This is still very much a work in progress; feedback is really welcome.
This Customizer lets you create cool boxes and lids for the cards that come in your favorite tabletop games. The boxes use a lock-and-key mechanism that lets you securely stack boxes on top of each other, keeping everything neat and secure. The boxes will work with virtually any card size or deck thickness. You can add labels to the boxes and lids so everyone knows what goes where. And everything prints easily with no support needed.
Important: This customizer supports the creation of up to five card boxes in one Thing (for different types of cards in one game). Due to Customizer limitations, your created Thing will always have five box files and a lid file. If you chose to create fewer than five card boxes, then some of those box files won't be needed, and you can (and should) delete them from your customized Thing before publishing it. You'll know these files because their thumbnails will say "You can delete this file from your Thing." :)
I love the Customizable Board Game Card Storage system and its multi-box remix. But there was one thing I didn't care for: the hoops I had to jump through to print the boxes effectively. The existing scripts let you print the boxes either flat or on their sides, but both had problems. If you printed the boxes flat, then the lock and key parts would have 90-degree overhangs -- you can print them without support and they will usually work, but they look messy. (Or you can use support, but then you have to scrape the support out of the channels, which can still leave things ragged.) If you printed the boxes on edge, then the lock and key parts would be fabulous, but now one whole side of the box is a 90-degree overhang that needs lots more support to deal with.
So I thought I'd try tweaking the lock-and-key architecture to use 45-degree overhangs instead. In my tests so far, the resulting lock-and-key mechanism isn't quite as strong as the original design; but it's still more than strong enough for most use cases. And now the boxes are gloriously easy prints when printed on their backs -- no support needed at all.
I also added a few more tweaks:
- I changed the lid's design a bit to protect the cards better while still keeping the same structural properties.
- You can now provide a label that gets added to the two ends of each box, and a label that gets embossed on each lid.
- I modified the Customizer profile quite a bit, hiding a bunch of more technical parameters and adding more explanations of the parameters that remain.
- Version 0.10, 2018-06-09: Initial release.
- Version 0.12, 2018-06-10: Tweaked lid shape for better fit with angled locks.
- Version 0.13, 2018-06-10: Retweaked lid shape. Switched lid text from embossing to embedding for better reliability.
- Version 0.15, 2018-06-11: Redid Customizer parameters again to make things clearer.
- Version 0.2, 2018-06-12: Modified the lid design to have a circular gap rather than a big open hole, protecting the cards better while keeping the lid's other properties intact. Made the grab hole in the side of the box optional; combined with the new lid design, this lets you make boxes to hold dice and other game parts. Reworked the tightness/"fudge factor" scale to use round numbers rather than fractions.
- Version 0.3, 2018-06-20: Added "grab hole plugs," which let you protect the sides of the cards during storage.