Machine Design

The cutting edge

Incline Inc., Portland, Oreg., chose Verton MFX because the long-fiber-reinforced composite was lighter and less expensive than polycarbonate and carbon-fiber-reinforced nylon candidates.

Snowboarders now have something that virtually every other sport, including roller skating, has — shock absorbers. The shock sits between the snowboard and the binding and gives not only a smoother ride, but also better edge control. Called Snoshox, it gives these qualities by letting the binding move vertically.

Verton MFX, a polypropylene composite reinforced with long glass fibers, lets the shock absorption system add just over 2 lb to board weight. But the boost in performance makes the added weight a nonissue for many athletes.

Verton MFX composite has a high strength-to-weight ratio and is said to maintain good impact resistance at subzero temperatures.

LNP Engineering Plastics, 475 Creamery Way, Exton, PA 19341, (610) 363-4500,

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