Customizable Board Game Card Storage

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Customizable Board Game Card Storage by byzant Jun 2, 2013
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This things intend is to keep board game cards in order during play and to store them safely the rest of the time.

The holder can be completely customized to fit stacks of cards of any dimension. Multiple holders can be stacked safely by using the build in rails.


To customize this thing to your needs please use the "open in customizer" button on this page or OpenSCAD. The tab "primary parameters" should contain all parameters needed.

Due to the sliding parts the default parameters might not be sufficient on some printers. Should printed holders or lids fit too tightly try increasing the "fudge factor" parameter, should they fit too loose try decreasing it. Should this not solve the problem try manipulating specific settings in the "secondary parameters" tab. Perfectly printed holders / lids should slide without much resistance into each other and snap in when almost fully inserted.

I'm printing on an Ultimaker and use Cura with the following parameters. These parameters haven't been really optimized for this thing (meaning faster speeds will probably just work as well).

  • wall thickness: 0.4
  • layer height: 0.2
  • bottom/top thickness: 0.6
  • print speed: 50mm/s
  • bridge speed: 50%

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I printed these using PETG, and they fit together well. The only concern I have is that they slide apart almost too easily. Is that something I could have prevented with a missed option, or is that part of the design? I love what you've done here!

I'm happy that you like it! The holders shouldn't slide apart that easily but snap into each other at the end of their rails.

There are two approaches to your problem:
1.) If everything is a bit loose you could try to decrease the fudge factor in the customizer by 0.1, maybe 0.2 if that isn't enough.
2.) If everything fits just right but holders slide apart accidentally you should increase the "Lock Nub Radius" in the customizer under "secondary parameters", try adding 0.1.

The changes should be immediately noticeable but you might have to experiment a little to find the right values

If all works out please post a "I made one picture" so I can see what you use them for :)

Hey, just wanted to take a moment and say this thing is awesome! I've printed a dozen or so, of varying sizes, for a variety of games that I play, and it's worked great so far.

Thank you, I'm really happy to hear that!

I've always been a little worried that I might've just plain over engineered the holder and that it might not really workout for other people or their printers but on the other hand designing half measures isn't fun ;)

If you don't mind please share some pictures of your holders in the "Made" section. I'd really like to see how you are using them.

Sorry it took so long, but just got a picture posted! Included all of the ones I made for the game Dead of Winter.

Why is the box body oriented the way it is? I understand why it needs to be printed vertically, but as it is you need to have support for a whole side of it. I turned it 180° so it only needed to support the sides around where the cutout is, and it seems to be just fine, and probably saved a lot of time.

I have to ask, I'm pretty new at 3D printing myself, why would it "need" to be printed vertically? I know that Cura tells me I can cut off roughly 1/3 of the print time by laying it down instead...

For most printers the standard rotation should work best due to the rails not needing any support and thus create a flatter surface for the lid to slide into. If your printer somehow can manage without support or you remove the support very cleanly the normal rotation might just work. Just give it a try and tell me about it :)

I picked the rotation to enable printing without any support at all which at least for me worked fine, however, a little cleanup with a knife is usually needed to remove the stringing at the top. YMMV.


Huh. I figured it would need support for that big vast top; I didn't even try without. But I'm new at this, and my intuitions regarding when support is necessary are really lousy. Also, I'm printing for full-sized poker decks, which are larger than the default measurements in the OpenSCAD file at least (and thus maybe larger than the cards you commonly print for); that might make a difference.
A downside to support is that it can leave little rough remnants on the inside (doesn't always snap off cleanly); there are a few spots in particular that are always there. Not serious, but if they're collector's decks or something and you want to make sure not to damage the box you have to be careful

If your cards are that large your intuition might even be correct :)


I love this deck holder.

A few questions on the secondary parameters: what do these sizes mean? Are they dimensions in millimetres, or some other measurement?

I've made a couple of holders with the basic settings, to hold larger cards, but the walls and base are a bit thin for my liking. I'd like to make them all 2.0 mm thick, so do I just amend the values to "2", where applicable?


Hey nestyr,

yes, all settings are in millimeters ("mm"). Just adjust all the Wall Strength parameters and you should be fine. If it all works out, please post a "Made"-pic :)


Now I'm trying to figure out how to make the sliders for the tops and bases stronger.

I'd like to make the sliders thicker, but that means I will also need to make the slots deeper as well. What do I need to adjust, and how much bigger should the slot be? For example, if I want to make the sliders 2.0 mm thick, how wide do I make the slots: also 2.0 mm, with a greater fudge factor, or 2.2 mm with a fudge factor, to compensate for any droop, or thickening from printing, or something else? And which of the customiser settings do I change?

I could figure this out for myself, but it's probably faster to ask you.


It has been ages since I've made this thing so you will have to do some experimenting yourself. However, setting the "lock" and "wall strength" secondary parameters to the values you need should just work out without extra fudge factor (depending on your printer). Also I recommend to take a look at the preview in the customizer and your printing tool before you print.

what size would i have to do to hold these cards with sleeves?

Just measure your stack of sleeved cards and you should be fine.


Nice card holder! I've created a website to gather all board game improvements to inspire and showcase. Would you be interested in adding it to the Board Game Level Up site? Or I could help you with it, but still giving you the credit. www.boardgamelevelup.com


I love this! It would be perfect to store all of the different location cards for Arkham Horror

Great that you like it! If you make one please tell me how it works out for you because printing this isn't always easy (and maybe make some "i made one" pictures ;))