This is the first object I've created from scratch, and although it's simple, I'm quite proud of the result.
|What are these things anyway?|
It's really a very handsome set, and fits nicely in it's wooden box/tray with enough room for exactly 200 chips. There are also a couple of slots in the case intended to hold cards or dealer buttons etc.
So although there's no room in the box for more chips, there's plenty of room in those slots for some plaques.
A cute little afternoon project then, I'll design and print some custom poker plaques. To the batcave...
I have no previous experience with 3D modelling software and the myriad programs available are pretty daunting. I read a few tutorials online, watched some youtube videos and set about designing my plaques in Tinkercad.
I actually got the inspiration for making these plaques from the luggage-tag lesson on the Tinkercad tutorial page.
It's just a flat box with the dimensions I wanted, filleted edges and the text added on top. Simple.
|drag and drop the numbers and adjust the size with sliders... easy|
|finished printing the test piece... success!|
My printer has dual extruders, meaning I could print in two colours if I wanted, although from what I've read you don't get the cleanest result using both extruders. There's always some oozing plastic from the nozzle that you can't avoid with FDM printers, and it shows up with bleeding colours in the prints.
If I made these again, I'd print a batch of the bases together, change filament, then print the lettering on top in a different colour by exporting the "25000" and base parts as separate STLs. This would give me nice crisp numbers without having to get the paintbrush out.
All-in-all though, I'm happy with the results. It's very satisfying going from an idea to a physical object (albeit a simple one) in an afternoon.
We might not have hoverboards or flying cars yet, but this is the sort of future technology that would have blown 10-year-old-me's mind.
Link to the Tinkercad file