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maverick

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description

 

Through research I found that power planers are used for shaping surfboards; however the users have to physically modify their tool in order to effectively shape their boards. In this project I set out to make a more affordable power planer that is made specifically for the needs of professional surfboard shapers.

role

 

Industrial Design & Visualization

 
 
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main users

 
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Don
30 years

Straightening Doors
“It works great for what it is suppose to do.” He has owned the same planer for 30 years.

 
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Russ
30 years

Making Cabinetry
His favorite feature was the  multi directional dust chute. He bought  the same planer when it broke.

 
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Brian
I0 years

Shaping Surfboards
He makes extensive modifications to existing planers on the market to shape surfboards.

 
 
 

user modifications

 

I found through interviews that people who shape surfboards often modify an off the shelf power planer to better suit their needs. Seeing that this is a major hassle and pain point for these users I decided to design a planer that would not only fix the need to modify their tool but greatly reduce the cost for them to puchase this planer.

 
 
 
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reverse engineered

 

Disassembling a current planer helped me understand what was necessary and unnecessary for a planer used for shaping surfboards.

 
 
 
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context

 

Observing the area in which the tool would be used helped the discovery of new solutions.

 
 
 
 
 
 

discoveries

 

Unnecessary Parts

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Alternative Power

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User Modifications

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