The Ultimate Machined BEER Dice!
The Ultimate Machined BEER Dice!
So Why Kickstarter?
I need your help to spread the word of these amazing dice! New ideas and projects unfortunately do not come without their costs. So to be able to start full production of these dice I need to be working full time in my shop. To do this I need YOUR help!
If enough backers support beer dice, I will have the up front capital I need to be able to cut away from my daytime job and go into full production. But without your help bringing these amazing dice out into the world may not happen. Making these dice full time will allow me to pay for the tremendous overhead costs of owning and operating my shop. But with your help, we can make these awesome dice a reality for everyone!
Without people like you none of this would be possible!! These dice are NOT made overseas. They are made right here in the USA with US equipment made out of US materials, all by a US Veteran!!!
People Do This All The Time Right?
Well... no, not like this. The all mighty dollar will get you almost anything but not necessarily in the way you imagined it. When the designer is also the person generating the product those perfect angles and geometries are more apparent in the finished product because you take the time to make it right. The Designer knows what he wants in the finished product. The way it should be. Someone paid by the hour to make the same dice may not share that same enthusiasm.
There are a lot of people out there doing this right? What makes this different?
There are actually a very limited number or people out there like me that are willing to lay it all on the line for what they believe in. Many have hopes and dreams but only a few make it happen. We truly are the last of a dying breed. Very few people take it upon themselves to do what I am trying to do because of the risks and hard work it takes to make it all happen. It takes a very rare individual with dedication, skill, a true love for what they do, and a creative mind that's relentless. But I am one of those few, and I am certainly here to see it through!
About the dice:
The dice came to me as an idea that I had not seen out in the world yet and I thought, you know what? That's a great idea! We Oregonians love our craft beers and the culture that comes with it. So I wanted to embrace that which makes us who we are, and provide something that you have never seen before!
Say you're out camping, playing beer games. Or even in town, and you pull out a set of these babies! It's guaranteed to get the WOW affect I've seen with everyone I have shown them to so far! They feel amazing in your hands and roll fairly well. The brass version does have a cool weight feel to them which I love and with the black velvet pouch they sit well on a display. They're also a very cool conversation piece.
The aluminum version is just as cool but has a lighter feel to it. A neat feature about the dice is the level of detail that is put into each one. If you pull out a magnifying glass you can actually see the beer can's tab, sip hole, and even the letters "BEER" engraved in each beer can. A true testament to the artwork put into each and every dice!
All materials are made from extruded bar stock, or what you would call "BILLET" material. This is very good material. Not a cast product that can be brittle. This is the real deal!
Are The Dice Loaded?
Well.. how do you go about defining a loaded die? If you're talking about the depth of the engravings on each side of the dice corresponding to its opposite side, well that's a interesting topic. On paper, you could say that the side of the dice with the single beer can versus the opposing side of the dice with the 6-pack engraving, might have less material on one side versus the other due to the larger engraved area on the 6 pack side. But in reality these dice are as close to rotating on their central axis as you can get, and this is because the engravings are only .003" deep (about the equivalent of a deep scratch). So the amount of material lost versus the industry standard of machining tolerances makes the difference incredibly small. Say .001" or .002" over the thickness of the dice (D16 standard .6299") would add a very large amount of material to one side of the dice when compared to the loss of material from the engraved markings. Also the industry standard for dimensions is about .002". But since I am manufacturing the dice, I control the quality of the machining process. Ensuring tight tolerances are achieved.
Typically when you hire a machine shop to do a job, the job is then handed to the machinist to make the parts. Well the machinist only gets gets paid a hourly wage and while he might care about how cool your part is it doesn't make or break him as far as his paycheck. He/she doesn't always have a desire for perfectionism that the creator does which is where I come in. I control the entire process from raw bar stock to finished product. This is a rare occasion and not many people have this ability due to the massive up front costs that I have already put down to bring projects like this to life! And remember the machine is just one of many items needed to make this product a reality. Thousands of dollars have already been spent on other expenses as well. All industrial grade equipment.
I will implement the very best workmanship I can into each and every dice that leaves my shop. I have engineered the machining process to maintain a uniform depth on engravings no matter how its loaded. The machine does the precision work for you! The ball screws (these control movement and positioning) have a accuracy of .0001" with repeated positioning to within .0002"
One last detail that I have implemented is the material removal. Now these stock bars are more stressed on the outside surface than the inner core due to their manufacturing process. To ensure uniform density throughout the dice I have engineered the machining process to remove equal amounts of material from side to side which will help to create the most accurate uniform density possible.
In addition to the machining process the dice ALSO get a tumble polish with porcelain media. This will take care of any burrs from the machining process while polishing the surfaces at the same time giving it a smoother feel and look.
So in Lamens term it means the dice are going to be super awesome and accurate!! Which should also roll very nicely!
When Will I Receive My Dice?
Most projects offer some great products/designs but not many have the means to produce their product themselves. This is where I have a tremendous advantage! I will start to ship dice in as little as 3 weeks from the time the campaign ends. This is a good "safe haven" time limit.
How long will it take to ship out everyone's rewards? Well that depends on how many dice I need to manufacture. Each die takes time to make, so more dice means more time.
Right now, I can go to my shop, fire up my machine and have fully finished dice at the end of the day. The 3 weeks "safe haven" time frame allows me to prep my shipping station and receive any additional equipment needed. This includes giving sufficient notice to my current employer of my intentions to start production of my own product.
So you may have your dice in your hands in as little as 1 month (1 week shipping) from the time my campaign ends. But this could be as long as several months to some people depending on quantity. I will keep updates thru the comments section to let everyone know the status of orders being shipped out weekly. I want to keep everyone informed as much as possible!
A Little About Me:
Ever since I can remember I have always been incredibly fascinated with how things worked. How they were put together. How they functioned. The internal workings of devices, levers and what not. When I was 5 me and my brother (a year older) had enough smarts to figure out that we could take a bag of chains, put it on top of the seat of our riding lawn mower, use a slot screwdriver as a ignition key, and figured out how to work the 7 speed shiftier/clutch mechanism on my parents brand new lawnmower! In the end after our muddling adventure we got it high centered in my mothers garden. Which was unfortunate for us because we did pay for it lol. But I think my parents knew then and there that we were smart ones.
After that it only got better. Lego's was a big thing for me and my brother. It was like a test of who could build the biggest coolest toy. In high school a Lego design came to mind for a project in my tech class. So I strap a high powered RC engine to a Lego built chassis with the biggest battery I had. It had nothing more than a flip switch for ON and lots of oil on the plastic gears to keep it all together long enough to hit top speed. This is of course before it inevitably melted, seized up, and exploded. To date, I still think I hold the guinness world record for fastest Lego built toy. It only made one run in the cafeteria before exploding into a hundred pieces when it hit the hallway lockers! Unfortunately this was also right in front of my principle Mr. Purple. But it still worked! I had that niche to take a idea and make it a reality and it still drives me to this day. I knew what I was capable of and I have always wanted to be able to explore these ideas I had but I didn't have my own mill. The cost for one was just too much money. And that was just the beginning of the expenses I would be facing.
Ultimately I joined the NAVY and trained as a MR (Machinery Repairman) to get the skills to be a machinist. And I did! I graduated top in my class with honors and I was trained by some of the best the military has to offer. I worked on fighter jets through the duration of my enlistment. Primarily the F-18 E and F Super hornet. From the landing gear to the launchers to the heads up display units. I worked on it all. I excelled here, and it was just another step in my journey of finally having my own business. Just recently after working two jobs and some insane hours I was finally able to purchase my very first mill. A HAAS VF-3 at very massive expense but well worth it to me. Definitely a monumental moment in my life. I got myself a shop, some basic tooling and for the first time in my life I could finally create some of the ideas I had dreamed about for so many years. The machine itself is very expensive. At $81,000 you can see why its not something most people would just jump on in and do. It takes planning and way to make it happen! Just to buy one you have to put down roughly 25 percent of that in cash up front with good credit. So you can understand the massive expense I have already put into achieving my dreams. I have also dropped another 5k into tumbling equipment and other miscellaneous gear that I will be needed for this project.
Risks and challenges
Anyone will tell you that there is always some level of risk and they are right. But I can assure you your risk with me is as low as it can get. There is not many questions left to be asked.
The process is already thought up. Process proven. The product is in hand. Shipping prices have been calculated accordingly. There will always be a probability for something to come up. And they do. But I feel absolutely confident that I can produce these dice for you and get them to you successfully and in a timely manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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