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Hex is a board game invented independently in the 1940s by two mathematicians, Piet Hein and John Nash (the Nobel prize-winning game theorist and subject of the book and film "A Beautiful Mind"). It involves a grid on which counters are placed sequentially on intersections by opposing players, both of whom are trying to connect two sides of the board. It is very easy to teach and quick to play, but commercial boards don't exist and it mostly gets played on a mat with Go pieces. This instructable provides plans for a Hex set to be lasercut from 1/8" plywood and played with marbles. Don't have a lasercutter? I've also designed a version for 3D printing. It should be printed out of three different colors of resin. Don't have either but would like to try the game? I've also supplied a pdf version that can be printed out and played with pen and paper.

Step 1: Cut It Out

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The design includes storage for the marbles and a lasercut lid. I designed it using Fusion360 for the grid, arrows and supports and MakerCase for the box.

Laser cut the file Hex.cdr (or .ai or .pdf, all options are attached) using a through cut for the black lines and a scoring line for the red lines (the rhombus grid and the grid on the box lid). Or forego red altogether if you're not fussed by the decorations. The settings (speed, laser power) you use will depend on your laser cutter. I set up the scoring line to be 5 times faster than the cutting line. The bed of the Speedy360 I used to cut this out on is 800 x 500 mm, so you may have to do some rearranging to get the pieces to fit on the laser cutter you're using.

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sashababo12 days ago
Could you make coin sorter from wood like this one ? And post templates ?
I need templates ,to make it :)
makendo (author)  sashababo12 days ago
You should ask the author of the video
AnandM5412 days ago
Oh, a great way of explaining the game!! brilliant.....
TN_Explorer14 days ago
Could you please post the dimensions of the bottom for reference? I don't see
anything that shows the actual dimensions, and I would like to make sure
I have it correctly sized before I begin cutting. Thank you for a
great tutorial.
makendo (author)  TN_Explorer14 days ago
Sure - to the nearest mm it is 27 mm high, 296 mm long, and 173 mm deep (roughly 1" x 12" x 7"). All the dimensions are in the cut file, and it is not scalable unless you also change the material thickness (or the finger joints won't work). The dimensions aren't whole numbers because I designed it starting with the marble size and then just extrapolated from there.
Thank you!
jeanniel114 days ago
Great game! I just rescued my Chinese Checkers board (round with six possible opponents), and now just have to find some marbles. But, this game sounds like a great compact version and it's PORTABLE! Thanks for posting!
makendo (author)  jeanniel114 days ago
Yes, you could play a 9x9 game of Hex on a chinese checkers board (see attached image, orange outline). You probably could use the 60 included marbles and take 3 colors each (e.g. red/yellow/white vs green/blue/black), but it would hurt your brain keeping track of them! And yes, very portable in the printed version.
LOL! My brain is already damaged so what the hey! LOL!