Laser Cut Eclipse Resource Trays

Eclipse Trays in Action

You probably have seen many online stores selling laser cut trays for the popular Eclipse board game.  It is a fairly simple project if you have access to a laser cutter. You can use affordable 1/16″ or 1/8″ transparent acrylic available at your local home improvement store (in the Window section) or conveniently pre-cut for laser cutters at www.amazon.com.  The trays are convenient because they help you keep the resource cubes aligned even if you bump the table.  Read more about what I did to improve on the idea of a Laser Cut Eclipse Resource Trays and for free files you can use to cut  your own custom made eclipse resource trays.

I did a spin on the project, so that I could ease the setup of the game, especially for new players (I would rather have them listens to the game rule explanation than spend their time aligning cubes). If you put a clear. Lid under the traditional tray, you end up with something you can lift and carry.  If you prepare two of the same trays, you can use the other one as a lid.  Tie them up with a couple of rubber bands, and the resource cubes are pre-aligned, ready for the next game.

You can cut either version with the same file (just decide which laser cut colors you want to do). If you decide to use the multi part version that allows for the tray and lid, you may want to get some Acrylic Glue.

Laser Cut Eclipse Resource Trays
Laser Cut Eclipse Resource Trays
Laser Cut Eclipse Trays with Lids - Makes Transport and Game Set-Up Easy
Laser Cut Eclipse Trays with Lids – Makes Transport and Game Set-Up Easy

 If you do not have access to a laser cutter, send me a message.  I should be able to cut and ship you a few of the single (non backed ones) like the ones pictured below for a nominal fee.  The backed and glued ones are a bit more involved and beyond my available time.  If you want one, you can get it on my Etsy shop or any of the other similar ones.

Simple Eclipse Trays

Photos of the simplified (non-backed) trays:

Laser Cut Acrylic Eclipse Trays
Laser Cut Acrylic Eclipse Trays
Eclipse Tray - Simple - Yellow Laser Cut Acrylic
Eclipse Tray – Simple – Yellow
Laser Cut Acrylic

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