34 years ago when Randal Fuller designed his first skateboard truck, there was no internet, no email, and certainly no computer modeling for skateboard trucks. Randal had used his engineering background to draft blueprints for one of the strongest and most precise trucks the industry had seen at the time. The blueprints were then given to a craftsman that made wood models and match plates by hand. It was a long expensive process, so you had to make sure and get it right the first time.
Well, fast forward to the present day. Randal has been using advanced 3D modeling software to design a whole new line of trucks. Precise multi-part models of the trucks can be built, revised with great accuracy, lending to a much better truck. Starting with the R•II Series, computers have been used to revise the current truck with a more precise hanger and a new 'cast in' Grade 8 axle. Other models are getting the cyber-redo as well, and new models are being developed with this newer technology.
Once the parts are designed in the computer they are sent out for a modeling using stereo lithography (SLA) to produce a plastic part.
Transformation from computer file to plastic part.
The plastic SLA models can then be used to check fit and finish of the final geometry.
The SLA is strong enough to setup a working truck to check it's fit and finsh.
The SLA's are also used to make quick 'one off' parts out of aluminum that are stong enough to ride, but lack the polished finish of a production part.
Completed 'one off' parts allow us to R&D new designs very quickly and inexpensively. This allows for testing and riding several parts before they go into production. Notice the different, raw, rougher, look of the prototype below.
The 125mm prototype freshly tested and ready for production.