The primary goal of this project was to design and conduct finite element analysis on a skateboard deck that was able to convert from a shortboard to a longboard and be able to mimic the performance of each individual board. When designing the board, six of the major design consideration incorporated were weight, board thickness, minimum and maximum lengths, ease of use, aesthetics and safety.
Several skateboard models were created and discussed before reaching a final version that we believed would be attractive to consumers and, at the same time, be able to hold the required load. Versions 1 through 3 were rejected due to their aesthetic, as well as some functional limitations.
The final model incorporated features of some of the previous variants and it resembled skateboards that already exist on the market.