2024-03-16 (Sa) PCBDiceTower Concept and first draft

Years ago, I made a laser-cut wooden dice tower and enjoyed the process and product. I wanted to design a new one since I gained skills, but I still wanted to bring something new to the device. I planned to copy my old design, which had magnets to turn the tower into a carrying unit, but this time, it would snap together instead of requiring glue. I sketched a rudimentary design, but I reconsidered after it occurred to me that I could use printed circuit boards as the substrate. The advantage is that they are inexpensive when purchased in bulk, and I can add circuits, like flashing lights or microcontrollers.
Simple dice tower sketch

I drafted a simple concept assuming a 1.6mm board thickness. The side panels feature tapered notches to hold the adjacent pieces firmly. I presume other designs use this idea, but I did not check, so I guessed how much taper is appropriate. I uploaded the drawing file to a PCB producer's website, and it would cost approximately five dollars per tower before shipping. I will add these parts to my next order, but I would like to improve the design with some graphics and circuitry before then.
Side - front - side - back - shelf

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