Need a skateboard? This designer prints 'em
Designer Sam Abbott unleashes a wild-looking, 3D-printed skateboard that may not have the toughest deck in the world but sure looks pretty.
Life isn't quite at the point where it's completely practical to get whatever you want from a 3D printer. But if it were, I sure would be keen to give designer Sam Abbott's artsy skateboard a brief spin.
From afar, the 3D-printed, twin-lipped skateboard may appear to sport an unusual texture, but it's actually a crazy collage of wacky creatures adorning the backside. A white version of the board, printed up by 3D Print UK, celebrates Abbott's recent win in a competition hosted by the company and 3D model archive CG Trader. The impressive deck measures 30.5 inches wide, 6.8 inches deep, and about 2 inches high.
3D Print UK founder Nick Allen mentions on YouTube that the ride, which the company refers to as the world's first 3D-printed, twin-tip skateboard, is more an art piece than an actual method of transportation, but it does ride.
Allen notes that the skateboard deck was simply too long for one continuous print, so his team created three sections and joined the pieces together with connector pins and a butt joint.
"It's not anywhere near the strength and pop of a good old 9 ply Canadian maple deck," Allen said. "I wouldn't drop down many sets of stairs on it just yet!"
Abbott sells a presumably invincible stainless-steel version of the 3D-printed skateboard, available in several colors, on Shapeways for a little over $18,700. With that price, a particular Bart Simpson quote comes to mind: "Ay, caramba!"