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I am planning on finding out how much it would cost to have 6 acrylic sheaths built for the player boards, with spaces router-ed into the acrylic to slot in the cubes, discs, techs etc.

I forgot to grab a player board on my way to work this morning. Could someone please tell me the outside dimensions?
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Cool! I'll be following this closely. I just purchased all the materials to make new player boards out of cardboard, with all the correct indentations, this weekend.

Edit: Surely some helpful soul will provide, but you can also get dimensions off of the christmas goodies player board.http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5496950/Eclipse-goodies/Eclipse_xmas...

 
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Fortunately I use CAD everyday, so I can design it myself, should save money on the production.

Dang, thanks man. I forgot about the xmas board
 
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I asked some companies for the costs last week because I'd like to get some shaped acrylic boards, too.

Unfortunately one board would cost about 15-25 €. For 6 boards I would have to pay 90 to 150 € and actually I don't want to spend more money for the player boards than for the whole game .
 
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Yikes, did that cost include design as well?
 
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Would you be willing to post the CAD files for the rest of us once you are done? Have you thought about doing it by laser so there would be a heat polished effect in the recesses?

Awesome project!!!

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Fortunately I use CAD everyday, so I can design it myself, should save money on the production.

Dang, thanks man. I forgot about the xmas board
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Kingsix wrote:
Yikes, did that cost include design as well?

No, I would have to provide the design by myself.
 
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If there would be a way to get the cost down, I'd be in for a set. This is the kind of thing that's really needed at the gaming table, but I can't justify spending more than a couple of bucks per sheet. Otherwise I'll just end up getting them laminated.
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I will post the quotes I get back. If I actually complete the file, I will post the CAD up for you all as well
 
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Again if someone could get me the actual dimensions of the outside of the board I would appreciate it, the xmas one is a bit off.
 
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I'm getting 26cm x 35cm
 
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Ok so as someone posted here before, this project in its entirety is just way too costly.
The quote came in saying 10-20 Cents (Canadian) per linear inch of cutting. My initial calculation on the length of cutting, accounting only for the board perimeter, ship blueprints, tech tiles, inf disc, pop cubes and rep tiles came in at then between 26-52 dollars per sheet, and it would require 12 sheets.
Too expensive, sorry everyone, case closed. Time to figure out another way.

I think I want to take a look at making replacement boards with separate parts, like a population cube track, a blueprint board etc. My playing surface is not conducive to large sheets.
 
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I'm from Alberta as well and would love to know how much and from where?
 
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I bet laser-cutting would be more cost-effective.

I bet Litko could do it for under $20 per sheet.

Here's a sheet about half the size, for $12.

I had a custom order for some tiles earlier this year, and they basically told me that I could put any design I wanted to on them and be charged the same price; it's basically a cost for the materials only as far as I can tell, and the cutting doesn't seem to cost them anything extra [since the laser is arbitrarily precise].

Seems you could also save a lot, if you're paying by the inch, by just leaving large open areas for the techs and reputation tiles rather than cutting out each individual shape [what it sounds like you're proposing]. You really only would need the cutouts for the things that are easy to bump: cubes and discs.
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So the place that I got my quote from was a laser place, and your are partially right about leaving open areas. the problem is that you don't really save enough. If cutting the shape of the board out was not included then it might have been feasible.

Edit: I emailed the guy back to confirm that the cutting of the outside shape needed to be done as well. The outside shape would be $60-120
 
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Could you find out how much it costs to only have sheets for the cubes section? That is IMHO the most vulnerable (if that's the word) part of the sheet.
 
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We just played our first game last night and we had this exact same idea, though I was thinking of doing it using reprinted copies of the player boards and card stock and cutting everything by hand. On copy of the player board mounted to the cardboard with the appropriate holes cut in it and one behind the cardboard to provide the backing for the holes. The problem with my idea was that I'd need to make up 12 of these things (one for each race).

Acrylic sheets was my next idea and Litko was my first though too. Has anybody tried contacting them?
 
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I think that if you cut the individual sheets by yourself and polish the edges yourself (not hard, I did it in highschool, many years ago), this could be feasible.

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So the place that I got my quote from was a laser place, and your are partially right about leaving open areas. the problem is that you don't really save enough. If cutting the shape of the board out was not included then it might have been feasible.

Edit: I emailed the guy back to confirm that the cutting of the outside shape needed to be done as well. The outside shape would be $60-120
 
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On copy of the player board mounted to the cardboard with the appropriate holes cut in it and one behind the cardboard to provide the backing for the holes. The problem with my idea was that I'd need to make up 12 of these things (one for each race).


You can reduce this to six, if you just cut out the disks and cubes parts as some kind of overlay for the bottom of the board..

If it is cardboard, a chisel in the right size could reduce the work per cube a lot and than there are those hollow punchs you need in the right size for the disks.
 
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I need to crunch some numbers tonight, but I have a concept for these, that would be a lot cheaper than laser cut acrylic.

I plan on prototyping it up in the next couple nights, and getting some costs around.

I'll update ASAP.
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I need to crunch some numbers tonight, but I have a concept for these, that would be a lot cheaper than laser cut acrylic.

I plan on prototyping it up in the next couple nights, and getting some costs around.

I'll update ASAP.


You better pull through or its off with your head!
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My first try for a customised player board.
Made of cardboard and a color copy of an original player board.
Not perfect (and very long to cut) but useful and less expensive than a plexi !





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Wow. What did you use for the square punch? Or did you cut all 33 by hand??
 
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Wow. What did you use for the square punch? Or did you cut all 33 by hand??

I don't know what he used, but I know there is a razor blade punch that is approximately that exact length (not a square, just a line). I got it from Hobby Lobby (in a pack with other blades) and used it when I was attempting to make a device to just place the cubes..
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Vanish wrote:
jgilmour wrote:
I need to crunch some numbers tonight, but I have a concept for these, that would be a lot cheaper than laser cut acrylic.

I plan on prototyping it up in the next couple nights, and getting some costs around.

I'll update ASAP.


You better pull through or its off with your head! ;)


Worked on the prototypes today at work. And they failed. Kinda. I got one or two almost done, but then they broke. They looked awesome up until they broke though.

I need to look into new materials, and having them milled. I will hopefully have some idea by the end of the week.
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