I had over 20 years experience in graphic and web design, a growing interest in hobby electronics, and a willingness to learn the rest. So in 2017, I purchased my first 3D printer and started designing the first prototype. It turned out to be functionally a success, but the software and manufacturing process needed some refinement. Over the course of several years, I made a couple more versions and continued to develop and improve it in my free time.
In 2020, COVID shut down the badminton facilities and most players were left with no way to train. This was great motivation to finalize the design and streamline the production process in order to get this product released asap! With the first release version now complete, I manufacture and assemble the units in my workshop with the goal of providing a training device for players that want to improve their badminton footwork speed and stamina. I now use the badminton バドミントン高速フットワークトレーニングマシン in my driveway almost daily. It is fun, easy to use, and provides a challenging workout, and I think you will agree!
This project has led me down the path of the current “maker” movement, and has really turned into a passion for learning small-scale manufacturing, with a growing workshop that now includes a couple 3D printers, CNC machines, and a laser cutter. I have even branched off to develop a couple other badminton-related products that I hope to release in time.