Faculty Advisor

Brown, Christopher A.


The objective of this project is to design and manufacture an instrument for measuring the quality of ski and snowboard edges. Over the course of even one run, edges can start to dull, thus decreasing their ability to perform. Although methods including running your thumb or thumb nail against the edge of the ski are current methods for checking the sharpness of a ski edge, no products yet exist to qualitatively measure the sharpness of a ski edge. The design functions were decomposed with the design solution in a hierarchical manner consistent with axiomatic design. The resulting product appears to have satisfied the parameters of a working ski tester prototype and was fully manufactured in order to begin further testing.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering