have started used them as a calling card to attract prospective clients.

Take Ashley Sparling, a 3D designer and winner of Best Individual category in the contest. "I start my new job as an award-winning 3D print expert soon," Sparling says. "I was already a competent 3D designer before, but now I have finessed my skills in the printing and finishing process - a skill my new company can use in pitching new and growing current business."

The winning entries in the 3D printing competition

The winning entries in the 3D printing competition

Fuzzy Duck (opens in new tab) is another team of designers showing off their abilities through the use of 3D printed models. You can see how they brought their Major Lee Hungry design to life in this making of video:

Have you seen anything unusual being used as a business card? Let us know in the comments.

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Kerrie Hughes is Editor at Creative Bloq (currently on maternity leave). One of the original CB crew, Kerrie joined the team back in 2013 after moving from her role as staff writer on 3D World. Since then she's written regularly for other creative publications. Kerrie's work for Creative Bloq involves managing the team and the site's content, developing and maintaining commercial partnerships, and finding innovative ways to bring Creative Bloq's audience the content they're looking for.

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