Since the goal of this project was to make something for someone to help them during the pandemic, I decided to make my sister a textured rolling pin to be a happy gift for her to use for baking. This wooden rolling pin is laser engraved to create a relief texture when rolled on cookie dough or fondant. I can only make so much of a difference during a pandemic, but one thing I hope I can do through this project is make self isolation a little more enjoyable for my sister. I think that baking is a relaxing activity, and this rolling pin would be a fun addition to baking.
Repeating pattern designed by Claudia Lasch in Adobe Photoshop (2020). To be laser cut in Vassar's Innovation Lab on the Epilog Fusion Pro.
Ampersand Egg Plate
(Image to be replaced once fabricated.) My mom collects both egg plates and decorative ampersands, so I designed an aluminum egg plate with an ampersand (&) cut out of the middle to give to her. The plate is a flat aluminum circle sitting on three 1 cm stacks of smaller aluminum circles. There are nickel-sized holes for the eggs to sit in.
Egg plate design by Amy O'Connell (2020). To be fabricated in STEAM Studio on the OMAX Water Jet from sheet aluminum.
So Many Years Wall Plaque
(Image to be replaced once fabricated.) There are key moments at Vassar that I hold very dearly. With this piece I hope to capture some essence of those moments.
Plywood design by Edgar Lozano (2020). To be fabricated in the STEAM Studio on the Universal Laser System (ILS 12.75).
A friend of mine collects hats, and had hooks in her dorm room to hang them around. She is now at home and does not have access to hooks on the walls, so I made a box for her to store her hats, in addition to the prototype of a hat.
3D design by Alan, created in Fusion 360 (2020). The plywood box will be laser cut with the Universal laser at STEAM Studio and the small hat will be 3D printed at Vassar's Innovation Lab.
(Image to be replaced once fabricated.) 'The Castle' is a leather laser-cut coaster depicting one of the fortifications players can attempt to siege in the video game Mount and Blade. As this game holds sentimental value for whom the project was designed, I hoped to create a physical item that can be used and also serves as a reminder of the experiences they shared with friends.
Leather design by Frank Swiatowicz (2020). To be fabricated in the STEAM Studio on the Universal Laser Cutter.
TH 140 Logo
(Image to be replaced once fabricated.) In my college apartment, we had a huge plush dinosaur that we dressed for the fans. It became sort of our house symbol and therefore our friend group logo. We weren’t able to say goodbye to each other in the ways we wanted to, since our friend group is entirely made of seniors. I made this as an item to remember our friendship by.
To be fabricated out of 0.125 inch steel on the OMAX Maxiem Water Jet at STEAM Studio, design and hand-embellished by Victoria Wilk (2020).
Graduation Photo Frame
(Image to be replaced once fabricated.) Because there isn't a physical graduation for the class of 2020 and therefore my mom won't get to experience it, I wanted to make something for her that still captures the moment, memory, and accomplishment in some way. I could not do this without my family's support and I want to share this with them.
Picture frame design by Robert Elizardo (2020). To be 3D printed at Vassar's Innovation Lab.
(Image to be replaced once fabricated.) The peanut butter bread is a recipe originated in the 1930s during the era of the Great Depression when there is lack of baking ingredients (amongst other things). This recipe has been gaining popularity during the current quarantine because it requires only 5 common ingredients (6 if you count salt) to make, and is definitely something comforting to eat. The five key ingredients are the following: Flour, Peanut Butter, Baking Powder, Milk, Sugar. I have tailored a set of measurement devices that all fit inside one compact cube that will allow you to bake a loaf of this bread at ease. I designed this with my mother and myself in mind, given how we are both not the most fastidious when it comes to following baking recipes. I hope that this simple measurement cube can make the process of bread-making much easier and grant people some comfort and joy in this difficult time.
3D Design by Jesse Lin (2020). To be 3D printed at Vassar's Innovation Lab.
This 3D model is a small square cup meant to hold keys, loose change, and anything that fits inside it. The sides are decorated with impressions of a lightning bolt, sun, crescent moon, and star. After being 3D printed, this cup will be gifted to my brother, who will attend Vassar as a first-year in the fall. This cup can be kept on his desk or dresser to hold any miscellaneous items, and to remind him of home.
3D design by Ari Bowe, created in Fusion 360 (2020). To be 3D printed at Vassar's Innovation Lab.
2D design by Simone Johnson, created in Adobe Illustrator, box layout from makeabox.io. (2020). To be fabricated on the Universal laser cutter at STEAM Studio from 0.25 inch plywood.