2HEX is to skateboard companies what Foxconn is to Apple and Samsung. We enable our customers to be the world’s strongest skateboard companies.
At 2HEX you get the best skateboard productions. We apply the same production processes as Nike, Adidas or Apple Computers for our customers to have the highest quality and the biggest selection of customization options. This makes 2HEX the leading skateboard manufacturing platform globally.
We do not only arrange your deck productions, but also arrange griptape-, bearing-, wheel-, truck-, hardware-, t-tool and machinery- productions starting from the raw material! This means that we do not print your design on some pre-stocked components. Instead we manufacture every skateboard component exactly the way you have envisioned it to be!
If you want your brand to be special, to stand out in skate shops and to be remembered for the highest quality and competitive prices. And if you want to spend your time growing your company instead of holding lengthy price negotiations with suppliers, then you have arrived at the right place. We think the same way you do.
Welcome to 2HEX, the final stop on your search for a skateboard manufacturer. We will make you win!
Manage your skateboard productions from the palm of your hands - anywhere and at any time. Develop your own products, submit your order, and have the goods delivered right to your doorstep.
Production orders are sent directly from your phone into the factories’ production lines. It is super simple, transparent and fast!
2HEX itself, like for example Nike or Apple, does not operate its own factories. We continuously source new skateboard factories with the right machinery and interview skateboard factory owners. Once we find a suitable new partner, we teach the factory owner and his management team how to set up a world-class skateboard production and how to follow our standardized production protocols.
Once the skateboard production line has been set up correctly, we supply the skateboard factory with our molds, shapes and the necessary raw materials and skateboard components to ensure the highest quality and consistency among all of our skateboard factories.
Once a new skateboard factory has reached our high-quality requirements by passing all tests, we fill this skateboard factory’s complete production capacities to prevent losing money on idle machinery, idle workers, or on not reaching full economy of scale on raw materials.
By cooperating with multiple skateboard factories for every component instead of owning and operating one very big factory ourselves, we can better fulfil our promise of the market’s highest quality, consistency, innovation and price leadership.
Not operating our own skateboard factory (which we have taken into serious consideration) enables us to combine the production knowledge of all of our skateboard factory partners. It lets us scale our production capacities more quickly, and it gives us the opportunity to let all of our skateboard factories compete by quality.
By leaving the factory ownership with our partners, we know that the human resource sourcing process and taking care of hundreds of workers is in the hands of a careful and intelligent manager. This gives us the time to conduct research on new products, production technologies and quality control processes – which leads to a bigger product customization offer for you.
2HEX professional skateboard decks are made of 7 layers Canadian hard rock or sugar maple and glue.
The thickness of a skateboard deck is between 1.00 cm (0.39”) to 1.10 cm (0.43”), however we have recently found a way to keep our decks’ strength and stiffness at 0.95cm (0.37”).
The Canadian maple used by 2HEX is grown around Lake Ontario. Because of the freezing cold winters and the hot summers, this is the strongest, stiffest and most durable maple in the world!
After cutting the logs into veneers, a few veneers are placed into large buckets of dye. They stay in the buckets for multiple hours to reach a beautifully saturated color. Then all veneers are baked (or dried in room temperature) until they reach a humidity of around 8 to 12%.
When 8% is reached, the veneers are taken to the pressing chamber. There the center and cross band veneers are placed between two rollers, that evenly apply glue on both sides of the veneers. For this step the customer chooses between water-based glue or Epoxy resin. Water-based glue is lighter but less durable. Epoxy is a little heavier but gives the deck the perfect stiffness, durability and pop.
After applying the glue, the veneers are stacked in the following order:
|Cross Band Veneer
|Cross Band Veneer
|7 veneers in total
|0.4” (1.02 cm) in total
Each stack of seven veneers will turn into one pro level skateboard deck.
At 2HEX all pro decks are single-pressed. Unlike most professional skateboard deck factories that save costs by placing between 5 to 8 decks into each mold, we only place one deck in each mold. This process ensures, that each deck receives the same evenly distributed amount of pressure and all decks consistently have the same shape.
2HEX 50TDP Machine, semi-automatically presses decks at 50 tons for 12 to 15 minutes depending on the glue.
After the glued and pressed veneers are taken from the deck press, they have the typical skateboard deck thickness, concave and kick. Now it first looks like a skateboard deck.
This uncut deck is then taken to the cutting chamber, where an eight-drill machine symmetrical drills the truck holes. The uncut deck is then fixed by the eight holes into a cnc router. The CNC router cuts the customers selected decks’ length, width and shape before rounding the edges.
Each deck’s edges are sanded in multiple steps, from rough to very soft to give it that perfect feel during grab tricks or while being carried.
After cutting and sanding the deck it is placed into a control room, where it is kept until it reaches the perfect humidity of 8%.
When the deck has reached and kept its perfect humidity for over 24 hours, a thin layer of lacquer is applied on all sides. The lacquer ensures that the deck keeps the correct humidity under sunshine or if in contact with water for short periods of time.
Lastly based on the customers’ requests a heat transfer print is applied on the bottom and sometimes the top of the deck. Other options skateboard companies often select are glossy metal prints between the deck’s bottom and the actual design or a laser engraving on top of the deck.
The production process is comparable to what a skate shop manager does, when you buy all components for a skateboard complete: <br><br> The production of skateboards is done inside 2HEX’ specialized assembly factories.
AT 2HEX we mix aluminum with multiple other metals and chemicals do reach a very light yet neither porous nor bendable material. The metal is injected at a higher pressure which allows us to reach corners not reachable solely by pouring.
This leads to more precise and detailed truck shapes. When combined with our hollow titanium axle and kingpin, you get a precision-made light truck. For the bushings and pivot cup we use super high rebound urethane. Every component as well as the complete truck shape are customizable.
Minimum order quantity: 600 trucks
Pro Trucks Price per piece: USD 3,50 to USD 7,20.
Customization: Custom Shape, Custom Color, Custom Print, Custom Bushings and more.