Slots the Yard Game

A fun beach and yard game that is engineered with quality material and strong structure.

Engineering for Slots the Yard Game

Slots the yard game is played through rolling wheels towards a three-slot board on the opposing team. The client approached us to improve their existing plywood version to a commercially ready and value-engineered version of the game. The final product is a three pieces self-assembled injection-molded board with a rugged PU rolling wheel. The whole game including accessories can be stacked and packed for shipping in a neat 21” x 15” x 6” package.

Mixed Materials to Maximize Strength

To achieve the same strength as the plywood version and bring the weight down, the board is supported by a variety of materials. The main board is made with ABS and joined with stainless steel screws. The board is hammered to the ground with extruded triangular aluminum poles. The poles are stabilized with tough high density silicone holders on the main board.

Strength Analysis

While we would like to keep the ABS version as light as possible, we would not compromise on the gameplay and reduce the overall strength of the board. We engineered appropriate ribs to strengthen the back of the board and run CAD stimulation to evaluate our results.

On-site Testing

Apart from CAD stimulations, we also run on-site testing to ensure our design functions as intended. This is an early CNC prototype we tested on the stability and strength of the board.

Client Testimonials

John Gennaro
President, Twin Star Productions

Oliver’s eye for design and detail is second to none. Shark Design is extremely well positioned due to their extensive experience in not only design but also manufacturing. We visit their facilities both in the USA, Hong Kong and China, an extremely impressive operation.

Andrew Bosway
Product Development Manager, 4Ocean

Shark Designs attention to detail and execution is top class managing to execute from design stages to shipping to us within four months.

Tobi Doeringer
President, Mascotte

Oliver is one of the most innovative product designers with meticulous precision on making best in class products. His design company and business skills are at an exceptional international level and it’s always a great pleasure to work with him.

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