I ordered them in Dyed Strong and Flexible and exceptionnally did some post-production on them: I highlighted the numbers with some pencil I used for Christmas cards (white, silver and gold) and added some acrylic gloss varnish.

In my opinion, the results are quite good (well, perhaps I should have waited a little more for the different coats to dry, but I am a always in a hurry...), and this is something I will do again for sure on my next models.

So I am glad to introduce the D10 with 4-fold symmetry:

A video of the D10 with 4-fold symmetry is also available.

Then we have the rounded D10 with 5-fold symmetry:

the pointed D10 with 5-fold symmetry:

and the D12 that was used the created them:

A video showing these two D10s with 5-fold symmetry and the D12 is also available.

Next come the rounded D10 with a 3-fold symmetry:

and the pointed D10 with a 3-fold symmetry:

and of course the D14 from which they are derived:

I have a video showing these two D10s with a 3-fold symmetry and the D14.

And finally, here is the inflated cube:

and of course the video of the inflated cube.

I hope you appreciate them because more truncated dice are probably to come!

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I have also been pleased with the rapidity of my items' arrival time recently.

Are you going to test the fairness of the unusually-shaped dice? If the first d10 lands on a face with no marking, how is the result calculated? I would guess that would occur more frequently than not, given the shape of the die.

Maybe I'm just thinking of those evil mathematical dice you posted around here a little while ago. ]]>

There is no evil trick on these ones: when the dice stops on a face with no number (facing down), there is always a number facing up: this is the result.

It is perhaps more obvious on the videos when the dice are on a flat surface.

So basically the numbers are not always on a face just because the shape of the die is unusual: sometime the landing face has not an opposite face but instead an opposite vertex or an opposite edge. As a consequence the numbers instead of being on faces are on those vertices or edges.

I will definitively test the fairness, because beside the faces that are with the same area, there is also a portion of the die (the rounded or the pointed surface) that is not really evenly distributed. I have to check if this has an impact.]]>

The dice are looking great and I would think, highly collectable due to their unique shapes. I quite like the idea of a die with some blank faces as it looks like it won't work properly (but it will work... wonderfully!).

Have you managed to get the rounded D10 (with 5-fold symmetry) to land on the rounded part when actually rolling the die?

Nice demonstrations by the way. I have a birthday in March so hope to put an order in then.

PS I'm still experimenting with the 'football dice' you made.

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Here are the pictures:

I am very jealous since I only got them in Dyed Strong and Flexible... Actually I am sure it is the first time they are printed in Metal and the result is really outstanding.

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And to answer your question:

- the D10 with 4-fold symmetry is clearly unstable if you put it on the round part, so it will never stop on an unvalid position.

- the D10 with 5-fold symmetry can keep its balance on the round area but it is very difficult to obtain, so if you roll it, it will never stop on the round face either.

- for the D10 with 3-fold symmetry, it is easier for it to keep its balance on a rounded area because the numbers are carved there (and so the rounded area is not perfectly round). But once again, when I roll it, it has never stopped in such a position.

So to conclude,

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The D8 is probably as you could expect it .

And finally the D14 numbered from 1 to 14. This one is made taking a kind of non uniform cuboctahedron and intersecting it with a sphere.

A version with the weekdays and a version numbered from 1 to 7 twice is also available.

Only the D14 has an issue with the numbers because some of them are printed on horizontal plans.

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the shape is good, but I think the numbering can be enhanced.

And the D17 Sphere in Alumide:

This time, the D11 Sphere could not been printed in Transparent Detail, but it will come (hopefully) with the next batch.]]>

I think you should display all of your creations on the 'Geometry Junkyard' under the heading, 'polyhedra and polytopes'. http://www.ics.uci.edu/~eppstein/junkyard/polytope.html You will also notice on the first page the nine sided polyhedron.

I really MUST get a few pictures up of the dice that I coloured in.

All the best, Dave S. (aka Orangery).

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- 11=1+3+3+3+1

- 14=1+4+4+4+1

- 17=1+5+5+5+1

So basically, there is one face at each one of the 2 poles of the sphere and as many faces at the two tropics and at the equator.

Then, indeed, there is some mathematic calculation...

I had a quick look to the page you mentionned and even the D9 has a very special role (that I do not understand, honestly).

But I will try create some webpages to explain some details about those polyhedra...

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The D11 Sphere, quite old, in Alumide:

The Alternative D8, quite recent, in Black Strong and Flexible with the numbers on the bottom face (not my favorite numbering, to be honest):

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Here are some pictures...

The Truncated Sphere Set itself:

It is composed of the 7 regular dice that are used by RPG players.

- the D4 Sphere:

- the D6 Sphere:

- the D8 Sphere:

- the D10 Sphere:

- the D Percentage Sphere:

- the D12 Sphere:

- and finally the D20 Sphere:

They are not perfect (in particular, there are some lines on 2 opposite faces as if some clamps were used to maintain the part to remove the sprue, on some of them).

But they are still gorgeous in metal and I do not regret my choice at all.

They are also very heavy and that makes them feel even more precious.

Love them...

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Have you ever thought about approaching a company that makes dice?

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@Mctrivia: all the Truncated Sphere dice are hollow with a tunnel too small for the support material to escape (that why they are so heavy). The thickness is 1.5 mm and the number depth is 0.75 mm (so the thickness of the metal behind a number is also 0.75 mm) except the D33 Frosted Edition. Moreover, for the Truncated Sphere Dice set, each die is exactly 20 mm high, that why the D6 seems bigger than the D20 for instance.]]>

and then, the D18 Sphere (all numbers on the faces):

Alumide is a nice material for dice. Better than Strong and Flexible I would say, but I have still to try the polished one... I wish the Polished Strong and Flexible could come with the same colors as regular Strong and Flexible...

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The non-polished metal dice look fantastic (bronze or steel). I quite like the irregularities.

I've lost count of how many dice you have made! New games will have to be invented for them.

You might find this article interesting... http://loki3.com/poly/unique-dice.html#12d-tetartoid]]>

The Polished material I was referring to is Polished White Strong and Flexible.

Concerning the number of dice, I will have to make a inventory of what I have done, and most of all, of what is still do be done...

And thanks for the link. Loki has his own shop here, with very interesting dice: http://www.shapeways.com/shops/loki3

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D33 Frosted Edition in Frosted Detail:

D33 Frosted Edition in Frosted Ultra Detail:

These dice contain the white wax (support material) inside.

The numbers need to be inked to be readable, but the overall quality is very good.]]>

Here is the Truncated Sphere D24:

Very handy in RPG if you want to select an arbitrary hour of the day.

The numbering is quite classical (opposite faces sum to 25) but I have worked on a special numbering I discuss in this separate thread ]]>

First my two D7 Sphere...

D7 with 2-fold symmetry (actually there are two mirror planes):

D7 with 3-fold symmetry (3 mirror planes):

Here is a picture that show both dice with the symmetry planes:

I also receive the D13 Sphere (lucky or unlucky?):

the Alternative D24 Sphere:

(compare the shape to the D24 Sphere)

and the D32 Sphere (one of my first Truncated Sphere dice, but this is the first time that I take a picture of it)

Note that the D32 is HUGE (3 cm of diameter intead of 2).

Very happy with all of them... Alumide is a nice material for dice (not as good as metal, obviously )

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I placed an order for The Magic Shop D11 & D15 (along with a D60 from clsn). I tried alumide for the D11, frosted detail for the D15, and indigo s&f for the D60. They are all nice materials, but the alumide is wonderful. Picture below...

I gotta say that the D33 is very intriguing... it might be among the next ones I get. ]]>

Thank you for ordering those Truncated Sphere Dice. I agree with you, Alumide is great. Metal is even better but is much more expensive (and you can kill someone with a bag full of a dozen of metal dice ).

This kind of dice (spheres with identical circular flat faces) allows any number of faces, in theory.

But all my Truncated Sphere dices also have interesting symmetries, which are sometime difficult to find.

Another point is to have faces as large as possible (this implies that most of the faces are touching their neighbours).

The D33 was a special order from Kevin Cook. I designed it in a couple of days only. Perhaps I could try to redisign it, taking my time...

Anyways, you can check the complete family of my Truncated Sphere dice to see if some number of faces are missing to your collection:

D3, D4, D6, D7, D8, D9, D10, D%, D11, D12, D13, D14, D15, D16, D17, D18, D19, D20, D24, D32, D33.

There also some alternative shapes, for existing number of faces:

alt D7 (2-fold), alt D8, 3-fold D10 (rounded), 3-fold D10 (pointed), 4-fold D10, 5-folded D10 (pointed), alt D24 (snub).

And if your are patient, these ones are coming soon:

D21, D22, D23, D50.

You could also be interested by these shapes which are also coming from the Truncated Spheres:

- Concave Dice: Concave D4, Concave D6

- Shell Dice: D3 Shell, D4 Shell (my favorite), D8 Shell.

And of course you will find a lot of strange dice from other designers (Clsn has a D9 and D24, Mctrivia some prime dice and two D144 etc.).

Welcome to Shapeways!

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You're welcome! And thank *you* for designing them! I appreciate the interesting symmetries that the truncated spheres have... especially now that I can examine them with my own hands. And it's also very helpful to have the links for your different-sided dice all in a row there.

I would definitely like to get one made out of metal... I didn't want to get the pricier metal for my first order. I'll still get a few more in plastic, but I think I might put a metal die on my "xmas list" now Don't know whether to go with plain stainless steel or enhance it with bronze or gold, as long as I'm getting metal. Hmmmm...

Great to be here at Shapeways.

-TD

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D19 in red s&f

D17 in matte bronze... this one is exquisite up close

...and what was supposed to be a D13 in dark gray s&f

I'm really disappointed that somehow the numbers didn't make it onto the d13 in the upper right corner. I guess I need to contact Shapeways and ask them what went wrong! Very, very strange...]]>

I'm really disappointed that somehow the numbers didn't make it onto the d13 in the upper right corner. I guess I need to contact Shapeways and ask them what went wrong! Very, very strange...

I guess that's because the uploaded file is just a sphere without numbers.

http://www.shapeways.com/model/355544/

Take a look on the second pic.

(The white-and-grey pics are rendered by Shapeways straight from the data of the uploaded files.)

@ Magic

Why is it a co-creator ? ]]>

Nice presents you got there

As usual, the metal dice are really gorgeous.

I am sorry for the D13 was not what you expected.

As Pfeiffer Stylez mentionned, this is probably due to the original model of the co-creator being without numbers: for some reason, the co-creation customization was not taken into account, and the initially uploaded model was printed. Please contact the customer service, explain them the problem and ask for a reprint.

@Pfeiffer Stylez the reason why it is a co-creator is precisely for the customer being able to choose the numbering: numbering on top (the default), numbering on the bottom face and no-numbering. And the uploaded model is the blank one (without number) instead of the default one (numbers on top) because it has a largest volume (and thus this is the one that sets the price of all three models).

But I am considering removing the co-creators on my dice, since everybody is ordering them with numbers on top... Initially, I though there would be more demand for no-numbers (for people that want to add their own numbers or symbols) and with numbers on the bottom face (for those not really comfortable with numbers positionned anywhere on the die). But this is not the case...

Once again, sorry for the inconveniance.

I hope you had a nice Christmas, and wish you all an excellent 2012 year.

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Please contact the customer service, explain them the problem and ask for a reprint. I hope you had a nice Christmas, and wish you all an excellent 2012 year.

Ok! Will do! I shall ask for a reprint. I'm not upset at anyone... I just couldn't figure out why it was blank... it makes sense now. And in the meantime, since I do have a blank D13, I think I will take the opportunity to add my own symbols to it! Just gotta think of what there is exactly 13 of...

The 13 original United States colonies? That might be cool

And thanks, it was a great Christmas... looking forward to a great new year

Oh, and 1 more question for @Magic:

Is it possible to do the gold plated option with your dice? Or is it not an available option because the plating would wear off with continued handling/rolling?

Cheers,

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Please, someone correct me if I am wrong.

TD, feel free to post the result of your D13 once finished. I'd like to see it

PS: probably Shapeways will propose you a coupon: before re-ordering the D13, if you still want a numbered one, please wait for me to remove the co-creator (cannot do it right now: I am not at home and I need to upload the numbered model): this will avoid any other surprise...

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The D16:

And the D19:

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Also, nice alumide dice, Magic! It's always odd how they look so bumpy in the pictures, but the actual dice are so smooth.

Oh, and about the gold plating... I see a few that don't look like they could be hung available in gold here:

http://www.shapeways.com/model/298837/

http://www.shapeways.com/model/272573/

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Concerning Alumide, that's true that the way it catches the light make the material look very irregular, but when you got the object on your hands, you can see that the smoothness is nearly the one of Strong and Flexible material.

As long as Gold plating is concerned, I can make it available on any model, if you want to give it a try, just let me know by PM.

And thank you for showing many of my dice in the Show your collection thread!

I will probably show all of my dice, once I finish the ones that are still "work in progress"!

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The D18 in glass, D7, and D33

The links, respectively:

http://www.shapeways.com/model/459598/

http://www.shapeways.com/model/358971/

http://www.shapeways.com/model/248173/

The glass D18 is interesting... I got the milky matte glass... there is a slightly white/gray/green(?) color to it. I will have to be very careful when rolling it. The detail is quite good.]]>

I am happy that the D18 printed sucessfully in glass, and that the details are correct.

If someone wants another truncated sphere die in glass, just let me know, and I will do a solid version of it.

In this picture you can see that the regular D33 is quite big compared to the other dice (30mm instead of 20).

Concerning the D33, this a new version with the proper numbering: the previous version had a fault in the numbering (in particuluar there were two numbers 19: shame on me). If you have bought such a faulty D33, please send me a PM and we will find an arrangement.

Regards,

Magic

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Faulty postage stamps can have a huge value: this faulty D33 can also get a very high value, but probably only after I'll become famous

Actually what is surprising is that nobody tolds me there was a problem until these last days, whereas I sold something like12 of them on a period of more than one year.

Now all the D33 of my shop are fixed but honestly, I am very embarrassed with this mistake for those who already bought one. That's why i will be more than happy to try to find an arrangement with them.

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