3D Printing

Utilizing 3D Printing to Develop Skateboard Risers


All of it started three years in the past when Kevin Seele, founding father of BLOCK Riser Improvements, needed to mix his two favourite hobbies- skateboarding and constructing. Whereas the designs for a skateboard’s wheels, truck, and physique had already expanded and altered over time, risers had not. In reality, they’d stayed precisely the identical. Seele realized there was potential for a riser mechanism that had a number of functionalities, which led to the concept of BLOCK risers.

For many who do not know what a riser is, it’s a small pad or cushion that’s added between the truck and deck of the board. If a riser is excessive sufficient, it will possibly stop wheelbite, which is when the wheel touches the deck whereas turning. Sure risers are additionally used to find out how sharp you’ll be able to flip. They’ll additionally enhance your board’s suspension if you happen to search a smoother journey. 


“After the preliminary concept was mentioned, Solidoodle had simply launched the Solidoodle 2 for roughly $600.  A 3D printer appeared like one thing nice to have, and the skateboard riser was a really suitable product to work with resulting from its small measurement and normal use of ABS materials,” mentioned Seele. 

Early improvement for the BLOCK Risers began out as a Board LOCK, therefore the identify BLOCK. Different concepts had been the StashBLOCK, an space to retailer small objects, and GoBLOCK, a spot for a GoPro. The concepts and testing started flowing, and the corporate began to evolve with fast velocity.   

 

StashBLOCK

 

GoBLOCK

 

GoBLOCK 


“Utilizing 3D printing was less expensive and quicker as a result of capacity to prototype and take a look at inside hours as a substitute of months,” Seele mentioned. 

Nearly able to get off the print mattress and begin skating!

 


BLOCK has a number of merchandise, all 3D printed. Their present product listing is as follows:

  • BettyBOX (patent pending)- The BettyBOX takes the place of an ordinary riser and provides an open cavity with locking tabs to permit for inserts.
  • StashBLOCK – Drawer insert
  • GoBLOCK – An motion digicam mount insert mostly used for a GoPro digicam.
  • TopBLOCK – The TopBLOCK serves a number of capabilities.  It could actually act as a StashBLOCK cowl on a transparent skateboard akin to a Jelly. It could actually pair with the BettyBOX on a drop-thru truck mounted skateboard to permit to be used of the GoBLOCK or StashBLOCK or it may be used as a 1/8” shock pad.

All of Seele’s BLOCK risers have been examined and printed in MatterHacker’s ABS filament. BLOCK Riser Improvements is presently teaming up with Jelly Skateboards to develop all of the potential makes use of of recent risers. Take a look at the cool stuff they’ve each been engaged on at their IndieGoGo marketing campaign.

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