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Featured Member – Marty, Custom Cult Snowboards

Makerspace Classes He Teaches: ShopBot, Laser Cutter, Vinyl Cutter, 3D modeling, basics of the Woodshop, how to convert your artwork to bring it into CAD Program format. He also teaches project classes such as making a longboard, and in the new space can teach one-on-one snowboard making.

Marty has been a FUSE Makerspace member since it opened at CNM in 2016. He owns a company called Custom Cult snowboards, selling custom-made snowboards. When Marty found out that FUSE had a ShopBot, he quickly found the perfect location to run his business.  

He started making snowboards over 20 years ago, when he was looking for a company with snowboards for people with larger feet and found there was a need in the market. He's met quite a few folks along the way who could use a wider board or are looking for a fit to match their riding style.  

"There wasn't anyone doing it in a way that I felt matched the needs of the market. So I went and started making boards myself in '97. I started developing my custom board process then."  

When he started Custom Cult in 2015, he outsourced the production to a factory. It became apparent that the company needed to have its own production so that we could have all the capabilities that we wanted for customization, but also to save costs.

The FUSE Makerspace was a perfect fit because it allows Marty to access he equipment he needs to create custom boards, but reduce his overhead to grow his business. Marty's production is highly dependent on the CNC Router – the ShopBot.  

"I went looking for someone with a ShopBot and stumbled across FUSE Makerspace," he said. He's been using ShopBots for most of his snowboard making career, and has shared his expertise with other members at FUSE, and now he teaches the class.    

In addition to making snowboards, Marty has also developed software and recently graduated from CNM Ingenuity's Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp. During his time in the bootcamp, he developed a tool so that you can put in the specs you'd like to see in your custom snowboard and see a mockup of the board.  

Marty says he likes FUSE Makerspace because of the high caliber of equipment and because the camaraderie created with other Makers.  

"It's not necessarily that we're all into the same thing, but we all like to make. We appreciate the Maker part of what we are showing each other."  

You can find out more about Marty's projects and custom boards at customcultsnowboards.com/   

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