Faculty Advisor

Brown, Christopher A.


The objective of the MQP was to design a rotatable and releasable snowboard binding to provide riders with increased safety and comfort. Currently most snowboard bindings are constrained in one fixed position with the exception of two bindings that allow for rotation or release but none offer the ability to do both. An axiomatic design approach was used to establish a list of functional requirements and corresponding design parameters. The system uses a preloaded follower and a circular cam to allow the rider to rotate their leg on demand while still maintaining the ability to ride with no inadvertent rotation or release. The design was successfully tested at Wachusett Mountain on March 12, 2009.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2009


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering