DIY Skateboard Flashlight

Intro

So in this project I aimed to solve a problem with skateboards and that is it is difficult to use them at night. In this tutorial you will not only walk away with a skateboard that can light up in the dark cars will be able to see you much better from a distance at night if you follow my instructions correctly. Lets begin!

Supplies:

You will need the following.

  1. A wrench.
  2. A drill with a screw driver attachment.
  3. Two 3D printed mounts.
  4. Thin flashlight.
  5. Two zip ties.
  6. Zip Tie gun. (Optional)
  7. Longer bolts for your skateboard if needed.

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Step 1: 3D Print the Parts

In order to print the part to the exact specifications you need it to be you need to give it 100% infill and although pla would work it needs to be printed from PETG or ABS if you can use it. I used PLA it worked fine but not sure how long it will last. Lastly you need to print two of these mounts.

Step 2: Attaching the Mounts.

  1. I put a zip tie in each of the mounts before I put the mounts on the skateboard. You should probably do the same.
  2. Next I used a wrench and put it around the nut on the bottom of the skateboard. Use the drill while the wrench is on the nut and unscrew that nut.
  3. If you have longer bolts for the skateboard use them now. Replace them with the bolt you took the nut off.
  4. Repeat steps 1 - 3 on a nut on the same side as the nut you just took off.
  5. Zip tie the flashlight to the side of the mounts. Use a zip tie gun if you have one.
  6. Put the nuts back on.
  7. It should look like the images above.

Step 3: Test!

Now stand on your skateboard. If you notice the wheels are touching the flashlight in any way if you lean back and forth then you either need a thinner flashlight, taller skateboard, or smaller wheels. If you are having success try slowly riding your board. See if you have any problems.

Step 4: Conclusion!

Thanks for reading the whole thing through! Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks!

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