DIY board games and 3D printing are a match made in game maker's heaven. Here are exciting DIY board games you can make with a 3D printer.
In an age of an ever increasing infiltration of technology into our daily life, it’s easy to take the route of using the electronic version of everything. Still, there’s magic in just gathering at a table with friends and start playing. So, there’s no surprise if people start to 3D print board games. And there’s a lot of them.
If you want to DIY board games from this list, you can either choose a classic, spin-offs (how about a 4 Person Tic-Tac-Toe?) or some great original ones. Most of the 3D printable board games listed here are free.
But what if you don’t have access to a 3D printer? Then consider downloading the files and have them printed by a professional 3D printing service. Just click on the image below or check out the “Get It Printed” buttons under the respective board games.
3D printed board game “Balancing Boulders” takes some thought, skill, and a steady hand. Moving one marble at a time, you want to get your marbles to the orange space on the other end before your opponent. The tricky part? Neither end can touch the table. You can’t get overeager, but have to pay attention to how your move may affect the balance.
Recommended for ages 8+.
Find the rules, files and all available for this DIY board game on Pinshape.
The core of every arsenal in the middle ages was a catapult. It’s the best way to do some damage and break through defenses. Build a wall out of marshmallows, load up the jelly beans and let the battle commence with this pair of catapults.
Not to be confused with the PC game Megapolis, you 3D print this board game in which players compete to build a city from the ground up. In addition to the construction of the city, care must be taken into the development of Industry, Culture and City Planning. Properly assigning workers to each of these sectors is crucial in earning Victory Points to ultimately win the game.
In addition to the 3D print files for this DIY board game, designer Tripp Yeoman also provides a beautiful set of instructions and a PDF of the cards needed to print to play the game on MyMiniFactory.
Pokémon Go and players around the world were pretty hot and heavy for a few months. Seems the craze has died down a bit, but the passion for Pokémon is ingrained in today’s generation. So it’s only fitting that this lifestyle gets extended into a physical board game.
Based on the classic game Fox and Geese, it’s ultimately a hunting game. When your smartphone battery dies, play this while it recharges to keep your momentum going. Oh, and of course, you always can 3D print this board game and take it on the road where the wild Pokemon live.
A full set of instructions and the files for this DIY board game are available on Pinshape.
Okay, you caught us. This isn’t a 3d printed board game. BUT it is a super fun puzzle game that is a must need on your coffee table. Hence this made it to our list of DIY board games. Puzzle games like this are timeless and appealing to all ages. It’s a bit like a Rubik’s Cube – you gotta line up the columns to all have the same shape imprint – but actually solvable for those who aren’t geniuses. 3D print this puzzler. If you want, you can also color the parts.
Get the files from Thingiverse and give it a go.
As designer joealarson describes his 3D printed board game: “Many of the Doctor’s most feared opponents have teleported into the TARDIS to steal the last copy of the Black Scroll of Rassilon from the TARDIS library. With no one else who can help, the Doctor’s past regenerations have been gathered to protect the scroll. Whoever finds the Black Scroll and escapes first wins! TARDIS run is a game of luck and risk management inspired by Backgammon, Parchisi, and the Ancient Egyptian game Senet.”
The best part? It all folds up neatly inside the TARDIS, instructions and all. We are not surprised, as we are talking about the TARDIS, and it’s bigger on the inside. But it’s nonetheless super handy!
Find the files, instructions, and magic on Pinshape.
This is an original game designed to be a Real Time Strategy (RTS) game set 5,000 years in the future. The concept is a distant planet erupts into war and the players each bring a list of buildings into the game to launch off from. Mechanically it’s a simple game, but there are units and terrains which add a layer of complexity to keep you playing over and over.
3D Print this DIY board game from Pinshape.
A miniature version of bowling for your coffee table or desk, with one little twist: the bowling ball WINDS UP. Wind him up watch ’em fly. 3D print this game and have hours of fun.
Find all the files you need for this DIY board game on Thingiverse.
Battleship is a classic game mixed with strategy and luck. The best thing about it is the compactibility that allows you to take it anywhere; it’s perfect for road trips. This version of Battleship has an extra spin in which there are two different sets of “ships”: one based on the Star Wars Battle Fleet, and the other of the ships in Star Trek. In addition to playing an awesome game, you can now settle the long lived debated of which series is superior.
Fun fact: This game dates back to WWI when it was played with pen and paper. It has since evolved, but if you’re still not familiar, Hasbro offers a printout of the rules.
Find the files to make your own DIY board game on Thingiverse.
If you’re on the Game of Thrones band wagon, then you know Cyvasse. This chess-like game does not have a standard set of rules, but rather George R. R. Martin persuades fans to develop their own rules by combining Chess, Stratego, and Blitzkrieg. Even if you don’t watch GoT, this game is an interesting challenge.
However, if you’re not into making up your own rules, the designer of this set includes a PDF of the rules he developed.
Everyone knows Tic-Tac-Toe. And if you’re like me, you played so much as a kid that there’s little variation in the game and it ends up coming down to who goes first. 4-way Tic-Tac-Toe though? Now that’s twist. No doubt takes the predictability out and adds an intriguing layer of complexity.
Print this fun 3D version of the DIY board game and read up on the different rules on Pinshape.
This is a spin-off from the classic board game from Huangyi, Penguin Trap. It’s a bit like a horizontal version of Jenga. Chipping away the ground one tile at a time, will you be the one to plummet the Unicorn to the depths?
3D Print this DIY board game, it’s available on Thingiverse.
This is a spin-off from the Parker Brothers game Clue: The Great Museum Caper. One player is mysteriously assigned to be the burglar and must attempt to smuggle out as many paintings as possible without getting caught. How many will you be able to sneak out undetected?
Since this game follows the same rules as Clue: The Great Museum Caper, no new set of rules is provided; rather find them here.
The files for this DIY board game are on MyMiniFactory.
Chinese Checkers is another classic about moving your pieces across the board in a hop-scotch manner. This DIY board game, however, is travel-friendly and is revamped against the marbles rolling off in all different directions. It even comes with a storage bin underneath to keep all the pieces in one place.
Get this DIY board game on MyMiniFactory.
Dog and Tock are two games that are quite similar to Parcheesi and Sorry! You must race your pawns around the board to get them all home before your opponents. Dog and Tock are believed to be the originals to these commercially celebrated alternatives and the two differ only in a few rules. Luckily however the board is the same so you can have two in one, and then you can be the judge if these “originals” are better!
As a bonus: The board fits together as a puzzle, so it’s easily adjustable for 4 or 6 players.
Find the files, rules and all you need for this DIY board game on Pinshape.
This 3D printable Harry Potter wizard chess board is featured in the first movie: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s (Philosopher’s) Stone. Definitely a way to get your kid interested in chess when they can knock the pieces across the board like Harry and Ron.
Harry Potter not their thing? Maybe it’s Pokemon? Or perhaps Minions? There’s a chess board model for every interest that we decided to make it its very own article. Check back soon for all the variations of this DIY board game.
Here we have all the pieces for classic board game Hive. The goal is to surround the other player’s Queen Bee to capture and take over her hive through strategic maneuvers. Each bug is allowed different maneuvers, similar to Chess, but since there is no underlying board, the “board” is constantly moving and changing.
Mastermind is about unlocking the code. One player sets the “code”, the other must try to crack it, but they’ve only got 10 moves to try and do so! Each attempt the code-breaker is told how many are the right color, and how many are the right color AND in the right slot. Add a timer to each turn for a sense of urgency. This lovely DIY board game has been designed by Simone Fontana.
Get this DIY board game on MyMiniFactory.
This game was invented by Swiss mathematician Blaise Müller in 1991. The two players take turns choosing a piece which the other player must then place on the board. A player wins by placing a piece on the board which forms a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row of four pieces. Great DIY board game for strategists.
The files, made by user Anubis, can be found on MyMiniFactory.
Don’t be confused by Draughts if you don’t know what it is, it’s just Checkers. And this print adds a layer of fun to the traditional board game by battling socket ships and asteroids.
Find the files for this DIY board game on MyMiniFactory.
These 3D printed Scrabble tiles are a great example what you can achieve with a dual-head 3D Printer. These files were designed to fit in a Ultimaker at 100% scale. Each tile size is 2 x 2cm.
You can download the files, made by pnbtoy.studio offers, directly at MyMiniFactory.
Ever since the first introduction in 1995, Settlers of Catan has taken over by storm. Despite its (thus far) short life, it’s becoming a classic. Now you can print your own, but not only that, this one is 3D to add a whole new dimension to the game.
Find everything for this DIY board game on Thingiverse.
Tetris is the original computer game, who doesn’t remember playing Tetris as a kid? Tetris, Pacman and Snake are the heart of the first cell phone games. Take it off screen with this printable design. Great for kids to work on their motor skills or for adults to reminisce.
Get this DIY board game on MyMiniFactory.
This is from the book series Thrones and Bones by Lou Anders. If you haven’t read the series, each book ends with a unique board game. Joseph Larson took it upon himself to create a real life model of the game presented in the first book: Frost Bones.
This game is a bit different than the typical board game because each player has a different objective. All pieces move like rooks in Chess, and pieces are captured by surrounding them.
A full set of the rules for this DIY board game is available along with the files on MyMiniFactory.
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