Shapeways community member Kevin Cook is in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the worlds largest dice collection. He is also quickly amassing a collection of 3D printed exemplars from Shapeways. Want an initial impression of how big exactly the world’s largest dice collection is? Take a gander at this page.
Joris Peels: How many dice do you have?
Kevin Cook: Dice counting towards the Guinness record as of receipt of my latest Shapeways shipment yesterday evening (not added to inventory yet) 29,423. Including my duplicates for trade I think I have about 35,000.
Joris Peels: When did you start collecting them?
Kevin Cook: 1977 (There are more details on the history of Kevin’s collection here)
Joris Peels: What is it about them that you like so much?
Kevin Cook: Interesting, I have conducted a lot of interviews and I do not recall anyone ever asking me this before. It is really hard to put into words. I look at them as small pieces of art. They are compact and each has its one purpose, whether general (normal pipped or numbered dice) or specific (dice made for a specific game or task).
Joris Peels: Do you have a favorite pair?
Kevin Cook: Not really … but there are several that mean a lot to me.
Joris Peels: Why are dice six sided?
Kevin Cook: Only some dice are 6 sided there have been dice with 4, 12 and 20 sides for over 2000 years.
Joris Peels: What were your first 3D printed dice?
Kevin Cook: My 20,000th die, Dice and Games in the UK printed it for me I had it laser engraved then I polished it myself.
Joris Peels: What does 3D printing mean for your die collecting hobby?
Kevin Cook: I have known of rapid prototyping / 3d printing for several years and I have been waiting for someone to do something like what Shapeways has done. It opens up a new market to me and I have given permission to several artists to use my on original creations. I look forward to the future.
Kevin Cook:Yes, unfortunately the record must be ‘refreshed’ in order for the current count to be raised. This is a lot of work so I have not gone to the trouble of refreshing the record. This is why the current official record is only 11,097.