world's first 3d printed twin tip skateboard
world's first 3d printed twin tip skateboard world's first 3d printed twin tip skateboard
aug 26, 2013

world's first 3d printed twin tip skateboard

world’s first 3d printed twin tip skateboard
images courtesy of 3DprintUK



dutch artist sam abbott is the designer of the first fully-functioning skateboard that has been built and modeled using a 3D printer. after winning a competition by 3DprintUK, co-hosted by CGtrader, abbott was chosen to have his concept for a twin tip skateboard printed by the company on a 3D printer. because the design of the object is slightly longer than the available build tray, the deck is adapted and assembled in pieces — cut into 3 separate sections and joined together with connector pins to ensure optimal accuracy and strength. the surface of the printed board is patterned, and traditional griptape and trucks are added design features, augmenting the characteristics of a traditional skateboard with a technological twist. while the board can be understood as a sculptural work, 3dprintUK, founded by nick allen, answers a burning question:

‘is it ride-able? yes… but I wouldn’t drop down many sets of stairs on it just yet!


the video below shows 3DprintUK’s nick allen handcrafting the 3D print, attaching the segmented parts together, and assembling the wheels to the board to create the fully-functioning skateboard:



3DPRINTUK make sam’ abbots amazing 3D printed skateboard
video courtesy of nick allen



the finished 3D printed deck



before assembling the wheels



a detail of the pattern on the underside of the skateboard deck



in the workshop, putting the whole skateboard together



close-up view of the fully assembled cruiser

  • i wouldnt trust this board 😀 guess it breaks at the first curb ….

    skater says:
  • Hi Guys – it was actually me who did the crafting – Sam Abbot did the CAD work – would you be able to credit it correctly?



    Nick Allen says:
  • Why? Its not really a skateboard if you cant ollie without it breaking. Im getting really tired of this “oh em gee its three d printed” attitude. If its the appropriate medium then so be it. But really a 3d printed skateboard?


    Justin Reed says:
  • Completely with you on that Justin – this was meant to be an art piece, not a working skateboard – the point has been missed on most of the blogs…. Nick

    Nick Allen says:
  • why not print the tricks and wheels? and a hook to hang it onto the wall with…

    mash says:
  • Then maybe you should have put it up on

    My complaint with designers who make “art” or “pieces designed to encourage a conversation” is that its the easy way out. A lot less thought blood sweat and tears.

    Design has the potential to change the world for the better. It would be nice to see young designers dig in and get to it.

    Justin Reed says:
  • I’m so with you there, Justin, But as Nick also points out, it’s mostly the journalists and blogs, who’s gone all 3D print dizzy. We’re still pretty far from the personal factory.

    Matt Skoglund says:
  • thank you for the clarification, nick! we’ve amended our article.

    nina azzarello I designboom says:
  • Nobody who skates calls it a twin tip. Skateboards are and have been part of pop culture for some time so those in the know have to deal with it. Yeah, that thing is probably heavy and weak but it’s a new twist on a pop culture icon.

    KC says:
  • 3d printing for the sake of 3d printing is nothing to get excited over

    sorry Nick

    if you take it to heart and think about the possibilities and push yourself to do something worthwhile you will be better for it

    Justin Reed says:
  • This is awesome! Great work Nick it came out really well!
    Im the 3D Print designer that created this file!
    I think the internet has got the wrong idea behind this 3D Print. It was a competition I won and as a prize I was awarded one of my designs to be printed by 3DPrintUK for myself. The file is currently too large for most 3D printers as so was dissected into 3 part then assembled. Greatly reducing its strength. The deck was never created for commercial purposes. It is a first print prototype in plastic of my file for me and my portfolio. Hopefully in the future printing cost will reduce and variety in materials will increase so that files like this might stand a chance for commercial use. But for the moment this file for me and any one who’s interested in the possibilities of 3D printing. I am very happy and excited it has received so much attention just thought I would inform everyone what this 3D Printable file was intended for!

    Cheers Sam Abbott

    Sam Abbott says:
  • This is a wonderful example of function following form, except it does not function. It has the form of a skateboard but is too weak to function as one, therefore is not a skateboard. Sam did not actually make the object but takes credit for creating it as a computer file that won a contest. Nick takes credit for making it presumably because he ran the machine using Sam’s code. So, is it a program, a prize, a machine product, a prototype, or something for a portfolio? No one knows, so, let’s call it ART.

    Skip says:
  • Agreed. Let’s call it ART. And add an “F” in front of it to describe it more accurately

    Gregan says:
  • Fantastic ! This is a great design study for the next step. Some of the commenters don’t understand art, design and product development and how the 3D printer allows for more full-scale form studies …Wow nice work!

    RJ says:
  • Fully functioning? I dont think so… The design is cool and would probably make any surface or object so, if applied to it, but it is not a skateboard unless you can use it as it has been pointed out already. 3D printing is great, but in this instance they might have as printed out a plastic Big Mac and fries.

    Chris says:
  • In my humble opinion, 3d printing is great when it challenge by itself the way things are produced now, and sorry to say it but… There is no challenge here, this can also be donde in another material,, cheaper, faster and maybe even more functional, therefore I think at if the skateboard would be done in one piece omitting or including al the mechanical pieces, the project would stand by itself with a stronger argument on the benefits the 3d printing can bring to the way thing can be made in the future.

    Miguel says:

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