“Snowboard graphics and printing” Follow Lesson no. 3 by Maestro Isacco

lesson N°3

The first press proof

During this lesson, Isacco shows us how to print the graphic design we have already opted for and produced.

The first thing to do is to print a small part of the graphics, strictly on a 1:1 scale.

This initial press proof enables you to check the colours and various aspects of the graphics without wasting your colours. Isacco says you must make very sure the lines, characters and colours are very clear and clean cut.

From paper to polyamide

Omar, a young shaper and a member of Isacco's team involved in all its projects, cuts the polyamide to the exact sizes of the graphics. The tracing paper and polyamide are both placed in the sublimation apparatus where, in 10 minutes, the graphic design is transferred from one material to the other.

The surfaces must be absolutely perfectly aligned, one upon the other. This task, requiring a great deal of manual skill, is fundamental if the materials are to be combined correctly, with perfect binding between each.

The importance of the paint

The paper has transferred the ink to the plastic. Now it's time to paint it with a very thick coat which will allow for the bonding of the various parts of the board. The paint dries in 36 hours, after which it will be ready for use as the base for further work.

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snowboard shaper's course

Isacco Mantegazza explains in 6 lessons how young people, next-generation technologies and crafts traditions can combine to produce unique snowboards with absolute top-class, unrepeatable performance ratings!

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  • 28_01_2015 28_01_2015
  • 04_02_2015 04_02_2015
  • 11_02_2015 11_02_2015
  • 18_02_2015 18_02_2015
  • 25_02_2015 25_02_2015
  • 04_03_2015 04_03_2015

Lesson n° 1

Where does it all start? Snowboards, inspiration, study of forms, sketches and digital drawing work.

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Lesson n° 2

The graphic design work makes for unique snowboards. Unique both performance-wise and look-wise! The inspiration and team spirit you need to create limited editions.

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Lesson n° 3

From digital graphic design to the work on the snowboard itself. Printing and application of graphic work on the board.

Lesson n° 4

Cutting the components. Numerical-control machinery and the craft skills behind each and every snowboard layer.

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Lesson n° 5

All the secrets behind snowboard assembly. Use of materials with top performance ratings for perfect snowboards.

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Lesson n° 6

Meticulous, precise - the work required for a perfect finish. How do you test for the performance ratings of a snowboard once its been produced? Manual elasticity control. Lastly, serial number stamping.

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