The Amazing Double Glazed Glass Snowboard!
Glass is one of the most notoriously fragile materials and you wouldn’t use it for certain applications. So the idea of having a glass snowboard commissioned may sound like a crazy idea, but these guys did just that.
Dave Lee founder of Signal Snow Boards travels to Breshia Italy home to some of the best glass makers in the world to create the first handmade glass snow board.
The process took 5 days and here’s what happened…..
Using a single square piece of glass they cut it into the same shape and size as their “Park Series” snow board.
Glass technician Andrea explains that by using water in the cutting process the water keeps the glass cool so it doesn’t shatter, two glass snowboards were cut and then they were baked in an oven for 24 hours.
The oven temperature was 580 degrees celsius which heated the flat pieces of glass and melted them over the snowboard template which had been specially made for this challenge; this gave the board a tip and tail just like a real snow board.
Next came a very tricky part, adding the inserts for the binding mounting. The inserts were cautiously drilled into the glass; the technicians were really worried about the board shattering at this point.
The next stage was to get the board tempered. Tempering is a process used on glass so if the glass was to break it would shatter and the glass wouldn’t cut you. As an example this process is used on windshields of cars. Vira Ver Technologies carried out this process the glass boards went through a salt bath and then they were ready for bonding.
In the clean room they added the graphics and the inserts, the two glass boards were then bonded together. By placing the bonded snow board into a vacuum bag they were able to suck all the air out leaving it overnight in a autoclave to cook.
The next day the team went and collected the board.
Italian team rider Giorgio “Iannino” Morell then took it for the all-important test ride at Abetone ski resort in Tuscany. Yes they intend to ride it, it’s not wall art!
Will it slide or will it shatter?
Watch the video to see the glass snow board being made and what happened on the slopes…..