Thursday, 12 December 2013

Heredox Tile Game

So late last week I was introduced to a game called Heredox, it's a simple tile game that is available as an app on you phone, tablet and probably wrist watch nowadays. The introduction came with a request to make a physical copy of the game to. I looked at it for a bit, thought I could do something nice with it and then took the job. I'm really pleased with the results even if it did take a few iterations to get it right.

The tiles are created by etching off the surface to leave the symbols behind in a very similar way to the fields on my Carcassonne tiles. The problem is that some of the symbols need to be white and some of them need to be black and this is on the same time. 

Etching then painting each tile individually is a fiddly job that I'd rather not do, so I devised a template that showed me where I should be painting the tiles. I needed a trick that would allow me to realign all the tiles at once. Only cutting the border allows me to pick up all the tiles, pull them out, paint them them and then because I left the offcuts in the machine I could put it back in the hole and continue cutting again. 

White paint picks up smoke staining easily and barely looks any different so after the first iteration I was only painting the black tiles. I etched away the background but it left the symbols looking a little bit fuzzy so I went back and outlined all the symbols too to give it a neat crisp edge. As a nice little finishing touch I cut the instructions and the game name into 2 additional tiles.


Monday, 9 December 2013

Laser cutter for sale

So this was one of the big pieces of news I hinted at last week. We ordered a laser cutter from China for evaluation purposes. The intention was to bring them in, commission them and sell them on to makers and hobbyists. This machine has a larger than A4 cutting area (260mm x 320mm), air assist, Z axis, newlydraw controller and a few other mod cons, such as honeycomb bed and twin laser dots for focal alignment. It was intended as our entry level machine but by the time we've cleaned it up checked it over and added a small markup the margins were just too tight. This machine did have a home in mind but that person can no longer afford it so that leaves us with a brand new laser cutter that we're looking to sell and recover our costs from. 

If you're looking for a machine at Chinese import prices but without the faff and hassle of having to import it yourself then this is the machine for you. It's now available on ebay so why not snag yourself a pre Christmas bargain, start a blog and pick up the laser cutting bug like I have. It's up for sale on ebay here

Why yes there are 2 crates, the other laser cutter has been set up, evaluated and is a rather nice machine. Expect to see more about that shortly.