Mar.21, 2013

Snowboarding has been around since the 1920s. Traditionally snowboards have been made of wood, resin, laminates, and P-Tex. But now, the Signal Snowboard's factory crew, partnered with Growit, have built a snowboard on a 3D printer.

Limited by the printer size, the team designed the snowboard in the computer and split it in puzzle pieces. All pieces were printed out on a Laser Sintering printer. These small pieces were then assembled together and coated in resin. Afer nine hours the board was almost ready. The last step was to add several metal rods to reinforce the board.

Now this world's first 3D printed snowboard is ready for riding in the steep and deep of Colorado for its first test. Watch the video below. Signal Teamrider Matt Guess and Founder Dave Lee put the board through the paces, and it passes with flying powder. "It feels good,"says Lee. The only issue they had was the speed - it is not yet the fastest thing to ride. But no problem, they "had a lot fun", says Lee.

 

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