Tic Tac Toe in Three Dimensions

One of the first involved projects I really did was this 3D Tic Tac Toe game board for a Design and Manufacturing course. Me and my teammates Adam and Kiley wanted to construct something fun and engaging. We happened across the idea of a 3D Tic Tac Toe game and ran with it.

We placed a lot of care and thought into how the design of the game would work. First of all, the game board is mounted on a rotating base, so that players can view it from multiple angles while playing, and the spaces for the game pieces on the game board are recessed so that the pieces easily stay in place during gameplay.

The game board is also fixed atop a storage box so that the players can store the game pieces when the game is not in use.

We used some of the excess acrylic dowels we had from the vertical supports to fashion score counters on the sides of the game-piece storage box.

The game board is made of acrylic and the game pieces are machined from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) which is the same material used for things like plastic bottles. Once my friend Adam had made some models, we took the files to the machinist here at the university, generated a tool path in GibbsCAM, and before we knew it, the CNC milling machines had produced all the parts that were designed.