Stephanie Benoit July 22, 2016

Danish software engineer Sune Pedersen was left with mobility problems after an accident at a dancing event a few years ago. The experience made him wonder if there was a way to get around the city that was not only suitable for people with mobility problems, but that was also fun and innovative. Already a technology buff, he hit upon the idea of creating an electric longboard, and with some help from our consumer 3D printing service, i.materialise, was able to create a range of futuristic 3D printed longboards.

Founder of Faraday Motion, Sune Pedersen, on the Spine
Founder of Faraday Motion, Sune Pedersen, on the Spine

Since 2014, Sune’s idea to create electric longboards has turned into a small startup: Faraday Motions. His first experiments with 3D Printing were actually with an early home printer, but it was often unreliable and sometimes broke down while it was printing. Once he purchased an Ultimaker 2, he was able to start printing usable parts that he could experiment with. However, as Sune’s longboard was propelled by an electric motor, the motor brackets which kept it in place could not be printed in the nylon plastic typically used by home printers, or the material would warp in proximity to the heat of the motor. Workshops near Sune’s home in Copenhagen were unwilling to produce such a small-scale project, and that’s when he came across the services of i.materialise. Sune prints his motor brackets in alumide with i.materialise, and has recently started experimenting with 3D printing disc brake calipers in steel and alumide.

The first longboard launched by Faraday Motions is the Spine – an entry-level longboard that can go up to 30kmh, based on an Onda Motion Core longboard. Even more intriguing is that each of Sune’s designs are accompanied by a smartphone app which acts as a controller. The tilt sensor in your smartphone can tell the longboard to brake or accelerate, and best of all; the software as well as the hardware are all open-source. Faraday Motions hopes to encourage their community to contribute and improve the technology in this way. Sune’s designs are already showing promising developments, and together with his team he has just completed the Hyperboard R2 – the most sophisticated electric longboard of its kind, which can reach a whopping 65kmh. We can’t wait to see what Faraday Motions will create next!

Interested in reading i.materialise’s interview with Sune Pedersen? You can find it here.