By Cory Doctorow at 8:03 am Wed, Nov 9, 2011
Shapeways user Tedparsec has created a wide assortment of 3D printed, colorized Settlers of Catan tiles that you can have printed and shipped to you in a wide variety of materials. He's also got a good line on handcrafted, 3D printed RPG miniatures.
How does one hand-craft something with a 3D printer?
An entire set of these looks like it would be pretty expensive.. and no place to put the tokens either.
While they do look great, they don’t look great for playing SoC. As was mentioned, there doesn’t appear to be a place to put number tokens. The color scheme will make it more difficult to tell hexes apart (IMO), especially on hills. Last but not least, where are the water hexes?
A flickr user called TevK bought one and took some snaps. Available here:
As he says “Ordered this from Shapeways to see the quality of full-color sandstone printing. Definitely has that 3D-print blurriness, but probably good enough for some things. Also, sandstone is fragile. Currently 3D printing is too expensive for casual use (this piece was about $20)… but give it a year or two.”
Dammit, I haven’t even received my Boardcrafting purchase yet, and now you’re tempting me with this!
Too expensive for casual use thus far… but in the foreseeable future most board games will be made print-on-demand like this. One of the many ways in which the future really excites me.
Beautiful. Although he missed the opportunity of making them interlock (having a puzzle nose and receptacle on each edge should work?)
All of a sudden I care about 3D printing. I want those tiles.
Not suitable for gaming (yet) but the perfect gift for the Catan enthusiast who already has a teeshirt and a mug with a Wood for Sheep pun on it?
These pictures aren’t the real tiles. The real tiles from the flickr photos look all fuzzy
I think the fuzziness is a plus, makes it look like a cartoon come to life. I would love to get these, but > $250 for a full set is too much.
Wahwahwah! Sheesh. It’s pretty cool. If you’re that concerned about price, cut a bunch of hexes out of construction paper and write on them with pencil. Too blurry? Pull out the set of drafting markers and touch-up to your heart’s delight. Too fragile? I’ve seen the lengths mini-gamers will go to protect their 10-hour paint jobs. Sandstone can easily be set in epoxy and made pretty darn near indestructible. Think you can do better for less? Then man up and prove it.
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