Faculty Advisor

Sullivan, John M.


The goal of this project was to design, fabricate and test a system that would provide snowboarders with an alternative riding experience. Our prototype consisted of a top plate, bottom plate, and a roller bearing, that can attach to any board allowing for free rotation of the feet between a given degree of freedom. The plates were designed in SolidWorks, while the CAD system Esprit was used with a three axis CNC machine to cut the Nylon 6/6. Bending and torsional strain tests were performed to make sure the snowboard’s dynamics were not affected. A tensile test was performed on the threaded inserts and Nylon plates to find the maximum load before dislodgment. The final test was held at a ski area to determine the safety and functionality of the design under real life conditions.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2014


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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