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On October 7th, Spark R&D celebrated Manufacturing Day. A day where businesses which manufacture everything from beer to splitboard bindings can showcase the manufacturing process. Part of the goal of Manufacturing Day is to inspire people to consider manufacturing jobs and ultimately decrease the shortage of skilled workers in the manufacturing industry. Sip on a cold beer as you watch a pair of Spark R&D bindings come to life through the manufacturing process.


We are now in our tenth year of operation at Spark R&D. We have worked hard since the beginning to bring as much manufacturing in-house as possible.  Today we: design, 3D scan, 3D print, CNC mill and turn, bend, punch, tumble, anodize, injection mold, print, laser engrave, assemble, test, package, and ship all from our shop in Bozeman, MT.

Bringing our manufacturing in-house has a lot of advantages. First, it allows us an incredible amount of control over the quality of our products and parts. Second, on the research and development side, we can test ideas by efficiently creating prototype parts. This process used to take weeks or even months, and now we can take something from concept to part sometimes in just one day. Lastly, we are able to employ many talented people here in Bozeman. In a time where a lot of companies are shipping jobs overseas, we are proud to be keeping jobs right here!

This teaser video offers a quick look at our manufacturing operations. We’ll be dropping some more manufacturing shorts this Winter showing how we take metal and plastic and turn it into splitboard bindings, so be on the lookout.- Spark R&D



Colin Balke is a content editor for who lives in Northern California. When not plucking away on a keyboard, he can be found splitboarding, camping, backpacking, or hanging out with family and friends.