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Resin Casting of custom game pieces

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lady Fuchsia
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Hi,
I am an artist and board game fan. I have created a lot of custom sculpted components to use as fun replacements for game pieces in favorite games using polymer clay. I would love to be able to reproduce and sell my pieces to other board game fans. However, I have really hit a wall in trying to cast them myself. I have made molds and done some casting- but I am not good enough or fast enough at casting to make it worthwhile. Does anyone here know of a company who does low volume resin casting? Perhaps 100 of a piece?

best wishes,
Laurie

InvisibleJon
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Home-based 3-D prototyping...

Although not exactly what you're looking for, you may find it worthwhile to take a look at this month's Make Magazine (http://makezine.com/magazine/). Volume 21 is all about desktop manufacturing. Especially noteworthy is what the folks at MakerBot are doing (http://www.makerbot.com/). They have home fabbers that extrude Lego-style plastics with pretty decent precision. The material itself is super-cheap, and the kit to make the machine costs $750 (http://store.makerbot.com/cupcake-cnc/cupcake-cnc-basic.html).

If what you're making isn't too large or intricate, you could get what you want (and an awesome multi-purpose tool to boot) for a relatively small initial investment.

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