World’s First 3D-Printed Snowboard Hits The Slopes

Since Mother Nature just dumped a fresh coating of snow on the Denver area, I thought a winter-themed post was appropriate. The highways are a mess, making any attempt to reach the ski resorts a death-defying affair, so I’ll just live vicariously through this new offering from Signal Snowboards.

The California-based board manufacturer recently decided to give its presses a rest and turned to a 3D printer instead. The result is a uniquely-shaped snowboard that’s made from carbon powder and at home in mountain powder.

3D printed snowboard

Image via Signal Snowboards

Most snowboards are made from wood, resin, laminates, and P-Tex, but not the newest Signal board. Using new 3D printer technology, Signal Founder Dave Lee and Engineer Jeb Ferria input a basic CAD drawing along with a carbon-based powder into a state of the art Plastic Laser Sintering Machine.

“Due to size restrictions in the machinery, a series of puzzle pieces are manufacturered using a carbon-based additive process, then bound together with resin and vacuum former overnight,” reports DesignBoom.

Teamrider Matt Guess and Lee put the board through the paces, and couldn’t have been happier with the results. Burton and the other high priced board-makers better watch out–3D printing may soon make their industry obsolete!

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