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Specialty Alloy Precision Machined Dice

Highly Precision Dice Machined From A Variety Of Specialty Alloys.

Specialty Alloy Precision Machined Dice

Highly Precision Dice Machined From A Variety Of Specialty Alloys.

$1,127
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Funding Unsuccessful
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Last updated April 27, 2013

About

What I Am Manufacturing:

I want to manufacture a set of highly precision dice that are within casino standard, in a variety of specialty alloys.  Casino dice are manufactured to ensure that each face of the die has the exact same statistical probability to land face up.  My goal is to produce these highly precise die using the most technological advanced equipment that can hold extremely tight tolerances to ensure my dice are as close to casino quality as possible!

Why I Need The Help Of Kickstarter!:

I manufactured my prototypes myself using manual milling and grinding equipment, which did not allow me to hold as tight of a tolerance as I needed.  Using state of the art CNC equipment, I will be able to hold a tolerance of +/- 0.001 (for reference a sheet of paper is 0.003" thick!) along with cut the manufacturing time down drastically to make these dice affordable.  (It took me over 2 hours per die to manufacture by hand!)  

With the support of the kickstarter community, I will be able to purchase material in bulk, streamline my manufacturing processes and lease a CNC machine which will allow me to hold a much greater tolerance, and produce a much better end product.  In return for your extremely generous support, please check out the great rewards on the right!

My Manufacturing Process:

1.  Design:

I started by developing a number of prototypes using Solid Works 3D software.  This allowed me to make several models with minor variations.  

2.  Materials:  

Like all products, starting with a high quality material provides a strong backbone for machining and precision.  Each material type is purchased in over sized material and machined to 0.750" to ensure a perfect cube. I would like to start with a number of specialty alloys including:

Aluminum

Stainless Steel

Brass

Bronze

Copper

Titanium

Nickel (Still in prototyping!)

...and we are currently in process of testing more materials and a number of coatings which include:

Anodizing (available for aluminum right now!)

Black Oxide (in process testing!)

Zinc (in process testing!)

.....

3.  Machining:

Each die is precisely machined to ensure a 0.750" cube.  This will ensure that the center of mass is exactly in the center of the cube.  This is extremely important.  If the center of mass if off center, each face on the die will not have a even statistical probability to land face up.

Rough Machining From A Solid Block
Rough Machining From A Solid Block

Pips have to be machined in each face of the die to represent the number (1-6).  Unlike casino dice where the pips are filled with a material with the exact same weight as the material that was removed (to ensure a perfect center of mass), the pips on my machined dice are not filled.  Each pip has a specific drill depth that will balance the weight of the material removed from each face of the die. 

Manual Machining Of Pips
Manual Machining Of Pips

After the pips are machined the die are then inspected again, and any that are out of specification are discarded.  The approved dice will then be cleaned, and packaged to be shipped to you!

I would like to start manufacturing of the dice right away, and would plan to ship them out May 15, 2013.  I have all of the necessary manufacturing processes in place and am eager to start as quickly as possible.  Also I am always interested in trying new materials and coatings so please message me if you have an idea!!

MY REWARDS

I am machining my dice out of a variety of specialty alloys.  For my rewards I have packaged the dice in various ways that I thought would be most interesting.  As always I am very excited about this project and would like to hear new materials and combinations that people would be interested in and I will give them a try!  I love a good challenge!

Aluminum:  Aluminum has a low density which makes it a very light weight and easily machinable material.  Aluminum is very affordable and looks great either raw, brushed, or anodized!  Its excellent corrosion resistance makes it a great durable die!

Stainless Steel:  Stainless Steel is extremely corrosive resistant and is used in many food industry, marine, high end car exhaust systems, water filtration and lead acid battery production plant applications.  Stainless Steel is a much more dense than Aluminum and is extremely durable.

Brass:  Brass is a yellowish color metal that is fair to machine.  Its corrosion resistance and distinct coloring make this a excellent choice for decor along with a great choice for your dice!

Bronze:  This is a alloy composed partially of copper itself!  It is commonly used in for decoration and commercial and residential framing and chutes.  Bronze gives a very unique and preserves a rustic look that can be passed through the generations!

Copper:  In the late 1800's and early 1900's penny's were actually make of about 95% copper.  The weight and scrap value of copper make the penny actually worth more the 1 cent, so it had to be changed!  Copper is a corrosive resistant, but quite malleable material.  It is commonly used on ships, inside copper wire, and in decorations for indoor and outside.  

Titanium:  Titanium is light weight and extremely strong.  It has a very low heat transfer which makes it take much longer to machine (roughly 5 times longer).  Titanium is used is many application from aerospace to jewelry   Its appearance, strength, and durability will make these dice last a lifetime!

Nickel:  Nickel is one of the toughest alloys on the planet!  It is used in many aerospace, defense, and chemical applications.  Its durability and extreme corrosion resistance makes this specialty alloy quite pricey!  But you will have one of the toughest pair of dice available!

THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to review my project!  I am extremely excited and can not wait to begin manufacturing!  Without the help of kickstarter, this would not be possible for me to achieve so Thank You Again!!

Inspection Tools
Inspection Tools

Risks and challenges

Even with the high precision of CNC machining, it is nearly impossible to get a perfect center of mass for each die. With a tolerance of +/- 0.001", it still allows minor room for error. The setup and machining of each die is extremely important to ensure that each piece is set up the exact same and their are not any fixture errors.

The inspection process is extremely important to ensure that all die are within specification and I believe that this will be one of the most important aspects of manufacturing these precision dice. My manufacturing experience will become a great asset in achieving a great and precision end product.

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