Veronica Spencer
Engineer, Designer, and Maker
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Capstone Trophies

At the Capstone Design Expo, physical and monetary awards are presented to teams who represent the best of what Georgia Tech has to offer. These trophies were designed to be elegant, mass-producible, and relatively inexpensive to make.

 
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Capstone Trophies

At the Capstone Design Expo, physical and monetary awards are presented to teams who represent the best of what Georgia Tech has to offer. These trophies were designed to be elegant, mass-producible, and relatively inexpensive to make.

These are the happy recipients of the trophies produced for the Fall 2017 Capstone Design Expo. The students were surprised to find that I had designed and made all of the trophies single-handedly, and they were pleased with the results.

These are the happy recipients of the trophies produced for the Fall 2017 Capstone Design Expo. The students were surprised to find that I had designed and made all of the trophies single-handedly, and they were pleased with the results.

The finished 2018 version of the trophies, revised off of the 2017 design.

The finished 2018 version of the trophies, revised off of the 2017 design.

The 2017 version of the trophies.

The 2017 version of the trophies.

The Design for the 2017 Trophies

3 Materials were used for the final design:

  • yellow 1/8th inch acrylic

  • clear 1/8th acrylic

  • 1/4 inch thick mahogany veneered plywood.

100 individual trophies were made for about $1.27 each using in-house manufacturing methods.

The laser engravings were embellished on the yellow placard by using the protective paper as a stencil against black spray paint. Future designs will incorporate a 2-tone acrylic to reduce man hours spent on the construction.

The Design for the 2018 Trophies

In the 2018 design, the materials were updated:

  • two-tone acrylic from Inventables

  • clear 1/8th acrylic

  • 1”x3” pine boards - cut and stained

This material selection allowed me to cut out two massive time investments in the fabrication process: I didn’t have to paint any of the faces, and I was able to streamline the base creation. For more detail on the iteration process, please see my blog post:

https://www.veronica-spencer.com/blog/2018/4/16/iteration-schmiteration

 
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The Design Process

Dissatisfied with the previous year's trophies (1), the clients were looking for a more elegant, professional looking award. After concept sketches, I sent a colored rendering to the clients (2a) as well as a quick laser cut mockup (2b) of the trophy to evaluate for size and form.

The final product, 1 of 100, is shown in the photo (2c).

 

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