Utilizing 3D Printing to Develop Skateboard Risers

All of it started three years in the past when Kevin Seele, founding father of BLOCK Riser Improvements, wished to mix his two favourite hobbies- skateboarding and constructing. Whereas the designs for a skateboard’s wheels, truck, and physique had already expanded and adjusted through the years, risers had not. In reality, that they had stayed precisely the identical. Seele realized there was potential for a riser mechanism that had a number of functionalities, which led to the concept of BLOCK risers.

For individuals who do not know what a riser is, it’s a small pad or cushion that’s added between the truck and deck of the board. If a riser is excessive sufficient, it may well stop wheelbite, which is when the wheel touches the deck whereas turning. Sure risers are additionally used to find out how sharp you’ll be able to flip. They’ll additionally enhance your board’s suspension when you search a smoother journey. 

“After the preliminary concept was mentioned, Solidoodle had simply launched the Solidoodle 2 for roughly $600.  A 3D printer appeared like one thing nice to have, and the skateboard riser was a really appropriate product to work with on account of its small dimension and commonplace use of ABS materials,” mentioned Seele. 

Early growth for the BLOCK Risers began out as a Board LOCK, therefore the identify BLOCK. Different concepts have been the StashBLOCK, an space to retailer small gadgets, and GoBLOCK, a spot for a GoPro. The concepts and testing started flowing, and the corporate began to evolve with speedy velocity.   







“Utilizing 3D printing was less expensive and quicker because of the potential to prototype and check inside hours as an alternative of months,” Seele mentioned. 

Nearly able to get off the print mattress and begin skating!


BLOCK has a number of merchandise, all 3D printed. Their present product checklist is as follows:

  • BettyBOX (patent pending)- The BettyBOX takes the place of a regular riser and provides an open cavity with locking tabs to permit for inserts.
  • StashBLOCK – Drawer insert
  • GoBLOCK – An motion digital camera mount insert mostly used for a GoPro digital camera.
  • TopBLOCK – The TopBLOCK serves a number of capabilities.  It could act as a StashBLOCK cowl on a transparent skateboard comparable to a Jelly. It could pair with the BettyBOX on a drop-thru truck mounted skateboard to permit to be used of the GoBLOCK or StashBLOCK or it may be used as a 1/8” shock pad.

All of Seele’s BLOCK risers have been examined and printed in MatterHacker’s ABS filament. BLOCK Riser Improvements is at the moment teaming up with Jelly Skateboards to develop all of the potential makes use of of contemporary risers. Take a look at the cool stuff they’ve each been engaged on at their IndieGoGo marketing campaign.

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