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Jason Kotzur-Yang
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I'm getting some quotes back from manufacturers for custom dice. Obviously I want dice with an indented impression, not just printed on, and I thought I'd be getting molded dice, but the manufacturer gave me the option of engraved or printed. Can anyone enlighten me on the differences between engraved and molded dice? My presumption is that engraved dice would take more labour to make but have a significantly smaller MOQ, and molded might be cheaper for 10,000s but the initial setup would be quite costly.
 
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I'm getting some quotes back from manufacturers for custom dice. Obviously I want dice with an indented impression, not just printed on, and I thought I'd be getting molded dice, but the manufacturer gave me the option of engraved or printed. Can anyone enlighten me on the differences between engraved and molded dice? My presumption is that engraved dice would take more labour to make but have a significantly smaller MOQ, and molded might be cheaper for 10,000s but the initial setup would be quite costly.
You used the word "Printed" this means silk screened.
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It might just be a language issue. Both you and the manufacturer are talking about the same thing: dice with flat surfaces and dice with debossed surfaces. The the technicalities of the manufacturing process shouldn't be that important as long as you get the product you want.

But as far as (injection) molded dice vs. engraved dice, I imagine engraved dice would be higher quality because you can start with a very nice die and cut the detail in, whereas a custom tooled, injection molded die could end up using a cheaper plastic (like ABS or polypropylene) that would give it a light weight, cheap feel.

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You used the word "Printed" this means silk screened.
It could also refer to tampo printing, spray painting (using a mask), and heat transfer. I think tampo printing is the most likely option.
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Thanks for the insight, Nick. As far as printing, it doesn't matter either way as ink on a flat surface is just going to get worn off over time, so the printing process doesn't matter either way.

With the price and MOQ, it is definitely engraved, but you're right, the debossed surface is what matters. My mind was more trailing down the path of pushing for molded dice now to reduce future costs for reorders, but that's putting the cart way before the horse.
 
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