it's been in the back of my mind for a number of years to one day make my own Tri-Dimensional Star Trek style Chess set. I've always wanted to make my own set and I'm also a big Star Trek fan, so with both 3D Printers and laser cutters available, I decided that now is the time to actually do it.
The first step was to do research. Firstly into the Star Trek style tri-dimensional Chess and then to real world Chess. There are standards for the game, for both tournament purposes and normal consumer. The tournament sizes are larger -- larger squares and pieces -- so for this project I went with the slightly smaller consumer size. The Chess board itself will be much larger than a traditional Chess board. Don't want to make something too big or I really won't have the space to display it.
The battle plan will be to 3D print the Chess pieces and laser cut the boards. The pieces themselves will be designed to hold a magnet to keep them secured to the board. The pieces will also be hollow to reduce the amount of plastic and also reduce the time to print.
Being the smallest piece, the pawn is a good test model. I think I'll go with this look for the rest of the pieces. When my family lived in Singapore, my father bought a Chess set and I always liked the way the pawns looked. So my pawns are inspired from that set.
Concerning the color, the Chess pieces might remain the traditional black/white, but I am unsure at the moment if they will be painted some other color. In various Star Trek series the Chess pieces are either silver/gold, or black/white. So what I think I'll do is print a few pawns and paint them with different colors. I'll include progress pictures in the upcoming blogs.
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