Turning printed parts into metal parts (part 1)

Here’s something I’ve wanted to do for awhile, and my customer was kind enough to give me permission to do so.  This will be a two-part post.

I had a commissioned project to produce some skateboard parts. This has surprisingly pushed the limits of what I’ve been able to do, as skateboards are very demanding pieces of equipment. We start with the customer’s parts for the trucks (the part that holds the wheel assembly to the frame):



From here, a high-infill part printed out:



And promptly broken:



Clearly, we must go stronger