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The idea came from having to constantly adjust the stance of my snowboard throughout the day, wasting a lot of time and energy. The concept focus… Read More
The idea came from having to constantly adjust the stance of my snowboard throughout the day, wasting a lot of time and energy. The concept focused on developing a user friendly way of packaging an engineering mechanism which effectively reduced the time taken to unscrew snowboard binding baseplates. Read Less
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REDUCING THE TIME IT TAKES TO SECURE YOUR FOOTING
Nobody wants to waste time (that could be spent shredding) at the top of the park or boarder-cross course having to re-adjust their stance! For those of you with traditional 40x40mm square binding baseplates (not those fancy new Burton ICS ones), it means having to unscrew 8 screws, change your stance, then screw them all back in again! 

Using an intelligent gearing system attached to multiple Phillips screwdriver shaft ends, the device enables the simultaneuos unscrewing/screwing of the 4 binding attachment screws, which ultimately reduces the time taken to perform the task by a (fun) factor of four!

Prototypes were developed using affordable and accessible laser cutting of MDF wood, which allowed a strict enough tolerance to gain an accurate understanding of the gearing involved. Each planet gear was composed of two parts, with a keyway set inside which attached to the screwdriver shaft. This allowed a +/- 45 degree freedom of rotation, which was required to align the screwdriver tips with the screw heads.
All the components (screws, washers, torque-arm, screwdriver shafts, plastic case, goggle strap) were recycled from tool-boxes, except for the laser cut specific parts - gears and baseplates - as these were custom cut. This project was also looking at the value of redesign - putting a strong emphasis of being able to deconstruct the device if one of the components were to fail, and thus enabling an easy repair rather than having to replace the entire product. Hence, sustainability was kept as a high priority.
To help stop those pointy screwdriver tips from prodding your ribs whilst it's in your jacket pocket (yes it's quite compact), a vacuum formed styrene case keeps it housed, with a recycled Carrera goggle strap holding it all in.
How it works? Device is manually aligned to the 4 screw heads and rests on top. Using the swivels on top, screwdriver shafts can be twisted to allow them to line up with their respective screw heads - locking them in place. The torque-arm is then inserted into the hold on top of the device, and using one hand to hold the device in place, the user twists the torque-arm to loosen all 4 screws simultaneously, releasing the binging in a quarter of the time!