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What will it say upon a first impression?
It will be obvious that it is a longboard upon first impression.
What will it do?
It will roll with humans on top. It should be strong, yet flexible for versatile turns and sliding.
How do these add up to aesthetic and functional specifications/goals?
The functionality requires certain types of materials, like maple wood for the deck. Maple itself holds a certain aesthetic. I have to be able to include that in my design. I hope to use the laser cutter to burn in a drawing, which I think with give the wood a smokiness, a classic and old school longboard style, but with my art, which will be a personal touch. Also, for the top I require griptape, so a person has traction and will be able to control the board with foot pressure without slipping. I plan to have a design via the grip tape. This adds to both the functionality of the board and the aesthetic.
List your inspirations (OK to cut/paste from prior blog). What are you adding that is new?
My inspiration is the love of longboarding and thanking my friend that got me into the sport in the first place. I was inspired to make something for her she could use. My artwork will be the new aspect that no board has ever seen before.
What will the hardest/trickiest/critical part be? The part where if it fails, your project fails.
The deck. If I can’t make a successful deck that is strong enough, yet flexible enough to turn and bend properly, then the board won’t be of much use.
I don’t have a prototype, but I did create the baseplate of my truck design in solidworks, though now I realize I will not be making the trucks. Too time consuming and outside my price range.
My cost estimate is about 150-200$ (7-9 layers of Canadian rock maple wood, trucks, bearings, grip tape, wheels).
Next week, order materials
Art design drawn up by spring break
Spring break, start building the deck
Test the durability
Laser cut artwork week after spring break
Attach trucks and wheel setup
Ride the board and hope it works!
Grip tape design.
Revisions as needed.