Feb 6, 2018 | By Benedict

Capita, a snowboard maker with distributors all around the world, is using FDM 3D printers to make stronger snowboard sidewalls. FUS3D, its new manufacturing tech, uses a strong recyclable thermoplastic which connects to the wooden core of the board.

Given how many failed, warped, or otherwise faulty FDM prints you’ve probably seen in your life, you might shudder at the thought of snowboarding on an FDM 3D printed snowboard. But according to Capita, a popular snowboard brand with a presence across the world, a new FDM 3D printing process is making their boards stronger than ever.

Their patented 3D printing technology is called “FUS3D,” and allows Capita to fabricate custom snowboard sidewalls that are stronger and require less material than previous designs. These sidewalls—the areas along the edge of a board—connect securely to the board’s wooden core, and can be made and attached much faster than with old methods.

Capita says this 3D printing process doesn’t compromise the durability of the wooden cores, and actually makes the cores more flexible, resulting in better performance for the rider. These 3D printed sections also contribute to a longer lifespan for the board.

Think 3D printing and snowboarding are a good match? See how 3D printing has also been used to produce snowboard binding and a fan-assisted 3D printed snowboard that can travel up to 15 mph on flat terrain.

Those in hot places might be better off checking out XRobots’ 3D printed electric skateboard made from LEGO bricks or Brandon Larson’s 3D printed surfboard, which was used last year by professional Australian surfer Mick Fanning.

 

 

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