One of the main reasons I bought my Glowforge was to help out my robotics team with various parts. This year we decided to hand out awards to other teams competing at our Regional event as a way to grow our brand and get more of the team engaged.
They decided on 3 categories for our first event (last week). Taking inspiration from this design and this design, we came up with these:
(They look slightly cooler in person. The camera loses the depth that the engraved acrylic brings.)
I’m mostly happy with how they came out. Being the end of season, time was running out so we assembled at the event. The only glue I had (thin CA glue) got soaked up by the paper a bit around the standoffs. A thicker gel super glue would do much better (and is what we’re doing for this week’s awards).
For those wondering about the process, it’s just draftboard backing (with engraved circles for where the standoffs line up) that has red cardstock glued to it front and back. I trimmed the cardstock exactly along the cut draftbord with a razor so that there was no overhang or alignment issues. The standoffs are glued on top of that and screwed into holes in the acrylic. The acrylic is reverse engraved on the back so that it’s super smooth on the front.
They look great! And cool you have a Robotics Team
Thanks! It’s a great program. I’m in charge of the high school team in Madison, but we have programs for all ages. It’s a lot of fun.
These are great! I bet the recipients will be super proud.
Nice work! Thanks for the build info and its interesting that you glued the standoff to the base. I’ve been gearing up to try and award design and will keep it in mind. Very cool of you to include your inspiration too, more folks should do it.
This set was done kind of hastily so I don’t have any process photos. I am hoping to get better pics for the set I’m doing this week. I kept trying to find a better way to mount the standoffs, but glue was the only thing I could get to work. It makes them a bit more fragile than I like, but as a display item it should hold up.
Wow, cool awards! If you want to try something more impervious and permanent than card stock, you might give sign vinyl a try—you can get it at any Michaels or JoAnns.
Vinyl is a good idea for the back side, but I needed to print on the front. And I don’t have a sublimation printer… yet.
Oops, yeah, forgot about that. Well, you could always make a spray paint stencil on your GF!
Very nice! I helped mentor team 2129 for 8 years. FIRST Robotics is a very cool program.
These are great! I’m sure they loved them!