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    A three-dimensional tic-tac-toe game board with playing pieces, score keepers, a swiveling playing board, and a compartment for all the pieces. T… Read More
    A three-dimensional tic-tac-toe game board with playing pieces, score keepers, a swiveling playing board, and a compartment for all the pieces. This is the result of a team project for my Design & Manufacturing class. Read Less
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3D Tic-Tac-Toe
For my EK156 Design & Manufacturing class this semester, we had to design and build a small project with a group of classmates.  I came up with the idea for a three dimensional tic-tac-toe board, and my team helped bring it to a reality.  After many hours spent on Solidworks, designing, and calculations, we had a project ready to be machined.

We even had to order all of our own materials, and the entire game board is made out of clear acrylic.  The colored pieces are spraypainted white HDPE, basically cutting board material.  With the expert help of Bob Sjostrom, we machined out the parts comprising our project and held them together using a special type of welding glue.  Everything was custom machined besides the plastic lazy-susan and clear plastic hinges on the lid.

The game itself becomes compoundedly more difficult in three dimensions, and feels almost like chess.  You have to think at least 5 moves ahead at all times.  Overall, the project came out great, it was a ton of work, but we're all very satisfied with the end product.  Special thanks to Brendan Hathaway and Kiley Monahan for being such great teammates, and thanks to Marc Beneck for whipping up some really nice renderings.
A beautiful final rendering of the Solidworks model using a rendering program called KeyShot.
The actual 3D tic-tac-toe during a heated game.
Showcasing how the game board can flip open to easily store all of the numerous game pieces.
A close up of the game board with machined piece pockets.
A basic rendering in Solidworks of the game board model.
Another even more basic rendering in Solidworks.