Years ago I realized that I could design gaming dice in 3D software and have the prototypes 3D printed, so I started designing them. Now, four years later, I have 23 completed sets designed and ready to output.
Although it is possible to use print-on-demand services for 3D printing today, the cost per set would be very expensive for solid dice, especially larger ones. A set of any of these dice with any reasonable level of detail is approaching $50-$100 per set with 3D printing, and that's with zero profit. Molding and casting is the best way to put these dice into as many hands as possible.
Typical gaming dice are made by plastic injection molding. The ones with rounded edges are allowed to cool, tumbled to remove the blemish from the sprue, then coated in paint, allowed to dry, then run through a rock tumbler again to take the paint off except for the paint in the number grooves. This results in rounded edges, and in the case of some of the cheaper brands it sometimes results in misshapen or even cracked dice.
Collectible plastic action figures and character models have fairly high levels of detail, and often feature hand-painted details. Many of these are made with rubber molds and various types of plastic resin to allow for undercuts and capture greater detail. I figured if they can do it for collectible toys, we can do it for dice.
The original idea was going to be to mass produce a single style in various colors, but after looking at the available tools and materials, it's going to be possible for backers to choose from a relatively large selection of styles and colors. Why? Because these are going to be hand made with professional tools and materials and using very high quality 3D output as a positive. My making this a hand crafted work, it won't be made with machines in a factory, but it will make the highest quality product possible. We may also offer additional options like hand painted finishes.
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