In recent years gaming PCs have been overrun by RGB LEDs being stuffed into every component and peripheral imaginable. This fad has spread to other industries and hobbies, and now you can include it in your next Dungeons & Dragons session.
This is thanks to maker Glen Thompson who has created an impressive dungeon master screen that combines 3D printing with acrylic panels.
The project started life in Fusion 360 where the model only took between two and three hours to complete. The printed components here are the hinges which join the acrylic panels together and house the electronics for the lighting system.
“…it probably took me a few days of planning (sketching and modelling) different ideas and methods of making the hinges rotate without interference, with the least amount of material needed to support the panels, and models that needed no supports to print and therefore no post processing,” Thompson tells us.
Printing took much longer, as expected, coming in at one complete day with 24 hours of back to back printing. This used between 250 and 300 grams of filament to make.
Each of the panels here are around the size of an A4 piece of paper. When joined to the printed hinges and spread out on a table, the screen measures in at around 30 X 20 X 8 centimetres. While large this can be folded up for storage and transport.
As a marble PLA filament was used here, one which is good at hiding defects, no finishing work was required. Thompson does say that those wishing to make there own would benefit from doing some sanding here.
The files to do that are available on Thingiverse, but extra tools and components will be needed. These extras are listed in the Thingiverse description.
The maps which were laser etched into the acrylic were made by Dyson Logos. These are not included in the included files, so you will need to get your own maps or other decorations drawn up for the player-facing side of the screen. This leaves a lot of creativity up the dungeon master who could swap them out to match the campaign currently being played.
Finally, it’s worth noting that this is a proof of concept, which is why certain elements like the zip ties are included to keep everything together. A second version with an Instructables guide may be coming in the future.