Short Track Speed Skating Sharpening Jig


The Bont Short Track Sharpening Jig by Gael Doucet-Gagnon.

The Bont short track jig was designed by Canadian short track speed skater Gael Doucet-Gagnon. You can read about his thought process of how he designed the jig. 

My thoughts while creating this product were the same we use in civil engineering; the production had to be efficient to produce and the product of the highest quality. That’s why my first concern was to be sure that the jig would fit every brand of blade on the market, no matter their wear and tear degree. So I designed some removable items and did some specifications on the dimensions of the jig to make sure every blade would get a perfect fit. I also made sure that it would put the least amount of tension as possible on the blades to not affect their bending while keeping a good grip on them, so they would not move while sharpening the blades.

My second step was to minimize the total weight of the sharpening jig while keeping it solid so it could last a very long time and be lightweight to pack away when traveling to skating competitions. As we do in civil engineering, I chose to play with the form of the product. I optimized the design to save weight where it was possible but keep some material on the areas that were the most vulnerable to get deformed in case of an accident.

My third step was to get a design that was simple to produce so we could offer a product that would be affordable for everyone. Again, I played on the forms to get something easy to machine so we could diminish the selling price of the product. While doing that, we could also diminish the potential risk of manufacturing defects.

Finally, I found every norm for each screw or thing that would be used for the assemblies to standardize the product. I came up with a basic design of the sharpening jig but had different ideas concerning some specificities that could be included to this design. Not knowing which one would Bont prefer for their jig, I chose to do 5 slightly different 3D designs based on the options available on the 2D plans. They chose a unique design, using a 90-degree aluminum bracket that could be used to adjust the height of the blade sitting on the jig. The prototype was a real success concerning the design. We only had to give advice and specifications to the machinist so they could truly understand what was that product intended for and then the production began, initially intended for the Canadian market.



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