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The Tesseract is a 3-D version of a 4-D shape. We made some wicked cool dice from them.
The Tesseract is a 3-D version of a 4-D shape. We made some wicked cool dice from them.
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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!

Facebook:  DeltaDrawingBoard 

Instagram: @TheReelDavid

Twtitter:     @TheReelDavid

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.

More Dice Styles Below! (Here: Gamma Ray, Black Hole, Eclipse, Wormhole, SuperNova)
More Dice Styles Below! (Here: Gamma Ray, Black Hole, Eclipse, Wormhole, SuperNova)

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.

Planetary Series: 

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.

Actual Comet / Comet Die
Actual Comet / Comet Die
"Actual" Plasma Membrane / Plasma Die
"Actual" Plasma Membrane / Plasma Die
"Actual" Red Giant / Red Giant Die
"Actual" Red Giant / Red Giant Die

Precious Metal Series: 

Actual Picture of Gold / Gold Die
Actual Picture of Gold / Gold Die
Actual Picture of Silver / Silver Die
Actual Picture of Silver / Silver Die

Rare Earth Expansion:

Rare Earth Expansion - Semi translucent and tinted!! All of them are unlocked!
Rare Earth Expansion - Semi translucent and tinted!! All of them are unlocked!

Interstellar Series:

Real Eclipse / Eclipse Die
Real Eclipse / Eclipse Die
"Actual" Black Hole Picture / Black Hole Die
"Actual" Black Hole Picture / Black Hole Die
Actual Gamma Ray Picture / Gamma Ray Die
Actual Gamma Ray Picture / Gamma Ray Die

Galactic Series:

Quantum Die (Quantum physics is known for its paradoxes. The Quantum Die is painted with color shift paint.)
Quantum Die (Quantum physics is known for its paradoxes. The Quantum Die is painted with color shift paint.)
Actual Picture of Supernova / Supernova Die
Actual Picture of Supernova / Supernova Die
Wormhole Die. (Unfortunately, most good wormhole images are not in the public domain, however, a google search would show you plenty of pictures ;) )
Wormhole Die. (Unfortunately, most good wormhole images are not in the public domain, however, a google search would show you plenty of pictures ;) )
Holding the Wormhole Tesseract Die POV (16 mm die)
Holding the Wormhole Tesseract Die POV (16 mm die)

Stretch Goals: (Funded)

Actual Milky Way / Milky Way Die (Honorary Galactic Series member - available in $15 category, $25 category $30 category and collectors pack #3)
Actual Milky Way / Milky Way Die (Honorary Galactic Series member - available in $15 category, $25 category $30 category and collectors pack #3)

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!

Actual Tesla Coil / Tesla Coil Die
Actual Tesla Coil / Tesla Coil Die
Actual Edison Bulb / Edison Bulb Die (Semi - Translucent Resin Casting with "Glowing Filament" Core)
Actual Edison Bulb / Edison Bulb Die (Semi - Translucent Resin Casting with "Glowing Filament" Core)
Mini Die (Available in Comet, Plasma and Red Giant) compared to standard Comet Die.
Mini Die (Available in Comet, Plasma and Red Giant) compared to standard Comet Die.

Also, the Tesseract Dice Box is Limited Edition!

Tesseract Dice Box. Solid Black, Felt interior, hinge based open and close system, magnetic container shut. (Black Wood, Gold Letters)
Tesseract Dice Box. Solid Black, Felt interior, hinge based open and close system, magnetic container shut. (Black Wood, Gold Letters)

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.

Inspiration:

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!

Product Plan:

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.

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    A personal shout out on our twitter page as a thank you! Also, a spot on our website among our founder thanks you's. (website will be setup aprox. 2 months after Project End)

    ALSO. Once we hit the $25,000 mark for fundraising we will host a game day at a location that has yet to be determined. All donators of any amount are welcome, including this donation level)

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    A pair of dice of your choosing from any series!

    ALSO you will receive 2 of the Limited Edition Dice of your choosing. (That's 4 dice total!!)

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    A pair of dice of your choosing. From any series!

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    The collectors pack! (#1) 1 of each die, including the limited edition series!

    Includes one of each dice from planetary, precious metal, interstellar, galactic and inventor series, as well as 3 mini dice in comet, plasma and red giant patterns!

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    The collectors pack! (#2) the 11 original dice, plus the Tesla coil and Edison bulb, plus 3 mini dice in plasma, red giant and comet.

    (16 mm: Red giant, plasma comet; silver, gold; gamma ray, black hole, eclipse; wormhole, quantum, supernova; edison bulb, tesla coil.
    mini dice: plasma, comet, red giant)

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    The collectors pack! (#3) 1 of each die, including the limited edition series and ALL OF THE STRETCH GOALS!

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    10 boxes of dice (1 pair of dice per box). You may choose any combinations of color (limited edition dice are excluded from this offer, but all other series are available) (Unfortunately KS doesn't allow more than 10 of an item - or else I would offer 11 which is a pair of each kind of dice - if that's the combination you decided to choose.)

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    The collectors pack #2 x2!

    Two of each of the 11 original dice, plus the Tesla coil and Edison bulb, plus 3 mini dice in plasma, red giant and comet.

    (16 mm: Red giant, plasma comet; silver, gold; gamma ray, black hole, eclipse; wormhole, quantum, supernova; edison bulb, tesla coil.
    mini dice: plasma, comet, red giant)

    This category does not include and of the dice added through stretch goals, though they will be available in an add on and in the last week as an upgrade tier (we are waiting until the last week to make sure all unlocked stretch goal dice would be accounted for... the tier will be called collectors pack #3x2)

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    The collectors pack! (#3x2) 2 of each die, including the limited edition series and ALL OF THE STRETCH GOALS!

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