Laser Cut Skateboard
Traditionally, when making skateboards sheets of veneer are glued together, the wood is bent into shape and then cut out with a saw.
I was curious if you could flip these steps, apply a Digital Fabrication processes and create a fully laser cut skateboard.
My first attempt resulted in a broken skateboard but after switching the grain I was able to successfully create a laser cut skateboard. Here's what I used :
Designing your Board
First, I mocked up the profile of my design in Illustrator. I did this by :
About my Design
I found a whale skeleton online that I wanted to use for the board's artwork. This inspired me to create a very organic outline for the boards form to follow. You can see in the picture above the different iterations that led to the final form.
After finalizing my board's shape, I could easily place different images, text and artwork onto the design, which would be raster etched onto the top or bottom layer of the board.
Tip : I laser cut a number of forms out of cardboard to see if I liked the dimensions and shape of the board. One of the benefits of using a digital fabrication process is rapid prototyping. I made a number of adjustments to the board's design after I was able to hold the different shapes. One such adjustment was to move the handholds further back on the board so that it stayed level when you held it.
I have attached the progression Illustrator file to this step if you wanted to use some of the files.