by General Fabb
Startup company MADE BOARDS has devised a process to create surf, paddle and sailboards using 3D printing. They don't simply design a board and print it out - they customize the design for each individual.
The process involves capturing data about "your body, your style, and the conditions in which you ride", and then using their secret algorithms to transform these data into a 3D model of a board just for you. This 3D model is printed on a Stratasys 3D printer, likely a FORTUS production machine.
MADE BOARDS founder Shanon Marks says:
We've created the world's first 3D printed / additively manufactured sailboard - what truly distinguishes our approach is the tie to a performance tracking application that tracks riders and turns their behaviors into 3D models that become hyper-customized windsurf, stand up paddle and surfboards. It's a healthier way to manufacture, bypassing toxic subtractive proceses where damaging construction materials wind up on the shaping floor.
What's the catch? Only one: the service isn't available yet. MADE BOARDS plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign in May.
Via MADE BOARDS