Since 1991, Never Summer has made their snowboards in Denver, CO, steadily growing into one of the premiere snowboard manufacturers on the planet. Tucked away in an industrial section of northeast Denver, the Never Summer factory churns out 26,000 Never Summer snowboards, along with Icelantic and Fat-ypus skis, and High Society skis and snowboards. They also manufacturer their own line of longboards in the same factory. The factory is a constant buzz of energy as nearly 70 employees move snowboards, skis, and skateboards through the manufacturing process.

The timelapse above captures the major steps from start to finish (listed below) in the construction of a Never Summer snowboard. Clips were captured during a two hour tour of the factory, using the Hyperlapse app on a iPhone 6S mounted to a tripod.

 

Never Summer Factory Tour Photo Gallery

Photos by Mitch Kline

 
 

HOW TO MAKE A NEVER SUMMER SNOWBOARD IN 32 STEPS

  1. Cut out the side cut radius into core block
  2. Cut sidewall material to width
  3. Attach sidewall to core block
  4. Section core block (cut down to individual boards)
  5. Router shelf in sidewall for metal edge
  6. Drill holes for inserts
  7. CNC core taper
  8. Die cut tip and tail shape
  9. Die cut tip fill
  10. Attach tip fill
  11. Measure and map out cores for composites (construction)
  12. Cut materials to length (carbon fiber, fiberglass, rubber, top sheet)
  13. Die sublimate PBT top sheet
  14. Attach a sheet of protective tape over the top sheet to prevent damages in production
  15. Cut UHMW base material colors to length
  16. Die cut graphic into base material
  17. Assemble and attach dies together
  18. Router shape of board into base material
  19. Bend edge to shape/side cut
  20. Attach metal edge to base
  21. Prep cassette for base
  22. Layup and press board
  23. Cut side flashing with band saw (trim board out)
  24. Remove tip excess (flashing) with jigsaw
  25. Locate and drill out inserts
  26. Top sand
  27. Side edge grind
  28. Tip and tail grind
  29. Base grind
  30. Hot wax
  31. Buff
  32. Peel protective tape
  33. Final Inspection

THANK YOU TO NEVER SUMMER FOR LETTING US TAKE A PEEK BEHIND THE CURTAIN!

Learn more about Never Summer at neversummer.com

 

 

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TREAT YOURSELF TO A NEVER SUMMER SNOWBOARD