"V" From V for Vendetta
Afrer modeling nearly all of the gaming dice, (20 sided, 12 sided, 10 sided, 8 sided, and 4 sided), I decided to complete the set with the 6 sided.
Originally, I was going to post this particular die as a bit of a joke. Draw a square, extrude it into a cube, break the edges and slap some numbers on it. How hard could it be?
|Examples of 6 sided die (courtesy Wikipedia)|
Could you believe I found a way to complicate it? And find a use for a new trick in the process?
I'll share the trick at the end of the blog. First, I'll start out with the steps I used. Which let's face it, aren't that difficult. But there might still be a trick or two to use.
1) First, I created the cube. Since I used Autodesk Inventor 2013, I used the "Box" primitive that was added in this release.
|Using the "Box" primitive to create the cube for the die.|
2) Next, I added fillets to break the sharp edges. I used the "All Rounds" option to get every edge.
|Adding fillets to break the edges|
3) Finally, I added the numbers to each side of the die.
|Finally, adding the numbers!|
And that's it. The die is finished.
But there's an epilogue to this exercise. Looking at the die, I didn't like the way it looked. The edges were too crisp and clean. It didn't look like a real die would. I decided I wanted the vertices of the die to look more rounded than the rest of the die.
|Looking carefully the rounded corners can be seen (image courtesy Wikpedia)|
|Thg "too crisp" corner shown. I'm using the "shaded with edges" setting to show the corner more clearly.|
So how did I go about changing that? I edited the fillet, created in step 2, and on the "setbacks" tab, I chose each corner of the die, and changed the setback until I liked the result (I used .1875 in my case).
I found it gave a much more eye pleasing result than the tight corners I initially had.
|Changing the setback|
|The completed die with setback|
I guess it just goes to show that one should never say "I'll never use that tool!"
And naturally, I have to add a rendering from Autodesk Showcase, just because!
|And one for the show!|
And if you want do download the model here you go!
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I hope you find this model an interesting diversion!