Tessa’s Weekly Picks – 3D Printed Bike Parts

2019-09-13

Tessa Blokland  

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Last week, one of the biggest global trade fair for the bike business, EuroBike, took place in Friedrichshafen, located in the south of Germany close to the Swiss border. A nice reason to look a bit closer to this industry. Back in 2017, we published a blog post on 3D printed bike parts. I am curious about what has happened in the past 2 years with 3D printing in the bike business. Here are some recent 3D printed examples of bikes and bike parts.

A global trade fair is a good incentive to present innovations and new products. Arevo, a high-tech supplier of 3D printed parts for the Aerospace and medical industries, was quite busy this year. The company presented 2 new bike frames: a 3D printed frame design from designer Bill Stephens of Studio West (see top image) for US e-bike brand Emery. For the Dutch bike makers Pilot Distribution Group, Arevo created and manufactured a new Line of e-bikes, called EVE9. Both bikes are manufactured from 3D-printed carbon fiber.

Another interesting 3D printed bike accessory that recently popped into my email box is the 3D printed bike saddle from Fizik in collaboration with Carbon. According to the website, thanks to the use of 3D printing technology, the Adaptive bike saddle is designed so that it precisely addresses cyclists’ needs in terms of power transfer, shock absorption, stability, and comfort, with none of the constraints imposed by traditional production methods. Super impressive and very relevant for professional cyclists! To be honest, I get a pain in my bottom when my bicycle trip takes more than 30 minutes.

For professional cyclists each bike detail is important. 3D printing makes it is possible to create a personalized bike part according to the specific needs of a cyclist. The 3D printed lever brake from Magura for mountain bike champion Loïc Bruni is a perfect example of how important the use of 3D printing is. Magura now offers an online step-by-step manual on how to create your own personalized lever brake.

Another great example of 3D printed bike accessories are the 3D printed titanium pulley wheels for Danish cycling company CeramicSpeed, manufactured in collaboration with German-based metal 3D printing service SLM Solutions. After extensive testing, it turned out that the 3D printed wheels were not only affordability and quick in production, but also extremely lightweight, as well as offer great durability, corrosion resistance, and low-density strength.

I would like to close this post with two 3D metal printed bike frames: the 3D printed Stadtfuchs by German bicycle manufacturer Urwahn Bikes and Austrian custom motorcycle brand Vagabund Moto. The 3D printed bike frame consists of the main lugs, including drawn tubes, the monostay, head tube, seat connector, bottom bracket, and dropouts. Thanks to 3D printing these parts can be integrated into the frame, making the bike very suitable for regular use in the city or commuting from home to work. The second 3D printed bike frame is from Amsterdam based MX3D, called the Arc Bike II. Very sturdy with nothing extra, but the frame can be produced by a generative design software to tailor fit the proportions of the rider’s body.

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Each of Tessa’s designer pick is a curated group of 3D printed designs or projects from one designer or design studio. If you would like to offer a designer or design studio for Tessa, or if you have your own 3D printed designs or projects you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest picks every week in your mailbox.

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