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signal 3D printed snowboard2

The mad snow scientists at California-based Signal Snowboards are at it again. They have a monthly show they put together with Network A, called Every Third Thursday, where they come up with a snowboard concept, regardless of how off the wall, execute it, and ride the board they’ve created. To date, they’ve made a Lego board, a board embedded with an iPad (called the iShred and made in honor of Steve Jobs), a board covered in solar panels that charges devices, a multi-tool board, a playable xylophone board, a glass board, and the latest, a 3D printed board.

The board was made in collaboration with GrowIt 3D and printed in puzzle pieces out of a carbon-based powder on their high-end selective laser sintering (SLS) machines. The pieces were then cleaned up, assembled, coated in resin, reinforced with three thin metal rods, and taken out for a test ride in its raw form (no sintered base). The shape is a bit strange, with its dramatic shovel nose, and it proved to ride a bit slow with not much pop, but hey, it’s the first 3D printed board ever.

signal 3d printed snowboard



Here are some shots of their other boards mentioned above:

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[via Designboom; thanks Jon Johns!]

Goli Mohammadi

Goli Mohammadi

I’m a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. I was an editor on the first 40 volumes of MAKE, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. In particular, covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

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  • tinman

    First off I want to see one person land a jump with this board. Second when did the “First 3D printed …” become newsworthy. What if someone did the same thing but made a car, just 3D printed chunks glued together with “thin metal rods.” I would complain that there is no engine or electrical system, the thing would basically be a publicity stunt.

    If these guys made some sort of duel head 3D printer that put stranded core of build material that had glass in it, then it would be interesting.

    • stampede

      There are those that make, and those that complain

      • tinman

        There are those that make and complain.

    • Tim

      What stampede said. And complaints that are properly punctuated and spelled-checked are received at least somewhat better than those that are not.

      • tinman

        Right in the grammar skills I’m so hurt

    • jd90

      It seems you’re complaining a bit too strongly when it looks like 90 to 95% of this product is 3D printed. The comparison to a car without an engine is a reach of a metaphor. Your idea of what’s newsworthy is ridiculously stringent that basically nothing is newsworthy, because SLS of carbon and metal at the same time would be a very significant feat.

    • Bobby Parker

      I think it’s a pretty big deal and pretty friggin cool, even it’s build out of chunks glued together.. the shape is a bit odd though.