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Pocket-Sized 3D Printed Chess Set is Both Incredible and Impractical

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Designer Kiriakos Christodoulou has created the 3D printed Credit Card Chess Set, now available on Shapeways for $11 to $13. This pocket-sized game is quite impractical, but hey, it’s also a pretty cool concept too. 

Widely recognized as the most historically significant board games in the world, chess has pitted people in intensive mental battles for over a thousand years. The rise of 3D printing has made it possible for makers to create their own customized chess boards and pieces, a number of which you 3D print yourself.

Now, you can challenge your friends to a pocket-sized game with the Credit Card Chess Set. Designed by Kiriakos Christodoulou, also known as Innovo, this miniaturized 3D printed chess set is meant to fit right into your wallet. The individual chess pieces and chessboard come grouped together in a single frame.

Take one look at this 3D printed chess set and you’ll realize it’s completely impractical, but it’s also an incredibly neat concept nonetheless. The Credit Card Chess Set is available on Shapeways, priced around $11 to $13 depending on the color of plastic you want.

How to Checkmate Your Friends with the 3D Printed Credit Card Chess Set

To play the game, the user has to snap off the 32 pieces and remove the frame. Then, insert the 3D printed pieces into the board, which is made up of pegs instead of the traditional checkered layout. Since both sides have the same colored pieces, half of the chess pieces are equipped with tiny holes in the center.

Unfortunately, once you snap the pieces off, there’s no getting he set back into the credit card-sized form (hence, why this chess set is a bit impractical). However, if you have some super glue or a safe place to stash the tiny pieces, you’ll be able to play a teensy game of chess whenever you please.

The Credit Card Chess Set is available in a wide range of colors, including white, blue, purple, red, pink, yellow, green, orange, and black. You can learn more about this 3D printed miniature board game by visiting Innovo’s Shapeways store.


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