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dice popper

Toronto-based maker Gus Dassios’ Dice Popper project gives me flashbacks of hours spent playing Trouble back in the day. There’s just something so satisfying about pushing the plastic bubble and watching the dice tumble. Gus shared his super simple how-to on the pages of MAKE Volume 33, and you can check it out on Make: Projects. The hardest part of the build is finding the perfect vending machine capsule, about 2″ diameter and 1⅞” tall. The rest is basically cutting a few pieces of wood to house the bubble and nailing it all together. The best part is then you can make up your own games to go with it.

dice popper diagram

P.S. I love the project illustrations Julie West has been doing for us!


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MAKE Volume 33: Software for Makers

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Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.


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  1. craig says:

    Cool! I was just thinking one of these could make for an interesting Choas factor in the boardgame Macao.

  2. unullifier says:

    Might be worth noting that you can find vending machine supply stores online that sell “acorn” style 2″ capsules for around $25 for 250 of them. Not going to link any specific company, but a Google search for “vending machine capsule” will get you started.

  3. Thanks for the design! I wanted to make 5-popper boards (re-rolling dice individually), and this tip on using the capsules is brilliant! Also, indeed if you search for “acorn capsules” it’ll take you right to the sellers. Now I’m going to see if I can 3D-print everything else, springs included. :)

    1. Goli Mohammadi says:

      What a great idea! Definitely let us know if you do end up 3D printing the parts. Cheers!