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Custom dice have long been a part of gaming, and I want to show you how you can create your own 3D printable custom dice. Whether you are a game designer and need some special dice for your project or you just want some cool dice to toss around, this instructable will get your started.

You will need:

  • Access to a vector image editor (Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape)
  • An account with Tinkercad, a free and simple 3D modeling software
  • Some paints or markers for coloring the pips.

If you don't have a printer available, there are a variety of ways to make your dice come to life, so read on.

Step 1: Create Custom Vector Image

In order to create a custom design for your dice, you will need to create a vector image of the custom design you want to put on your dice. Like a 3D design, vector images use points and lines to create shapes only on a two demential pain. 2D Vector images can be imported into 3D programs and manipulated. I created my custom design using Adobe Illustrator, but there are other vector editor available like Inkscape that you can use. Whatever program you use, you will need to be able to save your file as an .SVG.

If you are a beginner I recommend using some simple shapes to test out before you spend the time creating something too complex. I have included here the .SVG of my the logo for MakerGames.net. I will be using for my custom dice. It might be helpful to play with it first in both your vector editor and in Tinkercad to get a feel for how they work.

Here are a couple things to consider when creating your vector:

  • Make sure your shapes use a fill where you want a depression on your die. Because vector lines don't actually have a width if you don't add a fill, you won't have much to work with.
  • Be carful not to use thin lines and tight spaces. Unless you are going to print a giant die, you are working on a relatively small space (Dice are commonly 16mm cubed). Thin lines and spaces may not show up very well.
<p>Did you ever test whether the dice were off-balance using the salt water trick?</p>
<p>Hi, love the idea, do you think you could also make 'cheating dice' by adding a small lump of plastic to act as a weight in the middle, so when you roll your numbers will always come up?</p>
Oh, I'm sure you could, but what's te fun of that? I was actually trying to avoid loading these dice so I could play them in games. <br><br>I'm pretty sure I saw an instructable about 3D loaded dice though. You could probably find it in a search.

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