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Card Tile Production

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Anonymous

I have designed a tile laying game based on 100 hexagon and other shaped tiles. I have 16 cards / A4 sheet but can easily move to other paper size (ie 64 / A3 sheet). Any advice on how to get these cards punched, cost of punch die would help.

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Les

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Scope of production?

Les,

Is this just for a prototype, self production of limited quantities, mass production?

I know that you can go to your local craft store and buy hex die punches of varying sizes. If they don't have what you need in stock, you can usually get a catalog from the store and order what you need. I am using a round punch that I got from a craft store to make tokens. If you're just creating a prototype or producing on an as needed basis, this may be the way to go for you.

-Darke

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Im past the prototype stage (thanks to scapel and ruler) and need to think about productiion- first maybe limited copies of 50 copies so maybe ideal for self production anbd then later (if trials OK) as a larger production.

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Card Tile Production

- "I know that you can go to your local craft store and buy hex die punches of varying sizes."

Hmmm, this is typically the thing that i could have use for.
Havent seen any of these punches here in Sweden.
Would die to get my hands on one.
Anyone out there that know of any internet site where i can order hex-punches ?

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Hex punches

Well I found a 2" hex here:

http://www.1stopsquare.com/superjum.html

I am sure there are more, I'm not sure if they will ship out of the US or not.. Can't hurt to check.

-Darke

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Card Tile Production

Pretty much anywhere that the scrapbooking/stamping phenomenon has gotten big, you'll find lots of the kinds of punches that Darke is showing. I'm not sure how much they would stand up to excessive use on heavy cardstock or other heavy mediums, though, since we are specifically not addressing a prototype issue here.

Anonymous
Card Tile Production

Regarding mass production. I assume it is the print companies that would arrange for a cutter to be made up. If I have (say) 16 hex per A4 (or Letter), does the die maker have to make a complex cutter to stamp out all hex or does the mechanival technology exist that needs only a single hex stamp that cuts in 16 different positions on a sheet. Whats the max card stock seen in games using tiles.

Anonymous
Card Tile Production

More punch detail at http://www.uchida.com but couldnt see the hex shape.

Has anyone had experience of cutting/punching service provided by printer or other?

Anonymous
Card tile production

If you are going to have a printer make the tiles for you, you should work with them and explain you final tile size and the number of tiles per game. Be sure to discuss your artwork, whether or not the images bleed etc. Ask them to provide a template for you to lay out your graphics on. This will be the same template they use to make a cutting die.

It will probably be cheaper to leave the tile nicked inplace and let the consumer seperate them. This way, a die cut sheet will come of the diecutter rather than I don't know how many pieces.

As far as producing these with a 1-up die, I think the costs will kill you.

Let me know if this makes sense to you.

Gamemaker

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Card Tile Production

Understood. Thanks. The first couple of print companies I tried were too small and suggested I try larger companies for such a service.

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Card Tile Production

Les wrote:
Understood. Thanks. The first couple of print companies I tried were too small and suggested I try larger companies for such a service.

The size of the company is not important, try to find companies that already do this kind of job, those who do packing.
That way, they know how to print in cardboard and how to diecut it. As a bonus they may also help you with the box.

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