any chance for Catan to make its way to the mold catalogue

any chance for Catan to make its way to the mold catalogue

dysongibson
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09 Feb 2018, 08:42 #1

Ive started the Gloomhaven project but im always looking to the next one. Id love to put together a set of catan tiles that are in a nice cast quality. I have a 3d printer and it does ok but requires a lot of finishing work and the tiles just are not of high enough quality to even consider making a mold of them Id like to see a true master work it out!
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Bruce Hirst
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09 Feb 2018, 14:03 #2

I had thought about it but I believe there are already many options already available for this. I did a quick google image search for catan 3d game tiles and found these:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/216710446/ ... urce-tiles
https://www.etsy.com/listing/577510453/ ... n-tiles-by

And you can find unpainted ones at https://www.etsy.com/listing/588328509/ ... exes-catan

I'm sure there are even more than these available.

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Bruce Hirst
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Roga Danar
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13 Feb 2018, 15:57 #3

Hi everyone,
Just to weigh in on this topic and follow up with what Bruce has mentioned since I just made my own 3D casting of Catan. (It's here on the forum at catan-gameboard-hirst-inspiration-t8447.html#p83590)

I too have a 3D printer and it is great but the quality is still not quite there yet.  I decided to make my own set because I didn't like what I saw in 3D printed versions.  The problem with Catan is that it has only few large pieces that are not adjustable you need all of them to play the game.  I realized that one reason Bruce may not have done it is that, one there is a lot of competition out there, and two it would be very expensive for something you would only cast a limited number of times.  It takes at least 6 molds minimum and probably closer to 10 to do it properly and that would just be the tiles, none of the accessories.  Given the size of the molds, he would have to charge anywhere from 150 to 250 dollars for the set and you would have to buy ALL of them just to play the game at any level.  It would be a big problem.  Compare that to the Roborally set where you can get away with 4 or 5 molds which you cast a bunch of times and can be used for other sci-fi builds.  

I encourage you to check out the tutorials that Bruce post's on casting (what I followed) and give making your own a try.  I cast my own tiles but used 3D files from Thingiverse for the pieces which has really worked out well.
Hope this helps.
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13 Feb 2018, 21:57 #4

Roga Danar wrote: Hi everyone,
Just to weigh in on this topic and follow up with what Bruce has mentioned since I just made my own 3D casting of Catan. (It's here on the forum at catan-gameboard-hirst-inspiration-t8447.html#p83590)

I too have a 3D printer and it is great but the quality is still not quite there yet.  I decided to make my own set because I didn't like what I saw in 3D printed versions.  The problem with Catan is that it has only few large pieces that are not adjustable you need all of them to play the game.  I realized that one reason Bruce may not have done it is that, one there is a lot of competition out there, and two it would be very expensive for something you would only cast a limited number of times.  It takes at least 6 molds minimum and probably closer to 10 to do it properly and that would just be the tiles, none of the accessories.  Given the size of the molds, he would have to charge anywhere from 150 to 250 dollars for the set and you would have to buy ALL of them just to play the game at any level.  It would be a big problem.  Compare that to the Roborally set where you can get away with 4 or 5 molds which you cast a bunch of times and can be used for other sci-fi builds.  

I encourage you to check out the tutorials that Bruce post's on casting (what I followed) and give making your own a try.  I cast my own tiles but used 3D files from Thingiverse for the pieces which has really worked out well.
Hope this helps.
Wow.  I am impressed and would really like to get something like this for my kids.  
Molds: At this point its easier to put the molds I DON'T have:91,86,311,90,204,206,210,211,265,266,74,76,79,88,261,260,295,340,421,422,423,180,181,182, 222,223
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13 Feb 2018, 22:19 #5

Roga Danar wrote: Hi everyone,
Just to weigh in on this topic and follow up with what Bruce has mentioned since I just made my own 3D casting of Catan. (It's here on the forum at catan-gameboard-hirst-inspiration-t8447.html#p83590)

I too have a 3D printer and it is great but the quality is still not quite there yet.  I decided to make my own set because I didn't like what I saw in 3D printed versions.  The problem with Catan is that it has only few large pieces that are not adjustable you need all of them to play the game.  I realized that one reason Bruce may not have done it is that, one there is a lot of competition out there, and two it would be very expensive for something you would only cast a limited number of times.  It takes at least 6 molds minimum and probably closer to 10 to do it properly and that would just be the tiles, none of the accessories.  Given the size of the molds, he would have to charge anywhere from 150 to 250 dollars for the set and you would have to buy ALL of them just to play the game at any level.  It would be a big problem.  Compare that to the Roborally set where you can get away with 4 or 5 molds which you cast a bunch of times and can be used for other sci-fi builds.  

I encourage you to check out the tutorials that Bruce post's on casting (what I followed) and give making your own a try.  I cast my own tiles but used 3D files from Thingiverse for the pieces which has really worked out well.
Hope this helps.
I’ve started my printing of the tiles from Thingiverse at the highest quality setting I’m pleased with how they turn out. I have a 3D printer set but didn’t think I could get the quality I wanted for molding. I’ve even printed a base that I’m glueing on the tiles to make them just a bit taller (3mm). I agree the tiles would require 7 or 8 molds and is harder to justify since it’s specifically for one game unlike the molds I bought for the Gloomhaven project which can be used for other stuff. I’m optimistic about my projects and I’m happy to post some pics when I start casting them in a couple of weeks
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