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My first skateboard was a yellow fiberglass deck from skating pioneer Tunnel. Then I moved on to wood, but in between I rode the occasional plastic board. They weren’t made for ramps or street skating given their extra flex, but they were great cruising boards for rolling down the sidewalk or making a run to 7-11.

So I enjoyed seeing 3Ders’ post on Sam Abbot’s design for a 3D printed skateboard. It was printed with what looks likes SLS. Sam won a design competition hosted by CGTrader and 3D Print UK last month the design. His prize was a 3D printer and a print of his skateboard design. 3D Print UK calls it the world’s first 3D printed skateboard.

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Given its size, the board had to be printed in three pieces and put together with dowels. I’m guessing the board has a lot of flex like my boards of old so it probably would’t work for airdrops and stair jumps, but it sure looks cool. I love the weird, bubble eye faces on the bottom of the deck, but they would make rail slides and any tricks using the bottom of the board a little bumpy. Best to use this board for Slurpee runs. I’d love one of these to get around Maker Faire New York before the gates open.

Stett Holbrook

Stett Holbrook

Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.


  • http://punditfromanotherplanet.com The Butcher

    Reblogged this on pundit from another planet.

  • http://www.variousconsequences.com jstults

    Wow, that is a really large print. Hurts to imagine how much it would cost to order from shapeways : – )

  • http://gravatar.com/krekr krekr

    I think this skateboard is from 2011, but it was quite small… http://www.3dprinting.co.uk/htm/rp13/objet_materialsABSlike.htm

  • http://stettdholbrook1234.wordpress.com Stett Holbrook

    Yes, looks tiny. Maybe 3D Print UK should have said “first full-size skateboard.”

  • https://plus.google.com/105253579448716964857 shaun lamont

    thats half arsed…why print the board, and then have to drill out for mounting trucks…..completely misses the point of 3d printing

  • http://gravatar.com/driftingthrulife Sunset Skateboards

    How strong is that thing? Can you do tricks or will it break?

  • http://www.sharpen3d.com/ 3D Printing

    Nice share about this 3D printed skateboard. I wonder how much it cost now. The skateboard looks cool.

  • http://www.3dprintersonlinestore.com/ Mojo

    This is what we called 3d printer application.

  • http://www.3dquickprinting.com/ 3D Quick Printing

    This is pretty good good. We think we can do better though at 3d printer