Casino chips or tokens are an iconic representation of the gambling industry. Tokens are synonymous with famous games such as poker, roulette, and blackjack. Whenever casinos are portrayed in popular media, almost always chips or tokens are a common figure. These chips add to the appeal of land-based casinos and are used as the primary currency in casinos.
Evolution of casino chips
The history of gambling dates back to early civilizations. There was evidence found that ancient Chinese people and Greeks enjoyed games of chance with the use of simple implements such as dice. These simple gambling implements are related to the history of casino tokens which perhaps led to the development of the modern chips or tokens. Before the 19th century, gamblers used different kinds of objects in lieu of a standardized token. Back then, any small object with value such as silver, gold, paper money or coins were used to place bets. This made for a disorganized system. To create a method that would provide a standard gambling currency, gambling houses started making their own customized substitute for money. This eventually led to the invention of the modern casino chip widely used today.
It was in the late 1800s when gambling companies began to manufacture chips made from clay with a uniform design and size. Unfortunately, clay is fragile and easily cracks when handled roughly. It was years later when manufacturers started adding additional materials to come up with a sturdier clay composite chip. In the 1980s, poker chips made from ceramic became popular. Ceramic is more durable and sturdier than clay composite. This makes modern tokens and chips less likely to break or get easily damaged.
Much has changed since the very first clay token was developed. These days, casino chips come with a myriad of designs. Big casinos even have customized chips to distinguish them from other more generic tokens. Because chips are highly sought after for their monetary value, additional security measures have also been put in place. There are chips that feature UV markings and radio frequency identification for enhanced security.
There is no predicting what’s next when it comes to the evolution of poker chips. Only one thing is for sure, land-based casinos will continue to be popular. Games such as poker and baccarat will also keep attracting hordes of enthusiasts. The demand for poker chips will not ease as long as people flock to casinos to play games of chance.
3D printing customized chips
With gambling as a favorite pastime and mode of entertainment for many people, hosting a poker game at home is a great alternative to a land-based casino or online betting. When you play in the comfort of your home, the ambiance is more casual and relaxed. There is no need to dress up or spend a large amount of money. It can be a fun match between friends that can be amped up with the help of a pot of money. Most people who host poker tournaments avail of customized poker chips online. There are a lot of options available. You can even have your photo printed on the face of the poker chip to make it a little bit cheeky when used by your friends.
The possibility of using 3D printers to produce poker chips is a great way to save on the cost of buying tokens online. If you have a 3D printer, you can make your own chips at home using your desired style. You have to remember however that 3D printed poker chips are only considered as a novelty item and do not have actual monetary value.
At this time, 3D printed poker chips are only meant for personal use. Perhaps, in the long run, it will also become a preferred technology for mass producing chips used in actual casinos. Since the production of poker chips is highly regulated, it could take some time before this innovation becomes adopted.
Other applications of 3D printing in everyday life
The use of 3D printers has increased in popularity over the last few years. Most people have probably seen photos and videos of 3D printed items that are used in day-to-day life. In some extreme cases, 3D printing has been used to make large items such as houses and vehicles. In fact, anyone can explore the usefulness of 3D printing in making useful items that can be used every day. Here are additional practical uses of 3D printing technology:
- 3D printing is an especially useful technology when used for other applications. For everyday life, for example, it can be used to create tools that make life easier. Simple devices such as clothes hangers, bag handles, and pen holders can be created using a 3D printer.
- You can also use 3D printing to create decorative items for the home. Some examples include flower vases and pictures frames. The freedom to customize your own decoration means your creation fits your own personal style and aesthetic.
- Another especially useful application of 3D printing is in prosthetic production. In fact, tests have been made to create printed prosthetic replacements with small dimensions. If this can move forward to bigger applications, it will revolutionize prosthetic production for major injuries.
- Many people who availed of 3D printers initially considered it for small projects such as arts and crafts. It can be used to create gift items which can become a source of income for some. Some people even use it to create highly elaborate costumes.
3D printing technology has a lot of potential for medical advancements as well as mass production of commodities. It’s another innovation that has great potential to make a difference in the quality of life of most people. At this time, 3D printers are not yet a mainstream technology and only available to people who can afford them. It’s also still in the early stages of development and at this time, strides are already being made to look for more practical applications for this technology and to make it more accessible to the general population.
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