The world is full of gamers and life itself is essentially a RPG game. We're spending billions of hours weekly playing online games from World Of WarCraft to Diablo that we forget to show a little love to classic offline games like Dungeons and Dragons and Magic The Gathering. In most popular RPG games dice are an essential commodity. With 3D printing and Shapeways you're no longer limited to the traditional boring dice sets. Here are a few fantastic 3D printed dice sets to help you take your gaming and dice recreational activities to the next level.
The Sphere Dice are solid dice obtained by intersecting a regular polyhedron and a sphere.
Gaming gives us an outlet to escape from our normal lives and allows one to become something else unbound from reality. Gaming has the power to incentive, motivate, and reward behavior that makes us want to do more, be more, and achieve more. Let us know in a comment what's your favorite game either online or offline. Also here's a great TED Talk by Jane McGonigal on how gaming can make the world a better place to live in.
We have quite a great collection of 3D printed puzzle uploads from our community, with one of the latest being the intriguing Centrifugal Puzzle Box by Maundy.
The puzzle box can store any object up to 39x39x13mm. Though it seems pretty straightforward, the method of opening the box requires some unique decoding.
Maundy has also created a special embed code with a clue on how to solve the puzzle for those who are having some difficulty. The clue can be purchased separately and requires a smart device to scan the QR code.
Or, for those who want to skip the challenge, check out the video below to see how to solve the puzzle. Warning: Spoiler alert!
How do you plan to stump the community with your next 3D printed creation?
Another family 3D printing project to hit Shapeways is the Controller Pendant by stop4stuff. Not only is it a story of a father and son, working together on a creative project, but also a story entrepreneurial spirit. If the design sells, the boy get's his pocket money without doing any additional work, but most importantly, the boy get's his pocket money without it coming out of his father's pocket.... Win, win.
Some time last year (2012) my 13 year old son, Nath, was trying to think up ways to make a bit of extra pocket money. Knowing Nath's artistic flair, I suggested a design of something he could have 3D printed. Nath drew up the design on paper, I did the 3D model work and between us we came up with the style of the pendant based on an Xbox games console controller.
Ordered on the 15th December, the pendant arrived on the 2nd January, in plenty of time for his birthday next week.
This is Nath's first design and any markups from this model all go to Nath.
So, if you want an awesome pendant for yourself or your gamer friend, go for the Controller Pendant and support teenage entrepreneurship. Happy Birthday Nath...
All the elements from the level are there: every mushroom, turtle, cloud
and star. They are all carved out of the surface at different heights,
which looks fantastic when you have a light coming from the side, and
each block casts a shadow.
It's a great piece to have on your desk, or to hang from a string to let it spin around.
Last week we had the pleasure of a few toy experts visiting the Shapeways office to come and talk about the potential of 3D printing toys now, and in the near future. One of our visitors was Richard Gottlieb who is publishing a two-part article on his blog with his thinking coming out of the meeting and how he thinks it might affect the toy industry.
Take a look at his posts and let us know what YOU think 3D printing will do to the toy industry and who will make the most of it?