I go to a pretty geeky engineering college (Harvey Mudd) where most people use some type of wheeled transportation, ranging from longboards and unicycles, to scooters and free lines
. The geeky part is many people build their own versions, customize them with engravings and stencils, and occasionally add LEDs, accelerometers, and other cool electronics.
When I visited the campus in my senior year in high school, I saw a guy who made his own longboard out of aluminum and clear acrylic, with custom machined trucks and all. For the next week I was obsessed with making my own once I came to Mudd, but then I realized I'd have to learn how to longboard, which proved to be more of a problem then I originally guessed. So, I abandoned that idea and decided to apply the same basic design motif to a scooter, cause even I can ride a scooter (I think, at least). Also, as far as I know, no one has made their own scooter here at Mudd, so it's a little more original too.
To provide a timeline: I spend the first month of school designing the scooter, and soon after ordered all the metal and some of the fasteners and other odds and ends. I began working as soon as I got access to the school's machine shop, which was around the end of September 2012. For several months I worked all day every Sunday, and completed everything up to Step 5 (the front wheel bracket). I took a break to make Christmas presents for my family like cooking spoons
and decade boxes
, and resumed work after Christmas break in late January 2013. I then built most of the rest of the scooter before March, and took several parts home to weld over Spring break. I laser cut the deck and finished the rest of the details near the end of the school year in April and May 2013.