Makerbot Mystery Builds, from the gang at Tested. The Loaded Dice crew have also been talking about geeking on a budget, our most evergreen topic, since we are a bunch of dudes who will sometimes break the bank for our nerdy passions. This reminded me of some thoughts I had months ago about the future of toys, and gaming.
Catan board, these Star Wars: X-Wing minis bases, or this set of freaking rad Torn Dice. Trouble is the printers still go for a high price - the cheapest being more than $1,000 (Well out of my price range). You also have to pay for the raw plastic to print which adds up.
So what's the up side?
RepRap, who based their idea around the self replication. That's right, you use a 3D printer to print a 3D printer! Granted you can't print every piece you need, but this does lower the price tag significantly - somewhere around $300-500. If you aren't up to the task of building a printer, but still want to make a prototype for your game pieces, or toy, Shapeways might be an option. It's like a combination of a 3D Kinkos, and Etsy; since you can sell your products on the sight in addition to making them. Though it might not be cost effective enough on a large scale, or depending on your budget. What I really want to see come into reality is a some kind of 3D printing Co-Op, printer sharing, or even rentals - something like ZipCar for 3D printer. Sadly not much like that really exists, except for this start-up Thinkklip, but from the looks of it they haven't gotten to far off the ground yet, which sucks, because I want them to soar like eagles.
3D Hubs. Which is essentially a networking site for 3D printing. I suggest you check it out, and find someone who won't mind you making D&D minis with their sweet ass machine.)
Marijuana. Cigarette. Tightly Rolled.), I would settle for a Die. 20 Sided. Red. At least to save me a few bones, so I can at least buy some tea with my favorite captain.
So what geeky trinket would you like to print?
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