Bored by normal dices...? This design is for you!
With ultimate configurable DICE you can easily create your own dice, putting your custom engravings on every six faces! Moreover you can select the dice size, the roundness you want and the engraving depth, to create a unique dice that no one owns! All this without leaving Thingiverse, nothing more easy!!!
No more boring dices in your board games! Amaze your friends next time you'll play something that requires one or more dices!
- the OpenSCAD script that you can use in Thingiverse customizer to easily create your custom dice
- 5 texture packs ready to use in your computer using OpenSCAD (instructions down in the page)
- 5 STL files ready to print, one for every texture pack (size: 20 mm, roundness: 10, engraving depth: 1mm) if you're in a hurry
There is one of the texture packs that is a game by its own and was made to stimulate your fantasy... Please leave a comment if you'll use it! :)
Not less than 0,2mm / layer
If you want a good balanced dice I recommend to slice with Slic3r and to use a 20-25% 3D honeycomb as infill. It's important to select shell thickness equal to bottom/top thickness so that every wall will have the same thickness. I'm using 1,2mm for both (you'll have to calculate that in slic3r, multiplying your hotend diameter by the number of shells you select and layer thickness by the number of top/bottom layers you select).
But even with a Cura infill the dice will spin in an acceptable randomness.
Post production for the perfect dice
If you want the absolutely perfect dice I recommend, after a successful good print:
- sand the sides to remove excess layer trace and small imperfections
- brush the dice with an epoxy resin
- sand again the surface with finer and finer grain sandpaper until you're satisfied by the surface (don't worry if it's opaque)
- paint the dice with a varnish paint
- when dry paint the engravings with a different varnish paint color
This is for perfection. It will be enough for me to use only the last point :)
To create your own engravings
If you want to put something unique on every side of the dice you'll have just to create six square images of no less than 100x100 pixels (if the image is more than 100x100 it will be scaled to that size)
No colors needed, just greyscale is best. Create a black background and write/draw what you want on every face using white.
Take in account to leave some margin on each side to not overlap engravings with the end of the side.
If you use a roundness greater or equal to 10 think even that the face surface is a circle, so don't put anything in the image corner.
If roundness > 10 the texture faces will be automatically scaled to fit the reduced face.
This is the standard 5 texture as an example of a correct image
To use texture packs (on your OpenSCAD)
If you want to generate custom size / roundness / engraving depth using OpenSCAD in your computer with a supplied texture pack you have two ways.
1) The easy way
Put the scad file in a folder and uncompress the texture pack in the same folder. Open the scad file and voilà!
2) If you want to thinker with multiple texture packs (like me!)
Put the scad file in a folder, create a subfolder for every texture pack you'll want to use and uncompress there the supplied texture packs zip, one for every subfolder.
Then open the scad file. At the beginning your dice will be without any engravings.
Locate, in the
/* [Hidden] */ section the TextureFolder parameter and set it to the subfolder name of the texture pack you want to use, terminated with double backslash like this:
TextureFolder = "Textures-standard\\"
Press F5 and you'll generate engraving using that texture-pack!
Easy to change in a fast way without messing with filenames ;)