3D printers and poker chips

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This probably isn't feasible for most people right now, 3D printers haven't become affordable for most people. But they will in the future.

Basically, if you can dream it, you can print it. You could print poker chips with customs labels already etched in them.

Is this something you all would be interested in trying?
 
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This probably isn't feasible for most people right now, 3D printers haven't become affordable for most people. But they will in the future.

Basically, if you can dream it, you can print it. You could print poker chips with customs labels already etched in them.

Is this something you all would be interested in trying?
I'd try printing Hackers era Angelina Jolie. Who's with me? :D

Not sure if this was the type of answer you were looking for but I was focused on the "if you dream it, you can print it" line.
 
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From what I understand with 3D printers they wouldn't make great chips. They would still need to be labled because the texture difference in the picutres and aren't they monochromatic?
 

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3D printers are really fascinating.The whole deal with people printing AR-15 lowers? Amazing.
Considering they can print something as complicated as that, I don't think chips would be an issue. Of course, ones with a core wouldn't be doable, but I suppose you could use heavier plastic, for a more authentic feel? I'm really not sure how substitutable the materials are.
 
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We have a cutting edge guy who teaches a class at my school and he's got several 3-D printers that he and his student built. Today he was showing me his iPhone case that he "printed". The back of the case was like a Lego grid -- meaning you could actually attached any Lego pieces to it -- build a stand, holder, etc out of Lego's and attache it! So cool!
 
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We have a cutter edge guy who teaches a class at my school and he's got several 3-D printers that he and his student built. Today he was showing me his iPhone case that he "printed". The back of the case was like a Lego grid -- meaning you could actually attached any Lego pieces to it -- build a stand, holder, etc out of Lego's and attache it! So cool!
LOL! That's awesome! 3D printers are really great, as long as you are creative enough to get the full use out of them and justify the hefty price tag.
I'd surely buy one if I wasn't so low on cash lately. Making a Lego iPhone case really won't justify it for me, despite my love for the little plastic blocks.
Sorry - OT
 
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We have a cutting edge guy who teaches a class at my school and he's got several 3-D printers that he and his student built. Today he was showing me his iPhone case that he "printed". The back of the case was like a Lego grid -- meaning you could actually attached any Lego pieces to it -- build a stand, holder, etc out of Lego's and attache it! So cool!
Pics or it didn't happen ;)

Seriously though, that sounds really cool. If I had a 3D printer and could do cool stuff like this I'd probably never get any work done. Ever.
 
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Yeah 3D printers are great, but you should wait a couple of years to become affordable too... because it's cheaper to buy a poker set than to print one.
 

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Yeah 3D printers are great, but you should wait a couple of years to become affordable too... because it's cheaper to buy a poker set than to print one.
Right now it's cheaper to buy anything than print it, lol. I really wonder what's going to happen to the market, when printers become a common commodity? Or do you think they will keep the price artificially high so as not to crash the market?
 
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Right now it's cheaper to buy anything than print it, lol. I really wonder what's going to happen to the market, when printers become a common commodity? Or do you think they will keep the price artificially high so as not to crash the market?
They might do the same thing they do with the current printers: sell the printers themselves cheaply but make the "ink" extremely expensive. It seems to work reasonably well at the moment so I see no reason why they would not extend the same business model to 3D printers. Being able to "print out" your own poker chip set sounds like great fun though. I'd really like to be able to do that in the future.
 
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Well, 3D printer will have a huge impact on our lives so I see no reason why this shouldn't include poker chips. Just imagine all the opportunites you will have. It's basically like photography now and photography 20 years ago. It's a huge difference.
 
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Not that I would ever do this, but could you get a high denomination poker chip from a real casino and replicate it? One chip could pay for the printer :)
 

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This is an interesting development. The technology has come a very long way in recent years. I could see custom built chips for smaller shops. You'd have to invest in a pretty expensive machine, at least as of 9/2013, to really crank them out in large numbers. Its something to keep an eye on though, for sure. :)
 
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Not that I would ever do this, but could you get a high denomination poker chip from a real casino and replicate it? One chip could pay for the printer :)
I doubt it. First off, would the 3d printer be able to mimic the texture difference of the inlay? Also, I think most high denom chips now are RFID equipped, and you need to be able to account for how it came into your possession before they will cash it. There have been some threads elsewhere of folks who have tried cashing a $5k chip only to be told, "sorry, no."
 
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Many already do this with RFID. Remember the heist at Bellagio a couple years ago? Once those chips walked out the door they were worthless.
No, did not see that on the news. Well, I don't know what to think about this whole RFID thing. Like in this case it can protect casinos, companies and so on. On the other hand they can track you all the time and see everything what you are doing.
 
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I have tried a couple of different chip designs on the 3D printer at work. Not really up to Par in my book but the technology is still advancing... I did print out a poker chip rack that is entirely functional... Other than the 6 hours that it took on a makerbot
 
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I've been thinking that myself ..., If 3-D Steel is being printed, could this be a way to get around the $25K + mold fees .... to something much more reasonable?
Molds have to be extra hard tool steel, and the details have to be sharper than 3-d printing typically provides, unfortunately.
 

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This inlay is pretty cool:


3D printing is quite advanced now, and if you can 3d print a car, I'm sure you could 3d print poker chips.
 
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