What This Thing Contains
When you download this you get
More dice will be added soon now that I've migrated to OnShape for CAD!
If you've downloaded this, I have (as of 7/21) uploaded a newer model designed in OnShape that is higher quality and has better readability on the numbers. So I'd totally re-download and print this newer version that I have dubbed Mk2.
Best printed with ABS, PETG, PLA or another higher temperature thermoplastic as primary material and HIPS or another soluble support material as your secondary.
I print with ABS @ 220 degrees C and HIPS @ 235 degrees C.
Sand & Wet Sand For a Smooth Finish
Prior to finishing, make sure you have at least 3-4 outer layers.
After verifying you can finish the die, obtain:
- ~50 grit sandpaper
- ~100 grit sandpaper
- ~150 grit sandpaper
- ~200 grit sandpaper
With the lowest grit, sand off any blobs, blemishes, or features you do not want. Then quickly move to the second lowest (~100) and in circles, sand the entire surface of the die relatively roughly. Advance to the next two grits going quickly in circles, these two do not need to be as thorough and rough as the ~100 grit sanding.
After dry sanding, obtain:
- A small container of water
- ~400 grit sandpaper
- ~600 grit sandpaper
- 1000 grit sandpaper or finer
Once you have all of these, dip the lowest grit sandpaper in water and sand with medium intensity in circles. (or in lines if you want to give a directional polish) Re-dip the sandpaper in water if it starts to feel a little dry. After sanding the entire surface, move to the next grit and repeat. After you are done, wash the die off in warm water (or lukewarm if you built this in PLA) and dry it on a rag or paper towel until its been thoroughly dried. The surface should feel extremely smooth, like glass.
Gloss with Acetone To Remove Layer Lines
If you have the proper materials for safety, and have previous experience with acetone and harmful chemicals, I would definitely recommend taking this print to a higher level of post processing quality by glossing it with acetone. If you don't have any previous experience, I'd recommend learning how to use acetone as it is a useful 3d printing chemical. This guide helped me: https://airwolf3d.com/2013/11/26/7-steps-shiny-finish-on-abs-parts-acetone/