In my previous post I outlined the initial plan for my final project and showed some of the parts and materials I plan to use. In this post, I’ll go over how I plan to combine those elements and give a idea of what the finished product may look like.
To recap, I am attempting to apply the futuristic aesthetic that I have been exploring in this class to my personal aesthetic which is very much influenced by snowboard and skateboarding. On the left is a photo of my futuristic upcycle project and on the right is a photo of me where you can see the influence of snowboarding / skateboarding on my personal aesthetic. For the final project, I will try to combine these two.
A “Futuristic” aesthetic is quite subjective. I will move forward with the direction I have been taking it through my previous posts. I would suggest taking a look at those if you are confused what I mean by a futuristic aesthetic as I’ve defined it in my own vision.
Here is a recap of key elements I want to incorporate into the design:
White, Large Diameter Wheels
Clear Grip Tape
I’ve made a mockup in SolidWorks to get an idea of how I plan to bring everything together:
The thinking behind the aluminum support is that otherwise the clear deck will need to be too thick to maintain the structural rigidity of not bending in half when you step on it. I also had some concerns about the clear deck cracking where the trucks are bolted on. I think there is still some work to be done on the aesthetics aspect to make the board feel more seamless and intentional (this is a key part of the futuristic aesthetic). I am also very unsure of how this design will work in practice. Since I actually want to be able to ride the board, I need to ensure that the flex and stability is comparable enough to a traditional (wooden) longboard. I am planning on using polycarbonate for the deck, which is less brittle than acrylic.
I have found sources for all of my parts and plan to purchase them this week. From there, I will do some preliminary testing to see if the overall design is feasible. Then I will work on refining the design, and developing a manufacturing method for creating the clear deck, as it needs to have some 3D curvature to it.