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Technology gets gnarly: world’s first 3D printed skateboard hits the streets

Art piece shows potential for expanding technology into sports and beyond

The photos below might look like a skateboard concept piece, but what you’re actually looking at is the world’s first 3D-printed, twin-tip skateboard:

The board was designed by Dutch artist Sam Abbott and created by 3DPRINTUK. People have so taken to it that Abbot actually won the best 3D printable model portfolio category in a design competition hosted by 3DPRINTUK and CG Trader last month. He received a 3D printer and 3D print of his design as his reward.

In terms of actual production, the skateboard had to be created in three parts because it was longer than the build tray. The parts were then assembled together using connector pins.

While the board is fully functional, it is considered more of an art piece than it is commercial product. As such, we’re not likely to see the board on store shelves any time soon.

What’s cool about it, though, is the fact that this is yet another example of the tremendous potential that 3D printing has to offer. While the Abbot board might not hit the pavement in the near future, I have no doubt that in the next few years we’ll be seeing other, similar boards out there that were produced using this technology.

And that’s flipping awesome!

Below is a video showing 3DPRINTUK’s Nick Allen producing the 3D printed skateboard:

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