Okay, been riding electronic boards now for about 1 year. It is about high time I create my own skate deck with accommodations for battery components. With the CNC machine, it is very simple work. I plan to do this with a number of boards in the coming weeks. The Eskate market still doesn’t have a good kicktail longboard deck. That is what I want most. That being said we can build boards for anything. Let me give you a basic run down of what Drang is, and does. We are a shop with a business model that works VERY well for direct to end user sales, and great for shop sales, with a bit of doubt being cast on traditional OEM price structure where we need to cut the price down to 25-35% of retail price. That’s a bit of a stretch for us and must be planned well. I’d rather not do OEM however it’s the evil we can’t seem to escape. Don’t want to get myself in trouble saying that, but we do want to change the culture of this, because Factories really contribute SO much to this experience. Now, we have a very capable shop with the following equipment: (I am going to post pictures in this thread later, but with interest of time, I’m posting this now.)
6 pneumatic bladder presses capable of laminating at over 100 psi with either male female molds, or female only molds. This allows us to press new concaves with or without heat. We laminate with Bamboo, Maple, Carbon Fiber, Fiberglass, ect.
2 Hydraulic presses operational, and 2 more being built. (used for conventional lamination in male female configuration) Some boards must be laminated with M/F molds, because of steep deeep kicktails, or drops.
Fully modular female only molding system with accommodations for many types/depths of concave, rocker, drops, wheel flares, w concave, kicktails in any configuration, assembled by hand for one off or small group runs. Basically this means you can think up any concave configuration, and we can create it in an hour or so of assembly.
CNC build molds/CNC fixture hold down jigs for cutting/drilling/routing boards on the CNC table. We have between 20 and 30 molds ready for production. I’ll see about relaying info on these (screen shots of each mold) surface in design.
Full hand building tool set, Routers, Sanders, ect, for cutting decks using flat wood templates after drilling truck holes. Flush mount rig for any deck, Wheel well templates for many different wheel well designs.
Legit spray booth for coating boards with vertical exhaust.
DTG printer hacked to be able to print onto wood plies before they are pressed as decks. This allows for one off graphics or group runs.
Laser engraving services and grip tape cutting.
Vinyl stencil plotter
5’x8’x10" CNC router, (10hp motor) with vacuum suction hold down table. We cut boards in 4 different zone on the table.
Full design services, Rhinoceros 6 CAD capable
Full graphic design services, Adobe full suite available (Illustrator and Photoshop mostly)
Industrial glue spreader we don’t currently operate but we want to if we get into doing “mass production”.
More to add later.