About this project
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Mischief D-6 Dice
- Unique Design of a Cube Suspended Inside a Cube
- Lightweight but Strong
- 5/8" Precision Machined
- Made of Aircraft-grade 6061 T-6 Aluminum
- Manufactured in Boise Idaho USA
Hi my name is Danny
and I am a Mechanical C.A.D. Designer and a bit of an inventor and tinkerer. I have a passion for design and machining. I have been designing parts for over 20 years and machining for more than 10 years.
The design of these dice was inspired by the turner's cube which is a common machining exercise usually done on either a manual lathe or manual milling machine. I loved the design of the turner's cube and was intrigued by the way they are made. It is pretty cool to think that by machining circular pockets on each of the sides to a certain depth leaves you with a cube suspended inside of a larger cube.
I knew the design would make for an awesome die so I made a set on my manual milling machine in my garage. They turned out great and were instantly a hit. They are as fun to look at as they are to play with.
I was encouraged by some friends to start producing these. However on a manual machine they are very labor intensive. It takes many steps just to get a single die finished:
- Squaring all six sides to precision
- Chamfering all twelve edges
- Milling pockets on six sides
- And adding 21 pips total
That is 45 times that the die has to be handled. Not including deburring, finishing and packaging.
I knew right away that trying to produce these on the manual machine was not going to be nearly efficient enough so I decided to make them on a CNC machine. When I started the only access I had to a CNC machine was through the shop that I work at but machining time is hard to come by and expensive. But as you may already know I launched an earlier campaign with the intentions of buying machine time to produce them. To justify the machine time I set a goal that I think was too high and a campaign period that was too short. It was kind of like trying to throw a beach ball through a hoop that is on the back of a speeding semi. Unfortunately that campaign was unsuccessful. But it did generate a fair amount of backers and attention enough so to inspire me to make a leap of faith and do something I have been dreaming of for decades...
That's right I bought a CNC milling machine so that I can make these dice in my own garage.
This means the machining overhead will be lowered and I have the flexibility to make as many or few of these dice as I need to and also the flexibility to play with new designs and options.
Now its time to make the metal chips fly!
So I have the machine set up. I am working on my production flow. I have gotten quotes from a local anodizing shop to add color to these beauties. I have gotten material quotes and I am nearly ready to go into production. All I need now is a Kickstart to make it happen. So please contribute to this campaign and lets get these dice into your hands! I know you will enjoy them as much as I enjoy making them.
Here is a video of the first of four machining processes.
First off we have the Mischief in the Raw!
Aluminum dice in their raw brilliance straight from the machine.
They look amazing in their natural state and this will be the most economical way to get them.
Mischief D-6 in Color!
Like I said before I have quotes in from an anodizing company who can color these dice for $3.00 per die and these are a few of the color options we can do. There are other options as well but I want you to help me decide which colors to release. The campaign will start with only one color option which will be Midnight Black. But I will open the other colors as stretch goals.
If we hit $1, 000 I will unlock our first additional color but I want you to decide! So in the comments vote for your favorite color. The color with the most votes by the time of the stretch goal will be the winner and be unlocked. I will unlock additional colors at every $500 increment after that.
Here are the choices we have:
All Color Options Have Been Unlocked!
I designed this case to not only carry and protect the dice that you get but also to display them and emphasize the the design to another level. This design continues the steps in the turner's cube.
These will be made of reclaimed Oak. With four neodymium magnets to capture lid. I will give the option of treating them with linseed oil or leaving them raw for you to stain or finish to your desire.
Priced as follows:
- $14 Single Die Case (holds 1 die)
- $16 Dual Dice Case (holds 2 dice)
- $18 Quad Dice Case (holds 4 dice)
- $20 Sextuplet Dice Case (holds 6 dice)
Those who pledged in Early Bird reward section only will be receiving these for free!
I couldn't do this without you so if you like them please make a pledge, share with your friends and spread the word.
I will be posting updates along the way to let you know how progress is going at every step of the way.
I am always open to suggestions so please let me know if you have any ideas in the comments or send me a message.
Risks and challenges
I think the risks are fairly low in this project.
I have the machine free to do nothing but these dice.
My anodizer is quick and professional.
I don't foresee an aluminum shortage in the near future.
However every venture in life has its risks the only ones I am concerned with at the moment are if we are flooded with orders It may take longer to fulfill them or if I have troubles with the machine.
But the machine is brand new and running great and the company who built it, Tormach, has a reputation of being very helpful with their products.
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