Making plastic board game pieces is relatively easy and inexpensive. With some time and effort, you can create unique pieces for your own custom game or to use as an accessory to existing games. The process can be broken down into two steps ” mold making and production.
Mold making involves creating negative molds of the shapes you wish to create, which are filled with a special type of plastic called thermoplastic. Thermoplastics come in a variety of colors and textures so that you can customize the looks of your pieces. Once the shape has been made, it needs to be cured before it is ready for production.
During production, the thermoplastics are heated up until they become soft then pressed into the molds. After this process is complete, the piece is cooled and removed from the mold before being inspected for any imperfections that may have occurred during production.
An example of a successful plastic board game is Monopoly by Hasbro. This well-known board game features several different types of plastic pieces used for both traditional play and expansion sets. Each piece was created through a combination of injection moulding processes which allowed them to take on intricate details such as realistic coin shapes or small letters on property deeds. In addition, these pieces were painted with Teflon preventing warping or damage due to potential exposure to liquids or physical wear over prolonged use.
Tips and Tricks
1. Start by gathering the necessary materials and tools to make your game pieces. You will need plastic sheets with thicknesses suitable for the type of game pieces you’re making, an Exacto knife, a ruler, cutting mat, markers or paints to customize the pieces, and clear-drying craft glue.
2. Next, lay out the plastic onto the cutting mat and use a ruler to measure and mark off where your cuts will be”this will ensure even pieces that all looks symmetrical when finished.
3. Then take the Exacto knife and slowly cut along those lines to create your game pieces. Remember to take your time for precision cuts or else you may end up with some jagged edges that don’t look crisp or polished. Additionally, start from one corner edge so if any slight errors occur in one direction they can be cut away without compromising on another area of a piece.
4. After cutting out all of the pieces you would like done for a particular board game nows it’s time to decorate! Utilize different colors of paint or markers to bring life into each separate piece and provide them with uniqueness when compared side by side each other on a gameboard layout. Alternatively you can use stickers or patterns as well”however be sure everything used is photo safe in case you want to take photos of your projects further down the line down the line!
5. Finally use clear-drying craft glue while assembling all of the individual pieces together (i.e: one body piece plus four legs/arms etc.) and let them dry overnight before handling them again”this will give you longer lasting durable components that won’t easily fall apart at anytime during gameplay itself!
Using molds and templates to make plastic board game pieces is a great way to save time, money, and effort. A great way to design your own custom board game pieces at home is with a mold. Molds can be purchased from many craft stores, or even online. They come in a variety of shapes (such as dice, meeples, pawns, etc.) and allow you to quickly create your own pieces without having to go through the expensive process of producing plastic parts from scratch. These items usually include two interlocking pieces that make it easy to pour the molten plastic into them in an evenly distributed manner before popping out any final results when cooled.
The next option is to use templates. Templates are essentially flat plastic sheets that have been cut into desired shapes like those often used for different board games such as chess pieces or checkers. This method allows you to simply trace over the template with a scissors or knife and then get started on customizing them with colors and decorations as desired. To do so efficiently it’s helpful to have multiple templates so that you can quickly shape each one and move on without much delay by tracing off existing patterns. Make sure not use any abrasive methods like filing away too hard on these plastics though as this tends to cause splintering into dangerous fragments that could damage eyes or skin if handled without proper precautions.
One common issue that can arise while making plastic board game pieces is having difficulty cutting them out. This can be due to a blunt blade, incorrect settings on the machine, or overly thick material. To resolve this issue, make sure to double check the blade and settings on the machine and consider changing out the blade if necessary. Additionally, if the material you are working with is too thick, you may need to use a different type of cutting tool altogether such as a CNC router.
Another issue you may run into is warping due to incorrect heating settings or failure to cool down in time after casting. If your pieces appear warped after cooling, try increasing or decreasing temperature depending on what type of plastic you are using. Additionally, ensure that none of your board games pieces have spent too much time by the heating source before having been set aside for cooling.
Resources and Tools
– “How to Make Plastic Board Game Pieces” by The Cardboard Magician. Available at: https://thecardboardmagician.com/create-plastic-board-game-pieces/
– Stonemaier Games: Designing and Manufacturing Your Own Board Game Components. Available at: https://stonemaiergames.com/guides/making-your-own-components/
– “How to Create Custom Molded Board Game Pieces” by Magnetic Moving Parts. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omF9xsc90aE
– 3D Printer
– Molds or Vacuum Forming Table
– CAD Software
Making your own plastic board game pieces can be a great way to personalize your gaming experience and make it even more fun. Creating pieces from a variety of materials is a quick and easy process that can add an extra touch of personalization to any game night.
Materials that are great for making plastic board game pieces include PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) sheets, PLA filament, and PETG filaments often used in 3D printing. The choice of material will depend on the goals you want to achieve with your pieces ” for example, some materials offer greater strength whereas others may provide better coloring options or cheaper costs. Depending on the pieces you plan to produce and the finish that you desire, subtractive manufacturing processes such as die-casting or injection molding could also be an option to consider.
Once you have chosen the materials desired for making your plastic board game pieces, there are two main methods for producing them: manual cutting or CNC machining. If you are familiar with traditional cutting techniques such as scissors or utility knives, they could be suitable in certain scenarios such as small project runs; however if greater precision is required due to the complexity of shapes and angles then CNC machining is likely a better option. When crafting your board game pieces with this method, it is important to ensure careful calibration of depths and angles within the software design programming in order to retain accuracy when machining out real parts.
Here are a few ideas for getting crafty: Perhaps you’d like some 3D casted figures showcasing characters from popular literature or movies – these can easily be created using soft PLA filament or PVC sheets shaped into characters through subtractive manufacturing processes such as CNC milling. For adding an extra sparkle to tabletop games like Dungeons and Dragons, colorful acrylics laser cut into faceted dice shapes can really add pizzazz! Showcase examples of other successful plastic board game pieces online and feel free to provide links where readers can purchase them if available – this could help spark new ideas!
I love playing all kinds of games – from classics like Monopoly to modern favourites like Ticket to Ride.
I created this blog as a way to share my love of board games with others, and provide information on the latest releases and news in the industry.