MakerBot Stories | ZBoard

Here’s a rad example of ingenuity helped by a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer! Geoff Larson and Ben Forman created the ZBoard, an electric skateboard by Intuitive Motion Inc., that uses weight sensors to control acceleration and braking. Geoff and Ben developed the concept for the ZBoard in 2009 while attending USC as undergraduates in mechanical engineering.

The duo needed to prototype the weight-sensing footpads that make their invention unique. They purchased several MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers to get the job done.

ZBoard estimates that 3D printing their prototyped parts on their MakerBot Replicator 2 saved six months of development time and between $15,000-$20,000 for the cost of molds. This savings allowed them to finalize their design, ship boards to all of their Kickstarter backers, and start selling ZBoards to the public.