Materialism: A Materials Science Podcast
An exploration of the past, present, and future of materials science and engineering.
7 months ago

Episode 30: μ: Engineering a Better Skateboard

Ramsey interviews a pro skater to talk about the science that makes the sport possible.

The intersection of people interested in both skateboarding and materials science is likely small 🤣, but who cares! Skateboards have some cutting edge polymers, ceramics, metals, & composites: wood vs carbon-fiber composite lay-ups? ✔ silicon nitride vs steel ball bearings? ✔ titanium vs magnesium light-weight metal alloy trucks? ✔ high hardness vs soft & grippy urethane wheels? ✔

In this episode, we chat with Norman Woods, a professional skateboarder who helps us figure out if all the advanced materials translate to dramatically improved performance.

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Materialism Team: Taylor Sparks (co-creator, co-host, production), Andrew Falkowski (co-creator, co-host, production), Jared Duffy (production, marketing, and editing), Ramsey Issa (co-host, production), Kathy Liu (co-host, production)

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