Silicon Valley composites manufacturer Arevo will display the world’s first 3D-printed carbon fiber unibody production bike frame at the stand of manufacturing partner Oechsler AG (Messe Friedrichshafen - Hall A1 – 508) at Eurobike 2019 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, September 4–7. The company will also display the world’s first 3D printed thermoplastic rim, designed by industrial designer Bill Stephens of StudioWest.
|The world’s first 3D printed thermoplastic bicycle rim.|
Arevo also is offering demonstration rides on an e-bike featuring this innovative frame and material, similar to that announced earlier this year at the Sea Otter Classic in California. Further, the company will announce next week a new e-bike frame design and a new customer for it. This customer, a bike industry leader based in the Netherlands, will display this new e-bike in the Eurobike exhibition hall.
Arevo is making a significant impact on the bike manufacturing industry – and in areas such as urban mobility – via its Arevo DN technology, which is unique in the additive manufacturing (AM) world as it features patented software algorithms enabling generative design techniques, free-motion robotics for “True 3D” construction, and direct energy deposition for virtually void-free construction all optimized for anisotropic composite materials.
For instance, the Arevo DNA AM process takes the design and final manufacture of a bike frame from 18 months to just a few days at a significant reduction in product development costs. Other benefits include:
- True serial, volume production of AM-made composite parts that are made with thermoplastic materials, which are tougher, durable and recyclable, as compared to brittle and non-recyclable thermoset materials
- A replacement of a laborious manual process with a fully-automated, “lights out” production model
- Delivering on the promise of localized manufacturing or “on-shoring,” which creates greater independence for bike brands
- A much greater “freedom of design” for bike manufacturers that creates the possibility of fully-customized bikes made on an on-demand basis.
Stephens has worked closely with Arevo for more than a year now and will elaborate upon these concepts in a presentation entitled, “3D Printing Carbon Fiber Frames for Production,” on Thursday, September 5th, 11:00–11:45 AM.
“Arevo DNA offers a new paradigm for product designers, it forever changes how we can design and build anything,” said Stephens. “This technology allows us to push design boundaries in a way that was impossible until now. Arevo is changing the paradigm to ‘Manufacturing for Design’.”