computer designed surfboards....

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i'm a CAD designer by profession and have been tinkering with designing surfboards. does anyone know what i'd do with a 3D surface file of a surfboard? specifically, can i take it to one of those shaping machine guys and have the board actually machined? also, does anyone think that there'd be a market for 3D surface files of boards? what i mean is, you'd come to me and have a board designed "virtually", then take what we've created to a computer-controlled shaping machine. sound good?? any feedback is appreciated. kirk from santa cruz, ca

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Kirk, You may have already checked this out but there's a link on Swaylock's to DAT designer, a maker of 3D CAD software for surfboard design. I think they have information there about the type of machines that do shaping based on computer files. I believe the machines require files to be in a specific format-ther than that I know nothing. As far as designing boards vitually I think the idea is great. Even better - design an interface that allows people to do it and see it over the internet! Goodluck, Swaylock.>>> i'm a CAD designer by profession and have been tinkering with designing > surfboards. does anyone know what i'd do with a 3D surface file of a > surfboard? specifically, can i take it to one of those shaping machine > guys and have the board actually machined? also, does anyone think that > there'd be a market for 3D surface files of boards? what i mean is, you'd > come to me and have a board designed "virtually", then take what > we've created to a computer-controlled shaping machine. sound good?? any > feedback is appreciated.>>> kirk from santa cruz, ca http://www.swaylocks.com/links/pages/Board_Design/

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>>> i'm a CAD designer by profession and have been tinkering with designing > surfboards. does anyone know what i'd do with a 3D surface file of a > surfboard? specifically, can i take it to one of those shaping machine > guys and have the board actually machined? also, does anyone think that > there'd be a market for 3D surface files of boards? what i mean is, you'd > come to me and have a board designed "virtually", then take what > we've created to a computer-controlled shaping machine. sound good?? any > feedback is appreciated.>>> kirk from santa cruz, ca Hey Kirk, I don't know much about designing a board CAD style, but I have heard through the grapevine that some great shapers in Hawaii who own their own shaping machines may be very interested in learning more about the design software available for use with the newer machines. If I were you, I would try to contact Eric Arakawa of HIC or Jeff Bushman... both huge names in Hawaii who know a hell of a lot more about designing with their hands than with their software. I shape all my own boards, but would love to learn more about computer aided design in this arena... if you find anything interesting out, particularly from these guys, let me know. Craig http://www.albersbrothers.com

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