ROBOZE team likes new challenges. How is it possible to realize a completely 3D printed skateboard? Said and done. Few weeks ago, in partnership with the Impact Surf Shop of Bari, the professional skater Fabiano Lauciello, tested the ROBOZE skateboard, produced with materials like Carbon PA, PEEK, Flex and PP.
“The difference with a common skateboard lies in the use of innovative materials”, says the skater Fabiano Lauciello. “ROBOZE challenged me and I gladly accepted to test the skateboard. I am definitely aware that there have been ten years studies on materials and shapes: therefore, testing a skate that has been completely produced with a 3D printer is an amazing and innovative thing that got me really curious.”
ROBOZE – manufacturer of additive manufacturing systems, offering the most precise 3D printers dedicated to the production of functional and finished parts – for the realization of the skateboard chose the potentialities of high temperature polymers and composite materials that combine lightness and resistance for Metal Replacement applications and solutions.
The board and the bases of the skateboard have been printed in Carbon PA, one of the strongest and mechanically performing material in the FFF 3D printing field, ideal for the reduction of weights through the replacement of metals or for the safety through the impact absorption.
The wheels are made of PP (polypropylene), a polymer used in a wide variety of applications and automotive components, thanks to its high resistance against impact and wear.
The washers and the nuts are in PEEK, semi-crystalline thermoplastic polymer, that is very technologically advanced as combines great mechanical properties with medium-low elastic modulus that allowed the printed parts to resist during testing the skateboard on the road.
Finally, the bearings are made of Flex, a rubber compound based on thermoplastic polyurethane, a material with high resistance to abrasion, wear and laceration.
In the video, published by ROBOZE, the skater Fabiano Lauciello tried the skateboard through a series of manoeuvres (carvate, manual, pushing and acid drop) in order to test the mechanical resistance of any single component.
“I got positively surprised by the strength of ROBOZE skateboard”, says Fabiano Lauciello. “Despite of complex manoeuvres, the skate resisted with no problems, a proof of the real combination between the additive manufacturing techniques and the production of consumer skateboards”.
With the headquarter in Italy and a branch in US, the innovative 3D printing company ROBOZE designs and manufactures state-of-the-art FFF 3D solutions for additive manufacturing applications. The innovative Beltless System – that introduced the mechatronic movement of X and Y axes with a system of hardened steel rack and pinions – allows the company to produce functional prototypes and final applications with a range of high temperature super polymers and composite materials. Aiming at replacing metals, many industry leaders use ROBOZE 3D printing technology daily, reducing their production time and costs in the most extreme environments.