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.
Here are some shots of their other boards mentioned above:
[via Designboom; thanks Jon Johns!]