Will had already 3D printed a dice with images for a drinking game going into the hackathon, but mass producing dice for a drinking game seems almost limiting for what we could really do with images on a die.
What it does
We decided to make a website that allows users to submit pictures for a customized die that we can then laser etch onto a die for a customized dice rolling experience.
How we built it
We wanted to keep it simple to start, so we started off with by making a Sinatra app in ruby that we are hosting on an aws ec2 server.
Challenges we ran into
Precision of 3D printing and conversion of file types to laser cutter friendly files.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We kept an open mind and considered multiple methods of manufacturing and were able to successfully export images from our website to our manufacturer.
What we learned
Autocad's command tool, while powerful has terrible error messages. It's really easy to deploy a basic website through the use of Sinatra. Once you move beyond serving static content into handling forms, things become a lot more complicated and challenging.
What's next for Disaster Dice
Scalability! Higher levels of automation as well as a more scalable website to allow for increased traffic and organization of customers as well as a secure financial interaction with the customer.