Yes, we like robotics too :D... When Hillside Composites LLC was being created, the founders were finishing up research in the field of biologically inspired robots, at Purdue University. Below are a couple examples of the research, and the robots we custom built from the ground up, pictures courtesy of Dr Justin Seipel and Purdue University. We intend to work on some of our new robotic ideas in the near future.
Once Hillside Composites LLC was formed, the first project we took on was to design and build this prototype electric longboard. It was a beast as can be seen in the video, where it climbs the steepest grade we could find in West Lafayette IN with no problem whatsoever. Will there be electric skateboards in the future of hillside composites? Only time will tell.
CARBON FIBER SKATEBOARD DECKS
As part of the electric longboard project, we decided to try manufacturing our own CF deck, since we already had experience and training with carbon fiber part design engineering and fabrication. This is the original prototype cruiser longboard deck created in 2013 weighing only 2.2 lbs.
Prototype two cruiser longboard was created in 2014. We utilized more advanced manufacturing methods which allowed us to introduce more complex curves into the design.
We also built this mini board prototype!
Making custom molded carbon fiber parts can be a very expensive process. By utilizing flat part design, the starting cost of carbon fiber parts is much lower. That is why we set out to manufacture a line of carbon fiber that has excellent mechanical characteristics, beautiful defect free surfaces, and offer cutting services. We are specifically set up for cutting and finishing carbon fiber and other composite material, so that we can deliver first rate parts that are strong, aesthetically pleasing, and at a cost that traditional machine shops cant match.