With winter fast approaching, you might be wondering what you could do to pass the days. We hope this article will give you some inspiration to head down to your local library in search of a Makerbot! How to Make Custom 3D Printed Fingerboards What you’ll need: · 3D printer (if you don’t have one or want to buy one, many makerspaces and even libraries havethem)· Slicer software· Printer filament (I use PLA)· 2 fingerboard trucks with 5 mm x 8 mm bolt pattern*· 8 fingerboard screws*· 4 fingerboard wheels*· Mini Philips head screwdriver· Mini socket wrench (2.5mm) *Fingerboard parts can be ordered from here: Steps: 1) Open the custom fingerboard designer tool: Since 3D modeling a custom skateboard can take a while, I created a tool to speed up the process. You can access this tool via http://bit.ly/2fwIi42 (I recommend using Firefox or Chrome). Here’s a video describing how it works for the full-scale skateboard version, which is basically the same tool, except it uses larger numbers: Simply change the numbers in each of the parameter boxes and click “Update” to render the new design. 2) Generate a .stl file: Once you’ve designed a shape you like, you’ll need to generate a .stl file of the model. To generate a .stl of your board, click on the “Generate STL” button (leave the default settings). Then click “Download STL”. 3) Prepare and print: Import your .stl file into your 3D printer software. Your settings will vary based on what type of printer you use, but you’ll likely need to generate supports, which add structure underneath the overhangs of your board (if you didn’t have supports, the overhanging features would fall down). It will probably take several tries and failed prints to get the settings right. Don’t give up! 4) Finishing touches:Depending on your printer, you may need to drill the holes to fit your bolts. If necessary, use a1/16″ drill bit to drill them. For more into, click the photo below.