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The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, October 24 2014 11:15 PM UTC +00:00
$30,415
pledged of $55,000pledged of $55,000 goal
85
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, October 24 2014 11:15 PM UTC +00:00

About

5 colors to choose from
5 colors to choose from

Our goal was to create a low-cost no compromise electric skateboard using  printed parts of our own design that is capable of 20 mph for 10 miles and weighs in under 15 lbs.

The Electric Bubblegum board meets or, in some cases, exceeds all of our goals. This tiny board is capable of  21 mph with a 10 mile range and weighs only 12.1 lbs.

We also really wanted to make these boards stand out with bright color combinations, with 6 combos to choose from and  a super compact design. The Electric Bubblegum is a 27 inch board that is surprisingly easy to ride and control.

The Electric Bubblegum
The Electric Bubblegum
Top view
Top view
Side view
Side view

Our prototypes and testing

For this project we decided to build 3 prototype boards to ride around, test durability, battery life, speed, torque, general electronic functionality and safety.

The three prototypes ready  for testing.
The three prototypes ready for testing.

The boards, printed parts and electronics are really holding up well under testing. The ABS parts are surprisingly strong and able to handle life under a skateboard excellently. The electronic components stay cool and dry inside their case and the board is water resistant and can handle puddle splashes very well. 

One of our boards after 4 weeks of testing, approx 120 miles of use.
One of our boards after 4 weeks of testing, approx 120 miles of use.

All that being said, parts wear out -- The concept behind this design was to make a board with easily printable ABS parts that can be replaced by the user.  This allows users to reprint pulleys and covers on their own. Every backer will receive a USB stick with all the STL files needed to print new parts or even change colors.  For backers without a 3D printer. we will supply replacement and redesigned parts for a reasonable cost. 

Testing out the Voltage Meter
Testing out the Voltage Meter
Close-up of drive wheel
Close-up of drive wheel

No compromise electronics
The Electric Bubblegum uses a Lifep04 battery pack with battery management; making it safe and easy to charge.  Our packs also have a super long 2000 charge cycle life.  The Electric Bubblegum also includes an LED voltage meter so you know how much life is left before needing a recharge with the included 9v charger. The included charger can recharge the Electric Bubblegum in approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. It is controlled with a wireless Wii Nunchuck and Arduino on the board.  We have found this is one of the best solutions there is for a controller, with a short learning curve.

The Controller

The board is controlled using a wireless Wiimote Nunchuck. Using the Joystick the rider is able to control throttle, braking, throttle sensitivity and cruise control functions. It wireless interfaces with the board through an arduino built into the boards controller. 

Limited Edition Full Custom Boards

Custom dual motor longboard
Custom dual motor longboard

We are also offering a limited run of fully custom boards. Backers who choose this option will be able to customize color, board shape, motor layout and higher top speed.  This option includes an extended high voltage battery option, making the custom board capable of 15 miles on a single charge.

This custom board has internal wiring for a super clean look.
This custom board has internal wiring for a super clean look.

Risks and challenges

Upon successfully completing the Kickstarter project, our first task would be to order all parts in bulk and buy larger format printers in order to improve fit and finish of production boards.

We will spend time working on assembly line efficiency to further lower the assembly time and total cost.

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    Screen printed Electric Bubblegum t-shirt in your choice of size.

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    One USB stick with all STL files needed to 3D print customized and replacement parts for the Electric Bubblegum are Included. 4 Case designs 4 pulleys sets of various sizes 4 motor mount designs 2 pulley cover sets of different size. 1 2x3" vinyl sticker.

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    One complete Electric Bubblegum skateboard,
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    A fully custom dual motor electric skateboard. With your input, we will design a totally unique skateboard of any shape with dual motors and extended battery life.

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    One USB stick with all STL files to 3D print replacement parts and an Electric Bubblegum.
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    4 pulleys sets of various sizes
    4 motor mount designs
    2 pulley cover sets of different size.

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    One USB stick with all STL files to 3D print replacement parts and an Electric Bubblegum. Included. 4 Case designs 4 pulleys sets of various sizes 4 motor mount designs 2 pulley cover sets of different size. 1 2x3" vinyl sticker.

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