Introduction: Skateboard Standard

Erwin Fabrie - 0876050

For this class 'FabLab Making' I decided to design a skateboard standard. Considered a lot of skateboarders got decks hanging on their wall purely for decoration. What I've never seen is a skateboard standard to place a board on a shelve or desk, also for decoration!

Step 1: MoSCoW List

The first assignment for this class was to make an MoSCoW list, so I did...


  • Holder for the skateboard deck (universal, different types/sizes of boards!)
  • Easy assembly


  • Safety construction (preventing the board falling out)
  • Background light
  • Option to mount the standard to the wall as well.


  • Build-in on/off switch for the light
  • Multi-colored led light (choose your own background color!!)


  • Build-in coffee machine :(

Step 2: Prototype

After the MoSCoW list it was time to make a prototype! I had some foam blocks laying around from a past project which I could use perfectly for the idea I had, so I started right away with that! First I measured and marked the gap where the board would slide, then I scraped out the marked area. The result was way better then my expectations!!

Step 3: Experiment

The next assignment for this class was to experiment with a machine, I chose the 3D printer at school! After some quick measuring I created a prototype in SolidWorks which was ready to print. See the pictures for the model, drawing and result!

Step 4: Circuit

For the 4th lesson we had to lookup some information about the circuit, which is one of the requirements for our design. I'm going to use two RGB led strips of 40cm, these will be attached at the back of the skateboard. See the pictures for an overview of the led circuit and the led strips I ordered. Working on a new design to attach the led strips to the skateboard holder, so keep tuned in!

Step 5: New Design, New Prototype!

So I made this new design because the old design included a lot of bolts, so I wanted to scale that down! After I made a few adjustments to the previous Solidwork 3D CAD design, it was time to print it! I used an UP 3D printer at my school at Academieplein. The print was done after 2 hours. It fits perfectly in the holes of different kind of skateboards, so the sizes are good this time! Oh, and I also addes some RGB LED strips, just because it looks cool :)

Step 6: Final Design

Last class I was sick, so I did some designing at home for the next lesson. The top mount I already printed using an UP 3d printer. The bottom mount and the standard I'm going to produce next week. The feet and the bottom mount will also be 3D printed, the legs for the feet will be cut with a laser cutter. See the pictures for the renders of the final design!

Step 7: Prototype 'Final Design'

Last week I've cut the legs of the standard with a laser cutter! Yesterday I used the UP! 3D printer at school to print the feet of the standard. The print took 1,5 hours to finish. It didn't came out as I expected, so I had to use a saw and a drill to finish what the printer couldn't. A few pins brake off but it was still useable! After that I dropped it and the part brake in tow parts. Fixed that with a glue gun. I also noticed that the feet of the standard may be too small to hold the weight of the skateboard deck, so I'm planning to cut a larger feet using a lasercutter! See the pics for the process!

Step 8: Final Prototype

Today is the last day of the class 'Fablab Making' so last week I rounded up my final design. First I started with the laser cutter and cut a larger feet which was able to hold the weight of the skateboard. After that I cut out an "Anti Slip Mat" (don't know the english translation) to create more grip on the surface. During regular school classes I also had the chance and time to re-print the skateboard holders, in which I made a few design adjustments. I used a glue gun to attach the clips to hold the LED lightning. Now It was time to assemble all the parts to see if it would work. In short order I noticed that the feet of the standards weren't strong enough... Luckily I had these feet cut out two times, so to make them stronger I glued the two feet to each other, and YES, know they were able to hold the weight of the skateboard without the appearance of torsion. Now I knew the standard worked, I decided to paint it with an spray can I had laying around. See the pictures for the process and the final prototype!