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 Burton snowboard models

Additive Manufacturing processes offer many advantages to companies marketing their new products. In particular, due to additive processes not being reliant on expensive mould tools, the economics of these processes are particularly suited to low volume manufacture; an aspect utilised by Burton Snowboards to manufacture short runs of exemplar miniature snowboards for the next snow season.

During the early phase of Burton's product launch, the company uses these miniature snowboards to enable their sales teams to demonstrate the latest snowboard designs to their customers. These products are usually manufactured using Laser Sintering (LS), however, High Speed Sintering has recently been shown to provide additional benefits to product costs due to its fast cycle times. In particular, a recent research project at Loughborough University found a 75% cost reduction when manufacturing the miniature snowboards on HSS rather than LS.

Burton Snowboards' John Cross, Jr. Prototyping Specialist, commented upon the research saying that he 'would love to embrace the obvious economical benefits available with the HSS process and have his own production ready, HSS machine in his AM lab at Burton Snowboards'.

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