Affordable 3D printed dice for everyone! We want to be the place for dice designers and dice lovers to make the coolest dice around.
There are many great 3D Printed dice designs out there, but the current printing services charge so much to make them that most dice enthusiasts can't justify the cost. Our goal is to make 3D printed dice that can compete with injection molded dice in price while allowing customers to be confident in their purchase.
We plan to do this by printing and photographing every die made so you know what it really looks like before you buy it. This will also prevent orders from ever being canceled because they are unprintable like some companies do.
To start off, we will only be offering black nylon dice. As time goes on and we expand, we will offer more color and material options (see Stretch Goals below).
No die is completely fair. There is always some imperfection that can influence the result of a given die. We will be analyzing the models and will let you know how fair they are so you can know this before you buy them. Hopefully this testing process will push designers to be more careful in their designs. There is no reason 3D printed dice can't be as fair (or even fairer) than injection molded dice.
Please tell your friends. We will give you a gift card to the shop for $1 for every backer you refer that gives $25 or more. To join, go to http://4ddice.com/?ref=-1
For the designer:
- Formula-based pricing. Prices will automatically adjust when material costs change
- Allow and even encourage encapsulated void spaces. Making models hollow reduces cost, increases mass, and increases fairness of the die.
- Each designer can have their own store and domain.
- Shop-specific gift cards and coupons will be an option.
- We'll try to add any other features you need as quickly as possible.
Planed features for the site not yet written:
- Manage and track your dice collection
- Shareable wish lists
- Pregrouped dice packs
- Get your dice inked before shipping(costs $0.33 per face but if we screw up we reprint it and try again.)
- Customizable dice
January 2016 - Receive money from Kickstarter
May 2016 - Receive equipment, start printing, and photographing dice
June 2016 - Officially launch site for backers and start printing dice chosen by backers
August 2016 - Launch site to the world. All backers will receive their dice before we start printing dice for the general public.
At every reward level except the $6 level you can get as many dice from the shop as you like. There is a handy shopping cart calculator on 4ddice.com to help you decide on how much to give. On the rewards above $6 the shipping charges are probably more then it actually costs to ship. If this is the case we will let you spend the excess on more dice.
$50,000 - Include complete 360 photo view of dice for sale.
$100,000 - 5% discount for backers for 1 year after public launch.
$200,000 - 10% discount for backers for 1 year after public launch.
The Truly Audacious Stretch Goal:
If we raise over $700,000 USD, we will purchase a 3D printer capable of printing in metal as well as the nylon printer. Backers will be able to choose to use pledged funds for either metal or black nylon dice. Note: the price of metal dice will be higher than nylon, and these prices will be added to the site if it looks like we are going to hit the stretch goal.
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Risks and challenges
We have done our research and tested the printing capabilities of the hardware we will purchase to print the dice. We are confident in our technical abilities and our knowledge of the software involved. All work will be done in-house, so we don't have to worry about delays from outside vendors. Based on these factors, we consider this a low risk project.
Our greatest challenge will come if the project is wildly successful. A 3D printer has a set production capacity, and dice will be shipped in the order in which the pledges were received. If feasible we will purchase multiple printers to speed up the printing process.
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