I saw something similar to this on vacation this summer and sketched up my own version. I had it fabricated recently and am very happy with how it turned out. This is a 3 foot tall, heavy 11ga version for my deck, but I have another version that I'm developing, which would be much more friendly on the delivery man's back. I'm wondering if there would be interest for this in the market... maybe dip my designer toe into the crowd-funding pool?
I plan to finish this version w/ a high heat Rustoleum black paint and see how that holds up. Anybody have any experience with that?
I visited the manufacturer yesterday (it's nice when it's just a 5 hr drive and not a 16hr flight) and took some video of the ZupBoards being produced. It's exciting to see them emerge out of their shiny rotomold tool and be adorned w/ the components they need to take on the world.
Just recieved a part in Shapeway's new elasto plastic. This is going to be a helpful addition to the arsenal of materials available for 3D printed products and protos.
I did a more thorough write up on this flexible new material and somehow got it posted on Solidsmack! Go read it quick before they catch on.