Stop The Chipping!

The Solution to Stop Broken Skateboards.

The Problem

Skating is an extreme sport in where the person uses a deck with trucks and wheels to do tricks, drop down ramps, or just cruise around. The problem is the decks. The deck is the wooden part of the board (maple wood) where you add grip tape and where the hardware goes to add the trucks. When popping the board, the tail or nose of the deck starts to lose wood making a problem called razor tail. Later on, this causes things like chipping and maybe the board might snap. This is during a period of 2-5 months.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gdnwsBWGAZS78EM2vi8pzvIvdxHtf8JztjDSMhmOK1M/edit


Solution

Polymers

To resolve this problem, we need a product that is lighter, stronger, and cheaper. Most boards are made from 7 sheets of plywood glued together. So for this I looked all through the net and found a couple of things. This a material stronger than kevlar, light as a t-shirt, and cheap as dirt.

http://www.northeastern.edu/news/2013/01/stronger-than-kevlar-light-as-a-tee-shirt-and-cheap-all-over/

This is a stronger and improved polymer. Another is Graphene paper and Bucky paper. They are both paper thin but that's it in similarities. Graphene paper is 5 to 6 times lower density, 2 times harder with 10 times higher tensile strength and has 13 times more bending rigidity than steel. Buckypaper is 10 times lighter and 500 times more stronger than steel. Plus, it’s 50,000 times thinner than a piece of human hair.

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-03/researchers-create-blow-moldable-metals-are-stronger-steel

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-04/new-graphene-material-paper-thin-and-ten-times-stronger-steel

How It Works

My theory is if me cover one of these polymers with the lightest but hardest wood possible (not maple: that’s what decks are made of) then we could have the strongest deck possible. Having this type of protection will give the deck at least >1 year of durability. If this polymer is applied correctly, then problems like chipping will decrease by >50%.

The benefit is the price. A carbon fiber board made by Ixo Carbon Inc. cost 100.00 €. That's around the $114-$125. Just my board cost about $122.00. That won’t include griptape, but that will got around $8-$15. Pretty much, your paying for a better board for the same price. The trucks cost $21.95 and the wheels cost $35. Add that plus $15-$110 in bearings and your hardware and deck cost $42.05. Decks cost from $30-$100. Of course, I don’t about shipping and handling but around the same price and way better.

http://ixocarbon.com/en/home/15-skateboard-ixo-sk-01.html#

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About Me: Ulises Gamez

I've been a skater for since Nov. 10, 2015 and have been annoyed by this problem ever since the start.

Pit Falls

The problem is the wood needed. Walnut wood and maple would be good. Maple is what the decks are made of, but the polymer will add more weight. Also, the polymers may not allow the decks to have the sick designs they normally have. Finally, finding other materials that could support the pressure of tricks and physics involved in skateboards made it hard to find information.