3D Printing Board Games

By on January 26th, 2011 in Ideas, Usage


3D modeller Jeff Timothy is exploring the possibility of creating a new service focused on 3D printing board game pieces and equipment. This makes a lot of sense to us, as 3D printing would be a great way to create unique game pieces. And board game designers obviously need new pieces for their projects, don’t they?
In a brief online survey conducted by Timothy, the game designers seem interested, but mostly concerned with the cost of printing. This is not surprising, as 3D printing can be more expensive than conventional mass production approaches. 
We suspect that Timothy’s trying to address the needs of the designers in this way. but one of the key advantages of 3D printing is producing one-of-a-kind objects in rapid time. We’re wondering if there’s another slightly-different business possible in this space: custom game piece sets for existing games. 
Imagine if you could, say, request a set of custom Monopoly pieces based on a variety of designs – or even uploaded designs. You could have a personal Monopoly game piece – with your face on it!
As usual, the possibilities for 3D printing are endless. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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