After several days of conversation with Zach Viele, the owner of The Pucks, a company that produces pucks for longboard slide gloves, we reached the conclusion that we could have a mutually beneficial business relationship. He needed gloves to put his pucks on, and my LDPE slide pucks still wear down faster than I’d like, and they’re a burdon for me to produce.
My good friend in Chicago recently asked me to help him get motivated with a MIT logo for his desk, and I was happy to oblige.
Initial CAD/CAM work:
It’s so pretty!
Preemptively, I got excited by the idea of UnhappySk8 sponsoring the slide-jam event after the first one, last year, was such a success.
Here it is all lit up:
I snuck a transparency of the UnhappySk8 logo in the resin as it dried.
How does one go about asking a crush to a Junior Prom? I wanted to do something that was memorable, impressive, and certainly one-of-a-kind.
With a basic criteria in mind, I knew I would need my Pink 1/8th acrylic sheeting, some 10-32 bolts, a nice chunk of high density polyethylene from a cutting board, a momentary contact switch, battery holder, and most importantly; around 40 green LEDs.
What exactly does one concoct with this pile of materials? Well, let me show you!
From the start, I drilled holes for LEDs to spell out ‘Prom?’ in a piece of polycarbonate
Next, I had to come up with a way to make my message a surprise for her, so I put a piece of printer paper in front of it, sandwiching that between polycarbonate and tinted acrylic.
But the idea of that actually working was just speculative, I had no actual idea of whether or not the lighting would still shine through, so I naturally yanked the 3v battery from my phone and tested my invitation out.
I hope you liked this! Maybe this will give some of you good inspiration.
In order to apply 2 coats of Plastic Dip to the fingers of my gloves to retain speed, repeatability, and cleanness, I devised a pretty efficient jig to hold all four fingers in place.
This makes the work go so much easier, and faster to boot!
See all of the process on Youtube here-
Making of the Slide Gloves
- Goatskin Leather gloves
- Plastic Dip Finger tips
- Custom LDPE pucks with slide pucks
- Cut to fit velcro
And of course, a pile of pucks being made!
The past week I’ve been playing with different material for the slide pucks.
So far I’ve tested-
- Slid like butter, but too slippery to bother with
- Corian (Acrylic)
- These chip
- They’re loud
- They’ll work for now.
- Low Density Polyethylene
- Cast Epoxy Resin
I’ve even go as far as to try Epoxy resin pucks with 3v Green LEDs embedded in them.
These are demanding to make, slide poorly, and seem to be prone to shattering. On the other hand though (HA!), these pucks make skating at night much safer, cars can see me signal from afar.
So I really wanted to make an aluminum honey combed board after being inspired by a brand called Cindrich. I set out to CAD it after quickly realizing I could one-up this company and I didn’t even have the money to just buy the one I linked to so instead I modeled it in Inventor:
I have now hit a roadblock, seeing as the billet of 6061 aluminum needed to make this board would run me $200. On top of that, I need to find a machineshop that would be willing to help me machine this without charging an exorbitant amount of money. Besides the inherent costs, I’d be left with a fairly boring longboard, without an industrial sized press I’d have a board with neither rocker nor concave; and that’s no fun.