For the past couple of years, NextFab's crew of makers joined with the geeks of Philadelphia to fabricate the physical awards for the Philadelphia Geek Awards. This time around we decided to invite the community to help with the creation of the awards, and it was a great success and a great time for everyone!
To make the 2014 awards unforgettable, we coupled our hi-tech machinery with our community’s innovative thinking to come up with a design inspired by the Tesla Coil. (Don’t worry, unlike the real Tesla Coil, we weren't playing with high voltage.) Then we invited our community to assemble the awards themselves at a craft-party style event here at NextFab. They came, soldered, sanded, sipped a beer or two, and at the end we had something truly special to present to our honored geeks.
Now we invite you to play with, alter, build the awards yourself. We are giving all the files away (except the logo files). Feel free to adapt, mix, and improve the designs. We can't wait to see what you have come up with!
About The Philadelphia Geek Awards:
The Philadelphia Geek Awards is an awards ceremony honoring outstanding achievements in Philadelphia’s vibrant geek community, hosted by the Academy of Natural Sciences and Geekadelphia. It’s a black tie, red carpet event.
In addition to Geekadelphia’s rad team of skilled geeks, we’d like to thank John Combs of Clear-Coat for designing the base and overall award and C.H. Briggs, a certified Corian distributor, for graciously donating top-of-the-line materials.
Philadelphia Geek Awards 2014 © Nathaniel Dodson | Gallery
Philly Geek Awards 2014 © Clever Girl Photography | Gallery
Step 1: What you need
Step 2: Shopbot
This step is probably the hardest to do without a local makerspace or wood shop. We used a ShopBot to mill the Corian. We designed the Shopbot part files in the software Partworks and they are available here for download.
Step 3: Laser cutting
We also made the laser cutting files for the trophy base, nameplate and lightning bolt. They are available here for download as well and are laser-cutter ready! The lightning bolt should be cut out of the 1/4" fluorescent blue acrylic, the layers should be cut out of the 1/8" clear blue acrylic, and the nameplate should be cut out of the 1/8" silver Rowmark.
Step 4: Electronics
The electronics of this are super simple! Just follow these easy steps:
Step 5: Assemble!
Assemble the pieces in order as shown in the video. And you are ready to go!