A number of 3D printing companies have used bikes as a way to demonstrate various features and capabilities of their 3D printers. Arevo, a Silicon Valley company redefining global composites manufacturing through digitalization, plans to show a 3D-printed carbon fiber unibody production bike frame in the stand of manufacturing partner Oechsler AG (Messe Friedrichshafen – Hall A1 – 508) at Eurobike 2019 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, September 4 – 7th. The company will also display a 3D printed thermoplastic rim, designed by Eurobike Gold Award-winning industrial designer Bill Stephens of StudioWest.
Arevo uses “Arevo DNA“ technology, which 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 reduction in product development costs. Other benefits include:
–True serial, volume production of AM-made composite parts made with thermoplastic materials
–A replacement of a laborious manual process with a fully-automated, “lights out” production model
–Localized manufacturing, or “on-shoring,” which creates greater independence for bike brands
–Greater “freedom of design” for bike manufacturers that creates the possibility of custom bikes made on an “on demand” basis, an approach Arevo calls “DESIGN. PRINT. GO.”
Mr. 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.