Faraday Motion 3D printed electric skateboard

Sune Perseden on the 3D printed electric skateboard

 Editorial Staff

 30 July 2015

Build your own app-controlled 3D printed electric skateboard during the Faraday Motion’s live-streamed workshop

Faraday Motion is an international team of engineers, makers, and designers, who share the ambitious mission to make personal electric vehicles easily accessible to urban citizens through an open modular platform.

Sune Perseden on the 3D printed electric skateboard

Sune Pedersen on his 3D printed electric skateboard. Source: faradaymotion.com

Faraday Motion’s  research currently focuses on realizing an app-controlled 3D printed electric skateboard powered by two motors with 5 Kw power.

Hacking a standard longboard to obtain their electric one doesn’t require any injection molded parts. Indeed, added components are designed in 123D Design and 3D printed with an Ultimaker 2, save metal motor mounts and brackets for the disc brakes.

For the electronics parts, Faraday Motion draws upon open-source hardware, such as Arduino and Teensy, while custom electronics are designed in 123D Circuits.

Farady Motion’s  live-streamed workshop

Faraday Motion's 3D printed electric skateboard

Faraday Motion’s 3D printed electric skateboard. Source: Faraday Motion blogspot

Faraday Motion has released the whole toolkit – hardware, 3D models, and tools – under a Creative Commons – Attribution – NonCommercial – ShareAlike 4.0 International license, and it’s also going to release the software under GNU General Public License v2 or later. 

On Saturday August 1st, they will live-stream a workshop on their website, www.faradaymotion.com, where they will demonstrate for viewers how to use “advanced lego bricks” to build an electric skateboard in just 2 hours.

Trough this event, Faraday Motion means to involve users from the developing phase, in order to give them a deep understanding of the process and to show how easy creating an electrical vehicle can be.

Everyone is therefore invited to join the live-stream by simply registering on their platform.

Not just another electric skateboard

Faraday Motion control board

Faraday Motion control board. Source: Faraday Motion blogspot

The whole project was triggered by Sune Pedersen, business and software strategist at Faraday Motion.

He started hacking an Onda Core, the original longboard from Onda Motion, with the objective of easing mobility and empowering urban citizens.

Pedersen landed eventually on 3D printing, which allowed him to quickly experiment and make iterations in his own “garage”.

Electric skateboards have actually been around for years, but their weakness point has always been that they are not safe to use and control for non-professional skaters.

After about 15 crucial modifications on the first prototype, Faraday Motion managed to obtain a skateboard that anybody can safely use as speed and acceleration are adjustable through a  simple touch on the smartphone.

While riding up to 25 km/h, you only need to care about moving your weight to steer:

Can an electric skateboard really become an alternative to traditional urban transportation?

As Sune Pedersen stated in a recent interview with district, this isn’t the point of their research:

Faraday Motion's 3D printed electric skateboard detail

Faraday Motion’s 3D printed electric skateboard detail. Source: Faraday Motion blogspot

I do not think that an electric skateboard is the perfect way of transportation for everyone. But the technology we are using; compact batteries, high power motors and advanced computers with intelligent software interacting with a range of sensors and user inputs, can be applied to a range of totally different personal transportation devices not yet seen before. 3d printing combined with our technology will make it easy to quickly invent totally new vehicle types, you could i.e. use our technology to make grandmothers walker electric or even design something innovative from scratch that would look way cooler than anything out there.”