Who we are:
My name is David Franklin. I am an inventor, an artist, a dreamer and a friend to all.
The Tesseract Dice are my first Kickstarter project, and a way to share my love of games and science with the world: A world that is growing increasingly interested in nerd culture. Suddenly, everyone seems to be raving about games, comics, science, and science fiction movies.
As a fellow science and game consumer, I am shocked at the lack of products that satisfy these overlapping interests of the world. These dice are for scientists and gamers alike! They serve as cool trinkets and playing pieces for the independent groups, and the holy grail of dice for the nerdy scientist subculture we have grown to love so much.
Not only is this a cool product that will spice up game night with a little knowledge and wonder, but everyone who sees, likes, or backs this product are welcome to follow us on social media to join a growing community of science enthusiasts. We hope to build a symbiotic community of individuals who can bounce ideas off of each other and spread great ideas. Secondly, it provides you a chance to follow our future product launches, and to follow each other’s ideas!
YouTube: David Franklin (Tesseract Dice)
The Geometry (The Style):
The Tesseract Dice are standard 6 sided, 16 mm. aftermarket dice, but they're anything but standard.
A Tessract is a 3-D version of a 4-D cube. Just like how cubes are made up of squares, a tesseract is made up of cubes. It was first conceived by Charles Howard Hinton in 1888, who coined the word "tesseract", Greek for "four rays".
Carl Sagan, however, has popularized the Tesseract through his simple explanation of the 4th dimension. Just as we live in a 3-D world and cannot comprehend the 4th dimension, imagine living in a 2-D world and trying to picture the third dimension. (Sadly, for legal reasons, I cannot post the video here, though I encourage you to look it up if it interests you.)
The Science (of the Color Styles):
Every one of our dice are somehow inspired by something scientific, anywhere from the rare earth metals to physical phenomena such as super novas can be found among these designs.
Each Die has a core color (Orange, Blue, Green) with a top layer of paint that is lighter (Yellow, teal, Yellow) and a lower layer that is darker (Red, Purple, Forest Green) to give it some flavor.
Precious Metal Series:
Rare Earth Expansion:
Stretch Goals: (Funded)
The Rare Earth Expansion Pack is Also funded!
Limited Edition Series: This is a category very close to my heart! Here we have dice modeled after the brainchildren of some of the greatest inventors of all time!
These Dice are Kick-Starter Exclusives! After Kick-Starter these dice will not be available anymore!
Also, the Tesseract Dice Box is Limited Edition!
Add Ons: Can be found on our updates page!
This Product (quality):
This Dice is Based off of a Tesseract, and is modeled to fit the size of a standard 16 mm die. In order for the die to look like a Tesseract, it is made up of very thin support structures. In order to compensate for the thin walls and beams, the dice are printed with a high quality composite material at a thickness of 1/25 or a millimeter per layer for the greatest possible level of detail.
Each die is hand painted and then finished off with 2 high gloss, protective layers of enamel lacquer and then a layer of clear coat resin go on to both enhance the shine of the product and also to protect the paint through its lifetime of rolling.
A normal box (which contains a single pair of dice) of Tesseract Dice Run $12. However, higher level dice (with more complex paint jobs for units like Super Nova and Wormhole, or more expensive paints, like quantum, cost more for either extra labor or material costs) and run around $14-$15. This prices include labor, packaging, shipping packaging and packaging as well as the print and the paint. Shipping for these units is the most expensive part of the project, which is why we decided to put 2 dice per box.
Around the time that I was on Kick-Starter marveling at the popularity of some of it's dice projects, I happened to be asked by a friend to explain the 4th Dimension by a friend. I showed him Carl Sagan's explanation of Flatland and the Tesseract after I explained it to him, as Mr. Sagan explains the concepts so eloquently, and soon after the two events clicked together and the Tesseract Die was born!
Financial Plan: Under reaching our first $5000 goal, each and every product will be printed by a local 3-D printer, then hand sanded, painted and shipped out to you. (this is the only option sub - $5000. Once we hit our first $4000, we will be exporting production to an industrial printer which can handle over 100 dice at a time rather than merely 12.)
Risks and challenges
One of the greatest challenges we will face is that because of the complex geometric nature of this object, the dice cannot be molded but must instead be 3-D printed from High Quality Form Cast-Resin to support the structure. While mass producing can and will keep the cost down for these dice, the actual print time is quite limiting. Every 12 dice take about 8 hours to print, which means if we were to only hit our goal of $500, the total dice from those orders would take under 30 days to print. However, as the project gets more an more popular, this time frame becomes harder and harder. Should we hit 5,000 orders we would have a minimum of 10,000 dice to print, which brings us to 6,666.67 hours to make that many dice which is just over 9 months of production time on a single printer.
What this means for the project is that as the project becomes more and more popular, our shipping projections seem more and more impossible. However, the more popular the project, we will be able to export the project to an industrial printer, which through printing 100 dice at a time is more financially practical and has a more realistic time frame.
That being said, we are setting our projected delivery time to a much longer time frame to entertain the possibility of more orders should we receive them. Our plan will have to evolve with the success of our project. So we appreciate your patience and will love seeing and hearing about your smiling faces and comments through social media when you receive your orders early!
As for the hand-painting, shipping and packaging, projects should not be delayed at all by these. The main hurdle is the print time per unit, which we will combat by exploring different production mediums as our project evolves.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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