Monopoly Game Board

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Monopoly Game Board by neobobkrause Oct 24, 2014


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A game of Monopoly has always been a big adventure. Now it's even bigger. This oversized alternative game board was built using FlexMesh. Some additional FlexMesh shapes were added in so that the middle of the board can be rotated 45°. This design also includes specially designed houses and hotel pieces with pegs that hold them in place.

I can't wait to see the awesome player tokens that you design.

Game on!


The board shown here was printed in ABS over the course of a couple of weeks using a few FlashForge printers running pretty much full tilt. An estimated 4kg of filament went into the print process, assuming a job success rate of 80%. (Your milage may vary.)

This game board consists of about 3,750 FlexMesh pieces (including houses & hotels) that measure out to about 875mm (~3 feet) to a side. But the diagonal center portion accounts for about 60% of those pieces. So the main area of play, together with houses and hotels can be constructed by snapping together about 1500 pieces of various colors. I'd estimate the total print time would be about 400 build hours, with about 225 of those being spent on the optional inner board.

Note: In order to build this Thing you'll also need those shapes included in the FlexMesh and Dice designs. So make sure that you also download them.

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Wow! This is exceptional!

Thanks for your input. I think you could accomplish almost the same thing using a stencil of a mesh. The outline of each FlexMesh piece would be printed on a sheet of vellum or overlaid in a drawing program on top of an image of the pattern you're trying to create. This would allow you to see the dominate color inside each FlexMesh piece as you snap together a mesh depicting that image. This approach wouldn't automatically count the number of pieces of each color needed, but you could do that yourself.

To demonstrate what I'm talking about, I've added a simple stencil of a Quad mesh to the FlexMesh Thing. Overlay it on top of an image you'd like to recreate to help you figure out what colored pieces to use. As always, comments are welcome so that we can refine this approach.

Wow, that is amazing.
This actually makes me wonder about making software that can create patterns given a GIF or JPG.
Could show you the pattern and the total of each piece. Allow you to mod the pattern for things that
come out a bit weird.

Do you have any software for making model designs like the Nervous Kinematics people?

need assembly instructions with diagram plus list of how many of each item in what colors

Hmm... Too much work to tally exactly how many pieces of every type and color.

If you're interested in printing this board then my recommendation would be to just start printing. Look at the overhead pictures that I posted to see what colors you'll need. And when you print, print big. Use the STL's that have lots of pieces on them, because starting a large job takes the same amount of time as a small one. You're going to need far more whites than any other color. So that's a good place to start.

Oh, and have fun. Change the design patterns if you like. My Community Chest design is weak. Improve on what I've done. You can personalize the board you build. Then post pictures once you're done.