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These coasters will let you represent your love for ugly cars and keep water rings off the table!
These coasters will let you represent your love for ugly cars and keep water rings off the table!
16 backers pledged $212 to help bring this project to life.

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I've always had a strange love for weird  looking cars and home goods, so I thought to myself, why not combine them? 

For this project I did some research and found what I consider to be some of the coolest ugly cars from the past and did some illustrations of them. I tried to think about what they would work best on and then it came to mind, coasters! With this project I want to combine these ideas with interest in using machinery like a laser engraver to not only make something that is very precise, but something that also gave me the opportunity to learn and perfect different manufacturing techniques while at the same time creating a project that I'm passionate about. 

 Each set of 6 laser engraved cork coasters is 3in round and 1/4' thick, each with a different car in the center. The cars range from the 1950's to 2015! 

I've always been very interested in two things, old cars no one likes and toys. If this project is funded I would like to continue the JALOPY line and create toys that are based off of the cars featured on this coaster set. I would like to carry over the simplicity of the illustrations featured on the coasters to physical objects, especially ones that people can have fun interacting with. 

Hi, I'm Anthony Sansone and I'm an Industrial Design student from Chicago. I attend the University of Illinois at Chicago and I am enrolled in the  Entrepreneurial Product Design (EPD) course where we not only learn how to design our own products, but how to work through an unprompted design process, interact with manufacturers, and finally how to get our products ready for crowdfunding. I'm hoping with this experience I can continue to design my own products and attempt to get them produced. 

Risks and challenges

The largest challenge of this project is manufacturing each set by hand. This will require a lot of time and makes me responsible for the quality of each product. I will overcome this challenge by trying to use the resources available to me to make sure everything is as precise as possible... or people end up thinking that the cars are too ugly and don't want to look at coasters.

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    Holy Smokes!

    Woah! Thank you! Your money will make my coaster making dreams a reality! I'll send you a personalized "Thank You!" email and a PDF of the car illustrations if you back this reward!

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    Get Yourself Some Coasters!

    Thank you for your contribution! Not only did you help me make a fun project, but now you get yourself a fun set of coasters! The set comes with 6 coasters engraved with some of the best bad cars, a PDF of the illustrations, and a personalized "Thank You!" email!

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