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Design and make a DoESLiverpool challenge coin for sharing with other hackspaces #654
Challenge coins are informally made and shared among the branches of the US military:
For the story, see this podcast and article:
That radio show were so impressed, they made their own coin to give out to their best fans:
The uses of the coin would be to hand out to other hackspaces when going on official visits, to give to donors, or to give to visiting speakers who have made a big effort.
We could commission one from one of the coin manufacturers who probably do it at a very cheaply. They use moulds, but I don't know how the paintwork is applied (it must be automated in some way).
Even though it's art (and not a functional thing), I could cut unique editions out on the machine tool in brass (double sided if we are feeling really luxurious). For real craziness, cut the middle out and embed one of @amcewen's cheapo esp8266s on a curcuitboard. Either that, or include some NFC tech. Though we want to not go too far, as they do with the electromagnetic field badges; they got to be cheap enough.
In the longer term, when this catches on, there would be a display cabinet of other hackspace challenge coins in the display cabinet #34 It would end up like those real ale pubs with all those pretty beer badge labels nailed across the ceiling,.
And it would, by stealth, get build up a directory of alternative hackspaces in every hackspace.
PS a cheaper version would be just exchanging stickers:
It will be enamel not paint. Mix it up apply to the bits you want then flash it at 750-850'C
If people are interested in a more rough finish I have been using this process to make pewter coins from laser cut mold for the last few months.
Are we still interested in doing somthing like this?
Personally, I think it's a great, and fun, idea, but, being as I would likely have nothing to do with the process, I don't want to try and push something that those that would be involved aren't going to be able to have the time or inclination to pursue.