The Engineering Behind the World’s First 3D-Printed Snowboard Bindings

3rd Dec

The Engineering Behind the World’s First 3D-Printed Snowboard Bindings

CFMS will be hosting a half day event on ‘The engineering behind the world’s first 3D-printed snowboard bindings’ on the 3rd December 2019, 10.00-14.00hrs (including lunch) at CFMS, Bristol and Bath Science Park.

Darren Swift (Swifty), in partnership with CFMS, is aiming to revolutionise para-snowboarding by enabling other double above the knee (DAK) amputees to compete against each other, rather than more able-bodied para-athletes.

More than 500 digital engineering hours have been dedicated to the development of the prototype bindings, which have been 3D-printed using glass-filled nylon material. The new bindings are 50% lighter, the first to be able to absorb shock, offer complete adjustability and rotation, with a significant reduction in design and manufacturing time to market and cost. 

Through a series of presentations, event delegates will learn about: the process undertaken to design the bindings, the challenge of designing with no test data, digital technologies used for the design and testing process, 3D printing and SLS, and composite materials. Guest speakers include Darren Swift, the National Composites Centre (NCC), and HIETA.

  • Designing with a complete lack of information on the requirements -  The ability to adapt to a new type of manufacturing technology where specific design rules (Design for AM) are combined with traditional analysis techniques using external factors (loading, environment, ergonomy of a disabled athlete) which are unknown and generated using processes adapted from other disciplines, or created ad hoc.

  • Cutting edge digital technologies  - Only virtual testing was conducted and no failure was identified after extensive usage on the first test day. A completely new product concept has been digitally produced with little to no prototyping, highly replicable in engineering and manufacturing where the need to reduce design and test costs are paramount 

  • The choice of technology for manufacturing - driven by the increased design freedom and possibility to iterate on the design without additional manufacturing set-up costs. 

  • Bringing together virtual design and Additive Manufacturing (AM) - the concept of integrating digital design and manufacturing, working together to accelerate product development, and achieve competitiveness in the global marketplace.

This event is open to industry, media and the general public.


Registration & Coffee


Welcome & Introduction


Swifty’s Story - Darren Swift


The Design Process - Davide Bianchi, and Stephen Peake, CFMS


Designing without Requirements - TBC


Simulation, Printing & Testing - Davide Bianchi, and Stephen Peake, CFMS


Designing for 3D Additive Manufacturing - Desi Bacheva, and Keith Parker, HiETA


Other Test Cases: Random Tandem & Sit-Ski - Chris Young, the National Composites Centre (NCC)


Lessons Learned & Q&A - Panel


Lunch & Networking


Event close

To register for the event, please complete the registration form below



Bristol & Bath Science Park,

Dirac Crescent,

Emersons Green,


BS16 7FR

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