Brick of Money

in 3D Modeling Design held by jochs
Contest Ended, Winner(s) have been selected.
The goal of this project is to design a desk ornament that is a conversation piece.

There are 3 aspects to this product:

1: The foundation: A rectangle of solid metal. Should have an expensive high end look. A bar of silver is the only thing I can think of as an example foundation.
However, I am going for more of a brushed nickel look.

2: The casing that sits on top of the medal foundation. This casing is either made of glass or plastic and will be glued to the medal foundation.

3. $500 in one dollar bills will be inside the glass casing.

The attached image is not high end looking but should give you a basic idea of the kind of product we are looking to develop.
Metal foundation dimensions:

Height: 1 Inch

Length: 6.5 Inches (estimated)
6.14 Inches is the length of US currency. The width of the foundation will need to be slightly longer to account for the thickness of the glass/plastic casing.

Depth: 3.5 Inches (estimated)
US currency is .0043 inches thick so 500 bills would equal 2.15 Inches. However, we need to account for currency straps every 100 bills as well as the thickness of the glass/plastic casing. There will be a one inch lip on the front of the medal foundation where a name or job title can be engraved.

Glass or plastic casing:

Length: 6.14Inches

Height: 2.61 inches

Width: 2.15 Inches
Don't Wants:
Please consider that this is a decorative item that will likely live in executive offices. The foundation is going to be solid metal and weigh around 4 LB. This product should look expensive but classy. Nothing cheap looking please.
  1. I do not know enough about the industry to be able to define what software should be used.
  2. SketchUp (Google & Trimble)
  3. SolidWorks
  4. AutoCAD


1st Winner
#8 Desk Ornaments by John Paulo
Sep 17, 2016 2:18
#1 Brick of Money by REDA
Sep 16, 2016 7:59
#2 Brick of Money_Artificalis by Artificalis
Let me know what you think. i put it on a glass standard, looked more classy this way. But thats my opinion tough
Sep 16, 2016 9:16
#3 Brick of Money by Aminegn
Sep 16, 2016 13:29
This is my design entry for a brick of money contest. I make silver bar as foundation with gold plate on the top to place glass case. I used cyan color for the glass.
Sep 16, 2016 16:19
Combination of gold plate with cyan glass color on the top of silver bar makes the decoration of bricks of money looks expensive and classy.
Sep 16, 2016 20:02
#6 Money Case by ;lzsvpja-] bja]=
The glass piece sits down into the metal foundation, so when you glue it you won't see any glue marks. Also has a simple groove cut out for personalizing.
Sep 16, 2016 22:10
#7 Brick of Money by Aminegn
Sep 17, 2016 1:27
#9 Money Case 1 by ;lzsvpja-] bja]=
Different base and I added a security gluing
Sep 17, 2016 4:23
Pls refer my attachment.
Sep 17, 2016 8:46
#11 Revise Desk Ornaments by John Paulo
Sep 17, 2016 8:48
#12 Brick of Money V-Z by REDA
Sep 17, 2016 10:34
#13 Brick of Money by Aminegn
Sep 17, 2016 16:44
#14 Money Case 2 by ;lzsvpja-] bja]=
Last one...good luck
Sep 17, 2016 17:57
#15 500 BUCKS by Adam
Sep 18, 2016 3:21
#16 Brick of Money_Artificalis V2 by Artificalis
I went back to the basisc. I read that you liked the idea of shrinking the base with the glass so you dont see the glue. Hope you like it
Sep 19, 2016 6:47
#17 Desk Ornaments 2 by John Paulo
I make the glass casing more suitable for the metal more down and with rubber stopper below to prevent slipping or sliding on the table.
Sep 20, 2016 0:30
#18 Brick of Money 1 by kriomant
Sep 20, 2016 4:46
#20 Brick of Money angular by kriomant
Maybe you will like angular design.
Sep 20, 2016 16:18
#21 Brick of Money by Mike Dimou by Michael Dimou
a design with wood base , Just imagine
Sep 21, 2016 8:14
#22 Brick of money by Mike Dimou vol2 by Michael Dimou
The base could made from 3d printer
Sep 21, 2016 9:27
#23 brick of money by stylexdesign
in this design, the base is made of nickel, and there is a one inch lip space engraved outward with pine, this is provided for the purpose of engraving name or job title.
Sep 21, 2016 11:38
#24 Brick of money by Bodhayan
Length: 6.5 Inches (estimated),Depth: 3.5 Inches (estimated).Height: 2.61 inches. A furnished high look design(brick of money )
Sep 22, 2016 8:48
#26 Ornamental money brick by MR. CAD DESIGNS
Images of foundation with wood, metal plain (silver) and metal embossed (silver- ornamental design) is submitted
this is my first entry for this challenge.
All the dimensions are close to estimated values and weight of metal foundation (silver) is around 4.5 lbs
Sep 25, 2016 14:31
#27 Money in the glass by RadoTechnik
This is my idea for the decoration, my concept is to give it more boxy with rounded edge for more simplicity.
The base is made of nickle with brushed finish, in front we have name plate (using laser engrave).
The cover is made of thick glass to give it more depth looks for the money inside it.
The total dimension roughly around 6.8inch x 3inch x 5.2inch (base+glass cover)
The base weight around 3.99 lb or 1.81 Kg
Sep 26, 2016 3:30
#28 Money in the glass (clear glass version) by RadoTechnik
This is my 2nd idea (just with different colored glass cover) for the decoration, my concept is to give it more boxy with rounded edge for more simplicity.
The base is made of nickle with brushed finish, in front we have name plate (using laser engrave).
The cover is made of clear glass to give it more cleaner and neat looks.
The total dimension roughly around 6.8inch x 3inch x 5.2inch (base+glass cover)
The base weight around 3.99 lb or 1.81 Kg
Sep 26, 2016 3:39
#29 Brick of Money by Sergiu.Nasta
Sep 26, 2016 14:44
#30 No-glue Brick of Money by Andy3
fully secured with screws
Sep 26, 2016 14:44
#31 Brick of Money vol3 by Michael Dimou
Sep 27, 2016 13:29
#32 Brick of Money vol4 by Michael Dimou
Sep 27, 2016 13:31
#33 Brick of Money vol5 by Michael Dimou
Sep 27, 2016 13:31
#34 Money Case 3 by ;lzsvpja-] bja]=
Money Case
Sep 29, 2016 3:23
#35 Money Box by Sergiu.Nasta
note "if you want to see the screnshot in a bigger resolution, open it in a new tab/ window or check my portfolio"
Sep 30, 2016 15:23
#36 Glass Bank by Batmario
Oct 1, 2016 20:40
#37 Glass fortress by Batmario
no glue needed
Oct 3, 2016 13:57
#39 MONEY_BRICK_FERCAS_041016 by Fercas
Oct 5, 2016 3:28
#40 Desk Ornament by Bail Suresh
basic modeling was done in AuroCAD. Texturing, lighting and Rendering in Cinema 4D
Oct 6, 2016 15:29
#41 My First Try by BumiGanesha
Oct 7, 2016 18:12
#43 Brick of Money by BumiGanesha
2 model in one file, Yoou can chose one or both.
Oct 8, 2016 7:27
#44 Big Chief Award by Decker
Bill stack encapsulated in acrylic bolted down to a silver brick mounted on a plank of walnut.
Oct 8, 2016 17:09
#45 Cheesy Award by Decker
Make something fun!
Oct 8, 2016 21:30
#46 Executive Office Accesorie by Joyce Linares
Combine silver and wood for the base; with an acrilic cover. Has a classic formal style.
Oct 9, 2016 4:27
#47 Executive Office Accesorie by Joyce Linares
Similar design, but straight lines. Combine wood and silver; glass or acrilic cover.
Oct 9, 2016 4:59
#48 Halph A. Grandt's brick of money by DaBu
Oct 9, 2016 11:45
#50 dollar sign ornament money brick by Jeremy Benjamin
The base here is shaped like a dollar sign, and the glass case has an outcropping at the bottom that sits steadily in the hollow spaces of the base.
Oct 10, 2016 3:25




Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:01:49 +0000

I like this idea. From a manufacturing standpoint this might be the best route. Can you show me some additional designs for the base?



Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:10:50 +0000
hi josch

is there any particular size (thickness) decided for glass/plastic casing. if it is let me know,so that the deign could be more compact and as per your dimensions.

and what process are you going to use for manufacturing this metal foundation. Are you going to get it machined out of casting or will directly opt for casting?



Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:36:14 +0000
Just so everyone knows. The money should not be accessible. It is a decorative item that has no point of entry.



Sat, 17 Sep 2016 08:05:35 +0000

number 6 had the idea of sinking the casing into the foundation so the glue is hidden. Try that with yours. I really like the simplicity of your design.



Sat, 17 Sep 2016 07:58:10 +0000

Not crazy about the foundation. Maybe try something more simple like number 8 did but have it sunk in so that it is easily glue-able. The bar over the top is not what I am looking for.



Sat, 17 Sep 2016 03:36:50 +0000

I think the idea of sitting the casing inside the foundation is a great idea from a manufacturing standpoint. Could you provide some other options with the foundation? I need more space for name engraving.



Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:49:30 +0000




Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:04:34 +0000
Hi jochs,

Okay I will make the glass little thinner and remove bottom glass. You means the top foundation must be same size with the glass but extend on the front foundation? I will submit as soon as possible.



Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:53:03 +0000

Make the glass a little thinner
Take away the bottom glass so that the money sits directly on the medal foundation
Make the foundation flush to the casing on all sides but extend the front. I would like to see what it looks like to have the front of the foundation extended out a little because we are going to be engraving peoples names on the front of the foundation.

Don't use five hundred dollar bills.

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