Australien company Disrupt Surfing, specialised in personalised surfboards, is developing prototypes of a 3D printed surfboard.
April 20, 2015: In cooperation with a China-based bespoke 3D printing solution company, Disrupt is currently looking for a material that is light enough, waterproof, has structural integrity and most importantly, can be used in a 3D printer. A cork-like material as well as nylon have already been tested.
“From a prototype perspective, I don’t think we are too far off – six to twelve month,” said Disrupt’s chief executive Gary Elphick. “For a commercially available thing, we are probably looking at 18 to 24 month.”
At the moment, the surfboard manufacturer offers clients already to design their own boards. After a 3D printed miniature version has been approved, the 3D file is sent to a machining company, cutting the board from a foam block.
July 24, 2015: Update – Disrupt Expands to Europe through HQ in the UK
Disrupt Surfing is expanding their successful business in Australia and Asia to Europe by opening an HQ in the UK. According to reports, the company has already sold 1,500 bespoke surfboards to customers in Australia, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong.
Through their web-based Shaper Studio 3D, clients can customise and design their own boards, which are shipped worldwide. Check out the following video to see the process: