Veronica Spencer
Engineer, Designer, and Maker
Winners of the Fall 2017 Capstone Design Expo

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.

Winners of the Fall 2017 Capstone Design Expo

Winners of the Fall 2017 Capstone Design Expo

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 trophies before they were presented to the winners.

The trophies before they were presented to the winners.

The Final Design

The Final Design

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 Process

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).

 Streamlining the process of fabrication took a few iterations.

Streamlining the process of fabrication took a few iterations.

Fabrication

Fabrication

Fabrication of all 100 trophies took place in stages, similar to an assembly line process.