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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.

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Here are some shots of their other boards mentioned above:

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[via Designboom; thanks Jon Johns!]

Goli Mohammadi

I’m a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

I was an editor for the first 40 volumes of MAKE. The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. Covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made.

Contact me at snowgoli (at) gmail (dot) com.


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